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card review Bolbalzak Ex: , My Name Lives Forever (Unfinished)

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Bolbalzak Ex

Card text:

(This creature is put into your mana zone tapped.)

*  When you put this creature into the battle zone, untap all cards in your mana zone.

*  Speed attacker (This creature doesn't have summoning sickness.)

*  Double breaker (This creature breaks 2 shields.)

  • Collector Number: S5
  • Rarity: Super Rare
  • Type: Creature
  • Race: Armored Dragon/Earth Dragon/Hunter
  • Power: 6000
  • Cost: 7
  • Civilization: Fire/Nature
  • Artist: Sansyu
Bolbalzak Ex
, My Name Lives Forever (Unfinished)

written by subking
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Hey Duelists,

It's me subking again, the one who brought you the review on Bolshack Superhero. I am more of a duelist than a reviewer, but often I do think on interesting cards like the one I bring to you today, Bolbalzak X.

Looking at the condition of the game room, I'm going ; So I thought I better enlighten some people who are new here or are "I wanna use the card but don't have ideas."

This card reminds me of... ummm.. can't remember >.>. Gotta tackle my memory harder T.T
Oh well, Onto the card!! :-



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ボルバルザークエクス

火/自然

アーマード・ドラゴン / アース・ドラゴン / ハンター

■ マナゾーンに置く時、このカードはタップして置く。

■ このクリーチャーをバトルゾーンに出した時、自分のマナゾーンにあるカードをすべてアンタップする。

■ スピードアタッカー (このクリーチャーは召喚酔いしない)

■ W・ブレイカー (このクリーチャーはシールドを2枚ブレイクする)

So... The effect is awesome, as I was..... wait.... You don't understand japanese do you? Don't worry, I'll translate that for you.

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Bolbalzak EX

Fire/Nature
Armored Dragon/Earth Dragon/Hunter

■ (This creature is put into your mana zone tapped.)

■ When you put this creature into the battle zone, untap all cards in your mana zone.

■ Speed attacker (This creature doesn't have summoning sickness.)

■ Double breaker (This creature breaks 2 shields.)

Trivia:

■ It is not Bolbalzak "X" but Bolbalzak "EX", this is so because the japanese pronounciation goes like "Borubaruzaku Ekusu". Therefore the "EX"

■ It's Flavor Text goes like : "The name of Bolbalzak lives forever". Hence, the subtitle.

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This creature was unleashed into the DM world recently, and makes it's first appearance in the 4th pack of the DMX series : DMX-04 Full Foil Pack: Revival Hero - The Hunter. Bolbalzak EX is featured on the cover of the page along with the protagonist of the Duel Masters Victory series, Katsuta Kirifuda. These new packs have been bringing back older creatures with their Hunter/Alien variants.

Hunter variant?

Now I remember what that "X" on his torso and the "Bolbalzak" in his name remind me of!

Looking back into the past......


: The Bolbalzak Family :




From left to right :
■ Bombazar,Destiny Dragon. (SWotSR)
■ Bolbalzak "Sword Flash" Dragon. (DMC- 67)
■ Blue Divine Dragon, Bolbalzak "Sword Flash" Dragon. (DMC- 67)
■ Überdragon Gigantica Sword Flash Dragon. (DMC- 67)
■ Fighting Spirit! Sword Flash Dragon. (DMX- 04)

All these creatures have similar characteristics:

■ They are all dragons.
■ They all allow you to take additional actions during ur turn.

Bombazar, Destiny Dragon lets you take an extra turn.
The other Bolbalzaks let you attack or defend twice.

Bolbalzak EX fits in perfectly to this family, it reloads all your mana, ready to be used again. Also, a cost of 7, having a power of 6000, speed attacker and with a freaking awesome ability, this Dragon is a born ruler!

Yes, this is the Hunter remake of the classic TCG dragon, Bombazar, Dragon of Destiny. It gives you almost an extra turn untapping all your mana..

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II.Moving over to Uses:

All creatures' usefulness is determined by its cost, ability, race, and synergy with meta.
Hmm.. It's attributes are pretty good.. 7 cost 6000 powered W. Breaker.. And with a freaking awesome ability.

Current JP meta seems to be revolving around three main ideas- control, rush, and assault. Volg Thunder for Control, Cyber N World+Bolbalzak Ex for Assault, and Dark/Water or Dark/Nature for Rush.
Combo Decks are mainly Crimson Sorge. All of the above will be later explained in detail in the Combo Section.
Also, examples of other decks using Bolbalzak EX could be Cosmo Cebu Assaults.

Bolbalzak EX untaps your mana and is a speed attacker.. In a way, alone, it can't achieve much, but with other creatures it can deal alot of burst damage. You can't really make a deck based around him, but yes, he is kept in the above mentioned deck types as a strong card.

Now lets take a look at a JP metadeck which uses EX:

Main Deck:
1x 光牙忍ハヤブサマル

4x パクリオ
2x サイバー・N(エヌ)・ワールド
4x ドンドン吸い込むナウ
2x トリプル・ブレイン

2x 永遠のリュウセイ・カイザー
1x 超次元ムシャ・ホール

3x 霞み妖精ジャスミン
4x 陰陽の舞
4x フェアリー・ライフ
2x セブンス・タワー
4x 超次元フェアリー・ホール
1x 獰猛なる大地

2x ボルバルザークエクス
4x 偽りの名 ゾルゲ

Hyperspatial:
1x イオの伝道師ガガ・パックン
1x ブーストグレンオー
1x クワトロ・ファング
1x アルプスの使徒メーリアン
1x サンダー・ティーガー
1x ヴォルグ・サンダー
1x 遊びだよ!切札一家なう!
1x 紅蓮の怒 鬼流院 刃

Now, see those 2 italicized creatures, yes, one is Cyber N World, while the other is EX.


