I've always been a fan of the myriad Fairy strategies in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. In fact, when I got back into the game in 2011 the first deck I picked up was Agents from the at-the-time recently released Structure Deck: Lost Sanctuary. Since then, I've been a strong advocate and fan of most every Fairy strategy to have come off of Konami's printing presses – the only major exception to that trend being Artifacts, mostly due to prohibitive cost issues.

With the state of competition right now, I've had a Fairy-shaped void in my life that no deck has been able to fill. Agents, while retaining much of the power they've always had, just aren't a strong fit for competition right now and ever since Nekroz got Preparation of Rites hammered, Herald of Perfection isn't as good. So what's a guy to do?

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Well, somewhere along the line Konami actually heard my plea. Starting with Duelist Alliance, Konami began to slowly build a new Fairy theme by the name of the Melodious Divas. The deck intrigues me to no end because all of the monsters are named after different classical forms and composers. For example, Mozarta the Melodious Maestra is obviously Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart but possibly less obvious is that of Schuberta the Melodious Maestra (Franz Schubert) and Shopina the Melodious Maestra (Frederic Chopin).

Being a composer myself, the concept alone drew me in. Much to my own pleasant surprise, when the Melodious Divas Konami released started getting really good as individual cards, I was sold on the archetype altogether.

From Gregorian To Counterpoint…
Originally the Melodious Divas served as an interesting variation of the 'Rank 4 Spambox', but that was only if you ignored some of the more interesting cards in the theme and instead focused on what was most competitively relevant. It's not a bad thing to do, just boring at times – especially with a theme with as much potential as this. Besides, if you're going to play a Rank 4 deck then why not just play Satellarknights and be everybody else, yeah?

But Crossed Souls has changed things for the Melodious Divas. Not only has the strategy been given a competitive overhaul but it's been pushed in a new direction by some really cool cards. The instigator of all of this change has been Soprano the Melodious Diva. This Level 4 Fairy has a couple of effects to it that make it one of the best Melodious Divas around. First off, whenever Soprano's Special Summoned, you can add a Melodious monster from your graveyard back to your hand. Second, once per turn, you can Fusion Summon a Melodious Fusion monster from the Extra Deck using monsters you control, including Soprano. It's a wonderful and unexpected effect that gives you access to two new Melodious Fusion monsters that are perfectly positioned for competition right now.

However, before the discussion gets far too deep, I'm going to go ahead and show you the deck right now. It's the best stopping point at which to share with you. Here you go…

DECKID=102132So along with Soprano the Melodious Diva, Crossed Souls also gave us Schuberta the Melodious Maestra and Bloom Diva the Melodious Maestra. Both are incredibly powerful and incredibly useful Fusions in their own right. Schuberta's the one you will find yourself playing into most often because its Fusion Summoning requirements are the easiest to obtain. However, its effect is incredibly worthwhile.

Once while Schuberta's face-up on the field, during either player's turn, you can target three cards in the graveyard, banish them and Schuberta gains 300 ATK for each one. At resolution of the effect, Schuberta's sitting at a Format-toppling 3000 ATK. It's a good number to be at when the closest you'll see to it is Nekroz of Valkyrus at 2900 ATK in most common situations. But having Schuberta's effect be a chainable quick effect is the real deal sealer as far as I'm concerned. It's almost guaranteed to resolve, which could be more than enough to completely crush a Nekroz player if you can get their Ritual Spells banished and out of the way before they can recycle them.

Another perk of Schuberta is the fact that once you get it into play, you can use any method you'd like to get back onto the field and use its effect for another go around. That makes your Soul Charge and Call Of The Haunteds that much more dangerous.

On the other hand, Bloom Diva the Melodious Maestra's a bit more costly to Fusion Summon but universally worth the headache once it hits the field. At first glance, Bloom Diva's 1000 ATK and 2000 DEF seems remarkably subpar but its effect more than makes up for it. Bloom Diva can't be destroyed by battle or card effect and you take no battle damage from battles involving it. However, if Bloom Diva battles an opponent's Special Summoned monster, after damage calculation you can inflict damage to your opponent equal to the difference between the two monsters attacks and, if you do, destroy it.

It's an incredible monster that outright slaughters everything in its path, but it's a bit more difficult to Fusion Summon than Schuberta. While Schuberta requires just two Melodious Divas to Fusion Summon, Bloom Diva requires a Melodious Diva and a Melodious Maestra.

That little tidbit of information pushes your build process in a different direction as well. For Bloom Diva to be used, you'll need one of the big girls to come out and play. With Schuberta, Fusion Summoning it is as easy as having Soprano on the field and Special Summoning Canon the Melodious Diva with its own effect. Bloom Diva, on the other hand, is good enough reason to include Mozarta the Melodious Maestra. Don't get me wrong, though, Mozarta is plenty worth running all on its own.

It's a 2600 ATK Level 8 beater that allows you to Special Summon a Light Fairy monster from your hand. Free Special Summoning is always good and since nearly all of the Melodious Divas acquire an effect upon Special Summoning, Mozarta's effect is never wasted.

Sacred Music…
However, since Mozarta's effect can be used on any Light Fairy monster, it's worth not limiting yourself to just the Melodious Divas if the occasion proves worthwhile. And, as far as I'm concerned, the occasion's worthwhile considering the potency of Archlord Kristya right now.

Special Summoning has never been more important to this game and having a way to shut that down is imperative if you want to win. Kristya is the less-fair Vanity's Emptiness that becomes a Recurring Nightmare for your opponent if it's not dealt with accordingly. Since it can be Summoned to the field in as many ways as you'd like, Archlord Kristya takes full advantage of every method of Summoning you use with Mozarta. Of course, Mozarta's effect is an excellent way to get Kristya onto the field. Often, you can OTK your opponent by dropping multiple Mozarta's and finishing of with an Archlord Kristya. Or maybe it's just me, but I've done it, like, three times now.

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You can also take full advantage of Serenade the Melodious Diva with both monsters. Serenade can be used as the entire Tribute for a Fairy monster requiring two Tributes. That means Mozarta and Kristya are both fair game for Serenade's effect. Serenade also has an ability when Special Summoned that benefits the Melodious monsters primarily: when it's Special Summoned, you can Normal Summon a Melodious monster in addition to your Normal Summon or Set that turn.

That means you can Special Summon Serenade later in your turn and go right into Mozarta or into a Rank 4 if you choose to Normal Summon an additional Level 4 Melodious. Just as well, you can start the game Special Summoning Serenade off of 1st Movement Solo and then Normal Summon Archlord Kristya with its effect. You have that additional Normal Summon and can continue your turn as needed with the added benefit of the biggest headache in the game on your field.

Alright, Buck! Where's The Bang!?
This one's sitting right at about $90. It's a strategy that's so completely off the radar that gathering the deck core will be relatively inexpensive. That leaves a lot of room for you to customize as you see fit – and believe me, this strategy really does have the room for customization galore!

This deck's flexible and wide open with its approach and it still has plenty of unique and useful monsters that this deck doesn't even touch. Maybe you've had some Melodious fun that you'd love to share with the rest of us? I'm looking forward to hearing it in the comments section below!

-Zach Buckley

Team Nofatchx