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Number 103: Ragnazero

May 19th, 2014

Since the release of Number 101: Silent Honor ARK and Evilswarm Exciton Knight in Legacy of the Valiant, Decks that focused on Summoning Rank 4 monsters have seen a surge in competitive play. All sorts of Decks, including Harpies, Gadgets, Gladiator Beasts, Blackwings, Geargias, Evilswarms, Fire Fists, Bujins, Wind-Ups, Madolches and more are packed with Level 4 monsters that can be combined to Xyz Summon Rank 4 powerhouses. The release of Number 103: Ragnazero in Primal Origin has given all of these themes one more spectacular addition to the Extra Deck!

Number 103: Ragnazero
is a Rank 4 monster that can be Xyz Summoned by combining any 2 Level 4 monsters. Although it boasts an impressive 2400 ATK, Ragnazero’s effect is what makes it shine on the competitive scene. Once per turn, during either player’s turn, you can detach an Xyz Material from Ragnazero to destroy an opponent’s face-up Attack Position monster whose ATK is different from its original ATK. If you do, you also get to draw a card.

Lots of popular Decks are extremely vulnerable to Ragnazero’s effect. Harpie Decks using Harpies’ Hunting Ground, Gravekeeper’s Decks using Necrovalley, and Scrap Decks using Scrap Factory all include Field Spell Cards that increase the ATK of monsters. While any of these Field Spell Cards are active, you can use Ragnazero’s effect to destroy any of your opponent’s monsters that benefits from the stat boost.

Furthermore, opponents using Fire Formation Spell Cards (including Fire Formation – Tenki) generally give modest ATK boosts to all of their monsters with the Continuous Effects of their Fire Formations. That makes just about every monster your opponent Summons vulnerable to the effect of Number 103: Ragnazero while a Fire Formation is on his or her field. Fire Fist Decks and Bujin Decks, which are notorious for their reliance on the effects of Fire Formations like Fire Formation – Tenki, are particularly vulnerable to Ragnazero.

Lots of Decks increase the ATK of their own monsters. That’s why Overworked – a Trap Card that destroys all monsters with ATK higher than their original ATK – has recently been a popular card on the competitive tournament scene. But even if your opponent isn’t using a Deck that increases the ATK of his or her own monsters, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to take advantage of Ragnazero’s effect. Lots of powerful cards, including Ghost of a Grudge, Forbidden Lance and Chalice, and Blackwing – Gale the Whirlwind, let you change the ATK of your opponent’s monsters. Use one of these cards to modify an opponent’s monster’s ATK, and it’ll become vulnerable to Number 103: Ragnazero.

Ragnazero’s ability to destroy an opponent’s monster and draw a card once per turn is incredible. We’ve already seen it in YCS play this past weekend, so expect to see Number 103: Ragnazero a whole lot more now that Primal Origin is available!