The new Tri-Brigade theme from Phantom Rage got most of its pre-launch hype not from soon-to-be dedicated Tri-Brigade duelists, but instead from Zoodiac players.

Tri-Brigades aren't a terribly impressive theme on their own, but they have plenty of synergy with Beast, Beast-Warrior, and Winged Beast themes! Those synergies largely revolve around the effect that all three current Tri-Brigade Main Deck monsters carry, all of which summon a Beast, a Beast-Warrior, or a Winged Beast Link Monster from your Extra Deck.

Unsurprisingly, summoning a free Link Monster's actually very useful for a variety of strategies, and you can totally avoid the limitations built into the Tri-Brigade cards by sticking to certain monster types. The engine's small enough to fit into hybrid builds, and its raw summoning power allows it to mesh seamlessly with decks where the Normal Summon is critically important. There's a lot of potential for hybrid builds with themes like Harpies and Simorghs, though many of them aren't terribly competitive.

MBT covered Tri-Brigade Zoodiacs back in July in a Ten Minute Testing video, so I highly recommend checking out that video if your interest in Tri-Brigades starts and ends with how they help Zoo. However, we can apply the same concepts in other strategies as well, and not only are some of these hybrids actually worth playing, but they might actually be the definitive versions of Tri-Brigade in the post-Phantom Rage format.

Tri-Brigades And The 'Free' Link Monster Engine

The real selling point of the Tri-Brigade engine is its ability to cheat out Link monsters by completely avoiding their material requirements. Tri-Brigade Nervall, Tri-Brigade Kerass, and Tri-Brigade Fraktall can each banish monsters from the graveyard to summon a Link monster from the Extra Deck, with a Link Rating equal to the number of monsters banished.

That effect's a +1 that can potentially summon a Link 4 like Tri-Brigade Shuraig the Ominous Omen, or a Link 3 like Simorgh, Bird of Sovereignty. The process is incredibly simple: load up your graveyard with monsters, summon your chosen Tri-Brigade, and activate their effects to leverage your developed graveyard straight into a Link.

Tri-Brigades are naturally riddled with exceptions and restrictions that keep them from summoning every Link you can imagine. The theme's built around that trio of monster types I've mentioned before: Beasts, Beast-Warriors, and Winged Beasts are the name of the game here, and Tri-Brigades don't play nicely with monsters of other types. Each Tri-Brigade can only summon monsters of those types from the Extra Deck, and activating that effect will keep you from using other monster types as Link Materials for the remainder of the turn.

You can, of course, continue to use your Warriors or Dragons for Synchro or Xyz Summons, but it's hard to imagine Tri-Brigades in a deck that's regularly conducting Link Summons with Spellcasters or Zombies.

The Tri-Brigade engine might be limited to certain monster types, but it's a fantastic addition to those decks that can use it. Most of your lines of play begin with Tri-Brigade Fraktall discard effect. Tri-Brigade Fraktall like a Foolish Burial for Level 3 and lower Beasts, Beast-Warriors, and Winged Beasts monsters, and you'll typically use it to send Tri-Brigade Nervall to the graveyard.

Tri-Brigade Nervall search effect is triggered whenever it lands in the graveyard, and you'll add Tri-Brigade Kerass to your hand when you resolve the effect. With Tri-Brigade Kerass finally in your hand you can activate its built-in summoning effect by discarding a Winged Beast, or you can Normal Summon it alongside other Special Summons you might have.

Because Tri-Brigade Kerass is the most reliable summon in the Tri-Brigade arsenal–and because its effect wants you to discard Winged Beast monsters–there's an obvious advantage to running plenty of Winged Beasts in the Main Deck. The two decks I want to highlight today are exactly that: Winged Beast-focused decks that can take full advantage of the Tri-Brigade arsenal to pump out powerful Links without compromising too much of their flexibility in the Extra Deck.

Tri-Brigades Take Harpies To New Heights

Currently I think the best Winged Beast theme in the game is probably Harpies–not that there's much competition for the title. The deck features just enough built-in Special Summons to reliably Normal Summon Tri-Brigade Nervall in a pinch, and it's not shy about discarding useless Harpie monsters to summon Tri-Brigade Kerass from the hand.

