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Abyss Rising Set Review - Part 1
Jason Grabher-Meyer
11/9/2012 2:57:00 PM
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While one of the biggest selling points of recent sets like Galactic Overlord and Return of the Duelist was an emphasis on splashable, flexible cards, the new Abyss Rising set is a little different. Sure, there are some great generic cards here that you can run in all sorts of different decks. But really, Abyss Rising is all about themes: it brings several monster archetypes to their competitive crescendo, and introduces a new family of monsters that are set to take YCS Seattle by storm. The Mermails are a devastating new force, and after their introduction in Return of the Duelist, the Prophecy and Madolche themes get some game-winning support from the new set. Combined with the new Heraldic Beasts and more Heroic Challengers, it's a really theme-heavy collection of cards.

Abyss Rising brings a bunch of new support cards into the fray, as well as no less than three topnotch boss monsters - arguably more. Let's start our look at the set today with an investigation of the effect monsters!

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 Planet Pathfinder
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$0.04
Planet Pathfinder
Set Abyss Rising
Number ABYR-EN010
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1000 / 1000
Rarity Common
Card Text

You can Tribute this card; add 1 Field Spell Card from your Deck to your hand.


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Planet Pathfinder is Terraforming on legs. It's not a very impressive pair of legs per se, with only 1000 ATK, but it represents a higher level of utility than Terraforming. If you already control a field spell, you'd generally prefer to draw this thing than another Terraforming; Planet Pathfinder is at least a Level 4 that could be leveraged into an Xyz Summon, and it can grant you some valuable field presence. Of course, it's slow and requires you to give up your Normal Summon - a tough sell in this format. But it's still a noteworthy card.

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 Heroic Challenger - Extra Sword
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$0.07
Heroic Challenger - Extra Sword
Set Abyss Rising
Number ABYR-EN008
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Warrior
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1000 / 1000
Rarity Common
Card Text

An Xyz Monster that was Summoned using this card as Xyz Material gains this effect. // * When it is Xyz Summoned: It gains 1000 ATK.


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Heroic Challenger - Extra Sword is notable for two reasons. First, the Heroic Challengers are actually kind of underrated and could do some cool stuff in the future. Extra Sword could be an important part of that. Second, you can actually OTK if you have Photon Thrasher and Tour Guide From the Underworld in hand. Special Summon Thrasher and play Tour Guide into M-X-Saber Invoker to Special Summon Extra Sword, and you can pop out a 3200 ATK Blade Armor Ninja with the 1600 ATK invoker to make an unobstructed 8000 battle damage. While nobody likes 2-for-1'ing into an Xyz Summon, you'd be surprised at how good some Rank 4's can be with an additional 1000 ATK. Don't underestimate this thing.

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 Gagaga Caesar
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$0.15
Gagaga Caesar
Set Abyss Rising
Number ABYR-EN001
Level 3
Type Effect Monster
Monster Warrior
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1800 / 600
Rarity Rare
Card Text

Cannot attack unless you control another face-up "Gagaga" monster. Once per turn: You can banish 1 monster from your Graveyard that has a Level; the Levels of all face-up "Gagaga" monsters you currently control become the Level of that monster. This card cannot be used as a Synchro Material Monster.


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Gagaga Caesar's cool because it takes the entire Gagaga theme in a direction that's less dependent on Gagaga Magician. The Gagaga theme has alot of powerful support cards - stuff like Gagagabolt and Gagagarevenge - and it's nice to have a monster to use them with that doesn't have dismal ATK. While the Caesar has attack restrictions, its 1800 ATK is still pretty respectable, and its Level manipulation power make it far easier to pull off the Number 33: Machu Mech OTK with Gagaga Girl. It just makes the entire strategy more resilient and flexible.

