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August 4th, 2012

Whether you want to build a Deck with Prophecy monsters, enhance the Spellcaster Deck you have right now, or finally start slinging Spells with that Dark Magician Deck you’ve always wanted to build, you’re going to want to include some “Spellbook” Spell Cards in your Deck.  After all, if you’ve got the secrets to gaining overwhelming power, infinite wisdom, and eternal life in your hands, why wouldn’t you share them with your favorite magical buddy?

“Of course I’d share!”

Last time, I mentioned Spellbook of Wisdom as a way to protect your Spellcasters from Traps, but it also works on Spells! Spellbook of Wisdom a Quick-Play Spell that lets you choose Spells or Traps and protect a Spellcaster from that type of card for the turn. It’s the Spellbook of choice for High Priestess of Prophecy since it protects her from the Bottomless Trap Holes and Torrential Tributes of the world that would destroy her before she can use her effect.


Unlike Forbidden Lance, Spellbook of Wisdom doesn’t carry an 800 ATK penalty. With the sight-beyond-sight granted by Spellbook of Wisdom, your monster can dodge a Bottomless Trap Hole, Torrential Tribute, or Dimensional Prison and still have enough ATK to beat down your opponent’s monster!

Even so, low-ATK is sometimes a problem for Spellcasters. Monsters like Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer are cool, but Kycoo’s not going to bust up Lightpulsar Dragon and banish all the Red-Eyes on its own. He needs a healthy dose of destructive power, and Spellbook of Power is just what the doctor ordered.


Spellbook of Power gives your monster a 1000 ATK boost, and if the enhanced monster defeats a foe, it can extract all of the enemies remaining power and convert it into a new Spellbook from your Deck. Spellbook of Power is the Spellbook of choice for Strength of Prophecy. You can pump Strength up to 2500 with your Spellbook, then return the Spellbook to your Deck to pump Strength up to 3000!

And in the unlikely case that isn’t enough, you can revive your best Spellcaster with Spellbook of Life. By revealing another Spellbook and banishing one fallen Spellcaster, you can revive another Spellcaster from your Graveyard! Spellbook of Life then equips to it and boosts its Level by the Level of the banished monster. And the best part is, even if your opponent uses Heavy Storm or Mystical Space Typhoon on your Spellbook when their turn rolls around, your Spellcaster stays on the field!


It’s especially effective with the popular Spellcaster-Type Tuner Effect Veiler. You can Special Summon Effect Veiler at a much higher Level than usual to make a high-Level Synchro Summon or you can banish the Veiler to bring back Temperance of Prophecy and use its transfiguration effect in the same turn! And that’s awesome.

“That is awesome. But how do I make sure I have the right Spellbooks when I need them?”

As mentioned above, Spellbook of Power lets you grab a Spellbook every time your enhanced monster wins a battle that turn. Spellbook Magician of Prophecy can also find the Spellbook you’re looking for. Spellbook of Secrets lets you grab any Spellbook card from your Deck, so if you need a monster and a Spell, you can fetch Spellbook Magician of Prophecy with Spellbook of Secrets and then use the Magician to get the Spell Card you wanted initially. And then there’s this.

On the Moon, we select 5...thousand. Yes, 5000 Spellbooks.

Spellbook Library of the Crescent lets you choose 3 different Spellbooks from your Deck, then gives you one of them at random. With it, you can set up a scenario where you land 3 Spellbooks in your Graveyard in one turn without wasting any cards – enough Spellbooks to let a certain very angry near-immortal Spellcaster rise from your Graveyard. Here’s what to do:

  1. Activate Spellbook Library of the Crescent.
  2. Choose 2 Spellbooks that you want to play along with Spellbook of Secrets.
  3. If you wind up with Spellbook of Secrets, play it, take the Spellbook you initially wanted to play, and play that as well. You now have your desired effect and 3 Spellbooks in the Graveyard!
  4. If you didn’t get Spellbook of Secrets, you still got a Spellbook that you wanted to play, so all’s well.

You can’t borrow Spellbooks from the Library unless you have none in your Graveyard, so Spellbook Library of the Crescent is at its best at the start of the Duel or if you’ve been liberally applying the effects of Strength of Prophecy, High Priestess of Prophecy, and Prophecy Destroyer.


Don’t let the word “random” fool you. Much like the long Forbidden Painful Choice, the key to using the Library is to choose your Spellbooks so that every outcome is favorable. Spellbook Library of the Crescent is only as good as your Deck building and tactical decision making abilities, so you’ll need to hone all of your skills before you can wield its power. And you can start to wield Spellbook Library of the Crescent and the rest of these Spellbook cards starting August 18th and 19th at the Return of the Duelist Sneak Peeks!