Majespecter Draco - Ryu
Majespecter Draco – Ryu

Majespecter Draco – Ryu – #PHNI-EN049

Pendulum Effect – If you have a “Majespecter” or “Dracoslayer” card in your other Pendulum Zone: You can add 1 “Majespecter” card from your Deck to your hand, then you can destroy 1 card in your Pendulum Zone. You can only use this effect of “Majespecter Draco – Ryu” once per turn.
Monster Effect – 2 Level 4 monsters
If you can Pendulum Summon Level 4, you can Pendulum Summon this face-up card from your Extra Deck. If a monster(s) is Tributed while this card is on the field (except during the Damage Step): You can detach 1 material from this card; Special Summon 1 Level 6 or lower WIND Spellcaster monster from your Deck. You can only use this effect of “Majespecter Draco – Ryu” up to twice per turn. If this card in the Monster Zone is destroyed by battle or card effect, or Tributed: You can place this card in your Pendulum Zone.

Date Reviewed:  April 5th, 2024

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We end the week off with Majespecters finally getting their own Xyz Monster, which is also a Pendulum to boot, Majespecter Draco – Ryu.

Ryu as a Pendulum Scale has a Scale of 5 and an actual Pendulum Effect, the only Majespecter Pendulum to do so, where if you have a Majespecter or Dracoslayer in your other Pendulum Zone, you can add any Majespecter card from your Deck to your hand and then destroy a card in your Pendulum Zone. Good for getting you to any Majespecter you might need mid Duel since, being an Xyz Pendulum, that should be the only time this comes up. Destroying one of your Scales is fine if you can just get it set back up to make the Pendulum Summon live again. Hard once per turn, of course.

As a monster, Ryu is a Rank 4 WIND Spellcaster Pendulum Xyz with 2300 ATK and 2000 DEF. A Majespecter with actual decent stats for its Level/Rank, also keeping WIND and Spellcaster throughout the whole archetype. The materials are any 2 Level 4 monsters, which is very generic. If you can Pendulum Summon any Level 4 monsters, you can also Pendulum Summon this face-up from the Extra Deck, making up for it having a Rank instead of a Level. If a monster(s) is tributed while this is on the field, you can detach a material from this card to summon any Level 6 or lower WIND Spellcaster directly from your Deck. It’s a great way to get to another body on your field after you use your Spells and Traps to tribute your monsters for their effects. It summoning up to a Level 6 does future proof for a potential return of Majespecter Unicorn – Kirin, whenever that may be. Despite being any WIND Spellcaster you can summon, you’ll likely only summon a Majespecter. Also remember to make this Chain Link 1 to prevent the old Majespecters from missing timing. You can only use this effect up to twice a turn, meaning you can make use of 2 Spells or Traps to tribute your monsters while still being able to replace bodies. The other effect triggers if it is in the Monster Zone and is destroyed by battle or effect, or tributed, letting you place this into the Pendulum Zone, giving you a way to get it there, and it’s nice for this card to trigger this effect off it being tributed. I guess just hope your Scales aren’t already clogged up when this could trigger, but it isn’t the end of the world if you already have Pendulum Scales. Ryu is a solid support card for the archetype. It gave Majespecters a better way to use Kirin, but that card still remains banned for some unknown reason, despite 7+ years of powercreep since the ban. Play this in Majespecters and hope one day you can summon a Kirin off it.

Advanced Rating: 4/5

Art: 5/5 Kirin does at least make for a majestic steed.

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While Majespecter Unicorn – Kirin is missing in action as of this writing, Konami has attempted to placate us with a new sub-boss for the archetype, Majespecter Draco – Ryu, a Rank 4 WIND Spellcaster Xyz Pendulum monster with a scale of 5. It’ll take any two level 4 monsters, but for obvious reasons there’s no real point in summoning it outside of Majespecter, especially without Kirin to take full advantage of it. Ryu comes with 2300 attack and 2000 defense, which are fairly low overall but quite good for a Majespecter monster since the archetype in general severely lacks muscle.

Ryu’s Pendulum effect is a hard once per turn effect only usable if there’s a Majespecter or Dracoslayer card in your other Pendulum Zone, simply searching any Majespecter card, then optionally letting you destroy a card in your Pendulum Zone. Obviously this effect is great for follow-up value, since you can search Bunbuku and begin comboing again; the destruction part isn’t too relevant in Majespecter, but Dracoslayer-heavy hybrids will welcome the destruction.

Like most Pendulum hybrid monsters, Ryu can be Pendulum Summoned face-up from the Extra Deck as if it were a level 4 monster, so if you want it out of the Pendulum Zone, you can easily have it destroy itself then Pendulum Summon it. Ryu has a twice per turn Quick Effect that triggers if any monster is tributed, letting you detach a material to Special Summon a level 6 or lower WIND Spellcaster from your deck. If you know me, I consider this an almost insultingly wasted effect! It’s very obviously meant to summon the deck’s boss, Kirin, which is otherwise very difficult to summon. The only other level 6 WIND Spellcaster is Oafdragon Magician, which is terrible in this deck. Fortunately, you can still access the entire menagerie of Majespecters, so if nothing else you can still obtain follow-up for next turn. There are some jank things you can do with Witchcrafter Genni, and Mystical Fairy Elfuria is a niche anti-Xyz tech, but otherwise it’s largely wasted. Ryu’s final effect is as expected– if it’s destroyed or tributed, you can place it into the Pendulum Zone, setting up its Pendulum effect for next turn. Ryu would be a fantastic monster, and honestly there’s no reason not to make it since it provides much-needed offensive presence, though having no solid targets outside of follow-up make it very difficult to say it fixes Majespecter any more than Nue or Yamarashi. Could they at least have given it protection?

+Great for follow-up plays
+Strongest Majespecter monster statistically
-Lacks protection despite mediocre stats

Advanced: 3/5 (no Kirin) 4.25/5 (with Kirin)
Art: 4/5 The recurring theme of this week is, in fact, taunting me with Kirin.

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