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Box Review: Crusaders' Battlegrounds

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Updated May 20, 2018 - Added Super Vegito’s Responses


This is the 12th Main Box and was released on May 22, 2018.


Card List

Ultra Rare Cards

Duel Links Card: Silent%20Swordsman%20LV7
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Medraut
Duel Links Card: Grandmaster%20of%20the%20Six%20Samurai
Duel Links Card: Great%20Maju%20Garzett
Duel Links Card: D.D.%20Assailant
Duel Links Card: Thestalos%20the%20Firestorm%20Monarch
Duel Links Card: The%20Dark%20Creator
Duel Links Card: Nobleman%20of%20Crossout
Duel Links Card: D.D.R.%20-%20Different%20Dimension%20Reincarnation
Duel Links Card: Xing%20Zhen%20Hu%20Replica

Super Rare Cards

Duel Links Card: Evilswarm%20Heliotrope
Duel Links Card: Silent%20Swordsman%20LV5
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Drystan
Duel Links Card: Steelswarm%20Mantis
Duel Links Card: Granmarg%20the%20Rock%20Monarch
Duel Links Card: Berlineth%20the%20Firestorm%20Vassal
Duel Links Card: Spirit%20of%20Flames
Duel Links Card: Secret%20Six%20Samurai%20-%20Rihan
Duel Links Card: Special%20Hurricane
Duel Links Card: Recurring%20Nightmare
Duel Links Card: By%20Order%20of%20the%20Emperor
Duel Links Card: Escalation%20of%20the%20Monarchs

Rare Cards

Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Artorigus
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Gawayn
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Borz
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Peredur
Duel Links Card: Ignoble%20Knight%20of%20Black%20Laundsallyn
Duel Links Card: Steelswarm%20Gatekeeper
Duel Links Card: Steelswarm%20Caucastag
Duel Links Card: Steelswarm%20Longhorn
Duel Links Card: Steelswarm%20Hercules
Duel Links Card: Evilswarm%20Ketos
Duel Links Card: Bujin%20Mikazuchi
Duel Links Card: Bujin%20Hirume
Duel Links Card: Bujingi%20Quilin
Duel Links Card: Bujingi%20Hare
Duel Links Card: Bujingi%20Sinyou
Duel Links Card: Secret%20Six%20Samurai%20-%20Kizaru
Duel Links Card: Strike%20Ninja
Duel Links Card: Hero%20Kid
Duel Links Card: Belial%20-%20Marquis%20of%20Darkness
Duel Links Card: Card%20Blocker
Duel Links Card: Darknight%20Parshath
Duel Links Card: Ogre%20of%20the%20Scarlet%20Sorrow
Duel Links Card: Silent%20Sword%20Slash
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Arms%20-%20Gallatin
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Arms%20-%20Arfeudutyr
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Arms%20-%20Caliburn
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Arms%20of%20Destiny
Duel Links Card: Glory%20of%20the%20Noble%20Knights
Duel Links Card: Bujinunity
Duel Links Card: Pot%20of%20Acquisitiveness
Duel Links Card: Return%20of%20the%20Six%20Samurai
Duel Links Card: Super%20Junior%20Confrontation

Normal Cards

Duel Links Card: Silent%20Swordsman%20LV3
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Gwalchavad
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Bedwyr
Duel Links Card: Steelswarm%20Caller
Duel Links Card: Steelswarm%20Genome
Duel Links Card: Steelswarm%20Sentinel
Duel Links Card: Bujingi%20Turtle
Duel Links Card: Spirit%20of%20the%20Six%20Samurai
Duel Links Card: Secret%20Six%20Samurai%20-%20Hatsume
Duel Links Card: Secret%20Six%20Samurai%20-%20Doji
Duel Links Card: Vylon%20Pentachloro
Duel Links Card: Vylon%20Tesseract
Duel Links Card: Vylon%20Vanguard
Duel Links Card: Vylon%20Soldier
Duel Links Card: Vylon%20Hept
Duel Links Card: Vylon%20Stigma
Duel Links Card: Metallizing%20Parasite%20-%20Lunatite
Duel Links Card: Metallizing%20Parasite%20-%20Soltite
Duel Links Card: Big%20Eye
Duel Links Card: Rocket%20Jumper
Duel Links Card: Mad%20Reloader
Duel Links Card: Damage%20Eater
Duel Links Card: Last%20Chapter%20of%20the%20Noble%20Knights
Duel Links Card: First%20Step%20Towards%20Infestation
Duel Links Card: Bujintervention
Duel Links Card: Cunning%20of%20the%20Six%20Samurai
Duel Links Card: Secret%20Skills%20of%20the%20Six%20Samurai
Duel Links Card: Vylon%20Material
Duel Links Card: Vylon%20Matter
Duel Links Card: Vylon%20Component
Duel Links Card: Vylon%20Polytope
Duel Links Card: Darkness%20Approaches
Duel Links Card: Chain%20Summoning
Duel Links Card: Card%20Advance
Duel Links Card: Frost%20Blast%20of%20the%20Monarchs
Duel Links Card: Avalon
Duel Links Card: Infestation%20Wave
Duel Links Card: Infestation%20Ripples
Duel Links Card: Infestation%20Tool
Duel Links Card: Bujinfidel
Duel Links Card: Driving%20Snow
Duel Links Card: Formation%20Union
Duel Links Card: Miracle%20Kids
Duel Links Card: Kid%20Guard
Duel Links Card: Brutal%20Potion
Duel Links Card: Chain%20Whirlwind