Harpie Harpist actively wants to be discarded to net an End Phase search for another Winged Beast, and you can even use it to add Tri-Brigade Nervall from the deck to the hand. That said, why bother setting up for next turn when you can blow out your opponent on Turn 1? Harpies can now land on incredibly oppressive boards thanks to the Tri-Brigade engine, with cards like Harpie's Feather Storm and Barrier Statue of the Stormwinds holding a defensive line.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Kelly's Tri-Brigade Harpie Deck by Kelly Locke

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Cards

Hysteric Sign

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When this card is activated: Add 1 "Elegant Egotist" from your Deck or GY to your hand. During the End Phase, if this card is in the GY because it was sent there from the hand or field this turn: Add up to 3 "Harpie" cards with different names from each other from your Deck to your hand. You can only use 1 "Hysteric Sign" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Tri-Brigade Shuraig the Ominous Omen

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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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Caam, Serenity of Gusto

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Once per turn, you can return 2 "Gusto" monsters from your Graveyard to the Deck to draw 1 card.

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Trap Trick

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Banish 1 Normal Trap from your Deck, except "Trap Trick", and Set 1 card with the same name directly from your Deck, also it can be activated this turn. You can only activate 1 Trap Card for the rest of this turn after this card resolves. You can only activate 1 "Trap Trick" per turn.

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Tri-Brigade Fraktall

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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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Harpie Channeler

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You can discard 1 "Harpie" card; Special Summon 1 "Harpie" monster from your Deck in Defense Position, except "Harpie Channeler". You can only use this effect of "Harpie Channeler" once per turn. While you control a Dragon monster, this card's Level becomes 7. This card's name becomes "Harpie Lady" while on the field or in the GY.

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Tri-Brigade Rugal the Silver Sheller

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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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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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Cockadoodledoo

Market Price: $0.31

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If there are no monsters on the field, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand) as a Level 3 monster. If your opponent controls a monster and you control no cards, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand) as a Level 4 monster. If this face-up card would leave the field, banish it instead.

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Harpie Harpist

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This card's name becomes "Harpie Lady" while it is on the field or in the Graveyard. You can only use each of these effects of "Harpie Harpist" once per turn.

• When this card is Normal Summoned: You can target 1 Winged Beast-Type monster you control (other than this card) and 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; return them to the hand.
• During the End Phase, if this card is in the Graveyard because it was sent there this turn: You can add 1 Level 4 Winged Beast-Type monster with 1500 or less ATK from your Deck to your hand.

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Barrier Statue of the Stormwinds

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No monsters can be Special Summoned, except for WIND monsters.

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Ancient Warriors Oath - Double Dragon Lords

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2 Beast-Warrior monsters, including a WIND "Ancient Warriors" monster

All "Ancient Warriors" monsters you control gain 500 ATK/DEF. You can only use each of the following effects of "Ancient Warriors Oath - Double Dragon Lords" once per turn. If this card is Link Summoned: You can add 1 "Ancient Warriors" card from your Deck to your hand. (Quick Effect): You can send 1 card from your hand or field to the GY, then target 1 face-up card your opponent controls; return it to the hand.

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Tri-Brigade Kerass

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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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Draco Masters of the Tenyi

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2+ monsters, including a Link Monster

Cannot be destroyed by battle with an Effect Monster. If you control no other Effect Monsters: You can destroy Effect Monsters your opponent controls, up to the number of non-Effect Monsters you control and/or in your GY. You can only use this effect of "Draco Masters of the Tenyi" once per turn.

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Tornado Dragon

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2 Level 4 monsters

Once per turn (Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material from this card, then target 1 Spell/Trap on the field; destroy it.

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D.D. Crow

Market Price: $1.70

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During either player's turn: You can discard this card to the Graveyard to target 1 card in your opponent's Graveyard; banish that target.

