Dimension of Chaos is the sixth release in the ninth series of the Original Card Game (OCG), the Japanese version of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game. In total, that makes it the 57th regular Yu-Gi-Oh! release (not counting Structure Decks, Astral Packs, Tournament Packs, etc.). It follows Clash of Rebellions and provides a lot of support for the themes that were first introduced in that set, e.g. the Performages or the Igknights. The set after it will be Breakers of Shadow.
The release date of Dimension of Chaos is November the 5th in most of Europe, but some markets (like Portugal and Spain) will have to wait an additional day. The Sneak Peek took place on the weekend of October the 31st and November the 1st. The Sneak Peek promo card was DOCS-EN000 Samurai Cavalry of Reptier.
Like many sets before it, it introduces two brand new archetypes: The Graydle monsters as well as the Majespecters. It also establishes a new archetype that features existing cards (that couldn’t be considered an “archetype” before), revolving around the various incarnations of Black Luster Soldier.
In total, around 15 different archetypes receive support in Dimension of Chaos.
One of the new archetypes that is being introduced in Dimension of Chaos is the Graydle archetype. Their name seems to stem from the word “Gray”, a commonly used way to refer to small grey aliens with rather large heads (the kind that has been featured heavily in popular media). All of the Graydle monsters are WATER and Aqua-Type, which means they work well together with cards dedicated to the WATER archetype like Spiritual Water Art - Aoi. The ATK and DEF stats of the Graydle monsters that end up in your main deck always add up to 2000 points in total. That is why many of them don’t put up much of a fight in battle; a low DEF of 500 points will automatically result in an underwhelming ATK of 1500 points.
In many cases, you don’t want them to hang around on the field, though. After they got destroyed in battle or by a card effect, their effect kicks in and they allow you to equip a monster your opponent controls and use it against him as long as it is equipped with the Graydle monster.
The deck allows for some interesting Yu-Gi-Oh! combos; you can bring back Graydle Cobra with Call of the Haunted, use Magic Planter to get rid of Call and draw 2 cards in the process while also triggering the effect of the Cobra. That means you will then gain control of an opponent’s monster.
If you really want to ruin your opponent’s day, follow it up with Release Restraint Wave; in this case, your opponent will not just lose a monster, he will also lose his entire back row.
The Majespecters are the third Yu-Gi-Oh! deck heavily consisting of Pendulum Monsters. In a way, they feel like the polar opposite of the Igknights. While all of the Igknights were Normal Monsters that had a Pendulum effect, all of the Majespecters are Effect Monsters without a Pendulum effect.
It is a super consistent YGO archetype as all of the monsters allow you to search your deck for another “Majespecter” card during the End Phase of the turn in which they were summoned to the field. Unfortunately, their stats don’t necessarily allow them to trade favorably, so you’ll have to make use of their supporting cards to get an obstacle out of the way.
Fortunately, thanks to Majespecter Storm, Majespecter Cyclone and Majespecter Tornado, they have 3 different ways to get rid of opposing monsters. Since you can either shuffle them back into the deck or banish them altogether, you will have a way to combat every popular Yu-Gi-Oh! deck that’s winning tournaments.
While you have to Tribute the monsters to activate these cards, keep in mind that they end up in your Extra Deck, so you can simply Pendulum Summon them back to the field to get an additional use out of them later on!
As mentioned above, Konami continues the trend of revisiting classic cards that have popped up in the original anime and they now design entire archetypes around them. After Joey’s beloved Red-Eyes Black Dragon received some new cards in Crossroads of Chaos, this time it’s Yugi’s Black Luster Soldier that’s seeing some new support.
Black Luster Soldier - Super Soldier can dish out plenty of damage with its hefty 3000 ATK and its effect that deals damage to your opponent after destroying a monster in battle. Normally, Ritual Monsters are not that playable, but thanks to the Ritual Spell Super Soldier Ritual, this won’t be much of a problem for the archetype. You can simply banish it together with a LIGHT and a DARK monster from your Graveyard to Special Summon a Black Luster Soldier Ritual Monster from your hand.
The cover card of the set also happens to be the Ghost Rare: Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend. It can easily wipe the field and destroy all Special Summoned Effect Monsters with less or equal ATK and on top of that, inflict 500 damage to your opponent for each monster destroyed.