From January 19th, 2024 onward, Maze of Millennia will be legal, the newest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG set that brings excellent cards and promises to heavily impact the current metagame. Additionally, this set will also bring to the game support cards for nostalgic strategies that are beloved by the franchise's anime fans, besides interesting reprints for competitive players.
In this article, I'll analyze the main cards from the new set!
Maze of Millennia Main Cards
To start, the new set brings to the game cards that are directly related to the "Flame Swordsman", an iconic card used by the character Joey Wheeler in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime. These new cards, which apparently form a new archetype, are based on the combination between Flame Swordsman and the Salamandra equipment spell.
This archetype strategy basically focuses on putting on the board upgraded versions of "Flame Swordsman", and, besides this, equipping them with the new versions of "Salamandra". Like so, you'll have additional effects related to the battle phase to help you defeat your opponents.
Clorless, Chaos King of Dark World is a very interesting support card for the Dark World archetype, giving this deck a card that can easily break opponents' boards.
Additionally, "Clorless" also works as an extender and protects one of your cards. Therefore, besides having a "go first" play-line that can play a FTK, Dark World will also have an even more aggressive "go second" play line.
Bonfire is possibly the best card in this set, and will certainly be present in the metagame after it is released. This card is simply a ROTA card for Pyro monsters, which, despite being neglected for many years, this type now has representatives at the top of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG's competitive scene, such as the Snake-Eye engine (Pyro monster archetype, with a lot of synergy with the Fire King) and Centur-Ion (an archetype that has a Pyro-type starter).
Therefore, even though it is a card with a simple effect, Bonfire will be extremely impactful in the metagame because it is a card that enhances the consistency of decks that are relevant in the current format.
Earthbound isn't a relevant archetype for Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG's competitive scene, but it is well-liked by some players who know it from the anime series, in which they are used by the Dark Signers in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's and Sergey Volkov in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.
The monsters in this archetype are based on the Nazca Lines (in "Earthbound Immortals" case), a group of geoglyphs made in the soil of the Nazca Desert in southern Peru, and also on other figures that use this exact design.
This archetype has powerful monsters in terms of ATK points, and has interactions that involve effect damage and attacks that target your opponents' health points directly. Besides this, the new support cards noticeably improved this deck's consistency, and also provided good interactions to destroy cards, which increases this deck's power level.
Number 1: Infection Buzzking is a very underrated xyz Class 8 monster, but I particularly found it interesting, considering you can remove a key card from your opponents' extra deck to attach it to this monster as one of your materials on your next standby phase.
Additionally, its effect of destroying one of your opponent's monsters and dealing damage to their health points might be relevant in matches in which time is about to run out.
Transaction Rollback is another extremely impactful card for Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG's current format because it is a support card designed directly for one of the best decks nowadays, Labrynth. Through its second effect, you can copy the effect of a Welcome Labrynth or Big Welcome Labrynth even after your opponent stopped them through handtrap interactions, for instance.
Like so, this deck becomes even more resilient, which is quite relevant for its success. Besides being used in Labrynth, this card can also be used in other strategies focused on trap cards, such as Eldlich and Dinomorphia.
Even though this is an old archetype that is irrelevant to Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG's current metagame, Majespecter reprints come at a good time, considering this archetype is about to receive support cards that promise to change this deck's level in the Phantom Nightmare set, which should be released for this TCG early February.
For those who intend to invest in this deck, this reprint is an excellent opportunity to buy these cards for a low price, considering that, without it, the card "market" would very likely increase the price of this card kit.
These two cards being reprinted is a very welcome move, particularly for fans of this archetype, who were anxious for an opportunity to acquire them at a more accessible price.
Triple Tactics Thrust is an incredibly expensive card, and the reason for this is its unbalanced effect of "searching" for any normal spell/trap in the game. Even though this is an already existing card, its reprint can heavily impact several players' local metagame, considering this card will probably become cheaper, which will make it possible for more people to buy it.
But so, what did you think of the Maze of Millennia cards? Which of them will you buy? Tell us in the comment section.
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