While cards are still new, many players make mistakes with them because they are not familiar with them yet, or they accidentally get cheated on by their opponents who overlook some restrictions the new cards have. This article lists the most common errors in the current format. It is not part of my "Rulings to Know" series because all the interactions described in this article do not technically regard rules but are more of the read-your-cards type.
Let us start with the infamous new Destiny HERO - Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer. Whenever the Phoenix Enforcer is destroyed via battle or card effect, it can return to the field during the next standby phase. However, it is crucial to activate this effect upon its destruction. If you do not activate the effect right after the destruction, you will not be able to special summon the Enforcer back to your field. So when your opponents do not announce the effect in the next new chain but simply say something like "effect Enforcer" during the next standby phase, do not let them summon the Enforcer back! If the effect is not activated at the right time, the Enforcer will stay in the graveyard.
Another noteworthy detail about Enforcer is that its effect is not limited to itself. It can special summon any Destiny HERO monster from the graveyard, even though it will most often summon itself. However, when activated upon destruction, this summon will be mandatory later on. If the effect has resolved but the Enforcer has been removed from the graveyard afterward, the player still has to special summon another Destiny HERO monster such as a Destiny HERO - Dasher or Destiny HERO - Celestial from their graveyard if possible. A Sky Striker player might not like the idea of a Dasher shutting off their back row, but they will have to summon a Destiny HERO regardless.
All of the remaining points of the article deal with the new Swordsoul archetype from Burst of Destiny. Swordsoul is a synchro-based archetype in which the main-deck monsters create tokens that function as tuners for a synchro summon. However, they come with a restriction. While the Swordsoul tokens are on the field, the controlling player cannot summon any monsters from the extra deck except synchro monsters. Thus, a Swordsoul player cannot link off a token into a Link Spider to go into Predaplant Verte Anaconda, for example. Make sure to not forget about this restriction!
Swordsoul Grandmaster - Chixiao is one of the extra-deck monster that you will be facing the most when going up against Swordsoul. Chixiao has two effects. When it is synchro summoned it allows you to search for any Swordsoul card in your deck to add it to your hand. Conveniently, it also comes in with a built-in quick-effect negation. By removing one wyrm-type monster or Swordsoul card from your graveyard you can negate the effects of one face-up monster on the field.
However, Chixiao can only activate one of its effects per turn! When Swordsoul goes first, the search effect is probably the only one that comes up anyway. When going second, however, they cannot use Chixiao to search a card and negate an opponent's monster to play through their board. I have already run into several players who tried to activate both of Chixiao's effects in the same turn against me. Keep in mind that when they search a card they will not be able to negate one of your monsters during the same turn.
The Tenyi monsters are often seen in Swordsoul decklists. They are all wyrm monsters, which means they can activate the effects of Swordsoul main-deck monsters such as Swordsoul of Mo Ye or Swordsoul Strategist Longyuan. Even though one card hints at their perfection, the Tenyi come with one flaw—a restriction that applies when some of their effects are used. For example, when a player uses Ashuna's effect to special summon a Tenyi from the deck, they are locked into wyrm monsters for the remainder of the turn.
While Swordsoul is a wyrm archetype, some of its additional extra-deck monsters are not wyrms. Locked into wyrm, the Swordsoul player cannot summon Baronne de Fleur, Ruddy Rose Dragon, or Adamancipator Risen - Dragite. All of these are frequently seen in Swordsoul decklists, but none of them is a wyrm monster. When operating under this restriction, Swordsoul players will have to stick to Swordsoul Supreme Sovereign - Chengying or Draco Berserker of the Tenyi, for example.
Despite being a part of the Swordsoul archetype, Incredible Ecclesia, the Virtuous is not a wyrm but a spellcaster. This means you cannot special summon the card via its own effect after you have been locked into wyrms by the Tenyi. Though in many cases it will be possible to special summon Ecclesia before being locked into wyrms. Make sure not to forget to summon this one before the wyrm lock applies and watch out that your opponents do not accidentally do it after they have locked themselves into wyrms.
The Tenyi enable easy access to Chaofeng, Phantom of the Yang Zing. Chaofeng has a total of three effects, one of which functions as a floodgate. While it is face up on the field, it prevents the opponent from activating effects of monsters with the same original attributes as the Yang Zing monsters used for the synchro summon of Chaofeng. The "Yang Zing" part is often overlooked. Most often players will make Chaofeng using Baxia, Brightness of the Yang Zing and Tenyi Spirit - Adhara as materials. I have already seen several players tell their opponents that they cannot activate the effects of light or earth monsters under Chaofeng then.
Yet, Chaofeng only checks for Yang Zing monsters used for its summon. Adhara, however, is not a Yang Zing monster and the opponent is, thus, free to activate the effects of earth monsters. Also keep in mind that many Swordsoul lists run Yazi, Evil of the Yang Zing and can potentially prevent their opponent from activating light (Baxia) or dark (Yazi) effects.
This concludes my article on things to remember now that Burst of Destiny has shaken up the metagame. I hope it made you aware of some restrictions so you do not cheat or get cheated on by accident.
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