Shaddoll Showdown - Product Review 1/2

Shaddoll Showdown - Product Review 1/2
Today, let's take a look back at one of the most renowned archetypes in yugioh that is still going strong up to date, the Shaddoll. They have been around since they debuted in Duelist Alliance back in 2014. Ever since then, they have been somewhat a versatile archetype that can be mixed to almost all archetypes that exist in the game. On Valentine’s Day of 2020, the archetype has finally gained new support cards from Yu-Gi-Oh!’s latest structure deck “Shaddoll Showdown”.

Retro-Look Back on 2014
Before we talk about the new support card, let's first have a brief history lesson about the archetype. The archetype was first released on April 14, 2020, along with Tellarknights and Yang Zing. This was the first set to be released under the new Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime, ARC V.

The archetype took the game by storm as it easily climbed it’s way into meta gaming. It was regarded as a top tier deck even without its second batch of support cards coming from the following set after Duelist Alliance, which is The New Challengers.

The Shaddoll Effects
The archetype revolves around the use of flip effects, trigger effects when their monsters are sent to the graveyard due to a card effect, and fusion summoning. Here are some monsters commonly used in the archetype:



Shaddoll Squamata can destroy a monster card on the field when flipped and can send a Shaddoll monster from deck to graveyard when sent to the graveyard by card effect.



Shaddoll Falco summons a Shaddoll from the graveyard when flipped and special summon itself face-down when sent to the graveyard by a card effect. Shaddoll Falco is a tuner which gives Shaddoll access to synchro summoning.



Shaddoll Dragon can bounce a card from field to hand when flipped and destroys a spell/trap card when sent to the graveyard by a card effect.



Shaddoll Hedgehog can add a Shaddoll Spell or Trap from deck to the hand when flipped and adds a Shaddoll monster from deck to hand when sent to the graveyard by a card effect.

Anti-Special Summon Shaddoll Squad
The fusion spell “Shaddoll Fusion” is what makes the archetype so dreadful. It’s a fusion spell that has a “Foolish Burial” effect when your opponent has a monster on the field that was special summoned from the Extra Deck. Shaddoll’s fusion monsters materials are only composed of 1 Shaddoll monster and 1 monsters with a corresponding attribute to what is to be fusion summoned, for example, El Shaddoll Winda requires to have 1 Shaddoll monster and 1 DARK attribute monster as its material since Shaddoll Midrash is DARK attribute, and El Shaddoll Construct requires 1 Shaddoll monster and 1 LIGHT attribute monster as its materials since it is a LIGHT attribute monster. On top of that, when their fusion monsters are sent to the graveyard from the field. They get to recycle a Shaddoll spell/trap card, which means they can get to fusion summon an El Shaddoll monster again on their turn.



The fusion monsters itself pose a problematic scenario to the opponent because most of their effects put special summoning on check. Here are the most fusion monsters that are commonly used:



El Shaddoll Winda prevents players from special summoning more than once each turn and it also has an effect that prevents it from being destroyed by an opponent's card effect once each turn.



El Shaddoll Construct can send a Shaddoll card from deck to the graveyard if special summoned and it destroys any monster it battles with before damage calculation.



El Shadoll Grysta can negate the special summon of an opponent's monsters if you have a spare Shaddoll card to discard.



El Shaddoll Shekhinaga can negate the activation of effects of an opponent’s special summoned monster if you have a spare Shaddoll card to this card.

Shaddoll had a great run on its debut but was overpowered by succeeding archetypes like “Qliphort”, “Masked HERO” and “Nekroz”. This is because the mentioned happened to have a card that stops the floodgate effect of El Shaddoll Wendi. Also, Shaddoll took a hit in the following banlist after its release.

In the next part of this article, we’ll look at the new support cards for Shaddoll that are found in the new structure deck.

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