Saturday, February 23, 2013

Return of the True Dragon Lord

I've just got news that we are getting a Blue-Eyes based structure deck. A Blue-Eyes White Dragon based Structure Deck! Holy Shit! After more than a decade of being something only worthwhile in binders as a collection only card, the game's first boss monster might finally get its tournament worthy status it deserved. Of cause, I don't really want a Blue-Eyes reprint, since no one likes common Blue-Eyes, but that is inevitable.

What do I think will be in the structure deck (meaning themes and stuff)?

(1) Direct Blue-Eyes support - Hopefully the new support is good enough to make Blue-Eyes at least Fireking standard. We don't really need a searcher, as we have the best one in the form of Atum the Hieratic Dragon King. We do need a better draw engine. The Trade-In and Cards of Consonance engine is stupid and won't be good in the deck unless its trying to do Exodia. Of cause, we need to know what the main boss monster do before anything else could be speculated.

(2) Dragon / Normal monster / LIGHT support - This is where I'm so hyped for. Most of Blue-Eyes's support indirectly supports Hieratics. If they release a good level 6 LIGHT Dragon that searches for a "Blue-Eyes" monster when successfully summoned, its gonna be AMAZING!

(3) 41 cards instead of 40 - Are they implying we are getting a Blue-Eyes XYZ monster? Or maybe that IS the boss monster? If that's true then I really hope its  summoning condition is "2 Level 8 Light Dragon Monster" and can only activate its effect when it has Blue-Eyes as its XYZ material, sorta like how the new Chaos XYZ are. If the card's effect is something in caliber with Judgment Dragoon, it'll go hand in hand with Tachyon Dragon like its no body's business.

I'm really just super hyped bout this structure deck, too bad we won't get it until June. Luckily I'll still have two month's to play with it before travelling to the US. But hey, if its good I'll just build an identical one in TCG.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

March Banlist ~ Interesting

I'll assume everyone saw the banlist for next format by now. Its one of the shorter lists I saw in a while, but I guess thats proof just how little problem the last format was. I mean, it was far from perfect but I couldn't really find a major problem. A format that forces you to play beatdown isn't half bad to me at the very least. But thats over and lets move on to the banlist, and theres some very very interesting changes to it.

Forbidden :

Sangan and Zenmighty

I did not see both of these coming. I always thought, Magician to 1 and maybe Factory to 1, Wind Ups are dead. But they took it to a whole new level of carnage. They basically did what they did to Tele-Dad all those years back, kill it and make sure its dead. Then, burn it with molten lava to make sure it doesn't reanimates itself back. It's almost as if Konami was still salty from the last banlist, where they thought they made Wind-Ups a balanced deck by limiting Zenmighty.

Sangan, I felt was banned because Konami wanna kill the Tourguide engine, because it's one of Wind-Up's main openers. Theres a million different reason why it was banned, but I just felt Konami really wanna kill Wind-Ups. I guess the only deck that you would see TGU now is Dark Worlds.

Limited :

WU Magician, One Day at Piece and Solemn Warning

Direct hit to a lot of random solitaire decks, Great!

Warning was a huge surprise. I really didn't saw that coming from miles away, and I thought they would bump it back to 3. It did nothing last format aside from losing it's position as a staple in most non-control-based decks.

Semi-limited :

Tsukuyomi, Advance Ritual Art and Thunder King Rai-Oh

Tsukyomi is gonna get completely off the banlist come September, thats no surprise. ARA might do something but I just can't think of anything thats relevant at the moment. Why was Rai-Oh even hit? What did it ever do last format? And who even played it at 3? I can't really comprehend that move.

No longer on the list :

Kalut, Spore, Lumina and Smoke Signal

The only one that might cause some changes would be Smoke Signal. Samurais are still one very powerful deck despite it being a joke when compared to its prime. Smoke Signal at 3 may just boost the deck enough for it to do something, I'm not sure how big an impact will it be thou.

Well, this was one very short list. There's not much to say but Good Bye Wind-Ups.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

What if there's a Elemental Dragon in Judgment of Light

I highly doubt there would be one in the set following Tachyon Galaxy but I couldn't stop thinking how broke thats gonna make Hieratics AND Chaos Dragons.

