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Denglong, First of the Yang Zingá
- # INOV-EN048

1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters If this card is Special Summoned: You can add 1 "Yang Zing" card from your Deck to your hand. Once per turn: You can send 1 Wyrm-Type monster from your Deck to the Graveyard; this card's Level becomes the sent monster's. If this face-up card leaves the field: You can Special Summon 1 "Yang Zing" monster from your Deck. You can only Special Summon "Denglong, First of the Yang Zing(s)" once per turn.

Card Rating
Advanced: 4.5 

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Date Reviewed: Nov. 25
, 2016

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Denglong, First of the Yang Zing 

Monsters with 3 separate effects are almost assured of being good at least in some capacity. Money in the bank. Denglong, First of the Yang Zing is no exception. And while right now, Denglong is clearly a Yang Zing monster, he has superb potential outside of the archetype.  

At the moment, Denglong is a great play in straight Yang Zing or in Metalfoes-Yang Zing decks, but usually after Baxia has been exhausted or you just can’t make Baxia yet. But as more Yang Zing and wyrm support is released, Denglong is most likely going to prove just as vital. He has so many ways to let you plus, there’s nearly no drawback to running him in triplicate. And while it’s easy to associate the wyrm type to Yang Zings alone, this isn’t the case. With the recently announced True King/True Draco archetypes in the OCG, it makes one realize how much potential Denglong has in the future, since it’s a generic level 5 synchro monster, a tuner, and it can send any wyrm type from the deck to the grave. It very much reminds me of Coral Dragon in its sheer utility. 

So where else could Denglong be used? My first thought is plants, machines and zombies, which rely on low level monsters to manipulate the extra deck many times per turn. And I think these themes will definitely come to appreciate Denglong more and more as new options are revealed, such as the Predaplants, Gozuki, etc. So once more useful wyrm type monsters are created that allow for teching in these other various decks, Denglong could find itself easily inserted into the fold. But for now, Denglong is strictly a Yang Zing play, and a dirty one at that. I’m very glad he can only be summoned once per turn, because he most likely would have found himself at the heart of many OTK plays. 

Advanced: 4.5/5
Future Potential: 4.5/5

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