The Abyss Dragon Swordsoul – #PHHY-EN005
Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned by a Wyrm monster’s effect. If a monster is banished by card effect (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from the GY (if it was there when the monster was banished) or hand (even if not), but banish it when it leaves the field. If this card is Special Summoned: You can target 1 card in the Field Zone and 1 monster your opponent controls or in their GY; banish them. You can only use each effect of “The Abyss Dragon Swordsoul” once per turn.
Date Reviewed: May 1st, 2023
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Welcome to May, we’re starting this new month off with The Abyss Dragon Swordsoul. TADS has solid stats and typing (Wyrm) for a Level 8, but those first few words put the fear in a player: “Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set”. TADS needs to be summoned through a Wyrm effect, making it only playable in something like its namesake: Swordsoul, or something that runs a lot of Wyrms like Tenyi. You can Special Summon TADS from the grave or hand when a monster is banished by a card effect, however it will be banished when it leaves the field. As a solid beater, TADS being banished when it leaves the field isn’t that big of a loss. You can banish stuff with great ease in todays game through a variety of effects, but it being a Trigger, it can only be during your turn. Still pretty busted thinking you could drop a Bystial during your turn and immediately after drop a free 3000ATK monster off banishing an opponent’s card.
A potential double banish of a monster in the grave/field and a Field Spell your opponent has is great spot removal, but you have to target a Field Spell to get the banish in the grave/field of a monster, otherwise, no banishing for you. Most archetypes have Field Spell cards now that are very good, and Set Rotation is still a thing that you could play alongside TADS to get that graveyard banish.
While it lacks utility in terms of advantage, The Abyss Dragon Swordsoul is a solid beatstick. Most decks banish in some way and as long as it isn’t for cost you can summon this big Wyrm. It doesn’t get much attention because the banish of your opponent’s card(s) isn’t guaranteed and there are easier, more guaranteed ways of disrupting and banishing cards on the field.
Art- 4/5- Longyuan keeps digging his grave deeper
Until Next Time
We reenter the world of Albaz this week with more of a focus on the Springans side of things as we see Supreme Soeverign Serpent of Golgonda fuse with Qixing Longyuan to become The Abyss Dragon Swordsoul.
The Abyss Dragon Swordsoul is a Level 8 FIRE Wyrm with 3000 ATK and 2900 DEF. The stats are pretty good, FIRE is fine, and Wyrm has a solid lineup of support. So first we see it cannot be Normal Summoned or Set and it must be Special Summoned by the effect of a Wyrm monster. The main Wyrm monster that comes to mind for summoning this would be Yazi, Evil of the Yang Zing after you destroy it with its own effect or however you choose to destroy it, floating into this guy as a result. He does have his own Special Summon effect, however, triggering if a monster is banished by a card effect, letting you Special Summon this card from the graveyard (if it was there when this activated) or the hand (even if not), but the card itself is banished when it leaves the field. Not too difficult to summon, as it triggers if you banish something with a card effect. The final effect triggers upon being Special Summoned, letting you target a card in the Field Zone and a monster the opponent controls and banish them both. It’s alright removal, though pretty specific. You do need someone to control a Field Spell at the very least to use this effect, which those are somewhat commonplace in the modern game, so it won’t be as rare as you’d think. Hard once per turn on each effect, since the Special Summon effect isn’t hard to trigger and is easy to get around the banish part by using it as Xyz Material. The main home I could think of for this card is Rank 8 turbo, being another solid Level 8 that the Deck could access through Destrudo/Yazi plays. It’s an alright card, but the use in Rank 8 turbo is all I can think of for it.
Advanced Rating: 2.75/5
Art: 4.5/5 If Qixing Longyuan wasn’t intimidating already.
We’re starting the month with the various Albaz support from Photon Hypernova, starting with The Abyss Dragon Swordsoul. Part of the Swordsoul archetype, it’s a level 8 FIRE Wyrm monster, so you can search it with Swordsoul Emergence and it enjoys the (frankly as inflated as Dragon) plethora of Wyrm support we’ve gotten as of late. Combing the stats of Supreme Sovereign Serpent of Golgonda and Swordsoul Sinister Sovereign – Qixing Longyuan, Abyss Dragon Swordsoul has a meaty 3000 attack and 2900 defense, giving it a well-rounded spread for offense and defense.
Abyss Dragon Swordsoul can’t be Normal Summoned or Set, instead forcing you to Special Summon it by the effect of a Wyrm monster, which fortunately includes itself! Abyss Dragon Swordosul’s first effect is a hard once per turn and Special Summons itself from the hand or Graveyard if any card is banished, at the cost of banishing itself when it leaves the field. This is pretty trivial to trigger in Swordsoul decks, as bread and butter combos involve banishing your Swordsoul cards with Swordsoul of Taia or, if you really wanted to, Swordsoul Grandmaster – Chixiao. The second effect is also a hard once per turn, triggering if it’s Speciual Summoned; it’ll let you target and banish a card in either Field Zone and a monster your opponent controls or in their Graveyard. This makes Abyss Dragon Swordsoul potentially powerful disruption as long as a Field Spell is active, since Swordsoul Supreme Sovereign – Chengying or Chixiao will easily be able to trigger Abyss Dragon Swordsoul’s effect to Special Summon itself, and having an extra body to secure the OTK is also nice. This guy’s main weakness is competing with other search targets; your basic combos would prefer Swordsoul of Mo Ye and the original Swordsoul Strategist Longyuan, and Abyss Dragon Swordsoul doesn’t do anything by itself in your hand. There’s also the issue of requiring a card in a Field Spell zone for the Special Summon trigger, and Swordsoul doesn’t run any in-house Field Spells. Overall, a spicy card to run 1 of, but I wouldn’t go beyond that.
Art: 3.5/5 Classic dead villains combining as a zombie moment
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