Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Card Discussion: Masked HERO Dark Law

Must be Special Summoned with "Mask Change" and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. Any card sent to your opponent's Graveyard is banished instead. Once per turn, if your opponent adds a card(s) from their Deck to their hand (except during the Draw Phase or the Damage Step): You can banish 1 random card from your opponent's hand.
HERO decks have returned with a force thanks to their new fusion monsters. Masked HERO Dark Law is the most wanted card in HERO Strike. He is one of the five new fusion monsters from the structure deck. Many players said it should have been an ultra rare for being the best new card in the entire deck. Let's take a look at him to see if he was worthy of being the ultra rare in the deck.

The first effect shuts down many decks that rely on the Graveyard. Cards with effects that trigger in the Graveyard are completely useless because they will be banished when sent to the Graveyard. You are unaffected by this effect so you can play normally unlike your opponent. Spellbook players will throw a white flag once he is special summoned to the field. Furthermore, this effect is great in mirror matchups. You prevent your opponent from playing Miracle Fusion to use HERO monsters in the Graveyard as fusion material.

Masked HERO Dark Law's second effect is just as good as his first effect. Your opponent must banish one card from his or her hand when they draw a card except during the Draw Phase and Damage Step. Cards with draw power that speeds up decks are very ineffective as your opponent is unable to gain advantage. Then, other cases your opponent will lose a card when he or she plays a card such as Spellbook of Secrets because it is a one for one. They're basically trying to draw a specific card, but their hand size will decrease as you force them to banish a card from their hand after they make their play.

However, Masked HERO Dark Law is not unstoppable. He can still be destroyed or banished by battle, monsters' effects, spells, and traps. Put all of your effort in removing him as soon as he is special summoned to the field. Obliviously your deck needs to function to have any chance at winning the duel. The quicker you can remove him from the field, the better off you will be in the long run.

Given these points, Masked HERO Dark Law is one of the best anti-meta cards in a meta deck. It appears to be odd to see such a card in a meta deck because anti-meta cards are normally played in anti-meta decks.  He deserved to be the ultra rare card in HERO Strike in both the OCG and TCG as he is clearly the best card in the structure deck. Masked Dark HERO Law makes HERO decks a legitimate threat in today's format. Shutting down a deck on the first turn may lead to your victory in just a few turns or greatly affect it in your favor for a late win. Masked HERO Dark Law writes the laws in Yu-Gi-Oh!

Card Rating: 5 out of 5