stardust archetype

Converging Wishes = Stardust

Stardust Archetype Introduction

Hello, reader. I am Minoru Otoshiro and this is my first article in Serpentcards. I’ll be talking to you about the newly announced “Stardust” archetype.

It is not often that legacy archetypes get support. However, the ones which are most likely to get such support would be one that is run by a Yu-Gi-Oh! anime character – even more likely by an anime protagonist. In this case, it’s Yusei Fudo, from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds!

 

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In this day and age, Stardust Dragon is irrelevant and very few decks run it in their Extra Deck. However,  in the upcoming “Dawn of Majesty” booster set, the advent of the “Stardust” archetype makes it necessary to run it. Technically, Yusei runs “Synchrons”, but combined with the “Stardust” archetype, it is sure to bolster the deck’s consistency. And once again, Stardust Dragon will make a comeback!

I’ll be talking to you about the newly released support, their effects and a few combos. First off, is Wish-Converging Dragon.

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Omoi Tsudoishi Ryuu / Wish-Converging Dragon
LIGHT Dragon / Tuner / Effect
LV1 0/0
You can only Special Summon “Wish-Converging Dragon(s)” once per turn. Cannot be used as Synchro Material, except for the Synchro Summon of a “Majestic” monster.
(1) This card’s name becomes “Majestic Dragon” while on the field or in the GY.
(2) When you draw this card: You can reveal it; Special Summon it from your hand, then if you control a Level 8 or higher Dragon Synchro Monster, you can Special Summon 1 Level 1 Dragon monster from your Deck

This is a retrained and unmistakably superior version of “Majestic Dragon”. Even though it has the same Synchro material restriction, it doesn’t prevent it from being used as Link Material. One of the best Link Monsters which can be Link Summoned with it would be Crystron Halqifibrax, because it requires a Tuner – any Tuner.

A good candidate for a Level 1 Dragon monster which can be Special Summoned by its effect would be Omni Dragon Brotaur. When Special Summoned, target “Wish-Converging Dragon” and add a LIGHT Dragon from the Deck. For example, Stardust Trail, which I’ll be talking to you about next.

 

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Stardust Trail
LIGHT Dragon / Effect
LV4 500/2000
You can only use this card name’s 1st and 2nd effects once per turn each.
(1) If this card is in your hand or GY and a monster(s) you control is Tributed: You can Special Summon this card, but banish it when it leaves the field.
(2) If a “Warrior”, “Synchron”, or “Stardust” Synchro Monster is Synchro Summoned using this card as material: You can Special Summon 1 “Stardust Token” (Dragon/LIGHT/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0).

This is an ok card. However, it is part of the 2-card combo with Stardust Synchron, which I’ll be talking to you about next. If you Special Summon Stardust Synchron by its own effect by Tributing a Monster, Stardust Trail can also Special Summon itself from the Hand or Graveyard. Since Stardust Synchron and Stardust Trail are both Level 4s, they can be used to Synchro Summon Stardust Dragon.

However, the main downside of this 2-card combo is that they if they Special Summon themselves by their own effect, they will banish themselves if they leave the field. Nevertheless, Synchro Summoning Stardust Dragon has been made much more faster.

 

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Stardust Synchron
LIGHT Machine / Tuner / Effect
LV4 1500/1000
You can only use this card name’s 1st and 2nd effects once per turn each.
(1) If this card is in your hand or GY: You can Tribute 1 monster; you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck for the rest of this turn, except Synchro Monsters, also Special Summon this card, but banish it when it leaves the field.
(2) If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can add 1 Spell/Trap that specifically lists the card “Stardust Dragon” in its text from your Deck to your hand.

Special Summoning it by its own effect will lock you from summoning any Extra Deck monsters other than Synchros for the rest of the turn, so make sure to Special Summon any Fusions, XYZ (etc) Monsters before using its effect.

When Special Summoned, it can add a Spell/Trap card which lists the card “Stardust Dragon”, such as Stardust Illuminate, Majestic Absorption, etc. which I’ll be talking about later on.

Do note that Stardust Synchron is searchable not only by Tuning, but also by Junk Converter. Even though it’s an integral card in the “Stardust”  archetype, it is no match for the MVP  – Shooting Majestic Star Dragon, which I will be talking to you about next.

 

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Shooting Saver Star Dragon / Shooting Majestic Star Dragon
WIND Dragon / Synchro / Effect
LV11 4000/3300
“Majestic Dragon” + 1+ non-Tuner monsters, including a Dragon Synchro Monster
Must first be Synchro Summoned.
(1) Once per turn: You can negate the effects of 1 Effect Monster your opponent controls.
(2) For each “Stardust Dragon” and each Synchro Monster that specifically lists that card in its text in your GY, this card can make 1 additional attack during each Battle Phase.
(3) Once per turn, when your opponent activates a card or effect (Quick Effect): You can banish this card (until the End Phase), and if you do, negate the activation, and if you do that, banish that card.

The card effects say it all. An unmistakably superior version of not only Majestic Star Dragon, but also Shooting Quasar Dragon. Sure, Shooting Quasar Dragon can negate an opponent’s card/effect and attack more than once. But Shooting Majestic Star Dragon can do all that and more. Not to mention, its 1st first effect does NOT target.

Unlike Majestic Star Dragon, the summoning requirements are more flexible. Other than Majestic Dragon, any Dragon Synchro monster will do.

Interestingly enough, the 2nd effect allows you to OTK thanks to Majestic Absorption, which I’ll be talking to you about next.

