While we all have some extra time on our hands I've been looking over the new Link Monsters from Duel Overload to see how all the legacy support could impact deckbuilding in 2020. I recently highlighted a deck showing Reptilianne Echidna and Alien Shocktrooper M-Frame boosting their respective strategies a few weeks ago, but once I was finished my attention shifted to Bloom Harmonist the Melodious Composer and its chorus of combos.

This week's build isn't pure Melodious, but you know me; there's always an unexpected twist, and the result here is a deck that surprises your opponent in all the right ways. After all, since when was I ever NOT all about the mash-ups?

Melodious has been around since Duelist Alliance arrived; yes, that means Melodious decks technically existed when Shaddolls, Satellarknights, and Burning Abyss raised the bar for how good Yu-Gi-Oh! cards could be. If you forgot about them… don't feel too bad. Most people let Melodious slip from their mind a long time ago. But now they're singing a new encore for 2020.

Before we get started I just want to reiterate a point I've made a thousand times in the past: if there isn't a clear, concise iteration of a deck that's dominating the competitive scene, then there is no "best" version of the strategy. Heck, with our pandemic-influenced version of what competitive Yu-Gi-Oh! looks like in 2020 right now, I'd say anything is fair game and it's neve been easier for unexpected strategies to grift free wins; it's the best time to try and play something new!

In short, the Melodious monsters are all Light Fairies that work really with eachother, but don't play well with off-theme cards. Yes, they do a good job of protecting one another and summoning in-house Fusions, but the deck struggled with consistency and power until Bloom Harmonist the Melodious Composer came onto the scene. Check out my list below to see how Bloom Harmonist enhances the score.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Loukas' Melodious Deck by Loukas Peterson

'Loukas' Melodious Deck' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Loukas Peterson

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Market Price: $53.15

Cards

Master Hyperion

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You can Special Summon this card from your hand by removing from play 1 "The Agent" monster in your hand, field, or Graveyard. Once per turn, you can remove from play 1 LIGHT Fairy-Type monster from your Graveyard to select 1 card on the field, and destroy it. If "The Sanctuary in the Sky" is face-up on the field, you can activate this effect up to twice per turn.

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Elegy the Melodious Diva

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Special Summoned "Melodious" monsters you control cannot be destroyed by card effects. If this card was Special Summoned, all Fairy-Type monsters you control gain 300 ATK.

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Polymerization

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Fusion Summon 1 Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from your hand or field as Fusion Material.

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Mystical Shine Ball

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A soul of light covered by mystical shine. When you see its beautiful shape, your dream will come true.

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Effect Veiler

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During your opponent's Main Phase: You can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard, then target 1 face-up Effect Monster your opponent controls; negate that opponent's face-up monster's effects until the end of this turn (this is a Quick Effect).

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Link Spider

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1 Normal Monster

Once per turn: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Normal Monster from your hand to your zone this card points to.

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Mozarta the Melodious Maestra

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Once per turn: You can Special Summon 1 LIGHT Fairy-Type monster from your hand. You cannot Special Summon other monsters the turn you activate this effect, except for LIGHT monsters.

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Shopina the Melodious Maestra

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Once per turn: You can target 1 LIGHT Fairy-Type monster in your Graveyard; add that target to your hand. You cannot activate monster effects the turn you activate this effect, except the effects of LIGHT monsters.

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Downbeat

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Tribute 1 face-up monster; Special Summon from your Deck, 1 monster with the same original Type and Attribute that the Tributed monster had on the field but 1 Level lower. You can only activate 1 "Downbeat" per turn.

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Soprano the Melodious Songstress

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When this card is Special Summoned: You can target 1 "Melodious" monster in your Graveyard, except "Soprano the Melodious Songstress"; add it to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Soprano the Melodious Songstress" once per turn. Once per turn: You can Fusion Summon 1 "Melodious" Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters you control as Fusion Materials, including this card.

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Herald of Mirage Lights

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2 monsters with the same Type and Attribute, except Tokens

When a Spell/Trap Card or effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can send 1 Fairy monster from your hand to the GY; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it. If this card in your possession is sent to your GY by an opponent's card: You can add up to 2 Ritual Monsters and/or Ritual Spells with different names from your GY to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Herald of Mirage Lights" once per turn.

