Suship Archetype Support: Overview

Hello Yu-Gi-Oh and Sushi fans alike (Whichever one you are here for, I won’t judge) and welcome. Today, let’s take a look at sushi, shall we? There are all different types, from salmon to crab, to california rolls, and everything in between! No matter what you like, as long as you aren’t scared of a little raw fish, there is a kind of sushi out there for you!

Wait…you mean we aren’t talking about sushi? We’re talking about the new Suship cards that are coming out of Burst of Destiny? Oh, well in that case…

Suships! This was a very small Archetype of cards that first premiered in Dawn of Majesty, comprising of one vanilla Monster, one effect Monster and one Xyz Monster with a couple of support cards. When these cards were first revealed, the playerbase sort of came together to agree that this Archetype was just a stupid idea in the best way possible. The fact that Konami went out of their way to not only make an Archetype based on Sushi was a fun idea. Despite being well received overall, it was nearly impossible to make a dedicated Suship deck simply because the Archetype lacked…well members. First off, FIRE Aqua Monsters are an extreme rarity in the game, so very few cards outside of the Archetype could really support the Suships, and with only 5 cards to their name…well Suship really couldn’t be played very easily.

Until now! Today, let’s go over the brand new Suship cards, and see what this sushi platter brings to the table!

Suship Archetype Support: The Older Cards

Alright, so like we did for Sherry’s new Fleur cards, before we get into the new Suship support, let’s take a quick look at the original wave of support so we get a better idea of how the new stuff supports them.

Rice Suship - Card Information | Yu-Gi-Oh! Database

Rice Suship
Level 4 FIRE Aqua Monster
ATK 2000
DEF 0
In a certain Suship port in which I’ve been interested in for a while, there is a rice Suship of which only 2000 vessels a year are produced, with a self-developed old rice that is not too sticky with a profound taste that cannot be enjoyed in any other ports, of which many critics have heavily acclaimed.
The interior of the harbour is of high status, making one’s heart beat with excitement.
As for the sought-after Suship, despite the vinegar concentration, grasping technique and modelling worthy of a craftsman, there was still something that wasn’t quite right. Wasn’t quite there.
Thus, the store owner speaks: “A red vinegar made in EDO-FRONT that will add a mellow and rich fragrance will be arriving to the port in the upcoming days”, and from hearing that, I’m looking forward to this addition.
It is unfortunate that the surrounding sea area was somewhat noisy.
It is with great expectation of a future visit that I’m grading it with 4 stars!

As with any good sushi dish, Rice Suship acts as the base for most of your plays, while also providing a very nice review of the quality of the Suship Archetype right on the card! Being a Level 4 vanilla Monster with 2000 Atk, Rice Suship certainly puts on a nice showing right out of the gate. However, rice is just the start of a Sushi dish. In order to make your Sushi – er, I mean Suship more memorable, you need to combine with some delectable treats from the sea.

Roe Suship - Card Information | Yu-Gi-Oh! Database

Roe Suship
Level 4 FIRE Aqua Effect Monster
ATK 200
DEF 300
If you control “Rice Suship”, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). You can only Special Summon “Roe Suship” Once Per Turn this way. During your Main Phase: You can excavate the top 3 cards of your Deck, and if you do, you can add to your hand, or Special Summon, 1 excavated “Rice Suship”, also shuffle the rest back into the Deck. You can only use this effect of “Roe Suship” once per turn.

Just as fish roe is a staple for many types of Sushi, Roe Suship too should be a staple for your Suship Deck. This extender is a great way to get into your Rank 4 Monster by Special Summoning itself while you control a Rice Suship. Should you not have Rice Suship however, Roe has you covered by allowing you to excavate the top 3 cards of your Deck, allowing you to hopefully Special Summon an excavated copy of Rice Suship. Or, it just adds another copy to your hand for some more plays! Just like in real life, this roe can be used in a variety of ways.

Dreadnought Suship - Roe-class First Wardish

Dreadnought Suship – Roe-Class First Wardish)
Rank 4 FIRE Aqua Effect Monster
ATK 2200
DEF 300
2 Level 4 monsters
Once per turn, when your “Suship” monster Special Summoned from the Extra Deck inflicts battle damage to your opponent: You can target 1 card they control; destroy it. If this card is Xyz Summoned: You can apply these effects based on the monsters used as material. You can only use this effect of “Dreadnought Suship – Roe-class First Wardish” once per turn.
● “Rice Suship”: Draw 1 card.
● “Roe Suship”: This card can make a second attack during each Battle Phase.

