With the release of Dimension of Chaos and the hits to last format's best strategies, Performage Pendulums have risen to fill the power vacuum. They're topping with surprising frequency at Regional-level events, including the Bristol England Regional. Alex Smith made the Top 8 there with his Performage Pendulums, which included a wide array of new tech choices from DOCS.
Performage Plushfire is the centerpiece of this strategy. It Special Summons any other Performage monster from the deck when destroyed, so it pairs perfectly with Luster Pendulum, the Dracoslayer. The rest of the Performage engine from Clash of Rebellions kicks in shortly after, Xyz Summoning an absurd number of Rank 4s in just a few turns. Samurai Cavalry of Reptier, Performage Mirror Conductor, and Archfiend Eccentric gave Smith plenty of outs to opposing monsters. Those cards also doubled as Pendulum Scales, giving them more utility than generic monster removal like Dark Hole or Raigeki.
Painful Decision's excellent here, searching out Vector Pendulum, the Dracoverlord by sending another copy to the graveyard. Smith could then play Masked Chameleon, Special Summon Vector from the graveyard and Synchro Summon PSY-Framelord Omega or Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer. Masked Chameleon and Jigabyte are both searchable with King of the Feral Imps, so that power play is available at any time. Smith sided two Xyz Universe to Special Summon D/D/D Duo-Dawn King Kali Yuga during his opponent's turn – preventing them from activating card effects for the rest of the turn. Smith made a lot of excellent card choices here, but next week's Performage Pendulum lists could look very different.