As the format gets more solved and repetitive, rogue strategies become our beacon of hope! Whenever I see something out of the ordinary do well, it brings me some joy. If you're a competitive duelist playing regularly right now, I'm sure that like me, you're less excited whenever you see the best decks do well: strategies like Tri-Brigade Zoodiacs, Drytrons or Prank-Kids.

So here I am again today, as we count down to October 1st and what's hopefully the start of a new format. I've gathered what I found to be some of the best rogue decks players have come up with since the release of Dawn of the Majesty: strategies that can go against the grain to beat the expected field, offering something fresh and different in these final weeks of the current format!

Tri-Brigades… But With Bujins!

Earlier last month, my friend Sinjin Landers started playing at his local Official Tournament Store and has been winning many of his local tournaments with his unique takes on Tri-Brigades. One time he even combined it with his favorite archetype from Yu-Gi-Oh's past: Bujins!

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Bujin Tri-Brigade by Sinjin Landers

'Bujin Tri-Brigade' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Sinjin Landers

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Market Price: $347.42

Cards

PSY-Framelord Omega

Market Price: $4.61

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

Once per turn, during the Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can banish both this face-up card from the field and 1 random card from your opponent's hand, face-up, until your next Standby Phase. Once per turn, during your opponent's Standby Phase: You can target 1 banished card; return it to the GY. If this card is in your GY: You can target 1 other card in the GY; shuffle both that card and this card from the GY into the Deck.

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Tri-Brigade Nervall

Market Price: $0.20

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You can banish any number of Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters in your GY; Special Summon 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast Link Monster from your Extra Deck, with Link Rating equal to the number banished, also you can only use Beast, Beast-Warrior, and Winged Beast monsters as Link Material for the rest of this turn. If this card is sent to the GY: You can add 1 "Tri-Brigade" monster from your Deck to your hand, except "Tri-Brigade Nervall". You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Nervall" once per turn.

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Fire Formation - Tenki

Market Price: $1.28

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When this card is activated: You can add 1 Level 4 or lower Beast-Warrior monster from your Deck to your hand. All Beast-Warrior monsters you control gain 100 ATK. You can only activate 1 "Fire Formation - Tenki" per turn.

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Bujingi Quilin

Market Price: $0.75

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If you control a Beast-Warrior-Type "Bujin" monster: You can banish this card from your Graveyard, then target 1 face-up card your opponent controls; destroy that target. You can only use the effect of "Bujingi Quilin" once per turn.

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Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess

Market Price: $16.71

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2+ monsters with different names, except Tokens

You can only control 1 "Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess". The original ATK of this card becomes 800 x the number of Link Materials used for its Link Summon. Once per Chain, when your opponent activates a monster effect (Quick Effect): You can make this card lose exactly 800 ATK, and if you do, negate the activation.

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Bujintei Kagutsuchi

Market Price: $0.97

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2 Level 4 Beast-Warrior-Type monsters
When this card is Xyz Summoned: Send the top 5 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard (or your entire Deck, if less than 5), also this card gains 100 ATK for each "Bujin" card sent to the Graveyard by this effect. If a "Bujin" Beast-Warrior-Type monster(s) you control would be destroyed by battle or by card effect, you can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card instead of destroying 1 of those monsters. You can only control 1 "Bujintei Kagutsuchi".

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Bujingi Hare

Market Price: $1.49

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During either player's turn: You can banish this card from your Graveyard, then target 1 Beast-Warrior-Type "Bujin" monster you control; once during this turn, that monster cannot be destroyed by battle or card effects. You can only use the effect of "Bujingi Hare" once per turn.

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Bujin Hiruko

Market Price: $0.26

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Pendulum Effect : You can banish this card in your Pendulum Zone, then target 1 "Bujin" Xyz Monster you control; Special Summon from your Extra Deck, 1 "Bujin" Xyz Monster with a different name, by using that target as the Xyz Material. (This Special Summon is treated as an Xyz Summon. Xyz Materials attached to it also become Xyz Materials on the Summoned monster.)

Monster Effect : Imprisoned after a showdown with "Bujin Hirume" over the Sky Throne, this master schemer eventually escaped by manipulating Hirume and creating the sinister "Bujinki Amaterasu", then went on to almost engulf the world in darkness, but was finally defeated by Yamato and his allies.

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Number F0: Utopic Future

Market Price: $0.13

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2 Xyz Monsters with the same Rank, except "Number" monsters

(This card's original Rank is always treated as 1.)
Cannot be destroyed by battle, and neither player takes any battle damage from attacks involving this card. At the end of the Damage Step, if this card battled an opponent's monster: You can take control of that opponent's monster until the end of the Battle Phase. If this face-up card on the field would be destroyed by a card effect, you can detach 1 material from this card instead.

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Solemn Strike

Market Price: $4.57

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When a monster(s) would be Special Summoned, OR a monster effect is activated: Pay 1500 LP; negate the Summon or activation, and if you do, destroy that card.

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Called by the Grave

Market Price: $2.44

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Target 1 monster in your opponent's GY; banish it, and if you do, monsters with the same original name as that banished monster have their effects negated until the end of the next turn.

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Mask of Restrict

Market Price: $0.63

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Neither player can Tribute cards.

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Tri-Brigade Kitt

Market Price: $4.45

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You can banish any number of Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters in your GY; Special Summon 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast Link Monster from your Extra Deck, with Link Rating equal to the number banished, also you can only use Beast, Beast-Warrior, and Winged Beast monsters as Link Material for the rest of this turn. If this card is sent to the GY: You can send 1 "Tri-Brigade" card from your Deck to the GY, except "Tri-Brigade Kitt". You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Kitt" once per turn.

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Imperial Order

Market Price: $1.76

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Negate all Spell effects on the field. Once per turn, during the Standby Phase, you must pay 700 LP (this is not optional), or this card is destroyed.

