We're almost two weeks into 2023, and we already have some neat additions to the game. The big one is the Heroic Warriors Selection Pack, which adds the Libromancer and Therion archetypes to the game, while also giving some more support to Vendread, Heroic, and Symphonic decks. We also have an update to the Sky Striker/Matchmech Secret Pack, adding 4 cards to it. Finally, there's Recollection of the Story, a pack focused on Solo Gate archetypes with no new cards. Let's get into it!
Recollection of the Story
Let's get this one out of the way. This pack contains cards from Solo Mode archetypes, including Monarch, Beetrooper, Dinomist, Gladiator Beast, and more. There aren't really enough cards from each archetype here to make a deck, and most of these archetypes have Secret Packs, so it's probably better to spend your Gems there. The one notable exception are Beetroopers, but this particular pack only contains 1 of their 3 URs, and 1 out of 2 URs that the pack that introduced them had. Overall, skip this one.
Singular Strike Overthrow Pack
Now things are getting interesting! This is a Secret Pack that was in the game since its launch, and focuses on the Sky Striker and Mathmech archetypes. We won't list all the cards in the pack, only the 4 new ones that were added:
- Mathmech Circular (UR)
- Sky Stiker:
Sky Striker is a Link Summoning archetype that focuses on getting out Link-1 Monsters and generating card advantage via the Spells. Meanwhile, the Mathmech archetype is comprised of Level 4 Cyberse Monsters aiming to Synchro, Xyz and Link Summon in order to OTK the opponent.
The main selection pack, which introduces two new archetypes to Master Duel and offers support for 3 others. We'll talk about each archetype in the following sections, with a list of cards from the pack ordered by card type and name.
A Ritual archetype that's inspired by various types of books (comic books, storybooks, novels etc.) Their main gimmick is that your Ritual Monsters gain additional effects when your monsters that are already on the field are used for the Ritual Summoning.
|Libromancer Agent||Effect Monster||R||New|
|Libromancer Fire||Effect Monster||UR||New|
|Libromancer Geek Boy||Effect Monster||SR||New|
|Libromancer Magigirl||Effect Monster||R||New|
|Libromancer Doombroker||Ritual Monster||UR||New|
|Libromancer Fireburst||Ritual Monster||UR||New|
|Libromancer Firestarter||Ritual Monster||R||New|
|Libromancer Mystigirl||Ritual Monster||SR||New|
|Libromancer First Appearance||Field Spell||UR||New|
|Libromancer Realized||Continuous Spell||R||New|
|Libromancer Bonded||Ritual Spell||R||New|
|Libromancer Displaced||Normal Trap||SR||New|
|Libromancer Intervention||Normal Trap||SR||New|
|Libromancer Prevented||Continuous Trap||N||New|
An archetype of high-level monsters that revolve around equipping themselves to each-other. Each Therion Monster has a primary effect where it can be Special Summoned by equipping another Therion or a card of the same Type from the graveyard, and a secondary effect that also applies to the monsters they're equipped to. The major exception to this rule is the aptly named Therion Irregular, which can be Special Summoned by equipping 3 Therions from the GY to it, or by swapping places to another monster it's equipped to.
|Therion "Bull" Ain||Effect Monster||N||New|
|Therion "Duke" Yul||Effect Monster||N||New|
|Therion "Empress" Alasia||Effect Monster||SR||New|
|Therion "King" Regulus||Effect Monster||UR||New|
|Therion "Lily" Borea||Effect Monster||SR||New|
|Therion "Reaper" Fum||Effect Monster||R||New|
|Therion Irregular||Effect Monster||UR||New|
|Therion Discolosseum||Field Spell||UR||New|
|Endless Engine Argyro System||Normal Spell||UR||New|
|Therion Charge||Normal Spell||SR||New|
|Therion Cross||Normal Trap||SR||New|
|Therion Stand Up!||Normal Trap||N||New|
An archetype of mostly EARTH Warrior Monsters that focus on swarming the field in order to summon their Xyz Monsters. The archetype gets 6 new cards to boost their numbers, 2 Effect Monsters, 2 Xyz Monsters, and 2 Spells.
