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Friday, July 8, 2011

A New Generation of TCG Exclusives

Next month, we get a new booster set to introduce us to the ZEXAL era of Yugioh. As always, aside from the 80-card core set, we're getting 11 TCG exclusives, and today we're going to take a look at the 4 confirmed exclusives.

GENF-EN000 Xyz Veil
Continuous Trap Card
Face up Xyz Monsters with Xyz Material cannot be targeted by card effects.

If you decide to build a deck around Xyz Monsters, this is a nice way to protect them from cards like Brionac, Caius, Scrap Dragon, and Chaos Sorcerer. Unless Xyz Monsters are part of your win condition, you should pass on this card.

GENF-EN084 Pain Painter
While this card is face-up on the field, its name is treated as "Plaguespreader Zombie". Once per turn: You can target up to 2 face-up Zombie-Type monsters you control, except this card; they become Level 2 until the End Phase. They cannot be used as Synchro Material Monsters except for the Synchro Summon of a Zombie-Type monster.
ATK/400 DEF/200

This would have been a great card a few formats ago when Zombies were dominant. Really, the only thing this card does is, while you have 2 more Zombies on the field, make an instant Doomkaiser Dragon, Revived King Ha Des, or Archfiend Zombie-Skull. All of which are sub par at the moment, except maybe Ha Des.

GENF-EN085 Orient Dragon
1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
When this card is Synchro Summoned: Target 1 face-up Synchro Monster your opponent controls; banish that target.

This is a much needed addition to Plant Synchro, and a welcome addition to the Synchro family. Since Goyo Guardian was banned, there has been an empty slot for a level 6 Synchro. Currently, most deck only have Brionac and Gaia Knight. As I said before, Plant Synchro gets the biggest boost from this card because their main Tuner, Debris Dragon, can only be used to summon Dragon type Synchros, and the only level 6 Dragon we currently have is Iron Chain Dragon.
GENF-EN086 Adreus, Keeper of Armageddon
2 Level 5 monsters
Once per turn: You can detach a Xyz Material from this card to target 1 face-up card your opponent controls; destroy it.
ATK/2600 DEF/1700

For the trouble of keeping 2 one tribute monsters on the field, you get to destroy 1 face up card per turn. This is easier to accomplish with some of the Normal Monster support we already, and some new level 5 support.

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