Summoning Mechanic Evolution/Gimmick Part 2 – Fusions

Konami has released many Special Summoning techniques. These are Ritual, Fusion, Synchro, Xyz, Pendulum and Links. Over the years, the mechanics have evolved, giving new interaction and gameplay. Sometimes, the anime provides these evolutions semi-official terms. Other times, they are treated as a gimmick. This article will be one of the six-part series looking at the evolution for each summoning mechanic. Some of these evolutions haven’t appeared in the real game yet. I will also be using the terms from the anime to describe the evolutions.

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Summoning Mechanic Evolution/Gimmick Part 1 – Rituals

Konami has released many Special Summoning techniques from Ritual, Fusion, Synchro, Xyz, Pendulum and Links. Over the years, the mechanics have evolved, giving new interaction and play styles. Sometimes, the anime provides these evolutions semi-official terms. Other times, they are treated as a gimmick. This article will be one of the six-part series looking at the evolution for each summoning mechanic. Some of these evolutions haven’t appeared in the real game yet. I will be using terms from the anime to describe the evolutions. This article will assume you know how each summoning mechanic works.

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Impcantation Ruined Rituals

Ritual is an interesting Special Summoning mechanic. Just like Pendulums, Rituals are Special Summoned from the hand rather than the Extra Deck. However, for the same reason, Rituals suffer many consistency and minus issues. Over the years, Konami has released Ritual Archetypes that addresses these problems. Then one day, Konami decided to fix all these issues by creating the Impcantation archetype. Suddenly, Ritual decks became more consistent and less costly. However, Impcantation did more harm than good.

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When Erratas Go Too Far

You’ve been out of the game for quite a while. The last thing you remember dealing with is having your entire hand looped out due to Crush Card Virus and losing to Dark Armed Dragon beatdown. You were glad when CCV was banned, but still felt that it was time for you to leave.
When you heard that it came back off the banlist, you were surprised. How can a card so powerful come off the list all willy-nilly? But what was even more surprising to you is that absolutely no one played the card anymore.

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