By now if you’ve been following along you’ve seen Reckless Magic Circle, Aliester the Eidolon Summoner, and Eidolon Summoning Magic. And we have a strong understanding of how they interact with each other and how they make plays. (If you haven’t: I really encourage you to take a look – they might just show you something new).
Now we’re moving on to more situational plays. See the previous cards are your main engine – The Book of the Law is purely an optional preference. But given that I’m showcasing the whole archetype, please allow me to make a case for it.
The Book of the Law
Tribute 1 “Eidolon Beast” monster; Special Summon 1 “Eidolon Beast” monster with a different original Attribute from your Extra Deck. (This Special Summon is treated as a Fusion Summon.) You can only activate 1 “The Book of the Law” per turn.
OK, so again this card is a toolbox. Once you’ve successfully summoned an Eidolon Beast to your side of the field – this basically allows you to swap out for a different Eidolon (excluding the “boss” monster – no spoilers, I’ll flesh that out when we get to him, so for now just take my word for it, k?). Now while some people wouldn’t use this – I like it at 2 because it has a couple of very important uses:
1) Utility, as I’ve explained before, each Eidolon has its own unique properties. And each has its own uses. You may not be able to summon the exact Eidolon you want in a given situation. With this card you can always get what you want. And because it stipulates that it counts as a Fusion summon it gains the protection of Reckless Magic Circle. This card allows you to pivot in and out of Eidolons once per turn giving versatility to your field.
2) Aggro. By activating this card during the battle phase you can attack with one Eidolon, then transition into a different Eidolon, and attack with the new one. Great for pressing advantage.
3) Graveyard set up. Because Eidolon Summoning Magic can use graveyard materials its not always a bad play to have an Eidolon or two in there for a bigger play later.
Coming back to point 2 – if you have a Call of the Haunted – attack, pivot, attack with the new one, call – attack again with the old one. There are lots of possible combinations. While The Book of the Law isn’t an essential card – I see great value in having it around. Like I said before you can very easily splash Eidolon Beasts into mono-type decks. This is a card that allows you easy access to (almost) any Eidolon even without using your opponent’s graveyard. That in itself is good.
Any card that adds to your options naturally is a good thing. Its quick-play status gives you access to a disruption play on their turn as well as your own.
Not much to say about the artwork outside that I appreciate the continuity of it being the same book in every picture. Its a little thing, but I like consistency. And the card’s utility far and away makes up for any visual flair that one might find lacking.
So that sums up today’s issue. Tomorrow we start the Eidolon Beasts themselves – there is still the trap, but it makes more sense with the context of the Beasts already in place. Have a great day everyone and remember what grandma used to say:
You can’t go play until you finish all your Spinnach!