The Power of Rank-Up Magic

Barian’s Force is a very unique card that increases the efficiency of summoning powerful Chaos Xyz monsters. If Barian’s Force doesn’t flop, it could actually make Xyz monsters, which are already powerful, even stronger and more fun to play.

Rank Up Barian's ForceDo you guys remember when Assault Mode monsters came out eons ago? They were supposed to revolutionize synchro monsters, but ended up flopping pretty badly. Just like the card to summon Assault Mode monsters was Assault Mode Activate, a similar card was released for Xyz monsters in Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy. It’s a spell card called Rank-Up Magic Barian’s Force. Barian’s Force is a very unique card that increases the efficiency of summoning powerful Chaos Xyz monsters. If Barian’s Force doesn’t flop, it could actually make Xyz monsters, which are already powerful, even stronger and more fun to play. Continue reading “The Power of Rank-Up Magic”

Strongest Numbers in Yugioh Part 1

Xyz monsters have become very popular, especially the number monsters. What are the top 10 Number monsters in Yugioh?

Xyz monsters have developed into some of the greatest powerhouses in all of Yugioh. Ever since the release of the first Xyz monster, Number 17: Leviathan Dragon, Xyz monsters have become staples in most decks. The trademark Xyz monsters are the number monsters. There have been several Number monsters introduced up to this point and Yugioh Zexall II is bound to showcase even more. Out of the numerous Number monsters released, which are the strongest?

Number 11: Big Eye10. Number 11: Big Eye – While Big Eye may be tough to summon, as it requires two, level seven monsters to summon, its effect and stats make it a solid monster. Big Eye is a tough monster to bring down with its 2600 attack and 2000 defense points. On top of that, it has an awesome effect! Once per turn, by detaching one of its Xyz material monsters, Big Eye can take control of a monster on your opponent’s side of the field. While Big Eye cannot declare an attack the turn this effect is used, it is a great way to turn the tide on your opponent.  Continue reading “Strongest Numbers in Yugioh Part 1”

New Yugioh Exceed Monsters

We have already talked about several exceed monsters (most notably Utopia and Leviath Dragon ) whether in certain posts or comments. As more episodes of Yugioh Zexal are being created, naturally, more exceed monsters have been airing as well. Most of them are number monsters and some are regular exceed monsters. I’ll go through a list of the three major exceed monsters that have aired on the show so far.

1. Baby Tragon

Not only is Baby Dragon a wickedly cute monster, it has a wicked effect that can really hurt you if you are not careful. You can discard one of Baby Tragon’s three exceed material monsters to give a monster on your side of the field the ability to attack directly! This effect can be crucial in late game situations. The only problem with Baby Tragon is that it can be a little difficult to bring out since it requires three exceed material monsters to be summoned.

2. Number 34. Electronic Computer – Beast Tera Byte

Though it has 0 attack, ECBTB has a whopping 2900 defense and as result, it should serve as a wall to your life points. Plus, by removing one of its exceed material monsters, once per turn it can take control of one of one your opponent’s level four or lower attack position monster. You can make a pretty devastating monster control deck with ECBTB serving as the ace card.

3. No. 83 Galaxy Queen

Like Baby Tragon, Galaxy Queen can be a little bit tricky to play since it requires three level one monsters. However, its epic effect makes playing Galaxy Queen worth the work. By removing one of its exceed material monsters, Galaxy Queen makes sure all of your monsters cannot be destroyed by battle until the end of your opponent’s turn. Plus, your monsters gain the ability to inflict piercing battle damage as well.

We have already talked about several exceed monsters (most notably Utopia and Leviath Dragon ) whether in certain posts or comments. As more episodes of Yugioh Zexal are being created, naturally, more exceed monsters have been airing as well. Most of them are number monsters and some are regular exceed monsters. I’ll go through a list of the three major exceed monsters that have aired on the show so far.

yu-gi-oh-baby-tragon1. Baby Tragon

Not only is Baby Dragon a wickedly cute monster, it has a wicked effect that can really hurt you if you are not careful. You can discard one of Baby Tragon’s three exceed material monsters to give a monster on your side of the field the ability to attack directly! This effect can be crucial in late game situations. The only problem with Baby Tragon is that it can be a little difficult to bring out since it requires three exceed material monsters to be summoned.

yugioh-electronic-computer-beast-terabyte2. Number 34. Electronic Computer – Beast Tera Byte

Though it has 0 attack, ECBTB has a whopping 2900 defense and as result, it should serve as a wall to your life points. Plus, by removing one of its exceed material monsters, once per turn it can take control of one of one your opponent’s level four or lower attack position monster. You can make a pretty devastating monster control deck with ECBTB serving as the ace card.

yu-gi-oh-galaxy-queen3. No. 83 Galaxy Queen

Like Baby Tragon, Galaxy Queen can be a little bit tricky to play since it requires three level one monsters. However, its epic effect makes playing Galaxy Queen worth the work. By removing one of its exceed material monsters, Galaxy Queen makes sure all of your monsters cannot be destroyed by battle until the end of your opponent’s turn. Plus, your monsters gain the ability to inflict piercing battle damage as well.

