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How to make the most of Maxx “C”

March 18th, 2011

Maxx “C” is a simple card that can be tough to use. By sending Maxx “C” from your hand to your Graveyard during either player’s turn, you can draw a card for each monster your opponent Special Summons that turn.

The best way to use Maxx “C” is to Chain it to an opponent’s effect that Special Summons a monster. That way, you’re guaranteed to draw at least 1 card with the effect of Maxx “C”. Chaining the effect of Maxx “C” to the effect of a card like Treeborn Frog, Monster Reborn, Junk Synchron, or Debris Dragon, will instantly net you a card, replacing the Maxx “C” in your hand. Then, if your opponent wants to use his newly acquired monster in a Synchro Summon, or Special Summon any other monsters that turn, you’ll be able to draw even more cards with Maxx “C”. That puts your opponent in a tough spot, where he’ll be forced to decide whether he should cut his losses and end his turn with the one Special Summoned monster, or press on and let you draw more cards that could lead to his eventual demise.

You can also use Maxx “C” on your own turn, before attacking a monster like Dandylion, XX-Saber Emmersblade or Super-Nimble Mega Hamster, each of which has an effect that Special Summons at least 1 monster to the field. This way, you get to draw cards on your own turn, and immediately put those draws to use.
Some Duelists like to pitch Maxx “C” from their hands before an opponent even attempts to Special Summon any monsters. That way, if the opponent tries to perform a Special Summon that doesn’t use the Chain, like the Special Summon of Cyber Dragon, Chaos Sorcerer, Grandmaster of the Six Samurai, or Legendary Six Samurai – Kizan, the Duelist who sent Maxx “C” from his hand to his Graveyard can still draw a card for each of those Special Summoned monsters. Unfortunately, this can be a risky play. Most opponents will only Special Summon monsters after you pitch Maxx “C” from your hand if they’re able to defeat you that turn. Otherwise, they’ll be willing to wait until their next turn to unleash all of their Special Summons, and you’ll have lost your Maxx “C” without drawing any cards.

Keeping this in mind, Maxx “C” works well in Decks that use cards like Battle Fader or Swift Scarecrow that can be used to end the Battle Phase. If your opponent decides to make all his Special Summons anyways in an attempt to defeat you this turn, drawing either of those cards can turn your opponent’s Duel-winning drive into a delightful disaster.

Since Maxx “C” only has 500 ATK, you can also Special Summon it from your Graveyard with the effect of Debris Dragon. With Dandylion now Limited, it’s harder to reliably get Dandylion into your Graveyard so that you always have a monster to Special Summon with Debris Dragon’s effect. Fortunately, the Level 2 Maxx “C” gives you another option to Special Summon. By Tuning Debris Dragon with Maxx “C”, you can instantly Synchro Summon Iron Chain Dragon. Add another monster into the mix, and you’ll be able to make a higher-Level Dragon like Black Rose Dragon or Stardust Dragon instead. Maxx “C” can also be Special Summoned from your Graveyard by the effect of Junk Synchron, allowing for an instant Level 5 Synchro Summon.

Since the effect of Maxx “C” can be activated from your hand, it’ll be hard for your opponent to see it coming. That makes it a great card for disrupting your opponent’s plans. With some skillful use of Maxx “C”, you can set up your plays and get ahead of the competition!

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