Saturday, June 6, 2015


Twinkle twinkle Legend Star, how I wonder what you are?
Are you broken? Are you lame?
Can you beat the meta game?
Twinkle twinkle Legend Star...

I'm kinda in love with Stars.

Without a single card with more than 2 crit, without a single Soulguard or draw engine, with just a single weapon, Stars can stand against the meta and practically wipe face. The first viable lockdown deck in the entire game. Rejoice, permissions players! Soon you'll be able to make everybody hate you again!

By the way, quick note, since all Star is also in Olympus as of now, all Olympus support will also work well with Stars. Which means Golden Lion of Nemea is basically a must.

Rigel Orion
Get on my belt
Rigel Orion is a great example of what a staple card looks like for Stars. Instead of having high crit or high stats, Rigel has the ability to trade Star cards from your hand for more Star cards in your deck. Just drop the ones you don't need to grab live cards that you can use immediately. As an Act ability, Rigel can do this once every turn, so it's pretty good to let Rigel live. While Rigel isn't a plus like Shiden, Rigel doesn't cost gauge which might be a great thing. Also, you don't have to discard 2 cards every time. You can discard 1 Star to draw 1 card if that's all you need.

Rigel Orion is one of the many great Size 1 monsters applicable as a target for Starfall Night. Starfall Night is not only a great 1-for-1, but also has a Counter tag to allow for really diverse uses. For example, you can Starfall Night between attacks to grab a Size 1 shield. Or you can chain Starfall Night to an opponent's effect to guarantee it going off and getting the Size 1 on-play effect. Remember, Starfall Night only works on your opponent's turn, but since it's a Counter you can cast this literally anytime you want, from Draw to End phases.

Stellar Deity, Astraeus
God my face is freaky
More Rigel segues. How do you protect Rigel turn after turn? One way is calling it to the side and calling Stellar Deity, Astraeus to the other side. Astraeus is costed like a normal Size 2, but costs 2 gauge for its continuous effect. The continuous effect is pretty ridiculous: Stars on your left and right can't be destroyed. Ever. So that 2 gauge not only pays for Astraeus's personal eternal Soulguard, but also for the eternal Soulguard of any Size 1 or lower monster on the opposite side. That's pretty impressive. Rigel Orion is safe. Since it only protects destruction, Astraeus and friends are still vulnerable to bounce and other field movement effects. But very few worlds have bounce abilities, the main one being Magic. Against practically everything else, Astraeus is literally unstoppable.

Great Fate, Frozen Stars
Your fate is sealed
With Astraeus on your right and Rigel on your left, it's time to set your final ace down. Great Fate, Frozen Stars is the first "Great Spell" in Legend World not named "Great Spell". But it certainly doesn't change the fact that it is indeed great. For 2 gauge, you can completely nullify all abilities of every card in active play on your opponent's field, even in the soul. How's it feel like to play with cards that do nothing? you can ask your opponent. With 4 gauge, you can instantaneously stop your opponent from doing anything at all, at least on the field. No Soulguard, no Penetrate, no Move, no Double Attack, no Lifelink (oh...), no Act abilities, no continuous abilities, no Set spells, just face-value stats and that's it. There's a few loopholes, of course. Bounce effects to remove Astraeus is the first, but you can always just destroy Great Fate with some kind of spell popper. Of course, this doesn't change the fact that Astraeus is still pretty broken in its own right. Think of Great Fate as something to stop your opponent from winning, and not to immediately help you win.

Chosen Being
The Chosen One
With just the four cards mentioned, Stars already has some amazing synergy effects and cool combos. You can set Frozen Stars in advance and use Starfall Night to make the card live as a Counter. Rigel Orion allows you to drop extra Frozen Stars for cards that you can work with. And by playing this game of consistency and lock, Stars manages to align your path to victory pretty straightforwardly.

The rest of Stars is pretty easy to build. Taurus Aldebaran is a great alternative to Astraeus, free Penetrate with 5000/2 is pretty good. There's two additional Size 0s and two additional Size 1s, all well-weighted with stats worth running. We also get a Star weapon that allows you to attack with a monster in your center. And finally, a Star spell that grants Double Attack to a Size 2 or higher monster - so either Astraeus or Taurus. That just about auto-builds your deck. There's also a PR Size 0 that also kills your opponent's gauge, so that's going in too. You can also look at the Tarot Star cards released, both Size 1's can be situationally useful and better than what Size 1's we have in Legend. The healer especially, since life gain is valuable, but 7000 power is nothing to sneeze at either.

Speaking of important PRs, and one that I forgot to mention, but Schedar Cassiopeia is definitely an undisputed staple 4-of. She trades herself and 2 gauge to cycle two Star monsters Size 2 or smaller from your drop onto the of which can be a copy of herself. If you already have an Astraeus (or just call one with her effect), she'll be invulnerable and be able to grab two more cards. Basically, she trades gauge really efficiently and allows you to maintain field at an incredible pace. With Cassiopeia and Lion available, you can grab cards you need from literally every zone at your disposal, so even "staple" cards like Astraeus and Rigel Orion don't have to be run at high copies. Especially Astraeus, since he's nigh unkillable, can be run safely at 1 alongside playsets of Lion and Cass.

