Hey guys! We’re back, again, after a brief hiatus. Again. We’ve been kind of busy juggling schoolwork and all, but it’s paying off somewhat. To make up for a brief absence, we’ll be previewing a card that has yet to be released, so you’ll get a head start on knowing the basics when it comes out!
Our Card of the Night tonight is Number C39: Utopia Ray V, which will serve as the cover card for the upcoming Starter Deck 2013 (tentative title for the TCG version of the deck). Utopia Ray V paves the way for a new Utopia transformation, bringing the variation count to 3, with the normal Number 39: Utopia and Number C39: Utopia Ray serving as the other two versions of Utopia.
Whereas Number 39: Utopia served as a good offensive stall card, and Number C39: Utopia Ray made for a great comeback card, Utopia Ray V gives you overall destructive power. At 2600 attack and 2000 defense, Utopia Ray V is slightly stronger than its other variations, though it carries a hefty summon requirement of any 3 Level 5 monsters. Unlike Number C39: Utopia Ray, Utopia Ray V does not have an alternate summon ability to avoid the rough summon requirements, at least, not directly.
For those of you following the Japanese end of the Zexal anime, you may have noticed that Number C cards are getting quite popular, but the mechanic is as follows: by activating a specific spell card, you can “rank up” a pre-existing Xyz monster, which allows you to overlay an Xyz monster 1 rank higher than the pre-existing Xyz monster.
The cards to do this, as of now, will be available both in the upcoming Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy and the Starter Deck 2013: Rank Up Magic – Barian’s Force, and Rank Up Magic – Limited Barian’s Force. There are, of course, some restrictions, but the basic premise is simple: by targeting one face-up Xyz monster, you can summon 1 Number C or Chaos Xyz monster from your extra deck by overlaying it above that Xyz monster. Rank Up Magic – Limited Barian’s Force only allows for Number C summons and transitions from Rank 4 to Rank 5, but doesn’t require that the monster must be the same type.
So, because Rank Up Magic – Limited Barian’s Force is included with the Starter Pack 2013, we’ll use that as our main “rank up” card, as it does make things quite easy.
Because Rank Up Magic – Limited Barian’s Force only has a requirement that the monster must be Rank 4, a wide range of easy-to-summon monsters are at your disposal: Number 39: Utopia/Number C39: Utopia Ray, Number 32: Shark Drake/Number C32: Shark Drake Veiss, Steelswarm Roach – you name it. Of course, you’ll get more effects if a Utopia monster is one of the Xyz materials used to summon Utopia Ray V.
Speaking of effects, Utopia Ray V has two effects: If Utopia Ray V would be destroyed, you can target any Xyz monster in your graveyard and add it to your extra deck, and if you have a Utopia monster attached to it as an Xyz material, you can detach 1 Xyz material to select any monster your opponent controls, destroying it and dealing damage equal to that monster’s attack to your opponent. Pretty sweet, huh?
Number C39: Utopia Ray was never really quite popular despite its overwhelming effects, and this is mainly due to it being a card that reaches its fullest potential only if your lifepoints are 1000 or lower. If you summoned it prematurely, and your opponent has a stronger monster, you couldn’t use Number 39: Utopia‘s effect to negate that attack. Thankfully, if you have 2 Level 4 monsters and Rank Up Magic – Limited Barian’s Force, you can easily combo into Number 39: Utopia to Number C39: Utopia Ray and finally to Utopia Ray V, giving it a total of 4 Xyz materials to play with. If you go with Number 32: Shark Drake to Number C32: Shark Drake Veiss, however, you’ll have 5 materials to use, under optimal conditions of course. Better yet, even if you do use Utopia Ray V’s second effect, you can still attack, which is a common restraint for monsters with relatively the same effect (i.e. Number 61: Volcasaurus).
Weaknesses? Just the commonplace effects, and perhaps the occasional beatdown monster. At 2600 attack, Utopia Ray V is safe against most monsters nowadays, though there is a growing trend to include monsters with 2800 to 3000 attack in decks. Also, if your opponent packs cards that takes away Xyz materials, you best be careful, as they can take away your Utopia material, rendering your secondary effect useless.
Overall, Utopia Ray V is looking to be one of the greater Utopia versions yet, but like the Assault Mode versions of Synchro monsters, it may require you to use Rank Up Magic cards in order to have the easiest summoning conditions possible. Of course, unlike Assault Mode cards, Chaos Xyz summonings give you an alternative method, which gives flexibility in the event that you won’t want to use Rank Up Magic cards.
Summon Conditions: 8.0/10
Rank 5 monsters are still by far one of the more awkward monsters to summon, and with a normal summon requirement of 3 Level 5 monsters, you probably won’t see Utopia Ray V used much in most decks. Of course, for existing Utopia users, however, integrating a Rank Up Magic card can easily get any of your Rank 4 Xyz monsters (assuming you use Rank Up Magic – Limited Barian’s Force) and turn them into a powerful beatstick. Of course, it’s still highly recommended that you use this method with a Utopia monster, be it Number 39: Utopia or Number C39: Utopia Ray.
Base Stats: 8.0/10
Other than a 100 point increase in terms of attack, Number C39: Utopia Ray V is essentially just like any other Utopia monster. Assuming the optimal conditions, Number C39: Utopia Ray has the potential to gain an immense amount of power, however, all things considered, Number C39: Utopia Ray V was built to be destructive no matter the current field conditions.
With one effect that grants you the ability to return an Xyz monster from your graveyard back to your extra deck, as well as giving you the ability to destroy an opponent’s monster and deal damage equal to that monster’s attack (not original, mind you), Number C39: Utopia Ray V can serve as both a utility and burn card.
General Deck Usability: 7.0/10
As stated before, unless you have a deck focused on Rank 5 summons, and have plenty of monsters to quickly swarm the field with at least 3 Level 5 monsters, you’ll pretty much have to rely on Rank Up Magic cards to do the summonings for Number C39: Utopia Ray V. This isn’t much of a major change, as Assault Mode cards have been successfully integrated in existing decks within the Synchro era. Also, as Rank Up Magic cards are spell cards, you will be able to do Chaos Xyz summons faster, compared to the Assault Mode Activate trap card, which forced you to wait a turn before activation.
Number C39: Utopia Ray V will be a welcome addition to the line of Utopia monsters. It holds that anime protagonist trump card feel, as well as having multiple summoning possibilities, well-rounded effects, and decent stats. Of course, it does come into question whether or not 2600 attack/2000 defense is worth using 3 Level 5 monsters, when other Rank 5 monsters with lower summoning conditions and higher attacks already exist. This is, perhaps, the downside to Number C39: Utopia Ray V, as you won’t have a Utopia Xyz material to activate its second effect. Nevertheless, this means that using Number 39: Utopia or Number C39: Utopia Ray in combination with a Rank Up Magic card is the most optimal way. There is no doubt, however, that there will be more support for Chaos Xyz summons such as this card.
|Summon Conditions||Overlay 3 Level 5 monsters|
|Effect||When this card in your possession is destroyed by your opponent’s card (either by battle or by card effect): You can target 1 Xyz Monster in your Graveyard; shuffle that target into the Extra Deck. If a “Utopia” monster is attached to this card as an Xyz Material, this card gains this effect.
● Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card to target 1 monster your opponent controls; destroy it, and if you do, inflict damage to your opponent equal to the destroyed monster’s ATK.
|Set||Starter Deck 2013|
|Buy It Now||N/A|