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Borrelsword Dragon

Market Price: $11.89

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3+ Effect Monsters

Cannot be destroyed by battle. Once per turn (Quick Effect): You can target 1 Attack Position monster; change it to Defense Position, also, this card can make a second attack during each Battle Phase this turn. Your opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to this effect's activation. Once per turn, when this card declares an attack on a face-up monster: You can activate this effect; until the end of this turn, this card gains ATK equal to half that monster's current ATK, and if it does, that monster's current ATK is halved.

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Bujin Hirume

Market Price: $3.63

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 1 "Bujin" monster from your Graveyard, except "Bujin Hirume". If this card, which was Summoned this way, is destroyed by your opponent's card (by battle or by card effect), and sent from your side of the field to your Graveyard, and both players have a hand: You can discard 1 card, then your opponent discards 1 card. You can only control 1 "Bujin Hirume".

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Tri-Brigade Bearbrumm the Rampant Rampager

Market Price: $0.77

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2 "Tri-Brigade" monsters

You can discard 2 cards, then target 1 of your banished Level 4 or lower Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monsters; Special Summon it. If this card is sent to the GY: You can add 1 "Tri-Brigade" Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand, then, place 1 card from your hand on the bottom of the Deck, also you cannot Special Summon for the rest of this turn, except "Tri-Brigade" monsters. You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Bearbrumm the Rampant Rampager" once per turn.

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Salamangreat Almiraj

Market Price: $3.75

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1 Normal Summoned monster with 1000 or less ATK

(Quick Effect): You can Tribute this card, then target 1 monster you control; it cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects this turn. When a Normal Summoned monster you control is destroyed by battle, while this card is in your GY: You can Special Summon this card. You can only use this effect of "Salamangreat Almiraj" once per turn.

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Nibiru, the Primal Being

Market Price: $20.71

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During the Main Phase, if your opponent Normal or Special Summoned 5 or more monsters this turn (Quick Effect): You can Tribute as many face-up monsters on the field as possible, and if you do, Special Summon this card from your hand, then Special Summon 1 "Primal Being Token" (Rock/LIGHT/Level 11/ATK ?/DEF ?) to your opponent's field. (This Token's ATK/DEF become the combined original ATK/DEF of the Tributed monsters.) You can only use this effect of "Nibiru, the Primal Being" once per turn.

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Artifact Lancea

Market Price: $0.73

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You can Set this card from your hand to your Spell & Trap Card Zone as a Spell Card. During your opponent's turn, if this Set card in the Spell & Trap Card Zone is destroyed and sent to your Graveyard: Special Summon it. During your opponent's turn: You can Tribute this card from your hand or face-up from your side of the field; neither player can banish cards for the rest of this turn. (this is a Quick Effect).

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Lightning Storm

Market Price: $46.86

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If you control no face-up cards: Activate 1 of these effects;

• Destroy all Attack Position monsters your opponent controls.
• Destroy all Spells and Traps your opponent controls.
You can only activate 1 "Lightning Storm" per turn.

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Tri-Brigade Rugal the Silver Sheller

Market Price: $0.14

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2+ Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters

During your opponent's Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monster from your hand or GY, but negate its effects, also, return it to the hand during the End Phase. If this card is sent to the GY: You can make all monsters your opponent currently controls lose 300 ATK for each Monster Type you control, until the end of this turn. You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Rugal the Silver Sheller" once per turn.

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Infinite Impermanence

Market Price: $9.97

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Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; negate its effects (until the end of this turn), then, if this card was Set before activation and is on the field at resolution, for the rest of this turn all other Spell/Trap effects in this column are negated. If you control no cards, you can activate this card from your hand.

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Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju

Market Price: $2.55

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You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) to your opponent's field in Attack Position, by Tributing 1 monster they control. If your opponent controls a "Kaiju" monster, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand) in Attack Position. You can only control 1 "Kaiju" monster. When your opponent activates a card or effect, except "Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju" (Quick Effect): You can remove 2 Kaiju Counters from anywhere on the field; negate the activation, and if you do, banish that card.

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PSY-Frame Driver

Market Price: $0.33

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A Psychic soldier that rides into battle against the Security Forces on currents of lightning, using an autonomic amplifier called "PSY-Frame".

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Twin Twisters

Market Price: $0.86

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Discard 1 card, then target up to 2 Spells/Traps on the field; destroy them.

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Bujintei Susanowo

Market Price: $0.39

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2 level 4 "Bujin" monsters // This card can attack all monsters your opponent controls once each. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; take 1 "Bujin" monster from your Deck, and either add it to your hand or send it to the Graveyard. You can only control 1 "Bujintei Susanowo".

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Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder

Market Price: $15.29

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2 Level 12 monsters

Once per turn, if an Xyz Monster battled this turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder" by using 1 Xyz Monster you control as material. (Transfer its materials to this card.) (Quick Effect): You can detach 2 materials from this card; send all other cards from the field to the GY. Once per turn, if another card(s) you control is destroyed by battle or an opponent's card effect: You can attach 1 card from your hand, Deck, or Extra Deck to this card as material.

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Tri-Brigade Shuraig the Ominous Omen

Market Price: $1.77

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2+ Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters

If this card is Special Summoned, or if another Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monster(s) is Special Summoned to your field: You can banish 1 card on the field. If this card is sent to the GY: You can add 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monster from your Deck to your hand, whose Level is less than or equal to the number of your banished Beast, Beast-Warrior, and Winged Beast monsters. You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Shuraig the Ominous Omen" once per turn.

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Bujin Arasuda

Market Price: $3.31

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If a "Bujin" monster in your Graveyard or face-up on your side of the field is banished (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your hand in face-up Defense Position. Once per turn, during the End Phase, if a "Bujin" card was added from your Deck to your hand this turn, except by drawing it, while you controlled this face-up card: You can draw 1 card, then discard 1 card. You can only control 1 "Bujin Arasuda".

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PSY-Framegear Gamma

Market Price: $5.43

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned by a card effect. When your opponent activates a monster effect while you control no monsters (Quick Effect): You can Special Summon both this card from your hand and 1 "PSY-Frame Driver" from your hand, Deck, or GY, and if you do, negate that activation, and if you do that, destroy that monster. During the End Phase, banish the face-up monsters Special Summoned by this effect.