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 Solar Wind Jammer
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Solar Wind Jammer
Set Abyss Rising
Number ABYR-EN011
Level 5
Type Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 800 / 2400
Rarity Common
Card Text

If you control no monsters, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand), but its original ATK and DEF become halved. During each of your Standby Phases: Increase the Level of this card by 1. There can only be 1 face-up "Solar Wind Jammer" on the field.


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Just like Photon Thrasher, Solar Wind Jammer is another take on Cyber Dragon. Like the Level 4 Thrasher, Wind Jammer's value is largely invested in the fact that you can Special Summon it whether your opponent controls a monster or not - you don't need to be in a passive position like Cyber Dragon demands. You don't get a 2100 ATK body, but you do get a card that's a little easier to Summon; if you've got a deck that direly needs to spit out Rank 5's that's a big selling point.

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 Mermail Abyssmegalo
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Mermail Abyssmegalo
Set Abyss Rising
Number ABYR-EN020
Level 7
Type Effect Monster
Monster Sea Serpent
Attribute WATER 
A / D 2400 / 1900
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

You can discard 2 other WATER monstes to the Graveyard, Special Summon this card from your hand. When you do: You can add 1 "Abyss-" Spell/Trap Card from your Deck to your hand. You can Tribute 1 other face-up Attack Position WATER monster; this card can make a second attack during each Battle Phase this turn.


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Mermail Abyssmegalo is the boss monster of the Mermail / Atlantean deck that's probably going to take a bunch of the Top 32 spots - if not the Championship - at YCS Seattle. If you need a beater on the field, you can bring Abyssmegalo out with Mermail Abysslinde or Abyss-sphere. That said, you'll usually want to play it from your hand to unleash a hail of Atlantean and Mermail effects, like those of Mermail Abyssgunde, Atlantean Dragoons, Atlantean Heavy Infantry, and Atlantean Marksman. While discarding two Water monsters might seem like a hefty -2, each of the cards you'll discard will usually unleash a 1-for-1 effect to mitigate the discard cost entirely. Then, Abyssmegalo's ability lets you go get an Abyss-sphere from your deck to give you a +1, which can then become a +2 with a successful attack over an opposing monster. That leads to more card advantage with Mermail Abysspike, and now you're probably starting to get a picture of the Mermal Atlantean strategy as a whole.

And remember folks, it's searchable with Atlantean Dragoons!

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 Mermail Abysspike
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$0.19
Mermail Abysspike
Set Abyss Rising
Number ABYR-EN018
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Fish
Attribute WATER 
A / D 1600 / 800
Rarity Rare
Card Text

When this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can discard 1 WATER monster to the Graveyard; add 1 Level 3 WATER monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use the effect of "Mermail Abysspike" once per turn.


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Speak of the devil, Mermail Abysspike is a powerful tutor that'll dig key Mermails and Atlanteans out of your deck. More importantly thought, it gets you to Genex Undine, which is almost inarguably the key card in the early game for the Mermail Atlantean strategy. The cool part is that as long as you pitch a Mermail or an Atlantean with a graveyard effect, you plus off this card while setting up simple combos that generate more card advantage. It's a must-run that works really well with Abysslinde and Abyss-sphere.

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 Mermail Abyssgunde
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Mermail Abyssgunde
Set Abyss Rising
Number ABYR-EN015
Level 3
Type Effect Monster
Monster Aqua
Attribute WATER 
A / D 1400 / 800
Rarity Rare
Card Text

If this card is discarded to the Graveyard: You can target 1 "Mermail" monster in your Graveyard, except "Mermail Abyssgunde"; Special Summon that target. You can only use the effect of "Mermail Abyssgunde" once per turn.


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Mermail Abyssgunde won't see play in every Mermail Atlantean build, but if you're playing with the mid-game as a priority, it's a good card that can help you make important pushes and attacks. Time will tell as to whether or not this card is too slow for competitive play, but it's definitely worth discussing, and it can make some cool stuff happen involving high-Rank Xyz Summons.

