Sunday, August 3, 2014

Card Discussion: Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning

[Warrior/Effect]
Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 1 LIGHT and 1 DARK monster from your Graveyard. Once per turn, you can activate 1 of these effects.
● Target 1 monster on the field; banish that target face-up. This card cannot attack the turn you activate this effect.
● During the Damage Step, if this attacking card destroys an opponent's monster by battle: It can make a second attack in a row.
Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning is one of the most famous cards in Yu-Gi-Oh!. I only own one secret rare copy which I traded my super rare Wind-Up Rabbit for it. Black Luster Soldier special summoning requires one LIGHT and one DARK monster in the graveyard to be banished. He was banned for being a major game breaking card. The card was banned for 12 format before making its return to the game. Now he is limited to one copy per deck.

Black Luster Soldier is known to be a game changer for his second skill. He can attack twice per turn if he destroys a monster by battle. This gives him the opportunity to destroy two monsters or destroy one monster and attack directly with 3,000 ATK. His high ATK rating gives him the ability to destroy most monsters with ease. This is what makes him extremely dangerous to face in a duel. He can easily win the game with two powerful attacks.

Black Luster Soldier's ability to banish monsters is a very underrated skill. He will lose the option to attack if he banishes a monster. However, it can be worth the cost of two attacks. He can remove monsters from the game that can return from the graveyard and monsters who can avoid being destroyed. Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World, Madolche Puddingcess, Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack, and Stardust Dragon are no match for Black Luster Soldier's ability to banish them. These monsters and many more can withstand being destroyed by battle or card effects. However, they cannot stop Black Lust Soldier from banishing them from the game!

However, Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning has always been a very vulnerable monster. He is no nearly as broken as some players believe he is. He lacks protection on the field. Book of Moon, Bottomless Trap Hole, Dark Hole, Mirror Force, and Dimensional Prison can easily stop Black Luster Soldier. His skills are very powerful, but he is not invincible. A truly broken monster is nearly unstoppable and Black Luster Soldier does not fall into the unstoppable category. The best way to stop him is by using good defensive cards.

Finally, Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning has not made any impact since returning to the game. Today's top tier decks are unable to use him due to their lack of LIGHT and DARK monsters. Fire Fist, Geargia, Madolche, and Mermail do not play Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning The main decks that play Black Luster Soldier are Chaos and fun decks that use LIGHT and DARK monsters. His lack of domination will keep him Limited as he is no longer the powerhouse he once was.

Overall, Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning will always be one of the most dangerous cards in Yu-Gi-Oh!. His game changing ability to attack twice is something to fear. You must stop him or be destroyed by his mighty blade! Today he is limited to Chaos decks. The majority of new decks do not use LIGHT and DARK monster. Despite not making any impact during his comeback, he is still a monster you want to avoid at all cost.

Card Rating: 5 out of 5