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.
Whoa, this kinda went under the radar, but Dragons of Legend was released yesterday. As hinted at, this one really gave us a lot of Season 4 cards (and other famous anime cards), which in my opinion, is one of the most neglected seasons when it comes to cards. Though that’s probably because they were the hardest to bring into the real life game. Though honestly, they did a good job with it. Even Timaeus is pretty faithful to how Yugi used him. Anyways, here’s the list of original cards that got released:
- Legendary Knight Timaeus
- Amulet Dragon
- Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight
- The Eye of Timaeus
- Legend of Heart
- Berserker Soul
- Relay Soul
- Guardian Eatos*
- Guardian Dreadscythe
- Guarded Treasure
- Soul Charge
*Guardian Eatos has previously been released.
Alright, some final thoughts on the set… Going down the line, Kuribandit and Berseker Soul have been significantly watered down, which may be due to the fact that it’s easy for a player to fix their deck around these effects with certain cards. It’s ironic because Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 3 actually had a [potentially] stronger effect; the ATK of the picked up card is what damage is inflicted. Kuribandit’s effect also shows that releasing Kuribeh and the rest of the Kuriboh series isn’t going to be an immediate thing (still possible, though). Relay Soul has also been altered into a more plausible form, but still able to be used in a similar fashion to the original. Guarded Treasure is surprisingly accurate, which makes me believe that it’s going to be banned in the near future because of Konami’s jihad against drawing cards. Soul Charge has the cost upped from 500 to 1000 life points per Monster for it’s effect. Honestly, that seems pretty fair. The cards original usage didn’t really depend on the fact that it was 500 points anyways, so long as Rafael lost the duel. Everything else is pretty much on par.
All of the artworks have also been redone, which I guess I can get behind because the original Japanese artworks were so limited in the anime (though the North American dub often had redone artworks that were much more detailed). Most of them are awesome updates, like Legend of Heart and Relay Soul. Kuribandit was given a new pose completely, which doesn’t resemble either of the established artworks. The Eye of Timaeus is actually the biggest change, which went from a full body picture to just his head. I’d prefer just an updated version of the original, since it was used so often in the show, but I can accept the change.
Also, with Legend of Heart’s effect, we’re looking at a release of the Legendary Dragons and their respective Knights in the future. A second volume of Dragons of Legend would be an amazing addition.
As we know, the deck, Memories of the Duel King was released not too long ago:
In short, it’s a very solid deck, which seems to be based off the deck Yugi’s grandfather handed down to him (hence the five pieces of Exodia). This is the first time a deck’s been put out with Exodia, and I’m glad that they at least did it with Yugi. As it turns out, Electromagnetic Turtle, Slifer the Sky Dragon, a Token, and Voyage to the Kingdom were promotional cards, apart from the deck (like with the Legendary Collections), so you can’t discount the cards that were clearly used after Battle City. Other than that, the only cards that are inaccurate are Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning, Dark Magician Girl, and Detonate. Though both of them are rooted in cards already used by Yugi, so that makes it a little more acceptable (though there already is a copy of the original Black Luster Soldier). With just 40 cards, it gets to the point of what it sets out to do, even if it does leave out some famous Yugi cards (Horn Imp, Magician of Black Chaos, Book of Secret Arts, etc). The set is also awesome because it introduces Electromagnetic Turtle to the game, with an effect very similar to the way Yugi used him. It also uses the classic artworks of Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl. Just awesome. Add in awesome packaging (which includes an inner box designed to look like Yugi’s Millennium Puzzle Box), and a nostalgic pamphlet, and you’ve just properly wished the OCG a happy 15th birthday.
Now, what about a TCG release? All cards in the deck, except Griffore have been released, but it’d be nice to get the same bundle. Well, according to the link, there’s already reports of it being brought overseas… and then two more releases to round out the original series. We’ll have to wait to get more coverage, but it seems the next decks will commemorate Battle City, and then the Ceremonial Battle. What’s exciting about that report is we’ll be getting the long OCG-exclusive Pandora/Arkana Dark Magician (yes!), and the anime-exclusive Dark Renewal, in addition to Buster Blader and the Magnet Warriors. Battle City has probably been my favorite arc, and it looks like this release will live up to it…