Over the past year, Effect Veiler has seen a constant rise in play. Earlier this year when TCG lost ignition priority, it became a staple at 3 in most decks. While the TCG has not regained ignition priority, I believe that this card will certainly not play as large of a role in the format as it has over the past several months. I’m back this week and I’m going to be talking about why I believe this to be true.
First of all let’s look at what the forecasted top decks are and see how Effect Veiler fairs against each of them.
Heroes: Heroes are certainly going to be a driving force in the upcoming format. They lost almost nothing on the list, yet gained a powerful new XYZ in the tins. Before we can look at how Effect Veiler affects this deck, we must make a distinction. There are two very different builds of Heroes that you can expect to play against; Bubble Beat and Hero Beat. Bubble Beat focuses largely on OTKing while Hero Beat focusing on playing a control game. Effect Veiler is significantly better against Bubble Beat as it is unaffected by all of their backrow removal (3 MST, 3 Night Shot, and Heavy). Usually they put Excaliber and Blade Armor on the field to do over 8000. If they do not have a Miracle Fusion on top of being able to do that, all you have to do is put something higher than 2200 attack and back it with an Effect Veiler to stop their play cold. Unfortunately this deck is extremely linear and I would consider it to be the lesser of the two versions both in playability and the amount people will use it. This leaves us with Hero Beat, the more controlling version of the deck. Here, Effect Veiler is virtually useless against the deck, even more so after they resolve a Stratos. Once that happens, the most use you will be getting out of Effect Veiler would be combining it with Torrential Tribute to make Shining miss timing. Overall, Effect Veiler is incredibly bad against Heroes.
Dark World: Another deck that will surely be top tier is Dark World. They lost absolutely nothing. That combined with how cheap it is to construct will surely make it a popular choice for Toronto. As we saw with Heroes, Effect Veiler does almost nothing to this deck. The only card it really stops is Tour Guide. Playing multiple copies of Effect Veiler to stop 2 copies of Tour Guide hardly seems worth it.
Rescue Rabbit: Effect Veiler has always been an “okay” choice against Rabbit. Veilering Rabbit was extremely risky as if they were able to set protection and then go into a Laggia next turn you’d be even worse off as you would now be down a card. I think this is going to be magnified in this upcoming format. The chances of opening Rabbit have now been cut from 39% to 28% because they lost 1 Rabbit. This means that they are going to have to play more of a grind game. To play more of a grind game they will have to play more backrow. This means that even if you Veiler a Rabbit, they will almost certainly be able to protect it for a turn. Also many games they will not have Rescue Rabbit. Do you know how frustrating it is to have to defend yourself from a Sabersaurus putting you on a 5 turn clock when one of the cards in your hand is Veiler? With fewer Rabbits that’s going to become even more relevant.
Wind-Ups: Yes, Wind-Ups are not dead. They lost the loop, but did not lose the ability to turn into an XYZ based toolbox deck. They still have incredibly powerful combos. I’m not about to sit here and tell you that Effect Veiler isn’t good against Wind-Ups, because hitting a key Rat or key Tour Guide is certainly good. That being said, Veiler is not extremely powerful as even if you Veiler their Rat they can still search for any Factories or special from any Magicians they had on the field. In situations like this, something like Maxx “C” would be significantly more effective. This will also be magnified as most of the builds max out on Magicians and Factories in their deck. It’s going to be a rare occasion for them to be comboing off without one of those 6 cards.
Certainly there are other decks like Plants, Agents, and even still Chaos Dragons, but I believe the above 4 will be the most relevant decks come Toronto. Even though I am not going to go into detail no the aforementioned decks, Veiler has only minimal uses against each of those. Veilering Venus creates the same problem as Veilering Rabbit. Veiler is alright against Plants, but even in Plant format I sided out any copies of Veiler I was maining for more optimal cards. Veiler does almost nothing to Chaos Dragons as well. You might get lucky and hit a Tour Guide, but really the card is abysmal in that matchup.
A large reason to main 3 copies of Effect Veiler last format was the fact that Inzektors were relevant. They were given the Tele-DAD treatment this list and were left completely unplayable. This takes away a giant reason to continue playing Effect Veiler.
The Rise of Thunder King
Another result of Inzektors becoming no longer playable was the reintroduction of Thunder King as a main deckable card. Before, you really couldn’t main the card as you might get paired up against a couple of Inzektors and drawing this was utterly garbage. Now that they have been laid to rest, we can begin to incorporate this card back into our main decks.
Another reason that Thunder King was not a very good main deck choice last format was the popularity of Rabbit. One could not afford for the opponent to be allowed to start the game and open with Rabbit and leave you with Thunder King in hand. It was so incredibly bad in that situation that it simply could not be played. Now that Rabbit has been put to 2 and the chances of opening him have been significantly reduced we can safely add him back to our main decks.
The point being is that he will certainly see a fair amount of play in the upcoming format. Effect Veiler is absolutely awful when your opponent has Thunder King on the field. Many decks will have to take a -1 just to get rid of him because he is such a threat. If you have to do that and then take a -1 when you Veiler your opponent’s monster the following turn, you’re going to be in bad shape. This is also similar to what I mentioned when I was talking about Rabbit and how short of a clock Sabersaurus put you on and how Veiler did nothing to shorten that clock. Veiler does nothing to Thunder King’s 1900 body.
What Effect Veiler Should Be In
While I don’t think Plants are a very strong option in the upcoming format, if I were to play Plants it would be just about the only deck that I would main even 1 copy of the card in. The only reason I would include it here is because it is an additional 1 for 1 target and the deck can generate a fair amount of tokens through Dandylion.
With Toronto just over a week away I want to make sure that everybody is up on the latest trends. I can say with a very high degree of certainty that whatever deck I decide to register with in Toronto, it will not be containing any copies of Effect Veiler. I hope everyone is just as excited for the new format as I. Until next time everyone, play hard or go home!