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Tech Update: Starstrike Blast Top 5

November 20th, 2010

Starstrike Blast has been tournament-legal for less than a week, and lots of Duelists are already trying to see which cards will be the most useful in their Decks. Many old Decks, including Quickdraw, Spellcasters, Gravekeepers, and Scraps, got a huge boost thanks to some of the themed cards in Starstrike Blast. Other cards in Starstrike Blast fit into a bunch of different Decks. Take a look at some of the most popular Starstrike Blast cards that Duelists are using here this weekend.


1.) Formula Synchron

Formula Synchron is the first ever Level 2 Synchro Monster! Since Formula Synchron can be Synchro Summoned using any Level 1 Tuner and Level 1 non-Tuner, it opens up a variety of new plays for lots of different Decks. Decks using Level 1 Tuners like Spore, Effect Veiler, and the all-new Glow-Up Bulb, can Tune one of those monsters with a Level 1 monster, like a Fluff Token Special Summoned by the effect of Dandylion, to Synchro Summon Formula Synchron. Quickdraw Dandywarrior, Plant Synchro, and Lightsworn Decks with Dandylion in it are just 3 Decks in contention that can pull off this play. X-Saber Duelists can Tune their Level 1 Tuners, like X-Saber Palomuro or Effect Veiler, with a Level 1 non-Tuner like XX-Saber Ragigura to Synchro Summon Formula Synchron. Scrap Duelists can Tune Scrap Mind Reader with Scrap Searcher to Synchro Summon it. The possibilities are endless, and the end result is an easy-to-Summon Level 2 Synchro Monster.

Once Summoned, Formula Synchron gets you a free draw from your Deck and opens up to a lot of new moves. Since Formula Synchron is a Level 2 Tuner that can be used in a Synchro Summon during your opponent’s turn, its power lets you catch your opponent off-guard when Summoning your strongest monsters. If you have Stardust Dragon on the field alongside it, you can even Synchro Summon Shooting Star Dragon.


2.) Shooting Star Dragon

Of all the monsters to Synchro Summon with Formula Synchron, Shooting Star Dragon may be the strongest. Any Deck that uses Starlight Road or is capable of Synchro Summoning Level 8 monsters can Summon Stardust Dragon to the field. Once there, you’re a Formula Synchron away from a Shooting Star Dragon.

Shooting Star Dragon has 3300 ATK, negates attacks, negates the activation of destruction effects, and can attack up to 5 times in a single turn! Formula Synchron even lets you Summon it during your opponent’s turn. That’s a lot of power for a single card, and with so many Duelists using Formula Synchron and Stardust Dragon in their Extra Decks today, it’s no surprise that they’re packing Shooting Star Dragon too.


3.) Psi-Blocker

Psi-Blocker will solve whatever worries you. Since its unique ability lets you choose a card and prevent your opponent from using that card, Psi-Blocker is the perfect card for preempting your opponent’s play. Preventing the use of individual cards that are critical to the success of certain Decks can be devastating. Psi-Blocker’s ability to shut down the most popular cards, like Dark Hole and Mirror Force, common to nearly all Decks, also give it incredible versatility that allows it to fit into any Deck. It can sometimes be difficult to decide on the right card to name with Psi-Blocker, but skilled Duelists in the field this weekend won’t let that get in their way. By making the right calls with Psi-Blocker, they’ll be able to pin down their opponent’s plays, disarm their opponent’s Flip-Effect Monsters, and take the tournament by storm.


4.) Genex Ally Duradark

Genex Ally Duradark has 1800 ATK and can wipe out an opponent’s DARK monster each turn. That makes it a strong weapon against Blackwing Decks that rely on their DARK monsters to win, and Chaos Decks that utilize a variety of DARK monsters, including Chaos Sorcerer and Dark Armed Dragon. Duradark can also come in handy against popular DARK Synchro Monsters, like Colossal Fighter and Ally of Justice Catastor, played by just about every Deck.

Since Duradark is a Level 4 DARK Machine-Type monster, you can also Special Summon it from the Graveyard with the effect of Black Salvo. Once it’s revived, you can Tune it with Black Salvo to Synchro Summon a Level 7 Synchro Monster, including Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 “Burei”, who can change the battle position of a monster each turn. Duradark may prove to be a powerful weapon in several Duelists’ Decks this weekend.


5.) Glow-Up Bulb

Glow-Up Bulb is, without a doubt, the most popular Main Deck card from Starstrike Blast. Since it’s a Level 1 Tuner, you can Tune Glow-Up Bulb to any one of your monsters to have it grow a Level and turn into a more powerful Synchro Monster. Glow-Up Bulb doesn’t place a restriction on the Synchro Monsters it can Summon, making it splashable in just about any Deck.

Since you can Special Summon Glow-Up Bulb from your Graveyard once per Duel by sending the top card of your Deck to your Graveyard, you can Tune with it twice to trade-up your monster. Quickdraw and Lightsworn Decks, which send cards from the Deck to the Graveyard using cards like Foolish Burial, Card Trooper, Tuning, Charge of the Light Brigade, and Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter, can make the best use of Glow-Up Bulb. They can easily send Glow-Up Bulb the Graveyard, where its effect can be activated. Those Decks can also use its revival effect for the chance to trigger the effects of other cards that activate in the Graveyard. Using Glow-Up Bulb to trigger the effect of Dandylion or Wulf, Lightsworn Beast, for example, can be critical in a Duel. But even Duelists who can’t easily send cards from their Decks to the Graveyard or trigger different monster effects when Special Summoning Glow-Up Bulb are using it in their Decks. For a lot of this weekend’s competitors, a Tuner that can be used twice after it’s drawn is just too good to pass up.

The tournament is just heating up, but competitors are already feeling the impact of Starstrike Blast. Tomorrow, we’ll see which of these cards were able to make it to the top, and which Duelists were strong enough to take these cards there!