Lubellion the Searing Dragon – #SDAZ-EN042
1 DARK monster + “Fallen of Albaz” – If this card is Fusion Summoned: You can discard 1 card; Fusion Summon 1 Level 8 or lower Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, except “Lubellion the Searing Dragon”, by shuffling Fusion Materials mentioned on it into the Deck, from your monsters on the field, GY, and/or face-up banished cards. For the rest of this turn, this card cannot attack, also you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck, except Fusion Monsters. You can only use this effect of “Lubellion the Searing Dragon” once per turn.
Date Reviewed: May 27th, 2022
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Lubellion the Searing Dragon is another Albaz Fusion Dragon and our last card for the week.
Albaz and a DARK monster are easy to make even outside the archetype. Standard 2500ATK for the Albaz Fusion Monsters, but a strong 3000DEF. 1-for-1 Fusion Summon upon its own Fusion Summon, cycling back the materials won’t be too hard, you already have Albaz in the grave off Lubellion’s summon. Lubellion’s effect covers banished, grave, and on the field, giving you a wide range to cycle back the two materials. You will then get that new Fusion Monster’s effect(s) since it was Fusion Summoned. Lubellion can’t attack and locks you out of Extra Deck summons minus Fusion, but the archetype does that the most, the non-attack may be the worse drawback.
The Fusion Summon, while unlikely to happen in other archetypes, can summon any Level 8 or lower Fusion Monster as long as you can cycle back the materials. The DARK monster is easy to make, but you’d need something to fill in for Albaz. Regardless, any Level 8 or lower Fusion is a pretty good effect for Fusion-based archetypes.
Lubellion is like having two Fusion Monsters in one. It won’t be your first Fusion monster, and maybe not even your second, but it will be one of yours, and you will be getting another Fusion Monster off its summon, and then you can use Lubellion for a different Fusion Summon since it can’t attack that turn and you’d used the effect.
Until Next Time
The week ends off with one of the two new Fusions for the Fallen of Albaz series, and seemingly an opposite of Albion the Branded Dragon as now we got Lubellion the Searing Dragon.
Lubellion is a Level 8 LIGHT Dragon Fusion with 2500 ATK and 3000 DEF. Stats would be better if reversed, but still good overall, and LIGHT/Dragon is another good combination to have in this game. Fusion Materials are Fallen of Albaz and any DARK monster, which is extremely easy to obtain, especially when you can use the materials in the Deck, but more on that next week. The lone effect of this card triggers when its Fusion Summoned, letting you discard a card to Fusion Summon another monster that’s Level 8 or lower and not another Lubellion the Searing Dragon, though with this effect being a HOPT I can’t imagine you needing to summon another, by shuffling the Fusion Materials into the Deck from your field, graveyard, and/or face-up banished cards. For the rest of the turn, this card cannot attack and you can only Special Summon from the Extra Deck via Fusion Summoning for the rest of the turn. So being able to get a 2nd Fusion Monster out using already used resources with the graveyard and banished pile is pretty strong, or you could use this as material if you needed, which might be likely with the card we end with next week and your most likely option at that, but the option for a 2nd body on board is still good. Shutting down this from attacking isn’t a rough restriction, though it does make it a little harder to push for game instantly, also being locked to Fusion with your Extra Deck is fine when you’re using a strategy that wants to Fusion Summon more than anything anyways. As mentioned, HOPT on the effect, standard stuff. Lubellion is a really good Fusion Monster for the Albaz archetype and one of the more generic ones to summon at that. DARK is a common Attribute if you have to summon Fallen of Albaz, and even if you aren’t doing that, you got more than enough ways to get to this especially with Depsia Branded and all your Despias being DARK. A staple for any Branded variant, even in multiples if you’re going for a more pure Branded variant with the Despias.
Advanced Rating: 4.25/5
Art: 5/5 Now this is a really sick looking Dragon.
