Quick-Play Spell Card
Target 1 face-up Xyz Monster your opponent controls that has Xyz Material; detach all Xyz Materials from it, and if you do, return it to the Extra Deck, then, if there is a Monster Card in the Graveyard among those detached Xyz Materials, Special Summon as many of those monsters as possible from the Graveyard to your opponent's side of the field in face-up Defense Position. Their Levels are reduced by 1 on the field. Cards and effects cannot be activated in response to this card's activation.
So what do you guys think? Personally, I think if they were going for an Xyz removal card they didn't need to put in all of the stuff about Special Summoning the monsters back to the field. I have absolutely no idea where that clause came from; it looks like overbalancing on the part of Konami. If I were to rewrite the card, it'd look something like this:
Target 1 face-up Xyz Monster your opponent controls that has Xyz Material; take 1000 damage and banish that card. Cards and effects cannot be activated in response to this card's activation.
Much better, right? But either way, it's a very devastating card against Evilswarm. I take comfort in knowing that even if Evilswarm isn't hit on the Sep. 2013 banlist (which is very likely), there will still be this new card to combat them. Plus, there's not even an answer to it! It's extremely rare that we see that clause used on a card. This is exactly what all of the people who play Fusion, Ritual, Synchro or otherwise high-level based decks needed. Of course you still have to draw it, but I'm very excited either way.
But outside of Evilswarm or other Xyz-oriented lockdown decks like Dino Rabbit, I haven't figured out too many ace uses for this card yet. The fact that it basically gives your opponent a refund of their monsters, even one level lower, is really unappealing.
So what do you guys think? Is Xyz Encore a great new card with a lot of potential, or just another failure by Konami due to their habit of overbalancing cards? Leave a comment and let me know. Thanks for reading!