It’s that time again. A new set just released with new cards. I disagree with new cards being introduced to the main competitive format in something other than sets and stuff like structure decks, but you could do worse than regular print run tins. Like prize cards and books. Those are worse than tins. I have a lot of readers from the U.K., Germany, Australia and Italy. None of them can use Utopia the Lightning. Regardless, the new stuff is in a tin and is legal in all of the TCG. What’s in it? Is it worth the $19.99 that Konami is asking?
You get the tin itself, three mega packs with 16 cards each and a promo pack with a secret rare, two ultra rares and three super rares. There’s a little plastic insert, but you’re going to throw that away along with the shrink wrapping. Obviously, the Kaiba/Obelisk tin and the Yugi/Slifer tin have different artwork from each other but the packs are the same. The promo pack, however, is not.
What’s in the Yugi promo pack?
CT13-EN001 Slifer the Sky Dragon – Secret Rare
Slifer has the original artwork, which I like the best. Slifer isn’t really competitively viable, so you’ll have it because you want a secret rare Slifer. Not that you can’t play it, it’s just not the most competitive card.
CT13-EN003 Dark Magician – Ultra Rare
Another reprint with old art. This isn’t my favorite art, but it’s still a good one. Again, Dark Magician isn’t the best card, but it’s fine in a Dark Magician deck. Just know that it’s not the most competitive deck. Otherwise, enjoy your 23,495th copy of Dark Magician.
CT13-EN004 Ebon High Magician – Ultra Rare
I already talked about Ebon High Magician in my TDIL set review. It’s a fine card, but not one you’ll be summoning often. If you didn’t have one before, this would be a good time to pick it up, either directly from the tin or trade/buy the single.
CT13-EN005 D/D/D Flame King Genghis – Super Rare
This is one of the new cards. I’m sorry I have the French version. Here’s English text.
“2 “D/D” monsters
If another “D/D” monster(s) is Special Summoned to your field, while you control this face-up card (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 “D/D” monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it. You can only use this effect of “D/D/D Flame King Genghis” once per turn. If this card is destroyed by battle, or if this card in its owner’s possession is destroyed by an opponent’s card effect: You can target 1 “Dark Contract” card in your Graveyard; add it to your hand.”
It’s a good card if you’re using D/Ds, but unfortunately for anyone who likes D/Ds, the deck isn’t competitive. I don’t think it ever will be in the TCG, but maybe one day. It’s nice that it’s out now.
CT13-EN006 Dragonox, the Empowered Warrior – Super Rare
This time, the best picture was German. Here’s English text.
“When an opponent’s monster declares an attack: You can destroy this card, then end the Battle Phase.”
“Once per turn: You can discard 1 card, then target 1Warrior or Spellcaster-Type monster with 2000 or less ATK in yourGraveyard; Special Summon it in face-down Defense Position.”
It itself is also a warrior. It’s a generic Scale 7, which is great that it can help keep you alive. It’s an Empowered Warrior, which matters. Also, it summons things back from your Graveyard. All around a great card. Empowered Warriors might be the next step in our meta. This is a card worth getting.
CT13-EN007 Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer – Super Rare
This is a card everyone knows about. I’m glad it got a reprint for those that didn’t have it. This is a good relevant reprint. I don’t think anyone who wanted them didn’t have them, but I can’t be certain.
Four reprints and two new cards. I’d like to have seen Dark Magician and Ebon High be relevant reprints to the meta, like Terrortop, Break Sword or Daigusto Emeral. At least we got Pendulum Sorcerer.
What’s in the Kaiba tin?
CT13-EN002 Obelisk the Tormentor – Secret Rare
Like Slifer, this is the original art. Unlike Slifer, Obelisk sometimes sees play. It’s a three tribute monster that can’t be targeted and has 4000 ATK. It’s pretty good. Secret rare is nice, too.
CT13-EN008 Blue-Eyes White Dragon – Ultra Rare
Another reprint. It wasn’t needed, but it’s better than the Dark Magician reprint and it mirrors the Kaiba v Yugi theme.
CT13-EN009 Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon – Ultra Rare
Possibly a meta relevant reprint. This is a good reprint. So far, everything in the Kaiba tin is better than the Yugi tin as a whole.
CT13-EN010 D/D/D Gust King Alexander – Super Rare
Oh, another meh new D/D/D. Neat if you want it, but I’m uninterested.
“1 “D/D” Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
If another “D/D” monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned to your field, while you control this face-up card (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 Level 4 or lower “D/D” monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it. You can only use this effect of “D/D/D Gust King Alexander” once per turn.”
CT13-EN011 Aether, the Evil Empowering Dragon – Super Rare
“Once per turn: You can banish 1 “Empowered Warrior” monster from your Graveyard, then target 1 card on the field; destroy it.”
“When this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can target 1monster on the field; banish it.”
This card is good. It’s very good. Scale 4 is meh, but repeatable banishing is great. Banish Cir, banish Beatrice, banish Dante, banish Blue-Eyes, then attack for 2300.
CT13-EN012 Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit – Super Rare
I don’t know who doesn’t have Ghost Ogre that wanted them, but this is a much better reprint in the long run than Pendulum Sorcerer is.
So based on the promos, the Kaiba tin seems better for the current meta. The most important new cards are the Empowered guys. If you got the tin and those six promos for twenty dollars, it seems like a decent deal. Historically, most of the tin promos have been three to five dollars each. However, Obelisk, Slifer, Blue-Eyes and Dark Magician will probably only be a dollar or two.
As for the mega packs, each pack contains 16 cards with one of each secret, ultra, super and rare and 12 commons. All of the reprints are in the same rarity that they originally were. I’ll list the most notable reprints, but you can peruse the list yourself.
Lose 1 Turn
Cyber Dragon Infinity
So, with all of that said, I think the tins are a pretty good deal. They’re always fun to open. If I wanted to save money, I wouldn’t buy the tins, but rather just buy the singles I want because that’s always cheaper. If you can’t wait, don’t care about saving money or just want the tins, go ahead and buy them. The tins are cool. And, I’m on vacation. Kind of sorry for the short post, but hopefully I’ll have something substantial on Wednesday. You can still leave comments and interact with me on social media. I’ll get back to you when I can.
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