Lavalval Chain – #DT07-EN035
2 Level 4 monsters – Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card to activate 1 of these effects;
● Send 1 card from your Deck to the Graveyard.
● Choose 1 monster from your Deck and place it on top of your Deck.
Date Reviewed: July 16th, 2021
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Lavalval Chain finishes out the week and is another of our Xyz Monsters that are banned…I’m seeing a pattern.
I remember when this card was a ridiculous price, like many cards in the past (and present with Starlight Rares). Two Level 4 monsters makes this monster very easy to summon and once Chain entered the TCG it became the best Rank 4 out there, and would still be if it were tournament legal. Detach for a Foolish Burial for any card in your deck or A Feather of The Phoenix effect gives you options, though you’ll likely use the Foolish Burial every time. Unlike Dark Matter Dragon, it is not specifically for Dragon-Type monsters, so any deck that plays Level 4 monsters can use this and use the Foolish Burial effect to get their graveyard into play. Literally almost every archetype could play this card, even something like Qliphorts that become Level 4 under certain circumstances. Shaddoll, Lightsworn, Zombie, and D-HERO are only a few of the archetypes that would play this when it was legal. Virtual World could use it for another Foolish Burial to get their monsters into the grave, but things like Drytron and Dragon Link likely wouldn’t use it. Infernity would really enjoy this card being legal once more as it could get them to a resource sooner. Most decks will bury a monster rather than a spell/trap but something like Nekroz have full reach of Chain in their deck. Despite its low ATK its effect is what makes the card so good, Lavalval Chain is an extender and with Link Summoning you can get multiple Foolish Burial effects if you can summon more copies of Chain (if allowed).
With no downside to its effect choice, ease of summoning, advantage that it can get you, Lavalval Chain is likely to stay banned.
Until Next Time
To end the week at Number 6 is a card that likely begged for its eventual ban on release, from Duel Terminal/Hidden Arsenal 7 we have Lavalval Chain.
Lavalval Chain is a Rank 4 FIRE Sea Serpent with 1800 ATK and 1000 DEF. Pretty meh Rank 4 stats like Exciton Knight and we got the weirdest mismash of Type and Attribute with FIRE and Sea Serpent. Anyways, 2 Level 4s makes this, so generic is always good. Once per turn, you can detach a material from this card to either send a card from the Deck to the graveyard or put any monster on top of your Deck from wherever else in said Deck. First, to address the send from Deck effect and how good it is. It’s basically Foolish Burial you don’t have to draw and can also send Spells or Traps like Foolish Burial Goods. Any chance to send a monster from Deck to grave begs for some powerful combos, which we saw when Infernity had a second meta run in 2014 and then later in 2015 when this helped Nekroz obtain their infamous Djinn lock before both this card and Djinn got banned. The ability to stack your Deck with any monster can be strong as well considering you could just use a draw effect to get that card to hand basically, basically making Upstart Goblin a search for any monster. Lavalval Chain has two great effects that aren’t a HOPT and are both likely preventing this from coming back, no matter how much I miss the combos with this.
Advanced Rating: 5/5
Art: 5/5 Someone might want to extinguish Gishki Chain.
My #6: Daigusto Emeral
Ending things on a Ban note, for this week, as we approach the midpoint of our countdown, here’s #6-Lavalal Chain. Rank 4, Fire/Sea Serpent (just like Water/Machine, Fire tends not to be very kind or good to/for Sea Serpents) with 1800/1000 atk and needing any 2 generic Level 4s for an XYZ Summon. Two effects here, you get your choice of which, by (once per Turn) detaching a Material. You mill the card of your choice to your Graveyard, or place a Monster of your choosing onto the top of your Deck. As far as the milling goes, let’s note that it lets you send ANY card (so not locked into Monster) making whatever you dump all the easier to retrieve, ideally in the same Turn. The second part here would obviously be better if your card came to your Hand, but knowing you’re getting what you need for (well, literally, what you need) next Draw is great too. Another great support card for a Theme here, and it was a fun week too!
Art: 5/5 I think not. I’m perfectly content never encountering this creature (cool as the art may be).
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