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Cyber Slash Harpie Lady

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

For this card's Synchro Summon, you can treat 1 "Harpie" monster you control as a Tuner. This card's name becomes "Harpie Lady" while on the field or in the GY. When a Spell/Trap Card or effect is activated (except during the Damage Step) (Quick Effect): You can target 1 monster your opponent controls or 1 "Harpie" monster you control; return it to the hand. You can only use this effect of "Cyber Slash Harpie Lady" once per turn.

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Tri-Brigade Nervall

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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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Lightning Chidori

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2 Level 4 WIND monsters

If this card is Xyz Summoned: Target 1 Set card your opponent controls; return that target to the bottom of the Deck. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 face-up card your opponent controls; return that target to the top of the Deck.

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Elegant Egotist

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If "Harpie Lady" is on the field: Special Summon 1 "Harpie Lady" or "Harpie Lady Sistesr" from your hand or Deck.

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Harpie's Feather Storm

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If you control a WIND Winged Beast monster: Until the end of this turn, negate any monster effects your opponent activates. If you control a "Harpie" monster, you can activate this card from your hand. If this card in its owner's Spell & Trap Zone is destroyed by an opponent's card effect: You can add 1 "Harpie's Feather Duster" from your Deck or GY to your hand.

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Harpie Lady 2

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(This card's name is always treated as "Harpie Lady".)

Negate the effects of Flip monsters this card destroys by battle.

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Harpie Conductor

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2 WIND monsters

This card's name becomes "Harpie Lady" while on the field or in the GY. You can only use each of the following effects of "Harpie Conductor" once per turn.
• If a "Harpie" monster(s) you control would be destroyed by battle or card effect, you can destroy 1 Spell/Trap you control instead.
• If another face-up "Harpie" monster you control returns to your hand (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 Special Summoned monster your opponent controls; return it to the hand.

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Knightmare Phoenix

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2+ monsters with different names

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 Spell/Trap your opponent controls; destroy it, 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 Phoenix" once per turn. Co-linked monsters you control cannot be destroyed by battle.

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Unchained Abomination

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2+ monsters including a Link Monster

If a card(s) on the field is destroyed by card effect, except by "Unchained Abomination" (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 card on the field; destroy it. When another monster is destroyed by battle: You can target 1 card on the field; destroy it. During the End Phase: You can target 1 card on the field; destroy it. You can only use each effect of "Unchained Abomination" once per turn.

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Tri-Brigade Ferrijit the Barren Blossom

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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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Harpie Lady

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This human-shaped animal with wings is beautiful to watch but deadly in battle.

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Harpie Perfumer

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This card's name becomes "Harpie Lady" while on the field or in the GY. If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can add 1 Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand that specifically lists the card "Harpie Lady Sisters" in its text. If you controlled a Level 5 or higher "Harpie" monster when you activated this effect, you can also add a second such card, with a different name from the first. You can only use this effect of "Harpie Perfumer" once per turn.

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Unexpected Dai

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If you control no monsters: Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Normal Monster from the Deck.

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Simorgh, Bird of Sovereignty

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2+ monsters, including a Winged Beast monster

Cannot be used as Link Material. Your opponent cannot target this card or a Winged Beast monster(s) this card points to with card effects. If this card would be destroyed by battle, you can destroy 1 other "Simorgh" card you control instead. During the End Phase: You can Special Summon 1 Winged Beast monster from your hand or Deck, with a Level equal to or lower than the total number of unused Spell & Trap Zones on the field. You can only use this effect of "Simorgh, Bird of Sovereignty" once per turn.

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Gusto Griffin

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If this card is sent from the hand to the Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 "Gusto" monster from your Deck. You can only use the effect of "Gusto Griffin" once per turn.

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This particular build leverages the Tri-Brigade engine to crank out extra defensive Links without compromising on the Rank 4 heart of old-school Harpies. Tri-Brigade discards are fuel for Gusto Griffin which can grab the Level 4 Caam, Serenity of Gusto for fast access to Lightning Chidori. The Tri-Brigade cards are great as a follow-up to failed Harpie Channeler or Harpie Perfumer plays, and in a pinch you can stall for a turn by shutting off your opponent's monster effects with Harpie's Feather Storm.

