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2 Level 4 monsters
Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card to activate 1 of these effects;
● Send 1 card from your Deck to the Graveyard.
● Choose 1 monster from your Deck and place it on top of your Deck.
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.
3 is average.
5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - May 6, 2013
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Continuing with Hidden Arsenal Week Part III we
open with an XYZ Monster in Lavalval Chain. We have
a Rank 4, Fire attributed, Sea Serpent, (seems a bit
contradictory) with a mere 1800 attack and 1000
defense, both very low for its Rank. This Monster is
XYZ Summoned with two Level 4 Monsters.
Once a turn you may activate one of the following
effects by discarding an XYZ Material from this
card: Either you can send one card from your Deck to
the Graveyard, which does boost many Fire Decks
(Brotherhood, for one, and Laval of course, as well
as others). Or, choose one Monster from your Deck
and add it to the top of your Deck.
The second ability may actually be what gets this
card the time of day...at least somewhat. That's a
pretty key combo piece for several Decks out there.
You may only get to use the effect once, via the low
1800 attack, but this card could work in your favor.
Today, we are going to look at an Xyz monster
that is good in about any deck except for the top
tier decks. Mermail and Fire Fist decks do not have
much use for Lavalval Chain, but any deck that can
make use of Foolish Burial or has a key monster that
needs to be in hand should have it in their Extra
Deck. The list of deck types that Lavalval Chain
helps is quite extensive and too numerous to talk
about in this article, so I am just going to point
out a few of those decks.
Starting off with Lavalval Chain’s namesake, we
have Laval, Infernity, Dark World, Chaos Dragon,
Plant Synchro, Gem-Knight, Inzektor, Zombie, and
Lightswarm decks as good destinations for Lavalval
Chain. We can even go way back and use it in decks
like Blackwing (Zephros), Flamvel, Monarch, and
Exodia to name just a few. All you need to summon
Lavalval Chain is a Rescue Rabbit or Summoner Monk.
Imagine having the ability to put powerful monsters
like BLS, Dark Armed Dragon, or Red-Eyes Darkness
Metal Dragon on top of your deck to break the game
open on your next turn, or to mill Dandylion,
Plaguespreader, Wulf, or Hornet.
Now let’s take one of my favorite decks to use
Lavalval Chain in to see just how good this card can
be. Summon Rescue Rabbit and use its effect to
special summon two Zure Knight of Dark World
monsters to Xyz summon Lavalval Chain. Use Chain’s
effect to put Grapha on top of your deck. Activate
Dark World Dealings to draw and discard Grapha to
get Grapha’s destruction effect and to have it in
your graveyard to be special summoned. If nothing
else, Chain gives you a faster way to get Grapha in
the Graveyard where it is a real pain to your
Search power and graveyard use is a tremendous
advantage to the savvy duelist and Lavalval Chain is
one of the key tools in gaining that advantage. It
is not great in every deck, but in most decks
struggling to become tier #1, it could prove to be
just the ticket. The low attack (1800), knowledge
your opponent has in advance, and the slow speed at
which it works is a detriment to Lavalval Chain in
this fast format, but in the right situations, it
can be game breaking.
Another week of Hidden Arsenal cards, and first
up is a card who's name you can't say 5 times fast,
Lavalval Chain. A FIRE/Sea-Serpent (urr?) and a Rank
4 Xyz, needing a mere 2 level 4 monsters. while its
1800/1000 ATK/DEF stats won't fend off a lot, but
its effect comes in handy in a lot of decks that
allows setting up for future plays and strategies.
Once per turn, you can detach 1 Xyz material from
Lavalval Chain to activate one of the following
1) Send one card from your deck to your
2) Choose 1 monster from your deck and place it
on top of your deck.
That first effect comes in handy with several
cards, such as Wulf, Dandylion and White Stone of
Legend. Or any other cards that you might need for
setting up later, such as Dark Armed Dragon,
LightSworn Dragon, Black Luster Soldier, or a big
monster to get back with Monster Reborn. Chain's
second effect is just as handy for setting up future
plays as well. Getting key cards such Rescue Rabbit,
Tour Guide or even those precious Exodia pieces when
you need them, or even want them is pretty good. But
there is one down side to this as your opponent is
let on to what you may be up to and plan ahead to
stop your shenanigans. But overall, a decent card
that helps out with planning strategies and getting
you want you need, where you need it. Lavalval Chain
is good in a lot of decks, and get you those game
winning cards where you need them.
It's good to be back......
Today's Card of the Day Review is one of the
hottest and most wanted cards out of Hidden Arsenal
7. That card happens to be Lavalval Chain.
It is a generic Rank 4 Xyz monster that uses 2
Level 4 monsters to summon. It has a very low 1800
ATK and 1000 DEF but makes up for it with 2 very
"Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material
from this card to activate 1 of these effects;
● Send 1 card from your Deck to the Graveyard.
● Choose 1 monster from your Deck and place it on
top of your Deck."
Basically, this card is a walking Foolish Burial
but even better than the initial Limited card since
it can send Spells and Traps from your deck to the
Graveyard. This has value in Gem-Knight and Gishki
decks since you can reverse toolbox Gem-Knight
Fusion or Gishki Aquamirror to the Graveyard and
then use its effect to add it back to your hand.
This also can easily set up your Graveyard with
monsters like Heraldic Beast Leo, Dandylion, Spore,
Treeborn Frog, Machina Fortress, any of the Dragon
Lords from the upcoming set Lord of the Tachyon
Galaxy, Wulf, Lightsworn Beast and so much more.
It can also see Infernity Archfiend and Infernity
Avenger to the Graveyard. Now, you may be wondering
why those 2 cards is singled out.
Heading forward, the 2nd effect is not as useful
overall but it does also have value in certain
situation. It allows you to rig your deck by placing
whatever monster you want on top of it. As for the
Infernity Archfiend/Avenger mention, this can put an
Infernity Archfiend on the top of your deck, getting
ready to be drawn your next turn. Anyone who has
faced against a good Infernity deck will know how
bad that initially ends because it is massive card
advantage for the Infernity player.
Outside of that, it has value in many other
decks. Lightsworn will love this effect as it places
their boss monster, Judgment Dragon, right where it
needs to be: on top of your deck ready to be drawn
next turn. If you use Black Luster Soldier - Envoy
of the Beginning in your deck, you can stack it
right there. Need a Side Deck monster ASAP? Lavalval
Chain can put it right in your grasp. That effects
add a whole lot of consistency that we hasn't seen
In conclusion, if your deck needs the benefit of
sending cards to your graveyard or need certain
monsters for your deck to work at full strength,
Lavalval Chain should be close to the top of your
list, if not the top, of the cards you need to play.
Sure, it needs protection with its puny 1800 ATK but
I'm sure the rewards it offers is more than worth
Traditional Format: 3/5 (It's not bad there but
it can be a bit too slow with Painful Choice,
Foolish Burial, and many other faster ways to dump
cards to the Graveyard.)
Advanced Format: 4/5 (It's very good here. Just
needs protection but once it gets it, it will wreck
havoc indirectly for the rest of the game. This is a
card that needs to be dealt with quickly.)