CDP: Branded Bystial Despia et. al. of the Abyss – June 2023 Edition

Even Lore Decks can play with the new List.


Strategic Summary:

Today’s Creative Deck Profile features the Branded archetype in all of its Albaz glory, with support cards from across the storyline, and one overarching goal – to win. Ever since this lore theme debuted, I’ve covered this archetype in so many different ways, all because it was just so synergetic with so many other things. Well today, I’m giving you the deck as it synergizes with itself, so hopefully you enjoy. This deck revolves around Fallen of Albaz, an Effect Monster that can Fusion Summon using a monster your opponent controls. If you don’t want to go his way, you can also turn to Branded Fusion, which uses Fusion Materials from the deck, Branded in Red, which recovers a Despia or Fallen of Albaz before banishing Fusion Materials from the hand or field, Branded in White, using Fusion Materials from the hand, field, or GY (if you use Albaz), Blazing Cartesia, the Virtuous, Branded Banishment, Albion the Branded Dragon, or Lubellion the Searing Dragon. Yes, that’s 8 different cards that enable a Fusion Summon, and that’s even excluding a couple.

Now the end-goal boss monster of the deck is Mirrorjade the Iceblade Dragon, made with any Extra Deck monster plus Fallen of Albaz, but you can also lean on other threats like Albion the Sanctifire Dragon, or even the Despia big bad, Despian Proskenion. Looking outside of the Albaz Fusion arena, you can also look towards Synchro Summoning, as the Bystial archetype introduced a new Branded Continuous Trap that allows you to Synchro Summon during the opponent’s turn, Etude of the Branded. As for the Tuners available, that would be Blazing Cartesia, Incredible Ecclesia, the Virtuous, and the newest Spellcaster to join the fray, Guiding Quem, the Virtuous. Since Quem is also treated as both a Dogmatika and a Despia monster, your deck has many ways to get her to the field, plus she also can revive a monster that includes ‘Fallen of Albaz‘ in its text whenever any card leaves an Extra Deck! Beyond just being more bodies and an archetype of pseudo hand-Traps, the Bystial archetype also adds yet another big plus to this hodgepodge of a Lore deck – it adds even more consistency. You see, there are plenty of ways to get to what you need, but the Bystial theme gives you a ramp to disruption like Branded Beast to protection from Branded Lost.

All of what I mentioned is true, but the standout defining trait of this strategy is its ability to grind out games. That’s because Incredible Ecclesia, Blazing Cartesia, Branded in High Spirits, and Brightest, Blazing, Branded King all can add themselves back to hand during the End Phase of a turn in which a Fusion Monster was sent to the GY. Add to the fact that some of your Fusion monsters also have a GY effect during the End Phase of a turn they were sent to the GY, such as Sprind the Irondash Dragon or Despian Luluwalilith, and you will guarantee yourself a full hand going into the next turn. Few decks can claim that, which is what makes this lore deck all that much more special. Follow the lore as you travel with Albaz, Eccelsia, and all the gang, in this June version of the deck!

Provided Decklist:

Monsters: 27
|| The Bystial Lubellion
|| Albion the Shrouded Dragon
| Bystial Druiswurm
| Bystial Magnamhut
||| Bystial Saronir
| Bystial Baldrake
| The Golden Swordsoul
| Albaz the Ashen
||| Aluber the Jester of Despia
|| Fallen of Albaz
|| Springans Kitt
|| Guiding Quem, the Virtuous
| Incredible Ecclesia, the Virtuous
|| Blazing Cartesia, the Virtuous
|| Tri-Brigade Mercourier
| Despian Tragedy

Spells: 20
||| Fusion Deployment
| Branded in White
||| Branded Fusion
| Foolish Burial
||| Branded in High Spirits
||| Branded Opening
| Light of the Branded
| Branded in Red
| Branded Lost
| Branded Regained
| New Frontier
| Secret Village of the Spellcasters

Traps: 9
| Branded Banishment
| Brightest, Blazing, Branded King
||| Metaverse
| Branded Beast
| Etude of the Branded
|| Branded Retribution

Extra Deck:
| Despian Proskenion
| Albion the Sanctifire Dragon
| Mirrorjade the Iceblade Dragon
| Lubellion the Searing Dragon
|| Granguignol the Dusk Dragon
| Despian Quaeritis
| Sprind the Irondash Dragon
| Masquerade the Blazing Dragon
| Titaniklad the Ash Dragon
| Rindbrumm the Striking Dragon
|| Albion the Branded Dragon
| Despian Luluwalilith
| Bystial Dis Pater


Note: This is continuing the style of Creative Deck Profile articles, designed to showcase a build through replays and an attached summary. If you wish to see a CDP for an archetype, theme, or strategy you love, feel free to private message me on the YGOrg Discord server, the comments section of any of my YouTube videos, or just post a comment in response to this article on our Facebook page or through the site with your ideas for me to keep under consideration! On most YGO-related communities my username is Quincymccoy, so feel free to reach out. Current pending requested profiles include: Crimson Dragon, Red Dragon Archfiend, Yubel, Mannadium Yang Zing, Nemleria

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