I don't think Zefra decks have ever been played how R&D designed them to be played.

Oracle of Zefra, the infamous Field Spell, was designed to encourage Zefracards to be used in Fusion, Synchro, Ritual, and Xyz Summons, and thevarious Zefra monsters were made to empower those four summoning mechanics.I've witnessed more people getting stabbed over 7-Colored Fish than I'veseen people actually using the Fusion and Ritual benefits of Oracle ofZefra, but that's a story for another day. For now, this week's contributorfrom Los Angeles writes writes…

As much as I'd like to play cards like Chosen of Zefra, the Zefratheme decided to make a bung of bad cards. I can barely stomachplaying one copy of some Zefra cards, so I tried to cram as many asI could into the deck I've sent you. I thought Link Summons wouldhurt the strategy, but with Heavymetalfoes Electrumite the deck'ssomehow miraculously better.

I wanted to play more Dragunity cards, but the Dragons I have aregood enough already. I wanted to use Dragunity Knight - Vajrayanato make Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal that much easier, but I tonedit back and tried to make the deck more focused. The card I hatethe most is Zefraath because I always feel like I under use it.

-Winn W. ~ Los Angeles, California

Ok, that's a bit pessimistic, telling me which card you hate the mostinstead of which one's your favorite. Chin up, buttercup - let's take alook at the deck Winn sent us.

DECKID=108487 See, now that Winn talked about Dragunities, I have a million dumb ideas ofmy own, but that's way too much for one article. There are tons of ideasswimming around in my head, but Heavymetalfoes Electrumite is what reallycatches our eye here, isn't it?

Of course it is.

Anything You Can Do Electrumite Can Do Better
Around the time of the North American World Championship Qualifier in 2017,Pendulum decks briefly flirted with Astrograph Sorcerer and by proxyStargazer Magician. While Stargazer fell out of popularity, AstrographSorcerer continued to be used for its ancillary effect, but HeavymetalfoesElectrumite almost mandates Astrograph Sorcerer and Chronograph Sorcerer.

The cards aren't revolutionary, and while Stargazer Magician and TimegazerMagician aren't that special, they do help you field monsters without usingyour Normal Summon – a must if you want to make the most of Electrumite'spotential to generate card economy and bigger plays. So that means atworst, even if you can't Pendulum Summon any monsters and you're forced toNormal Summon one of them, Heavymetalfoes Electrumite's always close athand.

Conversely, you've probably seen my go-to "free" Pendulum monster in a lotof other strategies so far this format - Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm. Forthe easy condition of a monster-free field, Darkwurm puts a Pendulummonster on the tables and searches either Supreme King Gate Infinity orSupreme King Gate Zero, landing you a Pendulum Scale at either end of thespectrum.

Winn made fielding and yarding Supreme King Gate Infinity easy thanks toDragon Ravine, and by extension Terraforming, so your important combopieces are never too tough to find. Whether you need to search a Zefra withOracle of Zefra, or a Dragon with Dragon Ravine, the dual-purposedTerraforming ensures you have sufficient options. Destrudo the LostDragon's Frisson's even better: it's not too hard to blaze through a comboand end up with Odd-Eyes Vortex Dragon… after you field Absolute Odd-EyesDragon… after you make Odd-Eyes Meteorburst Dragon

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And I'm not spitting on that idea - after all, I vouched for opening theextra deck with Odd-Eyes Meteorburst Dragonhere before. But in the case of with Zefras, I feel like you end up with alot of useless cards when you start adding more themes andengines. Sure, it's nice to cram the deck with more ways to get to yourcentral combo, but for every time I started with a perfect hand, I had agame where I was stuck holding extra Zefra cards, Field Spells, orTerraformings that ultimately didn't amount to much.

With all that in mind I think Astrograph Sorcerer and Chronograph Sorcererare the better move; in the worst-case situations you'll still havePendulum Scales. Conversely, you could be left with extra copies of SupremeKing Dragon Darkwurm and Terraforming.

Give 'Em The Ol' Razzle Dazzle
If it's starting to sound like I don't want to make the deck purely focusedon Heavymetalfoes Electrumite because, well, that's only because I don'twant to do that. Sure, it's the ultimate support card and it gets you tothe rest of your deck that much faster, but in some ways, Zefras sufferfrom a lack of swarm power. Frankly like most people right now, I'm utterlyin love with Heavymetalfoes Electrumite. But this week I want to go in adifferent direction.

Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights is what I'm talking about. Youbarely need one copy and minimal Equip Spell support for Hero Kid, whichhas been surprisingly underplayed since Isolde was released. I'm not surewhy. Since Hero Kid's a Level 2 you barely need any Equip Spells, andyou're rewarded with three copies of Hero Kid with which to assemble somepretty daunting boards. Think monsters like Tri-Gate Wizard.

I know there are lots of ways to OTK your opponent when you factor inZefraath's second Pendulum Summon or your Synchro horde, but sadly that'snot always possible, and you'll have to rely on building a board that'llgive you another turn. I thought about the bajillion ways you can easilymake Isolde since fielding two Warriors is surprisingly simple, but in theend I went with a card that ironically doesn't make Isolde by itself, eventhough it's a Warrior.

I'm talking about Marauding Captain (and if you thought I was going toreference Galaxy Worm, that was probably a good guess, but no). Galaxy Wormhas some merit, since by itself, it can make an M-X-Saber Invoker, field aHeroic Challenger - Thousand Blades, and then make your Isolde from there.But Marauding Captain can work in the same way while doing some thingsGalaxy Worm can't.

Marauding Captain is a Warrior itself, so that's a plus, but better yet youcan use it with other monsters Winn's already playing. Furthermore, it canyard a Zefra monster so you can bring it back with Ritual BeastZeframpilica, and most importantly it can bypass Isolde all together if youalready have a Hero Kid in hand. I know, I'm adding in a Warrior with theadded bonus of skipping Isolde, but since the Zefra Pendulum monsters won'tlet you Pendulum Summon Hero Kid in the first place, the roundabout way ofdoing things turns out to not be much of a problem and can actually work inyour favor.

You could make the case that Goblindbergh would be better suited for thejob and to drop the Heroic Challenger altogether, but as a Level 3Marauding Captain edges out Goblindbergh in the situations I'm considering.

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Other small edits I made just seemed better for the deck overall. Baxia,Brightness of the Yang Zing makes a lot of sense here to revive fallenmonsters, and I've somehow neglected to use Supreme King Dragon StarvingVenom since it was released. You can get away with two Ghost Ogre &Snow Rabbit too, since Stardust Charge Warrior can effectively search you acopy combined with Oracle of Zefra's deck stacking effect.

Lastly, and I can't believe I'm saying this, but to minimize the impact ofthe Equips Spells Isolde forces you to play, you might as well play MoonMirror Shield and Horn of the Unicorn. There's virtually no Equip Spell Iwanted here, so if you happen to draw either of those Equips, you can shovethem back into the deck with their secondary effects.

Here are the changes:

-3 Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm
-1 Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit
-1 Jiaotu, Darkness of the Yang Zing
-2 Destrudo the Lost Dragon's Frisson
-1 Supreme King Gate Zero
-1 Blue-Eyes White Dragon
-1 The White Stone of Ancients
-2 Terraforming
-2 Dragon Ravine
-1 Zefra Divine Strike
-2 Zefra War

-1 Decode Talker
-1 Zefra Metaltron
-1 Proxy Dragon
-1 Yazi, Evil of the Yang Zing
-1 Odd-Eyes Meteorburst Dragon
-1 Number 11: Big Eye
-1 Scrap Dragon
-1 Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal

+3 Chronograph Sorcerer
+1 Timegazer Magician
+3 Astrograph Sorcerer
+1 Stargazer Magician
+3 Hero Kid
+3 Marauding Captain
+1 Satellarknight Zefrathuban
+1 Heroic Challenger - Thousand Blades
+1 Moon Mirror Shield
+1 Horn of the Unicorn
+1 Nine Pillars of Yang Zing

+1 Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights
+1 Odd-Eyes Vortex Dragon
+1 Odd-Eyes Absolute Dragon
+1 Baxia, Brightness of the Yang Zing
+1 M-X-Saber Invoker
+1 Ib the World Chalice Priestess
+1 Tri-Gate Wizard
+1 Supreme King Dragon Starving Venom

And here's the final build! The card count may be a little high, but blamethat on the Equip spells. If you really hate Isolde that much, Ithink it's one the easiest things to cut, but it feels really good tosummon three Hero Kids and make another big Link Monster.

Trust me on this.

DECKID=108488As for the trap cards, I always want to play more copies of Zefra DivineStrike, Zefra War, and Nine Pillars of the Yang Zing, but I cut them downpretty slim here since drawing them prematurely is garbage. I'd rather savethem all for searches from Zefraniu, Secret of the Yang Zing, and even thenI want to put in Yang Zing Path.

-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).

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-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