If you have some degree of distaste for Performapal decks, I wouldn't blameyou.

Some of the cards were so revolutionary when they were first released, thatwe needed an emergency "Adjusted List" in February of 2016 to keepcompetitive Yu-Gi-Oh! from spiraling totally out of control. Ironically,some the best Performapal monsters like Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer andPerformapal Skullcrobat Magician were never featured in any Yu-Gi-Oh!animated series. But who am I to judge?

Moving on, we have one particular Performapal that's very hard to summon,but this week's contributor is putting it to work anyways. Mikael from NovaScotia writes…

I've seen several of your Performapal decks before, and it's timeto bring one of them back. Other decks are too obsessed withHeavymetalfoes Electrumite, but that's not the focus of my deck! Isee the Performapals as tools to help me achieve other goals andget me to better boss monsters. I'm not talking about the ExtraDeck, though!

Performapal Sky Magician is my favorite Performapal Magician, so Ibuilt a deck around it and loaded it up to make sure you get all ofits effects off as soon as possible. Performapal Pendulum Sorcerercan search it, so it makes sense to play the strategy that way.

-Mikael T. ~ Halifax, Nova Scotia
Embarrassingly, I've been spelling "Halifax" as "Hailfax" for years, and inmy defense of justification based off the spelling, the football playerBrett Favre has a non-phonetic way to spell his name as well.

Sorry, Canada…

Here's what Mikael's deck looks like.

DECKID=108507Anyone that puts Performapal Springoose in a deck is near and dear to myheart already. It may seem like an extraordinary silly card, but there aresome pretty awesome applications in niche situations where very specificplay sequences help you complete pendulum scales or reuse effects.

The Oscar For Hardest Monster To Summon Goes To…
Before I took on this project, I remember my friend Chris and I talkedabout Magician's Restage and by extension Performapal Sky Magician. Shortlyinto that discussion, it dawned on me that Performapal Skullcrobat Joker iscurrently Forbidden, throwing a huge wrench into my grand plans. It'sextremely hard to Summon Sky Magician early on in a duel. Sure, once yousearch the card you can Pendulum Summon it, but think of all the ways toactually search the card when you don't have Joker.

The only way to actually fetch Performapal Sky Magician from your deck witha Normal Summon is Performapal Secondonkey, and while it has value, itisn't exactly what you want to pin your hopes and dreams on. Unless youalready have full Pendulum Scales, Secondonkey isn't going to net you much.

I initially ventured down the road of using Spellbooks - Spellbook of Lifespecifically – but that was a lot less consistent than I thought. Spellbookof Knowledge wasn't the amazing card I wanted because while it helped thinthe deck, Spellbook of Life needs a second Spellbook in hand to actually gooff, and wowee did I have a lot of useless cards in my hand.

When I say "hard to summon," keep in mind I've already thought aboutleveraging Performapal Longphone Bull and other even more obscure options.But in the end, I think it's best to focus on the most consistent card inthe deck: Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer.

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Ok, so I'm not desperate enough to bank the entire strategy on Sorcerer andplay Performapal Friendonkey, but I will cap that thought saying bothFriendonkey and Performapal Lizardraw are both Level 3 Earth monsters. Letme get back to the usable cards, because while Mikael's strategy focusesaround Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer and Performapal Sky Magician, it's notbuilt to consistently field both.

Summoner Monk came off the Forbidden and Limited List a while ago, butsometimes I have to remind myself that cards once considered too broken touse eventually turn into a shell of what they once were, Summoner Monkincluded. It's really simple to use in this context because it has asingular goal - field Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer. As much as I'll praisePendulum Sorcerer, it wasn't the exigency of the deck; rather just a toolto get to Performapal Sky Magician.

So… Why Sky Magician?
Two of the three Magician cards Performapal Sky Magician can leverage stopyour opponent's spells and traps: Magician's Left Hand stops their firsttrap each turn, while Magician's Right Hand stops their spells. Magician'sRestage revives monsters from your graveyard, but it doesn't have thesurprise factor that the other two can present.

