If this card is
face-up on the field, you cannot use it for a
Synchro Summon. If this card is in your Graveyard,
you can remove from play this card plus 1 non-Tuner
"Blackwing" monster in your Graveyard, and Special
Summon 1 "Blackwing " Synchro Monster from your
Extra Deck whose Level equal the total Levels of the
removed monsters. The effect(s) of that Synchro
Monster is negated.
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.
3 is average.
5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 08.28.09
I saved the best for last, so closing out the week
is Blackwing-Vayu the Emblem of Honor, a Level 1
Dark monster who is a Winged-Beast type and a Tuner
with 800 attack and 0 defense, but the stats here
are fairly irrelevant, minus being a Tuner.
Now, oddly enough, despite being a Tuner, you can't
use this card for a Synchro Summon if it's face-up
on the Field. However, it does have the unique
ability of being able to be used for Synchro Summon
if in the Graveyard.
So you can remove this card from your Graveyard, and
one other non-Tuner Blackwing monster to Synchro
Summon a Blackwing monster from the Extra Deck whose
level equals those of the removed monsters. The only
downside is the effect(s) of said Synchro monster
Blackwing-Vayu, the Emblem
SUCH a better name than the Japanese translation.
Vayu boasts an ATK 0f 800 and a DEF of 0. He is a
level 1 Tuner of the DARK WInged-Beast persuasion.
The stats do not betray his awesomeness as the chase
card of ANPR.
The effect is very much like Plaguspreader ZOmbi,
only WAAAAAAAY better. First off you cannot use him
in a Synchro Summon while he is face-up on the
field. This limits the abuse that he can inflict
upon your opponent. While he is in the gravetard,
you can remove him and another Blackwing from play
to Special Summon a Blackwing monster of equal level
stars from your Synchro Deck with it's effects
This was a staple of the Vayu Turbo deck which used
Graveyard effects to burn an opponent to death with
Dark Strike Fighter. The idea was to discard Vayu,
Sirocco or Elphin with Dark Grepher and send it's
counterpart to the graveyard from your deck with
Grepher. This would allow for a Synchro Summon of
Armed Wing or Armor Master for tribute or attack.
The current Blackwing deck will probably utilize a
pair or even a trio of these guys in order to get of
essentially free Summons of Armor Master and Armed
Wing to beat face with in addition to other
Blackwing shenanigans. There is a reason that this
card is going for 40 bucks on ebay, it will be a
real feather in Blackwing's proverbial cap in the
Today’s card up for review is Blackwing-Vayu
The Emblem Of Honor, aka the only card that people
are caring about from Ancient Prophecy. This guy is
an okay card, but is overhyped. People are even
saying that because Gale went to one per deck on the
new banlist, you can add two of this guy and the
deck is fine. HAHA, that’s a good one. Gale was a
wrecking ball, nothing is gonna be able to do what
he did. The main purpose of Vayu though is to dump
him in the grave via Dark Grepher, and synchro like
crazy with Burial From The Different Dimension.
There is a problem here though. Dark Strike Fighter
was the big part of the deck, and I have even seen
the deck FTK. But now that he is gone, you can still
spam the field, but it isn’t even the same. A simple
Soul Exchange and Raiza wrecks the field, or even
Torrential/Mirror Force. The deck is fun for sure,
but I don’t see it as being competitive, especially
with Perfect Circle being revived, and Lightsworn
not getting touched by the new banlist. But hey, who
knows, this is yugioh, so anything could happen
Emblem of Honor ...
God, I love Blackwings. And this card only
reinforces that love affair. What it does is
relatively simple enough, but it takes advantage of
one of the best and most frustrating (for your
opponent) game mechanics that exists ... and that's
shooting from your Graveyard. Everyone knows that
sense of annoyance when Treeborn Frog hits your
opponents grave. And u know that added sense of
security u feel when u've got a Necro Gardna in your
own grave. Its the knowing that "worse case
scenario"? - U can always use his effect to pull ur
butt out of a tough spot. Shooting from the grave.
Vayu does this too, and in a way that no other
monster has done before. It can Synchro from the
grave. How awesome is THAT?!?!? Now there ARE
limitations, but they arent HUGE, so long as u are
actually PLAYING a Blackwing deck with him. He can
only tune with ONE other Blackwing Monster to create
a Blackwing Synchro. Meaning his actual targets for
creation are limited as well as the "one" monster u
can use for the Synchro, given the actual LEVEL of
available Blackwing Synchro monsters and that Vayu
himself is only 1 star.
But getting past that - it can lay the ground work
for some big moves, and very likely some OTKs. i.e.
- tribute Elphin (and his 6 stars) with Icarus
Attack to clear your opponents field. Hopefully u
already have Vayu in there, and poof! - Instant
Armor Master. And u havent normal summoned or
special summoned or ANYTHING yet.
I see big things in Vayu's future. especially as
more Blackwing Synchros get released.
uhm ... yeah. Thumbs up.
N o V a
We'll finish the week
with Ancient Prophecy's "Plaguespreader Zombie".
Blackwing - Vayu the Emblem of Honor is basically
the new Plaguespreader Zombie, both in rarity for
the set and a more popular themed card. VayuSynchro
is the rumored top deck for the new format coming
September. Cards such as Armageddon Knight, Dark
Grepher and maybe even Foolish Burial will be the
major cards used to dump Vayu to the graveyard.
Burial from a Different Dimension has once again
become a big card too. From first returning Mezuki(s)
and Plaguespreader(s) to the graveyard in Zombies to
now returning Vayu and materials used with Vayu to
re-synchro. Now im not saying this is likely, but
imagine someone pulling off 3 Burials, Dark Grepher
and at least 1 more dark monster in their opening
hand. Sure, you can already see where that would be
going and first turn it'd be rather stupid, but this
is just an example so dont get your undies in a
knot. The deck with just 1 or 2 Burials in hand at
any given time with Vayu and another
Blackwing(usually Sirocco, Armed Wing or Armor
Master) in the graveyard, just means for multiple
synchro summoning in one turn. Now, I've kinda gone
on about how "awesome" this card is, when its so
very very easily stopped. There are 2 cards that
will start seeing side deck if not main deck play.
Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer and Imperial Iron Wall.
Both of these cards prevent cards from being removed
from play. Kycoo is however limited to just removing
cards from the graveyard but removes their cards
before they can use them to Synchro Summon or
in-graveyard Necro Gardnas. Vayu will be a big card
for sure, but there are ways around it. Just be sure
to side in for it if you dont have anything mained
to stop it.
This card is incredibly versatile. It works in
regular Blackwing decks because it provides the
extra Whirlwind search. It works in its own deck
based around Dark Grepher and/or Armageddon Knight.
It's difficult to tell how effective the “Vayu
Turbo” deck will be but my rough prediction is the
strategy has enough gas to at least make a solid
showing at SJC events.
Grepher + almost any DARK in hand turns into an easy
4000 damage. Throw in a Burial and suddenly you're
doing 6300 on an open field. A three card combo for
that much damage is no laughing matter. We will see
how this card develops. I have not tested it yet,
but it has amazing potential to be certain!
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