Before the Main Event begins here in Indianapolis, let's take a look at some of the hottest Side Deck cards seeing major play!

Puppet Plant
With Shaddolls and Burning Abyss dominating the format, players are pulling out all the stops to get an edge in Games 2 and 3. Siding for these match-ups is incredibly important, especially if you're playing Shaddolls or Burning Abyss yourself.

Puppet Plant has become a popular Side Deck pick for Burning Abyss players who expect to be paired frequently against other Burning Abyss players. In the mirror match Puppet Plant can take control of an opposing Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss. Once control is switched, you can use Dante's effect, Summon Downerd Magician by using Dante as an Xyz Material, or Tribute it for Caius the Shadow Monarch or Raiza the Storm Monarch. Puppet Plant can also take control of El Shaddoll Winda, which can then be used for a Tribute Summon or as an attacker to deal extra damage. It's a great card that can quickly turn around a duel by stealing a key monster, and it's a perfect fit for the Burning Abyss Side Deck.

Night Beam
Chainable traps are everywhere: Phoenix Wing Wind Blast, Sinister Shadow Games, and Artifact Sanctum are Main Deck staples for several strategies. Targeting them with Mystical Space Typhoon will set you back a card when your opponent chains them, so duelists have begun exploring an alternative that can't be chained to. Night Beam destroys a set Spell and Trap Card, but the targeted card can't be activated in response. #####CARDID= 10419#####

It's a great way to preemptively take out a set Phoenix Wing Wind Blast without your opponent chaining it. Night Beam also places your opponent in a difficult position: if they don't activate their set card before the Main Phase 1, they risk losing it to Night Beam's effect. This means they'll need to activate cards at inopportune moments, which can be a huge advantage.

Xyz Universe
Thanks to the Geargia Rampage Structure Deck, Geargia are back in action! In response, Xyz Universe is starting to see even more play. Universe trades two Xyz Monsters on the field for an Xyz Monster from your Extra Deck. It's exceptionally powerful against strategies that aggressively Xyz Summon. Geargia are definitely one of those decks, but they're not the only ones. In Burning Abyss mirror matches you can trade your own Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss and your opponent's Dante or Downerd Magician to Summon Norito the Moral Leader. It's a great way to get Downerd off the field while also Summoning a powerful Xyz Monster.

There's a lot of great Side Deck tech out there beyond the usual floodgates. They'll definitely be making a big impact this weekend!

-Kelly