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Circuit Break: The Third Rival

October 11th, 2017

Circuit Break has a bunch of Link Monsters that are going to become new standards, and Akashic Magician is one of them.  You can run it in Pendulum Magicians, ABC-Dragon Buster, Trickstars, True Dracos, and even Burning Abyss and Vendreads, because its Link Materials are so easy: you just need any two monsters with the same Type, except Tokens.

Once you Summon it, Akashic Magician has the ever-useful single downward Link Arrow, as well as an upward Link Arrow pointing to your opponent’s Monster Zone.  Normally that wouldn’t be helpful, but Akashic Magician actually Links to your opponent’s monsters to power its effects – abilities that we haven’t really seen before, especially on a Link Monster.

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First up, you can only Link Summon Akashic Magician once per turn.  That’s relevant because when you Link Summon it, it automatically triggers a powerful effect: it bumps all the monsters it points to back to their owners’ hand.  The restriction keeps you from making crazy unfair loop combos.

But that effect lets you reuse the abilities of monsters with powerful one-shot abilities.  Cards like Trickstar Candina, Spellbook Magician of Prophecy, and Performapal Skullcrobat Joker all have powerful search effects when you Summon them.  You can Special Summon SPYRAL Super Agent from your hand with its ability to destroy an opposing Spell or Trap Card, bounce it, and reuse it next turn.  Make more Special Summons with cards like Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio, or even Windwitch – Ice Bell or Blackwing – Gofu the Vague Shadow if your field is clear.

There are tons of ways to recycle your monsters and get an edge.  But on top of that, Akashic Magician’s effect will bounce whichever monster it points to on your opponent’s side of the field too, giving you some immediate leverage over the Duel.  That effect doesn’t target or destroy, so the Magician’s a great solution to problem cards that protect themselves, like Beelze of the Diabolic Dragons.

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Akashic Magician has another effect: an ability that can rake in free cards on top of its powerful control tricks.  Once per turn, you can declare any card name; you excavate cards from the top of your Deck, equal to the total Link Rating of the monsters co-linked to Akashic Magican. If you excavated any copies of the declared card you add them to your hand, and you send the remaining cards to the Graveyard.  That means you can dig for a key card you need… or that you know you still have three copies of in your Deck… AND you can fill your Graveyard with cards that are useful there.

Lightsworn can trigger effects like those of Wulf, Lightsworn Beast and Felis, Lightsworn Archer.  You can fill your Graveyard with cards to revive with Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner, different names for Judgment Dragon, or fodder to banish for “Twilightsworn” monsters.

Vendread Duelists can use cards like Revendread Slayer, Revendread Origin, and Mezuki: you can Ritual Summon Slayer from the Graveyard instead of your hand, and you can banish Origin and Mezuki for effects that help you keep a full field.

Trap cards like Breakthrough Skill, Lost Wind, and Rise to Full Height all have effects that activate when you banish them from the Graveyard, so putting them there while you nab free cards from your Deck is fantastic.  Phantom Knights are especially awesome for that, since you can use Akashic Magician to send Phantom Knights’ Fog Blade, Phantom Knights’ Sword, and Phantom Knights’ Wing to the Graveyard, then banish them for a free Phantom Knight Special Summon each.

There are lots of unique ways to use Akashic Magician’s effects, and since it’s so easy to Link Summon, you’re going to see it pop up everywhere in your Duels. You can get your first crack at it this weekend, at the Circuit Break Sneak Peek events.

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