|Once again published on the very last day of the month, this month’s featured card is The PhantomDemon Jugglus Juggler［Ultra Kaiju 2020］ from CB18, another one of those generic cards which everyone put their attention on ever since its reveal. Its Burst effect consists of returning opposing Spirits, Ultimates, or Nexuses to the bottom of the deck for each card in the opposing hand, which is extremely similar to the Soul Burst effect of The DarkStones MachineBeastDeity Fenrig. With the limitation of Fenrig, it is no surprise that players attempt to find a replacement, and while not perfect, Juggler proves to be the closest choice. The booster boxes were only released last weekend and its price was already spiking among the other cards.
One may wonder why Juggler is deemed to be more worthy than other cards when they can also mass clear the opposing field. Of course, the versatility of being a Burst is one factor, but there are more. To add onto that versatility, as mentioned before, the owner can choose to target Spirits, Ultimates, and Nexuses all within one effect, giving them a bigger chance to turn the table around. Many mass-removal cards are doing worse than the players first expected because each of them is limited to removing only one card type. Juggler being able to target three card types at once easily reigns over them. Solely focusing on the returning effect, the lack of conditions also proves to be extremely useful against “big” cards, such as those with high BP or high cost, or if the opponent is cautious enough to put a lot of cores onto a single card. Most Nexus immunity nowadays are also only protecting against destruction, so Juggler can easily ignore those effects. Not to mention being a Cost 6 card bypasses all the current Barrage effects. The player can easily turn the table around by removing the most threatening card on the opposing field. The Burst condition is also a major factor for Juggler’s versatility, as no matter at what time or age, each color will always have effects which add cards to the hand, making Juggler a very easy Burst to activate.
The level one effect of changing symbols to Purple, while not as versatile as The ChosenSearcher Alex, means that Juggler can find its worth staying on the field for at least White and Purple decks. According to the Japanese wiki, the dual colors are a representation of his role in the series Ultraman Zett, where he sometimes supports Ultraman Zett, who is assigned to the White color in CB18; while the Purple color is a representation of him being a non-Ultraman alien, as well as him often borrowing the power of kaijus. Unfortunately, I am not that huge of an Ultraman fan, so I do not quite understand the references here.
The level two effect is a common Purple effect, but can be considered unique if put on Juggler, as again, being a Burst card means the effect can be used in any decks. In decks of other colors, it can help lower the levels of the opposing Spirits and Ultimates for easier targets for other effects. In Purple decks, Juggler can brave to Braves which have core removal effects, combining the two effects to become a complete core removal from an opposing Spirit or Ultimate. Refresh effect is always good, nothing much to add on here.
Of course, Juggler still faces all kinds of Burst counters, especially since it does not have immunity. Nowadays, immunity effects are also getting more common, so during late-game when the opponent has set up their board, Juggler may not be as useful as expected. But well, the set was only released for around a week, so who knows what the creative players can develop with this card. Also, everyone has to have that one feel-good moment when the opponent draws more than five cards with Teppounanafushi.
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