You can turn Tri-Brigade Harpies into a deck that's awfully close to Dragon Link, too. This video does a good job of showcasing how the Tri-Brigades contribute primarily to those insane Turn 1 combos that modern Yu-Gi-Oh's so engulfed in. Basically, you can use your Winged Beasts to Summon Dragunity Knight - Romulus and kick off a flurry of summons that's almost identical to many Dragon Link strategies. But in the end, you can also leverage Tri-Brigade Nervall or Tri-Brigade Kerass to summon Ancient Warriors Oath - Double Dragon Lords for even more disruption on your opponent's first turn.

Adding A Little Gusto To Simorghs

Simorghs are nowhere close to Harpies in terms of competitive potential, but it's one of the few other Winged Beast themes outside of Blackwings that has enough support to reasonably consider a Tri-Brigade hybrid build.

The goals here are as straightforward as possible: summon Simorgh, Bird of Sovereignty while setting up Simorgh of Darkness, Simorgh, Lord of the Storm, and Barrier Statue of the Stormwinds. There's decent resilience here if your opponent's backrow is clear, which will always be the case if you play first. Playing second is a bit more of a gamble, and cards like Cosmic Cyclone can stand in for Lightning Storm if you don't have copies of the latter.

Every one of the Simorgh monsters can return to the field immediately if your opponent's Spell & Trap Zones are empty, so you can brute force your way through interruption by simply summoning those monsters right back from the graveyard. There are plenty of discard outlets to take advantage of, and Gusto Griffin is just an extra bit of firepower that brings you a step closer to Simorgh, Bird of Sovereignty and Tri-Brigade Shuraig the Ominous Omen. The infinite negation loop of Mist Valley Apex Avian and Mist Valley Thunderbird is totally available, although you'll need to time your Tri-Brigade activations carefully to avoid being locked out of Union Carrier.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Kelly's Tri-Brigade Gusto Simorgh by Kelly Locke

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Cards

Danger! Thunderbird!

Market Price: $1.32

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You can reveal this card in your hand; your opponent randomly chooses 1 card from your entire hand, then you discard the chosen card. Then, if the discarded card was not "Danger! Thunderbird!", Special Summon 1 "Danger! Thunderbird!" from your hand, and if you do, draw 1 card. If this card is discarded: You can target 1 Set card your opponent controls; destroy it. You can only use this effect of "Danger! Thunderbird!" once per turn.

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Simorgh of Darkness

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While face-up on the field, this card is also WIND-Attribute. You can only use each of the following effects of "Simorgh of Darkness" once per turn.

• If you Tribute Summon a DARK or WIND monster: You can Special Summon this card from the GY (if it was there when the monster was Tribute Summoned) or hand (even if not).
• When a Spell/Trap Card or effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 WIND Winged Beast monster; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card.

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Tri-Brigade Rugal the Silver Sheller

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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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Tri-Brigade Shuraig the Ominous Omen

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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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Mist Valley Thunderbird

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When this face-up card is returned from the field to your hand, Special Summon this card. During the turn this card Special Summoned this way, this card cannot attack.

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Simorgh, Bird of Calamity

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When this card is Normal Summoned: You can send 1 "Simorgh" card from your Deck to the GY, except "Simorgh, Bird of Calamity". If this card is in your GY and your opponent controls no cards in their Spell & Trap Zone: You can Special Summon this card in Defense Position, but banish it when it leaves the field, also you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except Winged Beast monsters. You can only use each effect of "Simorgh, Bird of Calamity" once per turn.

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Simorgh, Bird of Bringing

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When this card is Normal Summoned: You can add 1 "Simorgh" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Simorgh, Bird of Bringing". If this card is in your GY and your opponent controls no cards in their Spell & Trap Zone: You can Special Summon this card in Defense Position, but banish it when it leaves the field, also you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except Winged Beast monsters. You can only use each effect of "Simorgh, Bird of Bringing" once per turn.

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Elborz, the Sacred Lands of Simorgh

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All WIND Winged Beast monsters on the field gain 300 ATK/DEF. You can only use each of the following effects of "Elborz, the Sacred Lands of Simorgh" once per turn.

