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CDP Chimera’s Branded Illusion – Phantom Beast Returns, ft. DUNE Support

A new Monster Type emerges! Or is it an Illusion…


Strategic Summary:

Welcome to today’s Creative Deck Profile, this time taking the new Chimera support cards for a spin alongside the Illusion monsters! If you missed the history behind the new Illusion type, be sure to read all about it here: A Brief History of Dreams and Illusions. Much like Yugi’s original strategy, the Chimera theme is all about Fusion Summoning, initially into Chimera the Phantom Beast King (YGOrg Translation), and then ultimately into Chimera the Illusion Magical Beast (YGOrg Translation). The first Fusion Monster gives you the benfit of discarding a random card from the opponent’s hand during the End Phase, as well as an effect to banish itself from the GY to Special Summon a different Beast, Fiend, or Illusion monster from your GY, while the second gives you a boss monster that can repeatedly attack over an opponent’s monster for high battle damage. Supporting these two are retrains of Chimera the Flying Mythical Beast‘s Fusion Materials, Gazelle the King of Mythical Beasts and Berfomet. Now, there are two new versions, Berfomet the Great Wings (YGOrg Translation), which tutors any Level 4 Beast as well as Chimera Fusion (YGOrg Translation), and Gazelle the King of Mythical Claws (YGOrg Translation), which tutors any Level 5 Fiend or a Chimera Fusion. Both also have an effect when sent to the GY as material for a Fusion Summon, recovering or tutoring an Illusion monster respectively. Right now, the two Illusion monsters that play a role are Mirror Swordsman (YGOrg Translation) and Cornfield Koator (YGOrg Translation), both of which support monsters that mention Chimera Fusion, but I’m sure we’ll see more worthwhile Illusion monsters in future sets!

Now all of those cards sound well and good, but why run them with Branded? One answer, Rindbrumm the Striking Dragon. This Winged Beast Fusion monster is Fusion Summoned via any Beast plus Fallen of Albaz, so if you happen to use Branded Fusion and send your Gazelle the King of Mythical Claws, you’re primed to jump into your full Chimera combos. Even if you don’t have a way to an initial Branded Fusion, you have plenty of opportunities to Fusion Summon through alternative means, such as with Polymerization, which is supported here by a full Frightfur Patchwork engine, as well as Dragon’s Mirror and Branded in White. This versatility in Fusion options lends itself well to diving into other monsters, such as Mirrorjade the Iceblade Dragon, Starving Venom Predapower Fusion Dragon, Guardian Chimera, Magnum the Reliever (YGOrg Translation), or even Predaplant Dragostapelia. All of the Fusion monsters come out to play here, and this deck thrives with it. Embrace the power of Fusion themes working together, now fueled by the new Illusion type!

Provided Decklist:

Monsters: 25
| Gazelle the King of Mythical Beasts
| Radian, the Multidimensional Kaiju
| Kumongous, the Sticky String Kaiju
|| Berfomet the Great Wings
| Berfomet
||| Mirror Swordsman
|| Aluber the Jester of Despia
|| Fallen of Albaz
| Springans Kitt
| King Tiger Wanghu
| Blazing Cartesia, the Virtuous
||| Gazelle the King of Mythical Claws
|| Edge Imp Chain
| Tri-Brigade Mercourier
||| Cornfield Koator

Spells: 18
|| Polymerization
||| Frightfur Patchwork
| Branded in White
||| Branded Fusion
| Dragon’s Mirror
| Called by the Grave
||| Branded Opening
||| Chimera Fusion
| Branded Lost

Traps: 2
| Branded Banishment
| Brightest, Blazing, Branded King

Extra Deck:
| Starving Venom Predapower Fusion Dragon
|| Guardian Chimera
| Chimera the Illusion Magical Beast
|| Mirrorjade the Iceblade Dragon
| Magnum the Reliever
| Predaplant Dragostapelia
| Lubellion the Searing Dragon
| Alba-Lenatus the Abyss Dragon
| Granguignol the Dusk Dragon
| Rindbrumm the Striking Dragon
| Albion the Branded Dragon
|| Chimera the Phantom Beast King


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: Gunkan, Volcanic, Mannadium, Rocks, Crimson Dragon, Rescue-ACE

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2 thoughts on “CDP Chimera’s Branded Illusion – Phantom Beast Returns, ft. DUNE Support

  • May 10, 2023 at 6:43 pm

    Make earthbound servant

    • May 10, 2023 at 9:42 pm

      They literally just got announced; they’re not even on EDOPro yet. Chill.

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