Ghosts From the Past Introduction

Hello, reader. I am Minoru Otoshiro and for Serpentcards, this is article Number 4…get it? 4?

The number “4” in Japanese, is 四 (し) (read as “SHI”). It’s an unlucky number in Japan, because it’s homophonous with the word 死 (し) (which is also read as “SHI”), but it means “Death”. Which is what Ghosts have experienced – Death. Not to mention, this month (as the time of writing) is April, which is the 4th month of the year and is written in Japanese as 四月 (which is read as “SHIGATSU”). Well, isn’t this the right time to talk about the upcoming Booster Pack:

Ghosts from the Past!

It is to be noted that there are many Ghost Rares in the OCG which were never released in the TCG. In this Booster Pack, a few of them will finally be released in the TCG. In this article, I’ll be talking about them and their respective archetypes.

Dark Magician

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The ultimate wizard in terms of attack and defense.

It was originally released back in the OCG in “20th  Anniversary Pack 2nd WAVE” in February 2017, albeit as a Holographic Parallel Rare. But at long last, the ace monster of THE King of Games will be available in the TCG. Give it up for:

DARK MAGICIAN!

Despite its iconic status, Dark Magician decks have been rendered irrelevant in the meta for many years. However, it has received support sporadically over the years. For example, in August 2016, the release of “The Dark Illusion” Booster Pack introduced cards such as Dark Magical Circle and Magician Navigation, which added some black magic to Dark Magician decks. Then, in January 2020, the “Legendary Duelists: Magical Hero” Booster Pack introduced cards such as The Dark Magicians and Magicians’ Combination, which added some more cards up Dark Magician’s sleeve.

There are many other cards that can make Dark Magician decks somewhat relevant in the meta. However….a magician never reveals their secrets!

That aside, for those of you who want to unleash a Dark Magic Attack in the meta, getting a Ghost Rare Dark Magician isn’t such a bad idea.

If the ace monster of Yugi Muto has got the Ghost Rare treatment in this Booster Pack, it only makes sense for the ace monster of Yugi’s eternal rival, Seto Kaiba, to get the same level of treatment, right? Not quite.

Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) by revealing “Blue-Eyes White Dragon” in your hand. You can only Special Summon “Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon” once per turn this way. This card’s name becomes “Blue-Eyes White Dragon” while it is on the field or in the Graveyard. Once per turn: You can target 1 monster your opponent controls; destroy it. This card cannot attack the turn this effect is activated.

It’s to be noted that Blue-Eyes White Dragon has already got the Ghost Rare treatment way back in mid-2012, when the “Gold Series: Haunted Mine” Booster Pack was released in the TCG – except that it was a Ghost/Gold Rare. Which is why an alternative card will get the Ghost Rare treatment instead. Give it up for:

BLUE-EYES ALTERNATIVE WHITE DRAGON!

It was originally released back in the OCG in “Rarity Collection 20th  Anniversary Edition” in February 2018.

Just like Dark Magician, the iconic status of Blue-Eyes White Dragon didn’t help it stand a chance in the meta. Even the release of the “Saga of Blue-Eyes White Dragon” Structure Deck back in September 2013, didn’t help much. However, in May 2016, “Shining Victories” changed all that. It saw the release of powerful cards like Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon and Sage with Eyes of Blue. Blue-Eyes White Dragon is once again able to launch a Burst Stream of Destruction into the meta.

On top of that, in July 2016, “The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack”, which first brought the advent of Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon, was the Booster Pack which restored Blue-Eyes White Dragon to its former glory.

Just like Dark Magician decks, Blue-Eyes decks still somewhat stand a chance in the meta. However, for now, Seto Kaiba has an edge over Yugi Muto.

Of course, there were other cards that further strengthened Blue-Eyes decks. But if you want to give your opponents Twin-Burst trouble, it’s a good idea to pick up the Ghost Rare versions of both Blue-Eyes White Dragon, and Alternative.

Needless to say, be it Ghost Rares, or any rarity for that matter, the effect of a card remains the same. However, that’s not quite the case with the next card.

