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Box Review: Blackstorm Rising


This is the 16th Main Box and was released on November 11, 2018. Blackstorm Rising contains support for Blackwing, Bujin, Dragunity, Harpie, Reptilianne, and Gladiator Beast decks.


Card List

Ultra Rare

Duel Links Card: Black-Winged%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Bora%20the%20Spear
Duel Links Card: Reptilianne%20Vaskii
Duel Links Card: Breaker%20the%20Magical%20Warrior
Duel Links Card: Dark%20Horus
Duel Links Card: Dragunity%20Knight%20-%20Vajrayana
Duel Links Card: Black%20Whirlwind
Duel Links Card: Cards%20of%20Consonance
Duel Links Card: Sakuretsu%20Armor

Ultra Rare

Duel Links Card: Phantom%20Gryphon
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Shura%20the%20Blue%20Flame
Duel Links Card: Dragunity%20Dux
Duel Links Card: Dragunity%20Phalanx
Duel Links Card: Harpie%20Queen
Duel Links Card: Bujingi%20Crane
Duel Links Card: Gigantic%20Cephalotus
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20Armed%20Wing
Duel Links Card: Dragunity%20Knight%20-%20Gae%20Dearg
Duel Links Card: Harpies'%20Hunting%20Ground
Duel Links Card: Soul%20Release

Ultra Rare

Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Tornado%20the%20Reverse%20Wind
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Gladius%20the%20Midnight%20Sun
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Gust%20the%20Backblast
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Harmattan%20the%20Dust
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Kogarashi%20the%20Wanderer
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Breeze%20the%20Zephyr
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Mistral%20the%20Silver%20Shield
Duel Links Card: Dragunity%20Arma%20Mystletainn
Duel Links Card: Dragunity%20Aklys
Duel Links Card: Dragunity%20Partisan
Duel Links Card: Reptilianne%20Gardna
Duel Links Card: Reptilianne%20Medusa
Duel Links Card: Reptilianne%20Viper
Duel Links Card: Gladiator%20Beast%20Samnite
Duel Links Card: Gladiator%20Beast%20Hoplomus
Duel Links Card: Izanagi
Duel Links Card: Garuda%20the%20Wind%20Spirit
Duel Links Card: Gladiator%20Beast%20Gaiodiaz
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Silverwind%20the%20Ascendant
Duel Links Card: Dragunity%20Knight%20-%20Gae%20Bulg
Duel Links Card: Dragunity%20Knight%20-%20Trident
Duel Links Card: Dragunity%20Knight%20-%20Barcha
Duel Links Card: Reptilianne%20Hydra
Duel Links Card: Cards%20for%20Black%20Feathers
Duel Links Card: Dragunity%20Divine%20Lance
Duel Links Card: Synchro%20Blast%20Wave
Duel Links Card: Dragunity%20Legion
Duel Links Card: Hysteric%20Party

Ultra Rare

Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Jetstream%20the%20Blue%20Sky
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Calima%20the%20Haze
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Abrolhos%20the%20Megaquake
Duel Links Card: Dragunity%20Militum
Duel Links Card: Dragunity%20Angusticlavii
Duel Links Card: Dragunity%20Primus%20Pilus
Duel Links Card: Dragunity%20Corsesca
Duel Links Card: Reptilianne%20Gorgon
Duel Links Card: Reptilianne%20Scylla
Duel Links Card: Gladiator%20Beast%20Torax
Duel Links Card: Gladiator%20Beast%20Lanista
Duel Links Card: Gladiator%20Beast%20Spartacus
Duel Links Card: Bujingi%20Raven
Duel Links Card: Bujingi%20Swallow
Duel Links Card: Shinobird%20Pigeon
Duel Links Card: Mist%20Valley%20Windmaster
Duel Links Card: Mist%20Valley%20Baby%20Roc
Duel Links Card: Big%20One%20Warrior
Duel Links Card: Unibird
Duel Links Card: Cyborg%20Doctor
Duel Links Card: Spearfish%20Soldier
Duel Links Card: Yamato-no-Kami
Duel Links Card: Raptor%20Wing%20Strike
Duel Links Card: Black-Winged%20Strafe
Duel Links Card: Reptilianne%20Rage
Duel Links Card: Reptilianne%20Spawn
Duel Links Card: Reptilianne%20Poison
Duel Links Card: Indomitable%20Gladiator%20Beast
Duel Links Card: Gladiator%20Beast's%20Battle%20Archfiend%20Shield
Duel Links Card: Dragon%20Mastery
Duel Links Card: Silver%20Wing
Duel Links Card: Spring%20of%20Rebirth
Duel Links Card: Spiritual%20Energy%20Settle%20Machine
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Backlash
Duel Links Card: Fake%20Feather
Duel Links Card: Blackback
Duel Links Card: Blackboost
Duel Links Card: Serpent%20Suppression
Duel Links Card: Double%20Tag%20Team
Duel Links Card: Guard%20Mines
Duel Links Card: Tuner's%20Barrier
Duel Links Card: Shadow%20Impulse

Top Player Council Thoughts

“What are your thoughts on the new Blackwing support?”

