This is the 33rd Main Box and was released on February 28th, 2021. Antinomic Theory introducing the Rikka and Burning Abyss archetypes and adds support for T.G. and Shark decktypes
With the new main box Antinomic Theory, Konami seems to not be following the pattern of the last Main and Mini BOXes of introducing a lot of cards with the potential to impact the meta.
Rather, we seem to be getting a myriad of new archetypes that are mostly clearly undewhelming. The new Burning Abyss cards that are coming out are laughably bad apart from Libic, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss and even that one has no good targets to special summon. The Water Xyz support that comes in the form of new Xys Monsters and Buzzsaw Shark / Lantern Shark is decent but hardly meta relevant. That being said, there are that standouts in the box:
T.G. is an archetype that hasn’t had any recent impact in the TCG aside from its clearly broken Synchro Monster T.G. Hyper Librarian (that was never being abused in its own archetype). However, in Duel Links the deck might soon have it’s spot in the spotlight with the introduction of some very powerful Skills to support it. Currently there are two theory-crafted builds in the works, one that focuses on the consistency of the Onomatoplay-like skill “Flight Control” to end in Quick-effect Vulcan the Divine setups, and an explosive Lightsworn build that uses the “Set! Delta Accel!” skill to play T.G. Recipro Dragonfly from the Extra Deck and can fairly consistently turbo out the Level 12 T.G. Halberd Cannon turn one. Look out for this deck because it has the best chance to break into the meta in any way out of the new box decks.
Rikka is in a weird spot given the new banlist changes and the skill rebalancing. The deck seems to be going for a control build that can realistically grind games for a bit and have a myriad of protection effects. It’s not as explosive as T.G. but it does look like a fairly decent rogue contender for the next format.
Mystical Space Typhoon is a good card. While it has been powercrept and is inferior to Cosmic Cyclone in almost every way it has the benefit of not being limited to 3 like CC is. Right now this doesn’t mean anything, as there are no decks that would be wanting to play 3 CC and 3 MST, neither is there any meta or potential meta deck with limited to 3 cards that would be playing CC if it could be playing it. However, if any meta deck eventually gets cards in the limited to 3 list and would want to play CC it will have MST as the next best option and that is when we will see the card have it’s time to shine.
The previous mini-box we received had clear meta relevance with powerful archetype-specific cards like Abyss Dweller and Dodododwarf Gogogoglove giving new life to Water Xyz and Onamats respectively, while also introducing powerful generic Xyz monsters like Photon Strike Bounzer and Number 70: Malevolent Sin. How does that relate to this box you ask? It’s something to compare to, and this box, unfortunately, does not necessarily have really powerful archetype-specific cards for older decks nor really powerful generic cards that many decks can take advantage of. With that being said, there are 1 or 2 archetypes with some promise, while also giving us one of the most notorious cards in all of Yu-Gi-Oh!, being Mystical Space Typhoon.
Mystical Space Typhoon - Or MST for short, is one of the most recognisable cards in competitive Yu-Gi-Oh. It can destroy any Spell/Trap card with this one Quick-Play Spell, and is a card that has seen its fair share of time on the Forbidden/Limited list in the early days of the TCG. Now, decks that have previously lost access to Cosmic Cyclone can use MST as their backrow removal such as Invoked Neos, Dark Magician, and Shiranui. Probably the only card in the box you should really consider trying to get if you don’t care about anything else in the box.
Bahamut Shark - This Rank 4 Xyz Monster can cheat out any Rank 3 WATER Xyz from your Extra Deck. Number 47: Nightmare Shark comes to mind particularly because Nightmare Shark can attach a material from the hand, and then use that material for a 2000 Direct Attack. Water Xyz and Mermails can take advantage of this by using Territory of the Sharks, but it looks to be a fairly large commitment for that kind of play, so it’d only come up when you are pushing for lethal.
King of the Feral Imps - A decent future investment that can be made with any 2 Level 4’s to search for ANY Reptile monster. The only issue with this card right now is the lack of good targets to search, though Aliens could use it to search their combo pieces or a follow-up. It’s not gonna break Aliens, per se, but it’ll make a bad deck less bad I guess.
Tech Genus (T.G.) - Never had any relevance in the TCG outside of Skill Drain cheese decks (and we don’t have Skill Drain). It’s a deck from 2011 when we have decks that have since already powercrept it. Not to mention, any form of spammy deck is limited by the 3 monster slots.
Burning Abyss - A very powerful archetype in the TCG, but we got none of the good cards from the archetype. It’s purely a Rank 3 spam deck that loses advantage too quickly as of right now, but eventually the deck will receive the really good stuff like Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss and Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss. Until then, skip.
Rikka - Probably the only archetype with any real potential. The box gives us a decent engine plus a really powerful search Spell in Rikka Glamour. The basic idea is to Tribute your cards and pop off with all of your effects, but if you have Gems you would possibly want to hang onto, I’d 100% suggest waiting for the deck to do anything first before investing.
Blasting the Ruins - A funny card from the TCG that, with the right draw engine, could dump a whole bunch of cards in the GY and then burn your opponent for a ton of effect damage (and with 3 copies of this card, that’s an FTK). But here’s the issue: How are you getting 30 cards in your GY with a deck size limit of 30? The only possible way to make this card work is by playing skills like Grandpa’s Cards or Meet My Family! to increase your deck size. In addition, I find it extremely hard to believe that a draw engine exists in Duel Links to make this card work.
While the Mini-BOX before it provided lots of promise, this one is decidedly pretty mediocre. Mystical Space Typhoon is really the big chase card of the box, and Rikkas show some promise as at least a rogue deck. If you have the gems and are a die-hard fan of Invoked or Shiranui, consider picking up MST, but outside of that, I’d hold for something more valuable in the future.
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