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Bujin Torifune

Market Price: $0.20

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You can Tribute this card; Special Summon 2 "Bujin" monsters of 2 different Types from the Deck in Defense Position, except "Bujin Torifune". When you Xyz Summon a "Bujin" Xyz Monster, while this card is in your GY: You can equip this card to it. Any monster destroyed by battle with that equipped monster is banished. You can only use each effect of "Bujin Torifune" once per turn.

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Anti-Spell Fragrance

Market Price: $0.81

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Both players must Set Spell Cards before activating them, and cannot activate them until their next turn after Setting them.

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Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring

Market Price: $17.11

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When a card or effect is activated that includes any of these effects (Quick Effect): You can discard this card; negate that effect.

• Add a card from the Deck to the hand.
• Special Summon from the Deck.
• Send a card from the Deck to the GY.
You can only use this effect of "Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring" once per turn.

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Tri-Brigade Kerass

Market Price: $0.82

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You can discard 1 other Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monster; Special Summon this card from your hand. You can banish any number of Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters in your GY; Special Summon 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast Link Monster from your Extra Deck, with Link Rating equal to the number banished, also you can only use Beast, Beast-Warrior, and Winged Beast monsters as Link Material for the rest of this turn. You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Kerass" once per turn.

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Tri-Brigade Revolt

Market Price: $0.40

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Special Summon a number of your Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters, that are banished and/or in your GY, but negate their effects, then, immediately after this effect resolves, Link Summon 1 "Tri-Brigade" Link Monster using only those monsters. You can only activate 1 "Tri-Brigade Revolt" per turn.

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Tri-Brigade Fraktall

Market Price: $4.17

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You can send this card from your hand or field to the GY; send 1 Level 3 or lower Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monster from your Deck to the GY. You can banish any number of Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters in your GY; Special Summon 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast Link Monster from your Extra Deck, with Link Rating equal to the number banished, also you can only use Beast, Beast-Warrior, and Winged Beast monsters as Link Material for the rest of this turn. You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Fraktall" once per turn.

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Number F0: Utopic Draco Future

Market Price: $20.37

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3 Xyz Monsters with the same Rank, except "Number" monsters

(This card's original Rank is always treated as 1. This card is always treated as a "Utopic Future" card.)
You can also Xyz Summon this card by using "Number F0: Utopic Future" you control as material. (Transfer its materials to this card.) Cannot be destroyed by battle or card effects. Once per turn, when your opponent activates a monster effect (Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material from this card; negate the activation, then, if that monster is on the field, gain control of it.

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Droll & Lock Bird

Market Price: $4.99

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If your opponent adds a card(s) from their Deck to their hand, except during the Draw Phase, you can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard. For the rest of this turn, neither player can add card(s) from their Deck to their hand. (Drawing cards is also considered as "adding a card to the hand".)

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Tri-Brigade Ferrijit the Barren Blossom

Market Price: $1.96

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2 Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters

During your Main Phase: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monster from your hand, also you cannot use monsters as Link Material for the rest of this turn, except Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monsters. If this card is sent to the GY: You can draw 1 card, then place 1 card from your hand on the bottom of the Deck. You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Ferrijit the Barren Blossom" once per turn.

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Tri-Brigades is an amazingly well-designed theme to support the "Tri-Beast" monster types: Beasts, Beast-Warriors, and Winged Beasts. And yet, a majority of the playerbase chooses to play them with Zoodiacs because it's just so easy and impactful to attack directly with Zoodiac Boarbow and then make Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder in Main Phase 2.

While Sinjin did eventually move on and play Zoodiacs with his Tri-Brigades, I really liked this unique approach: it hinged on the new monster Bujin Torifune from Lightning Overdrive as well as a small Bujin package, creating a lot of cool plays.

If you open with Bujin Torifune, you can summon it to use its effect and bring out two Bujin monsters with different types. From there you can Xyz Summon Bujintei Susanowo. If you didn't open with another extender like Bujin Hirume or Bujin Arasuda, then you can use Bujintei Susanowo to search Bujin Hiruko.

Bujin Hiruko the special Pendulum Bujin. By activating it as a Pendulum Spell and using its effect, you can turn Bujintei Susanowo into Bujintei Kagutsuchi. Since the transformation's treated as an Xyz Summon, you can activate Bujintei Kagutsuchi effect to mill five cards, which will usually hit a Tri-Brigade Nervall or Tri-Brigade Kitt to get you to Tri-Brigade Kerass.

If you did open with Bujin Hirume or Bujin Arasuda in combination with Bujin Torifune, then you can actually use Bujintei Susanowo to search for the missing Bujin you need (either Arasuda or Bujin Hirume). Then Special Summon Bujin Hirume by banishing a Bujin, which helps trigger Bujin Arasuda Special Summoning condition. You can use those two new level 4 Bujins, to make Bujintei Kagutsuchi for that free mill of five cards.

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That also means you now control two Xyz Monsters with the same Rank that are not Number Monsters, so you can make Number F0: Utopic Future and turn it into Number F0: Utopic Draco Future on top of it. You set yourself up with a free monster effect negation before you continue with Tri-Brigade Kerass.

Remember, you can use Bujin Torifune effect from the graveyard to equip it when you summon Bujintei Susanowo. While Bujintei Susanowo equipped with Bujin Torifune, any monster you destroy with Bujintei Susanowo in battle will get banished. Combined with Bujintei Susanowo ability to attack all of your opponent's monsters, you can essentially banish your opponent's whole field if you can make the attacks stick.

This version of the deck doesn't play Bujingi Crane, but it would be really cool if you also used Bujintei Susanowo effect to search Bujingi Crane so that way you could have a 4800 ATK beatstick running over your opponent's entire field.

I think this was a cool approach to Tri-Brigades and I'm glad my friend Sinjin had some success with it. In a different world where Zoodiacs didn't exist, I'm sure this could have been a top contender alongside other variants like Ancient Warriors or Fire Fists. And who knows what the next format has in store for Zoodiacs.

