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Circuit Break: A Borrel of Fun

October 18th, 2017

The mighty Borreload Dragon is one of the hottest new cards in Circuit Break. It’s got three huge effects, four Link Arrows, 3000 ATK, and it fits into all sorts of different Decks: Pendulum Magicians, True Dracos, ABC-Dragon Buster, World Chalice, Zombie Lightsworn, and the newly powered-up SPYRAL strategy all love it, and those are just the beginning.

So what does it do?  Let’s look at Borreload Dragon’s abilities one by one.

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Right off the bat, Borreload Dragon can’t be targeted with monster effects.  That means popular monsters in big decks – stuff like ABC-Dragon Buster, Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King, and Purple Poison Magician – can’t touch it.

Your opponent’s going to have to find a different game plan to beat Borreload, and  they’ll probably need a non-targeting monster effect or a spell or trap card.  They could Tribute it off for a Kaiju monster like Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju or Kumongous, the Sticky String Kaiju too, but whatever your opponent chooses, it’s going to take some work: attacking Borreload isn’t usually an option since its ATK is so high.

…Especially when you factor in its second effect.

Borreload Dragon’s next ability is a Quick Effect: once per turn on either player’s turn, you can target a face-up monster on the field and it loses 500 ATK and DEF.  That means if your opponent attacks one of your monsters with a bigger threat, you can turn the tables by responding to the attack with Borreload’s ability.  You’ll win battles you’d normally lose.

In the example above, Majesty Maiden, the True Dracocaster would normally lose the battle if your opponent attacked it with Timestar Magician; Majesty Maiden has 2300 ATK, while Timestar has 2400 ATK.  But your opponent can’t just swing on Majesty Maiden when you control Borreload; if they do, you’ll drop Timestar Magician to 1900 Attack Points in response, and your opponent will lose their monster.

Borreload can help you build wins by securing your field and protecting both itself, and other monsters you control.  That’s pretty cool, but we’re saving the best for last.

If you attack a monster with Borreload Dragon you can activate its final effect at the start of the Damage Step: you can take control of that monster and put it into any Monster Zone that Borreload Dragon points to.  From there you can attack with it, Tribute it, or use it as Material for a Synchro, Xyz, Fusion, or Link Summon.

And if you don’t use that pilfered monster as Tribute or Summon Material, your opponent doesn’t get it back: it’s sent to the Graveyard in the End Phase of the next turn. Borreload Dragon’s either a longer-lasting Change of Heart on legs, or a Snatch Steal that won’t cost you Life Points.

That’s great, but how do you Link Summon it?  Borreload’s a Link-4 that demands 3+ Effect Monsters as its Fusion Materials.  But that’s easier than it sounds.

If your Deck can play Scapegoat, just activate it in your opponent’s End Phase and Special Summon four Sheep Tokens.  On your turn you’ll Link two of them to Summon Missus Radiant, then use your remaining Tokens for two Link Spiders.  Link all three monsters to Summon Borreload Dragon.  It doesn’t get any easier than that.

The Agent of Creation – Venus works really well too.  Normal Summon it, use its effect three times to pay a total of 1500 LP, and Special Summon three Mystical Shine Balls.  Use one to Link Summon a Link Spider, use the remaining two Shine Balls for Proxy Dragon, and Link them all with Venus to unleash Borreload Dragon.

World Chalice Duelists can make Borreload Dragon with Blackwing – Gofu the Vague Shadow and a Normal Monster like Beckoned by the World Chalice or Chosen by the World Chalice.  Start by Special Summoning Gofu and its two Vague Shadow Tokens.  Use one of the Tokens to Link Summon a Link Spider, and use the Spider’s effect to Special Summon your Normal Monster from your hand.

Link the Normal Monster and Gofu to Link Summon Ib the World Chalice Priestess, and use one of her Link Arrows to Link Summon a second Link Spider with your remaining Token.  Finish by Linking Ib and the two Spiders.  World Chalice Duelists love that combo because you can tweak it to make all sorts of powerful Link Monsters, but Borreload might be the best of the bunch.

A must-run in any strategy that can play it, Borreload Dragon dominates the field, devastates your opponent’s Life Points, and deals with some of the deadliest monsters in Dueling today.  Don’t sleep on it!  Grab yours when Circuit Break hits shelves October 20th.

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