Swordsoul Sinister Sovereign – Qixing Longyuan – #BACH-EN041
1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner Wyrm monsters – If you Synchro Summon another Wyrm monster, while this monster is on the field: You can draw 1 card. If your opponent Special Summons a monster(s) (except during the Damage Step): You can banish 1 of those monster(s), and if you do, inflict 1200 damage to your opponent. When your opponent activates a Spell/Trap Card or effect (Quick Effect): You can banish that card, and if you do, inflict 1200 damage to your opponent. You can only use each effect of “Swordsoul Sinister Sovereign – Qixing Longyuan” once per turn.
Date Reviewed: May 20th, 2022
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Swordsoul Sinister Sovereign – Qixing Longyuan is the last card this week that has nothing to do with Ritual Monsters or Branded…told ya hodge podge.
Wyrm-centric strategy, Longyuan needs a Wyrm involved outside of being a Tuner. Hyper Librarian once per turn effect when you Synchro Summon another Wyrm, which, despite Longyuan being the Level 10 Synchro of the archetype, is doable with how Swordsoul Special Summon Tuner Tokens that are Level 4.
Banish and deal 1200 burn once per turn when an opponent Special Summons a monster(s) helps you deal with monsters that get summoned during your turn. Had the effect been a Quick-Play like the next one, it would’ve been a strong counter effect, even at once per turn. It doesn’t negate if the monster gets an effect(s) off its Special Summon, so I think this effect being a Quick-Play would have been okay.
Banishing a Spell/Trap when it’s activated to deal 1200LP damage without negation isn’t the greatest effect, but with the LP burn this card can do balances some of that negative out. It deals with Continuous cards and Field Spell cards, which can be a multiple-turn effect producing card(s), but you’d like to see negation somewhere on this card.
Longyuan is a strong Level 10 Synchro that is easy to summon in Swordsoul. Responsive effects that whittle away quickly at the opponent’s Life Points can make LP matter suddenly. You just would’ve liked seeing both effects be Quick-Play instead of a Trigger and a Quick-Play.
Until Next Time
The week ends off with the newest Synchro Monster for the Swordsoul archetype: Swordsoul Sinister Sovereign – Qixing Longyuan.
Qixing Longyuan is a Level 10 FIRE Wyrm Synchro with 2900 ATK and 2300 DEF. Pretty solid stats overall, FIRE is fine, and Wyrm is pretty good right now thanks to Swordsoul. Requirements are any Tuner and any non-Tuner Wyrm monster(s), trying to keep this mainly to the archetype, but opens you up for other Wyrm strategies like Yang Zing at least. First effect triggers when you Synchro Summon a Wyrm while this is already on the field, letting you draw a card. I mean, can’t complain about free draw power and it isn’t impossible to Synchro Summon another Wyrm after summoning this. Second effect triggers on the opponent Special Summoning a monster(s), letting you banish one of those monsters and inflict 1200 damage to them. I mean, it doesn’t negate the summon, but banishing is good enough against something that cant respond to this and stop it. It’s also spot removal and burn to edge you closer to winning the game. Second effect is a Quick Effect after the opponent activates a Spell/Trap Card or effect, letting you banish that card and inflict another 1200 damage to them. This can be pretty good at least against Continuous Spells/Traps or Field Spells to make sure they can’t stay on the field and resolve their effects, or it could work against a Spell/Trap the opponent could benefit from being in the grave. At worst, it’s a free banish and burn if the opponent isn’t playing anything that would be hurt by their Spells and Traps being banished. Hard once per turn on each effect, the first effect showing they somewhat learned from T.G. Hyper Librarian and the other effects to ensure you can’t just win the game by preventing the opponent from doing anything otherwise you burn them down to 0. Still, it’s a nice Level 10 Synchro to have for Swordsoul alongside their current Level 10 and Baronne de Fleur, it 100% can come up as well.
Advanced Rating: 3.5/5
Art: 5/5 I knew he was a traitor, but he looks awesome now at least.