It's Time To Accel Synchro!

The latest European Remote Duel Extravaganza was held last weekend, and I saw Leo Martinez post that he finished in the Top 4 piloting Synchrons! His deck's a nice surprise in this largely solved competitive landscape, and Martinez ran some new cards from Dawn of Majesty, including Synchro Overtake!

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Synchron Synchro by Leo Martinez

'Synchron Synchro' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Leo Martinez

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Advanced

Market Price: $380.74

Cards

Dinowrestler Pankratops

Market Price: $0.22

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If your opponent controls more monsters than you do, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). You can only Special Summon "Dinowrestler Pankratops" once per turn this way. (Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 "Dinowrestler" monster, then target 1 card your opponent controls; destroy it. You can only use this effect of "Dinowrestler Pankratops" once per turn.

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Cyberse Synchron

Market Price: $2.89

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Once per turn: You can target 1 Level 4 or lower monster you control; increase its Level by its original Level until the end of this turn. If your monster(s) in the Extra Monster Zone would be destroyed by battle or card effect, you can banish this card from your GY instead. You can only use this effect of "Cyberse Synchron" once per turn.

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F.A. Dawn Dragster

Market Price: $1.23

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

Gains ATK equal to its Level x 300. If this card attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict piercing battle damage. Each time a "F.A." Spell/Trap Card or effect is activated: You can increase this card's Level by 1. Once per turn, when your opponent activates a Spell/Trap Card or effect (Quick Effect): You can reduce this card's Level by 2, and if you do, negate the activation, and if you do that, destroy that card.

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Synchron Carrier

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During your Main Phase, you can Normal Summon 1 "Synchron" monster in addition to your Normal Summon/Set. (You can only gain this effect once per turn.) If another "Synchron" monster is sent to your GY as a Synchro Material for the Synchro Summon of a Warrior or Machine Synchro Monster, while you control this card: You can Special Summon 1 "Synchron Token" (Machine/EARTH/Level 2/ATK 1000/DEF 0). You can only use this effect of "Synchron Carrier" once per turn.

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Solemn Strike

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When a monster(s) would be Special Summoned, OR a monster effect is activated: Pay 1500 LP; negate the Summon or activation, and if you do, destroy that card.

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Dark Ruler No More

Market Price: $7.23

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Negate the effects of all face-up monsters your opponent currently controls, until the end of this turn, also, for the rest of this turn after this card resolves, your opponent takes no damage. Neither player can activate monster effects in response to this card's activation.

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Called by the Grave

Market Price: $2.44

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Target 1 monster in your opponent's GY; banish it, and if you do, monsters with the same original name as that banished monster have their effects negated until the end of the next turn.

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Twin Twisters

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Discard 1 card, then target up to 2 Spells/Traps on the field; destroy them.

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Crystron Quandax

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1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters

During your opponent's Main Phase or Battle Phase, you can: Immediately after this effect resolves, Synchro Summon 1 Synchro Monster, using Materials including this card you control (this is a Quick Effect). If this Synchro Summoned card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 "Crystron" monster in your Graveyard, except a Synchro Monster; Special Summon it.

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Celestial Double Star Shaman

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1 Tuner + 1 non-Tuner monster

When this card is Synchro Summoned: You can Special Summon up to 4 Level 2 non-Tuner monsters from your hand and/or Graveyard in Defense Position, but they have their effects negated, also you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck for the rest of this turn, except Synchro Monsters. You can only use this effect of "Celestial Double Star Shaman" once per turn.

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Stardust Illumination

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Send 1 "Stardust" monster from your Deck to the GY, or if you control "Stardust Dragon" or a Synchro Monster that lists "Stardust Dragon" in its text, you can Special Summon it instead. You can banish this card from your GY, then target 1 "Stardust" monster you control; increase or decrease its Level by 1 until the end of this turn. You can only use each effect of "Stardust Illumination" once per turn.

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Synchro Overtake

Market Price: $9.71

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Reveal 1 Synchro Monster in your Extra Deck, choose 1 of the Synchro Materials whose name is listed on that card, and add to your hand or Special Summon that monster, from your Deck or GY, also you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck the turn you activate this card, except Synchro Monsters. You can only activate 1 "Synchro Overtake" per turn.

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Magical Mid-Breaker Field

Market Price: $0.40

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Activate this card at the start of your Main Phase 1 or 2. During each player's Main Phase 1, monsters on the field cannot be destroyed by their opponent's card effects, also neither player can target monsters their opponent controls. You cannot activate or Set Field Spell Cards.

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Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner Synchro Monsters

Once per turn, when another monster's effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that monster, and if you do that, this card gains ATK equal to the destroyed monster's original ATK until the end of this turn. If this card battles an opponent's Level 5 or higher monster, during damage calculation: This card gains ATK equal to the current ATK of the opponent's monster it is battling during that damage calculation only.

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Red Reboot

Market Price: $0.24

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When your opponent activates a Trap Card: Negate the activation, and if you do, Set that card face-down, then they can Set 1 other Trap directly from their Deck. For the rest of this turn after this card resolves, your opponent cannot activate Trap Cards. You can activate this card from your hand by paying half your LP.

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Doppelwarrior

Market Price: $0.25

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When a monster(s) is Special Summoned from your Graveyard (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is sent to the Graveyard as a Synchro Material: You can Special Summon 2 "Doppel Tokens" (Warrior-Type/DARK/Level 1/ATK 400/DEF 400) in Attack Position.

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Ascator, Dawnwalker

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You can discard 1 card; Special Summon this card from your hand in Defense Position, then you can Special Summon 1 "Fire Ant Ascator" from your hand or Deck. You cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck the turn you activate this effect, except Synchro Monsters. You can only use this effect of "Ascator, Dawnwalker" once per turn.

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Caligo Claw Crow

Market Price: $0.23

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If you control a DARK monster, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). You can only Special Summon "Caligo Claw Crow" once per turn this way.