Shield of Knowledge, Tetra Vibrion
Knowledge is power
Old Astraeus combines forces with new Colossal Deity of Phantom Star, Astraeus to create a ticking time bomb for your opponent. Basically Phantom Astraeus deals 1 damage at the beginning of your main phase if you have Stars in the right and left. He also draws a card (what?) and keeps the lock engine going. Meanwhile, Old Astraeus keeps your Stars on the field. Your opponent will eventually lose after many turns of torture.

Tetra Vibrion is pretty cool because the new Astraeus is a Size 0. Meaning you can actually protect a Size 1 Star in the center pretty regularly without losing resources. You actually end up getting a lot of gauge in this deck so it's important to use both Symbel Gard and Oswira Gard to move gauge into card advantage.

Rim Ram
I personally think Castor & Pollux is pretty amazing, especially in the early game. Not only do you get cards for cheap, but you also immediately turn on your lock with a single card, and earlier and cheaper than Cass lets you. I think the combination of Cassiopeia and the twins allows the Size 1 portion of Stars to be advantage-heavy and gives you access quicker to your lock, allowing your Size 2 monsters to do the heavy lifting.

- updated to H-BT04, CP01, H-EB04, H-TD02, H-PP01 -

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  1. No mention as to how Nemian Lion breaks this deck in terms of consistency? It's definitely the major player haha.

    1. Err, I suppose I have to mention that huh. I thought it would be the obvious connection, but I guess since I didn't merge the articles it wouldnt be.

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  3. Blaise, do you think Stars will be your next deck profile? I'd love to see your take on it!

  4. About Cassiopeia, according to Q637:

    Q. Can I call this card which is put into my drop zone due to this card's own ability?
    A. No, you cannot.
    As you need to choose up to two size 2 or less 《Star》 in your drop zone when you use the ability of this card, you cannot call this card which is being put into your drop zone during resolution

    you can't choose to revive the sent Cassiopeia with another monster onto the field, so there's gotta be another Cassiopeia already in the drop to loop the revive.

    1. I didn't mean to make it sound like she can target herself for her ability before she hits the drop zone. I'll reword it to make that clear. The important point is that she's loopable.

  5. Too bad sometimes Stars are just not gonna cut it. Against Danger or Dragon, it's gonna face some troubles. Vanillas still exist, and it's gonna be hard fighting either of them. Frozen Stars nullifies Ricdeau Demon Slay's ability, letting them call monsters to the center. Even without their "A" monster abilities, it's still though. You already know the Defense of Stars is weak, cause Astraeus is gonna be called to the left or right, so Dragon World's Crimson Battlers can still fight you pretty easily. Hammer Ball attacks the center. He's gone now. Drum punches you in the face with 3 criticals and here comes Dragoblaze. Starfall Night isn't always gonna be there to protect y'all, nor does Holy Grail....

  6. Problems with the healer, it has pathetic stats, and its effects don't activate until the next turn. Calling it to the left and then Protecting with with Astraeus on the right means you can only call Size 0s to the center. For consistency of activating Rigel's ability, most of your cards should be Star attributed, so I don't see myself calling any other Size 0s outside of Star to the center. Also, it's highly unlikely to have more than 7 Size 0s in a Legend World deck, so calling them to the center is kinda bad. Starfall Night revives them, sure, but you can only have 4 Star Fall Nights after all. I have trouble protecting myself with them. The Size 0s only have 2000 to 1000 Defense after all.

  7. Question, wouldn't running Zaltrog ruin the synergy? Next, how do you get the gauge for Frozen Stars, Astraeus, and Cassiopeia? With Rune Staff, it's possible, but then wouldn't you be using Artemis Arrow? Setting 5 cards on the field (Item, 3 Stars, Set Spell) would decrease your hand. Symbel Gard is the only card that could let you draw more cards, so are they ran as a Staple of 4 then?

    1. You still run Zlatarog, remember that card is basically a turn-locked Dragonic Charge. And I'd probably recommend Rune Staff if you're going for the full combo (Astraeus + Frozen Stars), whereas if you only want to use one or the other (perfectly viable, actually) you can choose Bow for more aggression/field presence.

      Symbel Gard and Oswira Gard are pretty much staples.

  8. The new Astraeus is a godsend for the Deck. Previously, the Deck was lacking in card advantage once the formation was set-up, so if your opponent could just bum-rush you by attacking center repeatedly, you would either die because you ran out of steam, or you'd need to clear board and thus not deal any damage.

    Now, the new Astraeus fixed both problems more or less, which is magnificent.

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