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Judgment of the Light Preview: The Bujin Basics!

July 17th, 2013

The Bujin are one of the biggest new monster themes spinning out of Judgment of the Light.  Unlike many recent themes like Mermails and Wind-Ups, the Bujin strategy is to hold the field with just one monster while using the rest of their monsters to generate deadly effects.  While the monsters Summon aren’t huge on their own, Bujin Decks are really good at protecting their lone attacker with surprising plays, and they’re just as good at replacing their main monster if it’s destroyed.

Let’s start with the Bujin Basics – meet Bujin Yamato, the centerpiece of the strategy…


Once per turn, during your End Phase: You can add 1 “Bujin” monster from your Deck to your hand, then send 1 card from your hand to the Graveyard. You can only control 1 “Bujin Yamato”.

With 1800 attack points Bujin Yamato’s a solid Level 4 threat.  It might not look like much on its own, but its effect gets your whole strategy going.  Bujins have two kinds of supporting monsters – called Bujingi – that you use alongside Yamato to turn him into a one man wrecking crew.  Some of the Bujingi have effects that you can activate from your hand; you can search them out with Yamato and then pitch a card you don’t need right now. Other Bujingi have effects that work in the Graveyard, so you can search them, pitch them, and use their abilities for free.  Even better, if you have a Graveyard Bujingi in your hand, you can even put it where it needs to be while you go get one with an in-hand effect.  Here are three Bujingi you’ll see a lot of:


You can send Bujingi Crane from your hand to the Graveyard during damage calculation whenever one of your Beast-Warrior-Type Bujins battles an opposing monster.  Do that, and you’ll double the original ATK of the battling Bujin for that fight.  Buff up Bujin Yamato with Crane, and it can match or beat any monster with 3600 ATK or less – that’s big enough to take down virtually anything.  You can search for Bujingi Crane with Yamato’s effect, but even if you don’t, your opponent’s always going to have to worry that you might have it.  Sometimes the best Crane is the one your opponent doesn’t see coming.

Bujingi Quilin is different.  Instead of sending it from your hand, you banish it from your Graveyard to target a face-up opposing monster and destroy it.  It only works if you control a Beast-Warrior Type “Bujin” monster too, so no Dark World nonsense (Grapha Note: ARGH! Foiled Again!) allowed!  A lot of the best Bujin combos involve playing Quilin’s effect for free over and over.

Bujingi Turtle works the same way: when your opponent targets one of your Bujins for an effect, you can banish Turtle from your Graveyard to negate the effect.  That protects you from stuff like Compulsory Evacuation Device, Breakthrough Skill, and Number 11: Big Eye.  If you use Yamato to get Turtle to your graveyard, it’s free insurance against one effect.

Remember, you don’t have to give up a “Bujin” card for Bujin Yamato’s ability!  You can send something you can get back, like Treeborn Frog; load a card that’s useful in the graveyard like Breakthrough Skill; or just pitch anything you don’t need at the moment.

Along with being useful for their effects, all these Bujingi are Level 4.  One of the best ways to get Quilin or Turtle to the Graveyard is to combine them with Yamato to Xyz Summon the mighty Bujintei Susanowo!


This card can attack all monsters your opponent controls once each. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; take 1 “Bujin” monster from your Deck, and either add it to your hand or send it to the Graveyard. You can only control 1 “Bujintei Susanowo”.

How do you deal with a field full of monsters when the whole point of your deck is to use just one monster at time?  This guy!  Bujintei Susanowo can attack all of your opponent’s monsters once, so it’s a huge equalizer!  It’s also really easy to Summon: if you Xyz Summon it with the right Bujingi monsters you can claim their effects later; you’ll give up two monsters for one, but you also get some great effects to balance it all out.

To make things even easier, you can detach an Xyz Material from Bujintei Susanowo once a turn to grab a Bujin from your deck; you can either add it to your hand, or send it straight to your Graveyard.  That doesn’t just get you free cards – it gets you the right ones, in the right place, right when you need them.

And that’s just the beginning.  Come back Thursday and we’ll show you what Bujintei Susanowo is really capable of.  We’ve never seen monsters like the Bujin before, so don’t miss it! You can start building your own Bujin Deck on August 3rd and 4th at the Judgment of the Light Sneak Peek.

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