 

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Saver Absorption / Majestic Absorption
Normal Spell
You can only activate 1 card with this card’s name per turn.
(1) Target 1 “Stardust Dragon” or 1 Synchro Monster that specifically lists that card in its text you control; activate 1 of these effects.
● Equip 1 face-up monster your opponent controls to that target.
● That target can attack directly this turn.
● Each time that target destroys an opponent’s monster by battle this turn, inflict damage to your opponent equal to the destroyed monster’s original ATK.

If you use the 2nd effect, targeting a Shooting Majestic Star Dragon, while you have at least either a Stardust Dragon, or any Synchro Monster listing its name it its text, you can attack directly for 4000 damage at least TWICE.

And that is how you OTK with Shooting Majestic Star Dragon. The other 2 effects are also good, but not as good as the 2nd.

 

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Kouraisuru Kiseki / Arriving Miracle
Continuous Spell
(1) When this card resolves, you can place 1 Level 1 Dragon monster from your hand or Deck on the top of your Deck.
(2) “Stardust Dragon” and Synchro Monsters that specifically list that card in their text on the field cannot be returned to the Extra Deck.
(3) If a Synchro Monster(s) is Special Summoned: You can apply 1 of these effects, also you cannot apply the same effect of “Arriving Miracle” again for the rest of this turn.
● Draw 1 card.
● Special Summon 1 Tuner from your hand.

This card helps you Special Summon Wish-Converging Dragon by its own effect easily. Interestingly enough, this card, while face-up on the field can prevent Majestic Star Dragon from returning to the Extra Deck at the end of the turn. Even though the new “Stardust” support makes it much easier to summon it, it’s not recommended to run it.

Do note that the 3rd effect allows you to use BOTH effects in the same turn. Not to mention, the Synchro Monsters don’t have to be Synchro Summoned in order to trigger the 3rd effect of Arriving Miracle. They only need to be Special Summoned. For example, Stardust Dragon’s own effect at the end of the turn, Stardust Flash, etc.
If the opponent Special Summons a Synchro monster, it can also trigger Arriving Miracle’s effect!

If you have the 2-card combo of Stardust Synchron and Trail in your hand, the former’s effect will allow you to search for this card. And when you do, you have an easy Shooting Majestic Star Dragon on the field.

Even if you have only one part of the 2-card combo in hand, you can always dump the other to the graveyard by way of Stardust Illuminate, which I’ll be talking to you about next.

 

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Stardust Illuminate
Normal Spell
You can only use this card name’s 1st and 2nd effects once per turn each.
(1) Send 1 “Stardust” monster from your Deck to the GY, or, if you control “Stardust Dragon” or a Synchro Monster that specifically lists “Stardust Dragon” in its text, you can Special Summon that monster instead.
(2) You can banish this card from your GY, then target 1 “Stardust” monster you control; increase or decrease its Level by 1 until the end of this turn.

Searchable by  Stardust Synchron when Normal/Special Summoned,  the 1st effect helps you dump any Stardust monster to the Graveyard. Since Stardust Synchron and Trail can be Special Summoned from the Graveyard by their own effects, this will help you pull off the integral 2-card combo, if you have one of the two in hand.

If you have  Stardust Dragon monster on the field, the 2nd effect can be used to increase  its Level by 1. Together with any non-Tuner Level 1 monster and Majestic Dragon, it can help to facilitate Synchro Summoning Shooting Majestic Dragon.

Even though Stardust Xialong appears in the card’s artwork, it’s not recommended to run it.

 

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Saver Mirage / Majestic Mirage
Continuous Trap
(1) If a face-up “Stardust Dragon(s)” or Synchro Monster(s) that specifically lists that card in its text you control leaves the field to activate its own effect, or by its own effect: You can apply 1 of these effects, also you cannot apply the same effect of “Majestic Mirage” again for the rest of this turn.
● Special Summon 1 of those monsters.
● Banish 1 monster your opponent controls or in their GY.
● All damage you take this turn is halved.

If this card is face-up on the field, and you use Shooting Majestic Star Dragon’s effect to  negate and banish an opponent’s card/effect, you can use Shooting Mirage to bring it back on the field, allowing you to negate and banish an opponent’s card/effect AGAIN.  Do note that Shooting Majestic Star Dragon’s effects are NOT a hard Once Per Turn effect.

Just like Arriving Miracle, if you satisfy the requirements, you can apply all three effects in the same turn. So if you use Shooting Majestic Star Dragon’s effect to negate and banish an opponent’s card/effect a second time (after Special Summoning it by Majestic Mirage’s effect), you  can use one of the other two effects of Majestic Mirage, which are also good nonetheless. Not to mention banishing an opponent’s monster from the field/graveyard, does NOT target.

Either way, Shooting Majestic Star Dragon will return to the field at the end of the turn!

 

Conclusion

 

Even though the “Stardust” archetype will be warmly welcomed by fans of Yusei Fudo and the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds anime series (yours truly included) it’s high unlikely that it will break the meta.  Not to mention it still has the downside of being highly dependent on Extra Deck monsters, so unless you have all the right cards in your hand, field and/or Graveyard (with no hand trap interruptions), it’s impossible to stand a chance against the decks dominating the meta.

Nevertheless, Master Rule 5 allows for summoning powerful Synchro Monsters without Link Monsters on the field, so Stardust-Synchron themed decks should be watched out for!

The new “Stardust”  archetype will be released in “Dawn of Majesty” in the OCG on 17th April 2021. As of now, the TCG release date has yet to be announced.

Thanks for reading. On a final note,

RIDING DUEL! ACCELERATION!

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