Change in Yugioh Zexal Terminology

There was abound to be some change between the terminology used in the Japanese version of Yugioh Zexal compared to the American version. Here are some of the crucial changes:

Exceed Monsters are now Xyz monsters and overlay units (or exceed material monsters) are known as Xyz material monsters.
No.39 Aspiring Emperor Hope has become No.39 Utopia (I have no idea why).
No.17 Revise Dragon has become No.17 Leviath Dragon.

There was abound to be some change between the terminology used in the Japanese version of Yugioh Zexal compared to the American version. Here are some of the crucial changes:

  1. Exceed Monsters are now Xyz monsters and overlay units (or exceed material monsters) are known as Xyz material monsters.
  2. No.39 Aspiring Emperor Hope has become No.39 Utopia (I have no idea why).
  3. No.17 Revise Dragon has become No.17 Leviath Dragon.

Yuma Character Comparison

I don’t know about you guys, but my first impression of Yuma was “what a loser…” This is weird because the previous three characters who have starred on Yugioh have all been what the modern world calls “hard-ass”. I knew Yugi/Pharaoh would be a beast when I witnessed their epic millennium puzzle transformation. With Jaden, he looked a bit aloof at first sight, but one he dominated Dr. Crowler in the first episode, you could tell that he was a tough duelist. As for Yusei, you didn’t even have to watch him duel to know to see that he was a monster. His tough attitude and relentless spirit was enough evidence for me to conclude that he would be an unstoppable duelist. Yuma seems the polar opposite of all three of these characters.

Yuma seems to be like Jaden from the first half of the series: goofy, silly, and a loudmouth; only difference is Jaden could back up his words with his dueling while Yuma can’t. Yuma is also similar to Yugi in the sense that Yuma utilizes Astral, similar to how Yugi relied on Pharaoh. However, Yugi became a greater duelist even without Pharaoh’s help, and Yuma hasn’t been able to do that yet. Yuma’s differing qualities from his predecessors is one of the reason I have been following the show. I am keen to see how he will evolve as a character and how his relationship with Astral transforms as well.

yu-gi-oh-yumaI don’t know about you guys, but my first impression of Yuma was “what a loser…” This is weird because the previous three characters who have starred on Yugioh have all been what the modern world calls “hard-ass”. I knew Yugi/Pharaoh would be a beast when I witnessed their epic millennium puzzle transformation. With Jaden, he looked a bit aloof at first sight, but one he dominated Dr. Crowler in the first episode, you could tell that he was a tough duelist. As for Yusei, you didn’t even have to watch him duel to know to see that he was a monster. His tough attitude and relentless spirit was enough evidence for me to conclude that he would be an unstoppable duelist. Yuma seems the polar opposite of all three of these characters.

Yuma seems to be like Jaden from the first half of the series: goofy, silly, and a loudmouth; only difference is Jaden could back up his words with his dueling while Yuma can’t. Yuma is also similar to Yugi in the sense that Yuma utilizes Astral, similar to how Yugi relied on Pharaoh. However, Yugi became a greater duelist even without Pharaoh’s help, and Yuma hasn’t been able to do that yet. Yuma’s differing qualities from his predecessors is one of the reason I have been following the show. I am keen to see how he will evolve as a character and how his relationship with Astral transforms as well.

End of Yugioh 5Ds Marks the Start of Yugioh Zexal

Episode 154 of Yugioh 5Ds marked the last 5Ds episode and it was possibly one of the best episodes of the series. In episode 154, also known as Shining Forth to the Future, the main characters all part ways and it shows how they are all doing in the future. It emphasizes friendship and bondage so it was a very sentimental yet feel-good episode. Now that Yugioh 5Ds is over, Konami is making a new series, Yugio Zexal. The first episode was released a few days ago and to tell you the truth, it didn’t look very good.

Yugioh Zexal revolves around a boy named Yuma who unlocks some sort of spirit from his dream world that helps him duel, similar to Yubel who later acts as an aid to Jaden. The show also introduces a new type of monsters known as exceed monsters; all of them are pretty easy to summon and some of them have stellar effects. Despite this introduction, Zexal looks pretty boring and the storyline is kind of repeating that of Yugioh and Yugioh 5Ds, where the duelists duel with some sort of spirit.

