Round Table Round Up

jeff jonesOne of my favorite archetypes since the release of [ccProd]Noble Knight Medraut[/ccProd], has been Noble Knights. I love the lore behind King Arthur and the card arts and effects are just so bloody cool! Today I will be talking to you about 2 of 5 new cards which have been announced, and what they bring to the table.

First up is Noble Knight Borz

Noble Knight Borz
Light/Warrior/4/1700/900
This card is treated as a Normal Monster while face-up on the field. While equipped with a "Noble Arms" Equip Spell Card, this card becomes an Effect Monster with these effects. ● This card becomes DARK and its Level is increased by 1. During your Main Phase: You can reveal 3 "Noble Arms" cards from your Deck, have your opponent randomly add 1 of them to your hand, and send the rest to the Graveyard. You can only use this effect of "Noble Knight Borz" once per turn.

This card is so so so so good for Noble Knights. It makes your opening plays much better (something Noble Knights suffered from greatly) and allows you to obtain more Equip Spells for future plays, and also fills up your Graveyard for your [ccProd]Artorigus, King of the Noble Knights[/ccProd] Xyz Monster.

Not only this, but this also means you can have access to Rank 5 Xyz Monsters along with [ccProd]Ignoble Knight of Black Laundsallyn[/ccProd] and [ccProd]Noble Knight Medraut[/ccProd], meaning the powerful and game ending Volcasaurus is at your command, along with things like [ccProd]Tiras, Keeper of Genesis[/ccProd] and [ccProd]Adreus, Keeper of Armageddon[/ccProd]. Of course, you also have access to many Rank 4 monsters. Blade Armor Ninja and Paladynamo are great choices that not every deck can utilize and are sure to take many opponents by surprise . Yes, Borz certainly helps with the issues Noble Knights had before, and in my opinion, is a staple at 3 once SHSP drops.

The second card is the Lady of the Lake herself, who in legend gifts Arthur with Excalibur.

Lady of the Lake
LIGHT - LEVEL 1 / AQUA - TUNER
200/1800
Cannot be used as a Synchro Material Monster, except for the Synchro Summon of a Warrior-Type monster. If this card is used for a Synchro Summon, banish it. When this card is Normal Summoned: You can target 1 "Noble Knight" Normal Monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target. If this card is in your Graveyard: You can target 1 Level 5 "Noble Knight" monster you control; reduce its Level by 1, and if you do, Special Summon this card from the Graveyard.

So first things first; she can only make Warrior-type Synchro Monsters, meaning the easiest things to drop [ccProd]X-Saber Wayne[/ccProd] and [ccProd]Scared Warrior[/ccProd]. Other notable and possible cards to Synchro into are [ccProd]Gaia Knight, the Force of Earth[/ccProd] and [ccProd]Gravity Warrior[/ccProd]. There is also going to be a Noble Knight Synchro monster which has yet to be revealed, and it is hinted upon that it is also Level 5.

She's Level 1, meaning you can use [ccProd]One for One[/ccProd] to Special Summon her, but if not, when she's Normal Summoned you can Special Summon Noble Knight Artorigus from your Graveyard (since currently he is the only Normal Monster Noble Knight in the Graveyard). Easy ways to get him there are [ccProd]Foolish Burial[/ccProd], [ccProd]Rescue Rabbit[/ccProd], and running things like [ccProd]Phoenix Wing Wind Blast[/ccProd] or [ccProd]Raigeki Break [/ccProd](which also help with her second effect). While she is in the Graveyard, you can Special Summon her by reducing one of your Level 5 Medraut's, Borz, or Laundsallyn by 1 level. This means a free Tuner for Synchro Summons, or you can use your new Level 4 Monster for a Rank 4 Xyz, keeping your Lady with a nice 1800 Defense as a chump blocker, because remember, if you do not use her as Synchro Material, she does not get removed from play. Speaking of being banished, you can always combo Lady of the Lake with [ccProd]Imperial Iron Wall[/ccProd] to prevent her from ever getting banished, while also combating the popular Dragon Ruler and Prophecy deck. Killing two birds with one stone for the win!

