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Raging Tempest: Get Down With The Sickness

February 8th, 2017

When your opponent Summons a DARK monster, there’s always a chance it could be a host to a contagious disease.  The latest Virus Trap is about to become a widespread epidemic on Friday, and it’s coming in Full Force! 

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Full Force Virus is a Normal Trap just like the other Virus Trap Cards.  This one forces you to tribute a DARK monster with 2000 or more DEF, and when it resolves, you look at all cards in your opponent’s hand and all monsters on their field and destroy all the monsters that have 1500 or less DEF.  After the effect resolves, you’ll also check every card they draw until the end of their third turn after activation and destroy every monster that has 1500 or less DEF.  (Only check the cards they control and are in their hand when the effect resolves.  Monsters they Summon afterwards or add to their hand with card effects aren’t affected.)

Full Force Virus is a perfect fit into D/D/D Decks with plenty of monsters ready for Tribute, including D/D/D Oblivion King Abyss Ragnarok, D/D/D Cursed King Siegfried and D/D/D Oracle King d’ArcDark Magician can easily take advantage of Full Force Virus as almost all of the monsters are DARK-Attribute and have over 2000 DEF.  There’s a crazy amount of strategies that Full Force Virus fits into; D/D/D, Darklord, SPYRAL, Burning Abyss, Red-Eyes, Kozmo, Raidraptors, Frightfurs, Yang Zing, Lunalights… you name it!  There are also a number of Xyz Monsters like Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon and Number 11: Big Eye that have generic monster requirements and have over 2000 DEF, making Full Force Virus a solid weapon for almost any Deck!

The power of a Virus Trap card isn’t just the obvious “destroy a bunch of cards” effect, but it’s also in the information you get to see when the Virus Trap resolves.  Knowing what cards are in your opponent’s hand takes away the advantage of hidden information.  If you know they have access to a certain line of play, or that they don’t have the option to Summon their strongest monsters, that allows you to continue your plays with no interruption.  And if you can see the cards in your opponent’s hand, you can also rip those cards away with a card like Mind Crush without having to worry about discarding one of your own cards for an incorrect guess.

If you’re using Full Force Virus, you probably already have a bunch of DARK monsters with high DEF.  If these monsters also have 2000 or more ATK, they can also be used for one of the classic Virus Trap Cards Deck Devastation Virus!  This virus requires a tribute of a monster with 2000 or more ATK and destroys opponent’s monsters with 1500 or less ATK in the exact same fashion that Full Force Virus destroys monsters with 1500 or less DEF.  Both of these traps destroy small monsters, which are necessary for allowing more powerful monsters to be Summoned.  By using both Viruses, you can cut off your opponent from playing any small monsters, leaving them with very few options.

You can power-up your Decks with Full Force Virus at an Official Tournament Store on Thursday, and on Friday everywhere else.

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