29 October 2011
Archlord Kristya - One Fairy To Rule Them All
Special Summons! By now, they are the key to success of many Decks. With the advent of Synchro Monsters, many Decks focus exclusively on their ability to Synchro Summon - if something locks them out of their Synchro Summons, or Special Summons in general, then they are often beaten right away. When that something is a Level 8 monster with 2800 ATK and the ability to come back right after you get rid of it, they are toast. Ladies and gentlemen, we proudly present "Archlord Kristya", the card you definitely don't want to see on your opponent's side of the field.
"Archlord Kristya" has not one, not two, not even three noteworthy effects - it has a grand total of four. First of all, you can Special Summon it by having exactly four Fairies in your Graveyard. This makes its Summon fairly easy - many Fairies like "Honest", "Hecatrice", and "Herald of Orange Light" can dump themselves into the Graveyard with ease. Of course, "Kristya" doesn't have to be Special Summoned by this effect - you can use "Valhalla, Hall of the Fallen" or "Call of the Haunted" to Special Summon it, or even Tribute Summon it. You will want to use its effect, though, because if it is Special Summoned by its own effect, you can return one of those Fairies to your hand! One obvious choice would be the aforementioned "Honest", which allows this card to power over anything, including on-field Synchros. That 4000 ATK "Colossal Fighter" isn't so powerful now, is it?
Third is the most powerful effect of this card, the one most dreaded by duelists - "Neither player can Special Summon monsters". It is a "Royal Oppression" with 2800 ATK! Sorry, but it looks like the monsters that you would be using to take out this huge threat - "Judgment Dragon", "Dark Armed Dragon", "Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier", and others - are just going to be useless. And not much that is Normal Summoned can deal with it either. Finally, whenever it would go from the field to the Graveyard, it returns to the top of your Deck instead. Meaning that even if your opponent uses "Mirror Force" or "Smashing Ground" to deal with "Archlord Kristya", it will be back next turn - and this time your opponent will have even less ways to stop it.
So, the question is, where do you put this powerful card? Well, it can fit into a couple decks, one being a Fairy deck, and the other being Lightsworns. It seems counterintuitive, as "Lightsworns" rely on Special Summons with "Wulf", "Lumina", and "Judgment Dragon". The trick here is to Summon "Kristya" after you make those special summons, ensuring your opponent cannot counter with their own. It is a strategy that has been in use for a while - Tele-DAD and Synchro Cat decks often Main or Side Decked "Royal Oppression" in their heyday. With Lightsworns, it is even better, because that "Royal Oppression" now has 2800 ATK and recycles itself. And with many Fairies being used in "Lightsworns", such as "Celestia", "Honest", and the TCG-exclusive "Shire, Lightsworn Spirit", it is easy to Summon. Otherwise, you can build a Deck based around "Archlord Kristya" itself - using cards like "Nova Summoner" and "Shining Angel" to thin the Deck and fill the Graveyard for "Kristya's" summon.
So, how do you get rid of "Archlord Kristya"? There's really only one good answer - remove it from play. Use "Bottomless Trap Hole" to get it as soon as it enters the field, or "Caius the Shadow Monarch" to remove it while it's on the field. Alternatively, you can negate the Special Summon with cards like "Black Horn of Heaven", "Royal Oppression", or "Solemn Judgment". This prevents it from hitting the field, so it won't be able to recycle itself. You can even use "D.D. Crow" to control the number of Fairies in your opponent's Graveyard, preventing it from special summoning itself. You will want to have at least one of these options in your Main Deck or Side Deck, because "Archlord Kristya" can tear through most Decks out there, and stopping it will be a priority.
This article uses material from the "Archlord Kristya" article on the Yu-Gi-Oh! Wikia at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.