Ritual Monsters have been around since the release of Spell Ruler, but in all of Dueling there aren’t that many of them. Thanks to the Gishki monsters in Hidden Arsenal 5: Steelswarm Invasion, Ritual Monsters are back, and better than ever! Here’s a recap on how Ritual Summons work, using the new Gishki cards to explain it all.
If you’ve been keeping up with recent tournaments, you’ve probably seen Spirit Reaper in all sorts of different Decks. Reaper’s return to popularity is largely due to the rise of Rescue Rabbit: aggressive Dino Rabbit Duelists strike hard and fast, but since Reaper can’t be destroyed by battle, it gives you time to put together a counter-attack. Since Reaper is immune to battle it’s a game-shaping defensive powerhouse, but its discard effect makes it a threatening attacker, too. That combination of abilities has makes it really useful, but a lot of Duelists still don’t understand Reaper’s other effect: the one that destroys it when it’s targeted.
One of the most interesting abilities that a card can have is the ability to change one type of card into another. Some of these, like Trap Monsters, have been around for years, but now that Xyz Monsters and Order of Chaos are here, there are two new things you’re going to see a lot: monsters becoming Xyz Materials, and monsters turning into Equip cards. Read on to learn how these cards work.
Just in time for the start of a new Dueling era, we’ve posted the latest version of the official rulebook on our website. You can find the new Version 8.0 rulebook here. If you’re the type who normally ignores updates to the rulebook, do not ignore this one. There are two major additions that will affect you and the way you play. If you look on page 45 (it’s in the “Other Rules” section) you’ll see that there are now sections on “Xyz Materials” and “Leaves the Field”. Take a look at them in the new rulebook, then come back here and read on.