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Fun Buster Blader deck profile

It wasn’t easy, but after a week of testing different Buster Blader builds, I’ve fallen on one that’s awesome.

Designing to solve issues

Going into this build, I asked myself questions for what I needed to get done. I wanted to solve some of the frustration both Kyle’s build and my archetype test build found with this support.

I set out to solve:

  • How to summon Buster Blader and Buster Blader the Destruction Swordsman
  • How to search for Buster Whelp
  • How to summon Buster Dragon with generic material
  • How to set up Buster Dragon and Buster Blader the Dragon Destroyer on turn 1 consistently
  • What to do when none of that works

So yeah, lots of stuff. The outcome was fun, here’s the deck.

Buster Blader and Pendulum Monsters

Buster Blader and Pendulum Monsters

Monsters (25)
3 Buster Blader
3 Buster Blader the Destruction Swordmaster
2 Dragonpit Magician
2 Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon
1 Oafdragon Magician
1 Performapal Monkeyboard
2 Stargazer Magician
1 Performapal Skullcrobat Joker
1 Timegazer Magician
1 Nobledragon Magician
3 Buster Whelp of the Destruction Swordsmaster
2 Destruction Sword – Dragon Buster Blade
1 Jet Synchron
1 Tuning Magician
1 Performapal Trump Witch

Spells (15)
1 Allure of Darkness
2 Sacred Sword of the Seven Stars
Where Arf Thou?
3 Pendulum Call
2 Terraforming
1 Foolish Burial
2 Destruction Swordmaster Fusion
1 Starlight Junktion
1 Sky Iris

Traps (0)

Extra Deck (15)
1 Rune-Eyes Pendulum Dragon
2 Buster Blader the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman
1 Beelze King of Diabolic Dragons
1 Scrap Dragon
1 Stardust Dragon
2 Buster Dragon
1 Odd-Eyes Meteorburst Dragon
1 Blackrose Dragon
1 Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon
1 Odd-Eyes Absolute Dragon
1 Red-Eyes Flare Metal Dragon
1 Number 11: Big Eye
1 Ebon Illusion Magician

Here’s a video

How to summon Buster Blader and Buster Blader, the Destruction Swordsmaster

Buster Blader, the Destruction Swordmaster

Buster Blader, the Destruction Swordmaster

The Destruction Swordmaster needs to be on the field or in the graveyard for it to matter,  so the deck has to have a way to discard it or summon it from the hand.

The Magician pendulum monsters, with Pendulum Call and Sacred Sword of the Seven Stars work to summon the Buster Blader’s if you have them, or get rid of them. 3 and 3 of each swordsman ensures that you can banish or discard them anytime they’re making a hand weak, and at the same time not worry that you’ll never see one again.

How to search for Buster Whelp

Buster Whelp of the Destruction Swordsman

Buster Whelp of the Destruction Swordsman

I didn’t really work this one out. Since I always want to normal summon it, I figured including one for one would conflict with that desire, so it’s not included.

I decided to go with Where Arf Thou? for search power, and Allure of Darkness and Sacred Sword for draw power. I also bet on there being enough deck thinning to increase the chance of drawing Whelp. In my other build and Kyle’s, we were using A Hero Lives to summon Prisma to make it a Buster Blader. I figure taking 2000 LP of damage isn’t that bad of bad deal.

Where Arf Thou? works with Tuning Magician, Jet Synchron, and Dragon Buster.  These level one tuners can all special summon themselves to the field under various conditions.

Thinking about it now, I’m not entirely sure I need Buster Whelp. Well, I can at least entertain the idea of not running it. There might be some way I can work in a Junk Synchron and a Synchro Fusionist to search for the fusion spell. Or I could use King of the Swamp and Polymerization if I want to give up on snatching opponent’s monsters with the Buster fusion spell.

How to summon Buster Dragon with generic material

Buster Dragon

Buster Dragon

This deck has a bunch of level seven monsters. It has a bunch of level one tuners and an open normal summon. Having so many Buster Bladers you can open with one, draw into one, search for one, or get rid of one in the expectation that another one is around the corner.

