Zefra Yang Zings were tournament viable for a short time last year, before they were outpaced by Performage Performapals. Now, thanks to the new F&L List, the deck's worth a second look, and Richard Glaze topped the Alabama Regional this week with a slick Odd-Eyes variant. While older builds used Chicken Game, Upstart Goblin, and Wavering Eyes for speed, Glaze used none of them, playing Guiding Ariadne, Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon, and Sky Iris instead.

The goal was similar: Glaze would use his Yang Zings and Zefras to build a board of Synchros and Xyz, and he'd search out Counter Traps to protect his set-up. Zefranui, Secret of the Yang Zing is the perfect recurring Synchro Material, and it's also a key searcher for the theme. Meanwhile Guiding Ariadne's a less conventional choice that you can nuke with Sky Iris to search more backrow. Sky Iris also triggers the effects of Yang Zings, trading one monster for another as necessary and filling the graveyard for Yang Zing Path.

DECKID= 104923The deck's great on offense and defense, depending on which Extra Deck monsters you Summon. Glaze played three Baxia, Brightness of the Yang Zing – a board-busting terror that deals with everything save non-targeting monsters. For cards like Kozmo Dark Destroyer, he'd use Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer or Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier. Archfiend Eccentric cleared backrow and knocked out floodgate monsters, allowing Glaze to skip generic removal in his Main Deck.

This strategy has serious potential right now, and I doubt this will be the last time we see Zefra Yang Zings in a Regional Top 8.

-Kelly Locke