Sunday, December 18, 2011
Phoenix Wing Wind Blast
In the TCG, last time, when Heavy Storm was around, many decks ran minimal traps with Phoenix Wing Wind Blast, Torrential Tribute and Solemn Judgment. For example, the LADD era there or even some Monarch eras.
Its slowly gaining popularity as a trend now in the OCG with Heavy Storm.
For example, Sam took Top Shop Taiwan with 2 PWWB in his Insectors.
Phoenix Wing Wind Blast is a good card because if used correctly , it can be a +1 or a +2.
Take for instance, you discard a vital card from your hand to the grave for Wing Blast. Like maybe you have Spore, Dandy, or Hornet in hand.
This evens out the cost of discarding a card already because it helps you to put a dead card in hand which requires setup to the grave , where it can be live.
Or, you could discard another Mystic Shine Ball into the grave which is clogging your hand for it. Bi Xuan (Sazabi) took Top Shop Singapore with TG Agents maining 2 PWWB. Sometimes, you have too many TG Warwolf or TG Striker so it could help.
Jeff used a similar card to Wing Blast in his Junk Doppel, in Singapore Top Shop too. Raigeki Break may have been more useful for him at that time because it could get rid of threats like Dimension Fissure or other stuff for good.
Wing Blast can go as far as a +1 or +2. When you chain Wing Blast in response to another card that is crucial in a combo, and break that combo you have gained +1.
Lets say i am playing Junk Doppel. I summon Junk Synchron and special summon a level one tuner and drop Doppel to try to do Formula + Librarian. If my opponent chains Wing Blast to my Doppel it is a 1 for 1, assuming he has discarded something which benefited him like Hornet.
Then with nothing left to do this turn, next turn he will attack over my Junk Synchron and cause me to -1, meaning he will +1
Then on my turn i am forced to draw into Doppel Warrior which is a dead card in hand. My opponent would have picked up more momentum and controlled the field while i cannot even draw for options in my deck. That way, he has +2, and probably pushed for more damage.
My opponent can simply play around the card he has returned to my deck or be relaxed because the card that i have drawn is a dead card.
Lets say my opponent summons Rescue Rabbit and special summon 2 Kabazauls from their deck (everyone summons Kabazauls first to get rid of small fry in their deck), and then you Wing Blast away one Kabazauls. The other Kabazauls will be gone at the end of the turn, so you have just pulled off a one for one. Then next turn your opponent will draw crap and lose momentum and there is no Lagia.
There are other ways to plus one off your opponent too. Situations ranging from people who commit to their synchros/ xyzs, and you just PWWB it away.
Have you ever been Trap Dustshoot, and then Phoenix Wing Wind Blast simultaneously? I have not, but i can assure you it sucks to the max. Imagine getting Time Sealed all over again. No wonder Time Seal was banned.
PWWB can also do random stuff like aid in OTKs whereby you return spell/trap, or a monster on the field. Targeting Zenmaines and Gachi Gachi is also delicious.
Its overall a versatile card, and its similar to Raigeki Break, so you could look into its usage, and consider it as an option if your deck can accommodate it.
It is better off in a deck which is more aggressive and controlling , so that you can maintain absolute control over the field, while decks which are more combo based should play Raigeki Break so your opponent's big monsters don'-t get the better of you, or you can destroy that pesky Dimension Fissure which is messing with your combos.
That's all for today.