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Satellite Warrior

Market Price: $6.65

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner Synchro Monsters

If this card is Synchro Summoned: You can target cards your opponent controls, up to the number of Synchro Monsters in your GY; destroy them, and if you do, this card gains 1000 ATK for each card destroyed. If this Synchro Summoned card is destroyed: You can Special Summon up to 3 Level 8 or lower "Warrior", "Synchron", and/or "Stardust" Synchro Monsters with different names from your GY. You can only use each effect of "Satellite Warrior" once per turn.

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Accel Synchron

Market Price: $0.19

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1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters

Once per turn: You can send 1 "Synchron" monster from your Deck to the Graveyard, then activate 1 of these effects;
• Increase this card's Level by the Level of the sent monster.
• Reduce this card's Level by the Level of the sent monster. During your opponent's Main Phase, you can: Immediately after this effect resolves, Synchro Summon 1 Synchro Monster, using Materials including this card you control (this is a Quick Effect). You can only Synchro Summon "Accel Synchron(s)" once per turn.

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Junk Converter

Market Price: $8.11

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You can discard this card and 1 Tuner; add 1 "Synchron" monster from your Deck to your hand. If this card is sent to the GY as Synchro Material: You can target 1 Tuner in your GY; Special Summon it in Defense Position, but it cannot activate its effects this turn. You can only use each effect of "Junk Converter" once per turn.

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Stardust Trail

Market Price: $0.13

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If a monster(s) you control is Tributed (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your GY (if it was there when the monster was Tributed) or hand (even if not), but banish it when it leaves the field. If a "Warrior", "Synchron", or "Stardust" Synchro Monster is Synchro Summoned using this card as material: You can Special Summon 1 "Stardust Token" (Dragon/LIGHT/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0). You can only use each effect of "Stardust Trail" once per turn.

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Stardust Synchron

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If this card is in your hand or GY: You can Tribute 1 monster; Special Summon this card, but banish it when it leaves the field, also, you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck for the rest of this turn, except Synchro Monsters. If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can add 1 Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand that specifically lists "Stardust Dragon" in its text. You can only use each effect of "Stardust Synchron" once per turn.

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Raigeki

Market Price: $1.66

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Destroy all monsters your opponent controls.

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Monster Reborn

Market Price: $0.52

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This promotional card is printed in Japanese.

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Reinforcement of the Army

Market Price: $0.11

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Add 1 Level 4 or lower Warrior monster from your Deck to your hand.

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PSY-Framelord Omega

Market Price: $4.61

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

Once per turn, during the Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can banish both this face-up card from the field and 1 random card from your opponent's hand, face-up, until your next Standby Phase. Once per turn, during your opponent's Standby Phase: You can target 1 banished card; return it to the GY. If this card is in your GY: You can target 1 other card in the GY; shuffle both that card and this card from the GY into the Deck.

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T.G. Hyper Librarian

Market Price: $0.94

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1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters

While this card is face-up on the field, each time a Synchro Monster(s) is Synchro Summoned, draw 1 card for each.

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Herald of the Arc Light

Market Price: $1.89

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

Any monster sent from the hand or Main Deck to the GY is banished instead. When a Spell/Trap Card, or monster effect, is activated (Quick Effect): You can Tribute this card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card. If this card is sent to the GY: You can add 1 Ritual Monster or 1 Ritual Spell from your Deck to your hand.

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Junk Speeder

Market Price: $0.91

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1 "Synchron" Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

If this card is Synchro Summoned: You can Special Summon as many "Synchron" Tuners as possible with different Levels from your Deck, in Defense Position. You cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck, except Synchro Monsters, the turn you activate this effect. When an attack is declared involving this card that was Synchro Summoned this turn and another monster: You can make this card's ATK become double its original ATK until the end of this turn. You can only use each effect of "Junk Speeder" once per turn.

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Junk Warrior

Market Price: $0.37

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Junk Synchron + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters // When this card is Synchro Summoned, it gains ATK equal to the total ATK of all Level 2 and lower monsters you control.

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Tuning

Market Price: $0.20

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Add 1 "Synchron" Tuner monster from your Deck to your hand, then send the top card of your Deck to the Graveyard.

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Junk Synchron

Market Price: $0.60

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When this card is Normal Summoned: You can target 1 Level 2 or lower monster in your GY; Special Summon that target in Defense Position, but it has its effects negated.

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Fire Ant Ascator

Market Price: $0.21

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When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard, you can select 1 Level 5 monster in your Graveyard and Special Summon it. Its effect(s) are negated, and it is sent to the Graveyard during the End Phase of that turn.

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Harpie's Feather Duster

Market Price: $3.80

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Destroy all of your opponent''s Spell and Trap Cards on the field.

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Hot Red Dragon Archfiend Abyss

Market Price: $1.62

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1 Tuner + 1 non-Tuner DARK Dragon-Type Synchro Monster

(Quick Effect): You can target 1 face-up card your opponent controls; negate its effects until the end of this turn. When this card inflicts battle damage to your opponent: You can target 1 Tuner in your GY; Special Summon it in Defense Position. You can only use each effect of "Hot Red Dragon Archfiend Abyss" once per turn.

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Solemn Judgment

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Pay half of your Life Points. Negate the activation of a Spell Card / Trap Card / Normal Summon / Flip Summon / Special Summon and destroy the Spell Card, Trap Card, or Summoned monster.

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Martial Metal Marcher

Market Price: $0.28

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

If this card is Synchro Summoned: You can target 1 Tuner in your GY; Special Summon it in Defense Position, but negate its effects. You can only use this effect of "Martial Metal Marcher" once per turn. A Synchro Monster that used this card as material is treated as a Tuner while face-up on the field.

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Triple Tactics Talent

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If your opponent has activated a monster effect during your Main Phase this turn: Activate 1 of these effects;

• Draw 2 cards.
• Take control of 1 monster your opponent controls until the End Phase.
• Look at your opponent's hand, and choose 1 card from it to shuffle into the Deck.
You can only activate 1 "Triple Tactics Talent" per turn.

