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Box Review: Visions of Ice

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This is the 9th Main Box and was released on May 1st, 2018. The release of this Box created the following Deck type:


Card List

Ultra Rare Cards

Duel Links Card: The%20Tricky
Duel Links Card: White%20Night%20Dragon

Super Rare Cards

Duel Links Card: Dragon%20Ice
Duel Links Card: Blizzard%20Princess
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20Magician%20of%20Prophecy
Duel Links Card: Mage%20Power
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20of%20Secrets
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20of%20Life
Duel Links Card: Tribute%20Burial
Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole

Rare Cards

Duel Links Card: Gemini%20Elf
Duel Links Card: Ice%20Master
Duel Links Card: Ice%20Queen
Duel Links Card: Gusto%20Thunbolt
Duel Links Card: Reeze,%20Whirlwind%20of%20Gusto
Duel Links Card: Gusto%20Griffin
Duel Links Card: Charioteer%20of%20Prophecy
Duel Links Card: Justice%20of%20Prophecy
Duel Links Card: Prophecy%20Destroyer
Duel Links Card: Reaper%20of%20Prophecy
Duel Links Card: Soldier%20Dragons
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20of%20Power
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20of%20Fate
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20Library%20of%20the%20Crescent

Normal Cards

Duel Links Card: Creeping%20Doom%20Manta
Duel Links Card: Cold%20Enchanter
Duel Links Card: Caam,%20Serenity%20of%20Gusto
Duel Links Card: Windaar,%20Sage%20of%20Gusto
Duel Links Card: Musto,%20Oracle%20of%20Gusto
Duel Links Card: Gusto%20Codor
Duel Links Card: Master%20of%20the%20Flaming%20Dragonswords
Duel Links Card: Strength%20of%20Prophecy
Duel Links Card: Fool%20of%20Prophecy
Duel Links Card: Wheel%20of%20Prophecy
Duel Links Card: Tricky%20Spell%204
Duel Links Card: Contact%20with%20Gusto
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20of%20Eternity
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20Library%20of%20the%20Heliosphere
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20of%20the%20Master
Duel Links Card: Chain%20Dispel

Post Release Updates

“After testing the new Box, what do you believe will have an impact on the meta?”

SelectMaple says:

Spellbooks will definitely have an impact on the meta. I said Spellbooks will become a top tier deck and I was correct about that, although was wrong about the boss Monsters not being good. After testing, I found that Reaper of Prophecy and Prophecy Destroyer synergize well with the That Grass Looks Greener build as that is the build most are going for.

Whybona says:

Only Spellbooks. It seems like the 30 card version with That Grass Looks Greener is the best way to play it right now but the Deck does have some clear weaknesses. I think it will struggle in Side Deck tournaments and a lot against Masked Heroes as people learn to play against it. However, if the Deck opens with a good That Grass Looks Greener play it is incredibly hard for any Deck to beat it.

Kaki says:

Spellbooks are super strong. The Deck will be tier 1, everything else is not releavent for the meta except Treacherous Trap Hole which is good because you can play it in Spellbooks and Masked Heroes.

All Day says:

Spellbooks will 100% be at least tier 3, maybe tier 2. Treacherous Trap Hole is a card that anyone can plug in and has been having a ton of success in Sylvans and Masked Heroes. The rest in my opinion is either not discovered yet or won’t have any impact.

MiguelJoker says:

I agree with my first impressions.


Top Player Council - First Impressions

“What are your first impressions of Spellbooks/Prophecy?”

Machdragon says:

They’re missing some crucial cards that would make Spellbooks tier 1. However, Spellbook of Secrets, Spellbook of Power and Spellbook of Fate are a nice addition to Spellcaster Decks.

MiguelJoker says:

They will be tier 1 as you can activate Spellbook of Fate turn 1 against Sylvan Komushroomo, turn 1 versus Masked Heroes (Mask Change) since it doesn’t target and against Geargias when then activate Ties of the Brethren you put their Monster in face-down Defense position.

SelectMaple says:

Very strong engine using Spellbook of Secrets and Spellbook Magician of Prophecy to search for your Spellbook cards.

