Episode 042 – Photon Shockwave

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Kyle and Justen peer into the newest booster pack, Photon Shockwave!


Overall:

  • Has a lot of rarity upgrading this set. Even Some minor good cards got a rarity boost to at least Super.
  • No general support really at all. Unless you’ve got the archetypes that get support in this pack or plan on using a new deck, there’s really nothing in this pack.
  • Brings a new top tier deck “Rabbit Laggia”.
  • In general I’d say this pack is a very poor pack, and I don’t recommend getting much of it. (Kyle)

New Archetypes:
Photon:

  • Based mostly around getting multiple 2000 beaters on board
  • Boss Monster: Galaxy Eyes Photon Dragon
  • Majority of the support is poor/useless
  • Photon Sabre Tiger is pretty cool.

Evol(Evoltile/Evolsaur/Evolzar):

  • They “evolve” up from Reptile>Dinosaur>Dragon
  • The Evolzars are extremely powerful and worth building decks around
  • The archetype itself seems strong
  • Westlo and Cerato appear to make very powerful combos together
  • TCG Exclusive: Evolsaur Pelta also very good.

Old Archetype Large Support:
Wind-Up:

  • Receives some very powerful support this set
  • Multiple usable monsters:
    • Kitten
    • Bat
    • Knight
    • Rabbit
    • Zenmaines
  • Rabbit gives the much needed boost the deck needed
  • Look forward to even better support in the next pack

Orca-Fodder:

  • A small number of fish are added to the arsenal
  • In particular Friller Rabca appears very strong
  • Shark Stickers is a very solid card for Rank 3 XYZ

Old Archetype Small Support:

  • Naturia Maron
    • Appears to very greatly help Pineapple
  • D.D. Telepon
    • This thing gives some very crazy options to Psychic decks
  • Prior of the Ice Barrier
    • An interesting addition, but I’m not sure what to do with it
  • Watts:
    • Watt King Cobra
    • Watt Cancel
    • Both seem very good for watts, but I’m not sure if this will make us see any Watt decks any time soon

Individual Cards of Note:

  • Fenghuang
  • Gishki Beast
    • A one card Rank 4 XYZ Summon
  • Number 20: Giga Brilliant
    • Really big Gantetsu
  • Tri-Wight Zone
    • Special Summoning 3 monsters, no matter what they are, is amazing
  • Momentary Truce

Chase Cards:

  • Rescue Rabbit
  • Evolzar Laggia
  • Evolzar Dolkka
  • Wind-Up Zenmaines
  • Wind-Up Rabbit
  • Dark Smog
  • Shard of Greed

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