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When a monster(s) would be Special Summoned, or a monster effect is activated: Pay 1500 LP; negate the Summon or activation, and if you do, destroy that card.
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January 22, 2016
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|Solemn Strike is an obscenely overpowered counter
trap which just hit the TCG in Breakers of Shadow.
To make matters worse, the card is actually now
searchable through the new pendulum monster Guiding
Ariadne. This card is so ridiculously strong that it
allows you for the cost of only 1500 life points, to
negate a special summon of a monster or MONSTERS
(applicable for pendulum summons, they will all be
going to the grave after this) and destroy them, OR
you can negate a monster effect and destroy it as
Now obviously by the time you read this, your head
is already spinning, you know this card is
unbalanced, we know this card is unbalanced, hell,
Konami knows this card is unbalanced! And just to
make things more interesting and "fun for you" they
put it at 3. Is it to sell breakers of shadow set,
which solemn strike is conveniently printed as a
"secret rare" in?
Sad state of affairs, and a sad time for the game,
but hey, play it or get sacked.
Mechanic Design: 2/5 (BLATANTLY overpowered, most
likely going to 1 after Konami finishes selling all
of the Breakers of Shadows sealed boxes this format
Art: 4.5/5 (this is the type of card art that keeps
me coming back to this game, ongoing solemn theme,
divine retribution, punishing the peasant, I love
Hello Pojo Fans,
“Solemn” Counter Trap Cards have had trouble
grounding themselves in the meta since Solemn
Warning. With Judgment banned, Warning to 1, and
Scolding no one plays. Solemn Strike may turn the
1500 Life Points isn't bad to counter a monster
effect or a Special Summon. Low cost with high
reward is one of the main rules to play by for
selecting cards in Yu-Gi-Oh. Veiler, Breakthrough,
and Fiendish all negate but do not destroy. While
those previous cards do not cost anything either,
Life Point cost is rarely a factor when selecting
cards. Solemn Strike is a negation and a Warning of
sorts in one. This card, along with Warning pairs
well with “Guiding Ariadne”, eliminating the cost
This card may replace one of the previous three
cards I mentioned. While some decks could run a ton
of negation, and each card has their own positives,
this card eliminates the monster, while the others
don't. Players like it when they don't have to worry
about a monster on their opponents side of the
Until Next Time
I get that this card is supposed to be important,
but I would still rather have Solemn Judgement back.
Don't get me wrong, Solemn Strike is a great Counter
Trap. It stops monsters from being. 1500 Life Points
is not too expensive for an activation. But, it does
not stop Normal Summons. It would stop an on Normal
Summon effect, so it has that going for it. I also
like the wording, where if multiple monsters are
summoned, you can still only destroy one. Right? I
believe so. I wish it banished a monster instead of
destroying that card. Regardless, this is another
good Counter Trap. At the moment, you can run 3, so
if you can afford the $60 price tag, pick up 3 and
see how many you need against the current decks.
Score: 4/5 I like Solemn Judgement better.
Art: 3/5 I like Solemn Warning better.
First He passed judgement. Then, He gave us
warning. Now, God strikes.
With just a payment of 1500 LP, Solemn Strike is
perhaps the best of its series. It can negate a
special summoning, OR a card activation. The timing
in which you activate this card will be crucial, as
I have no doubt it'll be restricted to one per deck-
unless they ban it altogether due to its
awesomeness. And really, I wouldn't blame them if
they did, because the negation power of this card is
beast. Enjoy it while you can, players.