• You can reveal 1 Level 5 or higher WIND Winged Beast monster in your hand; this turn, you can Normal Summon Winged Beast monsters for 1 less Tribute (even if this card leaves the field).
• If you control a WIND Winged Beast monster, you can: Immediately after this effect resolves, Normal Summon 1 Winged Beast monster.

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Mist Bird Clausolas

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1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters // Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; its ATK becomes 0, and if it does, its effects are negated. These changes last until the end of this turn.

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Cosmic Cyclone

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Pay 1000 LP, then target 1 Spell/Trap on the field; banish it.

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Gusto Egul

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When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower non-Tuner "Gusto" monster from your Deck.

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Martial Metal Marcher

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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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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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Terraforming

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Add 1 Field Spell from your Deck to your hand.

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Mist Valley Apex Avian

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When an effect is activated, you can select 1 face-up "Mist Valley" card you control. Return that "Mist Valley" card to its owner's hand, negate the effect's activation, and destroy the card whose effect was activated.

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Linkross

Market Price: $2.40

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1 Link-2 or higher Link Monster

If this card is Link Summoned: You can activate this effect; Special Summon a number of "Link Tokens" (Cyberse/LIGHT/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0) up to the Link Rating of the monster used for this card's Link Summon, also you cannot use "Link Tokens" as Link Material for the rest of this turn. You can only use this effect of "Linkross" once per turn.

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Tri-Brigade Fraktall

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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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Simorgh, Bird of Protection

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When this card is Normal Summoned: You can target 1 card in your opponent's Spell & Trap Zone; return it to the hand. If this card is in your GY and your opponent controls no cards in their Spell & Trap Zone: You can Special Summon this card in Defense Position, but banish it when it leaves the field, also you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except Winged Beast monsters. You can only use each effect of "Simorgh, Bird of Protection" once per turn.

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Simorgh Onslaught

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Discard 1 Winged Beast monster; add 2 "Simorgh" monsters with different Attributes from your Deck to your hand. You can banish this card from your GY; reveal 1 Winged Beast monster in your hand, and if you do, reduce the Levels of monsters in your hand with that name by 1 for the rest of this turn (even after they are Summoned). You can only activate 1 "Simorgh Onslaught" per turn.

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Ancient Warriors Oath - Double Dragon Lords

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2 Beast-Warrior monsters, including a WIND "Ancient Warriors" monster

All "Ancient Warriors" monsters you control gain 500 ATK/DEF. You can only use each of the following effects of "Ancient Warriors Oath - Double Dragon Lords" once per turn. If this card is Link Summoned: You can add 1 "Ancient Warriors" card from your Deck to your hand. (Quick Effect): You can send 1 card from your hand or field to the GY, then target 1 face-up card your opponent controls; return it to the hand.

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Simorgh, Bird of Beginning

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When this card is Normal Summoned: You can activate this effect; during your Main Phase this turn, you can Normal Summon 1 "Simorgh" monster in addition to your Normal Summon/Set. (You can only gain this effect once per turn.) If this card is in your GY and your opponent controls no cards in their Spell & Trap Zone: You can Special Summon this card in Defense Position, but banish it when it leaves the field, also you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except Winged Beast monsters. You can only use each effect of "Simorgh, Bird of Beginning" once per turn.

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Barrier Statue of the Stormwinds

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No monsters can be Special Summoned, except for WIND monsters.

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Gusto Griffin

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If this card is sent from the hand to the Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 "Gusto" monster from your Deck. You can only use the effect of "Gusto Griffin" once 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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Simorgh, Bird of Sovereignty

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2+ monsters, including a Winged Beast monster

Cannot be used as Link Material. Your opponent cannot target this card or a Winged Beast monster(s) this card points to with card effects. If this card would be destroyed by battle, you can destroy 1 other "Simorgh" card you control instead. During the End Phase: You can Special Summon 1 Winged Beast monster from your hand or Deck, with a Level equal to or lower than the total number of unused Spell & Trap Zones on the field. You can only use this effect of "Simorgh, Bird of Sovereignty" once per turn.

