Konami’s been teasing a follow-up to last year’s Duelist Pack: Battle City for some time now, which doubles as a counterpart to the OCG-exclusive set of the same name. So after seeing what resulted with the Battle City Pack, expectations were expectedly high. Now, we get to take a look at the setlist a week before it hits store shelves. And no, it doesn’t disappoint.
With this pack, it’s important to see the cards themselves; artworks are to be taken into account… Konami listened to the fans, and we finally have song long thought forgotten alternate artworks seeing releases for the first time. Funny enough, I made the prediction that we’d see these for Joey’s World a while back. But better late than never, that’s for sure. Everything looks great, but then we come upon one glaring issue: Gilford the Lightning. Pretty much every card with an existing alternate artwork is represented with its most unique artwork here (including Red-Eyes’ original), but Gilford is the same TCG release we’ve already seen many times before, and not Joey’s version. Guys, you were so close….
While many alternate artworks are brand new to the TCG, we’ve got many brand new cards entirely. And they’re also something to get excited about. The Winged Dragon of Ra – Immortal Phoenix completes the cycle as a worthy cover card. Holding Arms, Holding Legs, Rebellion, Card of Demise, Left Arm Offering, and Trap Hole of Spikes(!) are all key anime cards worth hunting down. Two other new exclusive cards are Curse of Dragon/Gaia support.
When you look at the ratios, 22 out of 48 cards are brand new to the TCG, and as I’ve mentioned before, all are eagerly anticipated. The other cards are worthy additions to the set, with rarities that make them all the more economic. The rarities in general are also nice to see; the former OCG-exclusive cards are easily accessible in either Rare or Common format; making this easy on the collectors. The brand new releases are the Super Rares and Ultra Rares for the most part, but it should be noted that most of those are still relevant to the meta game. And gives you an incentive to hunt down the set as well.
Anyways, with a set that appropriately spans the five seasons of the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! series, this set is another winner; we’d gladly wait another year for releases in this same line. This set gets a solid 4.5/5 (the .5 is for Gilford).