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 Mermail Abysslinde
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Mermail Abysslinde
Set Abyss Rising
Number ABYR-EN014
Level 3
Type Effect Monster
Monster Aqua
Attribute WATER 
A / D 1500 / 1200
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

If this card on the field is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 "Mermail" monster from your Deck, except "Mermail Abysslinde". You can only use the effect of "Mermail Abysslinde" once per turn.


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Mermail Abysslinde is another must-run. It's a powerful chump-blocker and recruiter that can Special Summon anything you need; that usually means Mermail Abysspike if you're putting together combos, or Mermail Abyssmegalo if you want a beater. Yes, there are absolutely no restrictions on the ATK or the Level of the Mermails Abysslinde can Special Summon, so you can bring Abyssmegalo straight out of your deck as a 2400 ATK threat. Alternatively, you don't have to wait around for Abysslinde to be destroyed in battle. You can Dark Hole it, use it as bait when you have Torrential Tribute, or bring it out from the deck with Abyss-sphere and then use her effect to Special Summon something else when the sphere destroys it.

One of the coolest things about the Mermail Atlantean strategy is that they have no problem handling Number 16: Shock Master, especially if it's a first-turn Shock Master backed by a single back row card. If you're up against a Wind-Up duelist who drops Shock Master first turn and calls Spells, you can still threaten to suicide Abysslinde into Shock Master; Special Summon Abyssmegalo; and swing over Shock Master to bring it down. Alternatively, a first turn Abyssmegalo Special Summoned from your hand can do the same thing, shattering your opponent's backrow with Atlantean Marksman so you can swing over Shock Master. You can even combine those threats to force a Solemn Warning with Abysslinde, then break out with Abyssmegalo. There's some debate here, as some competitors feel that plopping down Shock Master and calling monster effects shatters the Mermail gameplan. I think with the right trap lineup that's just not the case. Time will tell.

One of the key reasons to be playing Mermail Atlanteans right now is that they can eat Wind-Ups for breakfast. Abysslinde is a big part of that, and it'll likely be a three-of in almost every well-built Mermail Atlantean deck.

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 Stoic of Prophecy
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$0.03
Stoic of Prophecy
Set Abyss Rising
Number ABYR-EN021
Level 1
Type Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute WATER 
A / D 300 / 200
Rarity Common
Card Text

When this card is sent to the Graveyard: Add 1 Level 3 "Prophecy" monster from your Deck to your hand.


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Moving on from Mermails into Prophecy monsters, Stoic of Prophecy is yet another search-oriented card for the Prophecy archetype. Searching out the powerful Temperance of Prophecy and Justice of Prophecy, it operates completely separate from the deck's Spellbook engine, which is a nice change of pace. Yo can chump block with Stoic or use it with Wonder Wand to trigger its search ability, or you can kick it to the yard with Foolish Burial to treat Foolish as your fourth drawable copy of Temperance or Justice. I'm a big fan of the latter, and all-in-all I find Stoic to be a flexible card that makes a good one-of in many Prophecy builds.

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 Justice of Prophecy
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Justice of Prophecy
Set Abyss Rising
Number ABYR-EN023
Level 3
Type Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1600 / 800
Rarity Rare
Card Text

During the End Phase of every turn in which you activate a "Spellbook" Spell Card: You can banish this card from the field; add both 1 Level 5 or higher LIGHT or DARK Spellcaster-Type monster and 1 "Spellbook" Spell Card from your Deck to your hand. You can only use the effect of "Justice of Prophecy" once per turn.


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Speaking of, Justice of Prophecy may very well be the new star of the Prophecy theme. Assuming the Spellbook you play to activate Justice's effect functioned as a 1-for-1 (most do), you get a straight +1 if Justice survives until the End Phase: you trade her for another Spellbook and a big bossy monster of your choice. She can search out High Priestess of Prophecy which is likely to be you most consistent pull, but she can also get stuff like Chaos Sorcerer, Fortune Lady Dark, Prophecy Destroyer, and even Dark Magician. Generally she'll be played for High Priestess, and since she gets you one of the three Spellbooks you need to Special Summon the Priestess, she's really a total package card.

