Check out this display of pure pendulumatic power… with Fusions!
Today’s profile centers on the Vaylantz theme, a group of WATER Spellcasters and FIRE Machines, seemingly set in a classic clash against the other. While I’ve covered this archetype in the past (previously translated as Valiants), I’ve never done a pure build, sticking instead to Hybrids. So here goes. The Vaylantz theme centers around proper column management. After all, this theme inherently searches Senet Switch, allowing you to shift one Monster horizontally. Each of the Main Deck Pendulum Monsters can Special Summon themselves from the Pendulum Zone to the Main Monster Zone directly above it, under certain conditions. The heart and soul of the deck is Shinonome, Priestess of the Vaylantz (YGOrg Translation), a Level 2 Spellcaster that can summon itself from the Pendulum Zone with no further conditions, then tutor a Vaylantz Spell after being Special Summoned. Additionally, if she is moved from one Monster Zone to another, she tutors a Vaylantz monster. The other primary option is Vaylantz Voltage – Viscount (YGOrg Translation), the Level 4 Machine that places a Vaylantz from your Extra Deck to any Spell/Trap Zone as a Continuous Spell, while also placing one to your Pendulum Zone as a Pendulum Spell when it is moved from one Monster Zone to another. These two serve as your core advantage engine, especially since the theme has multiple ways to summon a Monster Card from the Spell/Trap card Zones beyond their inherent Pendulum Effects.
All of these effects and chains of summons lead to Hojo, Warrior of the Vaylantz (YGOrg Translation), the Level 8 Spellcaster, who allows you to Fusion Summon a Vaylantz monster whenever he moves from one Monster Zone to another. The two Fusion options here are Vaylantz Genesis Grand Duke (YGOrg Translation), made of 2 Vaylantz monsters or that can be alternatively summoned by tributing a Level 5 or higher Vaylantz in the same column as an Extra Monster Zone, or you can choose to Fusion Summon Vaylantz Assemble – Mamonaka (YGOrg Translation), which is made of 3 Vaylantz monsters and carries a Quick Effect to move an opponent’s monster to the Spell/Trap Zone as a Continuous Spell. This effect is similar to that of Vaylantz Vorld – Koenig Wissen (YGOrg Translation), which moves an opponent’s monster to the Spell/Trap Zone, eliminating the threat. The opposite is the theme’s other Field Spell, Vaylantz Vorld – Shinrabansho (YGOrg Translation), which turns one of your Monster Cards in the backrow back into a Monster by Special Summoning it. And yes, either Field Spell is tutored by Vaylantz Var – The Land of Beginning (YGOrg Translation), which also can grab you that Senet Switch for your troubles.
I know I’ve spent a ton of words describing these cards, but I haven’t spent much on what they do – they all Summon, a lot, while disrupting your opponent’s board. But there’s one major downside to all of these Pendulums – all of the Main Deck Pendulum Monsters have a Scale of 1. Plus, whenever you summon a Vaylantz from the Pendulum Zone, you’re locked into Special Summoning Vaylantz or other monsters from the Extra Deck for the rest of the turn. That said, thanks to Beyond the Pendulum, this theme can ignore the first concern. Because when Beyond the Pendulum is Link Summoned, you get to tutor Kai-Den Denko Spirit, which carries a Pendulum Scale of 9. Once searched, Kai-Den will provide constant Pendulum access, all while your Duelist Alliance tutors out Pendulum cards to advance your strategy and crush the opponent. Play a bit of 4D chess with the Vaylantz of Feudal Japan, mechanized robots, and Fusion Pendulums!
| Odd-Eyes Arc Pendulum Dragon
|| Vaylantz Dominator – Duke
|| Hojo, Warrior of the Vaylantz
||| Nazuki, Ninja of the Vaylantz
|| Vaylantz Mad – Marquis
| Kai-Den Kendo Spirit
||| Vaylantz Voltage – Viscount
||| Saion, Archer of the Vaylantz
| Rescue Hamster
| Vaylantz Buster – Baron
||| Shinonome, Priestess of the Vaylantz
| Instant Fusion
||| Vaylantz Var – The Land of Beginning
| Pendulum Treasure
|| Duelist Alliance
| Pendulum Paradox
| Pendulum Xyz
| Extra Pendulum
||| Vaylantz Vakening – Solo Activation
| Pendulum Fusion
| Senet Switch
|| Vaylantz Vorld – Shinrabansho
|| Vaylantz Vorld – Koenig Wissen
| Vaylantz Assemble – Mamonaka
|| Vaylantz Genesis Grand Duke
| Patissciel Couverture
| Number 38: Hope Harbinger Dragon Titanic Galaxy
| Dhampir Vampire Sheridan
| Abyss Dweller
| Underworld Goddess of the Closed World
| Borrelsword Dragon
| Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess
| Knightmare Unicorn
| Selene, Queen of the Master Magicians
|| Beyond the Pendulum
| I:P Masquerena
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