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Feb 2010

 

Wings of Dark Destruction: Using Earthbound Immortal Wiraqocha Rasca- Ack-Tar

The seven Earthbound Immortals are notorious for their overpowered effects and their reliance on field spells. All of them are interesting in some way, but the most unusual and potentially devastating is the last of the seven: Wiraqocha Rasca, representing the condor geoglyph and used by Rex Goodwin in Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's. While blatantly broken on the show (its special effect cut the opponent down to 1 LP by skipping the Battle Phase), it's still more than capable of destroying an unprepared opponent.

Here are what its stats look like:


Earthbound Immortal Wiraqocha Rasca
Level 10/DARK/Winged Beast/100/100
There can only be 1 face-up "Earthbound Immortal" monster on the field. If there is no face-up Field Spell Card on the field, destroy this card. Your opponent cannot select this card as an attack target. This card can attack your opponent directly. When this card is Normal Summoned, return up to 3 cards you control to your Deck, except this card, and discard the same number of cards from your opponent's hand at random. This card gains 1000 ATK for each card discarded by this effect.


This is where the fun begins with Wiraqocha Rasca. In one move, it can deplete your opponent's hand and boost its own stats to 3100/100, and it can attack your opponent directly on the same turn! More than any of the other Earthbound Immortals, the condor can be a real game breaker.

But...it's not all good news. Here are the problems with Wiraqocha Rasca:

=It's an Earthbound Immortal. Inherent in this is that it requires two Tributes and a Field Spell Card active, or it can't come out to play.

=To maximize Wiraqocha Rasca's effect, you usually need six cards on the field before summoning it.  You bounce three cards back into your deck, you use two Tributes (you cannot get its effect if it is Special Summoned), and your Field Spell (or Earthbound Linewalker, a new card in Absolute Powerforce) has to remain on the field. Yu-Gi-Oh does not treat long, intricate combos very well...three cards is usually pushing it, and Exodia requires five.

=Your opponent's hand must be near-full or full. This is the biggest variable...most players tend to have few cards in their hands at any one time, maybe one or two.

=It's not invincible. For all the trouble it takes to get out, it dies pretty easily to a well-placed Spell or Trap Card.


Don't be deterred, though...Wiraqocha Rasca can be the core of a really, really nasty control deck if you have the cards to run with it. Here are some cards worth considering with the condor:

+Nightmare Penguin/Penguin Soldier
 The two penguins may not seem like much, but they help reload your opponent's hand in advance of a big Wiraqocha Rasca summon. Nightmare Penguin flips any one card back, while Penguin Soldier returns up to two monsters.

+Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier/Mist Wurm
 The common theme of these two Synchros is that they return cards to your opponent's hand...Brionac is the infamous 1-for-1, while Mist Wurm returns three at once. They can be tough to get out when trying to stockpile cards for a big attack, though...especially the Level 9 Mist Wurm.

+Mausoleum of the Emperor
 Pay 2000 LP, get Wiraqocha Rasca out. It's a good deal, especially considering it's also a Field Spell and one of the better ones, too.

+Earthbound Linewalker
 As mentioned, this 1200/1900 creature negates the self-destruction of the Earthbound Immortals when a Field Spell is absent. You'd need Heart of Clear Water, though, to keep him from dying prematurely.

+Sangan
 Sangan can quickly search out a wayward condor from your deck, thanks to its horrible (100/100) bases. Witch of the Black Forest could do the same if she weren't banned.


There are a lot more, obviously. Continuous Traps, like Gravity Bind, and cards like Granadora (whose harmful effects don't trigger if returned to the Deck) are excellent in conjunction. If you're creative enough, Wiraqocha Rasca will easily reward your faith and obliterate your opponent.

Have fun deck building. >:)


 


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