Finally, we are still getting of course the Synchro Monster, an Xyz Monster, which I believe will be a Rank 5, and a new Noble Arms which I believe will be Excalibur. Until those are announced I can only speculate at a build, but currently I think good numbers to start with for your Noble Knights are 3 Medraut, Borz, and Gawayn, 2 Drystan and 2 Lady of the Lake, 1 Gwalchavad and 1 Laundsallyn. The number of Artorigus is still up in the air because room is going to be extremely tight.

The number of Noble Arms you should be running is also up in the air. You really want to open with Medraut/Borz +Noble Arms, so you need to run quite a few, the only one I 100% run 3 of is [ccProd]Noble Arms of Destiny[/ccProd], as it's clearly the best and most versatile. I can't see myself running more than 2 of every other Noble Arms, unless the new one coming out is broken, but, if it is Excalibur, I would expect it to be very powerful since it is a sword of legends, that almost everyone in the world has heard of.

Noble Knights are shaping up to be a pretty great deck, and also very cool. Will it be able to combat Dragons and Prophecy however? Only time will tell. Trust me however, I will be working my hardest to create something fun and great. I would love to be able to run Noble Knights at the Circuit Series in Boston coming up November 16th and 17th. For more information on that even please click HERE..

Until next time duelist, play hard or go home!

 

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  • Garrett Phillips

    Hey look, Excaliburn was announced. I swe some foots in mouths already.

  • Ramon Paoli

    Jeff, crimson blader can also be made with lake if you play your cards right: Here’s a quick way how: Equip Medraut with an arms and make him lvl 5. Use lady’s effect from grave to turn medraut lvl 4 and summon her from grave. Use medraut’s effect and bring gwalchavad or borz. Medraut’s effect destroys the equip card and the equip jumps to Gwalchavad or Borz and now Medraut is considered a level three monster cause Lady’s level reduction is still in place and medraut’s level increment faded due to not being equipped. Use Gwalchavad or Borz’s effect and destroy the equip for good. Then you will have medraut lvl 3, lady lvl 1 and Gwalchavad or Borz lvl 4 = lvl 8 Crimson Blader. Have fun 😀

    • Brad Meyer

      Can’t use Medraut’s effect since there is another monster on the field. Aka Lady of the lake.

  • Neil Benjamine Cheshire

    OKay, I read the article and I just HAD to point out something. Excalibur has already been printed as a Noble Arms card. Caliburn is the Excalibur of the Noble Arms. “Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain is the first non-Welsh source to speak of the sword. Geoffrey says the sword was forged in Avalon and Latinises the name “Caledfwlch” as Caliburnus. When his influential pseudo-history made it to Continental Europe, writers altered the name further until it finally took on the popular form Excalibur
    (various spellings in the medieval Arthurian Romance and Chronicle
    tradition include: Calabrun, Calabrum, Calibourne, Callibourc,
    Calliborc, Calibourch, Escaliborc, and Escalibor[16]). Just wanted to clear that up for everyone. The sword Lady of the Lake is holding is indeed Excalibur, or Noble Arms Caliburn. Even the wikia will tell you that Caliburn is Excalibur, and is the Sword wielded by Noble Knight Artorigus, aka, King Arthur. And some can say that Noble Arms Caliburn isnt the same Card seen in Artorigus, King of the Noble KNights, but if you pay attention to the two swords, you can see that the sword in King of the Noble KNight is an “unlocked” version of Caliburn. As the blade as split open along the blue lines seen in Caliburns’ artwork and the gold lattice design on the blade has essentially spread apart, while the guard has splayed out as well.

    • Garrett Phillips

      This is all sorts of incorrect. Caliburnus was the Latin translation used for the Sword in the Stone. Not Excalibur. Excalibur is a Latin word coming from the preffix Ex (meaning from) and Calibur. in the legend, Excalibur was forged using the shattered pieces of Caliburn aka the sword of Britain Aka the Sword in the Stone. The only reason the two Swords are confused as the same is because Geoffery never included the Sword in the stone in his translation (which for the record was a horrible mistranslated manuscript that got multiple things wrong about the original Welsh mythology, including the seperation of the sword in the Stone and Excalibur)

  • Garrett Phillips

    Very nice assessment Jeff. Tho I do disagree about Gwalchavad at 1. Card is very good at 2, which I think testing will show. Right now, I’d run Artorigus at 1 with cards like Foolish Burial and Lavalval Chain to dump him for Lady. But there will not be room for 3 Art and a Rescue Rabbit.

