Yu Yu Hakusho
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1 Tuner + 1 non-Tuner Monster
When this card is Synchro Summoned, you can draw 1 card. During your opponent's Main Phase, you can Synchro Summon using this face-up card you control as a Synchro Material Monster.
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1 is Horrible.
3 is Average.
5 is the highest rating.
July 25, 2014
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So to end our restricted list update week, we are
looking at Formula Synchron which has recently moved
up from limited to semi-limited. Honestly, as much
as I like this change, I just don’t see it changing
many Extra decks. Synchro Quasar decks will
typically be the main deck using Formula Synchron
and sadly they just aren’t that good at the moment.
Popular cards like Black Horn of Heaven and Maxx “C”
can really put an end to their fun. With Soul Charge
around there are even fewer reasons to run a second
Formula Synchron in your Extra deck. So, likely the
only decks that will use more than one, will be
decks built to take advantage of the interaction
with T.G. Hyper Librarian.The deck that received the
biggest boost from this card going to two was Fabled
Quasar which is built to generate resources from
Synchro monsters like Formula Synchron, T.G. Hyper
Librarian, and Fabled Ragin. I could easily see
Fabled dropping two Formula Synchrons next to a T.G.
Hyper Librarian in an average game.
However, Librarian abuse is not the only thing this
card can do. Do not forget that Formula Synchron has
another very useful effect (which was likely the
inspiration for the Yang Zing archetype). Formula
Synchron will allow you to perform a Synchro Summon
on your opponent’s turn in their main phase.
Considering most decks that use Formula Synchron
will be concentrating on using it with level 5
Synchro monsters, it is very likely that you will be
able to make a Black Rose Dragon on your opponent’s
turn at a time when they are most vulnerable. In the
past, whenever a player would resort to this play it
typically meant giving up on making a Shooting
Quasar Dragon. However, with two in the Extra deck,
along with Soul Charge, it’s quite possible to make
this play and still make a Shooting Quasar Dragon
later in the duel. Soul Charge also enables you to
combo with T.G. Hyper Librarian even more often.
Sadly, it is unlikely that we will see anyone take
advantage of the second copy of Formula Synchron
that they are now allowed, but for people running
decks like the ones I described, this change has
probably been long awaited.
Traditional: 2/5 (it can generate advantage and
potentially create combos, but it is unlikely a deck
would be built to use it)
Advanced: 3.25/5 (it is a key card in most Quasar
Went from 1 to 2. It was limited because it
was abused in the synchro era via tg hyper
librarian. FS was easy to summon with tokens
and predominant tuner support. Since FS is
also a tuner you can do an additional synchro summon
with tokens and floaters you control to synchro
something more powerful and draw again off
librarian. So Konami put it at a probationary
2 so it wouldnt be abused this format.
But if it were at three, it might have even inspired
more people to revisit the librarian route
Most interesting is the effect to synchro during
your opponent's turn. The opposite of Defusion
but similar concept when you chain it to waste your
opponents removal or disrupt their combos. As
for summoning FS, it shouldn't be hard to
summon it but you can also use two floaters to bring
out an even better rank four. Librarian is
available at one, Goyo is emancipated and the old
synchro support is still there. With rising
competition from other archetypes and less room to
abuse synchros, FS is not the gem it once was.
It still could have some potential. I can't
give it a high score because it needs to prove its
value in tournament play but right now. I
guess we will have to wait for someone to assemble
the old synchro gang together again.
Traditional - 4 (due to the graveyard abuse and
draw power, this card is even better here)
Advanced - 3 (We'll see what happens)
This is a card that has now become Semi-Limited from
Firstly, it’s effect:
“When this card is Synchro Summoned: You can draw 1
card. During your opponent's Main Phase: You can
Synchro Summon using this face-up card you control
as a Synchro Material Monster.”
Additionally, to it being a Synchro monster it’s
also a Level 2 Tuner, Light Machine type with 200
ATK and 1500 DEF.
Being able to Draw a card upon successful Summon
of this card is certainly a great effect as this
helps to reduce or remove any costs involved for the
Summon of this card, this effect alone combined with
the fact that it’s a Tuner would be more than enough
to make this card playable. And this fact is what
makes it such a valuable asset in Synchrocentric
Decks, and is an extremely important card for Decks
who’s aim is to Summon Shooting Quasar Dragon.
However, Formula Synchron’s second effect is what
I find to be an extremely valuable effect as being
able to Synchro Summon during your opponents Main
Phase can open up such plays as Synchro Summoning
into Black Rose Dragon, or Synchro Summoning during
your opponents turn simply to fulfil the activation
requirement for Torrential Tribute, or Chaining to
an effect that Targets one of your monsters simply
so that you can avoid that card, even Summoning into
what could be essentially considered a “Beater” can
be more than enough to disrupt your opponents plays.
Creative use of this effect opens up huge potential
for you to disrupt your opponent and this is truly
an effect that I feel is under used, but then it is
also underused due to the fact that because of it’s
first effect, and because it’s a Tuner, Formula
Synchron generally is a stepping stone to further
plays and Summons during the turn that it is
Some monsters are also dependant on having a
Synchro Tuner in order to be able to Summon them,
namely Shooting Quasar Dragon and Shooting Star
Dragon so Formula Synchron becomes a highly
important card for these Decks, also Formula
Synchron may well see play in any Deck that cares to
run Synchro’s, and while this may not be that great
a number of Decks, undoubtedly it will be a great
Expect to see this card in anything from
Synchrocentric, Frog Monarchs/ Lancer to Chaos type
Decks, all which can benefit from this cards
increase in number.
Traditional: 3.5. The fact that this card becomes
relevant when Summoning a Shooting Quasar Dragon… Or
two, makes this card still very valuable even in
Advanced: 3.5. Although it does provide a boost
to a great many Decks, the reality is that the Decks
that this card will mostly see play in simply aren’t
going to make enough of an impact for this card to
truly shine. Plus, as most Decks don’t even play 1
Formula Synchron, this card being at 2 is not going
to change how much play it sees in general.