I am a huge Synchro fan so when I was looking through the cards for Judgment of the Light, I noticed this interesting card.
Armades, Keeper of Boundaries
1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
If this card attacks or is attacked, your opponent cannot activate cards or effects until the end of the Damage Step.
What I like about this card:
● It is a Lv. 5 Synchro Monster.
Now-a-days, Lv. 5 & 8 Synchro monsters are the most popular due to the popularity of Rank/Level 4s & 7s. The basic Formula to Summon a Lv. 5 or 8 Synchro Monster is any Lv. 4 or 7 + Effect Veiler, which is the most popular Lv. 1 Tuner monster.
● It stops Damage Step Abuse.
With the new support of Bujins and Fire Fists, along with Beast-Warrior Types getting really popular, Damage Step abuse would be everywhere. This card stops them in their track.
● It stops Flip, Trigger and Trigger-Like effects.
You can attack with no fear of Battle Fader, Swift Scarecrow, searchers such as Sangan (*sheds single tear*), Bear, Ghostrick Lantern & Specter, Ryko, etc. etc. etc.
● It stops them even if it gets attacked.
Stops things like Crimson Blader, Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear, Goyo Guardian, etc.
● It only prevents your opponent from activating any cards and effects.
Do you have ANY idea how good that is? You can declare an attack, then activate Compulsory and your opponent can't chain it. You can attack, then activate Call of the Haunted and your opponent can't do anything about it.
If you have Armedas and a Set Mirror Force, and your opponent has Stardust Dragon and Absolute Zero, if they attack Armedas and you activate Mirror Force, Stardust Dragon cannot negate it and Absolute Zero's effect cannot be activated when its destroyed. WOW.
What I don't like about this card:
● Weak Stats.
ATK/2300 DEF/1500 these days isn't much.
● It only works for its own battles.
Your opponent can still Mirror Force it when another monster declares an attack.
● Outside of its battles, it's defenseless.
It doesn't have any protection so its vulnerable to monster removal, monster negation, and No. 11 Big Eye :|
Edited by Lightning Laxus, 07 August 2013 - 11:36 PM.