Closing the week, we get a big, beefy Synchro Monster with an equally mouthful of a name-Swordsoul Sinister Sovereign-Qixing Longyuan. Fire/Wyrm, meh but could be worse, Level 10 is fun, 2900 attack is good, but low for a Level 10, and the 2300 defense is a bit low also. Synchro Summon requires 1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner Wyrm Monsters. Lesse…a free Draw each time you Synchro Summon a Wyrm while this guy is face-up is awesome (fairly reminiscent of T.G. Hyper Librarian). 1200 Damage to your opponent anytime they Special Summon a Monster (save the Damage Step, again) AND being able to remove that/one of those Monsters from play is spectacular. Also on the Burn note, a Quick Effect activates when your opponent activates a Magic/Trap/or Effect, you ALSO can deal 1200 Damage to them. It doesn’t do anything to NEGATE, which is troubling, but you only need to get the Effects here combined 7 times to beat your opponent, and 1200 Damage is nothing to scoff at. If this guy stays on the Field a few Turns, that should be more than enough to win you the Duel. Each Effect is Once per Turn. This guy is incredible. I still feel the attack should’ve been at least 3000, but that’s a minor quibble on my part. The Damage this guy can inflict is serious, the 2900 attack IS good (despite my complaint) and he’s a beast for the Wyrms, no question.
Art: 5/5 The colors here on the Monster and in the background compliment and contrast so, SO well
“What? Isn’t this Dogmatika week?” Well, since it is an Albaz lore card, it still fits, right? Swordsoul Sinister Sovereign – Qixing Longyuan is a level 10 FIRE wyrm synchro monster, serving as an alternative boss for the Swordsoul archetype. Unlike Swordsoul Supreme Sovereign – Chengying, it takes a page out of Chixiao’s book and requires any tuner and non-tuner wyrm, rather than having generic requirements, so keep that in mind if you’re trying to splash it in other decks. 2900 attack is slightly below average for a level 10 monster, but it’s passable enough, and 2300 defense (the same as the original Longyuan!) is also a bit low but fine.
All three of Longyuan’s effects are a hard once per turn. If you synchro summon another wyrm synchro monster while Longyuan’s on the field, you can draw one card, which will happen pretty often after turn 1 or during longer Swordsoul combos. Longyuan’s second effect triggers if your opponent special summons a monster (or multiple monsters) outside of the damage step, allowing you to banish that monster (or one of them if multiple were summoned) and burn your opponent for 1200 life points. Likewise, it can do the same to a spell or trap your opponent activates, banishing it and burning for 1200. The monster banish is the pretty obvious winner, since it can snipe off crucial combo pieces, especially pieces that need to remain in the graveyard for combos. The spell and trap banish isn’t bad, but it’s most useful against continuous spells and traps since it doesn’t negate them. Notably, these are separate effects, so you can banish a monster and a backrow both in the same turn if your opponent falls for it. The actual golden question is whether you want to summon this guy or Baronne de Fleur, another level 10 synchro monster that Swordosul decks want to summon on turn 1. Baronne’s stronger against decks with notable combo choke points, while Longyuan excels against backrow-heavy decks and decks that rely on the graveyard for combos. Qixing Longyuan is an excellent monster, but faces some stiff competition for the level 10 synchro spot; I find Baronne’s omni negate to be more flexible overall, which is the prevailing opinion among meta tops, though ultimately it’s up to personal taste and you can’t go wrong with either of them.
Art: 4/5 He might look nothing like his original form, but I’m glad he now has a form he’s comfortable with.
As if the Swordsoul archetype wasn’t strong enough already, they get another level 10 boss to throw in. Being only 2900 ATK is slightly easier to manage (when compared to other Swordsoul boss monsters) but make no mistake – it is still quite formidable.
Qixing Longyuan specializes in removal and burn. Whenever an Opponent Special Summons, you can Banish one of their summoned cards and inflict 1200 damage. Likewise, whenever they activate a Spell or Trap, you can banish it and deal 1200.
Even though both of these effects are once per turn, this damage is hefty and can add up. Banishing cards can trigger Chengying, allowing you to get even more value off your Opponent’s stray actions.
