Today’s card of the day is a card I didn’t expect to be relevant so soon. It’s Angel Trumpeter. Angel Trumpeter is an EARTH Level 4 Plant-Type Normal Tuner Monster with 1900 ATK and 1600 DEF. That’s it. Nothing more to it. No effect to speak of. However, Angel Trumpeter doesn’t actually stop there. It’s a Normal Monster and a Tuner. The things you can do with it already are amazing. Of course, there could be more interactions if it had 0 DEF, was a LIGHT/DARK or something, but plenty of cards aren’t LIGHT/DARK and don’t have 0 DEF and are still good.
So, why would you want to use Angel Trumpeter? Kozmo has no synergy with it. Monarchs have no synergy with it. Burning Abyss has no synergy with it. Phantom Knights have no synergy with it. Pendulums do. Between Painful Decision, Unexpected Dai, Rescue Rabbit and Draco Face-Off, it’s not too hard to make Ignister without using your Pendulum Summon. Ignister is a problem for every deck. And if they negate its summon, chances are your opponent won’t have another counter trap to negate your Pendulum Summon too. You can also make Odd-Eyes Meteorburt Dragon, Psy-Framelord Omega, Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend and pretty much any other Level 7 or 8 Synchro that you’d want to make.
What else does Angel Trumpeter do? Well, it’s Level 4 so you can use it to make Xyz Monsters. That’s always a good thing. And, once you make an Xyz with it, it goes to the Graveyard, so it doesn’t matter that it isn’t a Pendulum Monster. Unless you’re using Daigusto Emeral to put your monsters back, your Pendulums are mostly stuck in the Graveyard. Making Xyz is nothing new, but it’s good that another piece is Level 4 for Xyz. So many cards in the deck right now aren’t Level 4: Archfiend Eccentrick, Monkeyboard, Guitartle, Lizardraw and all of the Odd-Eyes monsters. You can make Dinoster with them, but that’s about it.
Angel Trumpeter has 1900 ATK. Okay, that doesn’t seem impressive, but against a clear board you only have to deal 6100-7100 more damage after an Angel Trumpeter gets in. After an Extra Deck monster too, you’ll likely only have to deal about 4000 more damage. That really isn’t hard to do. Joker, Sorcerer, Angel Trumpeter and Ignister is 8050 damage. Monsters like Sorcerer are rarely attacking, but Angel Trumpeter is at least decent at it. Raiden, Hand of the Lightsword and Luster Pendulum are the only Level 4 Tuners with comparable attack that you’d summon on a regular basis. You won’t always be attacking with Angel Trumpeter, but it’s important to remember that it isn’t weak. You can also crash it into stuff like Thunder King Rai-Oh, should that ever come up.
Naturia Beast and Barkion require EARTH Tuners. Right now Naturia Beast isn’t an auto-win against much of anything, but you want to remember that you can make it when building your deck. There aren’t many Level 1 EARTH non-Tuners that you want to play. The only ones I could find were Performapal Gongcat, because it’s a Performapal, and Swift Scarecrow, because it stops the Battle Phase. It’s not as easy as Hatricker or Dragonpulse Magician and X-Saber Palomuro, but it’s another thing to consider. If you can somehow make Gear Gigant X you can search CardCar D and make Naturia Barkion, but that’s never going to happen.
The most important synergy, though, is that it’s a Normal Monster. Painful Decision searches it as long as you have two copies in your Deck. Painful Decision isn’t useless outside of Angel Trumpeter. Dragong, Igknight Paladin and Templar, Dragoons of Draconia, Flash Knight, Dragonpulse Magician and, of course, Vector Pendulum and Master Pendulum are all Level 4 Normal Pendulum Monsters. A few more exist but aren’t legal yet: Metalphose Goldriver, Mild Turkey, Bujin Hiruko. Painful Decision searches pretty much anything you need: low scale, high scale, Tuner, Dracoslayer.
Unexpected Dai is a little more narrow, but not really. You just need to control no monsters and you can Special Summon the above monsters from your Deck instead of adding them to your hand. Normal Summon another monster and make Ignister or an Xyz before using your Pendulum Summon. Unexpected Dai does everything Painful Decision does, but slightly differently. Moving on, there are other Normal Monster synergies. Rescue Rabbit Special Summons two. With two Trumpeters you have two Tuners and no Pendulum Monsters, so you can’t make Ignister, but it’s still a thing you can do. If you play Brilliant Fusion and you already used one Angel Trumpeter, Gem-Knight Lazuli gets you the Trumpeter back. Metaphys Horus gains bonus effects. Azure-Eyes can Special Summon Trumpeter from the Graveyard, but now I’m really reaching.
Why play Angel Trumpeter when you already have Luster? It’s more searchable than Luster and can be used for other Xyz, too. Of course, you still play Luster, but you can only run 1. Masked Chameleon also makes Ignister, but you need a Vector or Master in the Graveyard. You can summon Angel Trumpeter from the Deck, then Normal Summon any Level 4 Pendulum. Then, you’re not restricted to only your Extra Deck for the whole turn. Angel Trumpeter does a lot. It’s seriously worth considering in Performapal variants.
Where Angel Trumpeter doesn’t really fit in is heavier Odd-Eyes builds with Majespecter Unicorn. You can fit in Ariadne and a few traps with Angel Trumpeter and Normal Monster support, but not Unicorn – Kirin and the scales needed to Pendulum Summon it consistently with the Normal Monsters. I suppose Flash Knight and Igknight Templar are options for high scales, but I’d rather just play more Sky Iris and Odd-Eyes Unicorn. The deck basically has to be 40 cards if you want the most consistency, which you really need now. There isn’t room for Normal Monsters, Performapals, Odd-Eyes and Dracoslayers. That said, this is the shell for Normal Performapals.
3 Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer
1 Performapal Skullcrobat Joker
1 Performapal Monkeyboard
1 Performapal Guitartle
2 Performapal Lizardraw
1 Performapal Odd-Eyes Unicorn
1 Performapal Odd-Eyes Phoenix
1 Lector/Vector Pendulum, the Dracoverlord
1 Luster Pendulum, the Dracoslayer
2-3 Master Pendulum, the Dracoslayer
2-3 Angel Trumpeter
0-3 Flash Knight
0-3 Archfiend Eccentrick
0-3 Magical Abductor
0-3 Guiding Ariadne
0-2 Sky Iris
0-1 Odd-Eyes Fusion
1-3 Unexpected Dai
1-3 Painful Decision
1 Upstart Goblin
1 Draco Face-Off
0-1 Solemn Warning
0-3 Solemn Strike
0-3 Solemn Scolding
0-3 Trap Hole cards + Raff
2-3 Dinoster Powerful, the Strong Dracoslayer
1 Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer
1 Number 106: Giant Hand
1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
1 Diamond Dire Wolf
1-2 Masjester Paladin, the Ascending Dracoslayer
1 Daigusto Emeral
1 Abyss Dweller
Draco Performapals may not be as powerful as Kozmo, Monarchs or Burning Abyss right now, but they do still have power plays, OTK potential and resilience. They’re still a good pick for the current meta. How would you build DracoPals now?
Bonus: Top 8 deck list from a regional in England. That means no Lightning.
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