Black Luster Soldier – Super Soldier – #DOCS-EN042
You can Ritual Summon this card with “Super Soldier Ritual”. If this card destroys an opponent’s monster by battle and sends it to the Graveyard: Inflict damage to your opponent equal to its ATK in the Graveyard. If this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard, or if this card in your possession is destroyed by an opponent’s card effect and sent to your Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 “Gaia The Fierce Knight” monster from your hand, Deck, or Graveyard. You can only Special Summon “Black Luster Soldier – Super Soldier(s)” once per turn.
Date Reviewed: April 7th, 2022
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Black Luster Soldier – Super Soldier sets up our last card of the week tomorrow and is our Throwback Thursday choice.
Belonging in a Ritual-based deck or a Black Luster Soldier-based deck, Super Soldier has the same stat line as the original BLS, but being an effect Ritual Monster is it better automatically (unless all his effects were garbage). Burn damage dependent on destroying a monster and sending it to the grave, but with 3000ATK you will be able to run over a good number of monsters. Early-on if you get Super Soldier out and run over even a smaller Main Deck monster, you’re likely doing something like 1500LP to them, nothing to scoff at in addition to the Battle Damage.
When destroyed, Super Soldier can get you a Gaia the Fierce Knight monster to the field from anywhere except the banish zone. This effect is good because it replaces itself with something, however it ensures you are playing Super Soldier in a build strictly for itself and not some weird Ritual Monster deck that has this for some reason. I don’t think this effect matters as much as the aggro burn effect, however you can go after Arisen Gaia the Fierce Knight which can revive this, giving you some serious ATK power on the field. However, it is the only BLS effect monster in any form that doesn’t banish a monster in some way, which would have been nice to tack that on to the first effect.
Not being played outside its own archetype. A good Ritual Monster for the deck, and because it does something other than just attack, it is better than the original, which all “retrain” cards should be.
Until Next Time
If it wasn’t for tomorrow’s card, this would be out of place, but Throwback Thursday this week is Black Luster Soldier – Super Soldier.
Super Solider is a Level 8 EARTH Warrior Ritual with 3000 ATK and 2500 DEF. Really good stats, EARTH is a nice Attribute, and Warrior is a pretty good toolbox Typing. Main Ritual Spell for this is Super Soldier Ritual, but honestly Super Soldier Synthesis is a much better Ritual Spell for the Black Luster Soldier archetype. If this card destroys an opponent’s monster in battle and sends it to the graveyard, inflict damage to the opponent equal to its ATK in the graveyard. Kinda used to effects that trigger upon destroying something in battle with Black Luster Soldier monsters. Envoy of the Beginning set that standard. Sucks it isn’t a double attack here, but you got ways in the Black Luster Soldier Deck to give this card that effect after Ritual Summoning it. Some burn is always nice to have, especially if you do get the double attack on this. Though I will say, triggering only if the destroyed monster is sent to the graveyard kinda became outdated once Pendulums became a thing, but this effect should still trigger more times than not. Second effect triggers when he is destroyed by battle or opponent’s card effect and sent to the graveyard, so stings if it ends up elsewhere, letting you Special Summon a Gaia the Fierce Knight monster from your hand, Deck, or graveyard. The Gaia the Fierce Knight monsters have kinda become support for the Black Luster Solider archetype kinda like some Kuribohs as well, which this effect does make it worth having a Gaia on hand to summon off this. This is a decent Ritual Monster, better if you summon this with Beginning Knight and/or Evening Twilight Knight for bonus effects, but it’s better than the original Black Luster Soldier, though that isn’t hard, and slightly better than the newest retrain we got that’s a bit more situational.
Advanced Rating: 3.5/5
Art: 4/5 It’s cool art, still doesn’t match the classic Black Luster Soldiers though.
