29 October 2011
The Story of a Great Come Backl (a.k.a. Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning)
You saw it coming. Hot off the Forbidden List, today we're going to be talking about the most hyped card of the September 2011 format so far - "Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning"!
An infamous monster, "Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning" first debuted all the way back in Invasion of Chaos, and what an invasion it was. Along with its equally infamous partner, "Chaos Emperor Dragon - Envoy of the End", this card was known as one of the pioneers of the annual Forbidden and Limited List, hitting Forbidden status in September 2005, where it would remain till the end of the game...
... That is, so we thought, until September 2011 rolled around. Whether you guessed it from an eyebrow-raising Gold Series 4 reprint, or were shocked beyond belief, prepare for the beginning of a metagame centralized around this Envoy.
Firstly, let's take a look at why this card is held in such high regard: "Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning" is a LIGHT monster, bolstering a massive 3000 ATK and 2500 DEF. Being at the forefront of the Chaos standard, this monster is Special Summoned by banishing 1 LIGHT and 1 DARK monster in your Graveyard, making throwing this 3000 ATK beatstick onto the board a simple feat.
But it doesn't end there! The first of "Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning"'s two devastating effects, similar to the more widely familiar "Chaos Sorcerer", is the power to banish any monster on the field, once per turn! Unlike "Chaos Sorcerer", this card can banish a monster that's face-up OR face-down, preventing "Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter" or "XX-Saber Emmersblade" from escaping its fury. Its second effect allows it to strike twice each time it destroys a monster, making each attack from this behemoth a dangerous one!
Let's look at how this card is shaping the current game. With the addition of "Tour Guide From the Underworld" to the TCG, this card becomes easier than ever to summon in virtually any Deck. By splashing 3 "Tour Guides" and a "Sangan" into a Deck that runs the popular "Effect Veiler", this card is set-up just by drawing into 1 card.
"Lightsworn" Decks have once again risen up, with the Unlimiting of boss monster "Judgment Dragon", and Semi-Limiting of "Necro Gardna" - "Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning" now grants this destructive archetype a minimum of 4 3000 ATKers that can easily be brought to the field. YCS favorite archetype "Agents" have also changed their strategy to accommodate this beast, now opting to run "T.G." or "Tour Guide" builds to boost their DARK count, while Plants join the sea of Decks adapting to utilize this card.
The myraid of various tricks that can be performed with this card including the ability to tear through monsters with "Honest", followed by a painful boosted direct attack makes the summoning of "Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning" one of the most dreaded things to face down this format. If you can't counter this card, you sure as hell better be running it!
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