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Absolute Powerforce Preview: Djinn Disserere of Rituals

February 3rd, 2010

Once upon a time, it used to be tough to perform Ritual Summons, because you needed the specific Ritual Spell and Ritual Monster Cards in your hand, along with monsters to Tribute for your Ritual Monster. Stardust Overdrive made this a lot easier with “Preparation of Rites” and the Djinns. These are DARK monsters that you can remove from the Graveyard and count as Tributes for your Ritual Monster. Each Djinn also gives the Ritual Monster you Summoned an extra ability, in addition to its own effect. The new set Absolute Powerforce makes Ritual Monsters even more powerful with three new Djinn monsters, including “Djinn Disserere of Rituals,” a brand new, never-before seen monster!

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If “Djinn Disserere of Rituals” is Tributed for a Ritual Summon, it gives that Ritual Monster immunity to Trap Cards. This means “Bottomless Trap Hole” and “Icarus Attack” will be powerless against the monster you Summon, and even if your opponent has “Skill Drain” on the field, your Ritual Monster will still be able to use its effects.  This is especially useful for “Divine Grace – Northwemko.” Her effect protects her from being destroyed by card effects, but normally she is still vulnerable to cards like “Phoenix Wing Wind Blast” and “Compulsory Evacuation Device,” which are Traps that return monsters to the hand or Deck. Northwemko’s effect only protects it from being destroyed by card effects.  If you use “Djinn Disserere of Rituals” as part of your Ritual Summon, these Trap Cards can’t affect Northwemko!

“Djinn Disserere of Rituals” isn’t the only Djinn in Absolute Powerforce though, there are two more!

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If you use “Djinn Cursenchanter of Rituals” for a Ritual Summon, as long as that Ritual Monster remains on the field, the effects of Synchro Monsters are negated. If you use “Djinn Prognosticator of Rituals,” every time the Ritual Monster inflicts Battle Damage to your opponent, your opponent has to pick 1 card in their hand to discard.

These Djinns are two more ways that your Ritual Monsters can wreak havoc on your opponent. Remember, abilities gained by using different Djinns stack up, so if you use Disserere and Prognosticator as part of the same Ritual Summon, your Ritual Monster will be immune to Traps and your opponent will have to discard a card every time you deal damage with it.

One of the coolest things about “Djinn Disserere of Rituals” is that it’s a Level 1 monster. When  you Ritual Summon a monster, you need to Tribute monsters whose total Levels at least the Level of the monster you want to Summon, but you aren’t allowed to “overpay.”  For example, if your Ritual monster is Level 7, you can Tribute a Level 5 and a Level 3 monster. You could not Tribute a third monster for that Ritual Summon.  Because its Level 1, “Djinn Disserere of Rituals” makes it possible for you to Tribute 3 different Djinns for the same Level 7 or 8 Ritual Monster!

Use “Djinn Prognosticator of Rituals,” “Djinn Releaser of Rituals,” (from Stardust Overdrive) and “Djinn Disserere of Rituals” as the Tributes for “Divine Grace – Northwemko,” and your monster will be immune to Traps, force your opponent to discard when it deals damage, and prevent your opponent from Special Summoning! In fact, that’s a great set of abilities to add on to this new Ritual Monster from Absolute Powerforce:

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“Garlandolf, King of Destruction” is an incredibly powerful monster. When it’s Summoned, you destroy all face-up monsters with ATK less than Garlandolf, and Garlondolf gains another 100 ATK for each monster destroyed by this effect. Garlondolf starts with 2500 Attack Points!

Since many players don’t like to Set monsters, and most monsters don’t have anywhere near 2500 DEF, Garlandolf will almost always destroy every other monster on the field when you Ritual Summon, it and gain another 100 ATK for each. Combine this with abilities granted by the Djinns, and Garlandolf will become an engine of absolute destruction, tearing apart your opponent’s field, hand, and Life Points while preventing them from fighting back with cards like “Judgment Dragon” or “Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier.”

Thanks to Absolute Powerforce, Ritual Decks will be stronger than ever.  If you’ve ever wanted to build a Ritual Deck, now is the time!