Veda Kalanta – #DUNE-EN012
If a card(s) on the field is destroyed by card effect, and “Visas Starfrost” is on the field (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your hand, then you can add 1 “Clear New World” from your Deck or GY to your hand. If another monster(s) in your possession is destroyed by card effect (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 monster your opponent controls; destroy it, and if you do, this card gains ATK equal to that monster’s original ATK, until the end of this turn. You can only use each effect of “Veda Kalanta” once per turn.
Date Reviewed: October 3rd, 2023
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Veda Kalanta’s background has him looking like a Dark World monster, rather than something involving Visas Starfrost.
Big Warrior DARK monster, with good ATK for a Level 8 that has an easy Special Summon ability. Mannadium archetype will always be destroying, and then to be able to drop a Level 8 2500ATK monster with ease will put a big body on board to protect your LP. You do need Visas Starfrost on the field (or something imitating him) to do so, but when you do you get this easy Special Summon and a “Clear New World” search either from the Deck or grave to the hand. Clear New World pops a monster you control and then Special Summons one with a different Type and lower Level from your Deck. Having to be a different Type is harder than Attribute in the Mannadium archetype. In other archetypes I could see this card being a bigger deal, but in this archetype you are likely giving up a bigger monster for a smaller one through this extra card.
Kalanta does have a nice pop ability that happens when a monster you control is destroyed by card effect. This is something that Mannadium do several times a turn. The ATK boost it gets until the End Phase is a little extra on top of its high ATK, the pop ability much more useful. Pop one of your Tuner Fairy monsters to Special Summon Riumheart from your hand, pop something of your opponent’s before Special Summoning another Tuner. This is a nice bit of spot removal in an archetype that lacked it and the removal works within the dynamic of the archetype.
If it weren’t for the requirement to have Visas Starfrost on the field you could’ve dropped Kalanta into a lot of archetypes out there. As is, it needs to be in something that consistently has Visas or “Visas” on the field for its Special Summon to be online. Mannadiums fuel its pop effect the best, so it isn’t a terrible letdown to have it restricted to this archetype. There are 10 good Synchro Monsters that Kalanta and any of the Tuners you run in Mannadium can make…that alone is enough to play him.
Until Next Time
Next up we got what I assume is the dark side of Visas with Veda Kalanta.
Veda Kalanta is a Level 8 DARK Warrior with 2500 ATK and 2100 DEF. Solid stats and a great Type/Attribute combination. So first effect triggers if a card(s) on the field is destroyed via a card effect and Visas Starfrost is on the field (except in the Damage Step) letting you Special Summon this card from your hand and then you can add a Clear New World from your Deck or graveyard to your hand. A Special Summon effect that triggers when Mannadium is doing their plays is at least nice, Clear New World will be covered later this week as a make-up for missing it when Battle of Chaos dropped. If another monster(s) in your possession is destroyed by a card effect (except in the Damage Step) you get to target a monster the opponent controls to destroy it and then have this card gain ATK equal to that monster’s original ATK for the turn, which is solid removal while also making this a stronger beatstick. Hard once per turn on each effect. Kalanta is nothing that feels necessary for Mannadium. As we get more cards for this lore, maybe the Veda line of monsters can have some value in being played. For now, you can run this, but you don’t have to. Wait for Age of Overlord and it’ll get a bit better.
Advanced Rating: 2.5/5
Art: 4.5/5 Cool outfit.
The Veda mini-archetype makes its debut with Veda Kalanta, a level 8 DARK Warrior that’s currently not very accessible, but it’ll get a ROTA soon enough. Veda’s stats are a little on the low side for a level 8 monster, with 2500 attack and 2100 defense, but they’re serviceable enough.
Though not a Mannadium monster by name, Veda might as well be one; all of its effects are hard once per turn, the first letting Veda Special Summon itself from your hand if any card on the field is destroyed by card effect while you control Visas Starfrost, searching Clear New World in the process. Triggering Veda isn’t too difficult in Mannadium, but it is a very uncomfortable brick and can’t kickstart any combos by itself unlike Visas. On the bright side, there’s a lot of neat targets for Clear New World (IE Mannadium Meek), though negating effects makes it pretty awkward to weave into Mannadium combos where you’ll need all the extension you can get. Veda’s other effect also triggers if one of your monsters is destroyed by card effect, letting you target and destroy an opponent’s monster and have Veda gain its original attack until the End Phase (a shout-out to Visas’s own attack gain effect). It’s a cute way to boardbreak while prepping for the OTK, and if you have any disruption that involves destroying your own monsters, it can be bonus disruption as well. Unfortunately, despite its potential as a combo piece in Mannadium, it’s not worth the bricking and deck space when Mannadium’s core combos are already solid. Maybe when we get more Veda support?
Art: 3.5/5 Reichheart’s revenge?!
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