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"Trickstar" is an archetype of female LIGHT Fairy monsters used by Aoi Zaizen in the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime, which debuted in the OCG and TCG with Code of the Duelist.

Appearance

Design

Trickster (anime)

Blue Angel with "Trickstar Holly Angel", "Lilybell" and "Lycoris in the anime.

The "Trickstar" monsters are based on Japanese idols. All of the members shown so far are females dressing in colorful attires with a few pairs of insect-like wings, glassy eyes, a tattoo of varying shape on their faces, headphones over their ears, and holding an unique object in their respective artworks. Their skirt designs resemble the petal of each flowers they're named after. The Main Deck monsters have an appearance of teenage girls, while the Link Monsters appear as young women.

The monster "Dark Angel", although not being an official member of this archetype, has a similar design to the rest of the "Trickstar" monsters and was also used by Aoi in the anime once.

Etymology

Trickstar is a portmanteau of the words "Trick" and "Star" while also playing on the word "Trickster". The members of this archetype are named after various flowers. In addition, all the Link Monsters' names released so far also contain religious motif.

Members

Main Deck

Trickstar Plant origin Object held
Candina Candytuft Megaphone
Carobein Christmas Rose Walking stick
Lilybell Lilium Bell
Lycoris Lycoris Sword
Mandrake Mandrake Tambourine
Narkissus Narcissus Gun
Nightshade Stinking Nightshade Conductor baton
Shakunage Rhododendron Ōnusa

Extra Deck

Trickstar Plant origin Religious figure Object held
Bella Madonna Belladonna Madonna Scythe
Black Catbat Devil/Black Bat/Cat's Whiskers flower Devil Sceptre
Bloom Common broom/Scottish broom Witch Broom
Crimson Heart Bleeding Heart Mary Handcuffs
Delfiendium Delphinium Devil/Fiend Stick
Foxywitch Foxglove Witch Wand
Holly Angel Hollyhocks Angel Flail

Support

Card Origin
Trickstar Magicorolla Corolla
Trickstar Maribold Marigold
Trickstar Perennial Perennial plant
Trickstar Reincarnation Carnation

Playing style

The primary strategy of a "Trickstar" Deck is dealing small amounts of effect damage, usually 200 damage. In the case of the Main Deck cards, this effect is triggered according to the opponent's actions, as follows:

Trickstar Damage inflicting effect
Bella Madonna For each different "Trickstar" monster in its controller's Graveyard.
Black Catbat When a monster it points to is destroyed by battle or by a card effect.
Bloom
Candina When the opponent activates a Spell/Trap Card.
Foxywitch When Special Summoned and when destroyed, for each card the opponent controls.
Holly Angel When a "Trickstar" monster is Normal or Special Summoned to a Zone it points to.
Light Stage When a "Trickstar" monster inflicts damage to the opponent.
Lycoris When the opponent adds card(s) to their hand, for each card.
Narkissus When the opponent activates a monster's effect in their hand or Graveyard.
Shakunage When a card(s) is banished from the opponent's Graveyard, for each card.

This archetype's secondary strategy is to disrupt your opponent's plays to prevent them from mounting a comeback. "Light Stage" can lock down their Set Spells and Traps for a turn before forcing a "use it or lose it" scenario. "Trickstar Reincarnation" banishes the opponent's entire hand and lets them draw an equal number of new cards for them (which can also deal significant burn damage off of the effect of "Lycoris"), eliminating the benefit of search cards and cards that activate in the Graveyard. "Holly Angel" prevents "Trickstar" monsters in her Link Points from being destroyed. "Lycoris" can return "Trickstar" monsters from the field to the hand to avoid other removal effects.

To help facilitate the above strategies, "Trickstars" have immense searching and reviving power. "Light Stage" can search any of the "Trickstar" monsters on activation. "Candina" can search any "Trickstar" card, including herself, when Normal Summoned. This will often be "Lilybell," which you can then Special Summon, allowing you to promptly Link Summon "Holly Angel" or attack directly with "Lilybell" via its effect to recover a "Trickstar" card from the Graveyard. "Lycoris" can return "Candina" to your hand to allow you to Summon her and search again. "Reincarnation" can be banished from the Graveyard to Special Summon a "Trickstar" from the Graveyard.

Weaknesses

  • As an Effect Damage-based deck, cards that either prevent/redirect Effect Damage or benefit from it, such as "Number 14: Greedy Sarameya" and "Beelze of the Diabolic Dragons", pose big threats to it. Anti-LIGHT cards such as "Light-Imprisoning Mirror" and "Ally of Justice" cards can also cripple this deck
    • However, unlike other Effect Damage based decks, one-time damage prevention is far less of a hindrance.
Recommended cards

Official Decklists

"Trickstar" Deck[1]
V Jump September Issue Recommended "Trickstar" Deck[2]
"Trickstar" Deck (FLOD/LVB1)[3]

References

  1. https://ygorganization.com/deathbyburndamagefromzarcandpals/
  2. https://ygorganization.com/ocg-link-vrains-edition-centric-deck-recipes/
  3. https://ygorganization.com/decktheburnhalls/