Some interesting ideas using the new card: Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal.
The upcoming Gold Series has been spoiled revealing the release of the long awaiting Burning Abyss monster Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal. Originally created as an OCG exclusive for Japan when they imported the Burning Abyss monsters in a special back, now we finally have it here in the TCG to top off our Burning Abyss decks. Burning Abyss players rejoice at their new found power and reinvigorated decks, and all the other players groan because they wish this boring deck would just go away already. Or so it would seem. While it certainly adds multitudes of new layers to the standard Burning Abyss deck, Beatrice is surprisingly a very versatile and unrestricted XYZ monster that can bolster the power of a lot of other decks.
As you are potentially aware, I am currently playing a lot of Monarchs. It’s cheap, probably the cheapest of the goody-goods, and I like anything that can use Artifacts. As I continue to experiment with the Extra Deck and what to go into optimally, I have found that Rank 6 XYZ monsters are extremely easy to pull off in Monarchs as long as your goal is to do that. The only problem being a majority of the Rank 6 XYZ monsters aren’t all that spectacular for Monarchs or are at least quite situational, so I just \kind of put Rank 6 monsters on the back burner aside a few because I had extra space in my Extra Deck. But then, Gold Series was spoiled and I saw Beatrice in that spoiler, so I decided to test it out, and here are the fruits of my efforts.
You might note that the title of this article is includes Chaos Dragons and Monarchs. In order to facilitate Rank 6 XYZ monsters to the maximum extent I went to some far reaching places to test out every which weird Rank 6 idea I could muster including a lot of dabbling in Chaos Dragons. First though, I’ll start off with Beatrice’s effect:
Rank 6 XYZ / LIGHT / Fairy-Type
2500 ATK / 2800 DEF
2 Level 6 Monsters
You can also Xyz Summon this card by sending 1 “Burning Abyss” monster from your hand to the Graveyard, then using 1 “Dante” monster you control as the Xyz Material. (Xyz Material attached to that monster also become Xyz Materials on this card.) If Summoned this way, the following effect cannot be activated this turn. Once per turn, during either player’s turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; send 1 card from your Deck to the Graveyard. If this card in your possession is destroyed by your opponent’s card (by battle or card effect) and sent to your Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 “Burning Abyss” monster from your Extra Deck, ignoring its Summoning conditions.
I bolded the important part of the effect because the first part really only applies to pure Burning Abyss builds. Basically, Beatrice has a quick-effect that is Lavalval Chain during either player’s turn. So once during either player’s turn send anything from your deck to the graveyard, including spells and traps. Also, as a bonus, when the opponent destroys Beatrice you can summon the Burning Abyss fusion monster from your Extra Deck ignoring its summoning conditions. The fusion, Dante, Pilgrim of the Burning Abyss, is a level 8 monster with 2800 ATK that cannot be targeted by card effects and if he dies your opponent discards a card at random.
The second half of the effect makes it harder to deal with because it’s a floater, so the opponent is less inclined to remove it from the board other than with special means. The first effect has a lot of applications unsurprisingly, much like Lavalval Chain did previously, except that Beatrice has a lot more ATK and can also use the effect again as a quick-effect during the opponent’s turn, allowing you to resolve the effect more quickly multiple times.
In Monarchs, there’s one simple play that makes a Rank 6 XYZ. Using Domain of the True Monarchs you can lower the level of any mega monarch (and some random other things that are less relevant)in your hand by 2, to tribute summon it with one tribute this turn. This makes them become level 6, which is important. If you already have a level 6 monster on board then that’s a quick Rank 6 XYZ summon. Specifically though, if you use this combination with Ehther the Heavenly Monarch, Ehther becomes level 6 and you can tribute summon it, then use Ehther’s effect to summon a Kuraz the Light Monarch from your deck, Kuraz can pop a few of your own cards for draws, and then you’re left with two level 6 monsters. A pretty simple 2 card combo (not counting whichever method you used to provide tribute monsters to summon Ehther). Let’s say you had an in grave The Prime Monarch already setup, so there’s no loss of advantage here. If you do the aforementioned combo and destroy Domain with Kuraz and then XYZ for Beatrice you’ll be left with 1 Beatrice and 1 newly drawn card, which is the same amount of cards you started with. In addition, you’ll have most likely dumped a Pantheism with Ehther for a plus 1 and then there’s the additional plus 1 you’ll probably be getting rom Beatrice’s effect. From this scenario why summon Beatrice is the clear question, well here are a few things you can use Beatrice to send:
- Erebus the Underworld Monarch:
- While in the graveyard you can immediately use it to recur any of your Monarchs, which at this point would be all the main Monarchs you run because they’re all accessible once the play is complete: Erebus, Ehther, and Kuraz. I would typically pick Ether because Ether is the best Monarch.
