Linking The New and Old – Circuit Break Review

Circuit Break is the newest core set for Yugioh and it introduces a reasonable amount of everything, from crazy strong cards to support for both old and new archetypes. There is something here for everyone.

First, let’s look at the most crazy, busted cards.

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SPYRAL Double Helix single-handedly propelled Spyral to the top of the competitive scene, with its ability to summon SPYRAL Master Plan from the deck, alleviating the decks previous inconsistencies and gross hands. It also creates some of the craziest and most powerful boards when it isn’t killing you, usually with either a Firewall Dragon or a Tri Gate Wizard. If you’re interested in SPYRAL, now is a great time to be alive.

Evenly Matched is a card that you should just play. It’s not a fun card, it’s not a cute card; it’s a strong card. Currently the most expensive card of the set, it keeps your opponent in check by constantly making them assess whether or not they can afford to make a wide board for fear of it getting banished. It is particularly strong against True Draco considering how often they want to float their spells and traps, as well as other trap heavy decks that need to commit to the board. Man, what a card.

Borreload Dragon joins Topologic Bomber Dragon as the second playable Link 4 monster, and damn it’s good. Being unable to be targeted by monster effects is just great, especially alongside its ability to temporarily steal your opponent’s man by attacking it. Furthermore, it can shrink a monster during either player’s turn by 500/500, a nice little extra effect that could see niche uses against decks that play huge dudes, particularly with blue eyes and white dragons.

Totally busted cards aside, let’s look at some of the archetypes that received support during this set. Some of the better support includes Trickstar Black Catbat, Subterror Behemoth Fiendess, Mistar Boy and all of the Vendread stuff.

Trickstar Black Catbat is a notable addition to the Trickstar arsenal as the sets first link two monster in an era where few good link two monsters exist.  Her ability to shrink all of your opponent’s dudes every time you burn them is particularly good too.

Subterror Behemoth Fiendess is essentially a support card for all flip archetypes ever, not just Subterror. This fortunately includes Shaddolls, who are dying for a chance to see play again with El Shaddoll fusion now only semi-limited. Although on paper this card seems insane, getting two face-up flip effect monsters is deceptively hard, as they’re generally face-down, getting flipped and killed or you’re special summoning a fusion monster with them. This could be tough, but Behemoth Fiendess is probably worth playing just for these opportunities.

Mistar Boy is the second of the attribute-based link monsters to come out, and has a very similar effect to Missus Radiant. With Paleozoic-Frogs left without a home in a post-link world, Mistar Boy allows them to make wider boards and provide a valuable attack boost to their smaller dudes.

Since their introduction last set, the Vendread archetype has done its best to toe the line between being totally busted and just plain good. Vendread Nights offers them the ability to search their deck each turn by discarding a card (preferably Vendread Striges for its free summon effect). This is something you just love to see, especially as Terraforming is still at 3 for some reason.

Vendread Chimera is their newest ritual monster with possibly the coolest art of the set and allows you to negate effects that would destroy stuff by banishing your dead dudes. Can’t go wrong with some negate effects.

Their last support card was Vendread Reunion, and acts as their refueling card mashed together with Return From The Different Dimension. This card is probably a one of, but can be a blowout in the mid game.

Lastly, the cards that are just super cool. They’re by no means mandatory if you want to play competitively, however they’re inexpensive and just cool as hell.

Destrudo the Lost Dragons’ Frisson is a crazy strong card and is easy to acquire. With a strong grave effect that lends itself to link plays or level 7 synchro summons, it’s a card that fits easily into many strategies. In particular, decks that use fields spells can add in one Destrudo and a Dragon’s Ravine to send it to the graveyard whenever you want to make a play, just really cool stuff. Grab one whenever you can, it’s a good time.

Next card on the block is Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir. In essence, this is a rank 4 monster that is a floodgate. It’s insane. In defence, Bagooska forces everything else into defence position and negates their effects. In attack position Bagooska is an indestructible, untargetable monster. He’s just really annoying to deal with, and oh so tired.

Fire King Avatar Arvata is another great card. With the ability to negate monster effects and destroy monsters in your hand, it has some synergy with the existing Fire King strategy as well as True King cards. Arvata’s second effect summons a Fire monster from the grave after it dies, which allows you to trigger your Fire King High Avatar Garunix effects and just float into more monsters so your opponent can’t kill you, which is great. Not dying is great.

Quiet Life is an interesting card for slower strategies, particularly ones that utilize Card of Demise. By limiting a player’s capacity to summon monsters, it’s a solid floodgate and isn’t too costly if your strategy is able to accommodate it.

All in all, Circuit Break offers players that want to be competitive a couple of powerful cards to up their game, support for a variety of archetypes and some cool cards that offer unique options to existing decks. This set is a good time.

The fun doesn’t stop there though, take a look at this unboxing video I performed with fellow Yu-Gi-Oh! aficionado Lincoln.  We crack packs and discuss the meta.

A huge thank you to Banter Toys & Collectibles for sending us the Circuit Break booster box.

 

 

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