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Box Review: Photon of Galaxy

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This is the 32nd Mini Box and was released on January 31st, 2021. It adds support for the Photon, Butterspy, Bounzer, Onomat, and Ghostrick Archetypes.

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Card List

Ultra Rare
Duel Links Card: Galaxy-Eyes%20Photon%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Abyss%20Dweller
Duel Links Card: Photon%20Thrasher
Super Rare
Duel Links Card: Photon%20Strike%20Bounzer
Duel Links Card: Ghostrick%20Alucard
Duel Links Card: Steelswarm%20Roach
Duel Links Card: Number%2070:%20Malevolent%20Sin
Duel Links Card: Photon%20Lizard
Duel Links Card: Photon%20Vanisher
Duel Links Card: Gagaga%20Head
Duel Links Card: Dodododwarf%20Gogogoglove
Duel Links Card: United%20We%20Stand
Duel Links Card: Hammer%20Shot
Rare
Duel Links Card: Photon%20Papilloperative
Duel Links Card: Photon%20Alexandra%20Queen
Duel Links Card: Paladin%20of%20Photon%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Ghostrick%20Jiangshi
Duel Links Card: Dododo%20Witch
Duel Links Card: Dododo%20Swordsman
Duel Links Card: Blue%20Mountain%20Butterspy
Duel Links Card: Galaxy%20Storm
Duel Links Card: Photon%20Trident
Duel Links Card: Xyz%20Double%20Back
Duel Links Card: Lumenize
Duel Links Card: Bounzer%20Guard
Duel Links Card: Butterflyoke
Duel Links Card: Swallowtail%20Butterspy
Duel Links Card: Moonlit%20Papillon
Duel Links Card: Daybreaker
Duel Links Card: Berserk%20Scales
Normal
Duel Links Card: Twin%20Photon%20Lizard
Duel Links Card: Photon%20Sabre%20Tiger
Duel Links Card: Photon%20Leo
Duel Links Card: Photon%20Circle
Duel Links Card: Photon%20Caesar
Duel Links Card: Photon%20Pirate
Duel Links Card: Ghostrick%20Warwolf
Duel Links Card: Lightserpent
Duel Links Card: Overlay%20Sentinel
Duel Links Card: Giant%20Red%20Seasnake
Duel Links Card: Fire%20Kraken
Duel Links Card: Galaxy%20Wave
Duel Links Card: Luminous%20Dragon%20Ritual
Duel Links Card: Overlay%20Capture
Duel Links Card: Photon%20Cerberus
Duel Links Card: Morpho%20Butterspy
Duel Links Card: Blade%20Bounzer
Duel Links Card: Phantom%20Bounzer
Duel Links Card: Chopman%20the%20Desperate%20Outlaw
Duel Links Card: A%20Feint%20Plan

Dkayed's Thoughts

Community Thoughts

Shinjo

Arguably the best box we’ve had in a while, since 5 of the cards in this BOX give so much utility and power for a lot of decks, and 4/5 of those cards are Xyz Monsters.

Abyss Dweller - This is probably the best Rank 4 Xyz Monster we will soon have without a doubt. The ability to negate any card effect in the Graveyard is super powerful since most strategies treat the graveyard as a second hand. Most importantly, this has a Spell Speed 2 effect which means it can activate during your opponent’s turn. However, this isn’t the same thing as Necrovalley: it doesn’t stop things that can revive monsters from the graveyard or add cards from the graveyard to the hand (unless those effects activate in the Graveyard), but it does stop effects on-destruction like Spiritual Beast Tamer Winda and effects that summon when in the grave like The White Stone of Ancients.

Steelswarm Roach - Another Rank 4 Xyz Monster that was made back in 2012. This monster has a Spell Speed 2 effect of negating the Special Summon of a Level 5 or higher monster and destroys it (not even once per turn by the way). In other words, this card stops inherent summons like Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon, Chaos Dragon Levianeer and so on. However this doesn’t stop Special Summons would start a chain (Like Chaos Hunter), Special Summon from a card effect like Polymerization, and Xyz Summons. A lot of people will definitely find this card very confusing if no one knows the rules, so it’s gonna be quite interesting to see how other people would find out about it.

Number 70: Malevolent Sin - Another great generic Rank 4 Xyz Monster that has an effect that banishes a monster until your opponent’s Standby Phase. A great monster with great removal effect. This also gains 300 ATK after attacking and increases its Rank by 3, but the last clause will probably have no relevance until we get some new Xyz’s that can be overlayed with it, so for now its just a Xyz monster with 2400 attack that banishes a monster.

Photon Strike Bounzer - our new generic Rank 6 Xyz Monster. The best way to describe this card is that it’s Number 25: Force Focus on steroids since it negates any monster effects on either player’s turn that can also burn them for 500 Damage. This monster gives decks that can summon it easily the Turn 1 they needed that can help them disrupt their opponent’s plays.