|Heroic Challenger - Ambush Soldier||Effect Monster||N|
|Heroic Challenger - Assault Halberd||Effect Monster||SR|
|Heroic Challenger - Clasp Sword||Effect Monster||N|
|Heroic Challenger - Double Lance||Effect Monster||R|
|Heroic Challenger - Extra Sword||Effect Monster||R|
|Heroic Challenger - Knuckle Sword||Effect Monster||N||New|
|Heroic Challenger - Morning Star||Effect Monster||SR||New|
|Heroic Challenger - Night Watchman||Effect Monster||N|
|Heroic Challenger - Spartan||Effect Monster||N|
|Heroic Challenger - Swordshield||Effect Monster||R|
|Heroic Champion - Claivesolish||Xyz Monster||UR||New|
|Heroic Champion - Jarngreipr||Xyz Monster||N||New|
|Heroic Call||Normal Spell||UR||New|
|Heroic Chance||Normal Spell||N|
|Heroic Envoy||Normal Spell||UR||New|
|Heroic Advance||Normal Trap||N|
|Heroic Retribution Sword||Normal Trap||R|
An archetype of Pendulum Monsters inspired by various musical instruments. It gets 4 new cards, including a Synchro Pendulum Monster.
|Symphonic Warrior Basses||Effect Monster||N|
|Symphonic Warrior DJJ||Effect Pendulum Monster||R||New|
|Symphonic Warrior Drumss||Effect Monster||N|
|Symphonic Warrior Guitaar||Effect Pendulum Monster||SR|
|Symphonic Warrior Guitariss||Effect Pendulum Monster||N||New|
|Symphonic Warrior Miccs||Effect Pendulum Monster||R|
|Symphonic Warrior Piaano||Effect Monster||N|
|Symphonic Warrior Synthess||Effect Monster||N|
|Symphonic Warrior Rockks||Synchro Pendulum Monster||SR||New|
|Symph Amplifire||Continuous Spell||R|
Another Ritual archetype, this one themed around a zombie apocalypse. Not much going on with only 3 new cards, but at least the good ones are lower rarity.
|Scar of the Vendread||Effect Monster||R||New|
|Vendread Core||Effect Monster||R|
|Vendread Houndhorde||Effect Monster||N|
|Vendread Revenants||Effect Monster||N|
|Vendread Striges||Effect Monster||N|
|Avendread Savior||Link Monster||UR|
|Revendread Executor||Ritual Monster||SR|
|Revendread Slayer||Ritual Monster||R|
|Vendread Scavenger||Ritual Monster||UR||New|
|Vendread Charge||Quick-Play Spell||R|
|Ravenous Vendread||Ritual Spell||SR||New|
|Revendread Evolution||Ritual Spell||N|
|Revendread Origin||Ritual Spell||R|
|Vendread Reunion||Normal Trap||N|
|Vendread Revolution||Normal Trap||N|
Those are cards that do not belong to a specific archetype, but are cards that can be run in a wide variety of decks (most of the ones in the pack help with Ritual of Xyz Summoning). The only exception is Infernoble Knight Oliver, who belongs to the Noble Knight archetype, but can also be used in other Warrior decks.
|Infernoble Knight Oliver||Effect Monster||N|
|Manju of the Ten Thousand Hands||Effect Monster||R|
|Parallel eXceed||Effect Monster||N|
|Rose Paladin||Effect Monster||N|
|Sphere Kuriboh||Effect Monster||N|
|Cyberse Magician||Ritual Monster||N|
|Paladin of Storm Dragon||Ritual Monster||N|
|Ashura King||Xyz Monster||SR||New|
|Pre-Preparation of Rites||Normal Spell||SR|
|Ritual Cage||Continuous Spell||N|
|Execution of the Contract||Equip Spell||N|
|Cynet Ritual||Ritual Spell||N|
|Tribe Drive||Normal Trap||N|
|Showdown of the Secret Sense Scroll Techniques||Counter Trap||N|
Did you spot some interesting cards? Will Libromancer or Therion be your new favorite deck? Let us know down in the comments!
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