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Bloom Diva the Melodious Choir

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1 "Melodious Maestra" monster + 1 "Melodious" monster
Cannot be destroyed by battle or card effects, also you take no battle damage from attacks involving this card. If this card battles a Special Summoned monster, after damage calculation: You can inflict damage to your opponent equal to the difference between the original ATK of that opponent's monster and this card, and if you do, destroy that opponent's monster.

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Aria the Melodious Diva

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While this Special Summoned card is on the field, "Melodious" monsters you control cannot be targeted by card effects, or be destroyed by battle.

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Bloom Prima the Melodious Choir

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1 "Melodious Maestra" monster + 1 or more "Melodious" monsters

This card gains 300 ATK for each Fusion Material used for its Summon. This card can make a second attack during each Battle Phase. If this Fusion Summoned card is sent to the Graveyard: You can target 1 "Melodious" monster in your Graveyard; add that target to your hand.

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Sonata the Melodious Diva

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If you control a "Melodious" monster, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). When this Special Summoned card is on the field, all Fairy-Type monsters you control gain 500 ATK and DEF.

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Herald of Orange Light

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During either player's turn, when an opponent's Effect Monster's effect activates: You can send this card and 1 other Fairy-Type monster from your hand to the Graveyard; negate the activation and destroy it.

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Canon the Melodious Diva

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If you control a "Melodious" monster, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). You can only Special Summon "Canon the Melodious Diva" once per turn this way. Once per turn: You can target 1 "Melodious" monster you control; change its battle position.

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1st Movement Solo

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If you control no monsters: Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower "Melodious" monster from your hand or Deck. You can only activate 1 "1st Movement Solo" per turn. You cannot Special Summon monsters during the turn you activate this card, except "Melodious" monsters.

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Opera the Melodious Diva

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Cannot attack the turn it is Normal Summoned or flipped face-up. If this card is sent to the Graveyard as a Fusion Material for a Fusion Summon: You can activate this effect; for the rest of this turn, "Melodious" monsters you control cannot be destroyed by battle or card effects.

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Celestial Knightlord Parshath

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2+ Fairy monsters

You can discard 1 card; add 1 "The Sanctuary in the Sky", or 1 card that specifically lists "The Sanctuary in the Sky" in its text, from your Deck to your hand, or, if "The Sanctuary in the Sky" is on the field, you can add 1 Fairy monster instead. If another face-up Fairy monster you control is sent to the GY (except during the Damage Step): You can banish 1 Fairy monster from your GY; Special Summon 1 Fairy monster from your hand whose Level is higher than the banished monster's. You can only use each effect of "Celestial Knightlord Parshath" once per turn.

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Bloom Harmonist the Melodious Composer

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2 Fairy monsters

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card; Special Summon 2 "Melodious" monsters with different Levels from your Deck to your zones this card points to, in Defense Position. You cannot Special Summon monsters the turn you activate this effect, except "Melodious" monsters. You can only use this effect of "Bloom Harmonist the Melodious Composer" once per turn. If a "Melodious" monster this card points to attacks, your opponent cannot activate cards or effects until the end of the Damage Step.

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Schuberta the Melodious Maestra

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2 "Melodious" monsters

During either player's turn: You can target up to 3 cards in any Graveyard(s); banish them, and if you do, this card gains 200 ATK for each card banished by this effect. This effect can only be used once while this card is face-up on the field.

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Called by the Grave

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Target 1 monster in your opponent's GY; banish it, and if you do, monsters with the same original name as that banished monster have their effects negated until the end of the next turn.

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Abyss Dweller

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2 Level 4 monsters

While this card has an Xyz Material attached that was originally WATER, all WATER monsters you control gain 500 ATK. Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; any card effects that activate in your opponent's Graveyard cannot be activated this turn.

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Daigusto Emeral

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2 Level 4 monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 material from this card, then activate 1 of these effects .
• Target 3 monsters in your GY; shuffle all 3 into the Deck , then draw 1 card.
• Target 1 non-Effect Monster in your GY; Special Summon that target.

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Mekk-Knight Crusadia Avramax

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2+ monsters Special Summoned from the Extra Deck

While this Link Summoned card is on the field, your opponent cannot target this card with card effects, also their monsters cannot target monsters for attacks, except this one. Once per battle, during damage calculation, if this card battles a Special Summoned monster (Quick Effect): You can make this card gain ATK equal to that opponent's monster's ATK during that damage calculation only. If this Link Summoned card you control is sent to your GY by an opponent's card: You can shuffle 1 card on the field into the Deck.