Between Fire Formation - Tenki, Brilliant Fusion, and other ContinuousSpells, nothing really stood out as an amazing card to reuse turn afterturn. In an ideal setting, you'd like to use something like Tenki on yourturn, swap it out for Magician's Restage immediately, then have theMagician Hands to use when your opponent's turn comes around. With all thatin mind, Brilliant Fusion seems like a no brainer Turn 1 play to me.

In terms of other cards that shut down your opponent, you can use DeckLockdown and Secret Sanctuary of the Spellcasters. They can both havenegative side effects for the turn player by shutting down your strategy orblowing up prematurely, but they're valid targets for Sky Magician when youneed to swap them out. Worst case scenario, a single Deck Lockdown can buyyou a turn or two or at least serve as fodder for Summoner Monk. Also, weseriously need to cut down on the number of Magician's cards here.

Like… by a lot.

Back to Magician's Restage, which is still the biggest reason I wanted toplay this deck. Knowing me, if you thought I initially tried some stupidChaos hybrid involving Gravekeeper's Recruiter and Constellar Rasalhague,you're 200% right, but there's a much better alternative.

First, in terms of Pendulum Monsters, Performapal Extra Slinger is actuallyastonishingly useful. It saw very limited success in a fewRegional Top Cut lists in 2016 at the height of Performapal's power, but itfills a notable niche in today's deck. It's a Performapal, so it works withPerformapal Secondonkey and Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer, and in a pinchyou can do some damage when it's in a Pendulum Scale. Then again, that'sjust a niche play because the better Spellcaster was so obvious, I don'tknow why I didn't think of it sooner.

That's Windwitch - Ice Bell. I'm all about having cards that can stand outon their own, and a single Ice Bell can deal damage along the way to aCrystal Wing Synchro Dragon. Sure, it eats your Extra Deck space a bit, butthat's a small price to pay for one of the easiest and strongest one-cardcombos you can make.

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Check out the changes below… even if it's mostly removing superfluouscopies of cards.

-1 Performapal Lizardraw
-1 Performapal Guitartle
-1 Performapal Dag Daggerman
-1 Performapal Springoose
-1 Performapal Sky Magician
-3 Performapal Sky Pupil
-3 Performapal Revue Dancer
-2 Magician's Right Hand
-2 Magician's Left Hand
-3 Foolish Burial Goods

-2 Artifact Durendal
-2 Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir
-1 Tornado Dragon
-1 Curious, the Lightsworn Dominion
-1 Firewall Dragon
-2 Abyss Dweller

+2 Performapal Secondonkey
+3 Windwitch - Ice Bell
+2 Windwitch - Glass Bell
+1 Windwitch - Snow Bell
+1 Gem-Knight Garnet
+3 Summoner Monk
+1 Performapal Extra Slinger
+1 Timegazer Magician
+3 Chronograph Sorcerer
+3 Brilliant Fusion
+1 Deck Lockdown
+1 Secret Sanctuary of the Spellcasters

+1 Gem-Knight Seraphinite
+1 Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon
+1 Windwitch - Winter Bell
+1 Heavymetalfoes Electrumite
+1 Leviair the Sea Dragon
+1 Borreload Dragon
+1 Underclock Taker
+1 Akashic Magician
+1 Ib the World Chalice Priestess

At the intersection of inexpensive and effective you have Effect Veiler, acard that's only recently begun to emerge from the shadow of Ash Blossom& Joyous Spring in tournament play. It's especially good here, becauseit's a Light Spellcaster that isn't bad when you draw it.

Here's the final build of Mikael's deck!

DECKID=108510For the sake of space, I opted not to include any hardcore Magician cardslike Pendulum Call. Yeah, that probably sounds really oxymoronic since thetheme of the deck shares a similar name, but if you want to talk about adeck that's tight on space, then look no further than a hybrid that'salready stretched this far.

With Timegazer Magician also being a Level 3 Spellcaster, I couldn't affordto not include it. Combined with Chronograph Sorcerer, you could easilyhave a Heavymetalfoes Electrumite at your fingertips, and like moststrategies, that's really worthwhile here.

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