Incredible Ecclesia, the Virtuous – #BODE-EN007
Date Reviewed: December 20, 2021
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
Well it’s that time of the year again where we look at the best 10 cards from a given year, and we start with something we haven’t gotten to yet. From Burst of Destiny, we have Incredible Ecclesia, the Virtuous.
Incredible Ecclesia is a Level 4 LIGHT Spellcaster Tuner with 1500 ATK and DEF. Fine stats on Level 4, LIGHT is great, Spellcaster is good, and being a Tuner and Level 4 is an amazing combination. You get to Special Summon this from the hand if the opponent controls more monsters than you, and you can summon this card only once a turn this way. Either way, a great Special Summon clause to have on a Tuner like this that doesn’t give you any real downside whatsoever. We also got two other hard once per turn effects. The first one being a Quick Effect in the Main Phase to summon a Fallen of Albaz or any Swordsoul monster from the Deck. This helps get Swordsoul plays started, and I can promise we’ll look at some of those in 2022 when I finally get to posting the Burst of Destiny CotDs, and as for Fallen of Albaz, this gets much better with the Albaz Strike Structure Deck coming soon and making Despia Albaz a meta contender, so this getting the Super Poly on legs from Deck on the opponent’s turn is great. The second effect lets you add this from grave to hand if a Fusion Monster was sent to the graveyard this turn, which synergizes well with the Albaz Fusions typically being sent from the Extra Deck to the graveyard, or with Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer and his Scrap Dragon effect on either player’s turn while he can keep reviving himself. It can also come up in Swordsoul if you do end up using the Level 4 Magikey Fusion Tuner, or if you have the DPE package in your Deck. Overall, I assume Konami intended the pun here, cause this card is incredible.
Advanced Rating: 4.5/5
Art: 5/5 Doing just as good, if not better than, the original Ecclesia’s art wasn’t going to be an easy feat, but this card did it. She looks outstanding here.
My #10: Ready Fusion
It’s that time again, so we’ll wind up the year with our annual Top 10 list. Number 10 goes to Incredible Ecclesia, the Virtuous. Light/Spellcaster is a great pairing, and the bonus of being a Tuner. 1500 is searchable in various ways (on atk and def) if not a bit low for a Level 4. So in a Cyber Dragon-esque way to start, this card can be Special Summoned from your Hand, so long as your opponent controls more Monsters than you do. Two more Effects are attached here, each which can be used, once per Turn:
*A Quick Effect letting you Tribute this for another Special Summon of a Swordsoul Monster OR a Fallen of Albaz, so I appreciate the openness in this Effect, and FoA doesn’t (haha) have enough to combo with or resource. It has to happen during your Main Phase, but it can come from your Hand or Deck, so that’s great for the player too.
*During the End Phase, this card can cycle back to your Hand from your Grave if a Fusion Monster was send to your Grave this Turn. No requirement as to how or by which player, which is always awesome. It’s a fast enough card here that does some really useful things, and should be a great thing for you.
Art: 5/5 This is just superb
To close out the year, we’re counting down Pojo’s top 10 cards of 2021, starting with number 10, Incredible Ecclesia, The Virtuous. Like its previous incarnation, Ecclesia is a level 4 LIGHT spellcaster, except this time it’s a tuner as well. The stat spread of 1500 attack and 1500 defense aren’t spectacular, but it’s fine for a level 4. Though Ecclesia no longer belongs to an archetype, it has some synergy with Magistus by virtue of being a level 4 spellcaster and even Charmers due to its 1500 defense.
The summoning condition and both effects are hard once per turn. Right off the bat, Ecclesia can special summon itself if your opponent controls more monsters, making it even more useful going second. It can tribute itself during the main phase on either player’s turn to special summon a Swordsoul monster or Fallen of Albaz from your hand or deck. The former cements it as a staple starter in the dominating Swordsoul decks, as it can access their playmaker Swordsoul of Mo Ye. While Albaz decks haven’t made that much of a splash here in TCG, summoning Fallen of Albaz on your opponent’s turn is also great to steal an opponent’s monster for fusion and disrupt their combos. Finally, you can add Ecclesia back to your hand from the graveyard during the end phase if a fusion monster was sent to the graveyard that turn. This is meant to work with Albaz fusions, but nothing is stopping you from dumping fusion monsters through Dogmatika cards or using fusion monsters that destroy themselves (notably the ever-so-pervasive Destiny HERO Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer) to recycle Ecclesia for follow up plays. The original Ecclesia was excellent for Dogmatika and its variants, so it’s oddly fitting that its new iteration is also such a powerful and versatile card, and being a 3-of in a top tier is enough to earn it a spot on our top 10 cards of 2021.
Art: 4.5/5 She’s rocking a hammer made out of a giant snake skull, how metal is that? Albion is also a cute touch.
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