One 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
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
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!