Dragons are a popular monster type, with plenty of support, nice effect-less beatsticks, many good effect monsters, and even some broken ones. They are also known for having a lot of specific cards to be used against them, and this card, Victoria, is a good example of that. You Dragon players, prepare yourselves to face this lady.
You can use this card in Fairy-based decks, like Counter Fairies, or Beatdown Fairy decks since her ATK and DEF, as well as attack-locking effect makes her superior to cards like the Normal Monster card Dunames Dark Witch. However, like all cards in the TCG and OCG, the effect can make or break a card's potential, effects in this case. Her first effect allows you to choose, once per turn, a Dragon-Type monster in your opponent's Graveyard, and Special Summon it... to YOUR side of the field! (We kinda thought something about Dragons since she is portrayed with some kind of Victory Dragon) Let's say your opponent has a Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon and that you destroyed it with, say, Smashing Ground. If he/she doesn't have any other monster on the field, now you can summon it to your side of the field and attack him/her directly twice, for 4500 and 1800 damage respectively. Victoria can also create attack locks, since having her face-up on the field disallows your opponent from selecting other face-up Fairies as attack targets.
All in all, it can be most useful against Hopeless Dragon and Disaster Dragon decks since their main card, the Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon, can be obtained much easier now. Alternatively, you can use it in a Fairy Stall deck.
Strategies and game play:
As I already said, we can use her in Fairy Decks to assist in making an attack lock, and to intimidate Dragon-based decks from using Future Fusion or Foolish Burial or punishing from doing so. As a Light monster, we can remove her from our Graveyard to summon a Chaos Monster, one of the Nomi Sky Scourges or Soul of Purity and Light; and as a Light Fairy we may tribute her to summon Invicil with its Spell-jamming effect or banish her as fuel for Cards from the Sky.
Combos with other cards:
-Victoria + Victoria: no Fairies you control can be attacked by your opponent.
-Victoria + Splendid Venus: Venus weakens all Non-Fairies, Dragons included, while allowing Victoria to attack and destroy a Cyber Dragon without being destroyed herself.
-Victoria + Dragon Seeker: destroy an annoying Dragon they control with Dragon Seeker, then summon it under your control with Victoria.
-Victoria + Abyssal Designator: declare an Attribute (you're already declaring Dragon...) and your opponent sends a monster from the deck or hand that has both the Attribute and Type you declared to the Graveyard. Be careful against some decks: if he/she already is having a dead draw Dragon which has the same Attribute you declared, they'll just discard it. For example, if you declare Dark, they'll discard a Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon and revive it with Red-Eyes Wyvern; it is risky against Cyberdarks too, they can send any Dragon to power up Cyberdark Dragon.
-Victoria + Cyber Valley: snatch one of his/her Dragons in the Graveyard and remove it with Cyber Valley to draw 2 cards.
-Victoria + DNA Surgery: no face-up monster you control, excluding Victoria, can be attacked if you declare Fairy; if you have 2 face-up Victoria, no face-up monster you control will be attacked. You can declare Dragon and use Dragon Seeker, too. Funny when they control a Red Dragon Archfiend.
-Victoria + The Atmosphere: snatch a Dragon, remove it with a monster in your Graveyard and another monster on your field to summon The Atmosphere.
-Victoria + Burial from a Different Dimension: you return a removed Dragon to your opponent's Graveyard, then you summon it with Victoria.
-Victoria + Lightwave Tuning: turn Victoria into a Tuner, summon one of your opponent's low-level Dragon and bring out a Synchro with them. There's no need no use Lightwave Tuning if you snatch a Tuner though.
-Victoria + Royal Decree: you don't really want Victoria and/or the Dragons she summoned being destroyed by Bottomless Trap Hole or Mirror Force, right? As a side note, this also negates Remove Brainwashing.
Ways to counteract it:
Defeating Victoria in battle can get a bit tricky, mainly due to Honest, but you won't have much trouble with her if you have no Dragons in your Graveyard. However, if you do, then make sure the ones there are Nomi or weaker than the one(s) on the field, or they'll destroy the ones you have on the field, summon them to their field, and repeat ad infinitum until you can't defend anymore.
She's vulnerable to any kind of effects. Good ATK exposes her to Bottomless Trap Hole and Hammer Shot, an ok DEF means she can be hit by a Smashing Ground; being LIGHT means Brain Golem and Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror negate her effects. Dragon Decks with Van Dalgyon the Dark Dragon Lord (typically Hopeless Dragon, but occasionally a Dragon Counter or Synchro deck) can carry Divine Wrath or Hero's Rule 2 to negate her effect, destroy her and summon the Dark Dragon Lord with his monster revival effect.
If you chain Big Burn to Victoria's effect, all monsters in the Graveyards are removed, so she won't be able to revive the selected monster; if you do, then try using Burial From a Different Dimension or Return from a Different Dimension to get them back in the Graveyard or the Field. But, it's much easier to chain Call of the Haunted. If the Dragons are already summoned, then Owner's Seal and Remove Brainwashing will do the trick. Or just use Torrential Tribute or the newly limited Dark Hole.
-Good ATK, and nice DEF.
-Can revive a Dragon in your opponent's Graveyard to your field without a cost, in any battle position.
-Protects any other face-up Fairies you control from being attacked. Makes an attack lock when 2 o more Victoria are on the field.
-Has a lot of support as a Light and a Fairy-type monster.
-Her first effect is useless if your opponent doesn't use Dragon-type monsters. However, Stardust Dragon is a popular Synchro Monster, so you can summon it under your control every so often.
-Even though she's quite sturdy, she can't defend your other monsters very well because she's vulnerable to effects and many Dragon types, even low-level ones, have a higher ATK.
-She's hard to search.
-There are cards that can switch back control of those Dragon(s).
-There are no cards that can change the type of monsters in the Graveyard to Dragon-type.
In the TCG she can be found as a Secret Rare in Stardust Overdrive as one of its ten OCG-imports. She got a reprint in the new Lost Sanctuary Structure Deck, in which she is a Common.
Artwork and aesthetics:
This Fairy looks quite cool. She holds a scepter with her hands, while riding a four-headed Victory Dragon. Her wings, scepter, hair and armor are all golden, just like her dragon steed. The background is golden too. This fairy and her name are based on Victoria, the roman goddess of victory.
I only have one question, not necesarily a complaint, about the picture... can you tell me when did Victory Dragon mutate and get three extra heads?
Victoria is the stereotypical Side-Deck card, being really useful against the deck she is supposed to counter, but not useful against most other decks. She gets a 6/10 in general. However, in Fairy decks she can be used without relying on her first effect, so she gets an 8/10 there.
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