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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 - ""!

An infamous , "" first debuted all the way back in , and what an invasion it was. Along with its equally infamous partner, "", 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: "
" is a , bolstering a massive 3000 ATK and 2500 DEF. Being at the forefront of the Chaos standard, this is Special Summoned by banishing 1 and 1 in your Graveyard, making throwing this 3000 ATK beatstick onto the board a simple feat.

But it doesn't end there! The first of "
"'s two devastating , similar to the more widely familiar "", is the power to banish any on the , once per turn! Unlike "", this card can banish a that's face-up OR face-down, preventing "" or "" from escaping its fury. Its second allows it to strike twice each time it destroys a , 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 "" to the TCG, this card becomes easier than ever to summon in virtually any Deck. By splashing 3 "Tour Guides" and a "" into a Deck that runs the popular "", this card is set-up just by drawing into 1 card.

"Lightsworn" Decks have once again risen up, with the Unlimiting of boss "", and Semi-Limiting of "" - "
" now grants this destructive archetype a minimum of 4 3000 ATKers that can easily be brought to the . YCS favorite archetype "Agents" have also changed their strategy to accommodate this , now opting to run "T.G." or "Tour Guide" builds to boost their count, while 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 with "", followed by a painful boosted direct attack makes the summoning of "
" one of the most dreaded things to face down this format. If you can't this card, you sure as hell better be running it!

This article uses material from the "" article on the Yu-Gi-Oh! Wikia at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Attribution-Share Alike License.

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