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Datamined Discoveries! - April 2018


April 26th Update


With another maintenance update comes new discoveries; a new Mini Box, new cards, new events and new skills have been found courtesy of XOF and YAZAN!

Mini Box: Visions of Ice

The next Mini Box is expected to be released on May 1st, there will also be a sale. The following cards have been confirmed to be in the box:



Duel Links Card: White%20Night%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: The%20Tricky
Duel Links Card: Mage%20Power
Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Blizzard%20Princess
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20Magician%20of%20Prophecy
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20of%20Secrets
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20of%20Life
Duel Links Card: Dragon%20Ice
Duel Links Card: Tribute%20Burial
Duel Links Card: Ice%20Master
Duel Links Card: Gusto%20Thunbolt
Duel Links Card: Reeze,%20Whirlwind%20of%20Gusto
Duel Links Card: Gusto%20Griffin
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20of%20Power
Duel Links Card: Justice%20of%20Prophecy
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20of%20Fate
Duel Links Card: Cold%20Enchanter
Duel Links Card: Caam,%20Serenity%20of%20Gusto
Duel Links Card: Windaar,%20Sage%20of%20Gusto
Duel Links Card: Contact%20with%20Gusto
Duel Links Card: Chain%20Dispel

First Impressions

superforms says:

There are two new archetypes: Spellbooks (with Prophecy Monsters) and Gustos.

Thoughts on Spellbooks and Prophecy

  • Strength of Prophecy boosts itself easily.
  • Justice of Prophecy searches but at the cost of losing a Normal Summon.
  • Spellbook of Fate’s Banish effect is one of the few good Spellbook effects we have.

I don’t think Spellbooks will be a standalone deck with the Prophecy monsters. May find a home with Dark Magician or Endymion decks that use spell counters.

Thoughts on Gustos

  • Between Psychokinesis and Contact with Gusto, there’s a lot of spot removal.
  • Gusto Thunbolt is a slow, unreliable floater and is not itself Psychic, but can grab Reeze, Whirlwind of Gusto to steal a Monster.
  • Gusto Griffin is by far the best searcher, grabbing any Gusto monster from the Deck. Can combo with Lady Ninja Yae, Dark World Dealings, and Snipe Hunter.
  • Caam, Serenity of Gusto generates some card advantage and is a decent Psychic beater (which we need for Psychokinesis).
  • Seems to be some tension between the Winged Beast Gusto monsters and the Psychic support cards that you would want to use.

Like Spellbooks, Gustos do not seem like a solid standalone deck and will instead have to mesh with older cards.

Other interesting cards

  • The Tricky: Most obvious synergy with Spellbooks and Treeborn, but has a lot of general utility. Instant access to Beatdown while tossing anything you like into the grave and still having your Normal Summon.
  • White Night Dragon: A big Dragon with a nice effect, and has synergy with Ruins of the Divine Dragon Lords, which we now have at 2x (Mokuba Lvl: 45 Reward).
  • Treacherous Trap Hole: Potential Main Deck material for both Sylvans and Masked Heroes, likely at 1-2x. Both Decks run little to no Traps already, and both Decks can be okay with targeting their own Monsters for destruction if necessary (Sylvans don’t mind losing Rose Lover or World Carrotweight Champion, and Masked Heroes can Mask Change out of the target or just destroy a Destiny HERO - Celestial to set up a draw).
  • Tribute Burial: Nice Dragon support, and good synergy with Eclipse Wyvern.

Other New Cards

Duel Links Card: Dark%20Burning%20Magic
Duel Links Card: Magical%20Dimension
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20of%20Eternity
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20of%20the%20Master
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20Library%20of%20the%20Crescent
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20Library%20of%20the%20Heliosphere
Duel Links Card: Ice%20Queen
Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Princess
Duel Links Card: Spy-C-Spy
Duel Links Card: Shinobaron%20Peacock
Duel Links Card: Gravi-Crush%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Gusto%20Codor
Duel Links Card: Musto,%20Oracle%20of%20Gusto
Duel Links Card: Fool%20of%20Prophecy
Duel Links Card: Strength%20of%20Prophecy
Duel Links Card: Charioteer%20of%20Prophecy
Duel Links Card: Reaper%20of%20Prophecy
Duel Links Card: Prophecy%20Destroyer
Duel Links Card: Wheel%20of%20Prophecy
Duel Links Card: Soldier%20Dragons
Duel Links Card: Lion%20Alligator
Duel Links Card: Tricky%20Spell%204
Duel Links Card: Bitelon
Duel Links Card: Creeping%20Doom%20Manta
Duel Links Card: Master%20of%20the%20Flaming%20Dragonswords
Duel Links Card: Millennium%20Golem

Elegant Mai Event

Elegant Mai is making a comeback, bringing with her new rewards: Amazoness Princess and Spy-C-Spy as well as Amazoness Archers from the previous event!

