Rivals of the Pharaoh is the 15th Duelist Pack that was released for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game. Like all Duelist Packs, it’s a smaller version of a regular set. Not only are there less cards in the entire set, the same can also be said for individual boosters. On the bright side, the 5 card packs tend to be a lot more affordable than boosters of the bigger releases.
While the previously released Duelist Pack was all about the Battle City story arch and the cards that played a bigger role in it, this time it’s all about the Pharaoh’s most challenging opponents (and their cards) in the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. Included will be some of Seto Kaiba’s signature cards, among them the new release Neutron Blast. It allows a Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon to attack thrice during the same Battle Phase, which will usually mean that the duel is over right then and there!
Other duelists that will be featured in the release are Yugi Muto, Yami Marik, Yami Bakura as well as Maximilian Pegasus. Bakura fans have plenty of reason to rejoice as the set will feature Dark Sanctuary. The card is a welcome addition for the “FINAL” archetype and might finally make it a viable choice.
The third and last confirmed new card is Lullaby of Obedience. For the price of 2000 LP, your opponent has to search his deck for a monster card that you declared; if he finds it, he has to choose whether you’re allowed to add it to your hand or special summon it to your side of the field (ignoring its summoning conditions). In many cases, you will happily pay the cost for its activation as many monsters can be game-deciding.
Overall, there will be 46 cards in the set and 11 of them have never been released before.