Gold Sarcophagus turns into 3 extra copies of Convocation AND you get your dragon back in 2 turns. Eclipse Wyvern and Dragon's Ravine is pretty broken with a Light (or Dark) Elemental Dragon. What's their individual effect no longer matters, its like Escuridao, its effect never mattered, the fact that it was the DARK Elemental HERO fusion made it important. The fact that Light and Dark dragon decks are gonna go over the top, not to mention, Chaos Dragons, which run Light AND Dark, are gonna get back the consistency they lost in Future Fusion getting banned.

In my mind, I keep thinking of retarded stuff like this.

Activate Dragon's Ravine, ditch a Light or Dark Dragon, send Wyvern to the Grave.

Wyvern triggers and banish an Elemental Dragon. That triggers and you grab a Chaos Dragon into your hand.

If the Chaos Dragon you grab was DarkFlare, you could special summon it by banishing the Light and Dark in your grave, and that lets you add the Elemental Dragon to your hand.

Dark Flare's effect lets you discard the Dragon and send Wyvern to the grave (and banish something random). Now banish the other Elemental Dragon, and grab Pulsar. Tribute DarkFlare for Pulsar and that lets you recycle the Dark Elemental Dragon when Pulsar dies.

I mean, that's just me, and I'm not very good with creating broken combos. There's just tons of things that those 2 can do. Konami made a good move by not printing these 2 cards. They are gonna be broken.

I've been getting a lot of comments saying "LIGHT and DARK aren't Elements, so we're not gonna get a LIGHT and DARK Elemental Lord//Dragon". Well, the OCG's naming was Spirit God and Suppressor Dragons, which have nothing to do with Elements in the first place. I'm not sure who did the naming, but lets just say we are not bound to that.

On a side note, the FIRE Elemental Dragon is an excellent side board card for Hazy Beast and that card takes out Verz (arguably the deck's worst match up) fairy effectively on paper. Throw in some Gold Sarcophagus and lets see how long can Ophion stay on the field. It'll be even better if they add a Ring of Destruction effect on it! Well, what we have right now ain't too bad and its good enough for me anyways. 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Toysbar February Ranking Tourney Report

Deck played : Hanzo Hieratics

Round 1 : VS Agents - LCW

Duel 1 : I started with a Cardcar D, setting MST. He summons Venus, gets 2 Shine Balls out, attacked for 2600 and made Gachi, set a card and passed, which got MST'ed. I special Tfenut, Su to do all sorts of crazy stuff and summons Hanzo. My board was Su, Gaia, Red-Eyes, Hanzo with Super Transformation, Call of the Haunted and MST set. He Dark Holed my field and summons Hyperion, which I chained Call. He blind pop my FD, which was MST, which I chained to target Call and the chained Super Transformation to get Su. He scoops.

Duel 2 : He started with Earth, which I had a Veiler for, and set 1 card. I played a Typhoon on the FD and drop Cardcar D. He sets a FD and attacked with the Earth. I dropped Gorz and he then sets another card. I quickly figured out the card was a Torrential (cause Agents normally don't play Mirror Force). I attack his monster but he Booked my Gorz, I crashed the Token. I set Ryko. He passed his turn after setting a card. I flipped Ryko, targeting his fresh set and he chain the other card, which really was Torrential. I summon Eset and then Su, making Focus Force cause I don't wanna see a Hyperion. The camera stayed on the board till the end of the game after he had ran out of monsters to set.

Round 2 : VS HERO Beat - Fishtank

Duel 1 : I was basically beat down to death by an Alius and Paradios with 3 FD at the back. I drew for my turn and special Tfenut and then Su, he chained a Spark on my Su. I pushed on with a Call to get my Su back to blow one of his FD, an Emergency Call. I made Atum, got Red-Eyes out and special summon Su from my grave to pop another FD, it was Gemini Spark. I made M7, grabs Hanzo from grave and summon it. I attacked with everything and got a game.

Duel 2 : He summons Airman and grabs Alius, setting 2. I summon a Cardcar D but he had a Warning for it. He attacks with the Airman, with me dropping Gorz. He summons Alius and sets a FD. I turn both cards to attack position but Gorz ran into Honest, the Token crashed into Airman. I summon Hanzo and grabs Transformation, setting it with Call. He Sparked my Hanzo during the End Phase and MST my Call in his standby. He drops Miracle Fusion and summons Alius for the game.

