Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Card Discussion: Great Shogun Shien

If you control 2 or more face-up "Six Samurai" monsters, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). Your opponent can only activate 1 Spell/Trap Card each turn. If this card would be destroyed, you can destroy a face-up "Six Samurai" monster you control instead.
Bow down to a great and powerful military governor of the Six Samurai! He commands his troops with an iron fist, and his enemies fall to his mighty blade! He will lead them into battle and spam them onto the battlefield! Come Fourth! Great Shogun Shien!

The mighty Great Shogun is very easy to summon. His effect is easy to activate due to the Six Samurai's ability to easily and quickly spam the field with reinforcements. Normal summon Legendary Six Samurai - Kageki to special summon a level 4 or lower Six Samurai monster from the deck to have two Six Samurai monsters on the field. Now you can special summon Great Shogun Shien to the battlefield! Only one or two copies of Great Shogun Shien are needed in a Six Samurai deck.

Furthermore, Great Shogun Shien has a very nasty effect. His effect limits an opponent to one spell or trap card activation per turn, and this will slow down many decks especially ones that heavily rely on spell cards such as Spellbooks. An opponent must think twice before playing a spell or trap for the play can give maximum impact to regain advantage.

Great Shogun Shien and Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En are a devastating duo! They are one of the most dynamic tag teams in Yu-Gi-Oh! history. Their combination of skills isn't a lock. The combination greatly drains an opponent's resources. He or she must attempt to activate a spell or trap card and if it is negated by Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En's effect then the player can activate another spell or trap card duo Great Shogun Shien's effect is not activated because of the first attempt was negated. Now Great Shogun Shien's effect is active after the second attempt to play a spell or trap card is success.

Furthermore, he has some protection from destroy by battle. The Six Samurai stand tall for their military governors. They are willing to sacrifice their lives for the greater good to achieve ultimate victory! A player can destroy another Six Samurai monster they control instead. There are normally two Six Samurai monsters on the field with Great Shogun Shien because of his special summon effect so he has soldiers to sacrifice. This makes it more difficult to destroy the Great Shogun Shien and ending his very restricting effect.

In Conclusion, Great Shogun Shien is a staple for Six Samurai decks. He gives them great field protection. Most importantly, his effect greatly hinders opposing players' options. Pair him up with his tag team partner the Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En to quickly drain and limit an opponent's resources. Get your troops ready! The Great Shogun Shien is ready for war!

Card Rating: 5 out of 5