Time to see if anything makes an impact. Hello Pojo Readers, Crunch$G here to tell you about the latest Deck Building Set introduced to the TCG, Genesis Impact. This archetype debuts the Magistus archetype, the Live☆Twin and Evil★Twin archetype, and the Drytron archetype to the TCG. This time around, the way the set is broken down is different from the 20 Secret Rares and 40 Super Rares we were used to. We are now going by the Toon Chaos ratios with 10 Ultra Rares, 15 Super Rares, 35 Rares, and 15 of these cards will come in Collectors Rare. This means we can once again go on the Collectors Rare hunt to max out your Deck or have for collector purposes.
The Collectors Rares
First up like all these sets with these special rarities, we go through the list of cards in the set that are given the prestige of this rarity. In Genesis Impact, the Collectors Rares are as follows: Rilliona, the Magistus of Verre, Ninaruru, the Magistus Glass Goddess, Artemis, the Magistus Moon Maiden, Live☆Twin Ki-sikil, Live☆Twin Lil-la, Evil★Twin Ki-sikil, Evil★Twin Lil-la, Evil★Twins Ki-sikil & Lil-la, Drytron Meteonis Draconids, Drytron Meteonis Quadrantids, Meteonis Drytron, Beat Cop from the Underworld, Knightmare Unicorn, Knightmare Phoenix, and Aleister the Invoker of Madness.
The Magistus Story
The first archetype proper to discuss is the Magistus archetype, an extension on the lore of the Witchcrafter, Endymion, Invoked, and other archetypes that like to play around with Spells and Spell Counters. Crowley, the Magistus of Grimoires is a Level 4 DARK Spellcaster that can Special Summon itself from the hand by sending a Spellcaster from your hand or face-up field to the graveyard, can change its Attribute to any Attribute you declare, and it can banish itself from the graveyard to equip a Magistus Monster you control with a Magistus Monster from the graveyard that isn’t a Level 4 Monster. Zoroa, the Magistus of Flame is a Level 4 FIRE Spellcaster Tuner that can target a Magistus Monster you control and equip it with a Magistus Monster from the Extra Deck, and if this card becomes equipped with a Magistus Monster, you can Special Summon a different Level 4 Spellcaster from your hand or graveyard in Defense Position with its effects negated. Rilliona, the Magistus of Verre is a Level 4 LIGHT Spellcaster that upon Normal or Special Summon can either add a Magistus Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand or return one of your banished Level 4 or lower Spellcasters to the graveyard, and it can banish itself from the graveyard to equip a Magistus Monster you control with a non-Level 4 Magistus Monster from your graveyard. Endymion, the Magistus of Mastery is a Level 4 WATER Spellcaster who can equip a Magistus Monster you control with a Magistus Monster from the Extra Deck, and it can destroy a face-up Spell Card you control to let you draw a card and then return a card to the bottom of your Deck. Aiwass, the Magistus Spell Spirit is a Level 8 EARTH Fiend Fusion of any Magistus Monster and any Spellcaster Monster, while equipped to a Monster will boost said Monster by 1000 ATK/DEF, as a Quick Effect during the Main Phase can equip to a Monster on the field and lets you take control of the Monster if it is equipped to an opponent’s Monster, but said Monster cannot activate its effects. Vahram, the Magistus Divinity Dragon is a Level 8 FIRE Dragon Synchro that needs any Tuner and any non-Tuner(s), while equipped to a Monster prevents it from being destroyed by the opponent’s Spell/Trap effects, if it was Synchro Summoned and destroyed it can destroy all your opponent’s face-up cards, and at the start of the Damage Step where a Monster equipped with this card battle an opponent’s Monster, you can destroy the opponent’s Monster. Ninaruru, the Magistus Glass Goddess is a Rank 4 EARTH Rock that needs any 2 Level 4 Spellcasters as materials, can let a Monster equipped with it make 2 attacks on Monsters during the Battle Phase, can detach a material from herself to target and add a Level 4 or higher Spellcaster in your graveyard to your hand, and while equipped to a Monster it can target and destroy a face-up Magistus card in your Spell/Trap Zone and an opponent’s Spell/Trap Card. Artemis, the Magistus Moon Maiden is a Link-1 LIGHT Spellcaster of any Level 4 or lower Spellcaster Monster, has an upward arrow, if another Magistus Monster is Normal/Special Summoned while you control this Monster, you can equip her to the summoned Monster, and while equipped can let you search any Magistus Monster from the Deck, and also you can only Special Summon 1 of her a turn. Trismagistus is a Conitinuous Spell that prevents a Magistus Monster equipped with an Equip Card from being destroyed by battle the first time it would be and it can either use the effect to Special Summon a Level 4 Spellcaster from the hand or send this card to the graveyard to Special Summon as many Magistus Monsters with different names as you want from your hand. Magistus Theurgy is a Quick-Play Spell that can target a Magistus Monster you control and equip it with any Magistus Monster that isn’t a Level 4 Monster from your Extra Deck, graveyard, or face-up field or instead if you have at least 1 of each Magistus Fusion, Synchro, Xyz, and Link in your graveyard you can instead equip it with any non-Magistus Monster from the Extra Deck. Magistus Invocation is a Normal Spell that lets you Fusion Summon any Fusion Monster using Monsters from your hand or field as material, including a Spellcaster Monster, and if summoning a Magistus Fusion this way you can also use Monsters in the Spell/Trap Zone equipped to Magistus Monsters. Finally, Magistus Virtra is a Normal Spell that can target and Special Summon a Level 4 or lower Magistus Monster from your graveyard, and if a Magistus Card(s) in the Spell/Trap Zone would be destroyed by an opponent’s effect, you can banish this card from the graveyard instead.