Have you ever seen one of those insanely fancy Sushi trays that just look divine? Well, this is exactly what this Xyz Monster is…except it’s also a warship! That’s right, First Wardish shoes us the power of Rice and Roe combined, with a decent 2200 Atk stat and effects that are deceptively powerful. First off, when any of your Extra Deck Suship Monsters inflicts battle damage to your opponent (First wardish included) you get to pop a card. If that alone wasn’t already nice enough, if you use Rice Suship as material to make this, upon Xyz Summoning you get to draw a card. And if you use Roe Suship as material, well First Wardish gets to attack twice! Now that is what I call Roe-Class service!

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Suship Galley “Kaisen”
Field Spell Card
Once per turn, if you Normal or Special Summon a “Suship” monster(s), even during the Damage Step: You can place 1 “Suship” card from your Deck on top of your Deck. Once per turn, if your “Suship” monster(s) Special Summoned from the Extra Deck is sent to the GY by an opponent’s card: Your opponent must pay LP equal to that monster’s DEF, then you can Special Summon 1 “Rice Suship” from your hand, and if you do, Special Summon from your Extra Deck, 1 “Suship” Xyz Monster by using that monster as material. (This is treated as an Xyz Summon.)

Every good Sushi Dish needs to be made with love and care in the right environment. For Suships, that constitutes their Field Spell here. Kaisen provides some great support for the Archetype, stacking your Deck to help with Roe’s excavating effect. While alone that may not be all too great, but the rest of this card’s effect is where it really shines. If your Opponent somehow manages to sink your meal – er, I mean Suship, then you can make them pay Life Points that equal’s the Def stat of that Monster for you to Special Summon another copy of Rice Suship from your hand, and Xyz Summon any of your Suship Xyz Monsters with it as material. In other words, it’s like ordering another sushi dish after your waiter takes the first one away…and make them pay for it.

Suship Roll Specials

Suship Roll Specials
Normal Trap
When you activate this card, you can also reveal 1 “Rice Suship” in your hand. Reveal 3 “Suship” monsters from your Deck, your opponent chooses 1 for you to add to your hand, and you shuffle the rest into the Deck. If you revealed a “Rice Suship” when you activated this card, you choose the monster to add to your hand. If this card is in your GY, except the turn it was sent there: You can banish this card, then target 3 “Suship” monsters in your GY; shuffle them into the Deck, then draw 1 card.

So, how are you supposed to know what to order at a Sushi restaurant? Well, the menu of course! Suship Roll Specials is a great consistency booster, though it is a little slow being a Trap Card. Being able to get any of your Suship cards from your Deck to your hand is great for all sorts of plays, especially if you already have Rice Suship in your hand to reveal. But of course, like any good menu, the options for you don’t stop there. You can also banish Roll Specials from your Graveyard to recycle 3 of your Suship Monsters and get a draw! While I don’t recommend recycling Sushi in real life, for the purposes of this game I’d say that’s pretty good!

Suship Archetype Support: The New Stuff

Urchin

Urchin Suship
Level 5 FIRE Aqua Effect Monster
ATK 900
DEF 500
You can only use the (1) and (2) effect of this card’s name each once per turn.
(1) You can reveal 1 other “Suship” card in your hand; Special Summon this card from your hand, then apply this effect based on the revealed card.
● “Rice Suship”: You can Special Summon the revealed monster.
● Otherwise: Place the revealed card on the bottom of the Deck.
(2) You can target 1 “Suship” monster you control; its Level becomes 4 or 5, then you can add 1 “Rice Suship” from your Deck to your hand.

I’ve never had Sea Urchin before, but I’d certainly be willing to give it a try. Just like you should give Urchin Suship a try! Now I know, I know. What if I don’t like Sea Urchin? How does a Level 5 Monster fit in an Archetype of Level 4 Monsters that want to Xyz summon? Well, I can’t help you with that first question, but I can answer the second one easily. You see, Urchin Suship is so easy to summon, despite being Level 5 since you can just Special Summon it from your hand by revealing another Suship in your hand. Now, if you’re doing this right and pair your urchin with some rice (Or Rice Suship in this case) then you can Special Summon both those monsters from your hand. However, if you reveal any other Suship card, then said card gets put to the bottom of your deck, awaiting the day it gets to be chosen for a meal.

Anyway, Urchin Suship is great because it modulates the levels of your Suship Monsters. Want to go for a Rank 4 play? That’s cool. Urchin can just make itself Level 4. But what if you want to dive into your Rank 5 pool? No worries, because Urchin can make another one of your Suships Level 5, just like it is! Jeez, I wonder if Sea Urchin is this flexible for real?

