Guiding Quem, the Virtuous
Guiding Quem, the Virtuous

Guiding Quem, the Virtuous – #CYAC-EN011

(This card is always treated as a “Dogmatika” and “Despia” card.)
If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can send 1 “Fallen of Albaz” or 1 card that mentions it from your Deck to the GY. If a card(s) leaves the Extra Deck (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 “Fallen of Albaz”, or 1 monster that mentions it, in your GY, except “Guiding Quem, the Virtuous”; Special Summon it. You can only use each effect of “Guiding Quem, the Virtuous” once per turn.

Date Reviewed:  July 24th, 2023

Rating: 3.67

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.

Reviews Below:

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King of

Hello Pojo Fans,

Guiding Quem, the Virtuous starts out the week on Pojo, though I’d argue there’s nothing Virtuous about her.

Always treated as a Dogmatika and Despia monster will lend some flexibility to her being used within the Despia archetype as another Fusion Material option. Much like Ecclesia, she gets an effect upon upon Normal or Special Summon, except hers is a Foolish Burial of Albaz or something that lists Albaz in its effect. Some of the Spell/Trap cards that Quem can send to the grave have abilities to bring themselves back to the hand if their conditions are met, or banish themselves if conditions are met to help you. As for the monsters that Quem can send to the grave, most can offer a Special Summon in the End Phase when condition(s) are met: ex: (Blazing Cartesia can be added back from the grave (if a Fusion Monster is sent to the grave that turn).

Dogmatika-style second effect involving the Extra Deck that Special Summons an Albaz or monster that mentions it that is in the grave. A card(s) have to leave the Extra Deck to activate this effect is mostly triggered by some of the Spell/Trap cards within the Dogmatika archetype like Branded in Central Dogmatika will do the trick. Besides that, you can have Quem on the field and simply wait until your opponent Special Summons from the Extra Deck and that will trigger this effect. It is tempting to bring back a big Albaz Fusion Monster if you have it available, however, reviving Blazing Cartesia or Fallen of Albaz during your opponent’s turn is an instant combo-stopping play with their fusion capabilities.

Quem may not be on the good guys side, but she does good things for Albaz and his team. She gets you to something through her Foolish Burial effect and can bring it back just as easily during either turn. You just have to make sure you have the piece(s) for whatever you want to summon with her or through her effect.

Advanced-3.5/5     Art-4/5

Until Next Time

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We finally reached the climax of the Albaz lore this week (that is, until Konami opts to revisit it) and we start with what I assume is the replacement to Ecclesia: Guiding Quem, the Virtuous.

Guiding Quem is a Level 4 LIGHT Spellcaster Tuner with 1500 ATK and DEF. Stats are meh, but LIGHT and Spellcaster still good, and being a Tuner helps with the Despia Synchro. It’s always treated as a Dogmatika and Despia card, so tied to two different archetypes now. The first effect triggers on Normal or Special Summon, letting you send a Fallen of Albaz or any card that mentions it from your Deck to the graveyard. It’s a fine Foolish Burial for your Albaz goodstuff. Get some Spells or Traps in the graveyard that have grave effects or that you could recover via other varying effects in your Deck. It also sends Albion the Shrouded Dragon and Blazing Cartesia for their graveyard effects to also trigger. The second effect triggers if a monster(s) leaves the Extra Deck (except in the Damage Step), letting you target a Fallen of Albaz or any monster that mentions, that isn’t Quem of course, it and revive it. Good way after you Fusion Summon to get Albaz or Cartesia back onto the field to help you with even more Fusion Summons. Hard once per turn on each effect, which is fine. Quem is solid support for the Despia/Branded strategy more than anything. It also helps that Granguignol can summon it from the Deck since it is a Dogmatika monster, plus it’s searchable off Despian Tragedy considering it’s also a Despia. It’s not anything gamebreaking for the Deck, but a worthy addition to it nonetheless.

Advanced Rating: 3.5/5

Art: 4/5 She’s nice, just no Ecclesia if I’m being honest.

Mighty Vee

More Albaz cards! With the lore coming to a close (for now), it shouldn’t be too surprising. Guiding Quem, the Virtuous continues our Cyberstorm Access Albaz coverage, a level 4 LIGHT Spellcaster Tuner monster, just like the rest of the Ecclesia family (sans the original Dogmatika Ecclesia). Fittingly, Quem is also treated as a Dogmatika and Despia card, so it can be searched by Branded Opening and Nadir Servant. Unsurprisingly, Quem also shares the classical Ecclesia stats of 1500 attack and defense, giving it mild synergy with Charmer support cards as well.

Quem has two hard once per turn effects, the first triggering on Normal or Special Summon to send Fallen of Albaz or any card that mentions it from your deck to the Graveyard. It doesn’t specify a monster, so you can send Branded Retribution to recycle a Branded backrow. Sometimes you might also want to send Albion the Shrouded Dragon, but many times you’ll likely send Fallen of Albaz to set up Quem’s second effect, which triggers if a monster leaves either Extra Deck, letting you Special Summon Fallen of Albaz or a monster than mentions it from your Graveyard. Not only does this almost guarantee the summon of Mirrorjade the Iceblade Dragon as soon as your opponent summons an Extra Deck monster, it can also provide more fodder to summon Guardian Chimera with Branded in Red. Simply Normal Summoning Quem is a decent emergency combo if you brick pretty badly, but its main value is as a very powerful extender for the deck. Ratios are questionable; many people swear by only one copy, but others insist on three, and others still believe two to be the golden rule. Ultimately, it’s up to taste, but you should run at least one.

Advanced: 4/5

Art: 4.25/5 Guiding you into weird tree branch things with red eyes!

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