Buster Dragon is really easy to summon, but also very pointless if you don’t have a Buster Blader. Even then, ending with 2 Pendulum Scales, a Buster Blader, and a Buster Dragon is very unsafe. Logically, the play should end with a Beelze or something. But if Buster Blader and Buster Dragon are on the field for more than a turn, the deck can start to feel like it has an over abundance of fun options.

How to set up Buster Dragon and Buster Blader the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman

Buster Blader, the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman

Buster Blader, the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman

Opening a Buster Whelp or the fusion spell usually means you can set up the combo just because of the insane number of Buster Bladers you can draw into or open with. A lot of plays end with a fusion spell set face-down, a Buster Blader and Buster Dragon.

I thought I could build this deck and then explain how it works, but it gets relatively complex when you open with a hand that requires decision making.


Field Spells

I’m running a Sky Iris because it can destroy the Perfomapal pendulum monsters that get stuck in the pendulum zones. It also searches Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon in case it needs to be used as fusion or synchro material.

Synchronized junction is in here for when I have Terraforming and don’t need Sky Iris. There aren’t many times this happens, but this can tribute Nobledragon Magician and summon Jet Synchron. Since the Magician is searchable by Pendulum Call.

Performapal Monsters

I feel like they do more harm than good. Performapal Skullcrobat Joker can’t be used to summon Buster Blader. It also takes up the normal summon. It’s great at fixing hands and setting up some of the deck’s combos, but it’s not a part of any of those combos.

Perfomapal Monkey Board is less useful because everytime I have it, I forget it becomes a 4 scale when it’s paired with a non-Performapal scale. It’s only purpose is to get Joker, and I already think that’s not entirely worth it. But, this is what you get when you build a deck with low pendulum knowledge and with an archetype that’s difficult haha.

Performapal Trump Witch should be Performapal Trump Magician. It would make like so much easier. It’s here as a secondary target for Mokey Board and it helps the fusion combo along in case you can’t get to the fusion spell.

Now I’m done

I can safely say I’ve had my fun with the new Buster Blader support. Fun note, I’d never played with any of the magician pendulum monsters before. My introduction to the pendulum mechanic was through Dinomists. Dinomists are fairly restrictive, but these magicians are quite useful and provide a lot of flexibility. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Perhaps I’ll write an article on it!

If you’ve tested or are running the new BB support, what did you do differently? What have you found amazing/annoying? I’d love to hear about your experiences down in the comments, or you can reach out to me on twitter @mattcarterwa.


Fusion Summoning – Yugioh Rulebook

Fusion Summoning gives players the chance to combine two or more monsters into one that is generally going to be more powerful. Because of the risk involved in sacrificing monsters, the Fusion mechanic has gone from a playful and flashy adaptation, meant to appeal to fans of the show, to an integral component of some of the best decks. Here I describe the way Fusion Summoning works as a guide to help you decide what’s right for your deck.

Fusion Summoning: Basic Mechanics

A Fusion Summon is a type of Special Summon, a free summon, and does not count against your once-per-turn Normal Summon. Fusion Monsters are purple and kept in a separate deck, the Extra Deck. You can Fusion Summon as many times as you want per turn as long as you have Fusion Monsters to summon, unless a card effect restricts summoning.

The way a Fusion Monster is summoned looks like this:

2 (or more) Monsters
+ Fusion Event
   Fusion Monster

The “2 (or more) Monsters part is easy. On every Fusion Monster, it states what other monsters you’ll need to use as Fusion Material to summon it. For a Basic Fusion, which uses Polymerization, your monsters can be in your hand or on the field. More advanced fusions allow you to use material from almost anywhere. There are exceptions to every rule and game mechanic in Yu-Gi-Oh, but these are the general rules for Fusion Monsters that the game uses to operates.