Since you have to banish Justice for her effect it can be a little tricky to play her first turn alongside The Grand Spellbook Tower. But I don't think that really matters: as long as you're getting a free plus and setting up your plays, you're in good shape, and the fact that you can't do that two different ways at the same time isn't a big concern to me. I personally prefer Justice over Temperance since Justice is a more flexible card, but I don't see them as conflicting anyways, and I could easily see playing both.

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 Hermit of Prophecy
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$0.06
Hermit of Prophecy
Set Abyss Rising
Number ABYR-EN022
Level 3
Type Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1200 / 700
Rarity Common
Card Text

Each time a "Spellbook" Spell Card is activated, increase this card's Level by 2 and ATK by 300.


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While Hermit of Prophecy is unlikely to see competitive play, its easy level boost effect makes it a prime candidate for casual Prophecy builds focused on Empress of Prophecy, which received some World Premiere support in Abyss Rising. There's a fun deck there and Hermit's a big part of it, quickly becoming Level 5 to serve as one half of the Xyz Materials the Empress demands.

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 Emperor of Prophecy
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Emperor of Prophecy
Set Abyss Rising
Number ABYR-EN024
Level 5
Type Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2300 / 2000
Rarity Rare
Card Text

You can banish both 1 face-up Spellcaster-Type monster you control, except this card, and 1 "Spellbook" card from your Graveyard to target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; take control of that target until the End Phase. You can only use the effect of "Emperor of Prophecy" once per turn. This card cannot attack during the turn you activate this effect.


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Emperor of Prophecy is the other half of that Xyz Summoning combo, a slick Level 5 that can let you Enemy Controller an opposing monster at the cost of another spent Spellcaster like Spellbook Magician of Prophecy or Breaker the Magical Warrior. While it can be a bit difficult to find adequate fodder for a Tribute Summon or Magical Dimension to get Emperor into play, on top of a Spellcaster to banish for its ability, it's a cool card that can do some serious damage. If your opponent happens to control a Level 5 you'll take it and immediately make a Rank 5 Xyz Summon as a quick +1, and if they don't, you can try to steal something else and Level-match it appropriately.

And of course, pairing the Emperor with the Hermit can let you pilfer your opponent's biggest monster; drop Empress of Prophecy to blow away any remaining monsters; and then make two big attacks to claim victory. It's not consistent enough to be tournament-worthy, but it's a fun variant that's flashy and does neat stuff.

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 Madolche Cruffssant
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$0.09
Madolche Cruffssant
Set Abyss Rising
Number ABYR-EN025
Level 3
Type Effect Monster
Monster Beast
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1500 / 1200
Rarity Common
Card Text

When this card you control is destroyed by your opponent's card (either by battle or by effect) and sent to your Graveyard: Shuffle this card into your Deck. Once per turn: You can target 1 other face-up "Madolche" card you control; return that target to the hand, and if you do, increase this card's Level by 1 and ATK by 300.


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Madolche Cruffsant has a base ATK of 1500, meaning that with Madolche Chateau on the field, it goes to 2000 attack points. But if you have Chateau on the table, you can bounce it back to your hand with Cruffsant's effect to boost Cruffsant up to 1800 (permanently) and then play Chateau against to get the little doggy up to 2300 ATK. That's pretty cool, and Cruffsant just keeps getting bigger turn after turn.

It also lets you reuse stuff like Madolche Magileine, and it combos really well with the new, all-important Madolche Ticket. We'll talk more about that in Part 2 on Monday.

