Abyss Script - Fire Dragon’s Lair ———————————————— Target 1 “Abyss Actor” monster you control; if it destroys your opponent’s monster by battle this turn, your opponent banishes 3 monsters from their Extra Deck (their choice). If this Set card in its owner’s control is destroyed by an opponent’s card effect, and you have a face-up “Abyss Actor” Pendulum Monster in your Extra Deck: You can look at your opponent’s Extra Deck, also banish 1 monster from their Extra Deck. You can only use this effect of “Abyss Script - Fire Dragon’s Lair” once per turn. ———————————————— Can Be Found In: Destiny Soldiers (DESO-EN025)
Archetypes mainly involve a set of cards sharing a word or title with abilities creating sinergy with each other. However, in some cases archetypes are split in several groups, dividing the support they can work with between each other. Some of them are monsters from different categories which sometimes gain support from weaker creatures for their summons and boosts, while in other cases it refers to the Spells and Traps it works arround the archetype. While might split some of the options arround the archetype compared to other builds completely arround a single name, in most cases they won’t have difficulties to manage their splitted resources.
“Abyss Script - Fire Dragon’s Lair” is one of the many Spells Cards supporting the Abyss Actor archetype, a build taking full advantage of all the mechanics involving Pendulum Summons. “Fire Dragon’s Lair” is a temporal push to gain further results before the opponent 9is able to answer against our strategy, as after targetting an Abyss Actor and this monster destroys another in battle it will force the opponent to banish three monsters from their Extra Deck. Abyss Scripts have a secondary effect when destroyed while Set and “Fire Dragon’s Lair” is no exception, as if that happens while we have atleast one face-up Abyss Actor in our Extra Deck it will make the opponent to banish a monster in their Extra Deck. So in resume “Fire Dragon’s Lair” provides two abilities to cripple the main source for big summons many builds depends on nowadays, one once we are on the lead and a weaker alternative in case the opponent has the advantage at the moment.
Abyss Scripts are supported enough to become available when needed the most, timing the use of “Fire Dragon’s Lair” when one of its two effects becomes the most effective. The big plays arround the archetype will come from summoning “Abyss Actor - Superstar”, one of the strongest members in the build as well able to Set “Fire Dragon’s Lair” directly from the Deck for an immediate activation. “Abyss Actor - Leading Lady” takes a risker route to obtain Abyss Scripts, as it happens once is destroyed while in the Monster Zone by an attack or effect to Set “Fire Dragon’s Lair” in response. Last, “Abyss Script - Rise of the Abyss King” is usually the finisher of most setups involving, but if something goes wrong and is destroyed while Set will allow us to obtain “Fire Dragon’s Lair” along another Abyss Script or an Abyss Actor.
Abyss Actors won’t have many difficulties to prepare a monster strong enough to work along “Fire Dragon’s Lair” effect. The previously mentioned “Abyss Actor - Superstar” will get the Abyss Script once summoned, and with a respectable ATK it will be able to take down a weak enemy to end banishing Extra Deck cards in return. “Abyss Actor - Evil Heel” is a safer alternative to achieve the Abyss Script’s effect, not only for having the highest ATK in the archetype but also weakening enemies upon arrival to have the upper hand in most battles. The third most dependant option is “Abyss Actor - Wild Hope” or “Abyss Actor - Funky Comedian”, taking advantage of Pendulum Summons as boosts their stats for each other Abyss Actor in our field. Finally, “Abyss Actor - Curtain Raiser” takes the opposite approach and boosts itself if alone on the board, becoming a good start in our Duels. Obviously we cannot depend on brute force alone to take down certain monsters and countermeasures the opponent might have, so we might need further assistance of cards like “Enemy Controller” and “Forbidden Lance” to gain the upper hand in battle, or cards like “Abyss Prop - Wild Wagon” protecting our Abyss Actors from targetting effects. Don’t forget that “Fire Dragon’s Lair” will provide a weaker version of its main effect if destroyed while Set, becoming bait of removal effects while our Abyss Actors wait in our Extra Deck for a comeback next turn.
With almost every Deck nowadays being heavily dependant of the Extra Deck, a card like “Abyss Script - Fire Dragon’s Lair” becomes a dangerous Anti-Meta tool to shut down many strategies before is too late. With various Abyss Actors capable of overcome enemies on their own and/or a little push of other effects, “Fire Dragon’s Lair” can severely damage many Decks by reducing their big summons and even Pendulum Monster setups if any. The problem is not that might require some proper timing to be played efficiently, but the fact the opponent can choose which cards will be banished and thus sparing their best summons while getting rid of the least important monsters. Still, with many opportunities to achieve its main effect in an archetype easily able to overwhelm the opponent with its Pendulum Summons, there’s a good chance of using up to three copies of “Fire Dragon’s Lair” and almost empty out the opponent’s Extra Deck as a result.
Personal Rating: B+
+ Banishes cards in the opponent’s Extra Deck if an Abyss Actor destroys a monster in battle + A weaker yet cheaper banishing effect if is destroyed while Set + Well supported to obtain the best setups arround its effect
- The opponent chooses which card(s) will be banished - Slightly situational
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