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Imperial Order

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Negate all Spell effects on the field. Once per turn, during the Standby Phase, you must pay 700 LP (this is not optional), or this card is destroyed.

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Stardust Charge Warrior

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1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters

When this card is Synchro Summoned: You can draw 1 card. You can only use this effect of "Stardust Charge Warrior" once per turn. This card can attack all Special Summoned monsters your opponent controls, once each.

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Effect Veiler

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During your opponent's Main Phase, you can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard to select 1 face-up Effect Monster your opponent controls. Negate the effect(s) of that monster until the End Phase.

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Chaos Ruler, the Chaotic Magical Dragon

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

If this card is Synchro Summoned: You can excavate the top 5 cards of your Deck, and if you do, you can add 1 excavated LIGHT or DARK monster to your hand, also send the remaining cards to the GY. You can banish 1 LIGHT and 1 DARK monster from your hand and/or GY, except this card; Special Summon this card from your GY, but banish it when it leaves the field. You can only use each effect of "Chaos Ruler, the Chaotic Magical Dragon" once per turn.

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Looking at this list, you can tell Martinez wanted to go first, planning to play through one or even maybe two hand traps. If Martinez's opponent has a third interaction, that would be unfortunate, but that's largely the case for every combo deck nowadays. That said, the benefit to playing a Synchro deck is that you have a much easier time placing a simple negate on the field, like a Herald of the Arc Light, compared to a strategy that's more focused on Link Summoning.

Sometimes just being able to summon high value cards like Chaos Ruler, the Chaotic Magical Dragon or Junk Speeder is enough to force out hand traps, since resolving them will get you so far ahead in card economy.

What is the deck's end goal? I'd assume that it wants to find a way to climb into Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon as a priority to respect hand traps. From there it can build resources with T.G. Hyper Librarian and other Synchros such as Junk Speeder and Celestial Double Star Shaman, eventually making other forms of interruption like F.A. Dawn Dragster, Hot Red Dragon Archfiend Abyss, Herald of the Arc Light, and maybe a PSY-Framelord Omega. It can leave an Accel Synchron on the field too, so you can Synchro Summon a Satellite Warrior on your opponent's turn to destroy multiple cards.

I'm sure there are plenty of other approaches to this deck, but Leo's build is a very strong start. Respecting hand traps with Triple Tactics Talent and even including Magical Mid-Breaker Field gives the deck some good insurance, helping play through specific interactions.

There's a bunch of other cool Synchros to make too, such as the classic Shooting Quasar Dragon or its alternate version Cosmic Blazar Dragon. But because those monsters have such specific Synchro Materials, requiring Tuner Synchro Monsters and multiple Synchro non-Tuners, they'd require a different and more dedicated build, with cards like Formula Synchron or Coral Dragon.

Speaking of competitive Synchro decks…

Remember Adamancipators?

My friend Ed Acepcion recently played in a local 3v3 team event. And although his teammates weren't as successful as he was, Ed managed to go X-1 over the course of the tournament, piloting his version of Adamancipators. I want to show off Ed's list today because I believe his deck is better and more optimized than other Adamancipator lists I've seen, playing some unique cards that help the deck adapt for current competition.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Ready Fusion Adamancipators by Ed Acepcion

'Ready Fusion Adamancipators' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Ed Acepcion

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Market Price: $1177.35

Cards

Adamancipator Risen - Leonite

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

During your Main Phase: You can excavate the top 5 cards of your Deck, and if you do, you can add 1 excavated "Adamancipator" card to your hand, also place the rest on the bottom of your Deck in any order. During your opponent's turn, if a FIRE monster is in your GY (Quick Effect): You can target 1 Rock monster in your GY; Special Summon it. You can only use each effect of "Adamancipator Risen - Leonite" once per turn.

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Monster Reborn

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This promotional card is printed in Japanese.

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Prank-Kids Dodo-Doodle-Doo

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2 "Prank-Kids" monsters

If this card is Link Summoned: You can add 1 "Prank-Kids" Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand. You can Tribute this card, then target 2 "Prank-Kids" cards with different names in your GY, except Link Monsters; add them to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Prank-Kids Dodo-Dooddle-Doo" once per turn.

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Accesscode Talker

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2+ Effect Monsters

Your opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to this card's effect activations. If this card is Link Summoned: You can target 1 Link Monster that was used as material for its Link Summon; this card gains ATK equal to that monster's Link Rating x 1000. You can banish 1 Link Monster from your field or GY; destroy 1 card your opponent controls, also for the rest of this turn, you cannot banish monsters with that same Attribute to activate this effect of "Accesscode Talker".

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Abyss Dweller

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2 Level 4 monsters

While this card has an Xyz Material attached that was originally WATER, all WATER monsters you control gain 500 ATK. Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; any card effects that activate in your opponent's Graveyard cannot be activated this turn.

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Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess

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2+ monsters with different names, except Tokens

You can only control 1 "Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess". The original ATK of this card becomes 800 x the number of Link Materials used for its Link Summon. Once per Chain, when your opponent activates a monster effect (Quick Effect): You can make this card lose exactly 800 ATK, and if you do, negate the activation.

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Crystron Halqifibrax

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2 monsters, including a Tuner

If this card is Link Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 Level 3 or lower Tuner from your hand or Deck in Defense Position, but it cannot activate its effects this turn. During your opponent's Main Phase or Battle Phase (Quick Effect): You can banish this card you control; Special Summon 1 Tuner Synchro Monster from your Extra Deck. (This is treated as a Synchro Summon.) You can only use each effect of "Crystron Halqifibrax" once per turn.

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Adamancipator Crystal - Dragite

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If this card is Special Summoned by the effect of an "Adamancipator" card: You can draw 1 card. If this card is in your GY: You can target 1 WATER Synchro Monster you control or in your GY; return it to the Extra Deck, and if you do, place this card on top of the Deck. You can only use each effect of "Adamancipator Crystal - Dragite" once per turn.

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Rivalry of Warlords

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Each player can only control 1 Type of monster. Send all other face-up monsters they control to the GY.