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 Madolche Messengelato
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Madolche Messengelato
Set Abyss Rising
Number ABYR-EN027
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Warrior
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1600 / 1000
Rarity Rare
Card Text

When this card in your possession is destroyed by your opponent's card (either by battle or by card effect) and sent to your Graveyard Shuffle this card into the Deck. When this card is Special Summoned: You can add 1 "Madolche" Spell/Trap Card from your Deck to your hand. You must control a face-up Beast-Type "Madolche" monster to activate and to resvole this effect.


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With 1600 ATK that leaps to 2100 ATK when Madolche Chateau is activated, Madolche Messengelato is one of the biggest beaters in the Madolche arsenal. Combined with Madolche Mewfeuille, it lets you seek out anything from Madolche Chateau and Madolche Ticket, to Madolche Tea Break and Madolchepalooza. That makes it both a versatile card on its own and a strong reason to continue playing Madolche Mewfeuille, which was previously a fairly narrow card that you'd often want to play with nothing but Madolche Puddingcess. It's big, it's fast, it helps your overall consistency, and it works with cards you already run.

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 Abyss Warrior
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Abyss Warrior
Set Abyss Rising
Number ABYR-EN028
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Aqua
Attribute WATER 
A / D 1800 / 1300
Rarity Common
Card Text

Once per turn: You can discard 1 WATER monster to the Graveyard, then target 1 monster in either player's Graveyard; return that target to either the top or bottom of the Deck.


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Abyss Warrior's a nice addition to the lineup of cards that can trigger Atlantean and Mermail graveyard effects. It's got a beefy 1800 ATK, and it can be played in alot of different ways. Ideally you'd run this thing to eliminate important cards from your opponent's graveyard, depriving them of targets for Wind-Up Rat; their Inzektor Hornet; or their Lights and Darks for Chaos Summons, by throwing them to the bottom of your opponent's deck.

But note too that you can place whatever you target on top of your opponent's deck, so you can stick them with a useless card and stunt their draws. That's a really powerful ability in the mid-game, especially since discarding a Water monster with a 1-for-1 effect (like an Atlantean) means you're basically playing that effect for free. You can even use Abyss Warrior to recur your own monsters, so you can reuse the most powerful ones just when you need them most. It's a cool card, and though nobody's talking about it I think it's got a ton of applications.

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 Snowman Creator
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Snowman Creator
Set Abyss Rising
Number ABYR-EN029
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute WATER 
A / D 1600 / 1000
Rarity Common
Card Text

When this card is Summoned: You can distribute a number of Ice Counters among face-up monsters your opponent controls equal to the number of face-up WATER monsters you control, then if you distributed 3 or more Ice Counters, you can destroy 1 card your opponent controls.


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I'm notorious for liking cards like Snowman Creator; stuff that rewards you for protecting an established field with quick card advantage. While I was probably a little too bullish about Battlestorm back in the days of Raging Battle, I think Snowman Creator's a neat little card that happens to play into a decent casual theme right when it's receiving the support it's needed. Thanks to the release of a couple cards in Abyss Rising, Ice Counters are much more valuable than they were previously. While there probably isn't a competitive strategy there yet, there's at least a deck to be built. Finally.

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 Nimble Angler
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$0.07
Nimble Angler
Set Abyss Rising
Number ABYR-EN031
Level 2
Type Effect Monster
Monster Fish
Attribute WATER 
A / D 600 / 100
Rarity Common
Card Text

If this card is sent from the hand or Deck to the Graveyard: You can Special Summon up to 2 Level 3 or lower "Nimble" monsters from your Deck, except "Nimble Angler".


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Foolish Burial to put two copies of Nimble Sunfish into play? Yes please! Genex Undine for a +3? Why not!?! Nimble Angler does some nutty, nutty things, and the stuff it brings out work wonders to load your graveyard or set up quick Xyz Summons. To be clear, you can Normal Summon Genex Undine; pitch this guy; and then use two Nimble Momongas to basically Tour Guide into a Rank 2 as a straight +2 (you get a free Xyz Monster plus a free Genex Controller). Or, since Undine is a Level 3 itself, you can even go into Number 34: Terror-Byte and start swiping your opponent's stuff.

