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A Very Noble New Year

January 3rd, 2014

Happy New Year, everyone! 2014 is going to be a very exciting year with lots of cool new stuff to look forward to, so I figured I’d start things off by showing off my favorite new card from the upcoming Legacy of the Valiant booster. It’s a lot closer than you think, releasing in just 3 weeks! Legacy of the Valiant has a lot of cards that can go in all kinds of different Decks. A classic family of monsters will return in force, a brand new strategy will begin to grow, and many current Decks that Duelists love will receive some lovely new gifts to ring in the new year. The card I want to show off is one of those new gifts, custom-made for all the Noble Knight fans out there!

The facts of life when you build a Deck based on loading monsters up with Equip Spells are that when you want to advance your strategy, you need both a monster and an Equip Spell in your hand. As a Duel progresses, monsters will fight each other, spontaneously combust, vanish into  a pocket dimension, or otherwise end up buried and gone, and when they do their Equip Spells generally go with them. That leaves you needing another monster and another Equip Spell if you want to keep things rolling.

Now, the Noble Arms are really cool because if you’ve got another Noble Knight on the field when one of your monsters falls, that other Knight can pick up his buddy’s Noble Arms cards and become even more powerful. In practice, however, Duelists aren’t building their Noble Knight Decks with that sort of teamwork in mind. They’re building them in the hopes that they’ll get to go first and draw Noble Knight Medraut and a Noble Arms in their opening hand so that they can pull a bunch of Noble Arms out of their Deck with Noble Knight Borz and slap them all on Sacred Noble Knight of King Artorigus. And that will certainly win some Duels.

But the deep, dark secret held in the heart of every Noble Knight Duelist is that they know it’s unreasonable to expect this to happen all the time, or even a lot of the time. You can read more about the odds of it happening here, keeping in mind that this is just the odds of drawing the combo, not drawing it and going first.  Noble Knight Duelists know that their Deck needs to be able to win when the combos just aren’t showing up, and to do that they often fall back on the oldest strategy in Dueling – Summon a monster, give it an Equip Spell.

Simply waiting for Medraut isn’t an option because your opponent isn’t going to sit there and wait with you. They’re going to attack, and they’re going to set up their Traps for the eventuality that you do draw Medraut with an Equip Spell. You need to give it everything you’ve got to prevent your opponent from completing their strategy while destroying or forcing them to use their Traps. And you’ll need your Equip Spells to do so. Noble Arms – Arfeudutyr can clear out Traps, Noble Arms of Destiny and Noble Arms – Excaliburn offer protection to your Knights, Noble Arms – Caliburn grants a power boost and keeps your Life Point total healthy, and Noble Arms – Gallatin gives Knights the power to topple giants… but you’ve only got so many of them, and you aren’t going to draw all of them. Running out before you find a way to Summon an Artorigus Xyz Monster is a very real danger. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a Noble Arms card that helped you out in exactly this kind of situation?

Ideally, what you’d want is an Equip Spell that comes back to you whenever you need it. And since we’re writing up a wish-list, wouldn’t it be nice if it also made it so that your Knights could take down any foe in single combat? It would also be nice if it made it a little harder for your opponent to just throw a monster destruction card at you to get rid of your Knight and your equipment in one go. Oh, and it would be really lovely if you didn’t get completely wrecked if your Noble Knight gets turned into a Zombie or a Beast-Warrior or something.

By my count, that’s four wishes. At best, a genie would grant three. But let’s say you got lucky and found a really cool genie who could see you struggling to decide between two particular wishes and decided to help you out by granting both… but only one at a time and you can’t decide for yourself which will apply at any given time. The result might look something like this…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NobleArmsForever

You can target 1 “Noble Knight” monster you control; equip this card from your hand or Graveyard to that target. You can only use this effect of “Gwenhwyfar, Queen of Noble Arms” once per turn. The equipped monster gains 300 ATK. Apply the appropriate effect, depending on the Attribute of the equipped monster.
●LIGHT: If the equipped monster would be destroyed by a card effect, you can destroy this card instead.
●DARK: If the equipped monster battles an opponent’s monster, at the start of the Damage Step: You can destroy that monster, then destroy this card.

Gwenhwyfar, Queen of Noble Arms is always there to support your Noble Knights – you can equip her from your hand OR the Graveyard, every turn! She provides a 300 ATK boost in morale, along with a more tangible benefit depending on the Attribute of the Knight she supports. She can shield LIGHT Knights from deadly Spells, Traps, and monster effects, or sneakily assassinate the enemies of DARK Knights. And she equips to Noble Knights only, much like Noble Arms – Excaliburn, recognizing their worth and deeds even if they’re transformed into Zombies or Beast-Warriors or whatever else by a card like D.N.A. Surgery or Zombie World.

Once you draw Gwenhwyfar, or get her to the Graveyard with Noble Knight Borz, you are never without a Noble Arms. She’s not literally a sword or shield, though she acts as both, but Gwenhyfar still has “Noble Arms” in her name, so equipping her to a Noble Knight will switch on all of his Noble Arms related effects. Remember, monsters that have become Equip Cards are Equip Spell Cards, making her a “Noble Arms” Equip Spell Card. Also keep in mind that a frequent Noble Knight ability is to change Attributes when equipped. When that happens, Gwenhwyfar will apply her effect for that Knight’s current Attribute, not the original Attribute. So Borz and Medraut would get her DARK effect.

I’m quite confident in saying that Gwenhwyfar, Queen of Noble Arms is not the Noble Arms card you were expecting. But once you’ve seen what she can do for your Noble Knight Deck, you’ll never want to let her go. She’s easily my personal favorite card in Legacy of the Valiant, and I can’t wait to see how she impacts Noble Knight Decks, starting at the Legacy of the Valiant Sneak Peeks on January 18th and 19th!

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