Duel 3 : I open Pot into Compulse, setting Call and plays Cardcar D. He Stormed my Call and summons Alius, he attacked and set 3. I drew into my 3rd MST, so I set 3 MST and Compulse. He attacked and set his fourth card, which was a Spark, but it got destroyed by End Phase MST. I passed and he attacked again, I dropped Trago. I drew Hanzo on my next turn, played MST and hit Torrential. Another MST hit an MST which I chained my Compulse to Trago. I dropped Hanzo, but his last card was Warning. He attacked on his turn, I drop the Trago and him setting his hand (of 2). I drew another Hanzo, but it was met with ANOTHER Warning. I got killed next turn when he summons Fossil Dyna and keeps attacking me.

Round 3 : VS Chaos Dragon

Duel 1 : My opponent starts with Lyla, milling 3. I summon Hanzo, grabs Super Transformation and attacked his Lyla. I set MST and Super Transformation to end my turn. He started with something I did not expect, Prohibition, calling Super Transformation. He dropped a Chaos Sorcerer, I played MST on its summon, destroying the Prohibition. He declared effect activation which was chained by Transformation to get a Su from my deck. He sets a FD (obvious Ryko) and passed. I had Su blow up the back row, and tribute Su for Neptheb. I got Red-Eyes out with Atum, using the 2 Vanillas. Neptheb destroyed the Ryko and attacked directly, I set 2 Calls and ended. He draw for his turn, passed with a set monster. I basically won next turn.

Duel 2 : He started the game with Prohibition naming Hanzo, summoning Lyla and milled for 3. I summon a Cardcar D, draw to 7 and discarded a vanilla. His Lyla attacked me directly, allowing me to drop Trago, he set a monster and passed. I played Trago's effect, discarding Hanzo to grab Lyla. I tributed the Lyla for Su, blowing the Prohibition to grab a Vanilla from my deck. I then made Atum and that summoned Red-Eyes. I played Reborn from my hand to make Bounzer, and then Gustav Max using both level 10s. Gaia, Bounzer and Gustav Max VS Ryko.

*I'm not really sure if I'm allowed to discard Hanzo for cost when Prohibition is in effect, someone please clear this for me*

Round 4 : VS Inzektors

Duel 1 : I open the game with Eset and Su, into Red-Eyes, Su and Atum, setting Call. Little did I know my opponent was about to laugh his ass out. He summons Damsel, I cried pretty damn hard inside. His Damsel and Hornet poped my backrow, and gets Centipede, that destroyed Atum, getting a Giga-Mantis to his hand. He equipped that to Damsel, which took out Su while Centipede took out the Red-Eyes. I drew into a hand of Su, Eset and Tfenut. I special Tfenut, summons Su and pop his back row with it. It was freaking Roar!! I made Exa-Beetle, equipping to his Hornet, that got rid of both monsters (Hornet and Beetle's effect). He summons another Centipede and equipped Mantis, I drew Convocation, but I knew it was over since his gonna equip Hornet next turn for maximum carnage.

Duel 2 : I open with Hanzo and double Macro, nice. I summons Hanzo and set Transformation and Macro. He MST'ed my Macro and summons Centipede, equipped Hornet, I played Transformation but he chained Lance. He attacked, poped the Transformation for Damsel, set 1 and passed. I summoned another Hanzo, grabbing my second Transformation, which he chained Roar, setting Transformation and Macro. He starts his turn and I played Transformation, but he played his second MST, and then chained his third. Then he grabs Mantis and proceeds to loop off Damsel, Hornet and Giga-Mantis.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

So Harpie's Feather Duster It Is!

Finally, after much waiting, the WIND Elemental Lord, Windrose, had been reviewed yesterday. And its effect is no other than Harpie's Feather Duster. I've guessed it correctly so I'm pretty satisfied at the moment.

However, I don't think theres a lot of things to talk about the card. I mean, its an Elemental Lord and that basically means its a mid-to-late game card by default. Being a Winged Beast is good because of all the Winged Beast supports Harpies have. It'll be broken if its a dragon though, because Tempest is a beast. The card is gonna see some plays (earlier in its introduction anyway) in WIND decks like Harpie, Phantom Beast Plane and also Dragunity, but I don't see this trend continuing past the first month. I mean, it IS an Elemental Lord and no one sticks with Elemental Lords.

So, for the million dollar question. What would be the effects of the LIGHT and DARK Elemental Lord, if they were to ever release them. Judgment of the Light is the name of the following set and chances are a LIGHT Elemental Lord lies within. At the moment, I would say Raigeki for the LIGHT one and a weakened Dimension Fusion for the Dark (as in one banished monster only). Leave your thoughts below, thanks.