Celestial Double Star Shaman's been rattling around in my head for awhile now.

I say that mostly figuratively, but either way I never bothered to make adeck around that card. I think the closest I ever came was thinking, "Gee,that would be neat to summon Clear Effector with!" Maybe throw in aQuillbolt Hedgehog and have a good time.

But with some cards becoming so powerful, Celestial Double Star Shaman andother cards like it have definitely been pushed aside. Its effect isamazing, just not amazing to win a YCS. Today's contributor writes us fromTexas to say...

I bet you've never thought of Celestial Double Star Shaman as a deckbefore, have you? The effect's awesome because you don't need monstersin your graveyard. Just Summon them from your hand! As long as you havea Level 1 Tuner and Level 1 Non-Tuner, you're Celestial!

I'm going with a deck that focuses hardcore on Celestial, usingQuillbolt Hedgehog and Machine Duplication to make some crazy plays.Turns out a lot of monsters are Machine-type, so I think it makes senseto leverage those cards, right? I gave up trying to keep the deck at acertain total card count, so I don't expect you to do so either.

-Brit T. ~ Dallas, Texas

Fun fact, you could probably leverage Celestial Double Star Shaman andIsolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights in a Flower Cardian Deck ifFlower Cardian Moonflowerever comes to the TCG.

But setting that aside, here's what Brit sent us for this week's deck fix…

DECKID=108650Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights needs equips to fetch monsters fromyour deck, but with all the Warrior-type monsters, it's a viable Link-2option that's almost as generic as you could possibly get. At least in thisbuild.

Before we get into the fix, I just have one more question.

Is There A SINGLE Star Shaman?
Ever since Celestial Double Star Shaman was released, I always had thethought to build a deck that would place it front and center, but nothingever really materialized. In theory it's a simple card to use. First make aLink Monster, then Summon Celestial Double Star Shaman and revive fourLevel 2 monsters. Something, something, something… Then you win? The mainchallenge comes from Celestial Double Star Shaman itself, restricting yourExtra Deck Summons to only Synchros. And honestly that's not really the endof the world.

Even in the best of circumstances, that's surprisingly unhelpful becauseyour end game should always be the first thing on your mind when you'redesigning giant combos. The best monster in Brit's submission is… drum rollplease… Stardust Warrior. Here's anactual picture of mewhen I read the submission. I like Stardust Warrior because it's… I guess aneat card, sort of? It's cool. But if that's your only threat, then boo,that's boring and not gonna work.

The second piece of the puzzle is PSY-Framelord Omega, and if you lookclosely at the deck and squint a little bit, you'll notice Brit's buildlooks a bit like the Dark Synchro decks of 2016. If you weren't familiarwith that strategy, all you really need to know is that on Turn 1 youpoured all your cards into making PSY-Framelord Omega as many times as youcould, abusing T.G. Hyper Librarian to fire off combo after combo anddeplete your opponent's hand. Thanks to Master Rule Change 4 existing andLevel Eater being Forbidden, that dream's now much harder to realize.

Or is it, dear readers?

Ha, just kidding: it IS a lot harder, but I thinkthere are ways you can tailor Brit's submission to mirror the deck of oldas much as you can. But first, let me praise the deck I'm about to tearapart limb from limb.

The purpose of Brit's strategy is clear - similar to Dark Synchro, Brit'strying to make PSY-Framelord Omega a couple times, control the opponent'shand to limit their options, and then finish with Stardust Warrior. Almosteverything in Brit's deck helps make Special Summons or draws more cards,and when you're out of resources, Celestial Double Star Shaman swoops infor more free monsters.

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Machine Duplication and De-Synchro are great cards when you draw them, butthe deck's geared around multiple ways to accomplish the same thing. It'snot diversifying the end goals but diversifying how you can get to them.Heck, even Iron Call made the final submission, so the deck's more or lessa giant wheel to spin, leaving you to cross your fingers and hope you drawsomething that lets you continue on.

Yes, that's the general sentiment of Dark Synchro. Draw cards from HyperLibrarian, keep making Synchros, put your opponent to sleep, eventuallydraw Soul Charge, make PSY-Framelord Omega, slow cook a homemade pot roast- you know the drill. The main concern I have here is the Extra Deck. Thereare too many cards that only draw you cards without really creating anyforward momentum toward a win.

Celestial Double Star Shaman, Formula Synchron, and even Road Warrior areall ways to just keep going, and the deck runs them in multiples. TheMachines - Iron Call and Machine Duplication included - all do just that aswell. I tested the deck quite a bit but realized that the strategy was tooMachine-heavy, even packing multiple copies of Jet Synchron. Instead ofkeeping that focus, I decided to rejigger things and take a closer look atJunk Synchron.

Tag Line 2? Better Than Half My Taglines
The infamous Junk Doppel deck of 2011 went as follows: Normal Summon JunkSynchron, Special Summon a Level 1 Tuner from your Graveyard, then SpecialSummon Doppel Warrior from your hand. A few Synchro Summons later you'dhave a Doppel Token, Formula Synchron, T.G. Hyper Librarian, and two freshcards in your hand.

