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Strike from the Shadows!

April 16th, 2014

Today’s Dragons of Legend card comes from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, and it is one of my favorite DRLG cards yet! With Shadow Impulse, you can replace a fallen Synchro Monster with a different one straight from your Extra Deck, no additional Synchro Materials required!


In the final Duel of the WRGP, after Crow fell to the might of Meklord Emperor Granel, Yusei stepped in and used Shadow Impulse when Black-Winged Dragon was destroyed, replacing it with his own Stardust Dragon. From there, he was able to Summon Shooting Star Dragon and begin the epic comeback! You can make that same move, and even more, so long as your fallen Synchro Monster and the new one you want to Summon are the same Level and Type. The destroyed Synchro Monster doesn’t even have to be destroyed by any particular method – it can be by battle, or a card effect of either player!

There are a ton of great Synchro pairings possible with Shadow Impulse. Since Shadow Impulse doesn’t perform an actual Synchro Summon, you have a lot more options available than usual – you don’t have to worry about any Synchro Material restrictions! Just remember that you can’t Special Summon a Synchro Monster from the Graveyard if it was not properly Synchro Summoned first.

For example, something as simple as Junk Warrior can suddenly become anything from T.G. Power Gladiator to Legendary Six Samurai – Shi En! A stranded T.G. Hyper Librarian can become T.G. Wonder Magician, and as a Synchro Tuner Monster, it can combine with another monster to create an even bigger Synchro Monster later or give you an extra draw if it’s destroyed too.

There’s a vast range of applications for this kind of powerful effect. Just think back to all the Synchro Monsters over the years. All the ones who were really cool, but you couldn’t use in most Decks because of their Summoning requirements. There’s a good chance that Shadow Impulse can bring those monsters to the field!

Armades, Keeper of Boundaries is a great starting point. Thanks to its effect, Armades is going to be a big target for your opponent. When they finally manage to take Armades down, spring Shadow Impulse to replace him with the devastating Stygian Sergeants or Frozen Fitzgerald, which packs an effect similar to Armades and more ATK and DEF! Fabled Decks can use all three of those Fiend monsters, along with their own Fabled Ragin to get things started.

Speaking of Fabled, some of the most potent cards you’ll see in a Fabled Deck are The Fabled Kudabbi and The Fabled Unicore. If you’ve played one of them and your opponent has muscled through it, Shadow Impulse will let you bring in the second Fabled Beast in its stead.

Archfiend Zombie-Skull is one of the most powerful Synchro Monsters out there, but it’s rarely seen on the field. It’s often too much trouble to get two non-tuners on the field to match up with Plaguespreader Zombie or Pain Painter. Now, you can play Revived King Ha Des or Doomkaiser Dragon like Zombie Decks are already so good at doing. When they go down, Shadow Impulse will bring in Archfiend Zombie-Skull to take their place!

And of course, we can’t forget about the dragons! There are tons of Dragon-type Synchro Monsters of various Levels, and Shadow Impulse will let you swap between them all. If your Deck can play the usual Orient Dragon or Iron Chain Dragon, then you’ve now got access to Naturia Barkion. Got Ancient Fairy Dragon? Now you’ve also got Gungnir, Dragon of the Ice Barrier!

Finally, the most famous of the Dragon Synchros clock in at Level 8. The ever present monsters like Stardust Dragon and Scrap Dragon are now gateways to Synchro Monsters you never thought you could use! Void Ogre Dragon, Hundred Eyes Dragon, Dark End Dragon, and even the indestructible Beelze of the Diabolic Dragons are all at your command! You can even use Scrap Dragon’s effect on itself to wipe out a card and trigger Shadow Impulse at the same time!

Shadow Impulse is a really cool way to not only replace a fallen monster, but also to gain access to a huge library of cards you may not have been able to play before! Keep your eyes open for it in Dragons of Legend, coming April 25th!

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