Branded in High Spirits – #BODE-EN055
Reveal 1 monster in your hand and send 1 Level 8 Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck to the GY with the same Type that has 2500 ATK or DEF, then you can apply this effect.
● Discard the revealed monster, and if you do, add 1 “Fallen of Albaz”, or 1 monster that lists that card in its text, from your Deck to your hand.
During the End Phase, if a Fusion Monster was sent to your GY this turn: You can add this card from the GY to your hand. You can only use 1 “Branded in High Spirits” effect per turn, and only once that turn.
Date Reviewed: February 8th, 2022
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Branded in High Spirits is a new way of setting up your Fusion Summons.
Foolish Burial from the Extra Deck effect to match the Type of monster you revealed from your hand. The Fusion Monster has to have a Level of 8, and either 2500ATK or DEF, quite restrictive, but doable with Branded and Despia. That effect alone helps set up your grave and could get you an advantage if you send something like Albion the Branded Dragon to the grave, but then you have the next effect.
Fallen of Albaz search to replace the monster you revealed and then discard. You could also add a monster listed on the Fusion Monster you sent to the grave, but most of the time that will still be Fallen of Albaz. Revealing a Despia monster won’t get you a Despian monster from your Extra Deck because of the Type difference, revealing Fallen of Albaz or another Dragon-Type would be better. Branded in High Spirits adds itself back every time you play it since you’ll be sending a Fusion Monster to your grave, making this card a way to fill your graveyard quickly to use.
While intended for Branded and Fallen of Albaz, because this card has a wide reach in terms of its effects, it can be used in other decks that may want to add a Fusion material listed on the Fusion they revealed: Elemental and Destiny HERO decks, as well as potentially Dark Magician all benefit from Branded in High Spirits, though those strategies don’t involve the graveyard with their Fusion Summons as much as Branded/Despia.
A decent Foolish Burial card from the Extra Deck as long as you can match the revealed monster Type. Searching Fallen of Albaz directly is good, and Branded in High Spirits adding itself back is also good. If you have Albaz in the hand when you play this, you won’t get much more than the Foolish Burial from the Extra Deck unless you also have a listed material in your Deck. Still a good card for the archetype to use.
Until Next Time
Next up in the week we got a new Quick-Play searcher for the Branded/Despia series in Branded in High Spirits.
High Spirits is a Quick-Play Spell that reveals a monster in your hand and sends a Level 8 Fuison Monster from your Extra Deck to the grave that has the same type as the revealed monster and either 2500 ATK or DEF, then you can apply the effect to discard the revealed monster, and if you do, you get to add a Fallen of Albaz or any monster that lists Fallen of Albaz in its text from your Deck to your hand. Overall okay searcher for your Albaz stuff. You have to reveal a Dragon mainly to get to send any of the Albaz related Fusions, but a Shaddoll Despia variant can at least benefit from revealing a Despia to send El Shaddoll Construct to recover a Spell/Trap. You got some decent cards to search for outside of Albaz himself like Incredible Ecclesia, Springans Kitt, and Tri-Brigade Mercourier. Second effect lets you add this from grave to hand if a Fusion Monster was sent to your graveyard this turn, but no doing this because you sent one off this card’s activation because you only get one effect a turn and only once that turn. It’s a fine card really, but needs some specific setup and/or the right variant to make useful to the fullest potential. It’s probably something you can go without, but a card you might be able to fit in from time to time.
Advanced Rating: 2.5/5
Art: 4/5 Hi Ecclesia.
Branded in High Spirits is a Quickplay Magic, and one with a whole lot of text. Let’s see, you reveal a Monster in your Hand (any Monster, no restriction) to dump a Level 8 Fusion from your Extra Deck. So long as said Fusion has 2500 attack or defense. So this fits the Theme well, and parlays nicely off our card from yesterday too. After all that, you discard the Monster you revealed to start this and gain a Fallen of Albaz, or one listing it in its text from your Deck to your Hand. Which is good, as you’re now at giving up 2 cards (that and this Magic card) you are technically at a -1, even though whatever you dumped from your Extra Deck is either being revived and/or used as further Extra Deck material. During your End Phase, if a Monster was sent to your Grave this Turn, you can cycle this card back from your Grave to your Hand. Fun enough. This card does some neat things without being overpowered, and I appreciate that in a card. You can only use an Effect once per Turn, and once a Turn at that. It almost seems like they went a bit hard on keeping this card from being TOO much, but it’s still decent.
Art: 4/5 Again this is very pretty, and the nature backdrop there is gorgeous too.
Branded in High Spirits is a quick play spell in the Branded mini-archetype, consisting of only spells and traps but is closely tied to Albaz, Despia, and Dogmatika cards. Fittingly it can be searched by Aluber the Jester of Despia which itself can be searched a myriad of ways. This one in particular deals with Fallen of Albaz and is a strict one effect per turn once per turn, so you can’t use both effects in the same turn even if you had two copies. On activation, you can reveal a monster in your hand, then send a level 8 fusion monster from your extra deck to the graveyard with the same type but with 2500 attack or defense; afterwards, you discard the revealed monster and search Fallen of Albaz or any monster with it in its text. The most obvious application is sending the Albaz fusions, all of which have 2500 attack or defense, in order to gain their graveyard effects while also searching Fallen of Albaz or Albion the Shrouded Dragon. While there are more potential targets coming in the future in the TCG, you could even search Incredible Ecclesia, the Virtuous in most of the Albaz lore decks where it’s useful (there’s a certain wyrm fusion monster we don’t have yet that’ll let Swordsoul in particular abuse Branded in High Spirits). Otherwise, it’s a roundabout way to get to Albaz, even if the discard and the extra dump will probably help you. This card’s other effect lets you add it back to your hand during the end phase if a fusion monster was sent to the graveyard. Recycling is always nice and being able to trigger during the opponent’s turn downplays the strict once per turn, and it’ll almost certainly happen if you’re playing an Albaz deck or, perhaps, Destiny HERO – Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer (these coincidences seem too good to be true). Overall, while you’ll have to build around it and have specific combos in mind, it’s a decent card for decks from the Albaz lore.
Art: 3.75/5 Quite a bit going on here, nice to see that even Springans like fireworks apparently.
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