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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day

Swords of Concealing Light
Ultimate Rare

When you activate this card, change all monsters on your opponent's side of the field to face-down Defense Position. As long as this card remains face-up on the field, monsters on your opponent's side of the field cannot change their Battle Position. Destroy this card during your 2nd Standby Phase after activation.

Type - Spell
Card Number - FET-EN042 

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.45
Advanced: 3.41

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.


Date Reviewed - 04.07.05

 
Snapper Swords of Concealing Light

Today’s card is Swords of Concealing Light, a card many people were expecting to be Limited at the very least. Let’s see why.

Right off the bat SoCL appears to be similar to Swords of Revealing Light whether it’s the name, the picture, or the effect itself. When activated SoCL changes all monsters on the opponent’s side of the field to face-down Defense Position. While on the field SoCL also prevents the opponent from manually changing the position of any of their monsters. The first effect is arguably the best one SoCL has to offer, and this is because of its similarities to Book of Moon. With this effect you can turn a face-up Jinzo into face-down Nobleman of Crossout bait and make Traps available to you once again. You can also use this effect to make BLS an easy to kill target and stop it from using its effect for the next few turns. While you do run the risk of putting a monster that activates when flipped face-up, the prospect of putting all of the opponent’s monsters on the defensive is a great benefit.

This brings us to the second effect; the TER directed at the opponent. While active, SoCL will stop the opponent from changing battle tactics. Any monsters you just flipped face-down will stay as they are, and any monsters your opponent summons to attack you with will be unable to go on the defensive. Of course this effect only prevents your opponent from manually changing the Positions of their monsters, so they can still use a Book of Taiyou or a real Book of Moon. But it’s unlikely that the opponent will use one of these Books, so they’ll need to live with an inability to have their monsters in the ideal position for a few turns.

The final effect isn’t much of an effect at all; it only decides when SoCL has overstayed its welcome. During your second Standby Phase after SoCL is activated SoCL is destroyed. However if you somehow manage to skip your Standby Phase, which can currently only be accomplished through Solomon’s Lawbook, SoCL will remain on the field until it meets its demise through a MST or Breaker. All in all SoCL is a card that could be used in every Deck or Side Deck and would most likely benefit you. I myself use it in my Fiend and Beast Decks so as to take full advantage of the effects of Shadowslayer or Enraged Battle Ox. Don’t know what they do? Look it up!

Advanced: 4/5. Great card. Nothing to comment on.
Traditional: 3/5. Being a Continuous Spell, it can full prey to the large amount of S/T removal available before it’s reached its full strength, so be careful.
Overall: 3.5/5.
Art: 2/5. It’s the evil SoRL… Uwwwww… I’m a ghost for some reason… Uwwwww!
 
ExMinion OfDarkness Swords of Concealing Light

There are a lot of great combos with this, but when I see it, I think...overhyped.

This card, like Deck Devastation Virus, has its effect separated into multiple parts -- upon activation, the opponent's monsters are flipped face-down. From then on, until the end of the 2nd turn, no monsters can change modes. Note: This card DOES NOT force a monster played after the activation to go into face-down Defense...and this card DOES NOT block attacks from those new monsters.

I see this card having a few small uses -- obviously, it combos well with Nobleman of Crossout, and it also allows the player to kill a defensively weak monster. However, since it doesn't actually block attacks, and it only lasts 2 turns unlike the Revealing, I don't see it getting a lot of play except by the potential Trample deck.

Sorry for the short review today -- hopefully some of the other CotD reviews will give a better outlook on combos for this card.

2.25/5
 

Coin Flip
Swords of Concealing Light is a paradox of a card name. Concealing stuff is not what light does. Generally, it illuminates or destroys concealment.

Regardless, that doesn't stop it from adding to the superb normal rares from Flaming Eternity. Chiron, Phoenix Wing Wind Blast, Swords of Concealing Light, and (it is entirely possible) Penalty Game! All are fairly good, though I still have yet to judge the lock factor of Penalty Game.

SoCL is great. Flipping monsters into a position they don't like for Nobleman is okay, but in a Mystic Swordsman deck, this is flipping unbelievable. Instead of being unable to attack, your opponent's monsters cannot change their mode. If you can abuse the Tsuku + MoF combo to reuse this and tie Mystic Swordsman LV2 in, you've got yourself something that could be fairly effective.

General:
Traditional: Probably not worth it/5 (2.1/5, since it's still good here)
Advanced: 3.1/5

Mystic Swordsman LV2/Tsukuyomi deck:
Traditional: 3.8/5 (where it might not be worth it to play it over some other cards.)
Advanced: 4.2/5 (Almost better than Book of Moon in this deck and this format.)
 
Tranorix Swords of Concealing Light

This is an interesting card, but people keep misinterpreting its effect. First of all, this will NOT stop your opponent’s monsters from attacking. If your opponent decides to summon a monster while you still have Swords on the field, he can attack with it.

What it DOES do is change all of the monsters your opponent currently has on the field to face-down Defense Position, and then it prevents them from changing. A nice little trick is to play Solomon’s Lawbook to skip the Standby Phase that’d kill your Swords; then they’ll stay on the field indefinitely.

So, what does this card help? It’s nice for Trample Decks. You get the monsters into Defense Position and you can run into them with Spear Dragons, Enraged Battle Oxes, Airknight Parshaths and all of that rentsy nonsense. It’s also good for Mystic Swordsman Decks. And it’s at least decent in generally any deck that likes to use Nobleman of Crossout a lot.

Should you run it? There’s really no harm in trying. It probably won’t hurt you.

Traditional – CCCC: 3/5
Traditional – Trample: 4/5
Advanced – CCWC: 3.5/5
Advanced – Trample: 4.5/5
OVERALL RATING: 3.8/5
 
dawnyoshi Okay, today features the opposite of our long-time LOB spell, Swords of Revealing Light. Concealing Light basically "hides" your opponent's monsters, and they cannot switch modes. Seeing as how the current advanced environment loves main decking two noblemen of crossout, this card has some seriously potential.

Of course, it doesn't protect you from monsters summoned after Concealed is played in attack mode, so those combos you were going for, or if you were looking to abuse Mystic Swordsman lv2/lv4, then good luck. It may be a real challenge. Oh, and this card is a dud in traditional with more spell/trap removal (IE. Duster) available. In limited, this card is the most solid method of removing any actual threat, and should almost always be a first round draft pick.

Traditional: 1.5/5
Advanced: 3/5
Limited: 4.5/5
 
Dark Paladin Swords of Concealing Light

This card is pure awesomeness. I would best see this used when your opponet has a bunch of strong monsters on the field. Flip their Jinzo, Vampire Lord, even BLS into face down defense and destroy them with your weaker creatures.
Watch
your Kycoo, Gemini Elf, and the like take out your opponent's tribute monsters!
Isn't that evil?

Sadly, you will need something MUCH stronger to take out BLS, even in defense since he has 2500. I'd use DMoC or something. Even better, once your opponent's monsters are switched to defense mode, they can't be changed!

I see this card as a welcome helper to burn/beatdown heavy-hitter decks because this makes their job all the easier. Combine this with a Big Bang Shot, Fairy Meteor Crush, or the like for some added trample.

Conclusion: I look forward to pummling powerhouses with wimps.

Ratings:

Traditional: 3.0/5
Advanced: 4.1/5
Limited: 3.4/5 You may not need it here.

You stay classy, Planet Earth :)
 

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