Since I'm drawn to decks that fly under the radar, it's no surprise that I was drawn to the Lyrilusc. Fresh from Maximum Crisis, the Lyrilusc theme has gone completely unnoticed. To be fair, the deck's nothing flashy and it takes algebra to understand why anyone would want to play it, but hear me out. The Xyz boss monster, Lyrilusc - Assembled Nightingale, gains 200 ATK for every Xyz Material attached to it, attacks directly, and can make an extra attack per turn for every material it has beyond the first. Impressed yet?

…Fine, be that way.

To eclipse 8000 damage with Assembled Nightingale, you'll need an astounding seven Xyz Materials - it's around this time where I think a lot of people lose interest, and I understand that. It's a cool card that compounds on itself, but seven materials is quite the investment; it's expensive for what you may expect to be a flashy OTK. But this week's contributor Sam was up for the challenge…

Want a cheap deck that doesn't break the budget? Do you like cute bird cards that will annoy the heck out of your opponent? Look no further than Lyriluscs! First of all, you can keep them infinitely safe to get a few extra turns out of them for attacks on attacks on attacks. Lyrilusc - Assembled Nightingale is where it's at, but it isn't actually my favorite card.

My MVP is Lyrilusc - Independent Nightingale. Unlike the Xyz Lyriluscs, Independent Nightingale's safe once it's on the field… from just about everything but Kaiju. It's unaffected by other card effects and can have a bajillion ATK and it can burn your opponent. Assembled Nightingale does the initial damage and Independent Nightingale finishes the job.

-Sam F. ~ Quebec City, Quebec

Not hating on the English language, but we have limitations on how we can translate Japanese puns and plays on words. The theme "Lyrilusc" is a combination of the word "lyrical" and a genus of birds known as "Luscinia."

I knew the genus only because I knew what a nightingale was, and I obviously knew what the word "lyrical" was, but there was a 0.0% chance I would have put that pun together based off the word "Lyrilusc."

DECKID= 107625 I'll stop playing teacher and get to the deck in a second. Just remember to thank me when you're on a game show 20 years from now and someone asks about Japanese nightingales.

I'm not sure why Sam didn't play much of an Extra Deck, but he's got most of the good cards he needs to be successful. Note the sudden Toadally Awesome as well: a bit odd, to say the least.

Birds From The Sky, Birds From The Graveyard
While Level 1 monsters may not impress you upfront, it's the Fusions and Xyz that put in the hard work here. The Lyrilusc have three Extra Deck threats right now that all play their part… Or at least they would, if we were in the OCG. Sadly, Lyrilusc - Recite Starling isn't available to us yet, so we'll have to cut it from Sam's deck, even though it snatches whatever combo piece you're missing from your deck.

What does that leave us with? Lyrilusc - Independent Nightingale henpecks your opponent for damage that can really add up, while Lyrilusc - Assembled Nightingale finishes the job. Thankfully Assembled Nightingale only needs generic Xyz Materials, so you can play whatever Level 1 support you can get your hands on.

Sam chose the Mystic Piper approach, one of two strategies that's popped up as popular choices since the deck debuted in Maximum Crisis. Since all of your monsters are Level 1's, Mystic Piper can generate a stream of cards to sate your voracious hunger for Xyz Summons. Tribute it off, draw a Level 1 monster, then reveal it to draw another.

The other popular Lyrilrusc variant I've seen leverages Raidraptor - Pain Lanius and Raidraptor - Last Strix. Being Winged Beasts, the Raid Raptors facilitate free Lyrilusc - Sapphire Swallow Summons while also throwing down Extra Level 1's. I've even seen D/D and Pendalamucho hybrids, but let's not open every can of worms we see on the way to fixing up this strategy.

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The point is, you'll need some other way to crank out Level 1 monsters that transcend the core theme, since there are only three Lyrilusc monsters in the Main Deck. Personally I like Plants for this strategy because Lonefire Blossom acts as extra copies of the Plants you want , namely Evil Thorn and Glow-Up Bulb. The Raid Raptors have, uh, Allure of Darkness as a way to speed through your deck, and Mystic Piper has… um… Shining Angel?

My biggest pet peeve with Mystic Piper is that I never seem to actually start with the card my deck was named after, no matter how many copies of Where Arf Thou? I play.

Even though I'm taking out Mystic Piper, I'm still concentrating purely on Level 1 support. I toyed around with a Predaplant suite but that quickly devolved into a Zoodiac variant. One non-Zoodiac combo that the Predeplant cards produced was Mavelus, an incidental happenstance. If you don't control a Winged-Beast but you need to summon Lyrilusc - Sapphire Swallow, then Predaplant Darlingtonia Cobra can search Instant Fusion to get Mavelus on the table.

However, you'd then want to overlay both Predaplants for M-X Saber Invoker to Summon Zoodiac Ratpier, and as I write this, I can hear the angry mob outside my apartment protesting the use of Zoodiacs. So let's not go there.

