Card of the Year (#6): Rescue Rabbit | The Irish Duelist

Card of the Year (#6): Rescue Rabbit



Merry Christmas everyone! Here's number 6!



Rescue Rabbit

(Photon Shockwave)

EARTH/Beast/Level 4

This card cannot be Special Summoned from the Deck. You can banish this face-up card you control; Special Summon 2 Level 4 or lower Normal Monsters with the same name from your Deck. Destroy them during the End Phase. The effect of "Rescue Rabbit" can only be activated once per turn.

300/100

This current format has seen the emergence of a new Deck, which fully utilises the cards released in the recent booster set (Photon Shockwave) and combines them with age-old Dinosaur cards to create something worthy of dominating a YCS. Evolzar Laggia and Dolkka may be the "end result" cards that put all the pressure on your opponent, but more often than not you start off by Summoning a fuzzy little Rabbit that will strike fear into their hearts.

Rescue Rabbit should look familiar to any Duelist who's been playing competitively since early 2009. Back then we had Rescue Cat, which sacrificed itself to Summon 2 monsters from the Deck and create all sorts of terrifying combos (from XX-Saber Hyunlei to Dark Strike Fighter, and even the occasional Gladiator Beast Heraklinos). Rescue Rabbit is a somewhat more restricted version of "the Cat" in that it banishes itself to Summon 2 Normal Monsters of the same name from your Deck, which you can then use to Xyz Summon a Rank 4 monster like the previously mentioned Evolzars, Number 39: Utopia or even Steelswarm Roach. Rank 3, 2 and 1 monsters are also possible, but Decks that use Rabbit rarely use lower Level monsters when they've got a chance to bring out something big and scary.

The release of Rabbit and the Evolzar monsters brought about a new Deck called Dino Rabbit, which uses Rescue Rabbit to Summon cards like Sabersaurus and Kabazauls, which then attack for large amounts of damage and/or are used to Summon Evolzar Laggia/Dolkka, shutting down various plays your opponent would like to make to stop you. Rabbit into 2 Dinos into an Evolzar is already a powerful combo capable of winning Championships, but when boosted by Tour Guide From the Underworld and Leviair the Sea Dragon it can be done with the same Rabbit multiple times per Duel, and the end result is our first mainstream Xyz Monster Deck. Unlike when Synchros made their debut the Deck hasn't reached Tele-DAD levels of dominance, but it's a fine example of how a few new cards can create a YCS winning Deck out of older commons that were previously brushed aside.

Rescue Rabbit may have been a latecomer to 2011, but its impact will be felt well into 2012, and as such is one of my cards of the year.