After a long spell of silence on here (I have been quite busy preparing my Kickstarter project AWE among other things) I am finally back with a post about the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG! This time I want to take a close look at the latest of the Structure Deck series Konami recently released:
REALM OF LIGHT
As regular readers may already know, I am personally a huge fan of the Yu-Gi-Oh Structure Decks and maybe it is just me but they seem to be getting better and better in many ways. The new Structure Deck Realm of Light gives you a full 40+ cards deck, as all the previous Structure Decks did and comes with 4 Premium (holo) cards, 2 Ultra Rares, 2 Super Rares and a bunch of really awesome Common cards. This Structure Deck in particular focuses on the popular as powerful “Lightsworn” archetype and in fact taking two or three of the new Structure Deck and mixing the top cards together will give you a fully-fledged, quite strong or dare I say even competitive Lightsworn deck. The Super and Ultra Rares are awesome, no doubt about it but this particular pack contains so many great and otherwise quite costly cards in common form that it is a great deal to get in my opinion. I shall take a look at the four premium cards first and then go through what are the highlights and most notable cards among the commons. If you want a full card list, please have a look here.
Let’s start with the big bad Synchro “boss monster” of the deck that is greeting you right from the package: Michael, the Arch-Lightsworn:
Michael is a level 7 Synchro-Monster with amazing artwork as I must say – come on he is riding a freaking Judgment Dragon for goodness’ sake!! This one must be a new card introduced in the Realm of Light Structure Deck and not only looks the part but is also reasonably powerful. So what do we get by syncing 1 Tuner and 1 or more non-Tuner Light Monsters? Well a respectable 2600 ATK and 2000 DEF Monster with the ability to pay 1000 Life Points in order to banish any one card on the field. While that alone is quite a handy ability in and off itself, the goodness does not stop here. Furhtermore, when Michael is destroyed, you can shuffle any number of Lightsworn monsters from your graveyard into your deck and gain 300 LP for each of them. That is not only handy to gain some extra LP but also may save your ass errr deck from running out of cards, which might easily happen since most Lightsworn monster have in common that they send a number of cards from your deck to your graveyard at each of your End Phases.
Next up is Minerva, Lightsworn Maiden:
Same as with Michael, the Arch-Lighsworn and all the other Lightsworn monster cards in general, Minerva features beautiful artwork. One of my biggest complaints with early YGO was the cheesy artwork but I am truly impressed with the job they did on the Lightsworns – looks like one artist did all of them. Great job Konami! 😀 But on to the actual card. Minerva is a Lv 3 Tuner monster so one of your options for Special Summoning the Arch-Lightsworn, with the ability to search your deck for a Light Dragon Type monster whose level is less than or equal to the total number of different Lightsworns in your graveyard when normal summoned. This is obviously great for getting a hold of your big badass Judgment Dragon, which they thankfully included in this Structure Deck as well. More on that one later.
First on to the next premium card: Raiden, Hand of the Lighstworn:
Raiden is another Tuner Lightsworn Monster with which you could summon Michael, the Arch-Lightsworn. He is of level 4 and has somewhat lackluster stats at 1700/1000 and a semi-useful ability, which could be of some use in a Lightsworn deck where you want to send cards from your deck to your graveyard for several reasons. Raiden will get +200 ATK until the end of your opponent’s turn if you send the top 2 cards from your deck to your graveyard if among those cards there was any Lightsworn monster among them.
The last of the four premium cards is the Continuous Spell Lightsworn Sanctuary:
This is an extremely powerful card in any Lightsworn deck as it has basically two very useful effects. Firstly you can discard any Lightsworn monster from your hand to get any one Lightsworn from your graveyard back into your hand. Secondly, and this is truly amazing in a deck that sends ton of cards from the deck to the graveyard constantly, you get to place a counter on Sanctuary for each card sent to your graveyard from your deck and when a Lightsworn card would be destroyed, you may prevent that destruction by just conveniently removing two such counters from your Sanctuary. Imagine this with Dark Hole etc! Or with Judgment Dragon! 😀
Next I want to showcase a few notable common cards included in the new Realm of Light Structure Deck and by Odin, there are great commons they give you along with the above premium cards, many of which used to be more or less expensive and hard to get previously:
Let’s get this started with the most awesome monster in any Lightsworn Deck: Judgment Dragon!
Goddamnit they give you a free, common-version Judgment Dragon – just like that!! As I said the Structure Deck Konamin keeps releasing just seem to become better and better and this card is a prime example for this! Judgment Dragon used to cost a ton of money once… Well what does it actually do? Quite a lot! First off you can or rather have to Special Summon it by having at least 4 Lightsworns with different names in your graveyard. That’s it. As long as this requirement is met, you can Special Summon him just like that! Getting a 3000 ATK Monster basically for free would be an awesome deal in and off itself, but the madness doesn’t end there. You can go ahead and pay 1000 Life Points to destroy all other cards on the field – repeatedly! KABOOOM!! Pure madness! 😀
What they also give you is a common-version of Celestia, Lightsworn Archangel:
Celestia is pretty powerful as well, being a 2300 ATK monster at level 5. When you tribute a Lightsworn Monster in order to Tribute Summon her she lets you destroy any 2 cards on the field, which is pretty amazing in my opinion. Really love this card!
Also, by purchasing the new Structure Deck, you will get not one, but no, two Ryko, Lightsworn Hunters!
This little guy is your one-stop solution for any one troublesome card on the field, as Ryko destroys any card, no matter what type or in what postion, face-up or face-down when you flip him. Pretty nice to have 2 – 3 of those in your Lightsworn deck and in fact I find myself running the canine bane of cards in quite some other decks of mine too!
Some more cards of interest you will get in this amazingly awesome Structure Deck:
- Wulf, Lightsworn Beast used to be a rare card too and is basically a free 2100 beatstick as you can special summon him when he is sent from deck to graveyard directly, which should happen every so often in a deck where most monsters have the “drawback” of sending cards from deck to graveyard at end of each turn.
- Lumina, Lightsworn Sorceress is quite amazing as well as you can discard a card to her once per turn in order to Special Summon a Lightsworn of Level 4 or less from your graveyard right away! Great for setting up for Arch-Lightsworn Synchro Summoning. And the cool thing: You’ll get two Luminas in one box!
- Honest is another great card not only in a Lightsworn deck but in pretty much any build with a substantial number of Light Monsters as you can discard it from hand to give any battling monster of yours as much ATK as the Monster it battles with has, which makes for awesome, nasty surprises for your opponent.
- Necro Gardna is quite a handy card to have in your graveyard as it annuls any one attack when you banish it from your graveyard.
- Charge of the Light Brigade lets you search your deck for a Lv 4 Lightsworn and adds it to your hand.
- Solar Recharge is the Lightsworn Deck’s answer to Pot of Greed and was previously only available as a quite costly rare card!
In conclusion I have to say that I really, really dig this newest member of the ever growing Structure Decks family and can only wholeheartedly recommend this one. Especially when you always wanted to have a Lightsworn type deck. This is your chance to get all you need, and I mean really all the powerful key cards etc, in one rather cheap package. I would say you could make a more than decent Lightsworn deck with just 2 Realm of Light Structure decks and only if you insist on running three Arch-Lightsworns, Judgment Dragons and Solar Recharges, then you should conisder buying three of these. So, great job on this latest Structure Deck Konami!! Thumbs up from Andi! I wonder what they will come up with next regarding Structure Decks? Can this even be topped?
I hope you enjoyed this little review of the new and grand Realm of Light Yu-Gi-Oh! Structure deck! Stop by every now and then for more Yu-Gi-Oh! and other games related articles!