The Ultimate Collaboration
The second archetype in this set are the Live☆Twins and Evil★Twins, Ki-sikil and Lil-la. This is an archetype based around Monsters that are Virtual YouTubers by day and Criminals by night and they focus on working together with each other for effects. Live☆Twin Ki-sikil is a Level 2 LIGHT Cyberse who lets you gain 500 LP when the opponent attacks, and if Normal or Special Summoned while you control no other monsters, you can Special Summon a Lil-la Monster from your hand or Deck. Live☆Twin Lil-la is a Level 2 DARK Cyberse who makes the opponent pay 500 LP to attack, and if Normal or Special Summoned while you control no other monsters, you can Special Summon a Ki-sikil Monster from your hand or Deck. Evil★Twin Ki-sikil is a Link-2 LIGHT Fiend of any 2 monsters, including a Ki-sikil Monster, has Right and Down arrows, lets you draw a card if Special Summoned while you control a Lil-la Monster, and as a Quick Effect during the Main Phase while you don’t control a Lil-la Monster you can Special Summon a Lil-la Monster from the graveyard at the cost of you only being able to Special Summon Fiends from the Extra Deck for the rest of the turn. Evil★Twin Lil-la is a Link-2 DARK Cyberse of any 2 monsters, including a Lil-la Monster, has Left and Down arrows, lets you target and destroy a card on the field if Special Summoned while you control a Ki-sikil Monster, and as a Quick Effect during the Main Phase while you don’t control a Ki-sikil Monster you can Special Summon a Ki-sikil Monster from the graveyard at the cost of you only being able to Special Summon Fiends from the Extra Deck for the rest of the turn. Evil★Twins Ki-sikil & Lil-la is a Level 8 DARK Fiend that cannot be Normal Summoned or Set, must be Special Summoned from the hand or graveyard by tributing 2 Link Monsters you control, if Special Summoned while the opponent controls 3 or more cards, you can make them send cards to their graveyard until they only control 2 cards, and gains 2200 ATK/DEF while you have a Ki-sikil and Lil-la Monster in your graveyard. Live☆Twin Home is a Quick-Play Spell that lets you discard a card to Special Summon a Ki-sikil or Lil-la Monster from the Deck at the cost of you only being able to Special Summon a Evil★Twin Monster from the Extra Deck for the rest of the turn. Live☆Twin Channel if a Field Spell that when a Monster declares an attack, you can negate that attack by tributing a Ki-sikil or Lil-la Monster and during the End Phase it can target a Ki-sikil or Lil-la Monster in your graveyard and shuffle it into the Deck, or if you control no Monsters you can instead add it to the hand. Secret Password is a Normal Spell that lets you add a Live☆Twin or Evil★Twin Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand, or if you control a Ki-sikil and a Lil-la Monster you can instead add a Evil★Twin Monster from your Deck to your hand instead. Evil★Twin Challenge is a Normal Trap that targets and Special Summons a Ki-sikil or Lil-la Monster from the graveyard and then you can apply the effect where immediately after the previous effect resolves, you Link Summon a Evil★Twin Link using Monsters you control as material. Evil★Twin GG EZ is a Continuous Trap that can tribute a Ki-sikil or Lil-la Monster to either let a Ki-sikil or Lil-la Monster you control gain ATK equal to the tributed Monster’s original ATK for the turn or when a card or effect is activated that would destroy a card on the field, you can negate that effect. Finally, Evil★Twin Present is a Normal Trap that if you control a Ki-sikil and a Lil-la Monster you can either target a Ki-sikil or Lil-la Monster you control an an opponent’s Monster to switch control of the targets or target a Set Spell/Trap the opponent controls and shuffle it into the Deck.
