Dragma Invoked

Dragma is a new theme from Rise of the Duelist and it has already made an impact on the metagame during its debut.

This article will the cover the basic of Dragma and how they complement Invoked.

 

Dragma Invoked Deck List

2020-04-18 | Hot Pot Lamb Card Shop Tournament (26 participants)
2nd, 毛线 [Dragma Invoked]

Swiss Round 1: Megalith OO
Swiss Round 2: Trickstar Sky Striker Dragoon OXO
Swiss Round 3: Altergeist OXO
Swiss Round 4: Megalith –
Quarter-Final: 3-Axis Synchro XOO
Semi-Final: Sky Striker OO
Final: 3-Axis Synchro XOX

 

2020-04-18 | Chengdu DDD Ranking Tournament (30 participants)
1st, 鲸鱼 [Dragma Invoked]

Swiss Round 1: Noble Knight OXO
Swiss Round 2: Dragoon Orcust OO
Swiss Round 3: Sky Striker OXO
Swiss Round 4: Dragon Link OO
Swiss Round 5: Adamancipator OO
Quarter-Final: 3-Axis Synchro OO
Semi-Final: Sky Striker OXO
Final: Dragoon Orcust OXO

 

Strategy

Maximus Dragma and Disciple of the Nadir are effects that send monsters from the Extra Deck to the graveyard. Similar to Nekroz Kaleidoscope, Dragma is able to take advantage of Extra Deck Monsters which have a Trigger Effect when sent to the graveyard or a Monster Effect that could be activated while it is in the graveyard.

Elder Entity N’tss, Wind Pegasus @Ignister, PSY-Framelord Omega are some of the useful choices that provides a removal effect.

The release of Shaddoll Ruq from the same set has made Shaddoll a possible supplement. By sending El Shaddoll Apkallone from the Extra Deck to the graveyard, El Shaddoll Apkallone ③ effect can be used to add Shaddoll Ruq from deck to hand. Then during the opponent’s turn, Shaddoll Ruq could be used to Fusion Summon El Shaddoll Winda or El Shaddoll Construct by using Fusion Materials from the graveyard.

This will be illustrated in the following combos.

 

Combo 1: Disciple of the Nadir

  1. Activate Disciple of the Nadir, send El Shaddoll Apkallone from Extra Deck to graveyard, then add Ecclesia the Dragma Saint from deck to hand.
  2. El Shaddoll Apkallone ③ effect, add Shaddoll Ruq from deck to hand, then discard Shaddoll Ruq.
  3. Normal Summon Ecclesia the Dragma Saint.
  4. Ecclesia the Dragma Saint ② effect, add Maximus Dragma from deck to hand.
  5. Maximus Dragma ① effect, banish El Shaddoll Apkallone from graveyard as cost, Special Summon itself from hand.
  6. Maximus Dragma ② effect, send El Shaddoll Construct and Bastard the Ashen Dragon from Extra Deck to graveyard.
  7. El Shaddoll Construct ③ effect, add Shaddoll Ruq from graveyard to hand.
  8. Set Shaddoll Ruq from hand to Spell/Trap Zone.
  9. During the End Phase, Bastard the Ashen Dragon ③ effect, add Fleur de Lis the Dragma Knight from deck to hand.

  1. During the Opponent’s Main Phase, activate Shaddoll Ruq, El Shaddoll Construct + Bastard the Ashen DragonEl Shaddoll Winda.

 

Combo 2: Aleister the Invoker + Disciple of the Nadir

  1. Normal Summon Aleister the Invoker.
  2. Aleister the Invoker ② effect, add Invocation from deck to hand.
  3. Aleister the InvokerSalamangreat Almiraj.
  4. Salamangreat AlmirajSecure Gardna.
  5. Activate Invocation, Aleister the Invoker + Secure GardnaInvoked Mechaba.
  6. Invocation ② effect, shuffle Invocation into deck, and add Aleister the Invoker from banished to hand.
  7. Activate Disciple of the Nadir, send El Shaddoll Apkallone from Extra Deck to graveyard, then add Ecclesia the Dragma Saint from deck to hand.
  8. El Shaddoll Apkallone ③ effect, add Shaddoll Ruq from deck to hand, then discard Shaddoll Ruq.
  9. Ecclesia the Dragma Saint ① effect, Special Summon itself from hand.
  10. Ecclesia the Dragma Saint ② effect, add Maximus Dragma from deck to hand.
  11. Maximus Dragma ① effect, banish Salamangreat Almiraj from graveyard as cost, Special Summon itself from hand.
  12. Maximus Dragma ② effect, send El Shaddoll Construct and Bastard the Ashen Dragon from Extra Deck to graveyard.
  13. El Shaddoll Construct ③ effect, add Shaddoll Ruq from graveyard to hand.
  14. Set Shaddoll Ruq from hand to Spell/Trap Zone.
  15. During the End Phase, Bastard the Ashen Dragon ③ effect, add Fleur de Lis the Dragma Knight from deck to hand.

