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Blackwing - Zephyros the Elite
If this card is in your Graveyard: You can return 1 face-up card you control to the hand; Special Summon this card, and if you do, take 400 damage. You can only use this effect of "Blackwing - Zephyros the Elite" once per Duel.
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Oct. 28, 2015
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Blackwing – Zephyros the Elite
This is another card that has been around in
circulation without ever being reviewed.
This card was first released in “Duellist Pack:
Crow” in 2011 and has been re-printed a further 4
times since then with the latest one being from the
“Realm of Light” Structure Deck at the end of June
But maybe the real reason that Blackwing – Zephyros
the Elite has never actually been reviewed is
because of the fact that while quite often it does
come in useful, it never does anything game
breaking, it simply contributes to those Decks that
it can be used in, or the more correct term of
“Tech” card could simply be used instead.
Many Decks have a card or cards that benefit from
being recycled, Fiendish Chain is the first card
that comes to mind here as often enough a monster
effected by Fiendish Chain is able to be used for an
Xyz Summon or is removed from the field without
destruction, leaving that Fiendish Chain there doing
nothing. Enter Blackwing – Zephyros the Elite, now
not only can you Summon it for a very small amount
of damage (400), but you can also reuse that
Fiendish Chain. Zephyros has also regularly
contributed to one being able to reuse Call of the
Haunted as well.
And Decks that tend to use a higher amount of
Continuous type Spell and/ or Trap cards as a part
of their general strategy are also at least
essentially able to include Blackwing – Zephyros the
Elite as returning a card like Supply Squad to your
hand means nothing since you can then simply
reactivate it again immediately.
And obviously Zephyros has, does and will probably
always see play in Blackwings, it is a Blackwing
Currently Zephyros is circulating in a few Decks,
Clown Blade and Lightsworns primarily however it is
being Special Summoned a little different of that
from past uses where it would be used to return a
Spell or Trap, now it is more commonly Special
Summoned from the Graveyard by returning a monster
that has been Special Summoned because of a field
requirement being met, for example a Performage Hat
Tricker that has been Special Summoned because there
are 2 or more monsters on the field, a Jigabyte that
has been Special Summoned because there is a
Spellcaster on the field or as always, as a way to
recover and reuse a monsters on Summon effect who’s
effect was/ is Negated.
And in the case of returning Performage Hat Tricker
or Jigabyte, they can then be simply resummoned.
Additionally, because damage is caused to you once
you have Special Summoned Blackwing – Zephyros the
Elite from the Graveyard, you will also be able to
then Special Summon Heroic Challenger – Thousand
Blades from your Graveyard as well, ensuring that at
the very least you’ll be able to make 1 Rank 4 Xyz
This card is useful as a “Tech” and the fact that it
may help to contribute to creating Rank 4 Xyz’s or
Synchro monsters easier make this card still niche
useful. And that monsters now exist that can be
Special Summoned from the hand with minimal effort,
and multiple times if required, Blackwing – Zephyros
the Elite is realistically easier and more practical
than ever to Summon from the Graveyard… But being a
Level 4 monster is what really makes it worthwhile.
Show of hands, how many of you have played the
game long enough to remember when Blackwings were
Tier 1? I'm guessing not many of you.
Blackwing--Zephyros the Elite is not just good for
the Blackwing theme, but Winged Beasts as a whole.
Level 4, though one might wish the Dark were Wind,
and 1600 attack isn't bad (about as low as I'd like)
for a Level 4. Being able to Special Summon
from the Graveyard is good. You return a
face-up card you control from your Field to the Hand
to do so, so it's an even trade there.
Bouncing is a fairly solid mechanic to Blackwing,
and even bigger for Winged Beast, and the 400 Damage
you take by doing this is next to nothing. You
can only do this once per Duel take note. It
adds some speed, namely in Summoning an XYZ or
Synchro Monster, and he's fairly powerful in his own
Allows you to recycle floater Spell/Trap cards
atop being a monster for tributing, attacking and
Rank-4 XYZ summoning.
Zephyros is one of those cards that, like
Birdman, will always have a way to sneak back into
the main deck. Use Zephyros for anything: attacking,
tribute fodder, Xyz or Synchro Summoning, then bring
him back to the field at the small cost of 400LP. A
face-up card you control isn't much of a cost,
especially if it's a monster you can Special Summon
without much problem anyway. Return a face-up s/t
and replay it to gain its effect again or complete
or Pendulum Zone. Zephyros is best in Blackwings, as
his days in several decks has passed. He can be
found in decks that aren't Tier 1, but any dedicated
archetype build won't have him.
Until Next Time
Once per duel!?! Anyway, Blackwing - Zephyros the
Elite is yet another option in the generic "I need
to Special Summon Level 4 monsters every turn."
Zephyros is a Level 4 Dark Winged-Beast type monster
with 1600 Atk and 1000 Def. Obviously, we consider
Level 4 to be the best of levels. The Atk for a
Level 4 is low, but ok. Dark has tons of support and
so do Blackwings. But it's really the Level 4 stat
and the effect that make this card worth running.
The effect is a once per duel Special Summon from
the Graveyard effect at the cost of returning one
face-up card you control to the hand. You also take
400 damage. The damage is actually useful because of
Performage Damage Juggler. Taking the 400 damage to
summon Zephyros and then destroying it to put Damage
Juggler in your Graveyard could make for a great
swarm. However, all of this can potentially suck
because this effect can only activate once per duel.
Score: 3/5 Strong enough and an easy Special Summon.
I've never tried out the Blackwing theme, so I'm not
sure if my opinion here is valid. Zephyros seems
like a good card at first glance- any Monster that
can spring itself back from the Grave is good on
paper. However, it costs you both a face-down card
AND 400 LP. And, you can only use this effect once
per Duel (it's a fair trade, when you think about
it- the Duel part, not the LP cost part).
Honestly, I don't see why you would want to risk all
of that for one Monster, unless you're setting up
for a Synchro/XYZ summon, or a field swarm. As I
said, I'm not familiar with Blackwings, so I can't
say for certain if this guy is worth the costs.oks
sweet though, like a hummingbord superhero.
Final Score: 3/5, Blackwing only