Since I like Junk Synchron way too much, I decided to mess around with thecombos today's deck can produce, and the end result was similar to the DarkSynchro deck: I'd draw a bunch of cards and end with PSY-FramelordOmega(s). Here's the overly complicated combo I came up with.

Start with a Level 1 Dark non-Machine non-Warrior monster in your graveyardwith Junk Synchron and Doppelwarrior in hand. Normal Summon Junk Synchron,revive your Level 1 Dark, then Special Summon Doppelwarrior. TuneDoppelwarrior and Junk Synchron to make Accel Synchron and two DoppelTokens, then send Jet Synchron to the graveyard with Accel Synchron. Fromthere combine your Dark monster, Doppelwarrior, and Accel Synchron forCurious, the Lightsworn Dominion.

Curious sends Mecha Phantom Beast O-Lion to the graveyard for a Level 1Token, then you combine Curious and your remaining Doppel Token for Isolde,Two Tales of the Noble Knights. Isolde gives you Black Luster Soldier -Envoy of the Beginning and fields Hero Kid, which in turn gets two morecopies of Hero Kid onto the table. Two Hero Kids combine to make Herald ofthe Pure Light, which can return your Level 1 to your hand and kicks BlackLuster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning to your deck.

Confused so far? You now control Curious, the Lightsworn Dominion; HeroKid; a Mecha Phantom Beast Token; and Herald of Pure Light on your field,along with a Level 1 monster in hand and Jet Synchron in your graveyard.

Anyway, you'll make Saryuja Skull Dread with all four monsters you controland then use Saryuja's effect to recycle your cards. Then, you Saryuja toSpecial Summon the Level 1 monster from your hand and at the very least,you'll be "forced" to discard whatever you netted with Saryuja Skull Dreadto Special Summon Jet Synchron from your graveyard. (Loukas' Note: if youonly use three monsters for Saryuja Skull Dread it requires one lessmonster, but then you don't get the stellar drawing effect of Saryuja SkullDread.)

If you chose to return Jet Synchron to your hand as your Level 1 monster, use Saryuja's effect to summon Jet Synchron and combine with your Mecha Phantom Beast Token to make Celestial Double Star Shaman and revive Doppellwarrior and two copies of Hero Kid. Doppellwarrior and Celestial make Cryston Quandax and two Tokens, then a Token and Quandax make T.G. Hyper Librarian. From there, pitch a card to summon Jet Sycnhron from your graveyard for Formula Synchron off Jet Synchron and your last token. You draw 2 cards, retain T.G. Librarian, and have a Tuner to keep going with! The possibilities are really endless.

But Wait - There's More!
Between the other starting cards in your hand, the draws from T.G. HyperLibrarian, and Saryuja Skull Dread's "draw 4" ability, you're bound to havesomething to keep going, but then I realized something interesting. If thatLevel 1 non-Warrior non-Machine Dark monster happens to be a Black MetalDragon, you can search Black Metal Dragon' rel="https://yugioh.tcgplayer.com/db/WP-CH.asp?CN=Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon">Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon.

That means after you Special Summon something with Ancient Fairy Dragon,you can banish Ancient Fairy Dragon for Black Metal Dragon' rel="https://yugioh.tcgplayer.com/db/WP-CH.asp?CN=Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon">Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon andrevive Coral Dragon to put another Tuner on the field.

So I know that might have seemed a bit convoluted, but go back and read itand pause after every step of the process - you'll see that you cansplinter off into tons of different permutations at just about every stepof that play sequence, and depending on what you start with you can goabout roughly the same path and get the same end goal with differentcombos. After all, your target might be to empty your opponent's handcompletely, but the goal along the way is just to draw into Soul Charge.

I also realized that with Curious, the Lightsworn Dominion and Herald ofPure Light, you can effectively get any card to your hand! A couple morenotes: you can summon Saryuja Skull Dread as many times as you'd like andreuse it over and over again. So if you happen to play Exodius the UltimateForbidden Lord, you can not only recycle all your Synchros to abuse T.G.Hyper Librarian at different stages in the game, you can even play Hero Kidmultiple times per turn!

Most of the changes in today's deck fix ended up being cases of "one thingled to another," but that's ok. I'm not sure why Brit excluded D.D.R. -Different Dimension Reincarnation from the original deck list, but at thevery least it can bring back a Level 1 Tuner. Best case scenario, it'llbring back PSY-Framelord Omega to pop off another card from your opponent'shand!

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Since Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights needs Equips, I'mreally not sure why Brit left them out of the initial submission.But let me continue. Running tons of equips means you can leverage PowerTool Dragon as well to get a free copy of D.D.R. - Different DimensionReincarnation, but there's another card that's about as good for ourpurposes here: Overdone Burial.