  • Nick Habeeb

    Great… new best deck once dragons are gone that’s autopilot and played by scrubs looking for an easy win button

    • Garrett Phillips

      Seriously? Have you ever played the deck? It is no where near Autopilot. It is ridiculously combo centric and takes a lot of strategic thinking to accomplish anything with it.

      • Nick Habeeb

        Actually no because I’m not much of a fan of shitty decks that won’t be relevant until they get their OP support which in turn makes them stupidly easy to play

        • Garrett Phillips

          Dude screw off. This deck will never be easy to play. Don’t run your mouth about things you have no knowledge of.

    • Samual Hooker

      Ironic that the guy with Burei for his picture complains about an autopilot deck.

  • Brad Meyer

    Noble Knights already can hold their own pretty well against Dragons and other more popular decks. What we lacked before was consistency and a lack of monsters. Already Borz has fixed that problem. Lady of the Lake can chump block for days and can make an amazing combo with Medraut, Borz, and our new XYZ and Synchro monsters. Can you say Black and White Wave? I hope so cause it’s nasty.

    • Nick Habeeb

      There garbage without their OP support

      • Thewhitetable651

        I will have to strongly disagree with you Nick because I have been going 3-1 at many of my local tourneys playing noble knights, and the only decks I have had problems with are dragons and prophecy. They can run over these decks:
        mermails, Gergia/Karakuri, Fire Fist, agents, and many other decks. I don’t know what you have against the deck but it’s not garbage, it’s not autopilot, it’s not “shitty,” and it is not an “easy win button.” So what I suggest is build a noble knight deck that you would enjoy playing before the new support comes out and see what awesome things it can do now, so you can prepare for the awesome cards that are coming out now.

        • Nick Habeeb

          Beating scrubs at ur locals with a tier 3 deck does not make u good at this game

  • Daniel Langlois

    Umm…there’s already an Excalibur…
    http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Noble_Arms_-_Caliburn

    • Ambrangelle

      Not Excallibur. Calliburn is the sword in the stone that was damaged and broken later on, in which, Arthur got Excalibur. Also, Excalibur’s card name would be in welsh, which is
      Caledfwlch or something like that.

      • Joenen

        Not necessarily. The names for Artorigus and Gawayne are not welsh. I highly doubt the swords name would be something that isn’t immediately recognizable as referencing Exclaibur. Besides, Caledfwlch isn’t as cool. Albeit Arondight is infinitely better than Arfeudutyr, so whatever. I just wouldn’t assume anything just yet.

    • stuartdjspence

      A common mistake.

  • stuartdjspence

    I think the better synchro play is junk synchron. In my build at this point I run 2 junk syncron, 1 Gale, and 1 Unknown synchron. I also run 3 maxx C in main deck and 1 tuningware. Level 5 syncros are pretty easy and Gale and Junk open level 7 synchros AND level 11 Star Eater. And Unknown and junk makes level 9s available. Mist Wurm and Trish if she comes back to TCG. I can’t wait to see what I can do with Borz, Grandeur, and the other cards though.

  • stuartdjspence

    However now that we’ve seen Lady of the Lake’s art we know what Excalibur looks like. I am skeptical about it though, The sword she’s holding looks different from the one Artorigus, King of the Noble Knights is holding.

    • Brad Meyer

      King is holding Caliburn. They probably couldn’t draw them the exact same way since different artists different angles and other things. Caliburn looks close enough to what King is holding that they’re the same.

  • stuartdjspence

    I’m not a fan of Lady of the Lake, It would be good if it wasn’t just for warriors. Going into armedes or catastor would be nice. Unless the Synchro is awesome I don’t think I’ll run it. Borz on the other hand is a total 3! With Grandeur also coming out in SHSP it will be useful to have the arms in grave, and all you need in a Medraut and an arms to go for rank 5s. And since Borz doesn’t destroy his arms after using his effect you’ll have 2 dark level fives and you only use 2 cards in hand. And it’s all searching so you don’t minus as much. I can’t wait for the new XYZ, Synchro, and arms. Hope one of them lets you draw. Sixth sense wont be around forever.

  • Thanong Sithisombath

    Great post, great conclusion, Jeff. Only time will truely tell if noble knights can be the next meta. By far I think its on the right track.