Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Dark Strike Fighter Errata, Utopia's final form (Updated 03/15/14)

Today we have a couple of stories that could mean BIG things for the future of the game! These are exciting times!

Remember when it was recently revealed and then confirmed that Catapult Turtle would receive an errata that officially changes his effect to a limit of once per turn?* Well, I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before, but there's a "Perfect Rulebook" coming to the OCG on April 4, and today the promo for it was revealed. It will be a reprint of none other than the infamous Dark Strike Fighter! But why reprint a banned card randomly, especially since book promos are usually brand-new cards? Will it be unbanned soon? The answer is very likely to be yes, because it turns out this new printing of Dark Strike Fighter ALSO contains errata that changes his effect to a once per turn limit.**

This story is really important, and not just because these two cards will most likely no longer pose a threat to the integrity of the game anymore. Personally, I think it's really suspicious that two cards with formerly problematic effects have been errata'd in such a short period of time - literally less than a month will pass between the release of the deck with Catapult Turtle and the planned release of this new rulebook. I think it might be possible that we're seeing the beginning of errata as a serious alternate method of controlling the game and making it less ridiculous. In the future, it might be increasingly likely that instead of banning or limiting a card, Konami will see the changing of its effect as an acceptable alternative solution to the problems a given card might cause for the game.

This seemed like not much more than a fairytale to me in the past, like when I wrote about how floodgate cards aren't good for the game and the then-bleak prospects for fixing it. But now? Well, I guess if this trend continues, then we've just opened up an entirely new avenue of balance in the game. A lot more is possible with this new approach.


The second thing I wanted to bring up is the release of two other promos in the OCG, one of them in particular:

Let's take a look at the guy on the left.

Number 39: Beyond the Hope
Light / Rank 6 / Warrior / 3000 / 2500
2 Level 6 monsters
(This card is treated as a “Utopia” card.) When this card is Xyz Summoned: Change the ATK of all monsters your opponent currently controls to 0. Once per turn, during either player’s turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 Xyz Monster you control, also target 1 “Utopia” monster in your Graveyard; banish the first target, and if you do, Special Summon the second target from your Graveyard. Then, you gain 1250 Life Points.


Honestly, we can just ignore a big part of the effect right now. The most significant impact I think this card brings to the game is the fact that there now exists (or will soon exist) a generic, two-material Rank 6 monster with 3000 ATK and the ability to completely invalidate ALL of the ATK points of your opponent's current field. That is just ridiculously good (and probably not even broken), and that's all I had to say about that. Also, his name and art are really cool too. Anyways, thanks for reading!

*03/12/14 Update:

The text change for Catapult Turtle is now listed on the TCG's official card database, so I'm guessing it pretty much takes effect in the TCG immediately. Change is good!


**03/15/14 Update:

The errata of Dark Strike Fighter is confirmed to also include a phrase that limits its activation to your Main Phase 1 only, making it even more balanced. Also, the card will become completely Unlimited in the OCG effective April 1.


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