The Draco Constellation Comes to Life
The final archetype in this set is the Drytron archetype, an archetype based on the Draco Constellation that’s full of Level 1 Monsters with 2000 ATK meant to help Ritual Summon your big Level 12 Rituals with 4000 ATK while using ATK stats for the Ritual Summon. All the Level 1 Drytrons are LIGHT Machines that cannot be Normal Summoned or Set, must be Special Summoned by a Drytron card, and can tribute another Drytron Monster or any Ritual Monster from your hand or field to revive itself in Defense Position at the cost of you being only able to Special Summon Monsters that cannot be Normal Summoned or Set the turn you use these effects, and all Drytrons that summon themselves off their own effects gain a bonus effect you can use. Drytron Alpha Thuban lets you add a Ritual Monster from your Deck to your hand, Drytron Beta Rastaban lets you return a banished Drytron Monster to the graveyard, Drytron Gamma Eltanin lets you Special Summon a Drytron Monster with 2000 ATK from the graveyard, Drytron Delta Altais lets you reveal a Ritual Monster or Ritual Spell in your hand to draw a card, and Drytron Zeta Aldhibah lets you add a Ritual Spell from your Deck to your hand. Now for the 2 Rituals of the archetype, they’re both Level 12 LIGHT Machine Rituals with 4000 ATK and DEF that can be Ritual Summoned using Meteonis Drytron. Drytron Meteonis Draconids cannot be targeted by the opponent’s Monster effects, can attack all Special Summoned Monsters the opponent controls once each if Ritual Summoned using Monsters whose combined Levels is 2 or less, and as a Quick Effect during the opponent’s turn can banish Monsters from the graveyard whose exact combined ATK equals 2000 or 4000 to send a face-up card to the graveyard for each 2000 ATK. Drytron Meteonis Quadrantids cannot be targeted by the opponent’s Spell/Trap effects, lets you destroy all Spell/Traps the opponent controls if the combined Levels of the Monsters used to Ritual Summon it were 2 or less, and if destroyed after being Ritual Summoned you can revive different Drytrons from the graveyard whose combined ATK equals 4000. Drytron Fafnir is a Field Spell that lets you add a Drytron Spell/Trap from Deck to hand on activation, prevents the effects of activated Ritual Spells from being negated, and once per turn when a Monster is Normal/Special Summoned while you control a Drytron Monster, bar during the Damage Step, you can reduce that Monster’s Level by 1 (min. 1) for every multiple of 1000 ATK it has for the rest of the turn. Meteonis Drytron is a Ritual Spell that lets you Ritual Summon any Ritual Monster by tributing Machine Monsters whose combined ATK equal or exceed the Ritual Monster’s ATK, and if it’s in your graveyard you can add it to your hand by targeting a Drytron Monster you control and having it lose 1000 ATK until the end of the opponent’s turn. Dyrtron Nova is a Normal Spell that lets you Special Summon a Drytron Monster from the Deck, but it’s destroyed during the End Phase and you can only Special Summon Monsters that cannot be Normal Summoned/Set the turn you activate this. Drytron Eclipse is a Quick-Play Spell that lets you target a Drytron Monster in your graveyard and add it to your hand, and during the Main Phase of a turn it wasn’t sent to the graveyard can be banished to target a Drytron Monster to have it gain 2000 ATK until the end of the opponent’s turn. Drytron Asterism is a Quick-Play Spell that lets you target a Drytron Monster or Ritual Monster you control and an opponent’s face-up Monster during the Main Phase to have your Monster lose 1000 ATK until the end of the opponent’s turn while the opponent’s Monster is destroyed. Finally, Drytron Meteor Shower is a Counter Trap that when the opponent Normal or Special Summons a Monster while you control a Ritual Monster, you can negate the summon and shuffle that Monster into the Deck.
Now time for the standard reprints for sets like these. Cyberse Gadget is a solid card getting its first reprint in here to support Live☆Twins, and you also got Backup Secretary to support the archetype and Cynet Regression in here. You also got World Legacy – “World Lance” to help the archetype since it is Link-focused, Beat Cop from the Underworld for another Link Monster for them to use, and you even got reprints for some of the Knightmares like Gryphon, Phoenix, and Unicorn. You got some reprints to help Magistus like Performage Hat Tricker, Star Drawing, Engraver of the Mark, and Performage Trick Clown while also supporting the lore with Invoked-related reprints of Aleister the Invoker of Madness getting its first reprint alongside The Book of the Law, Invoked Cocytus, and Invoked Magellancia. Drytron related reprints give you cards like Cyber Angel Benten, Cyber Emergency, Extra-Foolish Burial, Born from Draconis, and Herald of Ultimateness alongside a needed reprint and foil upgrade for Impcantaiton Chalislime. Finally you got some miscellaneous reprints for cards like Bottomless Trap Hole and Number 96: Dark Mist to round up the reprints in this set.
This might be one of the most fun Deck Building Sets out of them all, in my opinion. Magistus are a cool archetype to extend the lore and support other Spellcaster-related themes potentially like Invoked, Shaddoll, and Dogmatika to name a few. The Ki-sikil and Lil-la Monsters are solid at least for a Link-2 engine and their own Link-2s are pretty good at the very least. Finally, you got Drytron as a Ritual Deck full of so many combos with using any Ritual Monsters since they’re the first Ritual archetype to use ATK stats for Ritual Summons instead of Levels. The reprints are fine overall, it’s nice to give a foil upgrade to Chalisilme, Aleister the Invoker of Madness needed reprints, and it’s good to put the Knightmares in here to give them Collectors Rare treatment. The Collectors Rares overall are solid as well with the weak link maybe being Beat Cop from the Underworld since we don’t need generic Link-2s for arrows anymore. Overall a nice Deck Bulding Set with a lot of rogue potential that could be top tier meta if they get more support or an F/L List shakes things up enough.
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