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Product Preview: 2021 Tin of Ancient Battles!

Product Preview: 2021 Tin of Ancient Battles!

Regular visitors to konami's Yugioh website all have their eyes on one product right now: the 2021 Mega Tin, otherwise named the Tin of Ancient Battles! Boldly depicting an artwork of a clash between The Dark Magician and Blue Eyes White Dragon, this year's upcoming tin is primed to take the world by storm, and waves of excitement have already started to wash over duelists worldwide in anticipation of the next big reprint product to hit the market. Although originally set for release in August, the tin's release has now been postponed by a fortnight to the 17th of September, possibly due to the recent release of Ghosts From The Past- a set which we covered in last week's article. That said, let's go over everything we know about this product so far- which is actually quite a lot! Also be on the lookout for a follow-up article in August, where we'll go into even more detail about what you can expect from this golden box of awesomeness!

That, ladies and gentlemen, is what this year's tin is expected to look like; the second part of the infamous Tablet of Lost Memories brought to life in your hands! Konami has also been eager to point out that the tins are designed in a manner that'll allow you to stack them up on top of each other, so you can place it on top of last year's mega tin to make your very own reconstruction of the Pharaonic Tablet to grace your table display! Product design is good and all, but here's another thing this year's tins have in common with the 2020 ones: the card rarity distribution has remained exactly the same, with each mega pack containing 1 Prismatic Secret Rare, 2 Ultra Rares, 2 Super Rares, 1 Rare, and 12 Commons. That gives you one really bloated mega pack of 18 cards: cosnidering that each tin has THREE of these packs, your haul of cards in one tin alone is gonna be a whopping 54 cards! Guess the mega tins really are mega now, folks!

The hype doesn't end there: the 2021 tins have also been reported to hold three never before seen World Premiere cards designed to boost the classic BEWD/DM strategies to keep them formidable even in today's format. While some influencers have been keen to point out that Konami seems to be overdoing it with the nostalgia service- and we do agree to an extent- let us not forget that Red Eyes Black Dragoon is, for all technical purposes, actually a classic deck support as well and it has shown absolute meta-breaking potential immediately following its release last year! That said, can we expect to see a Blue Eyes White Dragoon this year? Who knows, but wouldn't that be something to behold! Time and again, these classical decks have taken the meta by surprise (Blue Eyes after Shining Victory and Dark Magician after Magician's Souls was released) and we'd be fools to underestimate them now. We're calling it guys: these 3 cards will be nothing to scoff at!

Let's get to the juiciest part of the discussion now- the reprints! As is the case with every mega tin, we can expect to see all the major meta-influencing cards from the last year find themselves reprinted in these sets, and man does this year's roster look promising! As stated by Konami, "the 2021 Tin Mega-Pack mega-set is made up of popular cards released in 2020, including cards from Ignition Assault, Eternity Code, Rise of the Duelist, Phantom Rage, and more!" Any meta player worth a single life point knows the significance of this sentence: this is the time to capitalize on the best chance we'll ever have to get the best cards of 2020. Let's go over the biggest entries in this category one by one!

First up is a meta-breaking card released in Ignition Assault: Lightning Storm! This monstrous spell card is the very definition of power-creep since it's basically a Lightning Vortex and Harpie's Feather Duster in one card. Used as an excellent board-breaker by going 2nd decks, Lightning Storm has remarkable OTK and resource depleting potential when used correctly. At best, it'll wipe away your opponent's Mystic Mine and infuriating floodgates and at worst, it'll demand your opponent to expend a negate to protect their field; whatever the case, there's never a bad time to use this card. Another advantage is that unlike Evenly Matched, which demands that you sacrifice your battle phase, there is absolutely no drawback tied to this monstrosity other than a Hard OPT clause to protect itself from the banlist. Currently valued at over $110, the 2021 tins will offer a much needed reprint to bring this card down to a reasonable price!

Next up is the infamous link 4 that goes by Accesscode Talker. With one of the most relaxed summoning conditions on a link 4 (it's easier to get out than the Borrel family) and a spell speed 4 non-targetting, non OPT effect and the potential to easily reach over 4000ATK, it's easy to see why this card's name strikes fear in duelists' hearts everywhere. This OTK machine leaves little in terms of defense left on your opponent's field by the time it's done wreaking havoc. If you're interested in buying one of these guys, get ready to work some real overtime shifts, because you'll need to choke up $110 (plus shipping) to get a copy. Eternity Code's Accesscode Talker is sure to be a sure hit in these tins!! Borrelsword Dragon's days are numbered when Accesscode Talker's joins the fray!

Now coming onto Phantom Rage, meet the XYZ monster in everyone's dreams: Divine Arsenal AA Zeus- Sky Thunder! That name's quite a mouthful indeed but it's rather appropriate given that your opponent will have quite a lot to say after you're through using this guy's effect. Splashable in absolutely any XYZ deck, this Rank 12 behemoth can, as a quick effect, rid the field of absolutely every single card other than itself- leaving your opponent with moot and you with a 3000 ATK beatstick. If your deck runs Limiter Removal, you can easily open up OTK plays with this 6000 ATK machine of mayhem. Quick-effect non-targetting, non-destruction removal constitutes one of the most powerful (if not THE most powerful!) forms of removal in the game, and Zeus gives every deck this opportunity, with a 3000 ATK body. Valued at just under $90, this card is in desperate need of a reprint, and the 2021 tins are just in time to provide such an opportunity! Imagine ripping open a booster and finding this guy looking back at you!

Triple Tactics Talent is the next card we'll showcase today. Forbidden Droplet has long been regarded as the (single) best generic card to come out of Rise of The Duelist, but we're here to give TTT it's rightful place in the spotlight! This card offers the effects of 3 long-banned cards all at the mere cost of your opponent activating a monster effect on your turn: Pot of Greed, Change of Heart and Forceful Sentry all are at your command!
Opponent Discarded Ash Blossom and ruined your search? Draw 2 cards, king!
Opponent Psyframe Gamma'd your monster? Change of heart his level 2 tuner for ridiculous Synchro and/or Needlefiber plays!
Opponent used Effect Veiler to ruin your Lady Debug search? Show them what it feels to lose out a combo piece by ripping their hand!
The possibilities with this card are endless and skilled duelists can completely change the tide of a duel in a single go with this multipurpose card! Get ready to snatch your copy up in September!

The 2021 tins have the potential to be one of the best products released in YuGiOh history and it is no exaggeration to hold high hopes in light of the fact that YuGiOh tins have consistently proven themselves to be high quality products, especially since 2019. While we've tried to cover some of the most anticipated cards, this small list just can't do justice to the massive potential that these tins bring forth! Everything from Dogmatikas to Alpha, the Master of Beasts to Tribrigades can be up for grabs in this product; for now we just have to wait and be on the lookout for any more updates! Expect to see a follow-up article in August, when we'll know much more about what really made it way into this long-awaited product!
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