Fusion Events

A Fusion Event is any action that leads to a Fusion Monster being summoned. There are 4 Types of Fusion Events:

Spell Fusion Events

Activating a spell and having it’s effect summon a fusion monster is by far the most common type of fusion in Yu-Gi-Oh. Take the oldest card, Polymerization, for example.

Polymerization - The Default Fusion Summoning Tool

Spell Card: Polymerization

A player wants to summon Gaia the Dragon Champion by using Gaia the Fierce Knight and Curse of Dragon, the two monsters listed on the Gaia the Dragon Champion card. They plan to use the spell card Polymerization.

Polymerization is played and, when the effect resolves, Gaia the Fierce Knight is taken from the field and Curse of Dragon is taken from the hand. Both are sent to the graveyard and Gaia the Dragon Champion is taken from the Extra Deck and played to the field.

This is considered a Spell Fusion. The Spell’s effect resolving is the event that causes both monsters to fuse. If a Fusion Spell (or trap effect or monster effect) is negated, the monsters you intended to fuse are left in their places. On the field or in the hand, monsters do not go to the graveyard unless the Fusion Spell resolves.

Other Fusion Spell cards include Shaddoll Fusion, Miracle Fusion, Power Bond, and Fusion Gate.

Trap Fusion Events

Activating a Trap and having it’s effect summon a fusion monster is not a widely used form of fusion in Yu-Gi-Oh. In fact, there are only a few ways it’s done, Pyroxene Fusion, Fragment Fusion, and Frightfur March. Let’s use Frightfur March as an example since its the most complex option we have.

Frightfur March - A Unique Fusion Summoning Counter Trap

Counter Trap: Frightfur March

Frightfur March is a multi-effect Counter Trap card.

A player has a face-up Frightfur Wolf and a Frightfur March set. The opponent targets the Frightfur Wolf with the Quick-Play Spell Book of Moon. Frightfur March activates.

The first effect, the negation effect, negates Book of Moon and destroys it. The next effect sends the targeted Frightfur Wolf to the graveyard. The final effect is a Fusion Event that Special Summons the level 8 Frightfur Sabre-tooth as a Fusion Summon.

This card breaks a rule of Fusion Summoning, kind of. Frightfur March only requires a single monster to summon a Fusion. Even though all Frightfur Monsters are Fusions, so this is technically a replacement, the card still does Fusion Summon a monster.

It does this by considering the Summom a Special Summon, then treating that Summon as a Fusion Summon. I’ll go into what happens with Special Summoned Fusion Monsters in the section Properly Fusion Summoning.

So now that we’ve done a Trap Fusion and seen that it follows the same process as a Spell Fusion, lets move on to Monster Effect Fusions.

Monster Effect Fusion Events

Monster based, or forced, however you look at it, Fusion Summoning is weird. It’s probably the least conventional methods of Fusion, but because of that, it might be the most interesting. Here’s an example of a Monster Fusion Event.

A player wants to summon Superalloy Beast Raptinus, which requires 2 Gemini Monsters to fuse, with the two Gemini Monsters on their field (Gemini Soldier and Gigaplant). However, they don’t have any spell or any trap that can create a Fusion Event. They summon Performapal Splashmammoth, which allows the player to Fusion Summon any Dragon-Fusion during their main phase.

The player activates Mammoth’s effect, which requires that this player’s Fusion Material be on the field. Since Gemini Soldier and Gigaplant are both on the field, the effect resolves, both monsters are sent to the graveyard, and Superalloy Beast Raptinus is Fusion Summoned – easy.

Inherent Fusion Events

An Inherent Fusion Event is one that does not require an effect to start the process. Simply having the material and declaring that you wish to fuse them is enough. These Fusion monsters will always say “Must first be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by” and “You do not use Polymerization”, so they’re pretty easy to spot.

The interesting thing about these Inherent Fusions is that none of them are actually Fusion Summoned. These monsters are purple, yes, but their specific ways to summon them are strictly Special Summoning, so they avoid any cards that prevent Fusion Summoning specifically.

