Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day
Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning
Warrior / Effect Monster
This card can only be Special Summoned by removing 1
LIGHT and 1 DARK monster in your Graveyard from
play. Once during each of your turns, you can select
and activate 1 of the following effects: ·Remove 1
monster on the field from play. If you activate this
effect, this card cannot attack during this turn.
·If this card destroyed your opponent's monster as a
result of battle, it can attack once again in a row.
- Light / 8 / 3000 / 2500
are based on a 1 to 5 scale
the worst. 3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating
Date Reviewed - 3.18.04
The Envoy of the Beginning is certainly an
extremely versatile card. One of the best in the
game today. Here's a link to my first review on it;
my first article back about 7 months ago.
And here's an excerpt from my 32nd article, with a
little bit about Revival.
When using the Luster Soldier’s ability of attacking
twice in a turn, if you have destroyed a Monster
with Luster Soldier, then you can attack again with
the Soldier, as you know. However, if you want to
use that Effect, Luster Soldier’s 2nd attack must
come right after the first. That's one right after
the other. If you have another Monster on the Field,
and you’ve destroyed a Monster with Chaos Soldier,
then your next attack is with your other Monster,
Chaos Soldier won’t be able to attack again. Luster
Soldier’s attack twice Effect is a continuation, so
to speak, of its first attack.
Therefore, the attacks must come one right after the
other. And yes, the 2nd attack can be direct if your
opponent doesn’t have any other Monsters left on the
Field. And no, if Chaos Soldier destroys one
Monster, then destroys another Monster by its 2nd
attack, it can not proceed in attacking a third
time. 2 attacks max per turn.
If you want to Revive the Envoy, you must first have
successfully Special Summoned it to the Field by its
requirements. If you have not done so before it hits
the Graveyard, you cannot Revive it. You can't
Special Summon it from your Deck or Graveyard by its
requirements of Removal, either. Only from your
Hand, and when it states that it can "only be
Special Summoned by..." that's only referring to how
you can Special Summon it from your Hand.
The Envoy of the Beginning is a card that I believe
to be underrated by a lot of people when compared to
Chaos Emperor Dragon, mostly due to the one-turn-win
combo that can be utilized with CED. (Which btw, is
something that a lot of people give CED only credit
for, when it‘s a lot more useful than just for that
combo) I myself find the Chaos Soldier to be a more
versatile and fun card to use in Decks over CED. Its
removal Effect can always come in handy, and
attacking twice with a 3000 ATK Monster can easily
put an end to your opponent in a single turn. This
is why I'd give BLS a bit of a higher rating than
I'd give CED.
¥ ~ Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning ~
¥ Overall Rating: 4.7/5
Thu 03.18.04 - Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the
Ah yes, one of the 2 broken monsters released in
Invasion of Chaos that have metagame-altering and
game-shattering effects. Quite simply, these are as
close to God cards as the English game provides
+2 KILLER effects, including attacking twice and
removing monsters from
+Easily special summoned by removing 1 light/1 dark
mon in grave from
+play Makes one of if not THE best top deck in the
+later in the
+8 stars means it cannot be snatched + morphed into
something (there are
8 star fusions)
-Will undoubtedly be limited to 1 per deck -Is bad
if used against you -Must be properly summoned first
before being ‘reborn’
-BLS can however be snatched and then use its effect
to remove itself -_-
*Dimension Fusion…remove some powerful light/dark
monsters to special summon BLS, then Dimension
Fusion them back to the game and you can like, win
in one turn this way… *Painful choice…Obviously,
using painful choice to dump some light/dark
monsters into the graveyard is advantageous if
you’re looking to summon BLS quickly *Fairy Meteor
Crush/Big Bang Shot…attack twice with trample and
*Actually, there are too many, let me just rant
about how good this card is.
When I saw this card I almost died because I play(ed)
control. This is like, THE ultimate control card of
all time. Period. Look at BLS. It has the same stats
as its twin CED, 3000/2500 which is enormous.
Combine that with the fact that BLS has 2 effects
like other cards such as Don Zaloog and the rest of
the scorpion gang. Except these two effects are
devastating in their own right. First of all, BLS
has a D.D. Warrior Lady like effect, removing a
monster from play. How is this good? SEVERAL
reasons. Right now almost every competitive deck out
there runs witch and sangan for searching. Many
others run shining angel or mystic tomato to thin
their deck as well. Others run stall cards such as
sinister serpent and spirit reaper, while others run
big flip effects like magician of faith or cyber
jar, or worse, fiber jar.
Why do I mention all of these monsters? Because they
are ALL (each and every one of them) countered by
Black Luster Soldier’s removal effect. He doesn’t
attack the monster, so no flip effects are
activated, they don’t die in battle for searching
effects, they don’t go to graveyard for witch/sangan
effects, spirit reaper is removed from the game
instead of staying out as a permanent wall, sinister
serpent isn’t going to be returning to the
opponent’s hand anytime soon, not to mention that
BLS can just literally remove any threat to himself,
like an opposing D.D. Warrior Lady, because if he
attacks her, he will end up getting removed himself
and therefore it is better to use the removal
effect. Or, say the opponent has a chaos monster out
of their own, instead of suiciding into another 3000
attack monster, he can just remove it and stay on
the field himself. As if this wasn’t bad enough
already, BLS has a secondary effect, where if he
destroys an opponent’s monster in battle he can
attack once more. First, let me clarify something,
if your opponent has 3 monsters out and you have
Black Luster Soldier, you can only destroy up to TWO
monsters with this effect, not all three. I.e. once
you have already attacked a second time, even though
you may destroy yet another monster, BLS is done
attacking. Alright, so this hayabusa knight - like
effect is VERY useful, no? The ability to attack
twice with a 3000 attack says “unless I run into
spirit reaper, labyrinth wall, or man eater bug
effects, I destroy two monsters with my one.” Nice
trade in my opinion. And your monster (BLS) stays on
WOW. Look to its name for an idea of its power -
envoy of the beginning.
Yea, the beginning of a long game of pain and
suffering for your opponent.
This Envoy deserves an award for something ;P Like,
most br0ken monster card ever ;P So what combos work
well with this emissary of pain? There aren’t any
game-locking combos such as with Chaos Emperor
Dragon, but I’d say it’s as good as game over if you
manage to get out a Black Luster Soldier and
Imperial Order onto the field. The only things to
worry about would be monster effects like,
Tribe-Infecting Virus, Jowgen the Spiritualist,
Exiled Force, or D.D. Warrior Lady. Still, it would
be a nice setup. Also, it would be good to use BLS
with other monsters who have good effects when they
damage your opponent’s life points, such as spirit
reaper or masked sorcerer, or of course, Yata-Garasu.
Indubitably, with BLS clearing the field but unable
to attack, these “little guys” can get through and
gain you advantage.
Constructed: 4/5, you have to gear your deck around
it a little, and graveyard disruption hurts, but
this card is simply DEVASTATING.
Limited: 5/5 First of all, this card is like
unbeatable once you get it out.
Second, it’s such an expensive card you can’t pass
it up. And third, all you need to do is draft
light/dark monsters to be able to play this in
I guarantee in the near future [every] deck will be
packing 1 of these.
I am warning everyone right now that this
review is going to be very Bias, due to the fact
that this is one of my Favorite Freaking Cards in
the entire game
Black Luster Solder: Envoy of the Beginning is part
of the Chaos Duo. I like to call these “Tournament
Legal God cards” as they are so freaking powerful.
Some may argue that Chaos Emperor Dragon is better
than the Soldier, but I however will have to
disagree. Black Luster Solder is meant to be a
fighting monster. Unlike Chaos Emperor Dragon where
he shines thought him leaving the field through his
Black Luster Soldier is incredibly easy to summon,
all you have to do is remove 1 Light and 1 Dark type
from your graveyard from play.
Finding dark types should be no problem, as most
decks already play with about 4-5 anyway. Now
finding good light types poses a small problem.
Right now there aren’t a lot of tournament winning
Light Monster Types. One of the only ones I can
think of right now is D.D Warrior Lady, and even
then her own effect gets in the way sometimes.
But when you get him onto the field this is where
his power comes in.
Black Luster Soldier has the stats of a Blue Eyes
White Dragon, however is MUCH easier to summon. He
has 2 effects, 1 is a second attack providing you
destroyed a monster in the first attack, OR you can
remove 1 monster from play. But you can only use 1
of the effects.
This is an AMAZING asset to Warrior decks, as well
as the new “Chaos” decks.
I’m giving this monster another perfect 5/5 because
of how damn awesome it is.