New Skills

Many new Jinzo related skills have been unearthed pointing perhaps to an Espa Roba event/unlock in the future.



Battle City Event

On May 3rd there will be an addition to the currently ongoing Battle City Showdown event. You will have to undertake “Divine Trials” to defeat the “Divine Duelist” (Yami Yugi) to unlock his new skill!



Miscellaneous

A new item that spawns “Vagrants” which give 5 to 30 times more EXP than Standard Duelists has been found, perfect for the recent character level cap increase! Also, a character profile for Tristan Taylor has been found as well as the “Popular Cards” filter for the Deck Editor which has been postponed.




April 18th Update


Our resident dataminer, XOF, has found details of next month’s Ranked Duels Reward tickets!

New Ranked Tickets

Duel Links Card: Dodger%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Big%20Burn
Duel Links Card: Cold%20Feet

Top Player Council Thoughts

Dodger Dragon (SR Ticket)

Xanxus says:

Trash!

All Day says:

More of an Auto Duel Deck card then meta, so pretty bad.

SelectMaple says:

Can dodge Ultimate Providence and Divine Wrath, but this card takes away your Normal Summon. It’s just another 1900 Dragon beater with a low graded effect. Cannot see this being good in competitive play.

Glading says:

Try Hey, Trunade! instead?

BuiltToTilt says:

Very limited uses, it’s an extremely niche card that likely won’t see any competitive play.


Big Burn (R Ticket)

Xanxus says:

Trash, but maybe future potential as Side Deck card.

All Day says:

Interesting card, shows potential. It may be a good Side Deck card.

SelectMaple says:

I would use Different Dimension Ground or Crevice Into The Different Dimension over Big Burn.

Glading says:

It is a good Side Deck card against Archfiends right now and it has potential for future metas.

BuiltToTilt says:

This card is a nice Side Deck option against Graveyard oriented decks such as Archfiends to counter cards like Call of the Archfiend. It has a niche over cards like Foolish Return and Disappear, as it banishes all monsters from the Graveyard making all other revival cards in the deck useless.


Cold Feet (N Ticket)

Xanxus says:

Trash, but nice artwork.

All Day says:

OMEGALUL 🚮

SelectMaple says:

Trash!

Glading says:

The perfect card for Guns to make a video.

BuiltToTilt says:

Pretty God damn useless!


April 13th Update


This is not official datamined information but it has sufficient credibility

Yami Marik Event Leaks

An image from a Japanese magazine has been circulating online revealing that Granadora will be a new event drop.


Also, one of the skills that we revealed in last months Datamined Discoveries article, ‘Power of the Tributed’ has been confirmed to be the new skill for Yami Marik!


April 5th Update


With another maintenance update comes new discoveries; albeit a small datamine this time new cards and a sale has been found courtesy of the illustrious XOF!

New Cards

Duel Links Card: Spell%20Strider
Duel Links Card: Dr.%20Frankenderp
Duel Links Card: Intrigue%20Shield
Duel Links Card: That%20Wacky%20Alchemy!

Thanks to superforms’s quick thinking we have details of the upcoming Duel-A-Thon event where the featured reward will be Intrigue Shield!

Top Player Council Thoughts

Spell Strider (UR)

superforms says:

This card is most relevant as a way to trade Field Spells (like Straight to the Grave Red-Eyes Zombies against Mythic Depths Sea Stealth Attack. Not a ton of other use right now.

All Day says:

Interesting card but too hard to utilize. Building a deck around Big Bang Shot still requires a second spell. This will likely be used for a Field Spell for Field Spell trade off and not that great.

Glading says:

Maybe good against Sea Stealth Attack that you can banish your Field Spell and your opponent’s Umi.

Xanxus says:

At the moment very good against Sea Stealth Attack decks, but it only makes sense, if you play a ‘Field Spell Skill’ or other decks like Wallet Control, where you have good access to permanent spell cards. Mostly it’s only a side deck option or most likely a tech. Perhaps this card has more potential in future (I can imagine this card in Crystal Beast decks, after they get more support).

