As the National Championships season for each country draws closer, we can already see that the top three decks of the meta are dominating the dueling scenes, leaving no room for the previous top decks, namely Mermails and Firefist.
The three strong contenders for Nationals this year are namely:
1. Incarnate Dragons
Out of these 3 decks, Incarnate Dragons presents the greatest threat to all duelists due to the overwhelming speed and power of this deck. The ability to continuous spam dragons and go for the big boss Exceed monsters has left many duelists frozen to their chair, unable to find a way to come back against this ferocious force.
However, no matter how big the threat is, there is no deck that is invincible. The two decks that are strong believers of this statement are Verz and Prophecy. Against all odds, these two decks have mustered the courage to find a way against this powerful threat, locking them down while their friends rush mercilessly, knowing that they have all but one chance to snatch the win.
For Verz, the monster locking down the powerful dragons is also a dragon itself, and it is none other than "Verz Ophion", or "Evilswarm Ophion" as it is known in the TCG:
Name: Verz Ophion
Rank 4/ Dark/ Dragon/ Xyz/ Effect/ 2550/ 1650
Effect: 2 Level 4 "lswarm" monsters
While this card has Xyz Material, Level 5 or higher monsters cannot be Special Summoned. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; add 1 "Infestation" Spell/Trap Card from your Deck to your hand.
With the ability of "Verz Ophion", the powerful dragons will be forced to stay in hiding, bounded by the powerful boundary that this monster imposes on the field. From then on, its Verz friends will slowly make their appearances, hammering away at the lifepoints of the power "Incarnate Dragons" till their eventual surrender.
"Verz Ophion" is also a smart monster. It knows that "Incarnate Dragons" have the ability to draw on its spells and traps as well. Therefore, it has created a protection for itself, in the form of "Infestation Pandemic":
Name: Infestation Pandemic
Effect: All face-up "lswarm" monsters you currently control are unaffected by other Spell/Trap effects this turn.
Armed with this powerful tool, "Verz Ophion" no longer have any fears for the spell and trap threats presented by the "Incarnate Dragons".
On the other hand, Prophecy is also no pushover. Knowing its limitations, Prophecy has taken a step further, relying on foreign talents to bolster its squad in order to stand up against the powerful dragons. The import that it is relying on is none other than "Jowgen The Spiritualist"!
Name: Jowgen The Spiritualist
Level 3/ Light/ Spellcaster/ Effect/ 200/ 1300
Effect: Discard 1 random card from your hand to the Graveyard to destroy all Special Summoned monsters on the field. As long as this card remains face-up on the field, no monsters can be Special Summoned.
Although "Jowgen The Spiritualist" is no citizen of the Prophecy line-up, its status as a spellcaster has allowed the Prophecy board to engage the services of this foreign talent, relying on its abilities to stop the powerful dragons from being summoned, in the same way as "Verz Ophion".
Just as "Verz Ophion" has "Infestation Pandemic" to protect itself from the spell and trap of the dragons, the Prophecy deck has also loaned "Jowgen The Spiritualist" a powerful weapon, and this weapon is none other than "Spellbook Of Wisdom"!
Name: Spellbook Of Wisdom
Effect: Target 1 face-up Spellcaster-Type monster on the field and activate 1 of these effects;
● It is unaffected by other Spell effects this turn.
● It is unaffected by Trap effects this turn.
Similar to "Infestation Pandemic", "Spellbook Of Wisdom", a quickplay spell card, also protects "Jowgen The Spiritualist" from unnecessary destruction.
However, despite all the obstacles that Incarnate Dragons are facing, they, contrary to popular belief, do not only fight head-on. As dragons, they can fly and land unexpected attacks on their opponents. Spear-heading this surprise tactic is "Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos"!
Name: Blaster, Dragon Ruler Of Infernos
Level 7/ Fire/ Dragon/ Effect/ 2800/ 1800
Effect: If this card is in your hand or Graveyard: You can banish a total of 2 FIRE and/or Dragon-Type monsters from your hand and/or Graveyard, except this card; Special Summon this card. During your opponent's End Phase, if this card was Special Summoned: Return it to the hand. You can discard this card and 1 FIRE monster to the Graveyard, then target 1 card on the field; destroy that target. If this card is banished: You can add 1 FIRE Dragon-Type monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use 1 "Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos" effect per turn, and only once that turn.
While the locking effect of "Verz Ophion" and "Jowgen The Spiritualist" prevents the powerful dragons from being special summoned, "Blaster, Dragon Ruler Of Infernos", with the help of its FIRE companions, can launch a devastating destruction on these monsters, allowing the rest of the 3 dragons to also make their appearances.
Amidst the counters against one another, there can only be one deck that stands on top of the others, whats left now is for all duelists to hone their skills in these match-ups.
For the remainder of this post, it will not be dedicated to fellow Duelists, but instead, it will be dedicated to fellow Sones!
Today, 30th of May, is the birthday of our lovely princess Yoona! She's turning 23 today (24th for her Korean age), and below is a collage that I have made myself for Yoona's birthday today:
Have an awesome birthday today Yoona! (though she won't be reading this lol)