Sure, the cost is relatively steep because it requires a card from yourhand and you lose the effect of whatever monster you revive, but if all youneed is a Tuner or a non-Tuner, you might as well pitch that mostly uselessmonster from your hand anyways. Since you can fetch a Level 10 Red-EyesDarkness Metal Dragon or Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning fromyour hand, you can mitigate Overdone Burial's cost instantly.

And back where I had my note about making Saryuja Skull Dread with onlythree cards, between Boost Warrior, Destrudo the Lost Dragon's Frisson,Glow-Up Bulb, Monster Reborn… you may have another way to field a fourthcard.

Overwhelmed yet? To give you another option, you could just as easilysubstitute the early step of making Curious and instead make Isolde, TwoTales of the Noble Knights first. It really all depends on what you startwith and which order you make your plays.

So now I'll put the choice in your hands. With my shift away from Machinesto Dragons, the Extra Deck needed a serious overhaul. I ended on the abovecombo because I felt it was one of the most straightforward ways to dothings (feel free to laugh at that). However, there are a billionsubstitutions you could make to tailor the deck however you want it.

For example, you could focus more on Formula Synchron and run a Level 6non-Tuner Synchro for continued plays. Stardust Charge Warrior's a Level 6Warrior Synchro that draws you a card, so you can leverage it mid-combo andstill play into Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights. I even found a loopthat used Swap Frog to make Saryuja Skull Dread twice over and end withTradetoad.

One possibility I saw even involved X-Saber Wayne and Gearfried theRed-Eyes Iron Knight - the possibilities are endless. But to get to myfinal build, here are the changes. It's still way above 40 cards.

-1 Quickdraw Synchron
-1 Clear Effector
-3 Darksea Rescue
-2 Jet Synchron
-3 Quillbolt Hedgehog
-3 The Tricky
-2 Destrudo the Lost Dragon's Frisson
-3 Big One Warrior
-1 Spore
-1 Dragodies, the Empowered Warrior
-3 The Warrior Returning Alive
-3 Machine Duplication
-3 Iron Call
-3 De-Synchro

-2 Celestial Double Star Shaman
-2 Formula Synchron
-1 T.G. Hyper Librarian
-1 Road Warrior
-1 Stardust Warrior
-1 Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights

+2 Junk Synchron
+3 Boost Warrior
+3 Hero Kid
+1 Synkron Resonator
+1 Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning
+1 Mecha Phantom Beast O-Lion
+1 Black Metal Dragon
+1 Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon
+3 D.D.R. - Different Dimension Reincarnation
+3 Dragon Ravine
+3 Terraforming
+2 Overdone Burial
+1 Reinforcement of the Army

+1 Power Tool Dragon
+1 PSY-Framelord Omega
+1 Herald of Pure Light
+1 Cosmic Blazar Dragon
+1 Ancient Fairy Dragon
+1 Crystron Quandax
+1 Saryuja Skull Dread
+1 Curious, the Lightsworn Dominion

It's not 40 cards, and it's not 60 cards, but that's ok. I opted not to goheavy with the Resonators, but that's up to you if you want to change it

Here's what the final build ended up looking like.

DECKID=108651I really do mean it: if you want to change up large parts of the deck, Iwon't be offended. If you desperately want to see Synkron Resonator earlieron, who am I to judge?

And if you like Red Resonator and Doppelwarrior as your main combo, you'llneed Photon Pulse Dragon in the Extra Deck. What if you love Clear Effectormore than anything else? I mean, sure, put a third copy in there, and then…like, yeah, your head might be spinning right now. That seems reasonable.

Just remember: beat your opponents before they beat you.

-Loukas Peterson


Loukas Peterson lives in Nashville, Tennessee where it's warmer thanwarm, whatever that means. When he's not submitting ideas for Fabledsupport and a Fabled Link monster, you can find making "attempts" at"art" and playing his ukulele terribly, or on Wednesday nights, hangingout with the local mice. Hailed as the only person capable of cookingMinute Rice in 56 seconds, Loukas is always looking at expanding hisapartment to house every dog in the world.



Do you love winning with unconventional strategies? Do you lovecreating mash-ups? Does your deck need an injection of crazy? Send thefollowing torerouting.tcgplayer@gmail.comto have your deck featured in the "Re-Routing" deck fix column!

-Your Main and Extra Deck list. (No Side Deck needed, but please send awritten deck list, not a screencap; screencapped deck lists will befiled and then burned in the furnace accordingly… and your deck shouldbe TCG legal).

-Your name and city.

-Remember, please use full card names! Abbrevs and mis-sipllngs makeLoukas' life sad. Try your darndest to get the TCG name on there.

-A paragraph or two describing your deck: what it does, why you'replaying it, and its strengths and weaknesses. "Winning" is not astrategy per se, and neither is "beating your opponents before theybeat you."

-Your favorite card from the build and why – make me fall in love withthe deck! The cooler your strategy the more I'll want to fix it, and ifyou throw in funny jokes, that'll surely get my attention too; bewarned, unfunny jokes will push your deck to the back of the stack.Don't be afraid to get creative! New stuff takes priority, because I'mnot bored of it yet! –LJP