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Plaguespreader Zombie

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If this card is in your GY: You can place 1 card from your hand on the top of the Deck; Special Summon this card, but banish it when it leaves the field.

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Lightning Storm

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If you control no face-up cards: Activate 1 of these effects;

• Destroy all Attack Position monsters your opponent controls.
• Destroy all Spells and Traps your opponent controls.
You can only activate 1 "Lightning Storm" per turn.

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Ready Fusion

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Pay 1000 LP; Special Summon 1 Level 6 or lower non-Effect Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, but it cannot attack, also destroy it during the End Phase. (This is treated as a Fusion Summon.) You can only activate 1 "Ready Fusion" per turn.

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Adamancipator Analyzer

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If only your opponent controls a monster: You can Special Summon this card from your hand. During your Main Phase: You can excavate the top 5 cards of your Deck, and if you do, you can Special Summon 1 excavated Level 4 or lower non-Tuner Rock monster, also place the rest on the bottom of your Deck in any order. You can only use each effect of "Adamancipator Analyzer" once per turn.

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Droll & Lock Bird

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If your opponent adds a card(s) from their Deck to their hand, except during the Draw Phase, you can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard. For the rest of this turn, neither player can add card(s) from their Deck to their hand. (Drawing cards is also considered as "adding a card to the hand".)

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Adamancipator Seeker

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If you control an "Adamancipator" monster, except "Adamancipator Seeker": You can Special Summon this card from your hand. During your Main Phase: You can excavate the top 5 cards of your Deck, and if you do, you can Special Summon 1 excavated Level 4 or lower non-Tuner Rock monster, also place the rest on the bottom of your Deck in any order. You can only use each effect of "Adamancipator Seeker" once per turn.

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Adamancipator Risen - Dragite

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

During your Main Phase: You can excavate the top 5 cards of your Deck, and if you do, you can return cards your opponent controls to the hand, up to the number of excavated Rock monsters, also place the excavated cards on the bottom of your Deck in any order. When your opponent activates a Spell/Trap Card or effect, while a WATER monster is in your GY (Quick Effect): You can negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it. You can only use each effect of "Adamancipator Risen - Dragite" once per turn.

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Dimension Shifter

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If you have no cards in your GY (Quick Effect): You can send this card from your hand to the GY; until the end of the next turn, any card sent to the GY is banished instead.

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Forbidden Droplet

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Send any number of other cards from your hand and/or field to the GY; choose that many Effect Monsters your opponent controls, and until the end of this turn, their ATK is halved, also their effects are negated. In response to this card's activation, your opponent cannot activate cards, or the effects of cards, with the same original type (Monster/Spell/Trap) as the cards sent to the GY to activate this card. You can only activate 1 "Forbidden Droplet" per turn.

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Prank-Kids Meow-Meow-Mu

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1 Level 4 or lower "Prank-Kids" monster

You can only Link Summon "Prank-Kids Meow-Meow-Mu" once per turn. If a "Prank-Kids" monster you control would Tribute itself to activate its effect during your opponent's turn, you can banish this card you control or from your GY instead. You can only use this effect of "Prank-Kids Meow-Meow-Mu" once per turn.

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Gallant Granite

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2 Level 4 monsters

You can detach 1 material from this card, then activate 1 of these effects;
• Add 1 Rock monster from your Deck to your hand.
• Special Summon 1 Rock monster from your hand in face-down Defense Position.
You can only use this effect of "Gallant Granite" once per turn.

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Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner Synchro Monsters

Once per turn, when another monster's effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that monster, and if you do that, this card gains ATK equal to the destroyed monster's original ATK until the end of this turn. If this card battles an opponent's Level 5 or higher monster, during damage calculation: This card gains ATK equal to the current ATK of the opponent's monster it is battling during that damage calculation only.

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Infinite Impermanence

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Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; negate its effects (until the end of this turn), then, if this card was Set before activation and is on the field at resolution, for the rest of this turn all other Spell/Trap effects in this column are negated. If you control no cards, you can activate this card from your hand.

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Adamancipator Risen - Raptite

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

During your Main Phase: You can excavate the top 5 cards of your Deck, and if you do, you can Special Summon 1 excavated Rock monster in Defense Position, also place the rest on the bottom of your Deck in any order. During your opponent's turn, if a WIND monster is in your GY (Quick Effect): You can target 1 card in your opponent's GY; banish it. You can only use each effect of "Adamancipator Risen - Raptite" once per turn.

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Red Reboot

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When your opponent activates a Trap Card: Negate the activation, and if you do, Set that card face-down, then they can Set 1 other Trap directly from their Deck. For the rest of this turn after this card resolves, your opponent cannot activate Trap Cards. You can activate this card from your hand by paying half your LP.

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Parallel eXceed

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If this card is Special Summoned by the effect of "Parallel eXceed", its Level becomes 4 and its original ATK/DEF become halved. You can only use each of the following effects of "Parallel eXceed" once per turn.

• If you Link Summon: You can Special Summon this card from your hand to your zone that Link Monster points to.
• If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 "Parallel eXceed" from your Deck.

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Rare Fish

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"Fusionist" + "Enchanting Mermaid"

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Prank-Kids Lampsies

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If this card is sent to the GY as material for the Fusion or Link Summon of a "Prank-Kids" monster: You can inflict 500 damage to your opponent, then you can Special Summon 1 "Prank-Kids" monster from your hand or Deck in Defense Position, except "Prank-Kids Lampsies". You can only use this effect of "Prank-Kids Lampsies" once per turn.

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Koa'ki Meiru Guardian

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During each of your End Phases, destroy this card unless you send 1 Iron Core of Koa'ki Meiru from your hand to the Graveyard or reveal 1 Rock-Type monster in your hand. You can Tribute this card to negate the activation of an Effect Monster's effect and destroy that monster.

