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Fabled Fury

July 22nd, 2010

A few years ago, going to any tournament in your area meant you had a good chance of facing a Dark World Deck. These types of Decks employed a strategy of discarding “Dark World” Monster Cards from theirhand in order to activate their effects. It was a good strategy that was excellent at what it did, which was swarm the field quickly with unexpected large monsters such as Goldd, Wu Lord of Dark World and Sillva, Warlord of Dark World. With a wide range of Spell and Trap Cards that supported the Dark World monsters through both draw and destruction effects, this was a Deck that often struck fear into the duelists that faced it.

 Dark World Lightning is a notable Dark World card that found its way into many successful Decks. It destroys a face-down card and then you discard 1 card from your hand.

In order for a Dark World Monster’s effect to activate, it must be discarded to the Graveyard through a card effect, such as through the effect of Dark World Lightning or X-Saber Airbellum. If you discard a Dark World monster as a cost, such as through Phoenix Wing Wind Blast or Lightning Vortex, no effect is activated. Fortunately, when your opponent wants to discard your hand at rapid speed with with X-Saber Airbellum and XX-Saber Gottoms, this doesn’t matter so much.

Despite the current prevalence of discard effects in X-Saber Decks, Duelists employing the Dark World strategy have slowly dwindled as new strategies have begun to appear. Though Goldd, Wu Lord of Dark World and Reign-Beaux Overlord of Dark World have seen some play, very few dedicated Dark World Decks have appeared lately. With the release of Hidden Arsenal 2 and Duelist Revolution, however, a completely new Deck not unlike the Dark World monsters of old hits the scene.

Meet the Fabled. Not The Fabled. There's a difference.

Meet the Fabled. Not The Fabled. There's a difference.

 Fabled monsters are a new family of monsters that fuel their effects based on being discarded from your hand to the Graveyard. Sounds pretty similar, right? There are some important differences though. First, not all Fabled effects activate when the monster is discarded from your hand. Many simply require you to discard them or discard another “Fabled” monster in order to activate them. That means they often play like Spell Cards rather than Monster Cards.

Second, and more importantly, they have a monster called Fabled Lurrie that is Special Summoned whenever its discarded to the Graveyard, even as a cost! What this means is that using the power of the Fabled, you can activate Lightning Vortex discarding Fabled Lurrie, destroy your opponent’s entire monster field, and then Special Summon Fabled Lurrie to your field! This gives you a quick way to modify the Level for a Synchro Summon or a free Tribute for a card effect. You could even use it to trigger Hate Buster! The Fabled are all LIGHT Fiend-Type Monster Cards, an odd but useful combination.. This lets you can use Honest and Beckoning Light in this Deck without a second thought.

 Another thing you can do is use the Fabled in collaboration with Dark World cards such as Dark World Lightning and Dark World Dealings. Using this strategy, you can activate the effects of the Fabled as well as any Dark World monsters you choose to run alongside them. Not only that, but using the effect of Fabled Raven, you can discard Dark World monsters from your hand for its effect, activate those Dark World monster’s effects, and have a pumped up Raven ready to attack through your opponent’s forces as well as be used for a Synchro Summon.

 With a destruction effect, a search effect, and multiple Tuner monsters immediately available within the ranks of the Fabled (not The Fabled, there’s a difference), these are not monsters you are going to want to miss out on. Make sure you pick up these powerful monsters as soon as you can, because they’re just getting started. Stay tuned for Hidden Arsenal 3 in the future, where you’re going to see even more Fabled mayhem!

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