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Tamtam the Melodious Diva

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If this card is Special Summoned while you control a "Melodious" monster: You can add 1 "Polymerization" from your Deck or Graveyard to your hand. If this card is sent to the Graveyard as a Fusion Material for a Fusion Summon: You can target 1 "Melodious" monster you control; it loses 500 ATK, and if it does, inflict 500 damage to your opponent.

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Knightmare Unicorn

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2+ monsters with different names

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 card on the field; return it to the Deck, then, if this card was co-linked when this effect was activated, you can draw 1 card. You can only use this effect of "Knightmare Unicorn" once per turn. While any co-linked "Knightmare" monsters are on the field, for your normal draw in your Draw Phase, draw 1 card for each different card name among those co-linked "Knightmare" monsters, instead of drawing just 1 card.

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Ostinato

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If you control no monsters: Fusion Summon 1 "Melodious" Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using 2 monsters from your hand or Deck as Fusion Materials. During the End Phase of this turn, destroy the monster Fusion Summoned by this effect, and if you do, if all the Fusion Materials that were used for its Fusion Summon are in your GY, you can Special Summon all of them.

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Monster Reborn

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This promotional card is printed in Japanese.

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Cross-Sheep

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2 monsters with different names

If a monster is Special Summoned to a zone this card points to: You can apply the following effects, in sequence, based on the card types of the monster(s) this card points to.
? Ritual: Draw 2 cards, then discard 2 cards. ? Fusion: Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower monster from your GY. ? Synchro: All monsters you control gain 700 ATK. ? Xyz: All monsters your opponent controls lose 700 ATK.
You can only use this effect of "Cross-Sheep" once per turn.

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Knightmare Phoenix

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2+ monsters with different names

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 Spell/Trap your opponent controls; destroy it, then, if this card was co-linked when this effect was activated, you can draw 1 card. You can only use this effect of "Knightmare Phoenix" once per turn. Co-linked monsters you control cannot be destroyed by battle.

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The Agent of Creation - Venus

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Pay 500 Life Points, select 1 Mystical Shine Ball from your hand or Deck, and Special Summon it to your side of the field.

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When Elder Entity Norden was Forbidden most of the top Melodious combos fell by the wayside, but Bloom Harmonist the Melodious Composer was the lifeblood needed to bring this deck back to my attention.

Before I discuss any combos or deeper intricacies, let's start off with the most basic of basic… something that's been around for over five years.

Big Math Time: 0 + 0 = 0
When I say "the most basic of the basic," I mean. It. You might as well consider this first combo synonymous with Melodious as a whole. While there are ways to break the board I'm about to describe with non-targeting effects, it really puts your opponent into a very sticky situation. You're looking to field any two Melodious monsters, Link Summon Bloom Harmonist the Melodious Composer, then pitch a card to summon Aria the Melodious Diva and Elegy the Melodious Diva straight from your deck.

With Aria and Elegy on the field your Melodious monsters can't be destroyed by battle, can't be destroyed by card effects, and they can't even be targeted. Sadly, annoying things like Borrelsword Dragon can get around the lock, but it's not easy for most decks to defeat and many will have to spend important cards prematurely to do it. When I was testing against Melodious decks that set-up gave me a lot of trouble and I had to waste a lot resources to break free of it!

That basic set-up isn't all Melodious can do, nor is it always the best option. But that being said, Bloom Harmonist the Melodious Composer is best for the lock and the best choice for many other combos when you weigh the importance of consistency and card economy.

Even though the best monster in this strategy is a Link, the big power plays all emanate from easy Fusion Summons. Instead of fielding Aria and Elegy, consider Soprano the Melodious Songstress or Tamtam the Melodious Diva.

When Soprano's Special Summoned you'll get back a Melodious from your graveyard. Choose Canon the Melodious Diva or Sonata the Melodious Diva, and you can Special Summon that monster with its own effect and use Soprano's second ability to make a 1-card Fusion into Schuberta the Melodious Maestra.

Similarly, Tamtam gets you to your Fusions but does it with Polymerization instead; whatever you fuse can come from your hand in that scenario, so you can keep the pressure on your opponent with more monsters already on the table. Consider this combo with 1st Movement Solo and Sonata the Melodious Diva:

-Activate 1st Movement Solo and Special Summon Canon the Melodious Diva

-Special Summon Sonata the Melodious Diva, and Link into Bloom Harmonist the Melodious Composer and discard a card to Special Summon Shopina the Melodious Maestra and Soprano the Melodious Songstress

-Soprano kicks in first getting back Sonata from your graveyard, but you'll Special Summon it right away and use Soprano's second effect, fusing together Soprano and Sonata into Schuberta the Melodious Maestra

-Use Shopina's effect to get back Soprano, Normal Summon it, and use its second effect again - the one that's not once-per-turn - and Fusion Summon Soprano and Shopina into Bloom Prima the Melodious Choir.