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Nibiru, the Primal Being

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During the Main Phase, if your opponent Normal or Special Summoned 5 or more monsters this turn (Quick Effect): You can Tribute as many face-up monsters on the field as possible, and if you do, Special Summon this card from your hand, then Special Summon 1 "Primal Being Token" (Rock/LIGHT/Level 11/ATK ?/DEF ?) to your opponent's field. (This Token's ATK/DEF become the combined original ATK/DEF of the Tributed monsters.) You can only use this effect of "Nibiru, the Primal Being" once per turn.

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Imperial Order

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Negate all Spell effects on the field. Once per turn, during the Standby Phase, you must pay 700 LP (this is not optional), or this card is destroyed.

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Instant Fusion

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Pay 1000 Life Points. Special Summon 1 Level 5 or lower Fusion Monster from your Fusion Deck. (This Special Summon is treated as a Fusion Summon). The Fusion Monster Special Summoned by this effect cannot attack, and is destroyed during the End Phase. Only 1 Instant Fusion can be activated per turn.

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Knightmare Unicorn

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2+ monsters with different names

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 card on the field; return it to the Deck, then, if this card was co-linked when this effect was activated, you can draw 1 card. You can only use this effect of "Knightmare Unicorn" once per turn. While any co-linked "Knightmare" monsters are on the field, for your normal draw in your Draw Phase, draw 1 card for each different card name among those co-linked "Knightmare" monsters, instead of drawing just 1 card.

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Salamangreat Almiraj

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1 Normal Summoned monster with 1000 or less ATK

(Quick Effect): You can Tribute this card, then target 1 monster you control; it cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects this turn. When a Normal Summoned monster you control is destroyed by battle, while this card is in your GY: You can Special Summon this card. You can only use this effect of "Salamangreat Almiraj" once per turn.

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Triamid Pulse

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Once per turn: You can banish 2 cards from your Graveyard (any combination of Rock-Type monsters or Field Spell Cards), then activate 1 of these effects;

- Target 1 other face-up card on the field; destroy it.
- Target 1 Rock-Type monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it in Defense Position.
- Target up to 3 Field Spell Cards in your Graveyard; shuffle them into the Deck, then draw 1 card.

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I:P Masquerena

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2 non-Link Monsters

During your opponent's Main Phase, you can (Quick Effect): Immediately after this effect resolves, Link Summon 1 Link Monster using materials you control, including this card. You can only use this effect of "I:P Masquerena" once per turn. A Link Monster that used this card as material cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects.

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Adamancipator Researcher

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If you control a Rock monster, except "Adamancipator Researcher": You can Special Summon this card from your hand. During your Main Phase: You can excavate the top 5 cards of your Deck, and if you do, you can Special Summon 1 excavated Level 4 or lower non-Tuner Rock monster, also place the rest on the bottom of your Deck in any order. You can only use each effect of "Adamancipator Researcher" once per turn.

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Prank-Kids Rocksies

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If this card is sent to the GY as material for the Fusion or Link Summon of a "Prank-Kids" monster: You can banish 1 card from your hand, and if you do, draw 1 card, then, you can Special Summon 1 "Prank-Kids" monster from your hand or Deck in Defense Position, except "Prank-Kids Rocksies". You can only use this effect of "Prank-Kids Rocksies" once per turn.

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Adamancipator Signs

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Target 1 Rock monster in your GY; Special Summon it in Defense Position, then, if you Special Summoned an "Adamancipator" monster by this effect, you can take 1 Level 4 or lower Rock monster from your Deck and place it on top of your Deck.

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Koa'ki Meiru Supplier

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If a face-up Rock monster you control is sent to the GY (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is Special Summoned: You can add from your Deck to your hand, 1 "Iron Core of Koa'ki Meiru" or 1 card that specifically lists "Iron Core of Koa'ki Meiru" in its text, except "Koa'ki Meiru Supplier". You can only use each effect of "Koa'ki Meiru Supplier" once per turn.

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While I've seen Adamancipators pop back up in recent tournaments, Ed's list is much better than other builds I've seen, for a few reasons. First, he chose not to play the Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon package with Predaplant Verte Anaconda, probably so that his opening hands will be more consistently filled with the extenders he needs for big plays. Second, I assume he's not playing Doki Doki because that card is so vulnerable to every popular hand trap in the game right now.

Instead, he maxed out on Parallel eXceed and Koa'ki Meiru Supplier to throw out more Level 4 bodies onto the field to help make Gallant Granite or Abyss Dweller. Sometimes they even help chain block certain cards to help them resolve, such as Crystron Halqifibrax on-summon effect.

The deck even runs Ready Fusion to summon Rare Fish, since it's a free Level 4 for those Xyz, or even Synchro plays. Being a Water monster helps fulfil the conditions of Adamancipator Risen - Dragite spell and trap negation, too!

Adamancipators have always been a strong contender if hand traps are heavily played in a given format. Koa'ki Meiru Guardian is just such a free, strong card to start off with, or even search with your Adamancipator Tuners. A free monster negate? What more can you ask for in a combo deck.

The downfall of the strategy is that your opponent can effectively blank your field if they have Dark Ruler No More, and multiple hand traps can leave you on end board so small that it's ineffective. But Ed discovered that you can play Triamid Pulse here, since it just needs Rock-Type monsters for fuel! It's a Continuous Trap that lets you banish two Rock monsters from your graveyard to either pops face-up card on the field, or revive a Rock-type from your graveyard.

Even though it's not searchable in this deck, Triamid Pulse is sort of like a Virtual World Gate - Chuche. But it's better, because it has that revival effect. Once you combo off you'll have plenty of Rock monsters to banish, so Triamid Pulse brings a ton of value to this deck and gives your opponent another problem to deal with. I highly recommend Adamancipator players give this card a try!

Right now, at the end of this format I think these three decks are the rogue strategies worth discussing. Finding strong rogue decks in this super-solved format is like finding a needle in a haystack. I am, however, VERY excited for the new releases coming out in October and November.

Perhaps I'll try and introduce some of those awesome upcoming archetypes in future articles, when we get more information leading up to their official releases! Until then, we just gotta bear with it and wait until September ends!