  1. During the Opponent’s Main Phase, activate Shaddoll Ruq, El Shaddoll Apkallone + Bastard the Ashen DragonEl Shaddoll Winda.

 

Combo 3: Aleister the Invoker + Maximus Dragma + any 1 card

  1. Normal Summon Aleister the Invoker.
  2. Aleister the Invoker ② effect, add Invocation from deck to hand.
  3. Aleister the InvokerSalamangreat Almiraj.
  4. Salamangreat AlmirajSecure Gardna.
  5. Activate Invocation, Aleister the Invoker + Secure GardnaInvoked Mechaba.
  6. Invocation ② effect, shuffle Invocation into deck, and add Aleister the Invoker from banished to hand.
  7. Maximus Dragma ① effect, banish Salamangreat Almiraj from graveyard as cost, Special Summon itself from hand.
  8. Maximus Dragma ② effect, send El Shaddoll Apkallone and Bastard the Ashen Dragon from Extra Deck to graveyard.
  9. El Shaddoll Apkallone ③ effect, add Shaddoll Ruq from deck to hand, then discard 1 card.
  10. Set Shaddoll Ruq from hand to Spell/Trap Zone.
  11. During the End Phase, Bastard the Ashen Dragon ③ effect, Special Summon Ecclesia the Dragma Saint from deck.
  12. Ecclesia the Dragma Saint ② effect, add Fleur de Lis the Dragma Knight from deck to hand.

  1. During the Opponent’s Main Phase, activate Shaddoll Ruq, El Shaddoll Apkallone + Bastard the Ashen DragonEl Shaddoll Winda.

 

Discussion

Combo 1 is the core combo of using the Dragma components to perform the Shaddoll setup.

This basic opener creates 3 disruptions:

  • Fleur de Lis the Dragma Knight negates 1 Monster Effect
  • El Shaddoll Winda restricts to 1 Special Summon per turn
  • Shaddoll Ruq sends 1 monster of the same attribute to the graveyard

Both Fleur de Lis the Dragma Knight monster effect negation and Shaddoll Ruq removal effect are non-targeting effects, making them on par with Dingirsu, the Orcust of the Evening Star when it comes to answering untargetable monsters like Red-Eyes Dragoon.

Combo 2 is expanded upon Combo 1 by adding in the Invoked components. Since Dragma has a drawback of being unable to Special Summon from the Extra Deck after activating their effects, the trick is to perform the Fusion Summon of Invoked Mechaba first, and then follow up with the Dragma combo. Doing so puts a monster Special Summoned from the Extra Deck on the field, enabling Ecclesia the Dragma Saint to be Special Summoned from hand.

Combo 3 is a variation of Combo 2. Not opening with Disciple of the Nadir meant that El Shaddoll Construct could not be sent from the Extra Deck to the graveyard to retrieve Shaddoll Ruq. Thus another card has to be discarded after fetching Shaddoll Ruq with El Shaddoll Apkallone effect.

These 2-card or 3-card combo creates 4 disruptions:

  • Invoked Mechaba negates 1 Spell/Trap card or monster effect activation
  • Fleur de Lis the Dragma Knight negates 1 monster effect
  • El Shaddoll Winda restricts to 1 Special Summon per turn
  • Shaddoll Ruq sends 1 monster of the same attribute to the graveyard

Shaddoll Ruq could also be used to Fusion Summon El Shaddoll Construct, instead of El Shaddoll Winda. When El Shaddoll Construct is successfully summoned, its ① effect can be activated to send 1 Shaddoll card to the graveyard. This could be used as a tech against the opponent by running the appropriate Shaddoll monster – Shaddoll Dragon to destroy 1 Spell/Trap card, or Naelshaddoll Ariel to banish up to 3 cards from the graveyard.

 

Conclusion

Dragma Invoked has a very strong potential to be a top contender in the OCG 2020.04 format.

The basic opening combo is quite consistent with 3 Magical Meltdown, 1 Terraforming to fetch Aleister the Invoker, and 3 Ecclesia the Dragma Saint, 3 Disciple of the Nadir to fetch Maximus Dragma.

If Dragma Invoked becomes a regular in the competitive scene, then the mirror match is going to be quite a tricky match-up. Maximus Dragma becomes a double-edged sword as it also enables the opponent to take advantage of their Extra Deck Monsters Effects. Non Dragma decks could also run Elder Entity N’tss and Predaplant Chimerafflesia in the Extra Deck just to get a free destruction effect and add a Super Polymerization to hand during the next Standby Phase.

Dragma could only get stronger as more Extra Deck Monsters with useful graveyard effects are released in the future, such as Fossil Warrior Skull Knight in Collection Pack 2020.

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4 Responses

  1. LSB says:

    It’s nice seeing the newer sets having a bit of impact on the meta. But I’m more curious about that 3-axis synchro sneaking it’s way in. What even is that deck? Is there a place that explains a bit more about it? Hope I’m not bothering you with the random question.

  2. Le Unicorn Prince says:

    Scary part about this, is these lists aren’t even refined yet.

  3. Ernest John Belasoto II says:

    Can you make a TCG version of this build or make a Synchro Deck?

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