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New ways to Summon Xyz Monsters!

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2011 saw the introduction of Xyz Monsters to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG and by the end of the year they had already made a huge impact on Dueling! This trend is set to continue in 2012 as Order of Chaos gives us some cool new ways to Summon Xyz Monsters.

Number C39: Utopia Ray is the monster you see on the front of every pack of Order of Chaos, and the one that was featured on the exclusive Order of Chaos Sneak Peek Game Mats you may have seen at your local Sneak Peek events. Utopia Ray is an upgraded version of Number 39: Utopia, and can be Summoned by using either 3 Level 4 LIGHT monsters or by putting it directly on top of a Number 39: Utopia and absorbing all of that monster’s Materials into itself! It’s an awesome new way to Xyz Summon, which is currently unique to this monster.

Utopia destroys itself when it’s attacked while it has no Xyz Materials, so if you run out you can use Utopia to Summon Number C39: Utopia Ray to reinforce your monster. You can also use your opponent’s Utopia that you took with Mind Control to Xyz Summon Utopia Ray, so even if you don’t have Utopia in your Extra Deck (and you probably should if you play Level 4 monsters) Utopia Ray is still worth using.

Utopia Ray also has its own special ability built for epic comebacks! When you have 1000 Life Points or less, you can detach 1 Xyz Material to give Utopia Ray 500 more ATK and take away 1000 ATK from an opponent’s monster. The neat thing about this is it can be done multiple times per turn, so if you use a fully loaded Utopia as Xyz Material, you can use the effect 3 times in one turn! That’ll bring Utopia Ray up to 4000 ATK and almost any monster your opponent has down to 0 ATK to help you complete the comeback.

Kurivolt is a handy little Level 1 monster that makes Summoning Rank 1 Xyz Monsters a whole lot easier, and can also weaken your opponent’s Xyz Monsters in the process! During your Main Phase, you can target any Xyz Monster (especially your opponent’s) and detach an Xyz Material from it. When you do, you get to Summon another Kurivolt from your Deck.

If there’s a monster with 2 Xyz Materials attached to it, you can get rid of them both, Summon 2 copies of Kurivolt, and have enough monsters to Xyz Summon Baby Tiragon or Number 83: Galaxy Queen! This is a handy way to get around the effects of your opponent’s strongest Xyz Monsters, as without any Xz Materials, they can’t activate their effects.

Xyz Monsters can be revived with cards like Monster Reborn and Call of the Haunted, just like any other monster, but if you do that, they don’t have any Xyz Materials attached to them and you can’t use their effects. Xyz Reborn changes all of that! Xyz Reborn’s a Trap Card that lets you Special Summon any Xyz Monster from your Graveyard, and it then attaches itself to that card as an Xyz Material.

That means you can protect yourself from a Duel-ending attack with Number 39: Utopia (or Summon Utopia Ray and have 2 Xyz Materials attached to it), negate another monster effect with Evolzar Dolkka, Special Summon another banished monster with Leviair the Sea Dragon, go one more round with an invincible Tiras, Keeper of Genesis, or even protect your Ninja monsters again with Number 12: Crimson Shadow Armor Ninja! If you’re playing any Deck that Xyz Summons a lot, Xyz Reborn is one of the must-have cards you need in your Spell and Trap line-up.

All of these exciting new cards can be found in Order of Chaos, which just came out yesterday, so if you’re looking for some cool new ways to play Xyz Monsters, you know where to look!