These Fusions are unofficially-ish referred to as Contact Fusions. You must control the material on the field, though the monsters do not have to be face-up. Face-down monsters must be revealed (not flipped) before a fusion event can resolve to allow both players to verify that the fusion material is valid.

Let’s look at an example.

Our player controls 2 monsters, Gladiator Beast Bestari and Gladiator Beast Darius. Bestari is set and Darius is in Attack mode. Our player declares that he’s attempting to Special Summon Gladiator Beast Gyzarus.

In order to carry out the Summon, the player reveals the face-down Bestari and, as stated in the card text of Gyzarus, returns both Bestari and Darius to the deck, then places Gyzarus on the field. All the steps of an effect based fusion are carried out with no need to activate another card to do it, the player met the conditions to make the fusion happen.

Inherent vs Effect Fusions

The main difference is that Inherent Fusions use up the cards immediately, as if the Fusion was successfully performed, so it’s a riskier. With an effect based Fusion, if your opponent negates the spell, trap, or monster effect that initiated the event, then it ends there, and you lose nothing but that initial card.

On the other hand, Inherent Fusions require one less card to be performed, they are more automatic because all that you need are the fusion material monsters on the board. However, there are only a handful of Inherent Fusions [Ritual Beasts, Gladiator Beasts, Chimeratech Fortress Dragon, Neos Fusions, etc], and their play-ability is very influenced by the metagame.

The summon of Inherent Fusion can be negated before they hit the field by cards like Thunderking Rai-Oh, Solemn Warning, and Steelswarm Roach. They can also be responded to by cards like Bottomless Trap and other cards that activate when a monster is summoned, while monsters summoned through the effect of another card have a little more protection. Their summon cannot be negated, only the effect of the card used to initiate the fusion event can be negated, but of course, once they hit the field, they are vulnerable to the same when-summoned traps.

Fusion Substitutes

The Light - Hex-Sealed Fusion

Example of a Fusion Substitute Monster

Fusion Substitute monsters provide a great way to quickly collect the fusion material needed. There are a few times where fusion substitute monsters cannot be used:

  • Inherent Fusions
    • These monsters always require that you control the Fusion Material monsters listed in their card text. If a fusion substitute monster can change its name, great, use it, but otherwise it is excluded.
    • And remember, Inherent Fusion monsters are Special Summoned, not Fusion Summoned, so there’s no reason for Fusion Substitutes to work for them.
  • Strict or “Closed” Fusions
    • When a Fusion Monster specifically states: A Fusion Summon of this monster can only be conducted with the above Fusion Material Monsters, Fusion Subs cannot be used.
      • Again, these types of Fusions require the fusion material to be of the same name as the ones listed in the card text.
      • It’s impossible to change the name of a card in your hand, but changing the name of a card on the field will make it a valid Fusion Material.

Fusion Alternatives

Cards like Instant Fusion and Cyber Stein, Magical Scientist and Summoner of Illusions can summon our purple friends from the extra deck without the need to have any of the fusion material.

Fusion Alternatives are all going to be Effect Based (Spell, Trap, Monster Eff) Fusions or Special Summons, and it’s important to figure out which type of summon (Fusion/Special Summon) the card is providing. For example, some monsters can be Special Summoned any way you choose, but must be Fusion Summoned in strict ways.

Properly Fusion Summoning

A proper summon of a Fusion Monster is when a player uses the Fusion Event method listed in the card text of a Fusion Monster (Polymerization, Contact Fusion, Strict Fusion) etc. Or, when that player uses a Fusion Alternative that specifically says the summon of a monster will be treated as a Fusion Summon (like Instant Fusion).

If a Fusion Monster is Special Summoned from the extra deck without undergoing a proper Fusion Event, it cannot be Special Summoned from the Graveyard or Banished Zone after it leaves the field. This restriction encourages players to properly use Fusions in order to get their full potential.


Questions and Comments

If any questions come up while your reading this, perhaps it’s of a specific situation or card, feel free to leave it in the comments or reach out to me on twitter @mattcarterwa. But most of all, if you found this article interesting or helpful, let me know in the comments or like the page!