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XYZ: The Other Way to Stack Up Level 4 Monsters

October 19th, 2016

Kaiba has always been of the opinion that anything Yugi can do, he can do better. Thus, it’s no surprise that he has his own equivalent of Yugi’s Magnet Warriors: X-Head Cannon, Y-Dragon Head, and Z-Metal Tank. Any 2 of them could combine to form a new monster, but if all 3 gathered together they could combine into XYZ-Dragon Cannon! You can just imagine the confusion this wound up causing during the debut of Xyz Monsters. Structure Deck – Seto Kaiba revamps this strategy for the modern era with some letters that don’t appear as a major Extra Deck card type: A, B, and C!

A-Assault Core
, B-Buster Drake, and C-Crush Wyvern are all LIGHT Machine-Type Union monsters. If you’re unfamiliar with Union monsters, they’re a kind of card that can change back and forth between being a monster on the field and being an Equip Spell equipped to a monster. The Union is played as an Ignition Effect, and you can only use it once per turn for each card with the ability. Generally, when a Union monster is equipped to another monster it grants some kind of ability and if the monster it’s equipped to would be destroyed you can destroy the Equip Spell instead. The new Union monsters in this Structure Deck all equip to other LIGHT Machine-Type monsters.

A, B, and C, in addition to the destruction substitution effect, can also grant the monster they equip to immunity from the effects of a specific card type and do something when they’re sent from the field to the Graveyard. A-Assault Core protects the equipped monster from enemy monster effects and adds a different Union monster back from your Graveyard to your hand when it’s sent from the field to the Graveyard. B-Buster Drake protects against Spells and adds a Union monster from your Deck to your hand, and C-Crush Wyvern protects against Traps and lets you Special Summon 1 Union monster from your hand.

When you have all 3 on the field, in the Graveyard, or any combination of the two, you can banish them all to Special Summon ABC-Dragon Buster from your Extra Deck. It’s a 3000 ATK powerhouse that lets you discard a card during either player’s turn to banish any card on the field. If that weren’t enough, it can be Tributed during your opponent’s turn to split it back up into its component parts so that you can wall up against your opponent’s attacks and claim the effects of A, B, and C again!

The tricky part is being able to get all 3 pieces of the Dragon Buster together in the first place. Union Hanger is a Field Spell that lets you get 2 out of the 3 pieces all on its own. When you activate Union Hangar you get to add a LIGHT Machine-Type Union monster from your Deck to your hand. Then, once per turn if you Normal or Special Summon a LIGHT Machine-Type Union monster you can equip a different LIGHT Machine-Type Union monster from your Deck to the monster you Summoned. That’s two of the cards you need right there, so if you draw any of the pieces, Union Hangar gets you the other two.

One of the big risks with ABC-Dragon Buster is that if it gets eaten by a Kaiju you’re stuck with a monster that’s way weaker than the one you lost and you don’t get your banished monsters back. Union Scramble can help you to recover from that, or just let you field 3 more monsters to go with a Dragon Buster. It’s a very similar effect to Return from the Different Dimension in that it lets you Summon a lot of banished monsters, however in this case it can’t be more than 3 and they have to be LIGHT Machine-Type Normal or Union monsters.

These new Union monsters don’t work quite as well with X-Head Cannon, Y-Dragon Head, and Z-Metal Tank as the new Electromagnet Warriors do with the original Magnet Warriors, but if you manage to Summon both ABC-Dragon Buster and XYZ-Dragon Cannon at the same time, you can banish them both to Summon A-To-Z Dragon Buster Cannon, a 4000 ATK and DEF behemoth that lets you discard a card to negate any Spell/Trap Card or monster effect your opponent activates. There’s no limit to how many times you can do it, so as long as you have cards in your hand you can keep on negating! You can even split A-to-Z back up into its component parts if you want to mitigate risk during your opponent’s turn.

Structure Deck – Seto Kaiba launches this Friday, October 21st!