Konami's "Judgment of the Light: Deluxe Edition" boasts a bundle of goodies for "Yu-Gi-Oh!" duelists looking to expand their collection. Packing a significant amount of savings, look no further if you're searching for an excellent holiday gift for your favorite "Yu-Gi-Oh!" player.
Each "Judgment of the Light: Deluxe Edition" features:
- One of two collectible card storage boxes
- Nine booster packs of "Judgment of the Light"
- Foil Archfiend Emperor, First Lord of Horror
- Foil Flying "C"
- A pack of 50-card promotional sleeves
- One of two foil preview cards from the upcoming "Yu-Gi-Oh!" expansion set "Shadow Specters" The two brand new cards Dragon Shield and Vampire Kingdom will be legal to play when "Judgment of the Light: Deluxe Edition" is released.
When you consider that each booster pack of "Judgment of the Light" has an MSRP of $3.99 the "Judgment of the Light: Deluxe Edition" is a very attractive product at an MSRP of $29.99, doubly so when you add the other extras included. The box itself is a nice solid top-opening cardboard case that'll comfortably store three sleeved decks with their side and extra decks or about 500 unsleeved cards. The pack of sleeves are an especially nice touch to protect your more valuable cards from being damaged during play or while in storage, although they do feel slightly softer than the Ultra Pros we're used to playing "Magic: The Gathering" with. There's also three promo cards featured in the box, a must-have for "Yu-Gi-Oh!" collectors.
In the announcement for the set, "Synchro Monsters make a monstrous and triumphant return." Synchro Monsters are powerful cards that are placed in a side deck of up to 15 cards and can be played once you meet the restrictions on the card, generally requiring at least one Tuner-type monster in addition to another specified type in order to summon. We received a free review sample from Konami, and out of the nine booster packs we opened there was only one Synchro Monster and zero Tuner monsters. After a little research we were shocked to discover that of the 100 cards in the set only eight are Synchro and they are all at high rarities: Three secret rare, three super rare, and two rare. Likewise from the seven Tuner cards in the set, four are ultra rare, two rare, and only one a common. That means you'll need to purchase more than one "Judgment of the Light: Deluxe Edition" if you're looking to add Synchro Monsters to your deck.
XYZ Monsters appear far more often in the set, playing a greater role for casual players. XYZ Monsters can be played directly from your side deck if you meet the requirements of the card, generally a certain number of monsters of a specific type and/or formation. Unlike tributing to play a higher leveled normal monster, the creatures used to cast a XYZ Monster become "XYZ Materials" underneath the XYZ Monster. In addition to a higher attack and defense compared to a normal moster of the same level, many XYZ Monsters feature special abilities that can be activated by detaching an XYZ Material from the creature.
Playing with XYZ Monsters in your side deck guarantees you have a plan, as even common XYZ Monsters feature some devastating abilities. For example, the common XYZ Monster called Ice Princess Zereort has a large ATK of 2,500 and its ability can reduce the ATK of any face-up monster your opponent controls to zero. That means you'll be able to kill your opponent's best creature and make them take a whopping 2,500 damage.
One glaring drawback to playing with XYZ Monsters is that they are susceptible to traps and other spells your opponent may have. Destroying three of your own creatures to summon one larger monster leaves you particularly vulnerable, and your rival may gain a significant amount of card advantage when they deal with your threat. This drawback is somewhat negated by the severe power of the cards, making playing with XYZ Monsters a risk well worth taking.
Another negative to XYZ Monsters is that they require a considerably bigger collection than just the nine packs featured in the "Judgment of the Light: Deluxe Edition" box in order to use. For those who've been playing the game a while this may not be a problem, however for newer players (such as this author) you'll need a higher investment than just one "Judgment of the Light: Deluxe Edition" box in order to play with the XYZ Monsters. One alternative to additional purchases is trading for the specific cards you need at a local game store (it is a trading card game afterall).
Going back to the aforementioned card Ice Princess Zereort, it requires two level five Winged Beast-Type monsters to be used as XYZ Materials in order to play. Out of the nine booster packs of "Judgment of the Light" we only opened three Winged Beast-Type monsters, none of which were level five. Another XYZ Monster from the set, Googly-Eyes Drum Dragon, requires two level eight Machine-Type monsters. We opened nine Machine-Type monsters, seven of which refer to the card Orbital 7 - a super rare that isn't even featured in this set.
It's clear that both the Synchro Monsters and XYZ Monsters are unique "build around me" cards for more advanced players looking to create a more powerful deck. They look fun, however we weren't able to use any of the ones opened with our limited collection. Synchro and XYZ Monsters aside, there's a plethora of other fun and powerful new spells, traps, and monsters to add to your deck.
Although it comes with a rules insert, if you're looking to just get started playing "Yu-Gi-Oh!" we can't in good faith recommend the "Judgment of the Light: Deluxe Edition" box. You'll want to instead begin with the "Saga of Blue Eyes White Dragon" structure deck and then purchase the "Judgment of the Light: Deluxe Edition." For existing players looking to expand their collection the "Judgement of the Light: Deluxe Edition" is a wise value-packed alternative to buying boosters, making it a no-brainer purchase.
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