Looking Ahead : Black Rose Dragon | The Irish Duelist

Looking Ahead : Black Rose Dragon

This week I'll be looking at the cover card of the upcoming set (Crossroads of Chaos): Black Rose Dragon.

If you've been watching the Japanese version of the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's anime recently then you will know about this card already. It is the main card of Aki Izayoi, a Plant duelist who has a desire for destruction. Her signature card, Black Rose Dragon, sums her up entirely. First off, here are the vital details:

Black Rose Dragon
Level 7
1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
When this card is Synchro Summoned, you can destroy all cards on the field. Once per turn, you can remove 1 Plant-Type monster in your Graveyard from play to change 1 Defense Position monster your opponent controls to Attack Position, and make its ATK 0.

This card will be the first 'splashable' Level 7 Synchro to be released in the TCG once Crossroads of Chaos arrives in November and will most likely be an auto-inclusion in every Extra Deck because of that. Teleport Dark Armed (T-DaD)players will most likely be considering Psychic Commander a little more once we get the Dragon as it is only a 'tech' card right now outside of some awkward LV3+LV3 Synchro Summon of Goyo Guardian. Most of the monsters in T-DaD are either LV4 or LV6 so having Black Rose Dragon will make any odd-level Tuners less redundant.

The first effect is going to be abused quite a bit in my opinion. Once the card is Synchro Summonned, it can wipe the field clean. If the T-DaD player has a follow-up (summoning Dark Armed Dragon, removing Destiny Hero Malicious from the Grave to set up another Synchro Summon) then they will gain quite a lead in the duel. Just how well this card's first effect will be utilised is unknown, but having a field clearer almost instantly accessible is something that should not be underestimated.

The second effect will help out Plant decks, which get quite a boost from Crossroads of Chaos. By removing a plant from the grave, you can practically attack directly while taking a monster out in the process. This could be just the kind of boost Plants need to bring them up to a more competitive level.

Like Stardust Dragon, Red Dragon Archfiend and Goyo Guardian, this card will be released in a collector's tin in addition to its booster release, thus providing cheap and easy access to yet another powerful Synchro monster.

This card has potential, just how much potential is what we will find out come November.


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