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Laundsallyn’s True Colors

October 22nd, 2013

So far we’ve shown you two of the five new cards for Noble Knights that you’ll find in Shadow Specters.  They’re all World Premieres, which means they’ve never been printed anywhere else; they’re revealed here for the first time ever.

Last week, we unveiled Lady of the Lake, a Level 1 Tuner that packs two different Special Summoning tricks to help you Synchro Summon Level 5 Warriors.  Today we’re going to show you the Level 5 Synchro you’ll be Summoning the most, Ignoble Knight of High Laundsallyn!

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You can Synchro Summon Ignoble Knight of High Laundsallyn with any Tuner, and one or more non-Tuner Noble Knights.  That means it’s really easy to bring out: just Normal Summon Lady of the Lake to Special Summon Noble Knight Artorigus, or reduce a Level 5 Noble Knight to Level 4 and revive Lady of the Lake from your Graveyard.  You can only control one Ignoble Knight of High Laundsallyn at a time, but it hits the ground running with two powerful search effects:

When this card is Synchro Summoned: You can equip 1 “Noble Arms” Equip Spell Card from your Deck to this card.

As soon as you Summon High Laundsallyn you trigger its effect to equip a Noble Arms from your Deck.  Want to go for max damage or swing over a big monster?  Equip it with Noble Arms – Gallatin to boost it to 3100 ATK.  Destroy a Set card with Noble Arms – Arfeudutyr, or protect Laundsallyn from destruction with Noble Arms of Destiny.  The choice is yours.

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Whatever you Equip to Ignoble Knight of High Laundsallyn will be useful in Laundsallyn’s hands, but it’ll also help the rest of your strategy once it hits the Graveyard.  Loading up on a variety of Noble Arms makes future plays with Artorigus, King of the Noble Knights and Swords at Dawn more effective.  It also lets you play Noble Arms that have effects in the Graveyard.

The most common pull with High Laundsallyn’s first ability is probably Noble Arms – Gallatin.  At 3100 ATK it’s really easy to win battles, and High Laundsallyn’s second effect lets you reap the spoils of war:

At the end of the Battle Phase, if this card destroyed a monster by battle and sent it to the Graveyard: You can add 1 “Noble Knight” or “Noble Arms” card from your Deck to your hand.

Awesome.  Every time you destroy a non-Token monster with High Laundsallyn, you get to search a card.  If you need more Noble Arms you can get whichever one you want, straight to your hand.  If you need a monster, you can grab Noble Knight Medraut, Noble Knight Gawayn, or whoever else will take down your opponent.  Remember, thanks to Lady of the Lake’s Special Summoning effects you can unleash High Laundsallyn with just one card from your hand.  You then equip it for free, and the moment High Laundsallyn starts cracking skulls you start scoring free cards.

And it doesn’t even matter whose turn it is when the skulls get cracked! You can equip Laundsallyn with Noble Arms of Destiny when he’s Summoned and take out a weaker monster on your turn to get one search, then activate Swords at Dawn during your opponent’s Battle Phase if Laundsallyn is attacked to bring back an ATK-pumping sword, perhaps one sent to the Graveyard by Noble Knight Borz, to win that battle too and get another search!

The one big thing Noble Knights have needed is search power.  Duelists have clamored for a way to search Noble Arms, but now we have a one-card beater that can hold its own on the field and search not just Noble Arms, but also Noble Knights!  You’ll get your first chance to play Ignoble Knight of High Laundsallyn at the Shadow Specters Sneak Peek November 2nd and 3rd!