If you've been paying any attention to the articles posted on TCGplayer this past month, then you know that literally everybody is head over heels about the Magician Pendulum monsters from the Master of Pendulum Structure Deck. There's really only one good reason for that: they kick open the door for about a million new decks. Any time a remarkably splashable set of cards come out, we all can't help but explore the deepest recesses of our Yu-Gi-Knowledge and find every card we can to abuse them.

We all ate up Brilliant Fusion when it was released in Clash of Rebellions because it created so many cool decks. In fact, as of last week, the writers here at TCGplayer are still coming up with cool and unique ways to abuse Brilliant Fusion. It's easy enough to find Inspiration in a card that gives you so much room to mess around.

So imagine our collective giddiness when we got a full suite of cards to mad scientist with! That's essentially what the Pendulum Magicians have granted us. It's really one of the coolest moves I've seen from Konami in a long time, giving everybody access to a wide open Pendulum Scale and seeing what we do with it. In the past, you've been extremely limited in the size and scope of your Pendulum set-up. Scales were always heavily restricted to themes only. Now, with such a wide and generic Scale all bets are off.

The Results Are So Weird That They're Cool
Right now, with my own personal Magician-anigans, I've been exploring the upper reaches of the Scale. I went hunting to find the coolest Level 7 monsters that were never viable before this. Part of my Reasoning was the great synergy the Magician Pendulums with Level 7 monsters in general; the first boon is the easy access to Rank 7's. Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack's still really strong, and there are new, compelling superstars like Odd-Eyes Absolute Dragon and Red-Eyes Flare Metal Dragon.

The second reason was the boosted viability of Sacred Sword of Seven Stars when you're running more Level 7's. Sure, Sacred Sword doesn't have the same unbridled power it once did in the era of the Dragon Rulers, but digging two cards deeper into your deck is well worth it.

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But the biggest reason why I went straight to Level 7 monsters is that's where you're going to find the biggest, baddest effects – period. Your run of the mill Level 4 monsters just aren't as powerful as monsters with a higher Summoning cost. And when you look further back into the history of the game, you can find some monsters with crazy effects that Konami released because at the time, lining up the Tributes required to Summon those big guys and doing whatever was necessary to get their effect off was nearly impossible. In many ways, the Yu-Gi-Oh! of today is a very different game than it was in the past, and now's the time to abuse those forgotten heavy-hitters.

For today, that means getting your money's worth out of Levia-Dragon – Daedalus. Released in one of the earliest Structure Decks in the game, it's sort of the under boss version of Ocean Dragon Lord – Neo-Daedalus. But in many ways, it totally outclasses its Alpha. Neo-Daedalus requires you to Tribute Daedalus just to Special Summon it to the field and it can't be Summoned any other way; Daedalus has no such restrictions.

Furthermore, Daedalus destroys every card on the field but itself when you activate its effect, leaving you with your hand. While Neo-Daedalus sends everything instead of destroying it – it's a little more thorough in some ways – it robs both players of their hand as well, and that's not what you're looking to achieve here.

The idea for this deck is to wipe the field with Levia-Dragon – Daedalus and then Pendulum Summon your way into a big enough field to kill your opponent, or at least mortally wound them. Let me show you the deck first and then we'll discuss how you go about doing that.

DECKID=103931You can take a couple of different approaches to get the kind of rocking fields you want. Your best options are often dictated by what stage of the game you're in, and you have two ways of getting Levia-Dragon – Daedalus onto the field: Pendulum Summon it or play some tricks on your opponent with Ninjitsu Art of Super-Transformation.

Ninjitsu Art of Super-Transformation will almost always be your best bet in the early stages of the game, for the simple reason that all it takes is one Ninja Grandmaster Hanzo. You're running a full play set of Hanzo and a Reinforcement of the Army, so chances are good that you'll see it consistently. Levia-Dragon's effect becomes a much better proposition of risk versus reward with Super-Transformation. If you wipe the field by sending Lemuria, the Forgotten City to the graveyard, Levia-Dragon will end up banished because of Super-Transformation's effect. But if your hand and Extra Deck are stacked enough that you can lose a 2600 ATK beater and still go for game, you're golden. If that might not be the case then you may have to reconsider.

Nonetheless, disrupting your opponent's field and leaving them with nothing while you have a confident, moderate set-up could be worth the risk. You also have to consider that Special Summoning Levia-Dragon with Super-Transformation always eats an opponent's monster, too.

That's a pretty big deal when you look at the sort of advantages it brings, especially when you're facing some of the top decks of the Format. You can disrupt a Performage Pendulum player's Xyz and Synchro Summons by taking pivotal monsters. By the same Token, you can break a Kozmo player's entire string of Summons with Super-Transformation if they drop a Kozmo Sliprider or DOG Fighter, with Super-Transformation, leaving them vulnerable to big damage.

The other way to get Levia-Dragon to the field hard and fast is by Pendulum Summoning it. You won't have any issue with that since Dragonpit Magician and Performapal Skullcrobat Magician both have a Pendulum Scale of 8, and it's really worthwhile because it offers powerful synergy with Pendulum Call.

Once you've activated Pendulum Call, card effects can't destroy your Magician Pendulum monsters in your Pendulum Zones for the rest of that turn, so your scale can survive a Daedalus field wipe. You can happily Pendulum Summon and cut the field down without having to worry about your losses. Next turn you can Pendulum Summon a full field and finish the game.

And you can still do some cool things with Levia-Dragon without wiping the field, thanks to my choice of Field Spell. While you can search A legendary Ocean with Warrior of Atlantis, which is arguably much better than Terraforming on a number of levels, its Level manipulation effect really screws with the synergy of all the Level 7 monsters. You want Dragonpit Magician and Levia-Dragon – Daedalus to stay Level 7 for the sake of Sacred Sword, and your Extra Deck.

To build on what I'm saying and to highlight benefits on the opposite end of the spectrum, you can put Lemuria, the Forgotten City's voluntary Level-altering effect to great use. Whenever you have Dragonpit Magician and Levia-Dragon- Daedalus together on the field, you can use Lemuria's effect to boost them up to Level 9 and go into a Rank 9 Xyz. Phantom Fortress Enterblathnir is too cool and too good to pass up. If you ever have that field out with the addition of Odd-Eyes Absolute Dragon – which, surprisingly or not, you will see happen – you can boost them up to Level 10 and burn your opponent away with Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Gustav Max.

Your opponent will spend so much time worrying about what Levia-Dragon will do with the field spell that they'll be caught off guard when the table turns and the field spell is doing crazy things with the Dragon.

Alright, Buck! Where's The Bang!
This one's pushing $100. I squeezed every penny out of the Rank 7 monsters I could get. If you're looking to spend even more, get that Number 11: Big Eye in the fold. You've got this, big spender; I believe in you.

For the rest of us, this deck is satisfying as it gets. It's a new twist on the Magician deck and it uses Ninjas, which are still forever in the running for the Coolest Theme In All Of Yugidom. So why not have a little style and pizzazz. You've earned it. New year, new you. Right?

-Zach Buckley


Zach is husband to his beloved wife, Emma. He's also a composer who's studying composition and production formally in an attempt to be both happy and poor. You can follow his progress on these goals by checking out his sporadically updated blog at www.wordpress.com/zwbuckleymusic