The Trickstars were introduced in the recent Code of the Duelist as an upcoming VRAINS anime theme used by Aoi Zaizen, bringing along a support trap card, Trickster Reincarnation. With this easily searchable card which can disrupt your opponent’s plays and even potentially clear out your opponent’s hand, here’s why you should definitely consider using Trickstars for your next deck!
Normal Trap Card
Banish your opponent’s entire hand, and if you do, they draw the same number of cards you banished. You can banish this card from your Graveyard, then target 1 “Trickstar” monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it.
LIGHT Fairy / Effect
When this card is Normal Summoned: You can add 1 “Trickstar” card from your Deck to your hand. Each time your opponent activates a Spell/Trap Card, inflict 200 damage to your opponent immediately after it resolves.
Trickstar Reincarnation can be easily searched in the deck via Trickstar Candina, making the trap card easy to add to hand.
Field Spell Card
When this card is activated: You can add 1 “Trickstar” monster from your Deck to your hand. Once per turn: You can target 1 Set card in your opponent’s Spell & Trap Zone; while this card is face-up on the field, that Set card cannot be activated until the End Phase, also during that End Phase, your opponent must activate it or send it to the Graveyard. Each time a “Trickstar” monster you control inflicts battle or effect damage to your opponent, inflict 200 damage to your opponent.
Furthermore, Trickstar Lightstage adds to the line of field spells which have the ability to search through the deck for the theme’s monsters on activation, allowing you to fetch Trickstar Candina from your deck, thereby giving you access to Trickstar Reincarnation. Combined with Terraforming, that’s a total of 9 cards in the deck that can help you access Trickstar Reincarnation, making it extremely easy to open up with at least 1 copy of Trickstar Reincarnation.
With the current April 2017 meta filled with True Draco and True King Dinosaur decks, the meta is current filled with searching effects via the use of Dragonic Diagram and Souleating Oviraptor.
Trickstar Reincarnation will allow you to disrupt your opponent’s plays easily by banishing your opponent’s entire hand and making them draw new cards. Against True Draco, activate Trickstar Reincarnation after your opponent has completed a search with Dragonic Diagram. With the deck’s main play being tributing it’s spell and trap cards for either Dinomight Knight, the True Dracofighter or Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King, chaining Trickstar Reincarnation after their search means you will clear out at least one of the tribute monsters. Combined with the fact that the deck runs very few monsters to abuse Card of Demise, there is a strong chance that your opponent will not draw into any monsters to carry on with it’s plays.
True King Dinosaur variants aim to profit more by using True King Lithosagym, the Disaster to destroy Babycerasaurus & Petiteranodon, which summons out even more Dinosaur monsters from the deck and control their opponents with Evolzar Laggia & Evolzar Dolkka. Chain Trickstar Reincarnation to True King Lithosagym, the Disaster’s effect and you will disrupt the entire combo. Furthermore Trickstar Reincarnation banishes all the Dinosaurs from hand, making it difficult for your opponent to use Miscellaneousaurus’ effect.
Initial combo plays for Trickstar Reincarnation featured the deck making use of Protector of the Sanctuary to block off your opponent from card draws. The combo required you to get Protector of the Sanctuary into the graveyard via cards such as Fiendish Rhino Warrior, then special summoning it via cards like Call of the Haunted chained to Trickstar Reincarnation. Even though it managed to stop your opponent from drawing off Trickstar Reincarnation, the combo was difficult to pull off as it required specific cards.
The combo was however massively improved when players noticed that you could use Droll & Lock Bird for the same result. With a confirmed ruling update from the OCG card Database, Droll & Lock Bird can be used as a chain 2 or higher after your opponent has added a card to their hand. This meant that immediately after your opponent has added a card to hand via effects such as Dragonic Diagram or Souleating Oviraptor, you could in response activate Trickstar Reincarnation as chain 1, then chain Droll & Lock Bird as chain 2 (or higher), thereby successfully blocking your opponent from drawing off Trickstar Reincarnation.
Even if your opponent doesn’t do a search, the combo can also be completed with 2 copies of Trickstar Reincarnation. Just activate the first copy, then after your opponent has drawn off the first copy, immediately activate the second copy and chain Droll & Lock Bird, achieving the same effect of blocking your opponent from drawing off Trickstar Reincarnation. Just remember to only activate it in the standby phase as Droll & Lock Bird cannot be used during the Draw Phase and you want to stop your opponent from using any of their cards during the Standby Phase.
You will want to pull this off in your very first turn so winning the dice roll will be important. Otherwise if facing off an opponent using True King Dinosaurs which will combo and use up most of it’s hand in the first turn, clearing out their hand after that will not be very effective.
However with Droll & Lock Bird being useful on it’s own even in the current meta filled with searching off Dragonic Diagram or Souleating Oviraptor, this combo is just a bonus which can help advance Trickstars into a tournament tier deck as evident in the recent YOT Hong Kong 2017 where the deck made top 8. In the same event, a hybrid of True Draco and Trickstars even made top 4.
Trickstar Reincarnation can be easily searched to hand, can disrupt your opponent’s plays and even has the potential to clear out their entire hand. Furthermore it even has a grave effect that can help revive your Trickstars from the Graveyard that can help with it’s burn strategy, or just be combined with a deck such as True Draco that can make use of the Trickstars as tribute fodder. Armed with Trickstar Reincarnation, Trickstars would be a deck to look out for in the upcoming Asia Championship 2017 Qualifiers.