Icefish

Icefish Suship
Level 4 FIRE Aqua Effect Monster
ATK 200
DEF 250
You can only use the (1) and (2) effect of this card’s name each once per turn.
(1) If you control “Rice Suship” or an Xyz Monster that has “Rice Suship” as material: You can Special Summon this card from your hand.
(2) During your Main Phase: You can Special Summon 1 “Suship” monster from your hand, except “Icefish Suship”, then you can place any number of “Rice Suship” from your Deck or GY on the top of the Deck in any order.

The Sushi that almost looks too pretty to eat! Icefish Suship is another great addition to the Suship menu, once again Special Summoning itself quite easily, as long as you control either Rice Suship, or even an Xyz Monster (Not just a Suship Xyz Monster mind you) that has Rice Suship as material. It also hammers home the fact that rice is an integral part of any sushi dish by Special Summon any Suship Monster from your Hand, then stacking your Deck with Rice Suship. Rice. Never make sushi (or Suships) without it.

DreadnoughtSuship

Superdreadnought Suship – Urchin-Class Second Wardish
Rank 5 FIRE Aqua Effect Monster
ATK 2900
DEF 500
Materials: 2 Level 5 monsters
You can only use the (1) effect of this card’s name once per turn.
(1) If this card is Xyz Summoned: You can apply these effects based on the monsters used as material.
● “Rice Suship”: Draw 1 card
● “Urchin Suship”: This card can attack directly.
(2) Once per your Main Phase or opponent’s Battle Phase (Quick Effect): You can target face-up cards your opponent controls up to the number of your “Suship” monsters Special Summoned from the Extra Deck; negate their effects.

Our second Xyz Monster of the Archetype, Second Wardish is the type of dish you take to that important business meeting in order to try and impress the executives that hold your promotion in their hands…

Anyway! This Rank 5 Monster has an on Summon effect, very similar to that of it’s First Wardish predecessor. If you made this behemoth of urchin meat with Rice Suship, draw a card! And if you used Urchin Suship as material, then congratulations, you get to hit your Opponent directly with 2900 Atk worth of top quality meat. Oh, and battle damage. There’s that too.

Not only does this card come with delivery straight to your Opponent, but it can also negate their Monster’s effects up to the number of Extra Deck Suship Monster you control (Including Second Wardish, so you always have at least one!) on a Quick Effect. Ok, not even going to make a Sushi joke here, that’s just a really good effect, and can really mess your Opponent up.

IcefishCarrier

Carrier Suship – Icefish-Class Auxiliary Dish)
Rank 4 FIRE Aqua Effect Monster
ATK 2200
DEF 250
Materials: 2 Level 4 Monsters
You can only use the (1) effect of this card’s name once per turn.
(1) If this card is Xyz Summoned: You can apply these effects based on the material used for its Xyz Summon.
● “Rice Suship”: Draw 1 card
● “Icefish Suship”: Add 1 “Suship” Spell/Trap from the Deck to the hand.
(2) While there is a face-up card in the Field Zone, your “Suship” monsters Special Summoned from the Extra Deck cannot be destroyed by your opponent’s card effects, also they gain ATK equal to their original DEF.

As its time implies, Auxiliary Dish isn’t supposed to be the main attraction, but pairs nicely with other sushi dishes as a companion dish. As always with these delectable Xyz Monsters, you get on Summon effects based on the Monsters used for Auxiliary’s Xyz Summon. Rice draws you a card as usual, and Icefish Suship lets you add any Suship Spell or Trap from your Deck to your hand, giving you instant access to either the Field Spell or Suship Rolls Special. Chances are however, you are going to want that Field Spell since all Suships Monsters gain Atk equal to their original Def if you do. Now at first, this may not seem like a big deal, considering all the Suships have rather low Def. However, when paired with something like Second Wardish, this can push it to a whopping 3400 Atk Stat. Oh, and like any good side dish, it makes all your other Suship’s better, by providing them from destruction effects by your Opponent. Now that is what I call delicious.

Suship Archetype Support: The Conclusion

I promise I’m done with the sushi jokes, I know they stink. Just like sushi that’s been left out for too long!

Alright, on to serious business. The new Suship support is a great addition to an Archetype that while is something of a meme, has some serious potential. All of the Xyz Monsters are great within the Archetype, but also have the ability to be splashed in any Xyz-focused decks that can make them, requiring generic materials with some of their best effects being generic themselves. If this is all the Suship support we get, I think the many fans this Yu-Gi-Oh! Archetype has garnered would be happy, since at least now there are enough cards to make a Suship Deck out of. And like most Xyz-focused Archetypes, I can actually see some chances for experimentation now.

So, what are your thoughts on the new Suship support? Are you ready to dig in? Or is seafood just not your thing? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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