Shifting gears one more time, this time back to FoA related things, here’s a Fusion in Lubellion the Searing Dragon. How a Dragon covered in Flames and has Searing in its name is Light as opposed to Fire escapes me, but it benefits this card a great deal. Light/Dragon are fantastic, Level 8, 2500 atk (but 3000 def) and needing a Dark Monster and FoA to be Fusion Summoned. So, a discard upon Fusion Summon lets you Fusion Summon ANOTHER Level 8 or lower Fusion from your Deck…nothing not to like about that, and we like even more that said Fusion Material can come from your Field/Grave/and/or face-up removed cards. BUT, if that’s not enough, you shuffle the Materials back into your Deck…so despite the discard (which is more than fair) you’re netting back at least two cards to your Deck. IF they happened to have been removed, you’re more than gaining advantage here in multiple ways. (Technically, even with said discard, if you cycle just two Monsters back, you’re +2 in resources, +1 in Field presence, and just -1 from your Hand…and you’re not using any Poly or Fusion card here, maybe you can count the discard as such if you need, for at least a net +2 here). Doing so prevents this card from attacking, and you can’t bring another one of these out, which seems fair on both counts as you’re gaining so much advantage and more or less dropping another Fusion for free. Locked into only Special Summoning Fusions for the Turn is fine, and that’s only from your Extra Deck, so you can still Special Summon from the Deck or Graveyard. Since this guy can’t attack that Turn, I’d just drop him in Defense and let him sit on that 3000, change him back next Turn (or not) and go for the kill. This Effect is Once per Turn, also appropriate, but it’s a damn good card y’all.
Art: 5/5 Great week for art here, at least the latter half, and that Dragon looks like and KNOWS its a boss. The Fire is really sweet in this too against the crimson and silver body of the Dragon.
Finishing off the week is one of the more hyped cards from Albaz Strike, Lubellion the Searing Dragon, a level 8 LIGHT dragon fusion monster. It has a typical fusion requirement of Fallen of Albaz and any DARK monster, so a Branded deck should be able to summon it very easily, and most DARK fusion decks can afford to slot in Albaz for it. Fittingly, as the dragon form of Aluber the Jester of Despia, it’s more defense-oriented than most Albaz fusions, having a fine spread of 2500 attack and 3000 defense. This does mean you won’t need to feel guilty about summoning it in defense to dodge Lightning Storm, at least!
Lubellion has a single hard once per turn effect upon being summoned, despite all of its text. After being fusion summoned, you can discard one card to fusion summon any level 8 or lower fusion monster from your extra deck (except another Lubellion) by shuffling the fusion materials from your hand, field, or banish pile into the deck. As a consequence, and par for course for Despia, you can’t special summon any extra deck monsters for the rest of the turn except fusion monsters, and curiously enough, Lubellion can’t attack the same turn either (which is fine since it has decent defense). This card saw a lot of hype and concern, since the new fusion spell Branded Fusion (which we’ll hopefully go in-depth with soon) opens up a lot of combo lines. Summoning Lubellion off of Branded Fusion can summon:
-Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon
-El Shaddoll Winda
-Most Despia and Albaz fusions, including Mirrorjade the Iceblade Dragon
-Last Warrior from Another Planet
-Too many more to count!
The list seems pretty scary, though it’s important to note that Branded Fusion will restrict you to fusion summons for the entire turn, so in practice you’re better off making most of these in their own respective decks, though the options are there for Branded hybrid decks. Lubellion is very similar to Albion the Stigmatika Dragon in being a combo piece for Branded Despia decks; you’ll want to use both in different contexts (such as if you need to discard, need to shuffle some materials instead of banishing them, or if you just don’t have any LIGHT fusion materials on hand). Quite a few topping decks have been using Albion instead for access to Fairy Tail – Snow, though in general Lubellion might still be preferable due to dumping Despian Tragedy and this week’s Tri-Brigade Mercourier. Overall a fantastic monster for Branded decks, and it’s not even the best fusion in the structure deck!
Art: 4/5 Aluber’s dragon form revealed at last! I like that it kind of mirrors the art of Albion the Shrouded Dragon, facing the opposite direction and being much more dynamic.
