Not that I love it when newer themes plummet from competitive grace, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't laugh on occasion when powerful new strategies stumble.

For starters, it means that card prices on the secondary market will drop like rocks and I can pick up the pieces for fun side projects without selling my friends' kidney(s). Second, an implosion upon debut means I won't have to worry about everyone and their mother playing one big hyped deck with little to no diversity. Remember the first month after Nekroz arrived in The Secret Forces? You couldn't walk two feet without being attacked by a Nekroz of Trishula. Despite limitations and innovations in other strategies, Nekroz remained the most popular deck for the majority of 2015; playing against Nekroz 70% of the time meant they were no fun to play with, either.

Conversely, Majespecters flailed and flopped like a fish out of water with dynamite strapped to its back. Now when I see Majespecters, I don't immediately cringe - I kinda smile and say "neat." I severely underrated the power of pivotal cards like Performage Plushfire and the Master of Pendulum Magicians when I assumed Kozmos and Majespecters would be vying for competitive dominance. Wavering Eyes and Pendulum Call have made the decks that use them way too speedy, leaving slow-paced grind-centric Majespecters in the wind.

At least, standalone Majespecters have flopped. Long-time reader Brent pitched me a cool mash-up playing them… Sort of. He actually asked me to make the mash-up! From the cornfields of Iowa Brent writes…

Hey Loukas, how's it going? I remember you talking about Jet Synchron being your favorite card out of the Synchron Extreme Structure Deck, but how about Master of Pendulum? Look around at all the Regional deck lists - it's Pendulums everywhere, and I'm hoping to cash in. I don't want to deviate too far from my strategy, but how can I make this deck better?

A little bit of backstory for you, sir - I foolishly decided to spend a ton of money on the Majespecter cards early into their release because I thought they would be the best deck, but… I was wrong. Very wrong. I'm not going to trade away my Majespecter Raccoon - Bunbukus just yet, but at the same time, I'm tired of losing. I want to buy three of the new Structure Deck, but I don't know where to start. Pendulum Call seems like a good idea. Deck time!

-Brent R. ~ Depue, Iowa

Here's Brent's build as he submitted it to me.

DECKID=103887I think it's important to note that after meeting with underwhelming results, Brent's trying new things to try and rectify the situation. It's an obvious rule of thumb, but it's something a lot of players miss; I've often seen people fall into the trap of claiming situations were against them personally, when the real issue was their subpar deck. "I only lost because he had Solemn Warning!" someone will say, when their loss is actually due to their decision to play a subpar deck.

Sometimes you'll have to change up your strategy. I mean, do you see pure Majespecters having the speed or power to win high-level events today? You have to adapt with the times!

Make Room For Kirin
We currently have a meager five Majespecter monsters - four of them search cards from your deck, getting you monsters, spells or traps, and then there's the big and awkwardly-Leveled Majespecter Unicorn - Kirin. All five Majespecters have a Pendulum Scale of either 2 or 5, making it really easy to throw down your smaller Majespecters to swarm the field and search multiple cards every turn.

But that's the problem: the most powerful Majespecter doesn't fall in that range of Level 3 to Level 4. Majespecter Unicorn - Kirin is an awkward Level 6 that most usually requires a tribute to hit the field. Why is it so awesome? Kirin's effect it sort of like a Neo-Spacian Grand Mole, but better. By bouncing a Pendulum Monster you control, you get to bounce an opposing monster. Since that ability's a quick effect, your opponent will always have to play around the possibility of Kirin ruining their plays, while you squander no card economy and recycle your Majespecters to make more searches.

Sadly, Kirin is a Level 6, and no amount of wishing will change that. Even when you mix in Luster Pendulum, the Dracoslayer, you still won't bump your Scale up high enough to Pendulum Summon it. The focal point of today's Re-Routing is to do just that - get Kirin in the deck! I thought about the problem for a little while before running to the newest cards in the game. Familiar with the new Starter Deck Master of Pendulum? If you've been living under a rock, go check it out - there's a lot of neat stuff that reaches far beyond what we're talking about today. The new cards crack open a ton of options and make for a lot of promising mash-ups.

To start, I'll highlight four important cards that make a tight engine for decks that want to Pendulum Summon a variety of monsters. Dragonpit Magician, Dragonpulse Magician and Oafdragon Magician can Pendulum Summon anything with Levels from 3 to 7 with; perfect for throwing down all the Majespecters, including Majespecter Unicorn - Kirin. And if you're tired of seeing Majespecters with no Pendulum effects, then look no further - those three Magicians all have powerful abilities to pop threats and recycle cards. Oafdragon Magician's by far my favorite of the three: it recycles Odd-Eyes and Magician monsters from your graveyard and your Extra Deck, offsetting the cost of Pendulum Call. Dragonpit Magician all but replaces dedicated removal like Mystical Space Typhoon, and you can feed it with extra Majespecters you search for free.

