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More Extra Deck Monsters Anyone Can Use!

March 17th, 2016

Building your Extra Deck’s no joke: lots of strategies may run very different cards in the Main Deck, but a lot of Decks share the same Xyz and Synchros.  If you don’t have the right Extra Deck cards it might be tough to build the Decks you want to play.

The good news?  You’ll find a ton of powerful Xyz and Synchros in Premium Gold: Infinite Gold, including these three tournament-winning powerhouses:  Abyss Dweller, Black Rose Dragon, and Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer are all back as Gold Rares!

Abyss Dweller’s
one of the most important Rank 4’s of all time, shutting down any effect that activates in the graveyard.  Over the years we’ve seen it played to stop legendary Decks like Dragon Rulers and Nekroz, but these days it’s awesome against Kozmo, Monarchs, and Burning Abyss.

In the Kozmo match-up you can keep your opponent from replacing monsters like Kozmo Dark Destroyer and Kozmo Forerunner when you destroy them, making it much easier to attack.  Against Burning Abyss you can stop your opponent from triggering the abilities of everything from Scarm, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss and Farfa, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss, all the way up to Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss’ ability that would retrieve cards from the Graveyard.

Monarchs can’t recycle The Prime Monarch or Super Quantum Blue Layer under Abyss Dweller, nor can they retrieve monsters with Erebus the Underworld Monarch.  You’ll keep them from claiming Graveyard effects like Edea the Heavenly Squire and Eidos the Underworld Squire too, and they can’t search anything with Pantheism of the Monarchs.

Phantom Knights and Atlanteans struggle with Abyss Dweller too, making it a top pick for almost every Deck you’d expected to see in a tournament.  It’s great in Atlanteans as well, where you can use WATER monsters as Xyz Materials to boost its ATK; Dweller gains 500 Attack Points whenever it has a WATER monster as Xyz Material.

Next up, Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer offers a totally different kind of problem solving.  Detach one Xyz Material and you can shift a face-up monster to face-down Defense Position.  That shuts off monster effects, turn big attackers defense mode, and lets you reuse your own Flip Effects.  Detach two Materials and you can target a face-up card and shuffle it back into its owner’s deck.

Returning a card to the Deck is amazing if that card would trigger its effect when destroyed.  Cards like Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss; The Phantom Knights of Break Sword; and Kozmo Sliprider all come to mind.  But since Castel can also bump away face-up Spells and Traps, it’s a great answer to Continuous Spell and Trap Cards that keep you from making key moves.  Anti-Spell Fragrance, Imperial Iron Wall, and Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror are just three examples.

Castle can also just help you push damage through a bigger monster.  With 2000 ATK there’s no attack restriction on its abilities, so you can blow away a monster like Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer or Ehther the Heavenly Monarch and then swing with everything you’ve got for a game-winning push.

Akiza’s Black Rose Dragon has been one of the most recognizable Synchros for over seven years.  When you Synchro Summon it you can activate Black Rose’s effect to destroy all cards on the field.  Or you can skip that and banish a Plant-Type monster from your Graveyard, target a Defense Position monster, change it to face-up attack, and drop its ATK to 0.

Since most Decks don’t run Plant monsters right now, Black Rose Dragon’s usually played for its field-wipe ability, demolishing monsters, Spells, Traps, and Pendulum Scales alike.  Clocking in at Level 7 it’s really easy to Summon with Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit.  It’s a Level 3 Tuner that lots of Duelists play just for its effect, but Tuning it to any Level 4 can unleash Black Rose Dragon and devastate the Duel.

That tactic’s even easier if you’re playing Emergency Teleport; since Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit’s a Level 3 Psychic-Type monster, you can Special Summon it from your hand or Deck whenever you want to Black Rose your opponent.  That’s good news for Kozmos, Monarchs, and Phantom Knights since they can all play Teleport.

If you haven’t managed to add any of these monsters to your Extra Deck yet, Premium Gold: Infinite Gold is your chance to grab them in glorious Gold Rare foil.  Nab yours when Infinite Gold hits stores tomorrow!