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Prepare for Peredur

January 8th, 2014

Noble Knight Peredur’s been one of the most hotly-anticipated cards from Legacy of the Valiant ever since its artwork appeared in the Noble Knight Showcase! Heck, it’s been hotly anticipated since before it even had a name attached to it!  Since it’s a World Premiere card, Duelists have been guessing at its effect for months; it’s never been printed anywhere else before, so it’s been a total mystery.  Until now.

Today we get to unveil the latest Noble Knight taking a seat at Artorigus’ round table!  Noble Knight Peredur’s a perfect partner for Legacy of the Valiant’s Gwenhwyfar, Queen of Noble Arms

GrailTeamIsGOWhile equipped with a “Noble Arms” Equip Spell Card, this card becomes DARK and its Level is increased by 1. When this card is sent to the Graveyard while equipped with a “Noble Arms” Equip Spell Card: Target 1 “Noble Arms” card in your Graveyard; add that target to your hand.

With 1900 ATK, Noble Knight Peredur matches the raw power of Noble Knight Gawayn.  Unlike Gawayn, Peredur can turn to the dark side like Noble Knight Medraut and Noble Knight Borz: when it’s equipped with a “Noble Arms” Spell Card it becomes DARK and goes from Level 4 to Level 5.

While Borz was all about digging Noble Arms out of your Deck in the early game, Noble Knight Peredur’s geared towards the mid-game and late game: when Peredur’s sent the Graveyard while it’s equipped with a Noble Arms, you can target a “Noble Arms” card in your Graveyard and add it to your hand.

On the surface Peredur does two things.  First, it lets you trade a fallen Noble Arms for one you need more.  It’s awesome for reusing Noble Arms – Excaliburn to lock out your opponent’s targeting effects, and it’s nice to be able to switch out Noble Arms – Caliburn for the stronger Noble Arms – Gallatin.  It’s really nice to grab back Noble Arms – Arfeudutyr when you need it, too.

But at the same time, Peredur also just removes the basic risk associated with plunking down a monster and giving it an Equip Spell.  If you want to strap Peredur with Noble Arms – Gallatin and send it screaming into a wall of face-downs for 2900 damage, go for it.  If your opponent hits Peredur with Mirror Force, Brotherhood of the Fire Fist – Bear, Atlantean Heavy Infantry, or Gravekeeper’s Descendant you’re just going to take back your Gallatin for free (or grab anything else you need).

Jerome’s article on Gwenhwyfar, Queen of Noble Arms talked about R&D’s goal of creating new, viable plans of attack for Noble Knights; stuff you can do when you don’t hit that early game Sacred Artorigus play.  A risk-free beater with 2900 ATK is a big threat that fills a lot of gaps in your gameplan.

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But those two basic tricks are just the beginning.  Peredur’s real value shines through when you pair it with the new Gwenhwyfar, Queen of Noble Arms.  Normal Summon Peredur, equip it with Gwenhwyfar from your Graveyard, and it’ll become a DARK Level 5 with 2200 ATK and an effect that will immediately destroy any monster it battles with.  It’s almost impossible to best Peredur in combat as long as it’s equipped with Gwenhwyfar; her effect can destroy any monster Peredur faces down, short of something like Armades, Keeper of Boundaries or Star Eater.

Most opponents will have to deal with your Gwenhwyfar and Peredur team-up by destroying Peredur with an effect, and when they do that, Gwenhwyfar counts for Peredur’s ability.  That means you get to trade the Gwenhwyfar you equipped for free, for any Noble Arms you want to take back.  Your opponent trades their destruction effect against Peredur and you get a free card in the trade.  Across the long term, little moves like that win Duels.

Noble Knight Peredur’s a cool addition to the Noble Knight strategy because it helps feed your central combos, but it also stands so well on its own.  No other Noble Knight encourages you to just slap a Noble Arms on it and go to town, because usually losing a Noble Arms costs you combos later on.  Peredur’s all about simple aggression, and once you add Gwenhwyfar, Queen of Noble Arms into the picture it gets a sweet destruction trick and allows even smarter card economy.  It’s a welcome addition to the ranks of the Noble Knights that you’ll only find in Legacy of the Valiant!