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Box Review: Arena of Sanctuary

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This is the 29th Mini Box and was released on August 31st, 2020. Arena of Sanctuary introduces the Valkyrie and Trickstar decktypes and adding support for Karakuri, Triamid, Scrap, Watt, and Arcana Force decktypes.

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Card List

Ultra Rare
Duel Links Card: Trishula,%20the%20Dragon%20of%20Icy%20Imprisonment
Duel Links Card: Valkyrie%20Brunhilde
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Bonze%20mdl%209763%20%22Kunamzan%22
Super Rare
Duel Links Card: Exploder%20Dragonwing
Duel Links Card: Valkyrie%20Sigrun
Duel Links Card: Valkyrie%20Sechste
Duel Links Card: Arcana%20Force%20EX%20-%20The%20Dark%20Ruler
Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Sphinx
Duel Links Card: Nova%20Summoner
Duel Links Card: Scrapyard
Duel Links Card: Combination%20Attack
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Cash%20Inn
Duel Links Card: Karma%20Cut
Rare
Duel Links Card: Genex%20Ally%20Triforce
Duel Links Card: Valkyrie%20Erda
Duel Links Card: Valkyrie%20Zweite
Duel Links Card: Valkyrie%20Dritte
Duel Links Card: Valkyrie%20Vierte
Duel Links Card: Wattpheasant
Duel Links Card: Wattcobra
Duel Links Card: Trickstar%20Lilybell
Duel Links Card: Valkyrie's%20Embrace
Duel Links Card: Final%20Light
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Gama%20Oil
Duel Links Card: Loge's%20Flame
Duel Links Card: Apple%20of%20Enlightenment
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Soldier%20mdl%20236%20%22Nisamu%22
Duel Links Card: Wattdragonfly
Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Hunter
Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Kingolem
Normal
Duel Links Card: Valkyrie%20Funfte
Duel Links Card: Fortune%20Chariot
Duel Links Card: Valkyrie%20Chariot
Duel Links Card: Wattgiraffe
Duel Links Card: Trickstar%20Narkissus
Duel Links Card: Avatar%20of%20The%20Pot
Duel Links Card: Spirit%20of%20the%20Pot%20of%20Greed
Duel Links Card: Neck%20Hunter
Duel Links Card: Great%20Bill
Duel Links Card: Job-Change%20Mirror
Duel Links Card: Beaked%20Snake
Duel Links Card: The%20All-Seeing%20White%20Tiger
Duel Links Card: Pegasus%20Wing
Duel Links Card: Trickstar%20Magical%20Laurel
Duel Links Card: Trickstar%20Bouquet
Duel Links Card: Wattsquirrel
Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Dancer
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Showdown%20Castle
Duel Links Card: Runaway%20Karakuri
Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Fortress

Dkayed's Thoughts

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Community Thoughts

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Karakuri

We have support for Karakuri deck being Karakuri Cash Inn and Karakuri Bonze mdl 9763 “Kunamzan”. With Kunamzan’s effect of being a Tuner by targeting a Karakuri and special summon from hand, Karakuri Merchant mdl 177 “Inashichi” becomes 1-card synchro into Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 “Burei”. Unfortunately this locks you into summoning EARTH Machine-Type monsters from the Extra Deck. Cash Inn is Forbidden Chalice for Karakuri (searchable with Merchant) and can switch a monster’s position. Remind you that the GY effect and the Field effect can be used at the same turn!

Personally, Karakuri is a good deck, and is better with this box. Sadly, the archetypal cards don’t have many ways to play through flippers and put high pressure.

Valkyrie

You can swarm using Valkyrie Sigrun to send a faceup Spell/Trap card (most likely will be a Field Spell through a Skill) to summon herself and another Valkyrie from hand or GY. Valkyrie Dritte when summoned can add any Valkyrie cards from your Deck, Valkyrie Vierte can add one Normal Spell / Trap among the Top X cards in your deck (where X is the number of other Valkyries). Valkyrie Zweite when summoned can destroy a monster, and Valkyrie’s Embrace can banish one of your opponent’s monster by switching an Attack Position Valkyrie to Defense Position. Valkyrie Sechste can Special Summon a Valkyrie from Deck if it is Special Summoned. There’s other support too, but the most meta-relevant is Apple of Enlightenment.

I have doubts about this deck, because it doesn’t have much follow-up, and if you pop the Field Spell, you basically stop Valkyrie spamming.

Other Cards

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Staple Cards

  • Karma Cut: We all know the power of this card. Very good in the current meta and a great staple for upcoming formats as well. If you do not have your copies, this is your chance to complete your playset or get the card as a 2-of which is still very beneficial for a lot of decks (Invoked Neos, Dark Magician, etc).
  • Trishula, the Dragon of Icy Imprisonment very lackluster compared to the other Trishula of course, also it only reaches its full potential in a Dragon deck. However, there may be a format where its effect is super useful (like it was in the summer of 2019 in the TCG, banishing Knightmare Mermaid from the extra deck) so I suggest picking up 1 copy like with almost all the generic Extra Deck cards.
  • Exploder Dragonwing: Decent effect, non-targeting removal for a Level 7 Synchro, which is the best Level a synchro can be in Duel Links. Not so generic as it requires a Dragon-Type non-Tuner. Still, I suggest picking up a copy, the card is potent.

Archetypes

Valkyries: The deck has monsters that do some of the basics of Duel Links (summoning from the deck, adding in-archetype cards from your deck to your hand, popping monsters, etc.), while also having the potential of a beatdown deck with Valkyrie Erda. Valkyrie Sigrun provides some level of recovery, and synergizes well with cards like Valhalla, Hall of the Fallen. Valkyrie Brunhilde is the card that provides battle protection while the ATK gaining effect enables more Beatdown. However, the Spells / Traps cannot be searched by Valkyrie Dritte and only Valkyrie Vierte can add them, but that is super random.

Karakuri: They get three new cards. Karakuri Bonze mdl 9763 “Kunamzan” is a decent extender, meaning that the Karakuri Merchant mdl 177 “Inashichi” is a one-card Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 “Burei” now, plus it changes battle position which synergizes well with Karakuri Anatomy. No need to open Karakuri Komachi mdl 224 “Ninishi” anymore. Level Augmentation isn’t necessary as a skill anymore even though it is still a decent pick. Karakuri Cash Inn is super potent, as it’s searchable, negates effects, and changes the battle position of your monster. The Graveyard effect is also very good and can be used in he same turn. I can already imagine this card being a huge problem for Witchcrafter. Karakuri Gama Oil is an ATK-boosting Equip Spell but I do not think it is necessary. May see testing though.

A 2

If there’s any reason to go into this Box it is for Karma Cut! I, however, am excited Triamid Sphinx however Triamids have three decks to face-off with in the form of Witchcrafters, Invoked Neos, and Blackwings, all decks that come with backrow hate and monster negates. They might also have a difficult time using the good ol’ Balance Skill due to their boss monster interfering with their opening hand. He is dead if you have no way to send Triamid Kingolem to the GY. At best, Triamid are Tier 3, but still I am very excited to play them!


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