It's a really cool card, and I think it's got alot of potential.

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 Mecha Sea Dragon Plesion
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$0.04
Mecha Sea Dragon Plesion
Set Abyss Rising
Number ABYR-EN033
Level 5
Type Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute WATER 
A / D 2300 / 1800
Rarity Common
Card Text

If you control a Sea Serpent-Type monster, you can Normal Summon this card without Tributing. Once per turn: You can Tribute 1 WATER monster you control to target 1 face-up card your opponent controls; destroy that target.


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When you control another Sea Serpent you can Normal Summon the 2300 ATK beatstick, Mecha Sea Dragon Plesion. You can also Normal Summon it if you control A legendary Ocean, in which case it'll be a 2500 ATK behemoth. And you can combo it with useless Water monsters you don't need - or even reusable ones like Treeborn Frog - to blow away cards for free pluses. I don't know if that's the basis of a competitive deck, but as slow-moving Normal Summon stuff goes it's pretty tempting. Plesion is probably the best straight beater to play with A legendary Ocean, and that makes it worth a nod.

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 Moulinglacia the Elemental Lord
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$3.00
Moulinglacia the Elemental Lord
Set Abyss Rising
Number ABYR-EN035
Level 8
Type Effect Monster
Monster Sea Serpent
Attribute WATER 
A / D 2800 / 2200
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by having exactly 5 WATER monsters in your Graveyard, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. When this card is Special Summoned: Discard 2 random cards from your opponent's hand (or their entire hand, if less than 2). You can only use the effect of "Moulinglacia the Elemental Lord" once per turn. If this card leaves the field, skip the Battle Phase of your next turn.


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I can't believe there are people out there who think this card's overrated. Moulinglacia the Elemental Lord follows in the earthy footsteps of Grandsoil the Elemental Lord from Return of the Duelist, but it's largely just a better card. Hitting the field as a free Special Summon when you have five Water monsters yarded, it strips up to two cards from your opponent's hand and hits with the force of 2800 attack points. One of the frequent arguments against this thing is that, "your opponent can just play out their hand and then you won't get to discard anything." In which case Moulinglacia is still a 2800 ATK beater you unleashed for free, and you'll know your opponent won't have Gorz, Tragoedia, Maxx "C", or Effect Veiler in-hand. Honestly, it's that last bit that I love. Moulinglacia is the absolute bane of hand traps.

Being aligned with the Water attribute gives Moulinglacia a number of big advantages, too. The Mermail Atlantean deck is really, really good at filling its graveyard, and it does so without taking -1's in the process. But more than that, the biggest advantage Moulinglacia has over Grandsoil - and a vast number of other boss-level monsters - is that it's searchable! Because it's a Sea Serpent-type, you can run one copy and go grab it from your deck whenever you need it thanks to Atlantean Dragoons. Heck, you could play multiple copies of Moulinglacia and run it with Trade-In for a consistent draw engine if you really wanted to, though in its most competitive form, we're probably going to see Moulinglacia played as a searchable one-of backed by triple Dragoons.

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 Puny Penguin
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$0.04
Puny Penguin
Set Abyss Rising
Number ABYR-EN037
Level 1
Type Effect Monster
Monster Aqua
Attribute WATER 
A / D 400 / 200
Rarity Common
Card Text

After this card has been flipped face-up, when it is sent to the Graveyard: Target 1 "Penguin" monster in your Graveyard, except "Small Penguin"; Special Summon it in face-up Attack Position or face-down Defense Position.


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And finally, Puny Penguin is one of the cutest cards of all time.

Look at it.

LOOK AT IT!

...So yeah, that seems like a good enough note as any to go out on, right? Check back on Monday, as we delve into Part 2 of our Abyss Rising Set Review. Next up it's spell cards, trap cards, and Xyz Monsters!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer



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