Whybona says:

Good against Sea Stealth Attack but irrelevant in the current meta outside of that, it’s also situational for your own deck to be running face up spells.

Machdragon says:

A decent side deck alternative to counter Field Spell reliant decks like Sea Stealth Attack if you don’t own Cosmic Cyclone.

MiguelJoker says:

Great Side Deck card against Sea Stealth Attack decks.


Intrigue Shield (SR)

superforms says:

Only being available at 1x hurts this card’s potential quite a bit, but it can potentially be used in annoying Stall-type decks with Duck Dummy and/or The Unhappy Girl.

All Day says:

This card being 1x might be pretty good. A tech card like Curse of Anubis and Windstorm of Etaqua. You can slap this on key monsters you don’t want destroyed but you’ll still be open to Enemy Controller tribute-take and Super Rush Headlong.

Glading says:

No PvP potential!

Xanxus says:

This is a Normal Trap card playable with Paleozoics, but I do not see a high potential usage for this card.

Whybona says:

May have some uses in gimmicky decks but likely won’t see any competitive use due to the requirement of the monster having to be in Attack position.

Machdragon says:

I can see this being played in The Unhappy Girl farm decks. Generic once per turn battle protection is also quite good. It provides a nice boost to possible Amazoness decks.

MiguelJoker says:

Really good card in some decks, for example, Hieratic Dragon of Nuit which Special Summons a Normal Dragon when targeted by a Spell, Trap or card effect. It also works well with Cocoon of Ultra Evolution.


That Wacky Alchemy! (SR)

superforms says:

The card most likely to be relevant to top-tier decks. Alchemy works (in addition to other ways) after chains involving your opponent’s Spell cards resolve, meaning you can pop an Cyber Angel Idaten after it’s summoned off a non-protecting ritual spell (Sprite’s Blessing or Machine Angel Absolute Ritual) or a Masked HERO Anki after it’s summoned off Mask Change. Because spells aren’t sent to the grave until after they resolve, you can’t chain to things like Cosmic Cyclone (when it’s targeting) or Hey, Trunade!. however, neither Sylvans nor Sea Stealth Attack (the current Tier 1 decks) are particularly hurt by this card, so at present it seems like Side Deck potential at best.

All Day says:

This card might be a hidden gem. Enemy Controller, Super Rush Headlong, Mask Change and many more - it’s a good tradeoff. It will especially hurt Cyber Angels after a ritual spell. Probably won’t have any effect on Sylvans or Sea Stealth Attack.

Glading says:

You can use this card when you opponent activates a Normal Spell and it’s sent to the graveyard but it’s still not flexible even in this case.

Xanxus says:

Nice Side Deck option. I would be amazing if this would work with traps too. Actually, it’s a nice card to interrupt Ritual plays (without protection) or against Masked Heroes (an easy +1), but in other top tier matchups it’s not that effective.

Machdragon says:

Pretty good card, provides much needed 1 for 1 Monster removal for the game and can be activated after the resolution of an opponent’s spell card. Many powerful spell cards such as Enemy Controller exist in the current meta so this may see play in Side Decks.

MiguelJoker says:

It’s a card with potential. If we get any Tier 1 decks like Masked Heroes that use Mask Change you’ll be able to destroy a Monster on the field which ain’t bad. But as I said for this card to be in the Main Deck we need Destiny Heroes Mask Change to be a Top Tier deck, but perhaps it’s a solid choice for a Side Deck card.


Dr. Frankenderp (R)

superforms says:

Bad. It wouldn’t fit into any Psychic decks, and those fell off the Tier List a long time ago.

All Day says:

Trash!

Glading says:

No PvP potential.

Xanxus says:

Not good at the moment but it maybe has future potential with more support cards.

Whybona says:

Another garbage Psychic Monster to go alongside the mass of useless Psychic Monsters which have been released since Serene Psychic Witch.

Machdragon says:

This card isn’t great since it uses up your Normal Summon and skips your Draw Phase to activate its effect. Does not have a place in competitive play.

MiguelJoker says:

Maybe future potential in OTK decks or Burn decks.


KC Cup Celebration Sale

Will they be bringing back the ultimate deal: 3 cards + 1 UR for $0.99 - let’s keep our fingers crossed!


Keep in mind that datamined information is speculation, and remains unconfirmed until officially announced by Konami.

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