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

Black Luster Soldier-Envoy of the Beginning
#IOC-025 

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: ˇRemove 1 monster on the field from play. If you activate this effect, this card cannot attack during this turn. ˇIf this card destroyed your opponent's monster as a result of battle, it can attack once again in a row.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 4.90
Advanced: 4.90 

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


Date Reviewed - Aug. 23, 2011

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Dark

Paladin
Tuesday

Black Luster Soldier--Envoy of the Beginning (remember him?) is a name I haven't heard in a long time...a long time.  (A million cool points to anyone who got that obscure, paraphrased reference.)  Anyway, I wrote an article about the return of Black Luster Soldier last week, touching on some ideas and thoughts I have, http://www.pojo.com/yu-gi-oh/FeaturedWriters/Dark_Paladin/2009/8-19-11.shtml so feel free to check out the link in there.  As I kinda was hinting at, our Envoy friend isn't a bad card, quite the contrary, but it just feels like after surviving and evolving so long without him, we don't need him back.  I honestly believe that while the Ban List overall was actually the best in a couple years, or more, certain cards just need to stay Banned...I usually have no problem with something returning from Ban Land, as it's fun (usually) when things return, only even for six months.  Yata, BLS, and CED should be permanently Banned, they all had ample time to wreak various havocs on various Formats.

Ratings:

4/5 all around, both Formats, for reasons ranted about, and gone over in the article...

Black Luster Soldier--Envoy of the Beginning is NOT the best card in this Format, just saying...and that's a fact!

Art:  5/5

Mark
Howard
Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning

That's right, people--Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning has been unbanned after six long years, heralding a format of nothing but Chaos monsters. Tour Guide, Sangan, Effect Veiler, Rai-Oh, Chaos Sorcerer at 3, and now this. As if 3000 ATK wasn't enough, you can banish any monster you don't like--including face-down ones. Or, if your opponent has nothing tricky out, you can attack twice, meaning a one turn kill if you have Honest in-hand.

BLS is absurd, and will be one of the new format's top threats. Prepare to see Chaos, Chaos, and absolutely nothing but Chaos. He's banishing all your monsters and even Effect Veiler can only stall his destruction. If you aren't running Chaos, you're using Thunder King Rai-Oh and a deck that can destroy this guy whenever he comes out. And the catch is that the new format will have almost no trap cards.

5/5
Art: You know it means you're dead.
Fun Fact; There is nothing fun about this card. Sorry.
Tomorrow: When I was your age, we made OTK's with this card.

Justin
YouTube
Channel

Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning, what else more is there to say? It’s back. This card has been forbidden for years and was never thought to see the light of day again. Hello Chaos, hello twilight, hello anything that runs lights and darks. A splashable boss monster with a joke of summoning requirement and an effect that is beyond game breaking, but any player should know this by heart. Once per turn you can remove from play an opponent’s monster or if it attacks and destroys a monster it can attack again in a row. Broken Broken Broken. An aside: with this newly limited and JD at three be quite prepared for the ignition ruling change (which is often misstated as the priority ruling change).
Rating:
Traditional: 5
Advanced: 5


Isca31
YouTube
Channel
Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning
Today we start looking at cards affected by the ban list. Leading off our discussion is Black Luster Solider. Since his Gold Series reprint back in July, everyone expected his return. Basically a powered-up Chaos Sorcerer, the Envoy is ridiculous. Not only does he have the same summoning conditions as Chaos Sorcerer, but he has more attack/defense, can remove face-down monsters with his effect, and can destroy a monster and attack again. There has been a lot of hype about Twilight this format and because BLS is light, he can even be brought back by Beckoning Light. I personally think he should have stayed banned (especially with Oppression gone), but we’ll see how this format goes. Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning is simply amazing.

Traditional: 5/5 (Since Chaos obviously wrecks here)
Advanced: 5/5

GrimroX
Makina

Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning

Everyone's worst fears of the format were true when the September 2011 Forbidden/Limited List was released: Black Luster Soldier was coming back. Many years back, before the creation of the F/L List, Chaos decks reigned supreme. And for good reason. This card and Chaos Emperor Dragon were arguably the two most broken cards in the game. Now with, BLS coming back and Chaos Sorcerer still at 3, Chaos decks can make a huge return to the meta. BLS can activate one of two effects once per turn. He can remove from play any 1 monster on the field. That's huge. It doesn't even have to be face-up. That effect basically lets him do the same thing as attacking without fear of Mirror Force or Dimensional Prison. Speaking of attacking, his other effect lets him attack twice per turn if he kills a monster in battle. With 3000 attack, and being able to be boosted by Honest, that effect is what lets him win games. Watch out for this guy. He will be making appearances at a lot of tables come next format.

Traditional: 5/5
Advanced: 5/5
Alchemist

Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning  
 
Is it the beginning of the end? Or the beginning of anew?
 
Well, welcome back to Chaos format! 
 
Today, we have a legendary monster show us it's powers once again. This fearsome monster stands at a crushing 3000ATK and a shield of 2500ATK. Who would have thought such a commanding soldier would appear once again. A Warrior of Light descends upon the meta from the forbidden list. Wait till you read it's effects. If it battles and destroys your opponent's monster by battle, it can attack once again, in a row. And it doesn't stop there; on top of that, it can also remove a monster on the field from play but cannot battle. All of this for a measly light and dark monster in your graveyard.
 
This VERSATILE monster can be placed into practically any deck. It's as easy as Tour Guide -> Sangan -> Effect Veiler.
 
Need a boss monster? Here you go. 
 
Oh, and don't worry bout that back row either. Best have that Effect Veiler handy.
 
 
Ratings:
 
Traditional: 4.9/5 (He is only a Soldier, not an Emperor.)
 
Advanced: 5/5 (Wish I can give it a higher rating....)
 
-September 1st, the second coming?


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