Combine Endymion, Pendulum Magicians, Dragons, and Mythical Beasts withZefras and Chronograph Sorcerer, and all naming conventions just fly outthe window. With the release of the Order of the SpellcastersStructure Deck and the inclusion of a slew of Zefra cards, thatseems to be the best name.
Seems a bit random, right?
Making it to Top Cut at a Regional Qualifier's no easy task but mightsometimes it's attributed to luck. Good luck happens, and sometimes thatcan create a flash-in-the-pan one-hit-wonder success. But making Top Cut attwo consecutive Regionals? In the same weekend? That's a muchharder task, and it really proves the power of the deck when the build topstwo days in a row, completely unchanged!
Huge congratulations to Alec Drinkwater, crushing the competition at notjust one, but two Regionals in the same weekend with this build…
DECKID=109811More often than not, decks will pack the walls with as many copies of keycards as possible to see certain cards as often as possible. The mostcommon exceptions are highly searchable cards - like this deck's ZefraDivine Strike - or the older example of Genex Controller, but the multitudeof single card copies is something that's a bit more interesting here.
Foolish Burial and Upstart Goblin can't be played in higher numbers sincethey're Limited, but looking deeper into the deck you'll see that most ofthe single or double card choices are played in those numbers just becausethere's a LOT you don't want to draw early on in the game - or ever.Generally speaking Pendulum decks kick off with Heavymetalfoes Electrumite,so Chronograph Sorcerer and Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm are obvious ins,but just consider how many cards you don't want to see early, orin tandem.
But what really kicks the deck into a higher gear is Servant ofEndymion, one of the main reasons Drinkwater played so many unique spells.First you get Servant of Endymion in your Pendulum Zone, then play threespells to get three counters. Then Summon Servant of Endymion and anothermonster from your deck you can place Spell counters on: easy peezy.
If you were expecting some amazing combo, well, there's room for that, butthat's an insane amount of power in one simple card! Endymion, the MightyMaster of Magic is the best choice because it's a walking negation on legs.It's arguably better than Mist Valley Thunderbird, inevery way, and since it comes straight out fromyour deck you don't have to rely on drawing it!
But worstcase scenario, you have Spell Power Mastery to help you out. Notonly does it search Servant of Endymion for quick access, it also gives youfree Spell Counters galore. Servant of Endymion needs three Spell Countersto go off, but it's misleading to say that Drinkwater needed three spells.Spell Power Mastery adds bonus Spell Counters while another PendulumMonster feeds Servant of Endymion as well, and that means rarely more thantwo cards away from fielding multiple Pendulum Monsters.
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Heck, considering the fact that Terraforming, Zefra Providence, Oracle ofZefra and a swath of other spell cards actually beget more spell cards,Drinkwater had no problem amassing three Spell Counters almost every timeServant of Endymion came to his hand.
Of course, the old reliable Pendulum tricks are all still valid:Chronograph Sorcerer as we mentioned before and Supreme King DragonDarkwurm shunt monsters into play without consuming the Normal Summon,building a reliable stream of resources that are never too far out ofreach. This deck has lots of ways to be successful, and that overlappingredundancy is what makes it so consistent and so good.
All In This Together
I hinted earlier at the limited copies of certain cards that Drinkwaterplayed here, and while many of them are cards you'd want to avoid drawingmultiples of, they're each important in their own way since together, theywork to give you plenty of options.
Start at Terraforming, at first glance it's a way to add counters toServant of Endymion, but you'll notice that it could mean an Oracle ofZefra as well, which means a second spell. That Field Spell searches ZefraProvidence and thus a third spell. That's great if you choose that line ofplay, but consider that it can search Dragon Ravine as well, setting upPendulum Summons with Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm or Synchro Summons withDestrudo the Lost Dragon's Frisson. That's a lot of different, strongoptions stemming from the same single card.
Taking it even further, Drinkwater could dip into his Side Deck withTerraforming as well. That brings options like Mystic Mine and MagicalMid-Breaker Field into the mix to stop his opponent's dead in their tracks.The utility and flexibility there is tremendous.
Looking back at Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm, you can't forget that itfetches a Supreme King Gate Zero for free, which you can Special Summonlater on in the turn with Odd-Eyes Vortex Dragon to flood the field withmore Link Monsters. Even if you can't hit that ideal play, it's stillanother Pendulum Scale and often a free Spell Counter for Servant ofEndymion.
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The same can be said for virtually every card in the deck: everything hasmultiple purposes that offer different lines of play, often a mix ofprimary plays and complimentary moves that work to support other mainlines. Often times, the "worstcase scenario" for a card is still going tobe beneficial because it's just free fodder for more Summons or a PendulumScale. Sure, drawing some cards like Zefra Divine Strike and TimegazerMagician would put a damper on any upcoming combos, but those narrowsituations are few and far between. Drinkwater crafted this deck tomaximize utility at all times.
While the Main Deck acts like a puzzle with interchangeable pieces, theExtra Deck's relatively streamlined with some powerhouses that lock theopponent out of the game, or that end the game right then and there.Hieratic Seal of the Heavenly Spheres, F.A. Dawn Dragster, and AbyssDweller… any number of those combined with Endymion, the Mighty Master ofMagic is going to be a hard uphill battle for your opponent to try andovercome.
But when push comes to shove, there's plenty of damage found in the ExtraDeck as well. Fueled by Guardragon Agarpain and Guardagon Elpy, BorreloadSavage Dragon, Borrelsword Dragon, and Decode Talker - yes, Decode Talker –your aggressive front can present enough damage to totally ruin anythingstanding in their way. With so many options in this deck that wind upstacking into big monsters, OTKs and iron-clad defenses alike were alwaysright around the corner.
Just remember: beat your opponents before they beat you.
Loukas Peterson lives in Nashville, Tennessee, hoping one day to run in the5th Congressional District on the platform of "Fabled Link Monsters forEveryone." You can find him onTwitteror building a bonfire in his backyard to attract the local wildlife foran audience with his ukulele. Hailed as the only person capable ofcooking Minute Rice in 56 seconds, Loukas is always looking atexpanding his backyard to house every dog in the world without a home.Well, and those with homes already.