Before the release of “Legacy of the Valiant” in Japan, let’s look at one of the more surprising cards included in the set: “Rank-Up-Magic Astral Force”, the fourth card in the Rank-Up-Magic series, and probably one of the most bizarre
Some Background First
Rank-Up-Magic Astral Force is a card that originates from recent episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, currently airing in Japan, that the U.S. and the rest of the world are at least 40 episodes behind. The card is the key Spell Card in the deck strategy of the character Eliphas, a character who serves as basically the will (read: Leader) of the Astral World, and a temporary antagonist to Yuma, later turned ally. The card is repeatedly used by him to transform a Rank 4 Xyz Monster known as “New Orders 4: Etheric Anubis” ultimately into the unprecedented Rank 13 Xyz Monster “New Orders 13: Etheric Amon”.
These “New Orders” Xyz currently doen’t exist in the actual card game in either territory, as of the writing of this article, but Astral Force does. And it can open some rather interesting strategies by transforming your Xyz into new, bigger, and more powerful options.
So what is this Rank-Up-Magic Astral Force thing anyways?
Rank-Up-Magic Astral Force
Normal Spell Card
Target 1 face-up Xyz Monster you control with the highest Rank; Special Summon from your Extra Deck, 1 Xyz Monster with the same Type and Attribute as that monster you control but 2 Ranks higher, by using it as the Xyz Material. (This Special Summon is treated as an Xyz Summon. Xyz Materials attached to that target also become Xyz Materials on the Summoned monster.) During your Draw Phase, instead of conducting your normal draw: You can add this card from your Graveyard to your hand. You cannot Special Summon any monsters, except with “Rank-Up-Magic Astral Force”, the turn you activate this effect.
Let’s focus on its return to the hand effect first, and clear something up, that you guys might get confused on: You’re only barred from Special Summoning monsters with anything other than “Rank-Up-Magic Astral Force” when you return Astral Force to your hand. Using Astral Force to Rank-Up won’t impede your other Summons for the turn.
The other effect is fairly self explanatory, and players should have experience with “Rank-Up-Magic Numeron Force” and “Rank-Up-Magic Limited Barian’s Force” (and possibly “Rank-Up-Magic Barian’s Force). To put it simply, these Spell Cards let you Xyz Summon a bigger Xyz Monster on top of your current one, and Astral Force follows this idea.
So who can you make with these cards? Well, let’s find out with this dinky list!
Number 91: Thunder Spark Dragon
Hieratic King Dragon of Atum
Thunder End Dragon
Hieratic Sun Dragon Overlord of Heliopolis
Number 46: Dragluon
Number 107: Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon
Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon
Legendary Dragon of White
Number C39: Utopia Ray
Starliege Lord Galaxion
Artorigus, King of the Noble Knights
Number S39: Utopia ONE
One-Eyed Skill Gainer
Number 10: Illumiknight
Number 39: Utopia
Heroic Champion – Excalibur
Photon Alexandra Queen
Photon Strike Bounzer
Divine Dragon Knight Felgrand
Number 36: Chronomaly Fork Hoyuk
Constellar Ptolemy M7
Number 6: Chronomaly Atlandis
Number 25: Force Focus
Grandopolis, The Eternal Golden City
Super Dimensional Robo Galaxy Destroyer