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"50% Off Sale" - How To Invest and Which Boxes To Pick

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Introduction

Older Boxes mostly contain outdated cards that have not seen play in a very long time, which is why, if you have a limited amount of resources available, you should generally just stay away from them.

Nobody should have to dig through a Box like The The Ultimate Rising to try and get a copy of Sphere Kuriboh because they might end up exhausting all their gems in the process, but what if those 200 packs costed 5,000 gems instead of 10,000? Would it be worth it then to invest? This is the question that I’m going to try and answer here; I’m going try and direct you towards the Boxes that contain the highest amount of value in order for you to take full advantage of the current sale.

I will be introducing which box is worth to invest and giving each card that’s good enough to be a reason to invest in a specific Box a rating from one to three stars in order to make this guide easier to go through. Let’s jump into it!

1st Main Box: The Ultimate Rising

Sphere Kuriboh [UR] ★★★

Sphere Kuriboh
Sphere Kuriboh
DARK Fiend ★1
ATK 300 / DEF 200
The Ultimate Rising [UR]
Selection Box Vol. 01 [UR]
When an opponent's monster declares an attack: You can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard; change the attacking monster to Defense Position. When you Ritual Summon a monster, you can banish this card from your Graveyard as 1 of the monsters required for the Ritual Summon.

Sphere Kuriboh has managed to stay relevant for a very long time and is still played to this day despite the fact that monsters like Ancient Gear Reactor Dragon are able to bypass it.

Sonic Bird [UR] ★

Sonic Bird
Sonic Bird
WIND Winged Beast ★4
ATK 1400 / DEF 1000
The Ultimate Rising [UR]
When this card is Normal or Flip Summoned, you can add 1 Ritual Spell Card from your Deck to your hand.

Sonic Bird is still played in Vendread, Cyber Angel, and Magician of Chaos decks because of its ability to search any Ritual Spell upon being Normal Summoned. If you are currently playing one of these decks and you are having trouble with consistency, you might want to consider investing in this Main Box.

Fusion Gate [UR] ★★

Fusion Gate
Fusion Gate
Field Spell
The Ultimate Rising [UR]
While this card is on the field: Either player can Fusion Summon a Fusion Monster without using "Polymerization", but the Fusion Material Monsters are banished instead of being sent to the Graveyard.

2nd Main Box: Neo-Impact

Senju of the Thousand Hands [UR] ★

Senju of the Thousand Hands
Senju of the Thousand Hands
LIGHT Fairy ★4
ATK 1400 / DEF 1000
Neo-Impact [UR]
When this card is Normal or Flip Summoned: You can add 1 Ritual Monster from your Deck to your hand.

Senju of the Thousand Hands is the universal searcher for Ritual Monsters and, just like Sonic Bird, it’s still played in a few specific decks.

Honorable Mentions - Mirror Wall [UR]

Mirror Wall
Mirror Wall
Continuous Trap
Neo-Impact [UR]
Each of your opponent's monsters that conducted an attack while this card was face-up on the field has its ATK halved as long as this card remains on the field. During each of your Standby Phases, pay 2000 LP or destroy this card.

We have a lot of Trap Cards that are potentially more impactful and devastating than Mirror Wall, but I still felt like it was worth mentioning it because of the fact that it can be activated during the Damage Step and because of its synergy with certain Skills.

3rd Main Box: Valkyrie’s Rage

Divine Wrath [UR] ★★

Divine Wrath
Divine Wrath
Counter Trap
Valkyrie's Rage [UR]
When a monster effect is activated: Discard 1 card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that monster.

Honorable Mentions - Nobleman of Extermination [UR] & Xing Zhen Hu [SR]

Nobleman of Extermination
Nobleman of Extermination
Normal Spell
Valkyrie's Rage [UR]
Select, destroy, and remove from play 1 face-down Spell or Trap Card. If it was a Trap Card, both players must remove from play all copies of that card from their Decks.

Nobleman of Extermination is still a decent option when it comes to backrow removal, but it has arguably been outclassed by cards like Hey, Trunade! and Cosmic Cyclone.

Xing Zhen Hu
Xing Zhen Hu
Continuous Trap
Valkyrie's Rage [UR]
Activate by selecting 2 Set Spell or Trap Cards on the field. The selected Spell or Trap Cards cannot be activated.