We end off Albaz week with a card that uses Albaz as material, but isn’t actually a powered-up form of Albaz from the lore. Instead, his rival, Aluber becomes Lubellion!
This card doesn’t do much on his own, but rather is an extender into more powerful cards. When he’s Fusion Summoned, you can Discard a card to immediately Fusion Summon again – this time using materials from practically anywhere. The only drawback is that you’re locked into Fusion Monsters if you decide to continue going into your Extra Deck. As I’ve said plenty of times this week – not a problem for the Albaz / Branded Deck.
This card is good because he easily serves as a bridge into other Albaz forms. Basically, activate Branded Fusion to dump Albaz and a DARK monster from Deck to bring this guy out. Then use Lubellion to fuse Mirrorjade by returning the Albaz you just sent plus Lubellion. As the lore continues and we get more Albaz support, this guy is just going to get better as he’ll have more and more targets to Fusion Summon.
Also, keep in mind that his effect doesn’t force you to Fusion Summon an “Albaz” fusion. As long as it’s a level 8 or lower Fusion monster, they’re fair game. We’re getting another Fusion-based archetype in the near future – the Tearalaments, so I bet he’s going to work well with them. But only time will tell.
Advanced Rating – 4/5
Art – 4.5/5 (And here I thought Albaz had a cool draconic form! Aluber is really showing our protagonist up!)
Ahoy! Today we will be wrapping up Albaz Strike week by looking at one of the key cards inserted into the Branded/Albaz strategy in the form of the fusion monster Lubellion the Searing Dragon, a very respectable boss monster that also acts as a quick and easy extender for fusion plays.
Lubellion is a level 8 LIGHT dragon-type fusion monster that needs one DARK monster and “Fallen of Albaz” as its fusion materials. First off, these requirements are chill in so many ways: The Branded Albaz deck neatly combines with the Despia strategy and all of that theme’s monsters are DARK-types, including the spell/trap-searcher “Aluber the Jester of Despia”. The DARK-attribute has not only been the most common, but also the most powerful in the history of competitive Yugioh, with many splashable generic powerful monsters randomly getting that purple stamp in its upper-right corner. This is highly relevant, since with both Fallen of Albaz and Super Polymerization, the Branded Despia deck loves to fuse away opposing monsters to kickstart its army of fusion monsters onto the field and this lovely Dragon allows it to do that quite easily.
Lubellion has 2500 attack and 3000 defense, stats that are passable and kinda expected from monsters you get to summon very easily. It’s funny to think that utility monsters these days have to be semi-free summons the size of something like Summoned Skull to be considered decent, and the latter used to be the kingpin of duels! Anyway, of course Lubellion has a ton of additional text to make it even better! If it is fusion summoned, you can discard one card as a cost, then fusion summon one level 8 or lower fusion monster except another Lubellion by shuffling the materials mentioned on it into the deck from your field, graveyard and/or face-up banished cards. If you do this, Lubellion cannot attack for the rest of this turn and you can only special summon fusion monsters from your extra deck for the remainder of this turn. Also, you can only use this effect once per turn.
Okay, so allowing you to fuse once again when this hits the battlefield using the field, grave and banished zone has major implications. First off, the non-attack clause makes this having 3000 defense very relevant, since that is where you will most likely put it when fusion summoned, since you will be using its effect. Discarding a card is probably a bonus anyway, since the other effect allows you to fuse from the graveyard.
This is an obviously powerful play that allows you to chain fusion summons and only needing the generic DARK-type and the easily searched Fallen of Albaz makes it even more of a menace. No wonder most Branded Despia decks even play two of these!
great extender in its archetype, easy to summon, discard as a cost enables graveyard synergies or allows to fuse more easily, decent stats, helps expand fusion board
no inherent protections, not the highest attack stat, restricts you to fusion-only plays
A generic dragon about to devastate the battlefield, an absolute classic theme of Yugioh card art. I love the attack it’s using, but somehow it lacks its own distinct flavor, which is a recurring theme. After crazy Über Annihilator Dragon No. 697, it’s kinda hard to still be amazed. Still, the artist did their job well and I can’t hate on that.
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