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What’s the Basic Lightsworn Strategy?

June 25th, 2014

The Realm of Light Structure Deck launches Friday, bringing with it the first new Lightsworn cards in years! Lightsworn Decks have been popular even since the first Lightsworn monsters were released in 2008, but a few years back a shift in strategic thinking shelved the Deck itself. Though the Deck itself stopped appearing, many of its best cards were still used to support other strategies. The main Lightsworn strategy hasn’t really changed since then, but with the new cards in Realm of Light, it could be poised for a comeback.SDLI-1001

Lightsworn Decks aim to send cards from the top of the Deck to the Graveyard, and then benefit from sending them there. Almost all Lightsworn monsters can send cards from the top of the Deck to the Graveyard. Many of them also give Lightsworn Duelists an edge when they’re in the Graveyard. Look at two of the most popular Lightsworn monsters, for example: Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner and Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress.

Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner and Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress each send 3 cards from the top of the Deck to the Graveyard during the End Phase of your turn. Lumina also lets you discard a card to Special Summon a Lightsworn monster from your Graveyard (including any Lightsworn monster that you previously sent from the Deck to the Graveyard with one of your card effects), and Lyla has an effect that lets you destroy an opponent’s Spell or Trap Card by switching her into Defense Position.

You can Special Summon Lyla from your Graveyard with Lumina’s effect, or revive a monster that Lyla sent from your Deck to your Graveyard by using Lumina’s effect. There are tons of synergies among all of the Lightsworn cards.

Some cards, like Wulf, Lightsworn Beast and Necro Gardna have effects that you can take advantage of shortly after they’re sent to the Graveyard. When Wulf is sent from your Deck to your Graveyard, you can Special Summon it to the field. While Necro Gardna is in your Graveyard, no matter how or when it was sent there, you can banish it to negate an opponent’s attack. Cards with effects that can activate after they’re sent from the Deck to the Graveyard, like the effects of Wulf, Necro Gardna, Plaguespreader Zombie, Blackwing – Zephyros the Elite, and Rainbow Kuriboh,are often played in Decks that rely heavily upon the Lightsworn strategy.

Dedicated Lightsworn Decks frequently send lots of different Lightsworn monsters to the Graveyard so that they can Summon their biggest boss monster – Judgment Dragon! Judgment Dragon is a Level 8 monsters with 3000 ATK. You can only Special Summon Judgment Dragon from your hand when you have at least 4 different Lightsworn monsters in your Graveyard. In addition to its brute attack strength, Judgment Dragon lets you pay 1000 Life Points to destroy all other cards on the field, and Judgment Dragon sends the top four cards from your Deck to your Graveyard during your End Phase to help support your core Lightsworn strategy.

On June 27th, old Lightsworn favorites, as well as brand new Lightsworn monsters, will be available in the Realm of Light Structure Deck. These cards will make it easier than ever before to build a Lightsworn Deck of your own, and will bolster some of the most tried-and-true Lightsworn strategies. We’ve already taken a look at Lightsworn Sanctuary– one of four new cards in the Realm of Light Structure Deck – here on the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Strategy Site. We’ll take a look at the last three later this week!

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