Xing Zhen Hu is a Continuous Trap that has actually seen some play relatively recently. Being able to lock your opponent’s backrow during the end of the turn is still pretty good since we only have 3 Spell & Trap Zones available.

4th Mini Box: Land of the Titans

Obedience Schooled [SR] ★

Obedience Schooled
Obedience Schooled
Normal Trap
Land of the Titans [SR]
If you control no monsters: Special Summon 3 Level 2 or lower Beast-Type Effect Monsters with different names from your Deck. Their effects are negated, and they are destroyed during the End Phase. If you activate this card, you cannot Special Summon for the rest of this turn, except Beast-Type monsters.

5th Main Box: Crimson Kingdom

Gozuki [UR] ★★

Gozuki
Gozuki
DARK Zombie ★4
ATK 1700 / DEF 800
Crimson Kingdom [UR]
Selection Box Vol. 01 [UR]
During your Main Phase: You can send 1 Zombie-Type monster from your Deck to the Graveyard. If this card is sent to the Graveyard: You can banish 1 Zombie-Type monster from your Graveyard, except "Gozuki"; Special Summon 1 Zombie-Type monster from your hand. You can only use each effect of "Gozuki" once per turn.

Gozuki still sees play in Vendread and Vampire decks. Samurai Skull represents a cheaper alternative to this card, but, in order to maximize consistency, they are usually played together.

Buster Blader, the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman [UR] ★★

Buster Blader, the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman
Buster Blader, the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman
LIGHT Warrior ★8
ATK 2800 / DEF
Generation Next [UR]
1 "Buster Blader" + 1 Dragon-Type monsterMust be Fusion Summoned and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. This card cannot attack directly. This card gains 1000 ATK and DEF for each Dragon-Type monster your opponent controls or is in their Graveyard. Change all Dragon-Type monsters your opponent controls to Defense Position, also Dragon-Type monsters in your opponent's possession cannot activate their effects. If this card attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict piercing battle damage to your opponent.

Buster Blader, the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman is an incredibly powerful card, especially when combined with the Continuous Trap DNA Surgery. Keep in mind that you are going to need both Buster Whelp of the Destruction Swordsman and Destruction Swordsman Fusion in order to play Buster Blader DNA Surgery, neither of which you will find in the Crimson Kingdom.

Buster Blader [R] ★★

Buster Blader
Buster Blader
EARTH Warrior ★7
ATK 2600 / DEF 2300
Crimson Kingdom [R]
This card gains 500 ATK for each Dragon-Type monster your opponent controls or is in their Graveyard.

For some unknown reason Buster Blader was not reprinted in Power of Bravery, so, if you want to play Buster Blader DNA Surgery, you actually have to dig through this Main Box to get it. Even if you get lucky and you manage to pull a Buster Blader, the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman in your very first pack, you still need this card.

Yes, you can play Goddess with the Third Eye and/or The Light - Hex-Sealed Fusion, but Buster Blader can be Special Summoned via Buster Whelp and it can also be searched via Emblem of Dragon Destroyer, so you probably still want to one or two copies of it.

Ultimate Providence [R] ★★

Ultimate Providence
Ultimate Providence
Counter Trap
Crimson Kingdom [R]
Selection Box Vol. 01 [R]
Dragunity Overdrive [R]
Blue-Eyes Evolution [R]
When a Spell/Trap Card, or monster effect, is activated: Discard the same type of card (Monster, Spell, or Trap); negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card.

7th Main Box: Generation Next

Floodgate Trap Hole [UR] ★★★

Floodgate Trap Hole
Floodgate Trap Hole
Normal Trap
Generation Next [UR]
When your opponent Summons a monster(s): Change that monster(s) to face-down Defense Position. Monsters changed to face-down Defense Position by this effect cannot change their battle positions.

Floodgate Trap Hole is still a good way of disrupting your opponent’s plays and slowing them down. The introduction of new Summoning mechanics are more than likely to make this Trap Card more relevant in the future.

