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Cool Stuff in the Wave 1 Tins

August 29th, 2012

It’s that time of year again, when the Collectible Tins are around and you can pick up several useful cards at once. This year’s tins are as strong as ever, with some of this year’s most powerful cards and enough variety to help you with any Deck you’re putting together. Here’s what you can pick up.


Heroic Champion – Excalibur is the card you see on the front of every Return of the Duelist pack and also stars in its very own Collectible Tin. This Rank 4 Xyz Monster starts off with a modest 2000 ATK but by detaching its Xyz Materials you can double that to a mighty 4000! This effect lasts till your opponent’s next End Phase which is more than enough time to take down any monster you come across. Excalibur requires 2 Level 4 Warrior-Type monsters as Xyz Materials and will be useful in Heroic Challenger and Elemental HERO Decks, which both have no trouble in Summoning Rank 4 monsters.

Evolzar Dolkka needs no introduction. Ever since Dolkka arrived in Photon Shockwave last year, we’ve seen Dino Rabbit (and Evol) Decks take centre stage and win a few Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series events along the way.  Along with its formidable 2300 ATK, Dolkka can negate up to 2 monster effects by detaching Xyz Materials, giving you a powerful monster with the ability to protect itself.

In addition to the above, each Collectible Tin comes with 4 more promos; Wind-Up Zenmaines is available in either tin and the other 3 slots vary depending on which tin you pick up. Zenmaines is a near invincible Rank 3 monster that can detach an Xyz Material to protect itself from destruction, and then in the End Phase destroy an opposing card for free! It’s a good fit for any Extra Deck as long as you can Summon 2 Level 3 monsters.


The Heroic Champion – Excalibur Collectible Tin also contains Evolzar Laggia, Wind-Up Rabbit and Blizzard Princess. Laggia’s similar to Dolkka in that it requires 2 Level 4 Dinosaur-Type monsters, but has the ability to negate any Summon or Spell/Trap Card activation, and like Dolkka, it’s been a key monster in big events for the past year.

Blizzard Princess is a Level 8 monster than can be easily Summoned while also locking out your opponent’s Spells and Traps for a turn! It will work well with the Prophecy monsters from Return of the Duelist, as you’ll only need to Tribute one of them to Summon it.

Wind-Up Rabbit has been a mainstay of Wind-Up decks ever since the Deck became popular with Order of Chaos. You can banish any Wind-Up monster (including itself) to protect it from opposing effects for a turn, while also triggering the effects of Wind-Up Factory and Wind-Up Magician. It’s even better now that Wind-Up Factory is becoming a bigger part of the Wind-Up strategy.


You can find Genex Neutron, Dark Highlander and Scrap Dragon in The Evolzar Dolkka Collectible Tin. Scrap Dragon is one of the most powerful Synchro Monsters ever created and an Extra Deck superstar since its initial release in 2010. It’s a perfect fit for Karakuri Decks as well as being a key the key Synchro Monster in Scrap Decks. It’s also good in just about any Deck that runs Tuners, just like Stardust Dragon.

Genex Neutron’s an 1800 ATK monster that lets you add a Machine-Type Tuner monster from your Deck to your hand at the end of the turn it’s Summoned. There are several Decks that you can try this out in; You can search out a wide variety of Karakuri monsters, Morphtronics or even “Synchron” monsters like Quickdraw Synchron.

Finally, Dark Highlander’s a Level 7 Synchro Monster that can only be Summoned by combining Fiend-Type monsters, making it an interesting option in Fabled, Infernity and Dark World Decks that use Tuner Monsters. While Highlander’s out on the field, neither player can Synchro Summon, making it a powerful card against Decks like Pychics, Six Samurai, Scraps, and Karakuri. Its second effect gets rid of cards that are equipped to an opposing monster and inflicts 400 Damage for each one destroyed. The most common use for this effect will be against Inzektors, which equip several of their monsters to each other.

There are plenty of great cards to watch out for in the Collectible Tins. Whether you’re building a Deck for tournament use or trying out something completely different, there’s at least 1 promo card in these decks that you’ll want if you don’t have it yet, and in some cases several more. There’s also the chance to pick up ever more powerful cards in the 5 booster packs with each tin!

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