Competitive Corner: No one runs Domain anymore!

PerformapalPendulumSorcererClifton Land, Scott Page, and Louis Poma all made top 16 at YCS Origins with Performapals. Clifton made it to top 4, while Scott and Louis lost their top 16 matches. This is not to belittle their top. I’ve never made it to top 16 at a YCS. These three players played almost the same deck. The same 38:13:5 for Main:Side:Extra. Let’s look at how Performapals are being built.

Many players complain that they miss ‘goodstuffs’ decks. These are decks from years ago where it’s pretty much 40 good, synergistic cards. Performapals are just that. Draco Engine, Performapal Engine, Odd-Eyes Engine sometimes, Ariadne, Archfiend Eccentrick, Magical Abductor, Kirin, only the best traps. Performapals is the goodstuffs deck from 2016. The first half at least. We’ve yet to see everything for the second half.


Main Deck (27 Monsters:7 Spells:4 Traps)

3 Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer
1 Performapal Monkeyboard
1 Performapal Skullcrobat Joker
2 Performapal Secondonkey
1 Performapal Guitartle
2 Performapal Lizardraw
1 Performapal Odd-Eyes Light Phoenix
1 Performapal Odd-Eyes Unicorn
3 Master Pendulum, the Dracoslayer
1 Luster Pendulum, the Dracoslayer
1 Lector Pendulum, the Dracoverlord
1 Vector Pendulum, the Dracoverlord
3 Magical Abductor
2 Guiding Ariadne
2 Archfiend Eccentrick
2 Effect Veiler
2 Sky Iris
2 Terraforming
1 Odd-Eyes Fusion
1 Draco Face-Off
1 Upstart Goblin
1 Solemn Warning
3 Solemn Strike

Extra Deck (9 Xyz:1 Synchro:3 Fusion)

1 Abyss Dweller
1 Daigusto Emeral
1 Majester Paladin, the Ascending Dracoslayer
1 Diamond Dire Wolf
1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
1 Number 39: Utopia
1 Number 39: Utopia the Lightning
1 Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon
1 Number 38: Hope Harbinger Dragon Titanic Galaxy
1 Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer
1 Odd-Eyes Vortex Dragon
2 Dinoster Power the Mighty Dracoslayer

Side Deck (5 Monsters)

3 Maxx “C”
2 Majespecter Unicorn – Kirin

Secondonkey is seeing play again. Looks like the pendulum has swung the other way. The Performapal engine is as small as it can get in the skeleton before cutting Donkey. After the Performapals, the Dracoslayers/overlords are the best Level 4 Pendulum engine in the game. The rest of the deck is just goodstuffs, like everyone says they want.

Clifton Land chose the third Effect Veiler and Performapal Silverclaw for his last two slots. Veiler is always decent and Silverclaw attacks over opposing Majespecter Unicorns. I’ve even had Pendulum Sorcerer and Silver Claw as scales, then Pendulum Summoned Joker and attacked for 3100.


Scott Page and Louis Poma both ran Painful Decision, and both said it was bad with Master as the only option. It’s impossible to get a high scale without something additional, like Flash Knight. But that’s why Sky Iris and Odd-Eyes Unicorn are in the deck. Louis ran the third Veiler – unsurprising. Scott had one Secret Village of the Spellcasters in his main deck. Pretty bold choice, but it does the same thing that Jake Phinney’s Anti-Spell Fragrance does, but better. I don’t think I need to say that shutting off Spell Cards completely is better than delaying them. The Main Deck Secret Village is also searchable with Terraforming. Anti-Spell Fragrance isn’t.

All three players had the same written 13, but the 14th was an Odd-Eyes monster for Odd-Eyes Vortex Dragon. Absolute Dragon is absolutely impossible to make without your opponent playing something like Stygian Dirge. Meteorburst is possible to make. Monkeyboard + Veiler means Meteorburst. It isn’t likely, but it’s certainly possible. Without Level 7s, I see ABSOLUTELY no reason to be running Absolute Dragon. The other slot was either a second Abyss Dweller or Utopia Prime. While I do value being able to use Lightning Twice against Kozmo, summoning the second Dweller against Burning Abyss variants is usually GG, time for game 2. I’d pick Dweller most of the time, but if your locals has more decks where Lightning is better, use Prime. Of course, if Lightning isn’t legal, that choice is made for you. Two Dweller and those last two slots can be Giant Hand, Trapeze Magician, Silent Honor ARK, Dark Rebellion, Gagaga Cowboy or another copy of something you already run. Scott Page mentioned that he’d like to run Trapeze.

Maxx “C” has been delegated to the side deck. Scott Page also mentioned that it’s only good against Burning Abyss. I had noticed that it was subpar against everything but BA, but I hadn’t even thought of taking it out of the main deck. Maxx “C” is just a better fit in the Side Deck. You only want it against Burning Abyss. Kirin is the other card I was extremely high on until I saw it in the Side Deck. Kirin is good in the mirror, against Burning Abyss and everything that’s not Kozmo or Monarchs. The problem is that a lot of people are playing Kozmo and Monarchs. If you’re guaranteed to never play them, main deck all the Kirins. Otherwise, side them.


Twin Twisters is another card from BOSH that’s still crazy good. Just not in Performapals. You normally need all of your cards to combo off and make crazy fields. Twin Twister turns another card in your hand into MST. You can’t really have two MST and still combo off. Twin Twister is a good card, don’t get me wrong. MST is just better for decks that need all of their cards. They are similar, though and Twin Twisters isn’t bad.

Pendulum Storm is not the new Wavering Eyes. It just isn’t. It’s an okay card, but to me, it’s simply not worth the opportunity cost of running it. It doesn’t clear your opponent’s whole board like System Down. System Down is obviously for Kozmo and doesn’t take any Extra Deck space unlike how Cyber Dragon does. Plus you have the benefit of an auto-win button against rogue jank like Dinomist. Other than Raigeki and Dark Hole, nothing else clears fields as easily. And System Down banishes the machines. I already talked about how good Secret Village is. If you missed it, it’s really good.

I assume Full House is for Card of Demise decks. That’s where I’d side it in. Just hit floodgates and all their set cards. Decree is also an option. Floodgate plus Secret Village is pretty much GG. Secret Village also makes Magic Deflector obsolete. Deflector can be another card, like Mask of Restrict, then you’re locking your opponent out of both Spells and Tribute Summoning. Good luck making Rank 5s without any Spell Cards in your Graveyard for The Prime Monarch. Deflector is still a good card, just not as good as Secret Village.

After looking at these lists, I’d play Scott Page’s list, but replace the Painful Decision with the third Effect Veiler and swap out Absolute for Meteorburst. If I didn’t have access to the Lightning, I’d play Giant hand and Trapeze Magician in the Utopia spots.


Don’t forget that Hope Harbinger can gain ATK if you destroy your own Xyz with Sky Iris. You only need two Ariadne if you only have Warning and three Strike. Come back tomorrow, click an ad and tell your friends to stop running Maxx “C” in the main.

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