YCS Sydney 2020: 3rd Place Deck Profile – Yury Milenkov’s Mythical Beast Endymion Pendulum

If you went around this weekend telling everyone a Pendulum deck was going to be in contention of winning the first YCS of the decade, people would likely call you delusional. If you then went around and told them that it was not just the ordinary Pendulum deck featuring Magician’s, Supreme King’s or cards like Abyss Actor – Curtain Raiser, they would probably stop listening to you talk altogether. Crazier things have happened including Yury Milenkov’s 3rd Place finish at YCS Sydney 2020. Yury opted not to play the best deck in the metagame, nor did he play the second, third or fourth perceived best deck in the game. Yury walked in playing a deck which he loved and was confident with, and with that spirit he was able to take the deck all the way to a 3rd place finish. He brought with him a Pendulum deck built around using Mythical Beast monsters and Endymion monsters from the recent Structure Deck: Order of the Spellcasters.

Monsters: 24

1 Archfiend Eccentrick

1 Kai-Den Kendo Spirit

1 Magical Abductor

1 Mythical Beast Bashilisk

1 Mythical Beast Garuda

1 Mythical Beast Jackal

3 Endymion, the Mighty Master of Magic

3 Magister of Endymion

3 Mythical Beast Jackal King

3 Mythical Beast Master Cerberus

3 Reflection of Endymion

3 Servant of Endymion


Spells: 16

1 Magical Citadel of Endymion

1 Necrovalley

1 Terraforming

1 Upstart Goblin

3 Called by the Grave

3 Mythical Institution

3 Pot of Desires

3 Spell Power Mastery


Side Deck: 15

1 Secret Village of the Spellcasters

2 Dinowrestler Pankratops

3 Evenly Matched

3 Nibiru, the Primal Being

3 Red Reboot

3 System Down


Extra Deck: 15

1 Abyss Dweller

1 Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess

1 Beat Cop from the Underworld

1 Borreload Dragon

1 Borrelsword Dragon

1 Decode Talker

1 Draco Masters of the Tenyi

1 Heavymetalfoes Electrumite

1 I:P Masquerena

1 Knightmare Cerberus

1 Knightmare Phoenix

1 Knightmare Unicorn

1 Odd-Eyes Absolute Dragon

1 Odd-Eyes Vortex Dragon

1 Unchained Abomination

Yury utilises the Mythical Beasts to access Mythical Beast Jackal King, a powerful monster with an effect that can negate other monster effects which every deck is full of. More importantly, it stops a Pendulum deck’s greatest weakness – Nibiru, the Primal Being. Additionally, the Mythical Beast monsters utilise Spell Counters which works great in tandem with the Endymion monsters. The single accessible Archfiend Eccentrick to give Yury a card which can remove both Spell/Trap cards and Monster cards depending on what he needs at the time. The deck plays a lot of cards such as Mythical Institution, Magical Abductor, Spell Power Mastery and Pot of Desires which can dig through the deck to look for crucial cards such as Servant of Endymion. The one card which seems to be out of place is Necrovalley – a card which can shut down the entire Orcust and Salamangreat deck. Because Yury is already playing Terraforming to search Magical Citadel of Endymion, he also has the freedom to play another Field Spell as a game winning option.

Yury’s Main Deck is so powerful his deck is not reliant on specific Extra Deck monsters outside of Heavymetalfoes Electrumite, the other monsters are really just there for Link Arrow’s to open up more Zones he can Pendulum Summon to or general utility.

Yury’s Side Deck is very streamlined and built to beat specific matchups. He has System Down for the Orcust match up as well as Evenly Matched, Nibiru, the Primal Being for monster heavy decks such as Salamangreat, Red Reboot and Dinowrestler Pankratops for Trap heavy decks and another game winning Field Spell – Secret Village of the Spellcasters!!

Despite being in the bubble from Day 1, Yury was able to play his deck which surely surprised all his opponents and took it to a third place finish. Congratulations Yury!

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