Wielding the Forbidden Lance
5/18/2012 9:30:00 AM
After the recent Fast Effect ruleset change, it’s important to adjust and adapt. What if you still want to run Wind-ups? What if you are unwilling to let go of those Dino Rabbits? Without priority for ignition effects, Wind-Up Zenmaity and Rescue Rabbit
can't activate their abilities before your opponent gets a chance to play and resolve Torrential Tribute
, Compulsory Evacuation Device
, or Bottomless Trap Hole
. How can you ensure that your monster effects still go off the turn you want them to? Try out Forbidden Lance
, an under-utilized card that's a brilliant main deck choice for the current format.
is a quick-play spell card that can be used for both aggressive and defensive purposes. When used on an opponent’s monster, the target loses 800 ATK, and the Lance can be activated during the damage step, protecting your monsters in battle. It can also shield your monsters from powerful effects, and allows you to continue making many plays unimpeded. Lance makes your monsters invulnerable to Torrential Tribute
, Fiendish Chain
, Compulsory Evacuation Device
, Bottomless Trap Hole
, Dimensional Prison
, Book of Moon
, and so much more!
There are a few rulings that I want to clarify before continuing with this discussion.
Forbidden Lance doesn't stop Inzektor Dragonfly or Inzektor Centipede from special summoning or searching cards, respectively.
While Forbidden Lance
does stop other spell and trap cards from affecting its target, Inzektors still know that they have an equip spell equipped to them. While Inzektor Hornet
is equipped, the monster affected by Forbidden Lance
does not gain 500 ATK nor 3 Levels. However, if Hornet is unequipped and Dragonfly or Centipede is still face-up on the field, they'll still be able to activate their effects under Lance.
Forbidden Lance vs. Fiendish Chain.
If Fiendish Chain
is activated to target your monster, and you chain Forbidden Lance
, Fiendish Chain
will not affect your monster for the turn
. So Lance is Fine
for protecting things like Tour Guide From the Underworld
, which will become Xyz materials anyways. But if you summon Thunder King Rai-Oh
and your opponent activates Fiendish Chain
to stop you from attacking, activating Forbidden Lance
will only allow you to attack for 1100 damage this turn. Contrary to popular belief, Lance doesn't stop Fiendish Chain
from equipping to the monster; it only negates its effect for the turn. Once the turn is up, Fiendish Chain
will then affect the monster again when Forbidden Lance
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Select 1 face-up monster on the field. Until the End Phase, it loses 800 ATK, but is unaffected by the effects of other Spell/Trap Cards.
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Some people may think that Forbidden Lance
is only played in Dino Rabbit decks. But take a look at why most Dino Rabbit Duelists main three copies of this powerful spell and it may encourage you to explore it in other decks. Forbidden Lance
protects Evolzar Laggia
from cards like Dark Hole
and Book of Moon
, so that you can save the negation effect for the summon of an Xyz monster like Leviathan Dragon. You can also Lance Evolzar Dolkka
in order to protect it from destruction, and still be able to negate monster effects like that of Tour Guide From the Underworld
. It even protects Sabersaurus
and Kabazuls in battle. Being able to use Lance to destroy an opponent’s monster through attacking allows your Dinosaur to survive a turn, so you can then use it for an Xyz summon. Now this card also allows you to save Rescue Rabbit
from cards like Torrential Tribute
or Chain Disappearance
Now that you see how versatile Lance can be in Dino Rabbit, let’s explore how it can be used in other competitive archetypes.
Wind-Ups can use Forbidden Lance
to protect their combos, and ensure that they go off. Is your opponent trying to Bottomless your Wind-Up Zenmaity? No problem: with the protection effect of Forbidden Lance
, you can save your monster from being destroyed, allowing it to survive and activate its effect so you can continue your strong plays. Is your opponent trying to activate Book of Moon
on your Wind-Up Rat
? Forbidden Lance
will deny them the satisfaction, letting your Wind-Up Rat
activate its effect and transform into a Rank 3 Xyz of your choosing.