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Harpie's Feather Storm

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If you control a WIND Winged Beast monster: Until the end of this turn, negate any monster effects your opponent activates. If you control a "Harpie" monster, you can activate this card from your hand. If this card in its owner's Spell & Trap Zone is destroyed by an opponent's card effect: You can add 1 "Harpie's Feather Duster" from your Deck or GY to your hand.

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Harpie Conductor

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2 WIND monsters

This card's name becomes "Harpie Lady" while on the field or in the GY. You can only use each of the following effects of "Harpie Conductor" once per turn.
• If a "Harpie" monster(s) you control would be destroyed by battle or card effect, you can destroy 1 Spell/Trap you control instead.
• If another face-up "Harpie" monster you control returns to your hand (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 Special Summoned monster your opponent controls; return it to the hand.

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Knightmare Phoenix

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2+ monsters with different names

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 Spell/Trap your opponent controls; destroy it, 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 Phoenix" once per turn. Co-linked monsters you control cannot be destroyed by battle.

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Tri-Brigade Ferrijit the Barren Blossom

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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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Herald of the Arc Light

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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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Simorgh, Lord of the Storm

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Your opponent cannot target this Tribute Summoned card with Spell/Trap Cards or effects. You can only use each of the following effects of "Simorgh, Lord of the Storm" once per turn.

• When a Spell/Trap Card or effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 WIND Winged Beast monster, then target 1 card your opponent controls; shuffle it into the Deck.
• When a Winged Beast monster you control is destroyed by battle while this card is in your GY: You can add this card to your hand.

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Union Carrier

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2 monsters with the same Type or Attribute

Cannot be used as Link Material the turn it is Link Summoned. You can target 1 face-up monster you control; equip 1 monster to it from your hand or Deck with its same original Type or Attribute. The equipped monster gains 1000 ATK. If you equipped it from the Deck, you cannot Special Summon monsters with that Equip Card's name for the rest of this turn. You can only use this effect of "Union Carrier" once per turn.

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Tri-Brigade Kerass

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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 Nervall

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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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This build relies heavily on playing first in the duel, but it's not absolutely mandatory. Most decks won't keep cards in their backrow beyond the first few moves of the duel unless they've managed to summon Union Carrier or Borreload Savage Dragon. Cosmic Cyclone and Danger! Thunderbird! can usually clear out your opponent's backrow and bring your graveyard Special Summons online. The Level 8 Simorghs help keep spells and traps off the field as you head further into the duel, and of course Mist Valley Apex Avian carries its own insane negation effect.

There's no excuse to not slip in Harpie's Feather Storm here. Flipping Harpie's Feather Storm a sure way to keep yourself in the game another turn, and it's a great answer to cards like Forbidden Droplet or Dark Ruler No More.

Barrier Statue of the Stormwinds and Simorgh, Bird of Sovereignty are a great first line of defense, but they're susceptible to a variety of negation cards. Harpie's Feather Storm ensures that your opponent can't capitalize off their negation effects, and you can even activate it from your hand by summoning Harpie Conductor first.

 

So what else is out there for Tri-Brigades? Blackwings seem like a logical choice despite the fact that they're missing a good target for Simorgh, Bird of Sovereignty and no on-theme Links. Raidraptors have their own themed Link, but it's not a great target for the Tri-Brigade effects. Beast themes like Melffy could find some benefits in the Tri-Brigade engine, and Obedience Schooled fills the graveyard for Tri-Brigade monsters to banish from, but keep in mind that you'll be locked into Beast Special Summons for the rest of the turn.

The six-card Tri-Brigade engine's small enough to fit into most Beast, Beast-Warrior, and Winged-Beast themes without too much effort. Optional cards like Fire Formation - Tenki let you lean into the Tri-Brigade engine even further by finding Tri-Brigade Fraktall earlier in the duel. Strangely, I think Tri-Brigade Fraktall might have the most potential here. It's actually surprisingly handy in Simorghs as an extender, so the fact that it doubles as a way to kickstart a self-contained engine makes it a very valuable card.

I don't think this Tri-Brigade engine's game-changing for most of these themes, but I do think it's worth checking out Tri-Brigades in decks beyond Zoodiacs.

Until next time then