Invasion: Vengeance is the name of the 61st release of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game. The Japanese version of the set that was released in the Original Card Game (OCG) back in July was called Invasion of Venom, leading to confusion among fans that are trying to learn more about the contents of the set when looking for the Japanese counterpart.
At the moment, the 3rd of November has been given out as the release date for the set, so the Sneak Peeks will most likely take place at the end of October, e.g. at the 29th and 30th.
It has already been confirmed that the set will feature new cards for the TCG exclusive “SPYRAL” archetype and the “Subterror” monsters can also look forward to some new blood. Additionally, many older archetypes will receive some love, among them the “Alien”, “Cipher”, “Cyber Angel”, “Qli”, “Yang Zing” and “Tellarknight” monster families. On top of all that, the set will also feature 3 brand new archetypes that will first be introduced to the game.
The “Chemical Beasts” are made up of Level 2 and Level 8 Gemini monsters. The combined ATK and DEF is always 2100 for the Level 2 monsters and 3000 for the Level 8 monsters. While Gemini monsters haven’t exactly been a force to be reckoned with in the past, the new archetype has a number of effects to enable the combos of their monsters without you having to give up your Normal Summon.
It’s too early to tell whether the game mechanic will finally be able to keep up with the quick pace of the Pendulum decks, but it certainly has a lot of potential.
Over the past few months, Pendulum decks kept dominating the competitive scene. With the “Crystron” Monsters, there’s now hope for a return of the Synchro Monsters as they can easily Special Summon the missing piece - whether it’s a Tuner or a Non-Tuner. This way, you can perform Synchro Summons without giving up a card and as long as the deck will have access to some of the more powerful Synchro Monsters, it will easily be able to play a role at larger tournaments.
The “Predator Plants” are all DARK Plants that try to put counters on opposing monsters. These counters will make the opponent’s monsters Level 1 so they will have a hard time Synchro, Ritual or Xyz Summoning their best monsters. In the past, decks based on similar strategies didn’t tend to do well (the Cloudians come to mind), but maybe the Predator Plants have enough tricks up their sleeve to prove all the doubters wrong.