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New Dragunity Monsters!

March 9th, 2011

The new Structure Deck: Dragunity Legion has tons of new cards that bring Dragunities to the forefront of tournament Dueling.  Previously, Dragunity Decks were all about Summoning Dragunity Dux; using its effect to equip and Special Summon the Level 2 Tuner Dragunity Phalanx; and then Synchro Summoning Dragunity Knight – Vajrayana.  Vajrayana would then allow Phalanx to be Special Summoned again, Tuning to make any Level 8 Synchro Monster.  But Dragunity Legion brings everything we loved about Dragunities to a new level, and lets you take the Deck in entirely new directions.  With new big-hitters; more search power; and more little Dragunities to create new combos, this Deck have never been better.  Here are some of the new cards you’ll find in Dragunity Legion


…starting with the biggest and baddest!  Dragunity Arma Leyvaten is a Level 8 powerhouse with 2600 ATK and some great effects. You can Tribute or Special Summon Leyvaten just like any other monster, but you can also bring it out by removing one of your monsters from the game that’s equipped with a Dragunity.  However you Summon it, Leyvaten’s effect will let you equip another Dragon-Type monster to it from your Graveyard: the monster you equip doesn’t have to be a Dragunity, and there’s no Level limit.  Then, when Leyvaten would be sent to the Graveyard by your opponent’s card effect, you can Special Summon a monster it equipped to replace it.

You don’t have to think small.  Powerhouses like Stardust Dragon, Scrap Dragon, and even Light and Darkness Dragon are all fair game.  Light and Darkness is especially sweet: when Leyvaten is sent to the Graveyard, you’ll trigger Light and Darkness Dragon’s effect and Special Summon Leyvaten from your Graveyard.  Equip Light and Darkness again, and you’ve got a combo that’s tough to break.  If Leyvaten goes to the Graveyard you’re just going to Special Summon it back, so your opponent will need a card like Compulsory Evacuation Device or Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier to stop your combo.

Dragunity Arma Mystletainn is a Level 6 Dragon-Type with a familiar effect: when Mystletainn is Normal or Special Summoned, you can equip it with a Dragon-Type Dragunity from your Graveyard.  You can Special Summon Mystletainn from your hand by sending one of your face-up Dragunity monsters to the Graveyard, and from there it works a lot like Vajrayana – use it with Dragunity Phalanx to Synchro Summon a Level 8 Synchro Monster.  Mystletainn is great because it gives you more ways to make the same plays and combos that you used to need Dux for.  It makes your Dragunity Deck more consistent and more aggressive, giving you more ways to hit your best combos.


But it’s not just about the big guns: the Dragunities are nothing without their smaller support monsters, and Dragunity Legion brings us two of the best.  Dragunity Brandistock is a Level 1 Tuner, and when it’s equipped to a monster, that monster can attack twice every Battle Phase!  Summon Dux and equip Brandistock for a 1900 ATK double-attacker, or attach it to Mystletainn or Leyvaten to take out more than half of your opponent’s Life Points.  Since so many Dragunity monsters become powerful double-attackers with Brandistock’s help, you can play Dragunities in totally different ways than before; if your opponent has Royal Oppression or something else to stop you from Synchro Summoning, you can still dish out big damage.  You may have already seen Brandistock in Duel Terminal 4, but Dragunity Legion marks its tournament-legal debut.

Dragunity Aklys is another strategy-shaping card.  A Level 2 Tuner, it has two different effects.  When it’s equipped to a monster and sent to the Graveyard, you get to destroy a card on the field.  If you attach it to a Dragunity and Aklys sent to the Graveyard, Aklys will destroy something.  You can send Aklys to the Graveyard for a number of effects: since Aklys’ ability is mandatory, you’ll always get to destroy a card.

Aklys’ other effect is triggered when it’s Normal Summoned: it lets you Special Summon 1 “Dragunity” monster from your hand and equip it with Aklys.  That’s useful for a couple different reasons.  First, there’s no limit on what you can Special Summon; so if you’ve got Leyvaten in your hand, you can Special Summon it just by Normal Summoning Aklys.  Second, Aklys’ effect is worded so that you Special Summon your monster, then immediately equip Aklys. That means there’s no opportunity for your opponent to respond to your Special Summon: they can’t activate Bottomless Trap Hole or Torrential Tribute to destroy your monster.  If you Special Summon one of the Dragunity Arma monsters you won’t get to use their equip effects (because you can’t respond to their Special Summon either), but Aklys is a great way to get a big attacker to the field.


This Structure brings something to the Dragunity Deck that it’s never had before: dedicated Spell Cards.  Dragon Mastery is a Continuous Spell that gives a 500 ATK boost to any monster equipped with a Dragunity: so if you equip Dux with Brandistock you’d have a 2400 ATK double-attacker.  Dragon Mastery’s second effect lets you play a “Dragunity” Dragon-Type straight from your hand as an Equip Spell.  That can speed up a Dragunity Deck, or let you put together combos that wouldn’t be possible otherwise.  You can even use it to attach Dragunities to monsters that normally wouldn’t be able to equip them: for instance, you could attach Brandistock to Scrap Dragon or Colossal Fighter to make huge double-attacks.

Of all the new cards, Dragon Ravine may be the best!  Most Dragunity Decks have two big goals: get the right Dragon-Type Dragunities to the Graveyard, and then Summon Winged Beast-Type Dragunities to put those Dragons to work.  Dragon Ravine helps you do both: once a turn, it lets you discard a card to add a Level 4 or lower Dragunity from your Deck to your hand; or to send a Dragon from your Deck to your Graveyard.  That means you can discard cards you don’t need to get to Dux and Legionnaire, and if you have Cards of Consonance you can search for a Dragunity Tuner and discard it to draw 2 cards.  You can send Phalanx, Brandistock, or Aklys directly to your Graveyard to set up your combos, or you can even kick Dragunity Arma Leyvaten to the Graveyard.  That’ll let you  Special Summon Leyvaten with its effect later.

Dragon Ravine is an awesome card that makes the Dragunity Deck more consistent than ever before.  With three Ravine and three Terraforming it’s easy to get to on your first turn: if you draw extra copies you don’t need, you can discard them for the first Ravine’s effect.  Whether you plan to go for a first turn Stardust Dragon with Dux and Phalanx; a mid-game flurry of monster destruction with Legionnaire and Aklys; or a big push with a game-ending Leyvaten or Brandistock combo, Dragon Ravine makes it happen.

With so many new cards in Structure Deck: Dragunity Legion, it’s official: Dragunities are finally ready for the big time!  Stick with us, because in upcoming articles we’ll show you how to unite new Dragunity tech with old fan-favorites, and how to make a devastating Dragunity Deck.