Wielding the Forbidden Lance

Wilson Tsang

5/18/2012 9:30:00 AM
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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.

Forbidden Lance 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!

Clarifying Rulings
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 wears off.

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Forbidden Lance
Set Storm of Ragnarok
Number STOR-EN061
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
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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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Forbidden Lance can be played in EVERY deck:
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, too.

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 Chained, too, allowing you to resolve its powerful effect and recruit more Elemental Hero monsters from your deck.

Finding Room
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 Typhoons 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 Typhoons, 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

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