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Tech Update: Hidden Arsenal, Part 2

November 14th, 2009

Continued from Part 1!

“Mist Wurm”:
At Level 9, “Mist Wurm” shares the same Level as “XX-Saber Gottoms” and “Hyper Psychic Blaster.” But unlike Gottoms and HPB, “Mist Wurm” can be Synchro Summoned with any Tuner and any two non-Tuners. It’s the first generic Level 9 Synchro Monster we’ve seen, which means this is the first time many Decks will have access to a Level 9 Synchro.

And what a Synchro! “Mist Wurm’s” effect bounces 3 of your opponent’s cards back to their hand, clearing almost any field so you can attack at your leisure. Sort of like a “Giant Trunade” on legs (do wurms have legs?), “Mist Wurm” can send not only Spells and Traps, but also your opponent’s monsters back to the hand or Extra Deck. Since the Wurm itself has 2500 ATK, it can often be a game-ending force just by itself.

Certain Decks will have an easier time putting together the 9 Levels across three Synchro Materials that “Mist Wurm” requires. Lightsworn can Tune “Plaguespreader Zombie” to “Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner” and a Level 4 Lightsworn. Blackwings can keep a Level 4 monster on the field, then Normal Summon “Blackwing – Blizzard the Far North” and use its effect to bring up “Blackwing – Kalut the Moon Shadow.”

Fish Decks can Summon “Superancient Deepsea King Coelacanth,” discard a card for its effect, and Special Summon 4 monsters from the Deck: 2 “Royal Swamp Eels,” an “Oyster Meister,” and any Level 4 Fish. Tune an Eel to “Oyster Meister” to Synchro Summon a Level 7 Synchro Monster. That gets a Level 1 “Oyster Token” with “Oyster Meister’s” effect. From there, Tune the second Eel to your Level 4 Fish and the “Oyster Token” to Synchro Summon “Mist Wurm,” clear the field, and make three attacks for as much as 7700 damage. If your Deck has even a remote chance of using “Mist Wurm,” you should probably be packing a copy.

“Ally of Justice Catastor”:
Although only Level 5, Catastor’s effect lets it destroy any face-up monster in battle before damage calculation is even reached, as long as the monster it’s battling is something other than DARK. That means even if a Lightsworn Duelist has “Honest” in-hand and at the ready, the Lightsworn monster Catastor attacks will be destroyed long before “Honest” could ever be activated.

“Catastor” could make some big problems for Lightsworn here today. With “Honest” not being quite so reliable as it once was, a Lightsworn Duelist will have to waste “Necro Gardnas” earlier in a Duel, or risk losing control of the field. That can turn “Celestia, Lightsworn Angel” into a dead card when you have nothing to Tribute Summon it with.

Blackwings can easily Summon Catastor with “Blackwing – Blizzard the Far North” and “Blackwing – Kalut the Moon Shadow,” or a Special Summoned “Blackwing – Vayu the Emblem of Honor” and the “Blackwing – Shura the Blue Flame” that brought it to the field.

Lightsworn can pair “Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner” with “Plaguespreader Zombie,” Zombies can do the same trick with “Spirit Reaper” or “Sangan,” and anything packing “Rescue Cat” can Tune “X-Saber Airbellum” to “Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter.”

Think back to every Duel where you Synchro Summoned “Magical Android,” and then imagine how things might’ve gone if you’d brought out Catastor instead.

“Flamvell Uruquizas”:

This Level 6 “Flamvell Synchro” may look like a themed card, but it’s actually just as generic as Catastor, “Mist Wurm,” and Brionac. Uruquizas can fit into any Extra Deck, and while its 2100 ATK may not match the Attack Points of “Goyo Guardian,” its ability to dish out piercing damage means you can win games that you wouldn’t win if you weren’t playing Uruquizas. Uruquizas’ increasing size is a bonus – the immediate reason to play it is that surprise blast damage that its piercing effect can press through when your opponent doesn’t think you can.

Hidden Arsenal brings a ton of new, competitive cards to Dueling. Today, we’re seeing these cards being played at the SHONEN JUMP Championship level for the first time ever.