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The Shaddoll Empire Expands!

October 31st, 2014

The New Challengers is fast approaching, and there are 2 “new challengers” competing for a spot in your Shaddoll Extra Deck – El Shaddoll Grysta and El Shaddoll Shekhinaga! This Shaddoll duo will make the Duel a nightmare for your opponent, shutting down your opponent’s Special Summons and the effects of their monsters.

El Shaddoll Grysta
has a reasonable 2450 ATK and 1950 DEF, and you can Fusion Summon it by using any Shaddoll monster plus any FIRE monster. Its effect is a real burner: once per turn, during either player’s turn, you can negate your opponent’s Special Summon of a monster and destroy it, then send a Shaddoll card from your hand to the Graveyard. This ability is similar to El Shaddoll Winda in that in restricts the ability to Special Summon, but unlike Winda, it’s truly one-sided and can’t simply be run down by a big enough Special Summon. Note that it also works against Pendulum Summons, something that Winda does not, and that is a very important thing to be able to respond to once Qliphorts hit the scene. And the icing on the cake is that it’ll trigger the effects of your Shaddoll monsters being sent to the Graveyard!

Just like the 2 previous Shaddoll Fusion Monsters, if Grysta (or El Shaddoll Shekhinaga) is sent to the Graveyard, you can grab a Shaddoll Spell/Trap card from your Graveyard to your hand, giving you the ability to easily Fusion Summon again!You’ll need a FIRE monster to Fusion Summon Grysta, and there are a couple of good options aside from Shaddoll Core. Lavalval Chain allows you to send monsters to the Graveyard (triggering your Shaddolls!) and stack monsters on top of your Deck. If you want to Summon multiple copies of Grysta in the Duel, you can even try Volcanic Shell, which will allow you to grab more Shells to fuse with in the future! For an interesting Fusion Material option out of your Side Deck, you might want to try Fire Hand along with Ice Hand. There’s no WATER El Shaddoll yet, but the Hands have continued to prove effective even after the Duelist Alliance takeover.

One rules note before we move on: This effect negates Special Summons that don’t occur as a result of a Chain or effect resolving, just like Thunder King Rai-Oh or Black Horn of Heaven. So you can use it against Xyz, Synchro, and Pendulum Summons, along with the Special Summon of monsters like Cyber Dragon, but not against a Fusion Summon that occurs during the resolution of Polymerization, etc.

El Shaddoll Shekhinaga
requires any Shaddoll monster plus any EARTH monster to Fusion Summon it. Shekhinaga has 2600 ATK and a massive 3000 DEF, which means your opponent will either need a huge monster, or a card effect to remove it. But if your opponent uses the effect of a Special Summoned monster, you can turn the tables on them! During either player’s turn, you can negate the activation of a Special Summoned monster’s effect, destroy the monster, then send a Shaddoll card from your hand to the Graveyard! Just like El Shaddoll Grysta, it gives you the ability to practically dictate your opponent’s moves and prevent them from activating their monster effects. If your opponent isn’t Summoning monsters or using their effects, that’ll put you in a great position to take over the Duel!

Other than Shaddoll Core, you can use Mathematician or Glow-Up Bulb as your EARTH monster. Mathematician is already a popular choice to use in Shaddoll Decks, as it allows you to get your Shaddoll effects going as early as the first turn. Now, you can use it for a Fusion Summon after sending a monster to the Graveyard!

El Shaddoll Grysta and El Shaddoll Shekhinaga give you the ability to prevent your opponent from making plays, while advancing your own plans by sending your Shaddoll monsters to the Graveyard. With great offensive and defensive power, these new Shaddoll Fusion Monsters will be an important part of any Shaddoll Deck! Join us later on, where we’ll talk about an amazing new way to Fusion Summon your Shaddoll monsters – even on your opponent’s turn! The New Challengers Sneak Peeks are happening this weekend, and The New Challengers launches on November 7th.