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Return of the Bling – Belle of the Ball

March 26th, 2015

We’ve mentioned this before, but Premium Gold: Return of the Bling has a subtheme of cards that interact with the Graveyard. We’ve shown you Absolute King Back Jack and Peropero Cerperus already, but today we’ll be discussing a new Zombie duo that’ll allow you to make some simple, powerful Xyz Summons!

Tristan

First up, Tristan, Knight of the Underworld! This 1800 ATK Zombie will allow you to add a Zombie with 0 DEF from your Graveyard to your hand when you Normal Summon it. This gives you easy access to Zombie Master, Endless Decay, Uni-Zombie and Ghost Charon, the Underworld Boatman whenever you need it. Tristan also gains 300 ATK whenever you control another Zombie, making him 2100 ATK – not bad for a Normal Summoned monster. One handy way to use Tristan is to add a copy of itself from the Graveyard to your hand! This gives you a way to constantly keep a monster on the field, protecting your Life Points and stalling turns until you can get back into the game. Since Zombie Decks are often focused on Special Summoning, using your Normal Summon to grab an important monster back can be a big help. On top of these monsters, you can also add today’s other card – Isolde, Belle of the Underworld!

Isolde

Isolde, Belle of the Underworld is a Zombie with 1000 ATK and 0 DEF, so you can grab it back with Tristan, Knight of the Underworld. You’ll want to do this a lot, too, since the only way you can Special Summon Isolde is if you control Tristan! Isolde can be Normal Summoned, though, and her other effect will definitely be relevant whether you Normal or Special Summon her. While Isolde is on the field, you can change the Levels of 2 target Zombies to 5, 6, 7, or 8 until the end of the turn. You’ll only be able to Special Summon Zombie-type monsters after you use the effect, so you’ll want to pick a number that allows you to Xyz Summon a Zombie-type Xyz Monster. Right now, you can Xyz Summon the following monsters:

  • Rank 5: Crimson Knight Vampire Bram
  • Rank 6: Pilgrim Reaper
  • Rank 8: Number 22: Zombiestein

So it’s easy to see the combo here: Normal Summon Tristan, Knight of the Underworld, and then add and Special Summon Isolde, Belle of the Underworld. From there you can Xyz Summon. You can do this in much different ways when you factor in the other Zombie cards too. Goblin Zombie can search for both of these monsters, and Uni-Zombie can send Isolde straight to the Graveyard while also setting up a Level 8 Synchro Summon or Rank 4 Xyz Summon! Recurring Nightmare can add a combination of 0 DEF Zombies to your hand, giving you even more uses of Tristan and Isolde. Remember that you don’t even have to use Isolde’s Level-changing effect – you can opt for an easy Rank 4 Xyz Summon, as there are tons of options available to you at that Rank.

Tristan, Knight of the Underworld and Isolde, Belle of the Underworld breathe new life (or un-life?) into the Zombie strategy. With easy Xyz Summoning capabilities along with one of the coolest Zombie recursion cards in a long time, this duo will definitely help to bring Zombies back into the spotlight!