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Judgment of the Light Preview: STAR EATER

July 23rd, 2013

It’s been a long time in the making, but the return of Synchro Monsters is at hand! Judgment of the Light is bringing a lot of new Synchro Monsters to the table, but today’s card sets itself apart from any Synchro Monster ever before. We now proudly introduce the very first Level 11 Synchro Monster: Star Eater!

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You can only Special Summon Star Eater with a Synchro Summon, but beyond that, there are no restrictions on it. You can use any Tuner and non-Tuners you like. And, unlike most other high-Level Synchro Monsters, you can Summon Star Eater using only two monsters!

One of the main facets of a high-Level Synchro Summon is the risk/reward decision you make. Is it worth it to combine all my monsters into one? What if I lose it to Solemn Warning, Bottomless Trap Hole, or Mirror Force? Star Eater takes this notion and throws it out the window, because it’s immune to all of those. In fact, it’s practically immune to everything.

Star Eater has three levels of protection. First, its Summon cannot be negated, so it’s safe from Solemn Judgment and Solemn Warning. Even Thunder King Rai-Oh is forced to stand by and watch, helpless.

Next, no cards or effects can be activated when Star Eater is successfully Summoned. That means no Bottomless Trap Hole or Torrential Tribute. Be aware though, Star Eater doesn’t discriminate – you also won’t be able to use effects in response to its Summon, so your own cards like Dandylion or T.G. Hyper Librarian won’t be activate. Of course, you could use that to your advantage with Black Garden… but that’s another topic entirely.

Star Eater’s final level of protection comes during the Battle Phase. Whenever Star Eater attacks, it becomes unaffected by any card effects until the end of the Damage Step! That keeps it safe from Dimensional Prison and other attack-response cards, but there’s more to it than that. Star Eater is also free to attack cards like D.D. Assailant or Exploder Dragon without fear of reprisal.

One of the first things you might have realized about Star Eater is that, as a Dragon-type monster, it can be Summoned with Debris Dragon! I’m sure there have been plenty of times you had several monsters on the field, but your Debris Dragon play was forced into a Level 6 or 7 Synchro Monster you didn’t really want, simply because there’s never been a Level 11 one. Consider that problem solved.

You’ll be able to pick up your own Star Eater soon, because Judgment of the Light Sneak Peeks will be on August 3rd and 4th! You don’t want to miss this one!