Spotlight: True King Lithosagym, the Disaster

Kelly Locke

3/7/2017 11:00:00 AM
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Last month's Raging Tempest released the third True King: the Earth Attribute True King Lithosagym, the Disaster. I wrote about True King Agnimazud, the Vanisher and True King Bahrastos, the Fathomer in an earlier article back in November.

At the time I cautioned that while True Kings were limited now, they'd become much more competitive as each additional monster was released. Lithosagym helps Agnimazud and Bahrastos reach their potential, and it's also a great standalone card in Earth themes.

The full True King deck won't be available until Maximum Crisis, but that doesn't stop you from playing the engine in other strategies. True King Lithosagym, the Disaster fits nicely into earlier builds of True King Yang Zings, and offers a more useful effect than Agnimazud. Lithosagym Special Summons a Wyrm from the graveyard rather than adding it to your hand, and that's generally a lot more useful for Wyrm themes. Yang Zings have limited Normal Summons as it is, and while there are definitely times where you want to add a True King or a Wyrm-Type Pendulum Monster back to your hand those situations are few and far between.

Like the other True Kings, Lithosagym can only target non-Earth Wyrms in the graveyard for its effect. There are only six Earth Wyrms currently in the game, and two of them are Pendulums that probably won't end up in the graveyard anyways. However, it can Summon all of the other True Kings, the one-card combo starter Mare Mare, Giant Pairfish, and every single Wyrm Extra Deck monster. Because Lithosagym can Special Summon Denglong, First of the Yang Zing or Baxia, Brightness of the Yang Zing makes it a prime recovery card. It's a solid follow-up if your opponent can break through your field.

 True King Lithosagym, the Disaster
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True King Lithosagym, the Disaster127273
Set Raging Tempest
Number RATE-EN019
Level 9
Type Effect Monster
Monster Wyrm
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 2500 / 2300
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

If this card is in your hand: You can destroy 2 other monsters in your hand and/or face-up on your field, including an EARTH monster, and if you do, Special Summon this card, and if you do that, and both destroyed monsters were EARTH, you can also look at your opponent's Extra Deck and banish up to 3 monsters from it with different names. If this card is destroyed by card effect: You can Special Summon 1 non-EARTH Wyrm-Type monster from your Graveyard. You can only use each effect of "True King Lithosagym, the Disaster" once per turn.


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Of course, you'll need to destroy Lithosagym to trigger its effect. That's easily accomplished with other True Kings, or Fire King Island, or the upcoming True King support in Maximum Crisis. Outside of that you're reliant on your opponent's card effects, which isn't as unlikely as you might think. True Kings are magnets for Solemn Strike and Solemn Warning, and both cards will trigger True King effects if they're destroyed in your hand. Lastly, you probably won't be too concerned with triggering Lithosagym's self-replacing effect – or any other True King's self-replacing effect – if you're not running valid Wyrm targets anyways.

Both Agnimazud and Bahrastos' Summon effects will destroy Lithosagym and trigger its Special Summon effect. You can also destroy Lithosagym with Lithosagym; all True Kings have an additional effect when they destroy two monsters with the same Attribute, but outside of that the most optimal combos are usually two copies of one True King, and one of another. Two Lithosagym and a Bahrastos gives you two more Summons, even if your graveyard was empty previously. Lithosagym also plays an important role in abusing Magma Dragon. Once Magma Dragon's Summoned from the deck you can Special Summon it from the graveyard repeatedly.

Just adding another three monsters makes the True King engine slightly better. Your plays are more explosive thanks to the extra Summoning power, and there are more effects available to destroy and trigger your monsters. For now the full engine doesn't have a home in competition, and even in the OCG it's not terribly competitive; True Draco Zoodiacs are popular in the OCG, but don't play True Kings in their builds.

Luckily Lithosagym's the most splashable of the True Kings, and I think it'll end up seeing the most play outside of Wyrm strategies.

A New Tool For Earth Strategies
If you're playing True King Lithosagym, the Disaster in a non-Wyrm strategy you're likely doing so for two reasons. One, you need a way to destroy Earth monsters; and two, you want to disrupt your opponent's Extra Deck. Lithosagym's Summoning effect, like the other True Kings, offers a way to destroy Earth monsters that are on your field or in your hand. Agnimazud would have been a popular pick for Fire Kings had it existed when the deck was competitive, and likewise Lithosagym fits nicely into a few Earth strategies.

First, Doug's pet project: Subterrors. Subterror Nemesis Archer has a wonderful effect that Summons a Subterror monster from the deck when it's destroyed by battle or card effect. Subterror Metalfoes sprang into existence overnight when Archer was first revealed, but personally found that Lithosagym is a stronger fit for the deck. Destroying Archer lets you grab Subterror Behemoth Voltelluric and immediately make a Rank 9 Xyz, but you can also use Lithosagym as a beatstick while Summoning a Behemoth with a more potent effect at the time.

Unfortunately you can't trigger multiple Archers in the same turn, but there's nothing wrong with putting Subterror Nemesis Warrior in the graveyard. As an added bonus the Level 9 Lithosagym can pay for the entire cost for Prediction Princess Tarotrei's Ritual Summon.

 Prediction Princess Tarotrei
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Prediction Princess Tarotrei101077
Set Dragons of Legend 2
Number DRL2-EN035
Level 9
Type Ritual/Effect Monster
Monster Fairy
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 2700 / 1200
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

You can Ritual Summon this card with "Prediction Ritual". During your End Phase: You can Special Summon 1 Flip monster from your hand or Graveyard in face-down Defense Position. You can only use 1 of the following effects of "Prediction Princess Tarotrei" per turn, and only once that turn.
- During either player's turn: You can target 1 face-down monster on the field; change it to face-up Attack Position.
- During either player's turn: You can target 1 face-up monster on the field; change it to face-down Defense Position.


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Dinosaurs are getting more attention with a new Structure Deck on the horizon. Dinomasher's Fury Structure Deck hits the TCG next month with plenty of new Dinosaur monsters, including a Babycerasaurus clone currently fanlated as Petiranodon. Both monsters Special Summon Dinosaurs from the deck when they're destroyed by a card effect, which makes them perfect targets for Lithosagym's effect. Better yet, they don't even need to be on the field to activate. You can start the duel with two of them in hand, activate Lithosagym, and Summon three monsters while netting Lithosagym's extra ability.

The additional Summoning of Lithosagym is a big deal. You want to make as many Rank 4 Xyz Summons as possible in Dinosaurs to spam the field with Evolzar Dolkka and Evolar Laggia. Repeatedly destroying Babycerasaurus and Petiranodon lets you do just that, and the rest of the Structure Deck is designed with that strategy in mind. Lithosagym speeds the process up a bit, helps you conserve Normal Summons, provides a slightly larger beatstick to compensate for the low-ATK Evolzars, and tops all of those advantages off with a sweet Extra Deck disruption effect.

There are a handful of other interesting interactions out there: Geargiaccelerator's self-replacing effect is triggered when it's sent to the graveyard by a card effect and effectively lets you Summon Lithosagym for one less card. Mathematician and Card Trooper also replace themselves immediately when destroyed.

An Extra Deck Disaster
All True King monsters have an added bonus if both of the monsters destroyed to Summon them are of the same Attribute. For True King Lithosagym, the Disaster, that effect is especially strong against a number of Extra Deck-heavy strategies.

After destroying two Earth monsters you can look at your opponent's Extra Deck and banish three monsters with different names. We've seen that effect in other places, including Dragunity Knight - Trident and Zaborg the Mega Monarch. Trident's huge cost is a deterrent, although that hasn't stopped Metalfoes players from Summoning it through Ultimaya Tzolkin. Zaborg's entirely limited to Monarchs, and I don't see that changing anytime in the future. But Lithosagym can be played in virtually any Earth-heavy strategy.

Lithosagym's effect has a much smaller impact against Extra Decks running duplicates of key cards. You probably won't be erasing the remainder of your opponent's ABC-Dragon Busters until late in the game. Ideally, you'd want to play Lithosagym early to preemptively kick away some vital Extra Deck card. Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal is a great example. Since it's Limited you know your opponent won't be playing it for the rest of the duel if you resolve Lithosagym.

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M-X-Saber Invoker57789
Set Order of Chaos
Number ORCS-EN099
Level 3
Type Xyz/Effect Monster
Monster Warrior
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1600 / 500
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

2 Level 3 monsters // Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, Special Summon 1 Level 4 EARTH Warrior or Beast-Warrior-Type monster from your Deck, in face-up Defense Position. Destroy it during the End Phase.


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So where else can you find Beatrice-style targets? Most Zoodiac players are running two of each Zoodiac Xyz, so a Turn 1 Lithosagym won't stop them most of their plays. Even a Turn 2 or 3 Lithosagym can only banish three of the four remaining Xyz, and Zoodiac Combo can eventually recycle those that are left in play. Even Daigusto Emeral is frequently played at two per Extra Deck. However, that doesn't mean Lithosagym is useless in the match-up. Other one-ofs include Totem Bird, M-X-Saber Invoker, Gagaga Samurai, and Elder Entity Norden.

Banishing Gem-Knight Seraphinite or Elder Entity Norden creates dead cards in your opponent's Main Deck. If you do stumble across a Zoodiac player running only one copy of each Xyz then banishing those monsters makes each of their Zoodiac Ratpiers dead draws. Just seeing Stardust Dragon is a giveaway to a sided Starlight Road, and banishing Stardust will help mitigate some of the damage if you end up triggering it. Number 39: Utopia is a great target because without it there's no way for your opponent to Summon Number S39: Utopia the Lightning. Any Synchro, Xyz, or Fusion strategy running just one copy of utility monsters are especially vulnerable to Lithosagym's effect.

You can also banish Pendulums from the Extra Deck, which makes Lithosagym as excellent follow-up to a Raigeki or Dark Hole. There are few worse feelings than having no answer to your opponent's upcoming Pendulum Summon, whether that's a lack of spell and trap removal or Summon negation. Lithosagym can empty the Extra Deck even when you don't have a Twin Twister or Solemn on hand.

Ultimately you'll need to play True King Lithosagym, the Disaster in a deck with enough Earth monsters to resolve its full effect reliably. We don't have a strong Earth theme performing well at events right now, but that could change with Subterror support in Maximum Crisis. It's poised to be a shockingly strong card when Link Summoning debuts, since you can potentially banish one-of Link Monsters from your opponent's Extra Deck. True Kings aren't terribly affected by the impending rule change either.

Seriously: why isn't Lithosagym an Ultra Rare? Now it doesn't match…

Until next time then

-Kelly


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