Zefras barely cracked the competitive scene when they first debuted in Crossed Souls. But months later, Kevin Beers scored a 4th place finish at the Garden City Regional Qualifier! His build is bolstered by new cards and a smart, aggressive strategy that wins games early before his opponent gets the chance to make any big moves. The key players in his deck were Zefraniu, Secret of the Yang Zing and Jiaotu, Darkness of the Yang Zing.


Together they made the majority of his Synchro plays, bringing out powerful cards like Baxia, Brightness of the Yang Zing and Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer. The rest of his Extra Deck was packed with high-powered Synchros, including Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier; Yazi, Evil of the Yang Zing; and Void Ogre Dragon. What's more impressive than the sheer variety amongst those Synchros? How easily Beers could Summon them.

With a 3-7 Pendulum Scale Beers could Pendulum Summon any of his Zefras, including Zefraniu. Each time Zefraniu hit the field he'd search Oracle of the Zefra, Yang Zing Path, or Zefra Divine Strike. Oracle could get him any other Zefra monster, including the two Satellarknight Zefras. A combination of Yang Zing monsters, with three copies each of the Tuners, helped keep field presence while occasionally searching Zefraniu. The rest of the monster line-up's occupied by a full set of Archfiend Eccentric for spell and trap removal, and two copies of Magical Abductor.

The role of Magical Abductor in Beers' build becomes obvious once you read its Pendulum effect. While Abductor's in a Pendulum Zone three spell card activations would translate into a search for any Pendulum he played. With fourteen spells and another fourteen Pendulums, Beers could rapidly build up counters on Abductor. Simply activating Terraforming, followed by Oracle of the Zefra, and finishing with the activation of a Zefra Pendulum would put the required counters on Abductor. This build is streamlined for speed, consistency, and can pump out three Baxia in a single turn. It's insane how long this strategy has gone unnoticed given its potential.

-Kelly Locke