Card of the day: Majespecter Unicorn – Kirin

MajespecterUnicornKirin-DOCS-EN-R-1EIt’s been so long since the last card of the day I had to check which one it was. It was Angel Trumpeter. Today’s card of the day actually has an effect. It’s Majespecter Unicorn – Kirin. Majespecter has never been too oppressive and in general a pretty fair deck. The deck can only get rid of monsters, has relatively small monsters, is slow but all of the monsters are recurring and can’t be targeted or destroyed. It’s decent but fair. All of the Majespecter monsters are more than fair, except for Kirin.

Kirin is a Level 6 Pendulum Monster with 2000 ATK and 2000 DEF. It’s a little weird that it’s a WIND Spellcaster-Type monster, though. That’s because all of the Majespecter cards work with WIND Spellcasters, and not just ‘Majespecter’ monsters. Animals being Spellcasters is strange at first, but the name Majespecter comes from ‘mage’, ‘magic’, ‘majestic’ and ‘specter’. Kirin is also Scale 2 on both sides. I’m still waiting on a monster with different scales.

So we know it’s Level 6, what does it do? Two things. The first is a quick effect that targets a Pendulum Monster you control and an opponent’s monster, then returns them to the hand(s). This effect of Kirin can only be used once per turn. So even if you have three Kirin, you can only use this effect once per turn. The other effect it has prevents it from being targeted or destroyed by any of your opponent’s card effects.

PerformapalSkullcrobatJokerProvided we can Pendulum Summon it, we can use Kirin every turn cycle. We can use Kirin every single turn if we’re throwing down another Pendulum Monster, too. Most notably, in Performapals, we can bounce Monkeyboard or Joker for more searches later. By the way, don’t summon Monkeyboard first. Use it as a scale, destroy it with Sky Iris/Sorcerer and then later Pendulum Summon it to bounce with Kirin. You can bounce pretty much any Pendulum Monster that you’d want to play as a scale so you can use it for later: Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon, Guiding Ariadne, Magical Abductor, Archfiend Eccentrick or even Wisdom-Eye Magician if you’re playing Magicians.

Kirin can be used both defensively and offensively. You can get rid of opponent’s monsters to attack directly or to interrupt plays. Keep the pressure on your opponent or off of yourself. Kirin does it all.

Like the big Kozmo ships, it can’t be targeted by an opponent’s card effects, but Kirin takes it one step further. Kirin also can’t be destroyed by card effects. No Dark Destroyer coming down to bop your Kirin on your own turn. Kirin couldn’t care less about Raigeki and Dark Hole. It still surprises me how many people seem to forget that Kirin can’t be destroyed by their Raigeki. I still have people trying it. It’s easy to forget, though. So try to remember.




Good reprint in the Starter Deck
Good reprint in the Starter Deck

So its effects are good. What’s good about being Level 6? You do need a scale of 7 or higher to Pendulum Summon it, but the low scale can be 5 or lower. I’ve had some awkward hands where I only have scales of 5, 7 and 8. You can Pendulum Summon Kirin. Kirin can also be used to make Utopia Beyond for OTKs with Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon. Kirin also turns your opponent’s Domain off by Tribute Summoning it. It’s Level 6, so that’s legal. Then you can Pendulum Summon from your Extra Deck. There aren’t many good high scales, but Dragonpit Magician, Archfiend Eccentrick and Performapal Odd-Eyes Unicorn is more than enough to consistently summon it.

Majespecter Unicorn has no pendulum effect, but that doesn’t matter. You can still put it in the Pendulum Zone and Pendulum Summon monsters. Place it in the Pendulum Zone to destroy it for another destroying effect, like Peformapal Pendulum Sorcerer or Sky Iris.

Kozmos have easy access to monsters way bigger than 2000 ATK. So does every deck. 2000 ATK isn’t big, but that’s fine because you’re going to Pendulum Summon the Unicorn every turn and bounce stuff every turn. You can Magician’s Circle it out of the deck if you want to, too. And against decks with small monsters only, Dragon’s Bind is pretty good if you target your own Master/Lector Pendulum. Monsters with 1950 or less ATK won’t be able to be Special Summoned. Kirin has 2000 ATK.

As for upsides, the last, and probably best thing about Majespecter Unicorn is the cape. I know your costumer will tell you capes get superheroes killed. But look, this isn’t a superhero. Kirin is a majestic, magical, mage. And without wings, Unicorn isn’t flying. Capes are most dangerous when you’re flying.

What’s bad about Unicorn? The list is pretty short, but it does have a few downsides. It can be destroyed in battle. It only has 2000 ATK. You can’t Normal Summon it without tribute. It can’t Special Summon itself, with the exception of using one as a scale to Pendulum Summon another. It’s affected by Poisonous Winds. It targets, so it can’t hit the Kozmo ships or Obelisk.

Majespecter Unicorn is really annoying to face. Just remember to summon it in Defense Position if you’re going first because you don’t want to take extra damage. Until Monday when I’ll have new content for each weekday, click an ad, buy up those Unicorns while DOCS is still fairly recent and tell your friends why Majespecter Unicorn – Kirin is up there for best Pendulum Monster.




Bonus: List of viable high scales that let you Pendulum Summon Unicorn.
Archfiend Eccentrick
Dragong
Flash Knight
Igknights (the Scale 7s)
Lancephorhynchus (not really)
Dragonpit Magician
Performapal Odd-Eyes Unicorn
Timegazer Magician

The official database has a search by scale. You can’t search a range of scales, like 7 or higher. But you can search 7s, 8s, 9s, 10s, 11s and 12s. Still waiting on the Scale 13 and Scale 0.

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