Thursday, December 15, 2011
Card Of The Day #20 – Royal Prison
While this card is face-up on the field, neither player can Special Summon monsters from the Graveyard.
Today we will continue talking about cards coming out in “Order Of Chaos” with Royal Prison. With the creation of Royal Prison it finally makes sense why Royal Oppression was banned. Now the game once again has a great control card for Special Summons, just not as good as Royal Oppression since it only stops Special Summons from the Graveyard. Though it does not stop as many cards that means it can be used in more decks such as ones that Special Summon a lot but not from the Graveyard. Gladiator Beasts and Gadgets would be a good example of that since both decks only have a couple cards that Special Summon from the Graveyard, in the case of Gladiator Beasts the only card would be Gladiator Beast Darius and for Gadgets its just Machina Fortress if they are even playing it. Of course Royal Prison is just as playable as Royal Oppression in decks that used to abuse it such as Blackwings. In fact decks like Blackwings can get around Royal Prison even more than they could with Royal Oppression since the only card it stops would be Blackwing – Blizzard The Far North. Just like with Royal Oppression you can still use it in decks that Special Summon a lot, the trick with Royal Oppression was to Special Summon all of your Monsters and then flip it locking the board and that strategy applies to Royal Prison as well. Just make sure you don’t use this against decks that have a lot of inherent Special Summons such as Chaos cards since they will not be effected by it, use it against decks like Dark Worlds since the vast majority of their Special Summons are from the Graveyard.
I think this card is very good and if control becomes viable again expect to see this card in most control decks. Though even with this taking Royal Oppression’s place I still feel like Royal Oppression should still be at least Limited if not Semi-Limited since the card isn’t broken just a little annoying but honestly I feel that spamming Special Summons are more annoying.