Hello Yugioh Community! Billy Brake is back and I am ready to get prepared for the new set Cosmo Blazer! The sneak preview for this fire filled set is less than a month away and that means it is time for me to share some of my favorite cards with you guys. This set, much like Abyss Rising, is pretty theme oriented and a lot of the best cards from this set are for specific deck types, this seems to be the new trend in the game. I am gong to save talking about the many amazing fire monsters for a future article, but for now I just want to touch on the cards I am personally excited to play around with. Cosmo Blazer has a lot of cards that could have a significant impact on the game, theme-oriented or not; it is never too early to take a look! There are so many cards I like in this set I am going to split this article into two parts! In this first section I am going to go over a few cards I feel will give a decent boost to a fan old favorite deck, Gladiator Beasts! While most of theses cards have been created to help the more recent archetypes that have been released and are in Cosmo Blazer I want to look at their impact on deck many consider dead. While these cards may not bring the deck back to life, I can’t help but share my excitement about these cards potential!
Question of the Article – What card are you most looking forward to in Cosmo Blazer?
Don’t forget to answer in the comments down below!
Continuous Spell Card
When this card is activated: You can add 1 Level 4 or lower Beast-Warrior-Type monster from your Deck to your hand. All Beast-Warrior-Type monsters you control gain 100 ATK. You can only activate 1 "Fire Formation - Tenki" per turn.
Many players have heard about this card ever since the announcement of Cosmo Blazer’s release in Japan. It was made as a searcher for one of the new Fire Archetypes in Cosmo, but I want to look at a couple of its other many possible uses. As I mentioned, in this first part of my preview I wanted to discuss some of my favorite new cards from a Gladiator Beast perspective. At first one might think, “GB’s already have a card that can search them out (Gladiator’s Proving Ground) , but this card is much better for the deck. While it restricts you to only searching out Gladiator Beat Laquari and Gladiator Beast Darius, the extra 100-attack boost that these monsters get can really make a difference. 1900 Laquari (2200 when summoned from deck), and 1800 attack Darius can be quite annoying for an opposing duelist. It also gives the Gladiator Beast deck access to a side deck combination that can just end the game against many of the top decks of the format: Deck Devastation Virus. You can now side a couple copies of DDV alongside a lone Vorse Raider (1900 attack Dark Beast-Warrior) and will have a pretty easy time pulling this “devastating” combination off consistently. When you activate Tenki to search out Vorse Raider he will be boosted to 2000 attack, making him a viable DDV target. Vorse Raider fits right in a well-built GB deck, being a Horn of The Phantom Beast target and even level 4 beat stick that can be abused with a new XYZ I will discuss later on. On top of having the searchable Deck Devastation Virus target, if you draw the DDV with out Tenki, you can always just make a Gyzarus and tribute him! I am not saying this card should replace Proving Ground, since it can search Bestiari for a quick Gyzarus, but I believe a combination of these two cards will help take Gladiator Beast o the next level!
If you control a Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast-Typemonster: Draw 1 card for each of those Types you control. You cannotactivate the effects of other Spell/Trap Cards the turn you activate this card.
While this card may not be the best and seem rather costly, I wanted to at least briefly mention it’s potential. Gladiator Beast revolve around getting easy pluses and this semi-gimmicky card can do just that. If a Gladiator duelist opens up with Disorderly March, practically any GB monster, and a Test Tiger then you are looking at a quick Pot of Greed. In most worst-case scenarios this card will result in a Upstart Goblin. While it has quite a restrictive condition of not activating any other spell or traps, this just means you will have to use this card wisely. It may not be the most useful, but could give Gladiator Beast the draw power and speed they have missed. I felt that this card was at least worth the mention even if it proves to be more of a hassle than the pay-off it can grant.
Target 1 face-up Effect Monster your opponent controls; until the end of this turn, negate that target's effects. During your turn, except the turn this card was sent to the Graveyard: You can banish this card from your Graveyard to target 1 face-up Effect Monster your opponent controls; negate that target's effects during this turn.
I have seen a decent amount of hype surrounding this card on many of the different yugioh forums and with good reason. It is a new version of Fiendish Chain, but can be used against multiple opposing monsters. Gladiator Beast have the ability to churn out huge monsters and having a card that can work multiple times can be quite effective. At first glance from the GB duelist perspective one might say, “We have Chariot! Why would we need this card!?”. While this statement is true and Chariot is quite powerful, it can fall victim to many of the cards that can hurt this deck. Back row removal: Heavy Storm, Mystical Space Typhoon, Dust Tornado, etc. Countless times I have seen these cards single handily ruin a GB player’s day. At least if this card is taken down it will still have its uses later. You can set this card as a bluffed Horn of the Phantom Beast and make your opponent waste their resources on this card, allowing your real cards safety to be used later and still have access to Breakthrough Skill in future turns. This is probably one of my favorite generic cards from Cosmo Blazer and I can’t wait to see how it will pan out!
-The XYZ Monsters-
2 Level 4 monsters
Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card to target 1Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast-Type monster you control and 1 other card on the field; destroy them.
Rank 4/1900/1600/ Wind
2 Level 4 WIND monsters
When this card is Xyz Summoned: Target 1 Set card your opponent controls; return it to the bottom of the Deck. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card to target 1 face-up card your opponent controls; return it to the top of the Deck.
Gladiator Beast even get access to a couple of new XYZ monsters, while situational, can be hidden treasures to be used in specific situations. Terror Fang Wolf, Diawold can come down in those situations when you bring back a Gladiator Beast with Darius and already control another Gladiator Beast, that isn’t Bestiari, you can overlay two of them for Diawolf and essentially have a free Darius to pop to deal with whatever obstacle your opponent may have in the way. While he may not come out very much, this mini-Scrap Dragon could possibly get you out of a difficult spot!
Lightning Plover is another situation specific card, but could be nice to have in your back pocket. You can lock your opponent down for a couple of turns or simply just clear and XYZ or Synchro monster that could be giving you trouble. Since Gladiator Beast deck uses multiple Wind attribute monsters, Bestiari and multiple copies of Equeste, it might not be too rare to see this guy make an appearance in the game. Sadly, his stats are not the best, but I brought out at the right moment could set your opponent back just enough to seal the duel in your favor.
Conclusion: The Cosmo Blazer sneak preview is less than a month away and all I keep hearing about is the hype around many of the different fire support cards being released. I wanted to take the time to look at some of the cards and try to find other uses for these new archetype support cards. Gladiator Beast were the first deck I felt that received a decent amount of support purposely or accidently. I went over a few of the cards that could impact the deck the most and gave a brief explanation to why I felt these cards could do so. They may not bring Gladiator Beast back to where they once were in the competitive scene, but I know I am going to at least build my own version and give them a test run! The newest sets recently have been very theme-oriented, but it doesn’t mean you can’t take pieces and improve upon older decks! Next week, I will be back with part 2 discussing even more of my own personal favorites from Cosmo Blazer!
Thanks for reading, if you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or simply want to answer the question of the article, feel free to do so down below!
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