Dodododwarf Gogogoglove - A great support card for Onomat decks. Not only can it Special Summon a Zubaba or Gagaga monster from your hand, it Special Summons itself from the Graveyard if you control a Gogogo or Dododo monster. The only downside is that it banishes itself when it leaves the field after using its second effect. In other words, this card lets Onomat Xyz Summon very easily thanks to its effect, and its a Level 4 as well. A special interaction of its banishing effect is, when you use it as Xyz material, it’s essentially no longer on the field. So, when that Xyz Monster detaches Dwarf, it goes to grave, meaning you can activate its effect on the next turn to do more Xyz plays. This card basically gave Onomat decks a good grind game.

Overall Impression - It’s a must-buy box for any decks that can go into Rank 4 or Rank 6 Xyz Monsters easily. The biggest winner in this box is the Onomat deck, since they can summon both very easily, and they will have a great impact on the metagame once the box is out. Thunder Dragons in a way got the Turn 1 they needed with Photon Strike Bounzer, however, this doesn’t help their consistency at all (but their overall power definitely got improved). Satellarknights might become even more of a control-based Xyz deck with the additions of {Abyss dweller and Steelswarm Roach, only time will tell how well they will do.

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The stand-alone archetypes in this Mini BOX are very flawed in their current state however those archetypes are likely going to receive support in future sets/ events. As for generic usage, most of the Xyz Monsterss in this set are very powerful and have seen a lot of success in the TCG previously. Most recently, Photon Strike Bounzer is currently seeing play in a Top Tier deck and Abyss Dweller sees play in a lot of rogue decks (however, it has seen Top Tier success in the last year). Previously, both Steelswarm Roach and Number 70: Malevolent Sin saw play in the TCG and I believe will see usage in Duel Links depending on the format.

The most impacted deck-type from this box is Onomat. Not only due to the amount of impactful first-turn Xyz Monsterss increasing / improving, but due to the introduction of Dodododwarf Gogogoglove as well. I believe Onomat will see a large increase in representation and success in tournaments.

However, I think the overall impact of this box will result from Photon Strike Bounzer seeing usage in Thunder Dragons (or any deck that can Xyz Summon Rank 6’s) instead of Number 25: Force Focus. I believe Steelswarm Roach will be the better blind-first Rank 4 to end on in this current format and Number 70: Malevolent Sin will see heavy usage as a non-destructive form of monster removal against Noble Knights, Elemental HERO Brave Neos, Spiritual Beast Tamer Winda and more - possibly along with {!Mind of Plana} tech’d to prevent its return from the banished pile.

brenoppr

Instead of focusing on adding good cheaper archetypes in Mini BOXes, Konami has been favouring adding very good generic Xyz Monsters throughout them. What we see now is a box with generic Xyz Monsters that have the potential to top the ones we saw in Voltage of the Metal and some scary support for the Onomat archetype. Before we talk about that though, let’s address the elephant in the room:

Photon: Photons are an archetype that never saw competitive play in the TCG, and with pretty good reason. The monsters aren’t very good by themselves and they are probably worse at making their Xyzs than any other spam deck. In Duel Links, not only does that seem to remain true, but we also0 didn’t get any of the better cards in the strategy aside from Photon Vanisher, Photon Thrasher and Photon Lizard. The best line the deck has is a 2-card combo that end on Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon pass, so don’t expect seeing it anytime soon. Do look out for Photon Thrasher though, as that is a monster that did see some play in the TCG in decks like Lightsworn not too long ago, and is one of the better “free special summon” monsters we will have.

Abyss Dweller: While at a first glance Dweller might seem overhyped, it offers something that no other generic Rank 4 has offered up until now: Quick Effect interaction on the opponent’s turn. It sure has limited use, but any Rank 4-focused strategy will want to have it in their toolbox, because in a lot of cases it’s just the best card they can make going first. After all, it does make it very awkward for Noble Knights to combo off and makes it so Blue-Eyes can’t summon a bunch of big dumb beaters in the End Phase after using Cards of Consonance. The only card in the Rank 4 toolbox that will be able to compete with it in the going first department is the next one in this review…

Steelswarm Roach: When analyzing Roach there is one very important thing to keep in mind: it is not able to negate summons from activated effects, only “inherent” summons. It still has quite a few good applications though, especially because it is not once per turn. Rank 4-focused strategies will have to weigh which is better between Dweller and Roach as a Turn 1 option in each of their matchups but they both present very solid options that pretty much guarantee they can live a turn against most meta strategies.

Photon Strike Bounzer: probably the superstar of the box. Right now we have 2 very competent strategies that are able to make rank 6 Xyz Monsters, those being Onomat, which is receiving some more support, and Thunder Dragons. Both of these decks have had a big problem with Turn 1 setups, and are often relegated to making Number 25: Force Focus and passing and praying they go second in the next 2 games. Force Focus is a really good option against Noble Knights but it is very specific and Bounzer is certainly a welcome addition to both of these strategies.

Ghostrick Alucard: this one is just a straight-up solid addition to any deck that can make Rank 3s. Generic backrow removal in the extra deck is always a welcome addition, even if just to bait out one of your opponent’s backrow before going into a power play. Being able to destroy set monsters can also facilitate some OTKs. It’s a decent card that will definitely be played in any deck that can consistently make it and has space for it.


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