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EX03: Draconic Roar – Trial of the Great Dragons

The first cards of the third EX set, EX03: Draconic Roar, have started to be revealed. Several of these cards belong to a brand new archetype based on the legendary ‘Trial of the Great Dragons’. The four great dragons, who make up the group, have been mentioned throughout several Digimon video games. According to Digimon legend, the only way to obtain Slayerdramon’s form is to complete the Trial of the Great Dragons.

It is only fitting that a set based on the Dragons of the Digimon franchise includes the ‘Trial of the Great Dragons’ and the dragons themselves –  Qinglongmon, Goddramon, Holydramon and Megidramon. Although all of the cards in this archetype are yet to be revealed, the cards we do have give an interesting insight into how this archetype will play. 

Trial of the Four Great Dragons
[Main] <Draw 1>. Then place this card in your Battle Area.
[Main] <Delay> (Trash this card in your Battle Area to activate the effect below. You can’t activate this effect the turn this card enters play.)
-Play 1 card with [Four Great Dragons] in its traits from your hand without paying its memory cost. Digimon played with this effect can’t digivolve to level 7 and is deleted at the end of your opponent’s turn.

[Security] Place this card in its owner’s Battle Area.
Trial of the Great Dragons
Agumon 
Inherited Effect: [Your Turn] [Once Per Turn] When you play a Digimon with [Four Great Dragons] in its traits or place [Trial of the Great Dragons] in the Battle Area, <Draw 1>.

The Trial of the Four Great Dragons Option is an important aspect of this deck, which lets you play any ‘Four Great Dragons’ cards from your hand without paying its cost. Afterwards, however, that Digimon cannot digivolve to level 7 and is deleted at the end of your opponent’s turn. Although that might not sound that good, the attacking effect of Goldramon uses the great dragons in your trash. The Agumon Inherited effect is handy, offering a draw mechanic for the Trial of the Great Dragons deck. 

Trial of the Great Dragons
Veedramon

[When Digivolving] Reveal the top 4 cards of your deck. Add 1 yellow Digimon card with [Dramon] in its name and 1 card with [Four Great Dragons] in its traits among them to your hand. Place the remaining cards at the bottom of your deck in any order.

Inherited Effect: [Your Turn] [Once Per Turn] When you play a Digimon with [Four Great Dragons] in its traits, that Digimon gains <Rush> for the turn
AeroVeedramon

[When Digivolving] If you don’t have a [Trial of the Great Dragons] in play, you may place one from your hand into the Battle Area.

[Opponent’s Turn] While you have a Digimon with [Four Great Dragons] in its traits or [Trial of the Four Great Dragons] in play, this Digimon gains <Blocker>.

Inherited Effect: [Opponent’s Turn] All of your Digimon with [Four Great Dragons] in their traits gain <Blocker>.

Veedramon allows you to search for a ‘Dramon’ card and a ‘Four Great Dragons’ card from the top 4 cards of your deck. The Inherited Effect gives your ‘Four Great Dragons’ Rush, which will be helpful for those played by the effect of the Trial of the Four Great Dragons Option card, letting them attack before they are sent to the trash.

Trial of the Great Dragons may have a high play cost of 8, but AeroVeedramon will give you a way of playing one for free from your hand. AeroVeedramon will also gain Blocker if you have another Digimon with the ‘Four Great Dragons’ trait, or the Trial of the Great Dragons Option card, in play. In fact, it gives all your other ‘Four Great Dragons’ Digimon Blocker also. 

Trial of the Great Dragons
Magnadramon

[On Play] All of your opponent’s Digimon gain <Security Attack -1> (This Digimon checks 1 fewer security cards) until the end of your opponent’s turn. If this card was played by the effect of [Trial of the Four Great Dragons], all of your opponent’s digimon gain <Security Attack -2> until the end of your opponent’s turn instead.

[On Deletion] If you don’t have [Trial of the Four Great Dragons] in your battle area, put 1 [Trial of the Four Great Dragons] from your hand in your battle area.

Magnadramon strips your opponent’s Digimon’s Security Attack by -1 when played, which is increased to -3 if you used the Trial of the Four Great Dragon Option card to play it. When it is deleted, you can play the Trial of the Four Great Dragon Option card from your hand, offering another way of getting the 8-cost Option card out for free. 

Trial of the Great Dragons
Goldramon

[When Digivolving] You may return 1 card with [Four Great Dragons] in its traits from your trash to your hand.

[When Attacking] 1 of your opponent’s Digimon gets -6000 DP for the turn. Then, by returning 1 [Magnadramon], 1 [Azulongmon] and 1 [Megidramon] from your trash to the bottom of your deck, trash the top 2 cards from your opponent’s security stack.

Goldramon has a great way to recycle a ‘Four Great Dragons’ card from your trash to the hand, which will give you another Digimon to play for free with the Trial of the Four Great Dragon effect, which will be deleted after your opponent’s turn. Although reducing an opponent’s Digimon by -6000DP is a nice attacking effect, It’s the secondary effect that really packs a punch. This deck works by having your Four Great Dragons going in and out of the trash. If you happen to have the other three dragons, Magnadramon, Azulongmon and Megidramon in the trash, you get to trash the top 2 cards of your opponent’s security stack, which could be a finishing blow.

Trial of the Great Dragons
Fatal Flame

[Main] Until the end of the turn, 1 of your opponent’s Digimon gets DP-6000. Then, you may return a card with “Four Great Dragons” in its traits from your trash to your hand.

[Security] Activate this card’s [Main] effects.

Fatal Flame not only knocks a massive chunk of DP from an opponent’s Digimon, but also allows you to recycle a ‘Four Great Dragons’ card from your trash. This is incredibly useful for this deck, as you can also play it straight away if you use the ‘Trial of the Four Great Dragons’ Option card, or have one on the Battle Area that you can use with Delay. 

It’s still early days for the Draconic Roar reveals, with several SRs and the remaining SECs yet to be revealed. There are also cards belonging to the archetype that are yet to be revealed. What Dragon-type Digimon would you like to see appear in the EX03: Draconic Roar booster set? If you would like to check out all of the cards revealed so far, check out our article here. If you want to stay up to date with all the latest reveals for this set, as well as all other boosters and products, make sure you follow Ludkins Media on Instagram or Facebook.

Mathew Parkes – Ludkins Media

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