Fusions On Fusions On Fusions
What I didn't expect is that the deck would be so stuffed with Fusion opportunities. The two Lyrilusc Xyz can fly in for a ton of damage, but the icing on the cake comes by way of Lyrilusc - Independent Nightingale.

Consider Lyriclusc - Assembled Nightingale with four Xyz Materials - three naturally made, and one by way of Lyrilusc - Sapphire Swallow's effect. Barring something like a Quaking Mirror Force, you'll smack your opponent for 3200 damage. That's a solid amount of hurt all things considered, but once Assembled Nightmare starts protecting itself, it'll lose Xyz Materials and its attack power will drop exponentially.

That's where Independent Nightingale comes into play. Fuse your on-field Assembled Nightingale with another Lyrilusc and suddenly you have a Level 6 Fusion with 4000 ATK that's impervious to your opponent's card effects. If that isn't impressive enough, you can burn your opponent for 3000 damage with your Level 6 Fusion. To be honest, I have no idea why you wouldn't play the Fusion. It does half your work for you and gives you an unkillable monster. Well, I guess not entirely unkillable since it can die by battle, but not much can eclipse 4000 ATK.

Assembled Nightingale may be your go-to heavy hitter, but Independent Nightingale finishes the job for you. And if it somehow doesn't, it puts your opponent on a clock with so few Life Points. It doesn't matter what your opponent throws at you as long as you don't die - you'll have the chance to swarm back the following turn and attack directly for a solid chunk of damage, then burn your opponent for another sizeable chunk.

If you just use Assembled Nightingale, it's virtually impossible to kill your opponent in one turn. It gains 200 ATK and an extra attack for every material on it, sure, but again that means you'll need seven Xyz materials to take your opponent out in one turn. Even with all the added Level 1 support, that situation's just not always feasible. I added Windwitch - Snow Bell and Boost Warrior to stack it with as many materials as possible, but in the end it may be better to just go the Fusion route.

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Since I was adding Polymerization and Fusion Substitute, I couldn't help but add Instant Fusion as well. Whether you use Lyrilusc - Independent Nightingale or Thousand Eyes Restrict you'll have a monster with an added bonus. Sure, it costs you 1000 Life Points, but you'll either steal a monster or burn for a few Life Points while you're at it. Just make sure to pour one out for Elder Entity Norden.

There are some neat Extra Deck tricks here too. Ghostrick Dullahan can cut a monster down to size for some decent damage after you stack Ghostrick Angel of MIschief. Slacker Magician can stall, and I've definitely used Sylvan Princessprite to draw into a much-needed Polymerization. But even with those benefits, the best cards are still the on-theme Fusion and Xyz Lyriluscs. Here are the changes:

-3 Battle Fader
-3 Swift Scarecrow
-1 Kinka-Byo
-1 D.D. Crow
-3 Mystic Piper
-3 Swap Frog
-1 Ronintoadin
-1 Treeborn Frog
-3 Allure of Darkness
-1 Twin Twisters
-2 Drowning Mirror Force

-3 Lyrilusc - Recite Starling
-1 Number F0: Utopic Future
-1 Sylvan Princessprite
-1 Number 54: Lion Heart
-1 Toadally Awesome

+3 Lonefire Blossom
+3 Evil Thorn
+3 Boost Warrior
+3 Windwitch - Snow Bell
+1 Rose Lover
+1 Glow-Up Bulb
+3 Instant Fusion
+2 Fusion Substitute
+1 Polymerization
+1 Reinforcement of the Army

+2 Thousand Eyes Restrict
+3 Lyrilsusc - Independent Nightingale
+2 Ghostrick Dullahan
+1 Ghostrick Angel of MIschief
+1 Slacker Magician
+1 Number F0: Utopic Future

Twin Twisters isn't that important but I'm really tired of getting blown out by a Solemn Strike. I swear, that thing will be the death of me.

DECKID=107626My only real complaint about the deck is directed at the Lyrilusc Main Deck monsters themselves. I do wish you could use their effects more than once, but perhaps that's being selfish and would open the door to some really dangerous and annoyingly consistent OTK's. No one wants to sit back and watch a flock of baby birds peck them to death.

The Lyrilusc theme isn't slated to get any more support, but with everything except for Fableds and Iron Chains getting new support, I wouldn't be surprised if we saw another Lyrilusc card grace our shores in the next few years. Honestly, who knows?

Just remember, beat your opponents before they beat you!

-Loukas Peterson

Loukas Peterson lives in Madison, Wisconsin where every day he cries for warm weather, mollified by his job as software engineer and living in the basement. When he's not playing cards or crying about the lack of Fabled support, you can find him on his kayak reading a book and playing the ukulele or at his painting desk, probably on his 30th cup of coffee for the day. Hailed on the only one capable of cooking Minute Rice is 57 seconds, Loukas is always looking for another creative outlet and a dog to pet.

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

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

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-Your favorite card from the build and why – make me fall in love with the deck! The cooler your strategy the more I'll want to fix it, and if you throw in funny jokes, that'll surely get my attention too; be warned, 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'm not bored of it yet! –LJP