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Drawing the Pharaoh’s Ire

April 17th, 2014

In the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series, the Pharaoh is always cool, calm, and collected. He begins each challenge with total confidence, and strategizes during every Duel. He thinks rationally, and never lets emotion get in his way.

Well, almost never.

After losing little Yugi’s soul to The Seal of Orichalcos in a Duel against Rafael, the Pharaoh was distressed. And when you’re Dueling against a distressed pharaoh, it’s never a good idea to provoke his fury. Weevil Underwood learned this the hard way in one of the most memorable scenes from my childhood.

While Dueling against the Pharaoh, Weevil thought it would be fun to torment the Pharaoh about the loss of little Yugi’s soul. He told the Pharaoh that Yugi’s soul was trapped in a card that he was holding, and ripped up the card right in front of him. The Pharaoh thought he’d never see his partner again.

The card Weevil ripped up turned out to be nothing more than a weak Gokibore card, but learning that did not subdue the Pharaoh’s rage. He swore he’d make Weevil pay for his trick, and minutes later, he did.

Anyone who watched that episode of the animated Yu-Gi-Oh! series would remember exactly which card the Pharaoh used to deliver Weevil one of the most brutal losses ever experienced by any character in the animated Yu-Gi-Oh! series. Yugi used the Berserker Soul Spell Card to let his Breaker the Magical Warrior slash Weevil over and over again. In fact, Yugi attacked Weevil with Breaker the Magical Warrior three more times after Weevil’s Life Points had already been reduced to 0 by Breaker’s previous attacks. It wasn’t until Yugi’s friend Téa stepped in that Yugi finally stopped attacking Weevil.

Have you ever wanted to damage your opponent over and over again, just like Yugi did to Weevil? Do you want to drop your opponent’s Life Points to 0, and then keep dealing more damage? Soon you can, because Berserker Soul will be available in Dragons of Legend!

Yugi discarded his hand to activate Berserker Soul when his Breaker the Magical Warrior with 1500 ATK attacked Weevil directly. You can activate Berserker Soul by discarding your hand when you successfully attack directly with any monster that has 1500 ATK or less. That’s when the real fun begins.

After activating Berserker Soul, you get to excavate the top card of your Deck by revealing it to both players. If it’s a Monster Card, you send it to the Graveyard and inflict 500 points of damage to your opponent. Then, you get to do it again. Excavate the next card on top of your Deck, and if that’s a Monster Card, send it to the Graveyard to deal another 500 points of damage to your opponent. You can keep excavating cards from your Deck until you excavate a total of 8 cards (for a total of 4000 points of damage!), or until you excavate a card that isn’t a Monster Card.

A Duel can’t end during the resolution of a card’s effect, so even after your opponent’s Life Points drop to 0 from the effect of Berserker Soul, you still excavate cards from the top of your Deck until you excavate a total of 8 monsters, or until you excavate a card that isn’t a Monster Card. That means you can “attack” your opponent over and over again using Berserker Soul, even after your opponent’s Life Points drop to 0, just like Yugi did against Weevil!

In addition to being one of the coolest cards in the animated Yu-Gi-Oh! series, Berserker Soul has a powerful effect in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. Decks packed with lots of monsters, like Decks utilizing Gallis the Star Beast, can deal lots of damage with Berserker Soul since they have the highest chance of excavating monsters. Sylvan Decks can also make great use of Berserker Soul, since they get bonus effects when they excavate monsters like Sylvan Komushroomo, Sylvan Peaskeeper, and Sylvan Bladefender with Berserker Soul’s effect.

Berserker Soul is also strong when used in Decks that benefit from sending cards from the Deck to the Graveyard, like Lightsworn and Chaos Dragon Decks. Not only can Berserker Soul do lots of damage in these monster-heavy Decks, but it also creates the opportunity to send monsters like Necro Gardna, Plagespreader Zombie, and Lightpulsar Dragon to your Graveyard, where you can best put them to use without any chance of losing a valuable Spell or Trap.

It’s also easy to activate Berserker Soul in all of these Decks. Many of the monsters usually used in them have 1500 ATK or less. These monsters include Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner; Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter; Honest; Sylvan Peaskeeper; Sylvan Komushroomo; and Sylvan Marshalleaf. All of these monsters can attack directly to prompt the activation of Berserker Soul.

Berserker Soul is one of my favorite cards from my childhood, and I’m excited to finally see it introduced to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. You can get your own copy of Berserker Soul when Dragons of Legend releases on April 25th!

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