- Edea the Heavenly Squire:
- When Edea is sent from anywhere to the graveyard, not just the field, you get the recursion effect. So you can send Edea with Beatrice to recur either the banished Pantheism or a card banish for Prime’s effect. Sending Edea is also good because it sets up a follow-up into the following monster:
- Eidos the Underworld Squire:
- If you sent an Edea first with Beatrice, during the opponent’s turn you can dump an Eidos. This will setup the Eidos reviving Edea play to facilitate the deadly double tribute summon combo next turn. This also sets up loads of plays for things I’ll talk about later in the article.
- Pantheism of the Monarchs:
- Very rarely will this be a good choice to send because you typically resolve an Ehther effect before making a Rank 6 monster (which would send one already), but the option is still worth considering. Potentially during the opponent’s turn, if they are about to remove Beatrice from the field you might as well use her remaining material to dump a card and Pantheism is never a bad choice.
- The Prime Monarch:
- For the same reason as Pantheism.
And now for some less than conventional things that benefit in the summoning and use of Beatrice:
- Destiny HERO – Malicious:
- Malicious has a strange synergy with the Monarch deck. By being a level 6 monster it has synergy for making Rank 6 XYZ monsters. When you summon any mega monarch using Domain, you can combine it with Malicious if it’s in the graveyard for a Rank 6 XYZ. This can be setup with Foolish Burial, Beatrice, or a more robust Destiny HERO engine sporting Destiny Draw or potential discard outlets like D.D.R. – Different Dimension Reincarnation. Malicious can also be tribute summoned to kickstart the deck using Return of the Monarchs and also can provide himself for tribute fodder by summon copies of itself. The biggest shortcoming for Malicious is the same as always though. Sometimes you draw it and cannot get it out of your hand. So typically, in order to use Malicious you have to run a pretty large engine to make sure things work. I tried out a Destiny HERO Monarch deck and it’s actually quite good. You have even more draw power, can summon Destiny HERO Plasma and Masked HERO Dark Law and who doesn’t want all that?
- Lightpulsar Dragon:
- Of the things I’ve tested, I would probably say this is the most realistically usable card for a Monarch deck. It’s very versatile, it could only be better if it had 2400 ATK 1000 DEF. In general, everything you run in new Monarch builds is LIGHT or DARK, meaning you can almost always summon this card in standard banishing Chaos procedures. When summoned this way you can pair it easily with the tribute summon of a Kuraz to make a Rank 6 XYZ monster, potentially Beatrice, but there are other good options like Inzektor Exa-Beetle and Constellar Ptolemys M7. It’s also fairly easy to revive Lightpulsar from your graveyard by discarding monsters. Frequently you’ll get dead Edeas in hand because you’ve used all of your Eidos or you don’t want to use it this turn for whatever reason and Erebus is pretty much a free dump more often than not. If you dump them both you get Edeas effect, to toolbox whatever you need or to simply get a Pantheism to immediately dump for Erebus’ effect, effectively netting no advantage loss. Similar to Malicious, Lightpulsar can also be used in combination with a lot of the Monarch cards like Return and The Monarchs Stormforth when in a bad spot.
- D.D.R. – Different Dimension Reincarnation:
- With Malicious, Lightpulsar and Eidos trending towards banishment, I decided I might as well test out one of my favorite cards DDR. With Malicious, DDR is an easy Rank 6 XYZ. Banish Malicious to summon one from the deck. DDR the banished one and combine them for a Rank 6 XYZ monster. As long as the Rank 6 monster gets you back a card, this play goes even on advantage. With Lightpulsar you can get a lot of funky combos. You can banish Edeas or Kuraz and revive them both DDR for their effects, both very beneficial. With Kuraz you can simply destroy DDR and Kuraz for a quick draw 2 in a pinch, harkening back to Kuraz explosion Exodia builds. You can also DDR whichever monster you banished for a XYZ summon incase you need another six to pair with Lightpulsar or another 8 to pair with a monarch for a Rank 8 XYZ. Eidos is the most likely card to be banished because he banishes himself, and even DDR-ing Eidos is good because it gives you a turn for a double tribute summon.
- Allure of Darkness:
- With DDR in the deck, and larger hoards of DARK monsters, this card seemed to make a lot of sense and I’ve liked it so far.
