Performage Plushfire is an oddity that wound up being one of the defining cards of the year over in Asia's OCG, strictly for how its unassuming Monsters Effect is ruled. That ability reads: "If this card on the field is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon 1 'Performage' monster from your hand or Deck, except 'Performage Plushfire'."


Seems straightforward, but there's actually a lot more to it: when you play Plushfire as a Pendulum Spell and it's destroyed, that Monster Effect actually triggers, Special Summoning another Performage from your hand or deck. In the OCG that unleashed a Performage Performapal strategy that created huge combos with Luster Pendulum, the Dracoslayer and Wavering Eyes, capitalizing on some cards we won't see until the release of the Master of Pendulum Structure Deck and beyond. Players have been anticipating that deck here, but we actually got our first taste of the Plushfire shenanigans at YCS San Jose.

Two big new decks were hyped heading into that YCS: Majespecters and Kozmos. But what we actually got were three new decks, as a Performage Majespecter variant joined the fray, entirely off the strength of Plushfire. You can hit the Deck Archive to see examples like Brandon Wong's Top 8 build, which ran all four of the search-driven Majespecters along with three Performage Plushfire, three Performage Damage Juggler, and one each of Hat Tricker and Mirror Conductor. He ran two Wavering Eyes and three Luster Pendulums to combo with the Performage suite, and then went so far as to play a copy of Masked Chameleon too, making the most of his Luster Pendulums.

The resulting strategy is tremendously different from a regular Majespecter deck, loading up the Extra Deck with Pendulum Monsters much faster, and then relentlessly surging with attackers. The deck can make Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer as a finisher, and pushes out more Xyz Summons than a regular Majespecter build. Watch for it to become a big part of competition in the new format, all thanks to Performage Plushfire.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer