The second wave of Konami's latest 2013 "Yu-Gi-Oh!" collectible tins are now on store shelves, and like Wave One, each features an overwhelming amount of value for duelists. Both tins from Wave Two feature five booster packs, along five special foil variant cards. Wave two features two different tins to choose from: Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms and Redux, Dragon Ruler of Boulders.
Each tin features:
- One secret rare card (corresponding with the tin's namesake)
- Four super rare cards
- One booster pack from the "Number Hunters"
- Two "Cosmo Blazer" booster packs
- Two "Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy" booster packs
Each tin comes with its corresponding Dragon Ruler and both tins feature Rank-Up-Magic Barian's Force, a powerful spell card that allows you to target one of your face-up Xyz monsters and then special summon a "Number C" or "CXyz" monster with the same type but one rank higher and attach the original targeted monster as an Xyz material. The kicker and what makes Rank-Up-Magic Barian's Force so ridiculous is that it allows you to also detach one of your opponent's Xyz material cards (if they have any) and also add that to your monster as well.
Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms allows you to discard it and one Wind monster to search your deck for any Dragon monster card and put it into your hand. Once its in your graveyard, you'll be able to banish a combination of two Wind and/or Dragon monsters from your hand and/or graveyard to special summon this large monster with an ATK of 2,400 and DEF of 2,200 onto the battlefield. If you special summoned it, Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms will end up bouncing back to your hand during your opponent's End Phase, allowing you to repeat this process all over again.
There's three other unique super rare cards in the Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms collectible tin: Thunder Sea Horse, Gear Gigant X, and Number 50: Blackship of Corn.
Thunder Sea Horse is a level four Light Thunder Monster with an ATK of 1,600 and DEF of 1,200 that can be discarded to search your deck for any two level four Light Thunder-Type monsters with an ATK of 1,600 or less.
Gear Gigant X is a powerful rank 4 Earth Machine Xyz Effect Monster with an ATK of 2,300 and DEF of 1,500 that requires two level four Machine-Type monsters as Xyz materials to be summoned. You'll be able to detach one of the Xyz materials to search your deck for any level 4 or lower Machine-Type monster and when Gear Gigant X leaves the field you'll also be able to special summon any Level 3 or lower "Geargia" monster from your graveyard.
Number 50: Blackship of Corn is a Dark Plant Xyz Effect Monster with an ATK of 2,100 and DEF of 1,500 that requires two level four monsters as Xyz materials to be summoned. Each turn you can detach one material to destroy any one of your opponent's face-up monsters with an ATK less than or equal to Number 50: Blackship of the Corn's current ATK. They'll also take 1,000 damage.
Like its counterpart Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders has a similar effect, able to be discarded with an Earth monster to search your library for a Dragon and be special summoned by banishing two Earth and/or Dragon monsters from your hand and/or Graveyard. The big difference between Redux and Tempest is that Redux, Dragon Ruler of Boulders has an ATK of 1,600 and DEF of 3,000. Because you'll be using Earth monsters in your deck you'll have a different host of strategies to employ.
The three other unique super rare cards in the Redux, Dragon Ruler of Boulders collectible tin are Diamond Dire Wolf, Number 88: Gimmick Puppet of Leo, and Spellbook of the Master.
Diamond Dire Wolf is an Earth Beast-Type Xyz Effect Monster which requires two level four monsters as Xyz materials to be special summoned. Its stats are quite impressive with an ATK of 2,000 and DEF of 1,200. The real draw to this card though is that you can detach one of the Xyz materials to target one Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast-Type monster you control and one other card on the field and then destroy them.
Number 88: Gimmick Puppet of Leo is a mighty Rank 8 Dark Xyz Machine Effect Monster with an whopping ATK of 3,200 and DEF of 2,300. You'll need three level eight monsters in order to get out this bad boy. If you don't have any Spell or Trap cards in play you'll be able to detach an Xyz Material to add a Destiny Counter to this monster. When you have three Destiny Counters on Number 88: Gimmick Puppet of Leo you'll win the game. That's right, win the game.
Spellbook of the Master is an odd spell card. You'll need a Spellcaster-Type monster and have to reveal another "Spellbook" card from your hand. The result is copying the effect of any normal "spellbook" spell card in your graveyard (except Spellbook of the Master). On its own Spellbook of the Master does nothing, however it essentially allows you to run double the amount of all your other "spellbook" cards in your deck.
While the five booster packs alone would sell for the $19.99 that each of the tins retail for, it's those jaw-dropingly awesome promo cards of hard to find secret and super rare cards that make this particular "Yu-Gi-Oh!" product such a must-have for the die-hard collector. Many of the cards fetched quite a pretty penny on the secondary market, and can now be yours at a bargain price compared to what you'd pay for them individually at an online retailer - making the "Yu-Gi-Oh!" 2013 collectible tins wave two a complete steal.
- Collectible "Yu-Gi-Oh!" tin.
- Overwhelming value between the five powerful hard to find promo cards reprinted and assortment of five booster packs.
- Perfect as a gift for an experienced "Yu-Gi-Oh!" player. In fact, both waves of tins appears in our 2013 "Yu-Gi-Oh!" holiday gift guide.
- Not meant for beginners, unless you're looking to expand your collection. If you're completely new to the game game or are looking to introduce a friend to "Yu-Gi-Oh!" then you'll be better off with one or both of the Reloaded Starter Decks.
For more information about the game, visit www.yugioh-card.com.
Please note that this review was based upon a free product sample provided by Konami.
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