Since Schuberta the Melodious Maestra can banish cards to gain ATK and Bloom Prima the Melodious Choir gains ATK and can attack twice… let's see… math… carry the 1… oops, that's 8400 damage!

It's a 2-and-a-half-card combo, but with so many ways to get Melodious Monsters into play, it's pretty consistent and surprisingly accessible. Just having access to Sonata with discard fodder in hand is really easy, and against an open field what else could you ask for beyond lethal damage?

Alright, So What Else Can The Deck Do?
I won't lie to you - if the deck only created a lock with Elegy the Melodious Diva, then the strategy wouldn't be as interesting to me. Sitting behind a defensive wall with no offensive mount at the ready gets boring, so it was time to call in some Reinforcements.

Agents? Just one agent: The Agent of Creation - Venus.

-Normal Summon The Agent of Creation - Venus, and use its effect three times. At the cost of 1500 Life Points you'll Special Summon 3 Mystical Shine Balls

-Link Summon Celestial Knightlord Parshath with two Mystical Shine Balls and The Agent of Creation - Venus, discarding any card to search Master Hyperion

-Link Summon Link Spider with your last Mystical Shine Ball, and when the Shine Ball hits the graveyard, Celestial Knightlord Parshath special summons Master Hyperion from your hand

-Link Summon Mekk-Knight Crusadia Avramax with Link Spider and Celestial Knightlord Parshath

With 3000 ATK, your Avramax backed by Hyperion is 5700 damage, and if you're lucky enough to have another Hyperion in hand already you can banish The Agent of Creation - Venus from your graveyard to have lethal damage on board (3000+2700+2700 = 8400 damage once again).

The Agent of Creation - Venus isn't the only reason I included Downbeat in this build, but since just Venus nets so much damage with nothing but some discard fodder in hand, I think it warrants inclusion because sometimes your Melodious monsters have sufficient ATK, but not enough spot removal to take it all home.

Additionally, while Elegy the Melodious Diva helps generate a passive lock to keep your opponent from running you over, you'll need to move on from that lock eventually. Obviously you can link away Elegy into other monsters after it's served its purpose, but Downbeat turns Elegy into any Level 4 Melodious proactively, without needing another monster.

The big problem with adding more cards to the deck circles back to Bloom Harmonist the Melodious Composer, which stops you from Special Summoning anything besides Melodious monsters the entire turn you use its effect. It's a balancing act, so make sure you don't switch up the deck too much!

Cross Sheep

For The Cost Of A Sandwich...
In terms of competitiveness, it's hard to say exactly how good decks like Melodious are right now. It reminds me of something our very own Doug "Still Has My Checkered Shirt" Zeeff says about cards like Magic Cylinder. Is it top tier? No. Will it win you games? Yes, and your opponent will be pleasantly bewildered when that happens.

In the end, I'm just happy the modern version of the deck has something to do besides the infamous lock with Elegy the and Aria. It's good to keep in your back pocket, but since it doesn't shut out your opponent completely, it's not foolproof and shouldn't always be your default play. Then again, not all combos are 100% fool proof, but I'll take my chances when the odds are in your favor.

While the deck doesn't desperately need a bunch of hand traps, it seeds some stability going both first and second. Shopina the Melodious Maestra can get back cards besides Melodious monsters, which is why I added in Herald of Orange Light. Sure, Effect Veiler and Called by the Grave speak for themselves in terms of keeping your deck up to speed, but the loss in card economy with Herald of Orange Light won't backfire when Shopina gets monsters back for you.

Lastly, Melodious is a deck that's cheap - and I mean extremely cheap. Some cards may have spiked by the time you read this, but the only cards worth more than peanuts are Mekk-Knight Crusadia Avramax and Cross-Sheep, one of which isn't a necessity.

If you're looking for a fun deck with potential to steal wins, then Melodious might be the deck for you. Old school strategies are making a comeback in the current climate, so don't be afraid to try out some of your favorite strategies… or ones you never had the time to try before.

Just remember: beat your opponents before they beat you.

-Loukas Peterson