Top Player Council Thoughts

“What are your first impressions of Noble Knights?”

SelectMaple says:

Noble Knights have a lot of potential. Being able to flood the field, destroy your opponents cards and easily search and recycle your equip cards, I believe this deck can be a top tier deck. The drawback to this deck is only having 3 zones for your equip cards and being a Warrior type deck, being vulnerable to Warrior Elimination.

Glading says:

They will make a new meta.

AndyTsang says:

Noble Knights in TCG were a gimmicky strategy built around surrounding a single monster with equips that protected it from targeting, as well as destruction. But in a format full of Spellbook of Fate and Amazoness Onslaught, I think Noble Knights came at a bad time.

Super Vegito says:

I think this deck has some potential. Being able to destroy set cards with Noble Arms - Arfeudutyr and swarm the field with the effect of Noble Knight Medraut will definitely give Sylvans some trouble. Warrior Elimination will be a setback for this deck which lacks recovery.


“What are your first impressions of Six Samurais?”

SelectMaple says:

Another deck vulnerable to Warrior Elimination, Six Samurais get more support in this upcoming box. With the release of Grandmaster of the Six Samurai, the deck is a lot faster than before and can create new combos with cards like Cunning of the Six Samurai and Secret Six Samurai - Doji. I believe this deck has a ton of potential and could possibly make it to the tier list.

Glading says:

I think it will be a high potential deck.

AndyTsang says:

Grandmaster of the Six Samurai is a godsend. Great Shogun Shien is great vs Spellbooks.

Super Vegito says:

Grandmaster of the Six Samurai gives Six Samurias a huge boost. Allowing you to have a second monster on the field to activate your effects much faster. Also being able to banish your Samurai monsters in the graveyard to avoid one of your monsters from being destroyed by a card effect is helpful in this current meta.


“What are your first impressions of Bujins?”

SelectMaple says:

Bujins were first introduced in Resonance of Contrast. The deck lacked very many support cards, but now with the upcoming new box, Bujins can possibly be a top tier deck. Possibly builds that could be playable are That Grass Looks Greener, getting as many Bujingi monsters to the grave for their effects or Ties of the Brethren, getting your Bujin Yamato out faster onto the field and flooding your field.

Glading says:

Trash!

AndyTsang says:

Bujins with Ties of the Brethren may be a thing (Bujin Yamato + Bujin Mikazuchi + Bujin Arasuda). However, similar to Noble Knights the flaw with Bujins has always been non-targetting, non-destruction removal, as their main protection comes from Bujingi Turtle and Bujingi Hare.


“Which cards seem needed for a current top-tier deck?”

SelectMaple says:

Nobleman of Crossout: A great tech or side deck card being able to slow down Sylvans banishing their facedown Sylvan Komushroomo, World Carrotweight Champion or Rose Lover. Nobleman of Crossout doesn’t just counter Sylvans, but also against any deck as it is a great removal card in general.

Glading says:

Nobleman of Crossout!

Super Vegito says:

Nobleman of Crossout: A very useful card to have in your side deck for the Sylvans matchup.


“Which cards may be used in a current top-tier deck?”

SelectMaple says:

Special Hurricane: Pretty nice side deck card as this meta is very special summoning heavy. Though the card is pretty situational and the cost could possibly hurt you. Nonetheless, this card could possibly be a top tier side deck card.

Xing Zhen Hu Replica: The mix between Xing Zhen Hu and Fire Formation - Gyokkou. Xing Zhen Hu Replica is a good card to lock your opponents backrow. This card will most likely have more play than its original counterpart, the argument here is whether to play this or Fire Formation - Gyokkou. I personally would still play Gyokkou over Replica, but this could be more of a personal preference.

Glading says:

Special Hurricane and Pot of Acquisitiveness.


“Which cards have significant future potential?”

Glading says:

D.D.R. - Different Dimension Reincarnation and the Monarch cards.

Super Vegito says:

Monarchs!


“Any other thoughts on the box?”

Super Vegito says:

We didn’t get enough Monarch support like we expected from this box but I think they can be somewhat competitive using Paleozoic Canadia and Paleozoic Hallucigenia.


Tell us your own thoughts on the box in the comments below!

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