Raging Tempest: …But How Does It Taste?
Raging Tempest unleashes some of the biggest monsters of the year, but one of the most anticipated cards in the set is a new Spell Card featuring some of Dueling’s tiniest trouble-makers.
Snyffus? Nettles? Goblin of Greed? That Grass Looks Greener unites a (sm)all-star cast of fan-favorite monsters and packs a stellar effect: if you have more cards in your Deck than your opponent, you send cards from the top of your Deck to the Graveyard until you have the same number of cards in your Deck.
Most Duelists play about 40 cards, the minimum number for a legal Deck. Running as few cards as possible is a great way to see your most important ones as often as possible, and some Duelists will even play Upstart Goblin to try and get an edge.
If you and your opponent both have 40-card Decks, That Grass Looks Greener won’t do much for you. You’d have to wait for your opponent to play a bunch of Deck-searching effects or Pot of Desires to create an imbalance in your card counts, then hope to have Greener at just the right moment to maybe grind away three or four cards.
But the best way to play That Grass Looks Greener is to change the way you approach Deck building entirely: if you run a 60-card Deck and your opponent plays 40, then a single Greener could send 20 or more cards to the Graveyard! It’s amazingly powerful, because there are so many cards that have effects in the Graveyard.
You can Special Summon high-Level Infernoids from the Graveyard by banishing more Infernoids from your Graveyard. Dumping 20 cards loads you up with a ton of Infernoids to Summon, plus a ton of fodder to banish. That strategy is so powerful that you should expect to see Infernoids at your tournaments as soon as Raging Tempest arrives.
Lightsworn are huge with That Grass Looks Greener too: you can Special Summon Wulf, Lightsworn Beast any time it goes from Deck to Graveyard off an effect, so one Greener can put several Wulfs on the field for free. You Special Summon Judgment Dragon by having four or more differently-named Lightsworn in the Graveyard, and Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner can revive Lightsworn monsters with her effect.
Zombies love That Grass Looks Greener. You can banish Mezuki from your Graveyard to Special Summon another Zombie from your Graveyard, making big Synchro Summoning combos with Uni-Zombie. We’ve already seen strategies like those do well thanks to the search power of Shiranui Solitaire, but with Greener helping you dig for combo pieces, those strategies become far more reliable.
Lunalights love That Grass Looks Greener since they can revive the monsters you send to the Graveyard with Luna Light Perfume, and you can banish the Perfume from your Graveyard for a powerful search effect. Greener’s even better with the new “Invoked” monsters from the upcoming Fusion Enforcers booster; they Fusion Summon using Materials from your Graveyard, and their key Fusion Spell has a Graveyard effect that lets you get back Fusion Materials.
Here are some individually excellent cards that get even better with That Grass Looks Greener.
Fairy Tail – Snow has a tremendously powerful Graveyard effect: you can banish 7 other cards from your hand, field, or Graveyard to Special Summon it. And whenever Snow’s Normal or Special Summoned, you can target one of your opponent’s face-up monsters and turn it to face-down Defense Position. It’s like Book of Moon on legs, and it’s practically free with That Grass Looks Greener.
You can Special Summon Blackwing – Zephyros the Elite from your Graveyard by bumping a face-up card back to your hand. Greener puts it right where it needs to be, helping you reuse cards like Fire Formation – Tenki or Fiendish Chain
When Performage Trick Clown’s sent to the Graveyard you can Special Summon it right back, making it a favorite with Brilliant Fusion. A lot of Duelists will play Brilliant Fusion and That Grass Looks Greener together, in part for the crossover on Trick Clown.
But if you’re running a 60-card Deck, how do you see it reliably?
Gold Sarcophagus can search almost anything if you don’t mind waiting around for two turns, and some strategies will definitely do that, even if only on occasion: Zombie Decks like we mentioned earlier already like Sarcophagus just to set up Special Summons with Leviair the Sea Dragon, so it can pull double duty.
But the real winner is the Spell Card Left Arm Offering. If you have 2 or more other cards in your hand, it lets you banish them all to search any Spell Card from your Deck. You can’t Set Spells or Traps the turn you activate Offering and you’re giving up your whole hand, but for some Decks, That Grass Looks Greener is totally worth it.
That Grass Looks Greener introduces a whole new approach to Deck building. It brings some cool, older Decks back into tournament competition, and it gets even better with the new “Invoked” monsters from Fusion Enforcers, coming out February 24. You can find YOUR copies in Raging Tempest, starting at the Sneak Peek weekend on February 4!