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Majespecters' biggest weakness is their lack of Pendulum effects - I didn't think that would be so detrimental, but when you have cards like Performage Plushfire, Performage Plushfire and GOSHDARN Performage Plushfire that net you roughly 10,000 free cards per duel, it's hard to keep up. Adding in the Pendulum Magicians is a nice fix, but it's important to have other cards that net you a stream of cards and stymie your opponent's plays. We'll be keeping the Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon and Wavering Eyes, two solid picks that help you speed through your deck.

Majespecter Magic!
Obviously, amassing swarms of Pendulum monsters in the early game will help ensure that you're on the right side of an OTK, but the Majespecters can offer threats that other Pendulum strategies don't have. Outside of Masked Chameleon, there aren't any cards that can go it alone in the majority of Pendulum decks. The beauty of the Pendulum mechanics is the uncanny ability to meld effects together and ram combos down your opponent's throat, but Majespecters have the added benefit of spells and traps that can thwart your opponent's plays if winning in one turn isn't an option.

Majespecter Tempest stops monster summons and monster effects, while Majespecter Cyclone and Majespecter Tornado remove most anything your opponent can throw at you. Adding searchable spells and traps can make your draws kind of clunky at times, but the benefits are worth it. After all, what's your opponent going to do against a Counter Trap? Oh, that's right: lose. The Majespecter support cards act both offensively and defensively to allow pushes for damage but also safeguards for when you're staring down your opponent's forces.

There's not much I'd like to change in this build, save skimping on the Majespecters to stock up on Magicians. It comes down mostly to speed and Kirin - the unicorn with power! The deck looks pretty solid for a pure Majespecter deck, but I'd like to ramp it up into something else. Small edits to the Extra Deck, like keeping all three Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer are personal edits I found I had tons of room for.

When you're playing Majespecters, I think it's important not to exhaust your supply of smaller monsters with costly Xyz Summons. After all, they can't be targeted or destroyed by card effects, so you're almost guaranteed to have a wall of fur between your opponent and your Life Points. I know Pendulum decks have made Yu-Gi-Oh! incredibly fast again, but Kirin and your Majespecter-stamped support cards give you the luxury of a more measured approach that won't blow through your while hand on Turn 1. Below are the changes I wound up making to Brent's build.

-2 Jigabyte
-1 Majespecter Crow - Yata
-3 Majespecter Cat - Nekomata
-1 Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon
-1 Majespecter Cyclone
-3 Majesty's Pegasus
-1 Majespecter Tempest
-1 Majespecter Tornado
-1 Torrential Tribute

-1 PSY-Framelord Omega
-1 Abyss Dweller
-1 Gagaga Cowboy

+3 Dragonpit Magician
+3 Dragonpulse Magician
+3 Majespecter Unicorn - Kirin
+2 Oafdragon Magician
+3 Pendulum Call

+1 Number 11: Big Eye
+1 Performage Trapeze Magician
+1 Steelswarm Roach

Here's the final deck list:

DECKID=103888This is one of my leaner edits, instead of the normal gouging and rebuilding. The deck's core was more than adequate, but I think omitting Kirin altogether is the biggest Mistake one could make in trying to build Majespecters. Outside of blanket removal like Raigeki or exotic tech choices like Kumungous, the Sticky String Kaiju, Kirin's a huge wall that's really difficult for your opponent to climb over. It's too good to pass up.

Just remember, beat your opponents before they beat you.

-Loukas Peterson


Loukas Peterson moved back to the cold and desolate North to fulfill his dream as a popsicle in Madison, Wisconsin. When he's not playing Spellbooks, his days are spent shaking his fist in the direction of Konami's North American headquarters requesting new Fabled support. In his spare time, Loukas enjoys cooking Minute Rice in 57 seconds, painting with all the colors of the wind and pretending his Etsy account is something to write home about. His favorite joke is "I play Evilswarm because I want to have fun!"


Do you love winning with unconventional strategies? Do you love creating mash-ups? Does your deck need an injection of crazy? Send the following to rerouting.tcgplayer@gmail.com to have your deck featured in the "Re-Routing" deck fix column!

-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).

-Your name and city.

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

-A paragraph or two describing your deck: what it does, why you're playing it, and its strengths and weaknesses. "Winning" is not a strategy per se, and neither is "beating your opponents before they beat you."

-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