Branded in Central Dogmatika – #POTE-EN058
If you Special Summon 1 Ritual Monster (and no other cards) by a Spell Card or effect (except during the Damage Step): You can look at either player’s Extra Deck, and send 1 monster from it to the GY. If you Special Summon 1 Fusion Monster (and no other cards) by a Spell Card or effect (except during the Damage Step): You can target that monster; for the rest of this turn, it gains ATK equal to its original ATK, also it can only attack Attack Position monsters your opponent controls. You can only use each effect of “Branded in Central Dogmatika” once per turn.
Date Reviewed: October 11th, 2022
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Branded in Central Dogmatika takes us into the Albaz story-line part of this week.
While not central to the Dogmatika archetype, BiCD is meant for Ritual Summons, and with its generic nature, it could be tossed into any Ritual-based archetype. Yes, Dogmatika have two Ritual Monsters, but you likely aren’t playing them within a Dogmatika archetype deck. BiCD does hold true to Extra Deck hate the Dogmatika have, allowing you you send a monster to the grave from the Extra Deck (either player) if you Ritual Summon a monster. This kind of spot removal for the Extra Deck is better done via the Dogmatika monsters themselves as well as some generic Spell/Trap cards within the game. It’s a plus that you don’t have to to Ritual Summon the Ritual Monster to gain this effect, making it reusable every time you Special Summon the Ritual Monster, but I feel like there’s better ways of getting rid of cards in your opponent’s Extra Deck.
BiCD has a second effect involving Fusion Summons, however, despite doubling a Fusion Monster’s original ATK, holding it back from attacking anything except Attack Position monsters, as well as stopping it from attacking directly makes it good, but not always good. Double the ATK is great at dealing out big damage, and if used in conjunction with the Branded Fusion Monsters, you’ll be hitting with 5000ATK for the turn, however, it won’t be direct damage and you’ll need the opponent to have a monster, which you’d prefer they not have.
Branded in Central Dogmatika is flexible to be put in other Ritual archetypes, but it feels slow. It can boost some Fusion Monster’s ATK power, but now we’re combining Fusion and Ritual strategies, and typically you are focused on one.
Art-4/5- This lore…ugh, the feels.
Until Next Time
Next up we continue to see how the Dogmatikas are doing with their latest Continuous Spell, Branded in Central Dogmatika.
Branded in Central Dogmatika is a Continuous Spell with two effects. The first triggers if you would summon one Ritual Monster, and nothing else, with a Spell Card or effect, letting you look at either player’s Extra Deck and send any monster from it to the graveyard. Fine for Ritual Dogmatika since you can put your Extra Deck cards in the graveyard for their effects or for one of their two Ritual Spells, or just look at the opponent’s Extra Deck and take a threat out of it. Second effect triggers if you summon one Fusion Monster, and nothing else, with a Spell Card or effect, letting you have that monster gain ATK equal to its original ATK, but it can only attack monsters in Attack Position for the rest of the turn, which I guess works for Branded Despia to make their monsters stronger, but you’d rather use something else in Despia than this. Each effect is a hard once per turn, of course. Mainly, I see this being an option for Ritual Dogmatika more than anything since the Fusion effect isn’t that great.
Advanced Rating: 3/5
Art: 5/5 Just beautiful.
Dogmatika have been frequenting the scene here a lot lately, no? Branded in Central Dogmatika is a Continuous Magic, another card here with a VERY long text about it. This card should be played in ANY Deck that plays Rituals and/or Fusions. I don’t care if you run just one, or you’re in a Theme, or anywhere in between. Being able to look at your opponent’s Extra Deck, FOR FREE, on top of that, is surreal. Now, you do have to dump a Monster from whichever Deck you look at, but that’s either yours and you’re helping you to revive something, or, you’re helping yourself by learning theirs AND dumping something they can’t revive. That’s win-win however you play it. Anyway-you accomplish this by Special Summoning a Ritual Monster via Magic Card or Card Effect. You can’t Special Summon anything else (ONLY this) with this card, but again, for the Extra Deck spying and spoiling alone, that’s hardly an issue.
Now, take Ritual in the original Effect and replace it with Fusion, and then we move onto the second part of this card. For this side, you Target the Fusion you brought out, and it gains atk equal to its original atk for the Turn, as well as multiple attacks…or no attacks…for a unique twist on something that should be good, you can attack ALL your opponent’s Monsters with this…so long as they’re in attack position. Potentially, that’s a Fusion now with tremendous attack (4000-5000 from a 2000-2500 original attack, just conservative math here) and that COULD be 5 attacks…likely not, but just the same, it could be 0 attacks, as your opponent may have 0 atk position Monsters.
Honestly, despite having Dogmatika in the name, I don’t see this as particularly strict Theme support. This card is just aching for abuse. Oh, and the normal ‘save the Damage Step’ clause is on each Effect…AND, lastly, each Effect is once per Turn, but not ONLY once, so there’s that.
Rating: 4.25/5 Use and abuse y’all
Art: 4.5/5 This is awesome and disturbing, appropriate, as Halloween draws ever near
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