Ties That Bind
Ties That Bind

Ties That Bind – #LEDE-EN053

If you control “Shining Sarcophagus” and a monster that mentions it: Special Summon up to 2 Level 4 or lower monsters with different names that mention “Shining Sarcophagus” from your hand and/or Deck, also, for the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon from the Extra Deck. You can only activate 1 “Ties That Bind” per turn.

Date Reviewed:  May 15th, 2024

Rating: 3.33

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KoL's Avatar
King of

Hello Pojo Fans,

Ties That Bind is Ties of the Brethren for Shining Sarcophagus.

Ties That Bind, like all the cards in the archetype, revolve around Shining Sarcophagus. You need a monster that mentions Shining Sarcophagus and the archetype’s star card to pay this, which you should always be able to have on the field. Special Summon two Level 4 or lower monsters from the Deck with different names that mention Shining Sarcophagus. You don’t have to pay 2000LP like with Brethren, but you are locked out of your Extra Deck, preventing an easy Link-3 or Rank 4 plays.

This is the card you wanna search out with Shining Sarcophagus after you activate it, then summon any monster mentioning Sarcophagus and plays this to get bodies on the board. Silent Swordsman Zero and Silent Magician Zero being summoned using this allows for you to benefit twice as fast for jumping their levels, but also both cover Spell card negation and targeting monster effects. You can also search Gadget Trio and Moremarshmallon as well with this, and Trio will get you a Shining Sarcophagus or a Spell/Trap that mentions it, while Moremarshmallon will be like Marshmallon with its glasses equip Spell, forcing your opponent to attack only it. If you were able to Special Summon the monster that allowed you to play Ties That Bind, it’s worth noting that this is a 1-card setup for Gandora-G, who we will review on Friday.

Ties That Bind is restrictive to make certain you cannot abuse it, but it doesn’t stop you from gaining advantage. It is a quick way to get to the protection cards for Shining Sarcophagus and to get bodies on board.

Advanced- 3.5/5
Art- 3.5/5

Until Next Time,


Crunch$G Avatar

With Yugi’s cards comes some sort of ties to friendship, so they took Ties of the Brethren and retrained it to Ties That Bind.

Ties That Bind is a Normal Spell you can activate if you control Shining Sarcophagus and any monster that mentions it, letting you then summon up to 2 Level 4 or lower monsters that mention Shining Sarcophagus from your hand and/or Deck, but you can’t summon from the Extra Deck for the rest of the turn. So first off we basically confrim this Deck isn’t getting a dedicated Extra Deck monster, which little Yugi didn’t run any from what I remember, so that’s fine. It gets you to two other monsters quickly, likely the two cards from yesterday to offer up some protection for your setup. Besides them, you got Gadget Trio if you need more searching and Moremarshmallon for battle protection for your whole board. It looks good on paper til you remember the targets, while good, aren’t all that amazing. I guess one day we could get Magnet Warrior retrains to join the Shining Sarcophagus Deck since they were used in the final Duel, but now the card is limited by its targets. You play it in the Deck for sure to complete your setup, but I assume this Deck will be expanded on with more targets in the future.

Advanced Rating: 3.5/5

Art: 5/5 I just appreciate how this is based off Takahashi’s classic art of Yugi with his monsters.

Mighty Vee

Based on the titular manga chapter and the wrestling Duel Links skill, Ties That Bind continues our Shining Sarcophagus coverage. A Normal Spell, it can only be activated once per turn and only while you control Shining Sarcophagus and a monster that mentions it. It has a single effect, simply Special Summoning any one or two level 4 or lower monsters from your hand and (or) your deck that mention Shining Sarcophagus, locking you out of the Extra Deck for the rest of the turn. You’re meant to grab both Silent Swordsman Zero and Silent Magician Zero, and frankly there’s no reason not to since you probably had to grab Gadget Trio first to access Ties that Bind in the first place. It’s a simple card that easily brings out your main disruption (for now), though the Extra Deck lock is very disappointing, especially since their upcoming support card in Infinite Forbidden encourages using a certain Fusion monster. Not much else to say; it’ll help bring out Magician for the coveted Spell negate, but having to already control Shining Sarcophagus and another monster makes it a potential brick. Personally I’d stick to only one copy, but in more casual builds it can be run at multiple copies I suppose.

+Helps swarm the field and access Silent Magician Zero
-Relies on having an established board to function
-Extra Deck lock ruins potentially strong endboards 

Advanced: 3/5
Art: 3.75/5 It’s kinda funny to see Gandora of all monsters just chilling out.

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