The Prophecy Monsters such as Prophecy Destroyer and Justice of Prophecy are mediocre at best. There aren’t any great boss Monsters but potentially other boss Monsters can be mixed in such as Dark Magician or Endymion, the Master Magician.

Kaki says:

It’s a really good engine. Spellbook of Fate is a powerful card and a great counter to Sylvans or Geargias.

All Day says:

It’s a lot to read up and I’m not very familiar with the archetype, it seems like it will have some crazy potential with Endymion, the Master Magician.


“What are your first impressions of Gustos?”

Machdragon says:

Cute little Psychic engine, boosts playability, but won’t be a top tier Deck anytime soon.

MiguelJoker says:

They’re not good enough.

SelectMaple says:

They provide more Psychic support and can use Psychokinesis and Serene Psychic Witch.

They seem like a Beatdown Deck, with high attack Monsters like Reeze, Whirlwind of Gusto and Caam, Serenity of Gusto.

Contact with Gusto is a nice removal card along with Quill Pen of Gulldos which is already in the game.

Kaki says:

It is too slow for the meta.

All Day says:

They’re pretty bad. It’s a sort of upgraded Naturia Deck, it won’t make an impact.


“Which cards do you think are absolutely needed?”

Machdragon says:

Treacherous Trap Hole will be definitely see play in Masked Heroes and Decks that play few Traps such as Sylvans. It’s an amazing Trap card that can destroy 2 of your opponent’s Monsters.

MiguelJoker says:

Treacherous Trap Hole and Spellbooks.

SelectMaple says:

Spellbook Magician of Prophecy is a must have searcher for Spellbooks if they become top tier and the same for Spellbook of Secrets.

Kaki says:

Treacherous Trap Hole will be good in Spellbooks, Cyber Angels and Sylvans.

All Day says:

Treacherous Trap Hole is overpowered - Sylvans just went from tier 1 to tier 0 if they’re not already there. It will 100% see use.


“Which cards do you think are maybe needed in some Decks?”

Machdragon says:

Spellbook of Fate is a very powerful Quick-Play Spell that allows you to disrupt your opponent, it may bring some Spellcaster Decks back onto the Tier List.

MiguelJoker says:

Definitely Spellbooks, Treacherous Trap Hole and perhaps Tribute Burial too.

SelectMaple says:

Treacherous Trap Hole is a great removal card. The drawback is that it will be hard to pull off if you play other Traps but if you don’t play other Traps and only one Treacherous Trap Hole you won’t see it as often.

Kaki says:

Tribute Burial will maybe provide support for Tribute Decks.

All Day says:

Blizzard Princess gives you a free turn to do whatever you want and still allows you to to activate your own Spell/Trap cards, like “Enemy Controller take” or even OTK cards.


“Which cards do you think have future potential?”

Machdragon says:

Dragon Ice works great as a wall and can be summoned from the hand or Graveyard.

The Tricky is also a nice generic Monster with 2000 ATK and may see play before Cyber Dragon is released in Duel Links.

MiguelJoker says:

Spellbooks and Treacherous Trap Hole.

SelectMaple says:

The Tricky has a nice 2000 ATK and can Special Summon itself at the cost of one card. It can work with cards such as Treeborn Frog and The Fabled Ganashia. It potentially be in a Monarch Deck.

Tribute Burial is a good card that can banish cards from your opponents Graveyard such as Rose Lover, Destiny HERO - Celestial and Archfiend Emperor, the First Lord of Horror.

Kaki says:

Dragon Ice will be good with Mermails if they are released someday.

All Day says:

White Night Dragon will boost Dragon Decks but it doesn’t work against Sea Stealth Attack.

Tribute Burial allows you to banish one card per Graveyard, this has a lot of utility in various Decks. Red-Eyes Zombies being one and Black Luster Soldier - Sacred Soldier being the other as it synergises by banishing! This could open some doors.


“Is there anything else you’d like to say?”

Kaki says:

You should get Treacherous Trap Hole it’s a really good staple, the rest are not needed.

All Day says:

I’m planning to clear this box twice and with the sales I would like three copies of Tribute Burial, Blizzard Princess, Treacherous Trap Hole and the Spellbooks.

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