Set review: Starter Deck Yuya

YS16-DeckENMany Yugioh players ask the question, “Is Starter Deck Yuya worth it?” The product description page proudly talks about the new Performapal Sleight Hand Magician and touts reprints like Lightning Vortex, Book of Moon and Pendulum Reborn, but doesn’t mention the reprints that are actually good. the full set list can be found here. So, let’s get into it.What’s in the box?

YS16-ENT01 Hippo TokenAt $9.99 US MSRP or £7.99 on, you get the following:
-1 Preconstructed Deck of 40 cards (2 Ultra, 3 Super, 35 Common)
-3 Tokens (Common)
-1 Beginner’s Guide
-1 Paper Playmat

YS16-ENT02 Hippo TokenThe paper playmat is not something you should be buying this deck for. Same with the Beginner’s Guide. Neither offer much of anything and I’d suggest you get something like an Ultra Pro rubber mat if you don’t already have a mat. The packaging also doesn’t provide any kind of deck box or the like. If you’re new to Yugioh, pick up some sleeves and a deck box, too. But if you’ve been playing for any amount of time, you likely already have a mat, box and sleeves. That isn’t an issue. The real reason for purchasing this would obviously be the tokens.

YS16-ENT03 Hippo TokenUnfortunately, these tokens aren’t foil. They’re all common. But that means they won’t warp due to humidity/heat changes/issues. They’re probably some of the creepiest things I’ve seen in a long time. The stats on the tokens are nice, but I’d rather a full art card for tokens or anime-style tokens.

We can stop looking at these hippos now. Let’s look at the ten new cards in the starter deck. My rating scale will be below the bottom ad.

YS16-EN001 Performapal Sleight Hand Magician (Ultra Rare)

YS16-EN001 Performapal Sleight Hand MagicianSleight Hand Magician isn’t awful, and fine for a starter deck boss monster. It’s worse than structure deck boss monsters, but starter decks are to introduce people into the game while structure decks provide a theme deck with a few new cards to enhance that archetype. It’s unlikely to see competitive play. Comparing this to other Level 6-7 monsters that I want to run high scales for, like Majespecter Unicorn – Kirin, Mist Valley Apex Avian, Chaos Hunter or Mechanical Hound, Sleight Hand isn’t great. Casually, though, it’s pretty good.

Competitive Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 3.0

YS16-EN002 Performapal King Bear (Ultra Rare)

YS16-EN002 Performapal King BearKing Bear is Level 6 and Scale 7. We can Pendulum Summon it with Archfiend Eccentrick or another copy of itself. You can Pendulum Summon your Sorcerer, destroy your scales, search King Bear, activate King Bear and during the End Phase get back your Apex Avian or Sleight Hand Magician. Otherwise, pretty lack luster competitively.

Competitive Rating: 1.5
Casual Rating: 2.5

YS16-EN003 Performapal Swincobra

YS16-EN003 Performapal SwincobraKonami couldn’t give us another Level 4 Performapal Pendulum that generates advantage? It couldn’t discard a card on summon to get back a Performapal from your Extra Deck/Graveyard? Swincobra is just bad. It doesn’t generate advantage and the direct attacks and mill basically won’t ever matter.

Competitive Rating: 1.5
Casual Rating: 2.0

YS16-EN004 Performapal Momoncarpet (Super Rare)

YS16-EN004 Performapal MomoncarpetI guess this is another Scale 7? Odd-Eyes Unicorn outclasses it competitively. Casually, it’s fine and might even be really good because you can Pendulum Summon it every turn to destroy something that’s set. Monsters and Spell/Traps.

Competitive Rating: 1.5
Casual Rating: 2.5

YS16-EN005 Performapal Parrotrio (Super Rare)

YS16-EN005 Performapal ParrotrioParrotrio can be a low scale or high scale, but you can’t Pendulum Summon Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon or Sleight Hand Magician. That makes Timegazer the only Scale 8 in the deck. In a build that caps out at Level 6, Parrotrio is a pretty decent scale. Better than Odd-Eyes Unicorn if you don’t need to Pendulum Summon Level 7 monsters.

Competitive Rating: 2.5
Casual Rating: 2.5 – 3.0

YS16-EN006 Performapal Longphone Bull (Super Rare)

YS16-EN006 Performapal Longphone BullLongphone Bull is a worse Pendulum Sorcerer in pretty much every way. I suppose you could go the route that doesn’t run so many Pendulum monsters, but that’s pretty meh. It searches Sleight Hand Magician, I guess… At least it’s Level 4.

Competitive Rating: 1.5
Casual Rating: 2.5 if you don’t have Pendulum Sorcerers

YS16-EN00 Performapal Teeter Totter Hopper

YS16-EN007 Performapal Teeter Totter HopperI don’t even know why this exists. Performapals have so many garbage cards. I don’t know why this exists. I have no other thoughts on this card.

Competitive Rating: 1.5
Casual Rating: 1.5

YS16-EN021 Performapal Dramatic Theater

YS16-EN021 Performapal Dramatic TheaterThis is pretty much worse than Sky Iris. I know Master of Pendulum is a Structure Deck, and this is a Starter Deck, which, again, is meant to introduce people to the game, but Master of Pendulum is just better and isn’t too complicated.

Competitive Rating: 1.0
Casual Rating: 2.0

YS16-EN0 Smile World

YS16-EN022 Smile WorldThis boosts your opponent’s monsters, too. Skip out on this.

Competitive Rating: 1.0
Casual Rating: 1.0

YS16-EN0 Performapal Show Down

YS16-EN031 Performapal Show DownNot awful casually. Garbage competitively. If you’re looking to improve this Starter Deck, drop this for better cards when you can.

Competitive Rating: 1.0
Casual Rating: 1.5

The good reprints:
Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon
Performapal Secondonkey (not really)
Archfiend Eccentrick
Mystical Space Typhoon
Lightning Vortex (not really)
Book of Moon
Raigeki Break
Threatening Roar
Dark Bribe
Pendulum Reborn

Not all of the above cards are going to fit in every deck, but they’re good to have in your collection. If you’re playing this casually, I’d get the Master of Pendulum Structure Deck as well/instead because it’s just more coherent. Performapal Odd-Eyes Unicorn is a good card to pick up, as well. But this is fine for getting a friend into the game, provided you also have a deck of similar power level. If you’re going to a tournament, make sure to check the Forbidden & Limited List.

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this deck to anyone who already plays and would only to introduce someone to the game. Even then, Master of Pendulum is a better deck both by itself and if you fully upgrade it.

Until tomorrow, click an ad, buy the Starter Deck if you’d like, buy Master of Pendulum and share this with your friends.

This is my rating scale for cards.

5.0 Changes the format if it exists. Usually boardwipes like Exciton or Heavy Storm. Many forbidden cards are 5.0.

4.0 Format staple (Twin Twister) Sometimes a 1.0 otherwise (Book of Eclipse) Many forbidden cards are also 4.0.

3.5 Good in multiple decks, but not a staple. (Honest, Allure of Darkness)

3.0 Archetype staple/deck staple (Judgment Dragon/Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer) Usually better in their respective deck than the 3.5s, but less splashable.

2.5 Role-player in some decks, but not quite a staple. These cards are hard to find and often 3.5s or 2.0s, but Foolish Burial in Monarchs is one example.

2.0 Niche card. Side deck or currently unknown deck. (Mind Crush, Light/Shadow mirrors)

1.5 Niche card within its Archetype. Every Archetype has bad cards. I’m looking at you Jenis.

1.0 It has seen play once/never. (Book of Eclipse, Soul Drain Dragon)

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