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How to Get Around Honest and Kalut

Two of the most popular Decks right now are Lightsworn and Blackwings. One of the reasons people love these Decks is that both have access to ATK pumps that can be played from the hand. Lightsworn have “Honest,” which can increase the ATK of any LIGHT monster (and all Lightsworn are LIGHT). Blackwings have “Blackwing – Kalut the Moon Shadow,” who can increase the ATK of any Blackwing monster by 1400.

Both of these cards are used from the hand, which means you don’t have to risk putting them into play and letting them be destroyed to get their effects. Instead, you get to hold them in your hand and use them only when the time it is right. This also makes them hard to see coming, because you do nothing different to suggest you have an “Honest” or Kalut in your hand.

Make Your Own Plans
If you’re facing a Blackwing or Lightsworn Deck played by your opponent, you have to deal with these two cards.

The trick to playing around “Honest” and Kalut is not to allow yourself to fall into your opponent’s game. When building your Deck, make sure to include some monsters that get effects when they’re destroyed by battle. Your opponent is using these tricks to try and gain the upper hand by winning battles. Counter their strategy by not letting lost battles hurt you as much.

Cards like “Mystic Tomato,” “Shining Angel,” and “Colossal Fighter” all avoid losses in battle by replacing themselves with another monster when destroyed. In the case of “Colossal Fighter,” he can Special Summon himself every time he’s destroyed. Tomato and Angel can also find more copies of themselves, as long as more are still in your Deck.

You can also use cards like “D.D. Warrior Lady” that eliminate the opposing monster regardless of the outcome of battle. This way, if your opponent doesn’t use “Honest” to protect their monster, they lose the battle to “D.D. Warrior Lady” while you lose nothing. If your opponent does use “Honest” to boost their monster’s ATK, they still lose their monster to “D.D. Warrior Lady’s” effect, and they lose “Honest” as well, while you only lose “D.D. Warrior Lady.”

No battles, no problems
Cards that avoid battle altogether are even better at getting around “Honest” and Kalut. Destroy your opponent’s monsters with “Smashing Ground” or “Lightning Vortex” and there will be nothing left for your opponent to power up. Both “Honest” and “Blackwing – Kalut the Moon Shadow” are very small monsters on their own and are only really good when supporting another monster. Get rid of all the other monsters and they’ll be less of a threat.

Finally, you can also use some tricky card choices that prevent your opponent from even playing “Honest” or Kalut. “Banisher of the Radiance,” for example, takes all cards that would be sent to the Graveyard, and removes them from play instead. “Honest” and Kalut both specifically state that they must be sent from the hand to the Graveyard in order to work. Since cards that would be sent to the Graveyard get removed from play while “Banisher of the Radiance” is around, your opponent isn’t even allowed to play “Honest” or Kalut, because those effects don’t work anymore.

Your opponent is using “Honest” and Kalut to protect their monsters from being destroyed by battle and to help them destroy your monsters in battle. To counter their strategy, you’ll want to try and minimize the amount of battles you have. Look for ways to destroy opposing monsters outside of battle, and only commit your monster to battle when losing it isn’t going to hurt you.

-by Matt Peddle.