Inzektors can benefit from Lance as well. When your opponent activates Fiendish Chain
on your Inzektor Centipede
, Forbidden Lance
can be used to negate the Chain for a turn, so Centipede can unleash its effect. Also seeing a rise in play is Chain Disappearance
. Lance will stop Disappearance from banishing your Dragonfly or Hornet, ensuring that your combo pieces stay on the field where you want them.
Dragons can benefit in many ways. How does anyone run over a “3600 ATK” Red Eyes Metal Darkness Dragon? And with so many powerful monsters in the deck that no longer have the benefit of priority for their Ignition Effects (Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning, Chaos Sorcerer
, Judgment Dragon
, and Dark Armed Dragon
just to name a few), Forbidden Lance
can ensure that those effects all go off.
Even Dark Worlds can find unique support in Forbidden Lance
. At first glance, you may wonder how that's true. Bottomless Trap Hole
is seeing more play, and Forbidden Lance
protects Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World
from being banished. Also, Lance helps ensure that any Dark World monster you normal summon in order to try to bring Grapha out, stays on the field. Often, if your opponent has Torrential Tribute
or Book of Moon
, they'll use it on the normal summon of something like Broww, Huntsman of Dark World
, because doing so will hopefully keep you from bringing Grapha to the field. But with Forbidden Lance
protecting it, Grapha can be summoned more reliably, out and the ATK loss is no longer relevant since the monster you protected gets bounced back to your hand.
Elemental Heroes are another strong candidate to run Lance. Not only does Lance work in the damage step to boost cards like Elemental Hero Neos Alius
, but it can stop Elemental Hero - The Shining from being bounced away with cards that are seeing more play like Compulsory Evacuation Device
or banished with Bottomless Trap Hole
. It stops your Elemental Hero Stratos
from being Fiendish Chain
ed, too, allowing you to resolve its powerful effect and recruit more Elemental Hero monsters from your deck.
At first glance, it may seem hard to fit Forbidden Lance
into your deck. There are already so many must-run cards, that finding two or three open card slots for Lance can be really tough. But one easy way to accomplish that, is to replace a Mystical Space Typhoon
with a Lance.
It may sound blasphemous, removing a copy of Mystical Space Typhoon
from the main deck. But it can actually be beneficial in many ways. First, Lance and Typhoon are both quick-play spell cards that can be chained to things like Fiendish Chain
. However, Forbidden Lance
is better because it can be chained to cards like Bottomless Trap Hole
, Book of Moon
, Compulsory Evacuation Device
and Torrential Tribute
. The only card that Mystical Space Typhoon
can stop that Forbidden Lance
cannot is counter traps like Solemn Warning
and Solemn Judgment
. But when your opponent has 4 spell/traps set, is it better to blind MST one of the four, hoping to hit the right one? Or wait, and be able to respond with Forbidden Lance
? If you agree with me, I would say the latter is much more in your favor. This was the strategy I adopted at YCS Long Beach, running two Mystical Space Typhoon
and two copies of Forbidden Lance
. Siding that third Mystical Space Typhoon
didn’t seem to hurt me in most situations, and I felt Forbidden Lance
worked just as well, if not better. One last reason to replace a copy of Mystical Space Typhoon
with Forbidden Lance
is that there are a lot of Dragon variants running around, and many of them go for pure aggression, without main-decking any trap cards. Running 3 Mystical Space Typhoon
s and a Heavy Storm
can mean having four dead cards in your deck at any given point. If Forbidden Lance
was exchanged for one of the Mystical Space Typhoon
s, you'd have a lower chance of dead cards in-hand. You can use the Lance as defense for those big monsters that Dragons can throw against you, protecting your own monsters in battle.
All in all, Forbidden Lance
is a very versatile weapon that can be used in any strategy. Above, I've given examples on how Lance can work in your favor and guarantee that your combos go off, or ensure that your Boss monsters stay on the field. I encourage you to find more ways - and more decks - to explore this card and see for yourself just how versatile it can be.
Until next time, remember to keep innovating and define your own metagame!
-Wilson “3zinferno” Tsang