Firewall Dragon

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It was originally released back in the OCG in “Code Of the Duelist” in April 2017.

Every Yu-Gi-Oh! anime protagonist has an ace monster, and Yūsaku Fujiki is no exception. However, this card has the distinction of being the only ace monster of an anime protagonist which has been Limited and subsequently Forbidden in the Forbidden and Limited Card List. Give it up for:

FIREWALL DRAGON!

Take a look at its effect:

Firewall Dragon

Link 4 LIGHT Cyberse Link Effect Monster

ATK 2500

Materials: 2+ monsters

Once while face-up on the field (Quick Effect): You can target monsters on the field and/or GY up to the number of monsters co-linked to this card; return them to the hand. If a monster this card points to is destroyed by battle or sent to the GY: You can Special Summon 1 monster from your hand.

Do note that even though the 1st Effect is a one-off, the 2nd Effect is not. On the contrary, it can be used any number of times per turn. Not to mention the 2nd Effect can go off if either player’s monster if destroyed by battle or sent to the GY.

To top that, Firewall Dragon a splashable Link Monster, and can be summoned with at least 2 of any monster. There are several combos that can be used to abuse this card’s 2nd Effect, so it’s no surprise why it was Limited, and then Forbidden.

Out of all the Ghost Rares released in this set, this is the only one that got an erratum. Take a look at its updated effect:

You can only use this card name’s (1) and (2) effects once per turn each.

(1) Once while face-up on the field (Quick Effect): You can target monsters on the field and/or GY up to the number of monsters co-linked to this card; return them to the hand.

(2) If a monster this card points to is destroyed by battle or sent to the GY: You can Special Summon 1 Cyberse monster from your hand.

The 2nd Effect is not only a hard Once Per Turn, but it can only Special Summon a Cyberse-Type Monster from the hand. This means, Firewall Dragon is not as splashable as before and is better off used in Cyberse-Type centric decks.

Now that Firewall Dragon has been nerfed, it’s no longer Forbidden and is now Unlimited. However, it’s still possible to use Firewall Dragon cards without the updated effect, as long as you use the updated effect in duels! But if you want to make a Tempest Attack in the meta, do get yourself a Ghost Rare version of it!

From mid-April 2021, Firewall Dragon will no longer be in the Forbidden and Limited Card List. So up to 3 copies can be run in an Extra Deck! However, since its 2nd Effect is a hard Once-Per-Turn, one is enough.

With no limits, Cyberse-Type centric decks will rejoice going into the VRAINS with Firewall Dragon once again. But make no mistake, it’ll definitely make an impact in the meta, and will give Blue-Eyes and Dark Magician decks a run for their money, with their state-of-the-art artificially intelligent combos. So Yugi and Kaiba better get in with the times!

The next Ghost Rare is also a Dragon. But unlike Firewall Dragon, the owner of the next card is a reincarnation of an anime antagonist.

Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner Synchro Monsters

Once per turn, when another monster’s effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that monster, and if you do that, this card gains ATK equal to the destroyed monster’s original ATK until the end of this turn. If this card battles an opponent’s Level 5 or higher monster, during damage calculation: This card gains ATK equal to the current ATK of the opponent’s monster it is battling during that damage calculation only.

It was originally released back in the OCG in “Shining Victories” in January 2016. The upgraded version of Clear Wing Synchro Dragon, run by Yugo, who is one of the four reincarnations of Z-Arc. Give it up for

CRYSTAL WING SYNCHRO DRAGON!

The “Speedroid” archetype, which Yugo runs, has a lot of support, even after the ARC-V era, not to mention, it goes well with the “Wind Witch” archetype, which Rin (Yugo’s childhood friend) runs.

Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon is a very good card. However, its Synchro Materials consist of any Tuner and any Non-Tuner Synchro Monster, so they are relatively flexible, and can be used in decks which Synchro Summon monsters such as Blue-Eyes, which is way better than Speedroids.

Well, the “Speedroid” archetype was never relevant in the meta to begin with. However, that could change.