I always find it kind of redundant when we have to name something or reference said name with the same word later in said name…here being BLS-Super Soldier (we need to be told twice he’s a soldier). Level 8, Earth, atk/def what you expect, and able to be brought out with Super Soldier Ritual. (For the unaware, said Magic card lets you Ritual Summon any Black Luster Soldier Ritual Monster, so that’s fun). Inflicting Damage to your opponent when you destroy a Monster IS certainly a wonderful thing, and fun/curious they made it equal to the attack in the Graveyard. So if it changes (higher or lower) you may deal more (or less) Damage than you might initially have expected. I kinda don’t like the randomness in that, but it likely the same isn’t much going to matter more than not. The Gaia synergy is here too, where you get one of its Monsters as well when this is destroyed by Battle or opponent’s Card Effect. This Monster can come from your Hand, Deck, OR Grave, so that’s pretty solid. I think this card is trying to do too much, without being able to accomplish all that much or being so worthwhile. It’s a fair play in the builds it needs to be, but nowhere else.
Art: 3/5 Nope, this armor and color scheme just aren’t doing it
Ah BLS. There are so many of these guys now that it’s hard to keep track of. Super Soldier is a retrained Ritual version of Black Luster Soldier. Whenever he destroys a monster in battle, he inflicts additional damage to the opponent equal to that monster’s ATK. Barring any shenanigans, this essentially means that he inflicts direct damage while still taking out an opposing threat. Besides that, if he’s destroyed by an opponent, you get to replace him with any Gaia the Fierce Knight card from essentially anywhere.
Like with BLS, himself, there are a ton of Gaia cards to choose from. Being able to pick from any of them to replace BLS is a nice effect, albeit a bit situational. Like with Illusion of Chaos from yesterday, this guy has a decent effect and a great statline (Blue Eyes ATK and DEF values are always nice) but, I just don’t feel he does ENOUGH to make him worth the effort of summoning, considering he’s a ritual monster.
Although I suppose I should briefly talk about his ritual spell since its has an effect of its own. First of all, it’s a bit more restrictive than most ritual spells, seeing as how you much tribute monsters whose levels total 8 EXACTLY. But you can at least banish this card from your graveyard, along with 1 Light and 1 Dark monster, to cheat out a BLS ritual from your Hand.
This 2nd effect hearkens back to the initial retrain of BLS, Envoy of the Beginning. Which begs the question, why run Super Soldier at all when you can just run Envoy of the Beginning? Envoy has the same stat line, is easier to summon, and (arguably) has a better effect.
Advanced Rating – 1/5 (2/5 in a Gaia the Fierce Knight Deck)
Art – 3/5 (He’s just a guy with a sword)
I’m late! Perhaps fittingly for Throwback Thursday.
This time, we’re covering Black Luster Soldier – Super Soldier, a level 8 EARTH warrior ritual monster. While Black Luster Soldier cards are somewhat related to Dark Magician, mostly through the whole Chaos jazz, they’re more closely intertwined with Gaia the Fierce Knight cards. Like the original Black Luster Soldier, it boasts stats that allow it to rival Kaiba’s Blue-Eyes White Dragon, a solid 3000 attack and 2500 defense.
Oddly, you can only summon Super Soldier once per turn, which is usually reserved for cards with loopable effects…which Super Soldier doesn’t really do, but it’s fine since neither of its effects are once per turn (not that they’re particularly threatening). Super Soldier’s first effect meshes well with Beginning Knight, allowing you to inflict damage to your opponent’s life points equal to the attack of monsters destroyed by Super Soldier. Cheap damage will eventually add up, so it fits with BLS’s OTK strategies. Super Soldier’s other effect is rather antiquated, allowing you to special summon a Gaia the Fierce Knight monster from your hand, deck, or graveyard if it’s destroyed by battle or your opponent’s card effect. Floating is nice and all, but there aren’t really any Gaia cards that can save you if you’ve been forced into an awkward position where Super Soldier is being beaten. Certainly, it’s better than the original BLS, an outdated vanilla ritual monster, though Black Luster Soldier decks lag behind for a reason. Perhaps it’s better to wait for the re-retrain in the future!
Art: 4/5 I love the pose in general, though I think I prefer the original Black Luster Soldier’s relative simplicity; plus this particular art doesn’t show how elongated his helmet is, which I find pretty cool.
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