The first wave of Konami's 2013 "Yu-Gi-Oh!" tins are now available, and each is overwhelming with a fantastic amount of value for duelists. Both tins feature five booster packs and five special foil variant cards. Wave one features two different tins to choose from: Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos and Tidal, Dragon Ruler of the Waterfalls.
Both tins come with:
- One secret rare card
- Four super rare cards
- One booster pack from the "Hidden Arsenal" series (from number 4, 5, 6, or 7)
- Two "Abyss Rising" booster packs
- Two "Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy" booster packs
In "Blaster, Dragon Ruler of the Infernos" you'll get the tin's namesake, a jaw dropping awesome secret rare you'll want to add to your fire based dragon deck that your opponent will have a tough time dealing with. There's also the super rare Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 “Burei,” a synchro card which allows you special summon any Karakuri monster from your deck. Number 40: Gimmick Puppet of Strings was previously only available as a promo, and players who missed out are finally able to get their hands on this powerful XYZ monster that can destroy all of your opponent's monsters and deal 500 damage to them for each monster destroyed this way during your rival's next end phase. If you previously purchased the "Saga of Blue Eyes White Dragon" structure deck you're in luck: The insert had suggested upgrading the deck by adding a Gagaga Cowboy, which is conveniently included in this tin.
"Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls" is the other collectible tin in the first wave of 2013. If you enjoy the water formation you'll want to pick up this tin for the secret rare Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls that can keep coming back to trouble your adversary. If you have a Light and Dark deck, you'll want to include the awesome super rare Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning that can either banish one of your enemy's monsters each turn or attack twice if it destroy's a rival's monster in battle. Ally of Justice Catastor is unstoppable in combat against non-Dark monsters and Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Gustav Max is a huge XYZ monster that can deal 2,000 damage to your opponent by detaching an XYZ material once per turn was previously only available as a promo.
Both tins also contain the super rare Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear, which allows you to play a fire formation spell card directly from your deck when it damages your opponent and also sacrifice one of your fire formation traps or spells each turn to destroy one of your rival's monsters.
We only have two small complaints about the product offering:
- Both tins contain the same card: Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear. That mean players who are looking to super-charge their decks with a full three copies of each secret and super rare will end up with a total of six copies of this card if they take the leap to purchase three of each tin. While this isn't likely to affect the majority of players who are casual and may only purchase one of each tin, this can easily be remedied by Konami if their next wave of tins don't share the same card.
- Lack of randomization in the packs we opened. We received one of each tin for free courtesy of Konami for the purpose of this review, and both tin featured a "Hidden Arsenal 5" booster pack. After opening each "Hidden Arsenal 5" pack we noticed something very peculiar. All of the cards were identical. Literally every card. Two secret rare Naturia White Oak, two super rare Neo Flamvell Shaman, two The Fabled Kokkator, ect. (see this tweet). We chock this up to an abnormal case of statistics, however it just seems a tid bit strange...Hopefully this is a distribution fluke. We'll try buying the next PowerBall ticket with the previous winning numbers to see if the proverbial lightning strikes twice. Who knows.
At $19.99 both 2013 "Yu-Gi-Oh!" wave one tins pack an enormous amount of value when you consider that the five packs alone would retail for almost $20. You're essentially getting five sweet cards and a cool box to store your loot in for free. Both tins come with several competitive cards to enhance different deck strategies. You'll want to at least one of each to strengthen your decks and personal collection.
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