|This year’s first review we are starting with The ArmoredWarOgre Rashou, a Purple Cost 4 Spirit that is limited to one copy per deck. For those who have played the game for a while, certainly you would know this card. Due to the recent dependence on Nexuses, some Nexus removals would be nice. As a Purple card, Rashou proves itself to be useful in many Purple decks, as the color itself never has a lot to deal with Nexuses. Rashou is one of the very few ones which can get rid of all opposing Nexuses at once, and is relatively cheap to be summoned compared to the others. Its effect is to increase the level cost of opposing Nexuses, meaning when originally a Nexus needs zero cores to maintain on the field, Rashou makes it require two cores to do so. As the player cannot immediately move cores to the Nexus, it will be depleted. Plus, Rashou’s effect targets all opposing Nexuses at once, so if the opponent is not prepared, it will be a board wipe. Even better, since the effect is a permanent effect, it activates immediately when Rashou is summoned onto the field, and does not get locked out by most other effects, making it a very reliable removal. And because it is a permanent effect, even if it cannot remove the Nexuses, it still forces the opponent to spend more cores on sustaining the board.
Rashou also has another effect, which is a summon effect that mills four from your own deck to draw two cards. While for other colors stacking your own trash perhaps is not that useful, but for sure it is an ability wanted in Purple. The player is gaining both hand advantage and more choices for trash recycle.
Like any other versatile cards, Rashou can be put in any deck, but usually limited to Purple decks. In terms of recent decks, most often it can be seen in Purple Primal. While the deck has The HellRouseKing Luciferd, which has a similar effect against Nexuses, it is simply too high cost, plus it is an attack effect, and there are many ways to stop Luciferd before it attacks. The most recent Purple deck, Izanagi & Izanami, can also make use of Rashou, as the deck itself does not have many choices in dealing with Nexuses. For this deck, the trash-stacking effect is also especially useful.
With the next set being a collaboration set, there may be some interesting cards next. Do stay tuned!
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