Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Biker Dragons From Mars

As usual, some of the most prominent monsters in the anime are Dragon monsters, and Yusei makes use of them in the form of Stardust Dragon and a number of variations of it.

The first monster we'll look at is Debris Dragon:

When this card is Normal Summoned, you can Special Summon 1 monster  with 500 or less ATK  from your Graveyard in Attack Position. That monster's  effect(s) is negated. This card cannot be used as a Synchro Material Monster, except for the Synchro Summon of a Dragon-Type Synchro Monster. The other Synchro Material Monster(s) cannot be Level  4.

Debris Dragon has an Optional Trigger Effect that you activate upon its successful Normal Summon. It targets a monster in the Graveyard, and it can be negated by Pulling the Rug. After the target monster is successfully Special Summoned, a Condition is set on it negating its effects. This Condition works exactly as Junk Synchron's. Other than that, Debris Dragon has two Conditions on itself, regarding its use as a Synchro Material. The first Condition restricts you to only being able to Synchro Summon Dragon-type Synchro monsters with Debris. The Synchro must be a Dragon while in the Extra Deck. The second Condition stops you from using a Level 4 monster as Synchro Material. This means that you can use a Level 1 and Level 3 monster along Debris to Summon a Level 8 Synchro, but you cannot use Debris, a Level 4 monster, and a Level 2 Dragon to Summon Trident Dragion (one of the monsters is Level 4). Both Conditions (only Dragons and no Level 4) cannot be negated.

Now, into the main dish, the ever-popular Stardust Dragon:

1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
You can Tribute this card to negate the activation of a Spell Card, Trap Card, or Effect Monster's effect that destroys a card(s) on the field, and destroy that card. If you negate an effect this way, you can Special Summon this card from your Graveyard during the End Phase.

Stardust Dragon has two effects. The first is an Optional Quick Effect. Tributing Stardust Dragon is a cost. Despite its wording, Stardust Dragon negates effects not Cards (Card activations). This means that the effect can negate the effect of already-active S/T Cards. This effect doesn't target, and must be chained immediatly to the activation of the effect. Being a Quick Effect that negates activations, it can be activated during the Damage Step, and even during Damage Calculation.

The second effect is an Optional Trigger Effect that you activate during the End Phase. This second effect depends on the first one, as you must succeed in negating an effect with the first effect. If the second effect is negated for any reason, it won't activate again, because you need to negate an effect once again. Despite its wording ("you" negate...), it doesn't matter which player controlled Stardust Dragon at the time of the negation. This means that if your opponent used Brain Control on your Stardust Dragon, and activated its negation effect, then, during the End Phase, YOU can activate its effect to Special summon itself.

In order to evolve to a next stage, there are two monsters to help Stardust. The first one is Majestic Dragon:

This card cannot be used as a Synchro Material Monster, except for the Synchro Summon of a "Majestic" monster.

Which only has a lame Condition, similar to Debris Dragon's. The other monster is Stardust Xiaolong:

When you Synchro Summon "Stardust Dragon", you can Special Summon this card from your Graveyard  in face-up  Attack Position. Once per turn, if this card would be destroyed by battle, it is not destroyed.

Xiaolong's first effect is an Optional Trigger Effect that you can activate upon Stardust Dragon's successful Synchro Summon. It can be negated by Swallow Flip. You can activate the effect of multiple copies of Xiaolong upon the same Summon. The second effect is a Continuous Effect, your usual protection effect.

These two monsters help Summoning Majestic Star Dragon:

"Majestic Dragon" + "Stardust Dragon" + 1 non-Tuner monster
You can Tribute this card to negate the activation of an opponent's Spell Card, Trap Card, or Effect Monster's effect and destroy all cards your opponent controls. Once per turn, you can negate the effect(s) of 1 face-up monster your opponent controls until the End Phase. Also, if the negated effect can be activated, you can activate it once as this card's effect. During the End Phase, return this card from the field to the Extra Deck, and Special Summon 1 "Stardust Dragon" from your Graveyard.

Let's look first at the required Materials. Majestic Dragon is a Tuner by default, but Stardust Dragon can also be treated as a Tuner. Furthermore, if you have a non-Tuner monster named "Majestic Dragon", but Stardust is a Tuner, then you can still Synchro Summon this Card.

As for the effects itself, the first effect is an Optional Quick Effect that tributes Stardust as a cost. This time, the doesn't need to destroy anything. Note that it only destroys Cards in the Field, so if you negate an effect that activates in the Hand (such as Tragoedia or Battle Fader), that Card won't be destroyed. Other than that, it's very similar to the regular Stardust Dragon. 

The second effect is an Ignition Effect. It targets a monster, and it negates that monster's effects. The negation is similar to Junk Synchron's. Seriously, reviewing that guy has been convenient, huh?

The third effect can only be activated during the same turn that you negate a monster's effect with Majestic Star, and only if one of the monster's effects can be "activated". That is to say, it uses the chain, meaning its either Ignition, FLIP, Trigger or Quick. Of course, it's kinda hard to mimic a FLIP Effect, because flipping Majestic Star face-down would reset its effect, but you can mimic some others. Note that it can't copy Continuous Effects, Maintenance Costs, or Conditions. You still have to meet every cost and activation requirement to activate an effect, so if you copy something like Judgment Dragon, you have to pay 1000 Life Points to activate the effect, and if you copy Infernity Mirage, you must have zero Cards in Hand in order to activate its effect.

The fourth effect is a mandatory Trigger Effect that activates during the End Phase. It targets a Stardust Dragon. Even if Stardust isn't there, or if it's impossible to Summon it, Majestic Star still returns to the Extra Deck. You only Special Summon Stardust if Majestic Star returns to the Extra Deck. Even so, the actions are considered to be simultaneous.

Ugh, too much star dust for me. If you have any questions, feel free to drop me an e-mail at ness00[at]gmail[dot]com.

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