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Using Dress for Success

June 21st, 2014

Forbidden Dress has long been shrugged off as an inferior Forbidden Lance. That’s a mistake, and today we’re going to talk about what sets Forbidden Dress apart from its popular cousin, and why you should be considering it for your own Deck.

On the surface, Forbidden Dress does appear quite similar to Lance. It’s a fair comparison, but when you think about the ramifications of those little details, you begin to really see what advantages Dress can have.

Both cards are fully capable of counteracting destruction Spell and Trap Cards like Dark Hole and Bottomless Trap Hole. Both cards can be used to turn the tide of a battle with their ATK drops.

And that’s where the similarities end.

Where Forbidden Dress really sets itself apart is the way it protects against monster effects as well. Be it Artifact Moralltach, Brotherhood of the Fire Fist – Bear, or Fire Hand, you can use Forbidden Dress to keep your monster around. Even field clearing effects such as Evilswarm Exciton Knight will not destroy your monster.

While we’ve got Fire Hand in mind, let’s talk about that for a moment. The duo of Fire Hand and Ice Hand are worded in such a way that they must destroy their targeted card in order to bring forth a new Hand. Forbidden Dress is one of the easiest ways to leave Fire Hand doing nothing when you destroy it!

Since Forbidden Dress protects against destruction and targeting, you’re safe against even more threats you may not have even realized! Say you Special Summoned a powerful monster like Dark Paladin. You put all that effort out, and all of a sudden you’re staring down Number 101: Silent Honor ARK. You’ll have to flip it straight away, but it’s a good thing Forbidden Dress keeps your foe from targeting Dark Paladin!

Why do you have to flip it right away? It’s because Forbidden Dress prevents your monster from being targeted, but it can’t undo something that has already targeted your monster before Dress resolved. Basically, that means you have to play Dress before your monster has been selected by a targeting card. If you wait, it’ll be too late. As for the destruction prevention, you’re safe from anything that happens after Dress has resolved, including anything that you’ve Chained Dress to. Try to view these two facets of Forbidden Dress separately, if it helps to remember how it works.

One of the most notable things about Forbidden Dress is what it doesn’t do, which Forbidden Lance does. Since Lance makes the monster entirely unaffected for the turn, any Deck that seeks to power up its own monsters will be lacking that boost for the turn. If you’re using a Field Spell or a bunch of “Noble Arms” Equip Spells for example, you’ll be missing out on all that ATK due to Lance. Fire Fists are another good example of this, with all of their Fire Formations giving their weak monsters some muscle.

All in all, Forbidden Dress is a very different card than Forbidden Lance, with a different pool of cards it can check. Give it a try, and see the difference yourself!