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Circuit Break: The Rarest of Them All

October 12th, 2017

Some of the coolest cards from Circuit Break can be played in lots of different Decks, and Destrudo the Lost Dragon’s Frisson is one of the most powerful.

Clocking in at Level 7 with 1000 ATK and 3000 DEF, Destrudo’s a DARK Dragon-type Tuner that’s going to make a huge impact on some of the biggest strategies in competition.  You could Tribute two monsters to Normal Summon it, but its effect makes it much easier to play, and it’s really going to change how some of the top Decks operate.

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If Destrudo’s in your hand or Graveyard, you can Special Summon it by paying half your Life Points and targeting a Level 6 or lower monster you control.  You drop Destrudo’s Level by the Level of the targeted monster, and then when Destrudo leaves the field you place it on the bottom of your Deck instead of keeping it in the Graveyard.

You can Special Summon Destrudo in Defense Position with 3000 DEF, or use it as Material for an Xyz, Fusion, or Link Summon.  But it’s best as a Synchro Material: Tune it to the monster you targeted and you’ll always get to make a Level 7 Synchro Summon thank to its Level adjustment; all it costs you is Life Points.

That means you can kick out powerful Synchro Summons like Black Rose Dragon to clear the field, or Odd-Eyes Meteorburst Dragon to lock down the Battle Phase.  It’s even great for making Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier on the cheap.  Pair Destrudo with other monsters and you can make bigger or smaller Synchro Summons as needed.

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For many Decks, the best option is going to be Ancient Fairy Dragon.  With 2100 ATK and 3000 DEF, its first effect lets you Special Summon a Level 4 or lower monster from your hand.  You can’t enter your Battle Phase the turn you use that ability, but as a Turn 1 play it can help you make giant set-ups.

Ancient Fairy’s second ability is really awesome: once per turn, you can destroy all Field Spell cards on the table and gain 1000 Life Points, then you can search your Deck for another Field Spell and add it to your hand.  That’s tremendous for Decks that build big combos with Field Spells, and it’s going to make Destrudo the Lost Dragon Frisson a massive addition to Decks like ABC-Dragon Buster and SPYRALS.

The reason? Dragon Ravine.

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Once per turn, the classic Dragon Field Spell lets you discard a card to either search your Deck for a Level 4 “Dragunity” monster, or send a Dragon from your Deck to the Graveyard.  Activate it and pitch a card to send Destrudo the Lost Dragon Frisson to the Graveyard, then Summon a monster of Level 6 or lower.  Target it and pay your Life Points to revive Destrudo, then Tune your monsters together to make Ancient Fairy Dragon.

Activate Ancient Fairy’s effect to destroy your Dragon Ravine, gain 1000 Life Points, and search your Deck for a key Field Spell: SPYRAL Duelists will want SPYRAL Resort, while ABC players will fetch Union Hangar.  Both Fields search you a monster from your Deck, so your play of Dragon Ravine, a monster, and a discard plus your payment of 3000 Life Poonts, gets you Ancient Fairy Dragon, your new Field Spell, and a search.

If your monster or your discard had other effects, you get to roll those into the combo too.  That’s especially good for SPYRALS and ABCs: monsters like SPYRAL Quik-Fix will search you more cards along the way, while placing A-Assault Core, B-Buster Drake, or C-Crush Wyvern into the Graveyard will help you Special Summon ABC-Dragon Buster.

From there you can use Ancient Fairy Dragon’s Special Summon to field a Level 4 or lower monster, and that can make your combos even bigger; it’s a great way to get Quik-Fix or another SPYRAL into play for a SPYRAL Double Helix later on, and it’s fantastic to get your last ‘A’, ‘B’, or ‘C’ into the mix.

If your Deck revolves around a powerful Field Spell that helps you build combos, Destrudo, the Lost Dragon Frisson is going to take your strategy to the next level.  Watch for it at the Circuit Break Sneak Peek weekend: it’s going to be one of the set’s hottest cards!

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