For years Ice Barrier dwelled in the shadows of other archetypes from the Duel Terminal lore. But in a recent poll held in Japan, Ice Barrier emerged victoriously and are thus, now receiving their very own Structure Deck. Structure Deck: Freezing Chains is that deck, striving to transform the inhabitants of the Ice Barrier into a consistent force to be reckoned with. Structure Deck: Freezing Chains contains a 41-card main deck and a five-card extra deck consisting of six ultra rares, three supers, and 37 commons. It releases on 18 February 2021.
The main deck of Ice Barrier monsters all have had a theme of having a small floodgate or interruption effect for each monster, which is similar to freezing your opponent. Some cards limited your opponent to only one Spell or Trap activation per turn with Medium of the Ice Barrier or using Defender of the Ice Barrier to stop your opponent's strong monsters from attacking.
Structure Deck: Freezing Chains not only continues this trend with its new monster, but it also speeds up your Synchro strategies by quickly summoning other Ice Barriers to your field. Revealer of the Ice Barrier's floodgate effect stops your opponent from Tribute Summoning. However, it is Revealer's other effect that takes the deck to a whole new level. By discarding one card, it Special Summons one Ice Barrier Tuner from your deck. This is a one-card Synchro Summon for archetypal synchros like Brionac, Dewloren or Gungnir and one of the Tuners that can be summoned by Revealer's effect is the new Hexa Spirit of the Ice Barrier, a Level 1 Tuner that can change its level to equal the level of the Level 3 or lower Ice Barrier sent from deck to the GY to activate this effect. This allows you access to any Synchro to fit the situation.
General Wayne is added to the ranks of the Ice Barrier Generals and immediately rises to the top as being the most playable one. With his Cyber Dragon-like effect, he is able to Special Summon himself from the hand when your opponent controls a monster and you control an Ice Barrier monster. General Wayne, combined with Revealer of the Ice Barrier and Hexa Spirit of the Ice Barrier allows you to bring out even bigger Synchro Monsters like the infamous Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier or maybe the new Trishula, Zero Dragon of the Ice Barrier! This Level 11 Synchro Monster recently broke free from its seal and is on a freezing rampage. Upon being Synchro Summoned, Trishula banishes up to three cards your opponent controls without targeting. However, its most devastating effect activates when it is no longer on the field. If Trishula, Zero Dragon of the Ice Barrier gets destroyed by your opponent, it summons a copy of Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier from either your extra deck or GY, increasing it's ATK to 3300 while also negating effects and halving the ATK of all monsters your opponent controls.
Structure Deck: Freezing Chains gives some well deserved strategy and consistency to an older archetype, previously known to be very underwhelming. This is indeed an amazing turn for Structure Decks to take!