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What Are Performapal Gentrude and Ladyange?
With a wealth of updated support, pendulum decks are back as a viable meta option. From new link monster Beyond the Pendulum to new archetypes (like Valiants), pendulum summoning remains a fun yet challenging playstyle.
One of the most famous pendulum groups (used by Yuya in the Arc-V anime), Performapals, have received two new members whose value may surprise some duelists. So, what are these new cards, and how can you best employ them? First, let's take a look at Gentrude and Ladyange, then review their unique synergies!
Gentrude offers a nice high scale value of 8, and an interesting effect that lets you add an Odd-Eyes card to hand if you have Ladyange in your other scale and control no monsters or only pendulums. A bit restrictive, but when you pull it off, it's a free card, so definitely worthwhile.
Plus, Gentrude has two great monster effects, even if he can only use one per turn. If destroyed, he can play a different Performapal directly from your deck as a scale, and you can discard a pendulum card to recover him from your extra deck, then optionally unscale a Performapal or Odd-Eyes card. Both are neat abilities that often leave you +1 in advantage and let you reuse scale effects.
Notably, Ladyange is not level 4 but level 3, which might seem disadvantageous for xyz summoning (which is true), but is actually useful with Odd-Eyes Synchron. Either way, Ladyange offers a great low scale of 1, albeit with a mediocre effect that lets you discard a pendulum when two monsters battle to reduce the opponent's ATK by 1000.
But don't worry, as Ladyange wields a much better monster effect, discarding herself and another Performapal to draw two cards. Not only does this refill your hand, it gets her in the graveyard, where she can later place herself directly into your scale as long as you control either Gentrude or any Odd-Eyes card.
So, that's Gentrude and Ladyange—are they worth running? Definitely so, in both Performapal and even Pendulum Magician builds—here are several combos to exploit Gentrude/Ladyange!
Finding Gentrude and Ladyange From Deck
Don't fret if you don't immediately draw into Gentrude or Ladyange, as they're both incredibly searchable. Performapal Skullcrobat Joker can be normal summoned to add any Performapal, Pendulum Magician, or Odd-Eyes to hand, and these are no exception. Plus, Performapal Monkeyboard changed from banned to limited (one per deck), and when played, he lets you search a Performapal—use him to normal Joker to find whatever archetype member you need!
There's also the special summon effect of Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer, which can find other Performapals and the end-of-turn ability of Performapal Celestial Magician (which can find any pendulum monster). The spell cards Igknight Reload and Performapal Recasting also offer useful ways to shuffle unneeded cards back into deck for hopefully-better draws. And if you're willing to banish cards from your deck or extra deck, try Pot of Desires and Pot of Extravagance for bonus draws.
Remember, Gentrude can scale another Performapal from deck when destroyed, but you don't have to wait for your opponent to pop him. Instead, target Gentrude with field spell Sky Iris, which will trigger his effect while searching any Odd-Eyes card. Or, try the special summon effect of Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer (who you can search with Monkeyboard, Skullcrobat Joker, or Duelist Alliance), which destroys up to two of your own cards to find that many Performapals from deck. Finally, you could use the scale effect of Luster Pendulum the Dracoslayer.
Also note that destroying any of your cards can trigger both the effects of Astrograph and Chronograph Sorcerer for additional swarming. And of this writing, link monster Heavymetalfoes Electrumite is banned in the TCG, but I wouldn't be surprised if he became limited, which is his status in online game Master Duel and in the OCG. If so, he offers another way to destroy your own cards while recovering ones from your extra deck.
Also note that while Gentrude sadly lacks the spellcaster type (as does Ladyange, the pair are fiend and fairy respectively), he does share the dark attribute, helping your deck use the popular hand-tweaking Allure of Darkness.
Recovering Gentrude From Extra Deck
Once Gentrude is in your extra deck, you can discard a pendulum card to add him to hand, then you may return a Performapal or Odd-Eyes scale to hand. Use this to discard either Ladyange, a dark spellcaster for Black Fang Magician to revive (on destruction), a level 3 or lower spellcaster for Magician's Restage to revive (on activation), or a level 3 or lower Performapal/Odd-Eyes for Odd-Eyes Synchron to revive (on normal summon), a Magician/Odd-Eyes for Oafdragon Magician to recover (on summon). In other words, you can mitigate the downside by picking the right cards.
Once Gentrude is back in hand, you can return a scale to hand—use this to reset the once-only effects of Performapal Monkeyboard and Odd-Eyes Synchron. It can also simply clear your scales, useful when you want to replay Gentrude to scale Ladyange from your graveyard, not only gaining useful scales but letting Gentrude search an Odd-Eyes (at least on future turns, as he can only trigger one ability per round).
What to Discard With Ladyange
Ladyange pitches herself and another Performapal from hand to draw twice, also getting herself into GY, where she can revive herself on a future turn if you control Gentrude or an Odd-Eyes card. As we discussed above, try tossing either dark spellcasters for Black Fang or level 3s or lower for Synchron or Restage to special summon.
If you're playing first, you may want toss an Odd-Eyes Dissolver—he's a great card that can fusion summon the powerful Odd-Eyes Vortex Dragon, but since he summons himself during battles (which can't happen on the first turn), he's better later in the duel. In fact, pitching him makes summoning Vortex easier on turn one; just revive Dissolver with either Monster Reborn or Black Fang.
Buying Gentrude and Ladyange
Because of their fairly-common rarity and perhaps being underestimated, Gentrude and Ladyange are surprisingly budget-friendly, making pendulum decks one of the better competitively-viable but not bank-breaking themes.
I truly believe this pair has more going for them than meets the eye, but only time will tell if they affect the meta. But for now, vote for your favorite pendulum deck and I'll see you at our next YGO! countdown!
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