Luke Tyler:

The deck at the moment relies too much on the extra deck for making pushes. And without a good enough Synchro to tutor out, Blackwings currently have no reliable win condition.

Mistilteinn:

Black Whirlwind is a very insane card, and Blackwing - Shura the Blue Flame is also very good. Both Blackwing - Bora the Spear and Shura being over the 1600 ATK threshold is also very important. This deck might be really good, but not having access to Blackwing - Gale the Whirlwind or Blackwing - Kalut the Moon Shadow might slow the deck down too much. The Crow skill Mark of the Dragon - Tail that gives 2 Blackwing - Blizzard the Far North is almost definitely staple.

“What are your thoughts on the new Bujin support?”

Luke Tyler:

Bujingi Crane is a fantastic addition to the deck. The deck now has a good Bujingi that activates from the hand. Thus, resolving Bujin Yamato/Ties of the Brethren is now even more powerful. Unlike Bujingi Sinyou, Crane does not halve the battle damage the opponent takes - allowing Crane to be used for lethal pushes, too.

However, in a side deck format I do not expect this deck to perform too well if cards such as DNA Surgery and Crevice Into the Different Dimension are prevalent.

Mistilteinn:

Bujingi Crane is amazing, the other cards not so much. Bujin might be tiered starting this box.

“What are your thoughts on the new Gladiator Beast support?”

Luke Tyler:

I don’t think the new Gladiator Beast cards are what Gladiator Beast players were hoping for. It’s nothing on the level of Gladiator Beast War Chariot or Gladiator Beast Gyzarus, but it offers some nice tech options for people to mess around with.

Mistilteinn:

Gladiator Beast Hoplomus could see play as 2400 defense can be difficult to get over. I doubt anything else will.

“What are your thoughts on the new Harpie support?”

Luke Tyler:

Some very nice cards that improve the deck’s consistency. At some point down the road in a stun format I could see the deck being very viable. However, the primary constraint of the deck is that it has no efficient way to remove a heavy swinger - which is problematic in this current format.

Mistilteinn:

Seeing as our meta has a lot of heavy backrow, Harpies’ Hunting Ground comes in at a perfect opportunity. I’m not sure that its enough to bring Harpies into the meta though. It could potentially do well this format.

“What are your thoughts on Dragunities?”

Luke Tyler:

The equip spell, Dragunity Divine Lance, is a superb card with the ability to protect the equipped monster from traps - a very useful effect in a format with many trap decks. Dragunity Aklys is also a great card that offers some core removal for the deck. There are a few ways in which this deck can be constructed - many builds may choose to use Double Cyclone or Storm to generate advantage whilst triggering Aklys in the process. Furthermore, the new UR Cards of Consonance fits nicely into the deck. I am yet to test the deck thoroughly and thus cannot give a conclusion on whether I think the deck will fly or flop.

Mistilteinn:

Having some one-card combos into Stardust Dragon is nice, but Stardust is too weak on its own. The engine will get even better as more level 8 Synchros are released.

“What are your thoughts on Reptiliannes?”

Luke Tyler:

An interesting deck with a searchable boss monster. Its playstyle is quite unique, though it could be compared to Batteryman in how it has a Batteryman Industrial Strength-esque card.

Mistilteinn:

Reptilianne Gorgon might bring out a new cancer deck into the format. This deck could potentially be good enough to KOG with late season.

“Are there any other cards that you expect to have a significant influence on the current meta?”

Luke Tyler:

Breaker the Magical Warrior could be a side deck option for Spellbooks to clear cards such as DNA Surgery and Drowning Mirror Force, whilst having synergy with the rest of the deck by being a Spellcaster.

Mistilteinn:

Breaker the Magical Warrior might just find itself in a perfect spot for a Spellbook side deck. Other than it, there isn’t anything that catches my eye.

“Are there any other cards with significant future potential?”

Mistilteinn:

Cards of Consonance can only get better from here on out.


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