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Box Review: Curse of Dread

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This is the 21st Mini Box and was released on August 12th, 2019. Curse of Dread introduces the Vendread and Venom archtypes and adds support for Zombie decks.

Test In Pack Simulator

Card List

Ultra Rare
Duel Links Card: Revendread%20Slayer
Duel Links Card: Plaguespreader%20Zombie
Duel Links Card: Glow-Up%20Bloom
Super Rare
Duel Links Card: The%20Fabled%20Unicore
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Zombie%20Necro%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Mudragon%20of%20the%20Swamp
Duel Links Card: Vendread%20Revenants
Duel Links Card: The%20Fabled%20Catsith
Duel Links Card: Pyramid%20Turtle
Duel Links Card: Beast%20King%20Barbaros
Duel Links Card: Zombina
Duel Links Card: Revendread%20Origin
Duel Links Card: Viper's%20Rebirth
Rare
Duel Links Card: Fabled%20Leviathan
Duel Links Card: Doomkaiser%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Revived%20King%20Ha%20Des
Duel Links Card: Vendread%20Battlelord
Duel Links Card: Revendread%20Executor
Duel Links Card: Vendread%20Houndhorde
Duel Links Card: Vendread%20Striges
Duel Links Card: Vennominaga%20the%20Deity%20of%20Poisonous%20Snakes
Duel Links Card: Chainsaw%20Insect
Duel Links Card: The%20Fabled%20Rubyruda
Duel Links Card: Pain%20Painter
Duel Links Card: Scapeghost
Duel Links Card: Zombino
Duel Links Card: Revendread%20Evolution
Duel Links Card: Venom%20Swamp
Duel Links Card: Snake%20Rain
Duel Links Card: The%20Fabled%20Ganashia
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Duel Links Card: Archfiend%20Zombie-Skull
Duel Links Card: Vendread%20Chimera
Duel Links Card: Vendread%20Core
Duel Links Card: Vendread%20Anima
Duel Links Card: Venom%20Snake
Duel Links Card: Venom%20Boa
Duel Links Card: Venom%20Serpent
Duel Links Card: Vennominon%20the%20King%20of%20Poisonous%20Snakes
Duel Links Card: The%2013th%20Grave
Duel Links Card: Mech%20Mole%20Zombie
Duel Links Card: Vendread%20Nights
Duel Links Card: Vendread%20Nightmare
Duel Links Card: Venom%20Shot
Duel Links Card: Vendread%20Reunion
Duel Links Card: Vendread%20Revolution
Duel Links Card: Snake%20Deity's%20Command
Duel Links Card: Rise%20of%20the%20Snake%20Deity
Duel Links Card: Fabled%20Topi
Duel Links Card: Bone%20Crusher
Duel Links Card: Attack%20Pheromones

Dkayed's Thoughts


Top Player Council Thoughts

ShinySopheon

Fableds have the same problems as before. They have no play going 1st, their strategy is easily disrupted, and the mediocre synchros we have access to make the engine not worth playing at all.

Vendreads can be very strong once set up, but may suffer from consistency issues or being easily countered. High Potential.

Plaguespreader Zombie and Glow-Up Bloom are strong cards, but dont seem that great with the card pool we have. May help out decks like vamps, we’ll see


Community Thoughts

Bacon

After testing a good bit with the help of Timaeus and others, I have come to my conclusion on Vendread. I feel it may have some very solid matchups in the meta and the deck can certainly pick up steam and begin to snowball on opponents. That being said, Sealed Tombs nearly outright destroys the deck. Cyberdarks can absolutely bully it going first or second, Six Samurais are a bit of a nightmare, and Desperado/Triamids have their own ways of shutting the deck down as well in the form of disruptive backrow such as Paleozoic Canadia, etc. Unlike Cyber Angels, Vendread searching is slower rather than immediate- frequently leaving them in top deck situations or with low resources. The deck does not thin at a very high rate compared to most of the meta and thus tends to fall behind in card advantage fast if their initial boss is worked around. While this deck certainly feels like it has Tier List potential, I personally do not see it being anything beyond the power level of Metaphys in side deck formats.


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