Though I criticized Yugioh 5Ds, which I enjoyed later or, when it was released, Yugioh Zexal just looks stupid. The characters look very hollow and there doesn’t seem to be an intense rivalry. Yes, there is a boy named Shark that Yuma forms a rivalry with but it just doesn’t seem nearly as intense as the rivalry between Yugi-Kaiba, Jaden-Zane, or Yusei-Jack.

yu-gi-oh-zexalEpisode 154 of Yugioh 5Ds marked the last 5Ds episode and it was possibly one of the best episodes of the series. In episode 154, also known as Shining Forth to the Future, the main characters all part ways and it shows how they are all doing in the future. It emphasizes friendship and bondage so it was a very sentimental yet feel-good episode. Now that Yugioh 5Ds is over, Konami is making a new series, Yugio Zexal. The first episode was released a few days ago and to tell you the truth, it didn’t look very good.

Yugioh Zexal revolves around a boy named Yuma who unlocks some sort of spirit from his dream world that helps him duel, similar to Yubel who later acts as an aid to Jaden. The show also introduces a new type of monsters known as exceed monsters; all of them are pretty easy to summon and some of them have stellar effects. Despite this introduction, Zexal looks pretty boring and the storyline is kind of repeating that of Yugioh and Yugioh 5Ds, where the duelists duel with some sort of spirit.

Though I criticized Yugioh 5Ds, which I enjoyed later or, when it was released, Yugioh Zexal just looks stupid. The characters look very hollow and there doesn’t seem to be an intense rivalry. Yes, there is a boy named Shark that Yuma forms a rivalry with but it just doesn’t seem nearly as intense as the rivalry between Yugi-Kaiba, Jaden-Zane, or Yusei-Jack.

Exceed Summon VS. Synchro Summon

After Yugioh 5Ds concludes in episode 154, a new Yugioh series, Zexal, will be released. Just like Yugioh GX revolved around fusion summoning (contact fusion) and Yugioh 5Ds revolved around synchro summoning, Yugioh Zexal will revolve around a new type of summoning known as exceed summon. Once Yugioh Zexal comes out, do you guys think exceed summoning will make synchro summoning obsolete? Let’s compare the two forms of summoning in order to find out.

As you all know, a synchro summon occurs when there is one tuner monster and one or more non-tuner monsters. The player can then remove those monsters and play a synchro monster whose level equals the sum of the levels of the tuner and the non-tuner(s). Then, there is also Accel Synchro summoning, which requires a synchro tuner monster to tune with a regular synchro monster and Delta Synchro summon, which requires two regular synchro monsters and one tuner synchro.

An exceed summon is similar to a synchro summon and a contact fusion in the sense that it requires no spell card to proceed. An exceed summon is performed when there are two monsters with the same level on your side of the field; you can then summon an exceed monster whose Rank (which is the same thing as level) is equivalent to the level of the two Exceed material monsters.

I personally like exceed monsters in comparison to synchro monsters, because every deck can have one. With synchro monsters, you usually have to create a centralized deck in order to bring out tuners, modify levels, etc… in order to synchro summon. In short, I think exceed monsters are merely simpler than synchro monsters. That’s my opinion, but what do you guys think?

After Yugioh 5Ds concludes in episode 154, a new Yugioh series, Zexal, will be released. Just like Yugioh GX revolved around fusion summoning (contact fusion) and Yugioh 5Ds revolved around synchro summoning, Yugioh Zexal will revolve around a new type of summoning known as exceed summon. Once Yugioh Zexal comes out, do you guys think exceed summoning will make synchro summoning obsolete? Let’s compare the two forms of summoning in order to find out.

As you all know, a synchro summon occurs when there is one tuner monster and one or more non-tuner monsters. The player can then remove those monsters and play a synchro monster whose level equals the sum of the levels of the tuner and the non-tuner(s). Then, there is also Accel Synchro summoning, which requires a synchro tuner monster to tune with a regular synchro monster and Delta Synchro summon, which requires two regular synchro monsters and one tuner synchro.

An exceed summon is similar to a synchro summon and a contact fusion in the sense that it requires no spell card to proceed. An exceed summon is performed when there are two monsters with the same level on your side of the field; you can then summon an exceed monster whose Rank (which is the same thing as level) is equivalent to the level of the two Exceed material monsters.

I personally like exceed monsters in comparison to synchro monsters, because every deck can have one. With synchro monsters, you usually have to create a centralized deck in order to bring out tuners, modify levels, etc…  in order to synchro summon. In short, I think exceed monsters are merely simpler than synchro monsters. That’s my opinion, but what do you guys think?