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Starstrike Blast Preview: Glow-Up Bulb

October 29th, 2010

With the Starstrike Blast Sneak Peek rapidly approaching, Duelists from all over the globe are preparing for the cascade of great cards heading their way. One of those cards is Glow-Up Bulb, a new awesome Level 1 Tuner monster. Once per Duel, while Glow-Up Bulb is in your Graveyard, you can send one card from the top of your Deck to your Graveyard and Special Summon it.  Since Glow-Up Bulb is a Tuner Monster, this opens up a lot of cool strategies.

Glow-Up Bulb has a lot of uses, some of which may not be immediately obvious.! The first thing you may think of is that it’s good for Plant Decks and anything that uses Lonefire Blossom, and you would be absolutely correct. From Quickdraw Dandywarrior to Plant Synchro Decks that use the Gigaplant/Supervise combo,, Glow-Up Bulb can be useful in tons of situations.

In Quickdraw Dandywarrior, Glow-Up Bulb can be discarded to the Graveyard in order to Special Summon Quickdraw Synchron and then later be used for a Synchro Summon when you need one most. In other Decks, you can use it with Gigaplant to make yourself a Power Tool Dragon, which can be used to get you all kinds of goodies including United We Stand, Mark of the Rose, and Supervise! If you can get another Gigaplant to the field, you can use Gigaplant’s effect to Special Summon the Bulb from the Graveyard and start the process all over again. What this means is that after you’ve used the Bulb’s effect, it still serves an important purpose!

Spore is another very popular Level 1 Tuner in all kinds of Plant Decks. If you need a Level 2 Monster, you can use the Bulb’s effect and then later remove it for Spore’s effect, allowing you to make the most of the cards in your Graveyard and gain a lot of ground on your opponent in the process.
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Glow-Up Bulb is fantastic in any Deck that works around Plant-Type Monsters, but that doesn’t mean it’s only good in Plant Decks. Think about putting Glow-Up Bulb in your Lightsworn Decks. Not only can Lightsworn send Plaguespreader Zombie to the Graveyard, but with a Glow-Up Bulb in their Deck, they can suddenly have access to two Tuner Monsters instead of the usual one! Not only that, but if you have both monsters in your Graveyard and a Wulf, Lightsworn Beast in your hand, you can place the Wulf on top of your Deck to Special Summon Plaguespreader Zombie, then activate Glow-Up Bulb and send the Wulf to your Graveyard from the top of your Deck, Special Summoning it and instantly allowing you access to a Level 5, 6, or 7 Synchro Monster of your choice! After all of that, you still have your Normal Summon, so you could even tribute the Wulf for a Celestia, Lightsworn Angel, destroy 2 cards on your opponent’s side of the field, and then Synchro Summon a Level 6, 7, or 8 Synchro Monster!

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These aren’t the only ways that Glow-Up Bulb can be used to your advantage. There are many, many Decks that can utilize it effectively. Almost any Deck running multiple copies of Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter or other Lightsworn cards can use Glow-Up Bulb, and don’t forget that Foolish Burial is another quick and easy way to put Glow-Up Bulb in your Graveyard. Even if your Deck is just the kind of Deck that uses a lot of EARTH attribute monsters, that’s still a great reason to use Glow-Up Bulb, as a Level 4 EARTH monster can be used with the bulb to make the incredibly powerful Naturia Beast, which could single-handedly lock down your opponent.

With so many reasons to use Glow-Up Bulb, there will be a lot of people looking to get their hands on it in the weeks to come. Keep that in mind when you go to your Starstrike Blast Sneak Peek!