If you need any more information about Black Luster
Soldier, check out DM7’s article located (most
likely) in his CotD review he will most likely do.
Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning is
a Level 8 monster, but it’s only able to be
Special Summoned by its effect (I think?), so
this only matters if you encounter the odd
Gravity Bind deck or are insane and use it to
fuel a Ritual Summon. XD It’s a Light Warrior,
which is good-both have ample support. 3000 ATK
is great (not the highest, but up there) and a
good DEF (2500), though a lower DEF might have
been nice to make it searchable via Witch of the
Card Text (Effects):
This card can only be Special Summoned by
removing one Light and one Dark Monster in your
Graveyard from play. I can’t find the rulings
right now, so I am kinda of running blind here.
I thought this card could only be Special
Summoned, but its wording isn’t really clear (is
the restriction just on special summons, or on
all summons?). Still, its probably easier to
special Summon it this way than through a normal
summon, so that’s nice. Its second effect is
that you can use it to remove one monster on the
field from play, but can’t attack the turn you
do-useful, but not game breaking. The second
effect lets you attack again with this monster
right away if its first attack destroyed an
opposing monster. Since both effects are
preceded by the same restriction “Once during
each of your turns, you can select and activate
1 of the following effects”. As such, assume
that the second option just means one other
attack-even if destroy a second monster. Still,
a pretty nice effect if you know the first
monster is harmless to kill.
…okay, it’s a big, nasty “Chaos” monster, and
that is its use. In a deck that can handle it,
it will be a great way of gaining field
control. I can’t really think of any true
4.5/5-Not really a casual monster, though…
4/5-Maybe I am missing it, but this doesn’t seem
as potent as people have made it sound.
It’s a huge beatstick
that comes with some extra monster removal.
This is great, but a Mirror Force still kills
it, and it can’t destroy my Exiled for when I
summon it (yeah, I still use Exiled, at least
for now). If your opponent is not already on
the ropes with just a single monster on the
field, then yeah, this will help you. I guess
it sets up for Yata
4.5/5-Removal and a big
beatstick all in one!
feel like I’ve missed something, but right now,
it appears to be (say it with me now) a big
buit in monster
Black Luster Soldier -- Envoy of the Beginning
This card can only be Special Summoned by removing 1
LIGHT and 1 DARK
monster in your Graveyard from play. Once during
each of your turns,
you can select and activate 1 of the following
:- Remove 1 monster on the field from play. If you
effect, this card cannot attack this turn.
:- If this card destroyed your opponent's monster as
a result of
battle, it can attack once again in a row.
One of the two big daddies of the set -- this Ultra
sells for almost as
much as the hobby box Secret rare, Chaos Emperor
Dragon. CED is going
for about $30-32, and this holds steady at $25. If
you can get this in
cheap in a trade, be thankful.
The summoning isn't very difficult, only needing 1
light and 1 dark monster.
There are many cards that will help save you AND get
cards into the
Graveyard: Mystic Tomato, Shining Angel, Painful
Choice, and the like, to name a few.
If you're running more than 1 of this (before its
restriction), keep in
mind that he's Light himself, so if you dumped one,
you can use it as
food for another.
The effects are sweet. Either give up attacking and
flat-out remove a
monster, or get to attack twice -- the second attack
can even be
direct! This card is actually more versatile than
its Dragon friend,
but it will see a bit less play because of the
Things to watch out for when playing with the Chaos
*Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer. His effect would
disallow you from
removing the necessary cards to Special Summon this
*Necrovalley -- and Gravekeeper decks in general.
love to cut you off from your own Graveyard.
*Solemn Judgment -- would negate the summon, so you
wouldn't get to use
*Soul Release -- could prevent you from keeping the
mons in the
graveyard long enough.
*Disappear -- if you only have the one light or dark
monster, it can
prevent the summon.
*Big Burn -- nukes all monsters in Graveyards.
The issue on summoning this thing is not the amount
of Dark monsters,
but the Light. If you play Control, you already have
some of these:
Mystic Tomatoes, Don Zaloogs, Sangan, Witch, Magical
Spirit Reapers...for lights, you're stuck with DD
Warrior Lady (and if
you use her effect, you're kind of defeating the
of Faith, Shining Angel, and Reflect Bounder.
Thunder Dragon could
also be used (and is a good deck thinner) but
getting 2 in the opening draw BITES.
4.5/5 for versatility, easy summoning, and sick