- Illusory Snatcher:
- Snatcher is very simple. When you tribute summon a monster, summon Snatcher form hand and it becomes the same level. Snatcher has monarch stats, which is really good because you can use it with Tenacity of the Monarchs, search it off of Return, and recur it with Erebus. Snatcher basically just makes Rank 6 XYZ summoning even easier. Tribute summon a level 6 monster, summon Snatcher from hand and pair it for a Rank 6 monster. Snatcher is also DARK for Allure and Chaos purposes and can even be manually tribute summoned in a pinch. I’ve had surprising success with this card on the whole.
- Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon:
- Delving further into the realms of Chaos Dragons, I was surprised to find that it was incredibly easy to fit this card into Monarchs with no negative repercussions while only running it and Lightpulsar. When drawn if you ever summon a Beatrice you can use Beatrice to dump a Lightpulsar (which has a multitude of other uses on its own), then overlay Beatrice for Gaia Dragon the Thunder Charger. You can banish Gaia to summon Red-Eyes and then use Red-Eyes to summon Lightpulsar. You can expand this play with a Malicious and a LIGHT monster in hand by reviving Lightpulsar with its own effect discarding Malicious and the LIGHT monster. You can then use Malicious to summon another and make yet another Rank 6 with Malicious and Lightpulsar, detach the Lightpulsar for the effect, then make a Gaia Charger with that new XYZ and summon the Red-Eyes at this point instead. There’s also similar plays where you instead dump Red-Eyes so you can summon an Inzektor Exa-Beetle and use its effect to send your own equipped Lightpulsar to the graveyard to revive the Red-Eyes and so on and so forth. There’s a lot of combos here that I’m sure Chaos Dragon players are chomping at the bit to use in there Chaos decks.
- Dark Armed Dragon, Eclipse Wyvern & Baby Chaos Dragons:
- If you’re looking for an extremely robust Chaos Dragon Monarch engine, look no further than this. Dark Armed Dragon is a given in my opinion because it has the Monarch stats, 2800 ATK and 1000 DEF, meaning it activate Tenacity, can be searched with Return, and is recurrable by Erebus, which is pretty scary for a card like Dark Armed Dragon as long as you can reliably get DARKs into the graveyard. Eclipse Wyvern is another way to search Dark Armed Dragon or to search Red-Eyes. Wyvern is more of a one-off that you can dump with DDR, Foolish Burial, Beatrice or Lightpulsar graveyard summoning condition. It can be banished with Lightpulsar or the next pair of cards: Black Dragon Collapserpent & White Dragon Wyverburster. The two baby Chaos Dragons are surprisingly good in Monarchs. The provide a lot of Extra damage and a lot of addition tribute fodder for tribute summons. They facilitate DDR and Eclipse Wyvern and generally give rise to a lot of combo potential. The biggest problem is that it takes up a ton of space to run all of this and Monarch stuff, so I have yet to find a good build running all of it that I’m happy with.
I’ll end off with one of the builds I’ve been having some fun with all of this in. It’s certainly not the best possible build, but I’ve had the most fun with this one:
- 1 Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon
- 2 Erebus the Underworld Monarch
- 3 Ehther the Heavenly Monarch
- 1 Dark Armed Dragon
- 2 Illusory Snatcher
- 2 Lightpulsar Dragon
- 3 Kuraz the Light Monarch
- 2 Black Dragon Collapserpent
- 1 White Dragon Wyverburster
- 1 Eclipse Wyvern
- 2 Eidos the Underworld Squire
- 2 Edea the Heavenly Squire
- 1 Allure of Darkness
- 1 One for One
- 3 Pantheism of the Monarchs
- 3 Tenacity of the Monarchs
- 1 Foolish Burial
- 2 The Monarchs Stormforth
- 1 Return of the Monarchs
- 2 D.D.R. – Different Dimension Reincarnation
- 2 Domain of the True Monarchs
- 2 The Prime Monarch
Extra Deck: (15)
- 1 Dante, Pilgrim of the Burning Abyss
- 1 Divine Dragon Knight Felgrand
- 1 Alsei, the Sylvan High Protector
- 1 Number 23: Lancelot, Ghost Knight of the Underworld
- 1 Gaia Dragon the Thunder Charger
- 1 Number 39: Utopia Beyond
- 1 Number 25: Focus Force
- 1 Constellar Ptolemy M7
- 1 Photon Strike Bounzer
- 2 Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal
- 1 Gauntlet Launcher
- 1 Inzektor Exa-Beetle
- 1 Constellar Pleiades
- 1 Number 61: Volcasaurus
Written by: Kyle Oliver