On 30th May 2021, the “Duelists of Whirlwind” Duelist Pack will be released in the OCG, and one of the 3 archetypes featured in it will be “Synchro Dragon”. So Yugo better get his Duel Runner ready, because the “Speedroid” archetype could be racing its way into the meta!

So if you’re ready to bring forth a Crystallos Edge of Gale in Speed World Neo, do pick up a Ghost Rare Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon.

So far, four Ghost Rares which were only printed in OCG have been covered so far, with one left to go. The last Ghost Rare is different in a few ways. First off, it’s not a Dragon.

Black Luster Soldier – Soldier of Chaos

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3 monsters with different names

If this card was Link Summoned using a Level 7 or higher monster(s) as material, your opponent cannot target it with card effects, also it cannot be destroyed by your opponent’s card effects. When this card destroys an opponent’s monster by battle: You can activate 1 of these effects;

● This card gains 1500 ATK.

● This card can make a second attack during the Battle Phase of your next turn.

● Banish 1 card on the field.

You remember Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX? It used to be so broken it had to be banned in 2005, and for 6 years? Fast forward to 2018, not only has it already been out of the Forbidden and Limited Card List, but it has adapted to the times and taken the form of a Link Monster. Give it up for:

BLACK LUSTER SOLDIER – SOLDIER OF CHAOS!

This is not the first time it was released in the TCG though. It made its debut in the “Battles of Legend: Hero’s Revenge” Booster Pack as a Secret Rare back in July 2019. However, unlike the previous Ghost Rare cards, this card has never been printed in the OCG in Ghost Rare. In other words, this card is a TCG exclusive!

Even though it’s part of the “Chaos” archetype, with its relatively flexible Summoning requirements, there are several other decks that can make use of this card, notably those that can Special Summon Level 7+ monsters easily.

At first, the “Chaos” archetype, is inconsistent in itself, so cards from other archetypes are needed. Hence, why there are hybrid decks, such as Chaos Dragon – such decks will greatly benefit from running Black Luster Soldier – Soldier of Chaos.

In mid-2020, the “Toon Chaos” Booster Pack saw the release of cards like Chaos Space and Chaos Valkyrie, which have helped improve the consistency of the “Chaos” archetype, and its hybrid decks. Unfortunately though, none of them stands a chance against the other stronger decks in the meta.

Despite that, if you want to leave the OCG Duelists in envy, with a Double Destruction Slash of Creation, definitely pick up this card.

Others

Not all the cards in the “Ghost from the Past” Booster Pack are doom and gloom. There are several other cards which will be either reprinted or introduced in this set, albeit as Ultra Rares. For example, the Plant-Type “Sunseed”, “Sunvine” and “Sunavalon” archetypes will make their debut in the TCG for the first time. Do note that cards from all three archetypes are needed to make a complete deck. So if you are either vegan or eco-friendly, do start playing this deck.

Also, the new support from “Structure Deck R: Dragunity Drive”, which was released in the OCG in August 2020, will appear in this set. So if you want to take your Dragunities for a drive to the meta, Dragunity Knight – Areadbhair and co. will be waiting for you in Dragon Ravine!

Conclusion

Even though the 5 Ghost Rare cards will be much awaited by many, at the end of the day, they have more collector’s value, than functional. Not to mention the odds of pulling one are just like finding a needle in a haystack, and to buy one will send chills down one’s spine with its price tag, because Ghost Rares are very expensive.

A box will be priced at $14.99 each, and consists of a mere 3 Booster Packs, with 5 cards each.

Duelists who want to upgrade their Dragunity deck or want to start running “Sunseed”/”Sunvine”/“Sunavalon” decks benefit from this set more, than those who want to get their hands on their favourite Ghost Rares. Because buying boxes of this set just to pull off a Ghost Rare just isn’t viable. But if you have enough funds, may the heart of the cards be in your favour!

Too early to get spooked? Think again, because “Ghosts of the Past” will be out in stores on 15th April 2021 in Europe and Oceania, and in the USA the next day. (You can now pre-order Ghosts From the Past on Amazon right here!)

So what are your thoughts? If this article sent chills up your spine, do leave a comment.

Thanks for reading. On a final note,

HAPPY (EARLY) HALLOWEEN!

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