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Noble Knight Eachtar

May 22nd, 2014

When we talked about the new Noble Knight Brothers World Premiere during previews, we discussed how it solves some of the fundamental challenges facing Noble Knights.  One of my favorite points was how it makes Ignoble Knight of Black Laundsallyn so much more useful, giving you an easy way to Summon it from your hand.  We focused largely on Black Laundsallyn’s ability: you can Special Summon it without Tribute thanks to Noble Knight Brothers, then Tribute Black Laundsallyn for its effect, searching out a “Noble Arms” card.

Since the release of Primal Origin, you might have seen another new Noble Knight that also has some great interactions with Ignoble Knight of Black Laundsallyn – and any of your Knights that can become Level 5!

Just like Black Laundsallyn, you can Tribute Summon Noble Knight Eachtar like a regular Level 5 monster.  But you can also banish two Noble Knights from your Graveyard to Special Summon Eachtar from your hand, or your Graveyard!  It’s sort of like a Dragon Ruler but for Noble Knights.  With 1600 ATK Eachtar won’t do a ton of damage without a “Noble Arms” card, but you can overlay it with Black Laundsallyn to make a Rank 5… or a boosted Noble Knight Medraut or Noble Knight Borz.  Those Noble Knights transform from Level 4 to Level 5 when they’re equipped with a “Noble Arms” card.

In the past, equipping Medraut or Borz with a Noble Arms and then dropping another Level 5 for an Xyz Summon was tough, because it took so many cards to do it: if you were running Black Laundsallyn you’d have to find a way to get it into play, then commit Borz or Medraut plus a Noble Arms.  All for one Rank 5?  That’s a tall order, especially since your opponent could flip one Trap Card and cost you everything.

Noble Knight Eachtar makes things easier in two big ways.  First, since you can Special Summon it from your Graveyard without using cards from your hand, it’s basically free.  Suddenly you don’t mind Summoning Borz, grabbing a Noble Arms from your Deck, and then equipping Borz for a Rank 5 Xyz because you’re not losing cards in the long run: you’re just trading Borz for your Xyz Monster.

And Trap Cards?  They’re not a problem when you’re Xyz Summoning with Eachtar!  It’s got another effect that reads, ‘A Synchro or Xyz Summon of a “Noble Knight” monster using this card as a Material cannot be negated, also your opponent cannot activate cards or effects when that monster is Special Summoned.’  That means cards like these can’t touch your Xyz Monster:

Your opponent won’t be able to negate the Summon or do anything in response to its effect to equip itself either, as that falls within the timing of “when that monster is Special Summoned”. Unless your opponent opts to preempt the Xyz Summon, which isn’t always the best move because it usually leaves at least one equipped Noble Knight on the board, you’ll get to gear up your Artorigus to ensure that cards aren’t useful against it before any opposing cards can even be played.

If you draw Noble Knight Eachtar it’s easy to play from your hand, especially if you’re playing Noble Knight Brothers as well – the Brothers create plays that get Noble Knights from your hand and Extra Deck onto the field, which ultimately fuel your Graveyard.  Eachtar’s searchable in all sorts of ways, too: you don’t have to sit around waiting to draw it.

If you make a successful attack with Ignoble Knight of High Laundsallyn, you could search Noble Knight Eachtar with High Laundsallyn’s ability.  But better yet, you can just put Eachtar straight in the graveyard with cards like Kuribandit or Foolish Burial.  Both are great here because you have a wealth of stuff you like seeing in the Graveyard:

These three monsters all have recursive effects that let you play them from the Graveyard for free, and a card like Foolish Burial will let you pick the one you want to see.  Kuribandit’s a viable choice as well, since the “Artorigus” Xyz Monsters can bring back any “Noble Arms” spells Kuribandit sends to the Graveyard.  Extra Noble Knights you hit with Kuribandit just become banish fodder for Noble Knight Eachtar’s Special Summon.  Not all Noble Knight Duelists have played Foolish Burial over the past few months, but with yet another reason to run it, Foolish seems like a no-brainer.

Even if you’re not looking to make an Xyz Summon with Eachtar, its 2000 DEF makes it a solid wall, and you can equip it with Gwenhwyfar, Queen of Noble Arms from your Graveyard without playing any cards from your hand.  Those two cards are awesome together because you’ll field both of them for free, and since Eachtar’s a DARK monster it gets Gwenhwyfar’s destruction effect: when it battles an opposing monster you can destroy that monster at the start of the Damage Step, then destroy Gwenhwyfar. The fact that Gwen destroys the enemy monster and then herself is a big deal because it prevents your opponent from activating any of the effects of these cards…

All three of these monsters have “When… you can…” optional trigger effects that can activate when they (or a Bujin Beast-Warrior in the case of Mikazuchi) are destroyed. If a different card is destroyed after they are but before a Chain ends, those effects can’t activate.

Gwenhwyfar can only win you one battle per turn, but if your opponent has two attackers and manages to take down Eachtar… who cares?!  You can just revive it next turn, pop out Gwenhwyfar again, and go to town on whatever destroyed Eachtar.  It’s a vicious little combo that’s really easy to set up, and it helps you grind down your opponent.

While Noble Knight Brothers helped solve numerous challenges facing the Noble Knight Deck, Noble Knight Eachtar is more about expanding the scope of cards you’re already playing.  It helps you get more use out of stuff like Foolish Burial, Ignoble Knight of Black Laundsallyn, and Gwenhwyfar, Queen of Noble Arms, creating new plays and broadening your range of options.  It’s a stellar new addition to the strategy and Primal Origin launched last Friday, so you can check it out right now!