Cyber N World


Kanji: サイバー・N(エヌ)・ワールド
Civilization: Water
Type: Creature
Mana Cost: 6
Race: Cyber Command
Power: 6000
Effect:
■ When you put this creature into the battle zone, each player shuffles their hand and graveyard into their deck. Then each player draws 5 cards.
■ Double breaker (This creature breaks 2 shields.)

These two have led to the creation of a new decktype "N EX".Bolbalzak EX has high synergy with Cyber N World. N World rinses your hand, while Bolbalzak EX lets you dump your previous hand into the battlezone.

Newbies may ask, what do you actually mean by that? Ok, let me try and explain-
We start off by accelerating our mana with means like Faerie Life and Jasmine,Mist Faerie. Seventh Tower and Shrine of Rebirth(restricted to 1 per deck) are also ideal to be used later.
Supposing you start off first, if your mana acceleration goes as planned, you should usually be left with 2 cards by turn 4 or 5. Now, supposing you have N World and Bolbalzak EX in hand. You can cast Seventh Tower and add 3 mana (supposing you have 7 already to use it's metamorph), with the additional 3 mana, you can summon your Bolbalzak EX, then it untaps all your mana to give you 10 mana, play N World and it will rinse your hand back to 5.
You then are left with 4 unused mana and 5 fresh cards in your hand. Hmm... now suppose you have Überdragon Bajula in your mana zone, and Sanctuary of the Mother in hand. You may cast it, put one of your little creatures to mana and evolve that Überdragon Bajula on your Bolbalzak EX, with the remaining 2 mana (+1 since a new mana was added and supposing you tapped Bajula to cast Sanctuary), you may cast another Faerie Life.

(P.S. mentioned Bajula since Empress Chirico is banned now.)

If you are lucky enough to have Romanesk, the Dragon Wizard in hand, you would play it(after EX untaps you for 10), gain 4 mana and play N World after it, then switch out a tiny creature and evolve Bajula on Romanesk, giving you plenty of mana and plenty of creatures.

With mana acceleration, there also comes the issue of mana retrieval, by which I mean taking back cards from mana, which are there due to mana acceleration, or were charged due to circumstances. When seeking for mana retrieval, look no further than Sol Habaki, Apocalyptic Sage or Geo the Man, Earth Titan. Simply put, these two are the best mana retrieving agents ever.



If you don't feel like retrieving mana, you can always use Danjoul. Well Danjoul has no synergy with Bolbalzak EX, but still can help you get out stronger cost 8 or less creatures like EMK.

EX can be used in Fire/Nature Dragon decks, which could be having him in it, but hopefully, now that the duelists have been introduced to a wider horizon, please make good use of this beautiful dragon.

III. Strategies and game play:

As said before, Bolbalzak EX is not a type of creature around which a deck can be based. It can just be used as a strong card. Apart from Fire/Nature dragon/hunter decks, there are lots of other decks this beautiful dragon can fit into. We shall now look at 2 decks, starting with a simpler one first:

Cosmo Cebu Lambda Assault:

Assault decks are decks coming under the category of beatdown decks, which tend to actively break opponent's shields. They are slower than rush decks, but tend to use stronger and more resilient cards than a rush. They usually end the game turn 7 or a little later.

Cosmo Cebu Lambda, the Super Electromagnetic


Civilization: Water
Type: Evolution Creature
Race: Cyber Command/Alien
Power: 7000
■ Evolution—Put on one of your fire or nature creatures.

■ Meteorburn—When this creature attacks, you may put a card under this creature into the graveyard. If you do, draw 3 cards.

■ Double breaker

■ At the start of your turn, you may take a non-evolution creature from your hand and put it under this creature.

What beatdown decks lack is draw power. Cebu Lambda's draw power is awesome and makes beatdowns 100% better. It has a reusable meteorburn, providing you 3+ cards for the cost of 1 card from hand. Lambda assaults use cost 2 accelerators such as Dreaming Moon Knife and Yattar Wan. Then, they use seekers such as Evolution Totem to bring out Cebu Lambda from thier deck and then evolve it. As obvious, speed attackers such as Gaial Kaiser(through Hyperspatial Shooting Hole) and Genji XX are used due to them being good blocker removals and assaulters. Bolbalzak EX however is used to charge an early F/N mana OR stored later for an additional free attacker. Bobo EX being a Fire/Nature creature also works to serve as an emergency bait for Cosmo Cebu.
Proof of Cosmo Cebu Lambda making a great addition to Beatdowns? I beat 2 Hyperspatial controls using mine. Need I say more?

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Modified on February 17, 2013 06:19 am



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dorphadios1
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Subject: About the review   Posted: March 31, 2012 03:32 am Reply with quote Report content icon

While its a good review but u have to go in more detail about its combos with other cards and its relation and so on.U shouldn't have posted the review if its incomplete.
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