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Defeating the Evolzars!

March 27th, 2012

Dinosaurs are fierce, and Dragons are fiercer. But Dragons made up of Dinosaurs? They might be the most dangerous monsters of all.

That’s what the Evolzars are. Evolzar Laggia and Evolzar Dolkka are both Dragon-type Xyz Monsters that can be Summoned by combining 2 Level 4 Dinosaurs. They’re easy to Summon, and their unique powers make them tough to take down. But even though they have a lot of inherent protection, they’re not invincible!

"I sure hope Grapha doesn't beat us in the finals of the biggest TCG tournament of all time!"

"I sure hope Grapha doesn't beat us in the finals of the biggest TCG tournament of all time!"

Defeating Evolzar Laggia

Evolzar Laggia can detach both of its Xyz Materials to negate the activation of a Spell or Trap Card, or to negate the Normal or Special Summon of a monster. But Evolzar Laggia can’t negate monster effects or Flip Summons. It’s helpless against them. By focusing on Laggia’s weakness, you should be able to take it down.

Certain Effect Monsters have gained recent popularity, specifically because they’re strong against Laggia. Many Duelists have started packing Snowman Eater, for example, because its effect destroys Laggia when it’s flipped face-up, even if Laggia still has 2 Xyz Materials attached to it. Other Duelists use Spirit Reaper and Marshmallon to defend against Laggia. Their effects protect them from being destroyed by Laggia in battle, and Laggia is powerless to negate their effects.

Another way to fight off a Laggia is by destroying it or negating its effect before it strikes the field. If you activate Skill Drain before your opponent Summons Evolzar Laggia, your opponent won’t be able to successfully use Laggia’s effect. If you use a card like Solemn Warning or Solemn Judgment to negate Laggia’s Summon, it’ll go to the Graveyard before it can negate a card.

Sometimes you’ll be able to negate Laggia’s effect when it tries to negate one of your cards. If you try to use a Spell or Trap and your opponent tries to negate it with Laggia, you can Chain Fiendish Chain to negate Laggia’s effect after it detaches its 2 Xyz Materials. Then you’ll get your effect while stopping Laggia from attacking!

Don’t forget, Laggia only gets to negate 1 card. If you have two cards that can take it down, your opponent will only be able to negate the first, and the second one will destroy Laggia. This isn’t the ideal way to take down Laggia, since it’ll require you to use 2 cards instead of 1, but if all else fails, it’s always an option.

Defeating Evolzar Dolkka

Evolzar Dolkka can do almost everything Evolzar Laggia can’t. It resists everything that Laggia is vulnerable to, and it’s weak to everything that Laggia can negate. Unlike Laggia, Dolkka can negate monster effects, but can’t negate Spells, Traps, and Summons. That’s why you’ll want to destroy Dolkka by activating a Spell or Trap Card that can take it down, or by Summoning a big monster that can crush it in battle. Never rely on monster effects when aiming to take down Dolkka.

Simple Spells and Traps like Smashing Ground and Mirror Force can take down Dolkka with ease. Since it only has 2300 ATK, you might also be able to destroy Dolkka in battle, by Summoning and attacking with a strong monster like Number 39: Utopia. You can even attack with a smaller monster and use a Spell or Trap like Horn of the Phantom Beast or Forbidden Lance to shift the battle in your favor!

You’ll want to avoid using any monster effects while Dolkka is on the field. Since it only needs to detach 1 Xyz Material to negate each monster effect, it can use its effect twice while it’s face-up on the field. If Dolkka keeps negating your monster effects, you’ll quickly run out of effects to use.

With Jurrac Guaiba’s popularity on the rise, we’re likely to see Evolzar Laggia and Evolzar Dolkka pop up in a lot of Decks. Fortunately, if you know these Dragons’ weaknesses (Graphanote: “Or play with ME!”), you’ll have no problem beating them!