Banishing a Spell and Trap didn’t use to come up that often, but modern backrow tend to have secondary effects that require one to banish them from the grave in order to activate. Thus, banishing backrow can indirectly end up negating another effect.
On paper, this guy’s banish and burn effect is balanced as he’s not negating whatever comes down (so if your Opponent’s monster had an On-Summon effect, they’d still get it – likewsie, that Spell or Trap that they activated is still going to go off). But Qixing Longyuan is deceptively strong.
I haven’t yet mentioned his first effect! It helps to solve an issue that the Swordsoul archetype lacks – draw power. He’s basically an in-archetype Hyper Librarian, allowing you to draw a card (once per turn) whenever you Synchro Summon another Wyrm monster.
Longyuan basically does a little bit of everything. He keeps resources flowing, denies your opponent of their cards, and lowers the killing threshold by burning your opponent’s LP indirectly. He’s an all-around great addition to the theme.
Advanced Rating – 4/5
Art – 5/5 (Practically every Swordsoul monster is just sick!)
Alright, to wrap things up for this week, we have a powerful Synchro boss monster from the Swordsoul family of cards, the Swordsoul Sinister Sovereign – Qixing Longyuan. Whew, these names are a mouthful!
Anyway, this card debuted in Battle of Chaos and is a level 10 FIRE/Wyrm monster with 2900 attack, 2300 defense and the summoning condition of one Tuner and all non-Tuner monsters have to be Wyrm-types, which is pretty restrictive.
All of its effects can only be used once per turn, so it cannot be endlessly abused as an engine piece. While it is on the field, you can draw a card when you synchro summon another Wyrm monster. If your opponent special summons one or more monsters, you can banish one of them and if that happens, you burn them for 1200 life points. It has the same effect on spells/traps – banish the pink or green card, burn for 1200. The first effect is some cool incidental value, but I do not expect this card to see play mainly for that, but for the other ones, since you can only draw once per turn. The most important aspect of the ability that seemingly banishes anything your opponent plays is that this, similarly to Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit, removes the opposing cards from the field, but does not negate anything. That means effects that go on the chain upon activation or summoning will not be hindered by Qixing Longyuan’s effects, you only get rid of the monsters behind them. This is especially useful against the permanent class of spell and trap cards like Field Spells, Equip Spells and Continuous Spells or Traps, since those usually have to stick around for their effects to apply, which means that this just straight up counters these types of cards (unless they have an additional ignition effect that triggers upon activation). Keep in mind it can only banish one monster and one spell/trap per turn, though that would still be 2400 LP dropped from your opponent’s life total if the cards are banished!
Anyway, since this is a level 10 Synchro monster with specific summoning requirements, I have to rate it based on its competition, the obvious one being the level 10 Synchros Baronne de Fleur, the de-facto first choice in that class of cards (and one that’s in a class of its own, to be fair), and Swordsoul Supreme Sovereign – Chengying, another boss monster in the Tenyi Swordsoul deck that is level 10 and has no restrictions on its summoning. Since the other two cards are definitely stronger defensively and better at helping you own the battlefield, Swordsould Sinister Sovereign – Qixing Longyuan can be gauged by what sets it apart from these generic strong boss monsters: The 1200-lifepoint-burn and the banish effects. You might go into Qixing Longyuan just because your opponent is low and you completely lock them out of the game by ending on this monster or because the particular type of deck (or cards) your enemy relies upon is best handled by banishment, easy and simple. And in that, this is definitely a solid roleplayer and can uniquely handle a situation where the more powerful generic Synchro boss monsters of the Tenyi/Swordsoul deck might come up short. Sometimes, the most useful tool is a specialized one.
burns diminished life totals down rapidly if not handled, banishes cards, unique set of strengths
needs wyrm-type monsters to be summoned; does nothing against monster effects that activate from the hand, field or graveyard; has no inherent protection; does not actually negate any effects your opponent plays
This is a great example of how the newer Yugioh card art uses effects and flourishes to bring out amazing action scenes through their monsters. I love the pose and the dragon-like attack going off around him. Apparently, that’s his tail!
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