Set Information

Lightning Overdrive Strikes the Yu-Gi-Oh! Format

3 June 2021 marks the release of the second main set in 2021 for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. Lightning Overdrive is the latest set filled to the brim with new support for existing themes like Utopia and ZW, Paleozoic, and Black Rose, as well as the brand new Amazement theme. A deck based around a themed park and its attractions that have different effects depending on who’s turn it is makes for new exciting gameplay. The Lightning Overdrive set contains 10 secret rares, 14 ultra rares, 26 super rares, 50 commons and five cards will also be available as starlight rares.

Tri-Brigade Gains a Heavy Hitter

Tri-Brigade is a very solid engine to boost any deck that uses Beast, Beast-Warrior, and Winged Beast monsters with their ability to Link Summon from the graveyard by banishing materials. This archetype gains a powerful new ally in Lightning Overdrive called: Tri-Brigade Bearbrumm the Rampant Rampager.

Bearbrumm is a Link 2 requiring two Tri-Brigade monsters. Discarding two cards lets you Special Summon one of your banished Level 4 or lower Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monsters. This gives you both materials for a Link 3 monster on the field, as well as more fuel for other Link monsters to summon with the Tri-Brigade effects in the graveyard. This also opens up some combo plays with some familiar faces that will make a comeback in Lightning Overdrive - the Bujins!

The Bujins is another archetype revolving around Beast and Beast-Warriors that want a lot of their cards in the graveyard. The new Bujin Mahitotsu has two effects: (1) sending a Bujin from your hand to grave, then add another from your grave to your hand, or (2) banish a Bujin in your grave to send another from your deck to the graveyard. Bujin has proved itself to be a very powerful deck in the past, and with the added support of the Tri-Brigade cards, they might even make a huge comeback!

Legacy Support Shifting into Overdrive

Like a lot of recent sets, support for older themes is always welcome with open arms!

First let’s take a look at the new Link monster for the Paleozoic deck: Paleozoic Cambroraster. It can send a facedown card in the Spell / Trap zone to the graveyard to set a Paleozoic trap directly from the deck (which can be activated during that turn). The versatility of this card is great, as you can either send an opponent’s card to the grave or one of your set cards, most likely a Paleozoic, to get access to their graveyard effects.

The Laval archetype already received some brilliant new cards in Ghosts from the Past, but Lightning Overdrive introduces yet another powerful synchro to the ranks of the Laval: Lavalval Exlord. When your opponent activates a monster effect in their hand or from their field, Exlord destroys that monster and deals 1000 damage to your opponent. Additionally, when he is destroyed by your opponent, he functions as a pseudo-rekindling by Special Summoning up to 3 non-Synchro FIRE monsters with 200 DEF from your graveyard.