Bacon Saver [R] ★★

Bacon Saver
Bacon Saver
DARK Zombie ★2
ATK 700 / DEF 600
Generation Next [R]
Selection Box Vol. 01 Mini [R]
Gagaga XYZ [R]
During either player's Battle Step, while an attack is occurring: You can banish this card from your Graveyard; negate the attack. You can only use the effect of "Bacon Saver" once per Duel.

Bacon Saver is currently played in Neos, Invoked Neos, and Cyberdark Neos decks. This Level 2 EARTH monster can be sent to the GY from the Deck via Neos Fusion and prevent even an Ancient Gear Reactor Dragon from attacking by banishing itself.

Samurai Skull [R] ★

Samurai Skull
Samurai Skull
DARK Zombie ★4
ATK 1700 / DEF 0
Generation Next [R]
Selection Box Vol. 01 Mini [R]
When this card is Normal Summoned: You can send 1 Zombie monster from your Deck to the GY. If this face-up card in its owner's control leaves the field because of an opponent's card effect: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Zombie monster from your Deck, except "Samurai Skull".

Samurai Skull is soon going to be taken off the Semi-Limited List, making it an even better option for Vampire decks.

7th Mini Box: Servants of Kings

Forbidden Chalice [SR] ★★

Forbidden Chalice
Forbidden Chalice
Quick Spell
Servants of Kings [SR]
Selection Box Vol. 01 Mini [SR]
Target 1 face-up monster on the field; until the end of this turn, that target gains 400 ATK, but its effects are negated.

Forbidden Chalice is a versatile Quick-Play Spell that can be used in a number of situations. You can ensure that your Drowning Mirror Force will not be negated by that Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En, you can prevent a Darklord Ixchel from applying the effect of The Sanctified Darklord from the GY, or you can simply use Forbidden Chalice to increase the ATK of one of your monsters, allowing it to get over something. Notable synergy with Beast King Barbaros, Masked HERO Anki, and the recently released Yosenju Kama 2.

Wall of Disruption [SR] ★★

Wall of Disruption
Wall of Disruption
Normal Trap
Servants of Kings [SR]
Selection Box Vol. 02 Mini [SR]
When an opponent's monster declares an attack: All Attack Position monsters your opponent controls lose 800 ATK for each monster they control.

Wall of Disruption is a pretty strong Trap Card that can punish your opponent for swarming the field, leaving them with a board full of 0 ATK monsters.

8th Main Box: Galactic Origin

Cosmic Cyclone [UR] ★★★

Cosmic Cyclone
Cosmic Cyclone
Quick Spell
Galactic Origin [UR]
Selection Box Vol. 01 Mini [UR]
Pay 1000 LP, then target 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field; banish it.

8th Mini Box: Blades of Spirit

Fire Formation - Gyokkou [SR] ★

Fire Formation - Gyokkou
Fire Formation - Gyokkou
Continuous Spell
Blades of Spirits [SR]
Selection Box Vol. 01 Mini [SR]
Activate this card by targeting 1 Set Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls. Your opponent cannot activate the targeted card in response to this card's activation. While this card is face-up on the field, that Set card cannot be activated. All Beast-Warrior-Type monsters you control gain 100 ATK.

9 Main Box: Primal Burst

Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress [UR] ★

Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress
Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress
LIGHT Spellcaster ★4
ATK 1700 / DEF 200
Primal Burst [UR]
Selection Box Vol. 01 Mini [UR]
You can target 1 Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls; this card's battle position cannot be changed until the end of your next turn, also change this card you control from face-up Attack Position to face-up Defense Position, and if you do, destroy that target. Once per turn, during your End Phase: Send the top 3 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard.

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Yaseen 3days ago
When will the 25 gem sale happen again?
<< Anonymous(Yaseen)
anonymous 3days ago Reply
another 4 month
<< Anonymous(anonymous)
Anonymous 3days ago Reply
3,5 month
anonymous 11days ago
Hey Guys! tomorrow last discount. next time another anniversary means have to wait 1 year. you better hurry up get the staples you need
<< Anonymous(anonymous)
Anonymous 11days ago Reply
No, it will return on the next KC Cup.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 11days ago Reply
It's every four months
Anonymous
All cards recommended here are excellent.. but I don’t like how this guide says for many boxes that every card not mentioned is “not worth investing in”. Cards like Kotetsu and Skreech have a really universal use that will remain good for years and have a lot of future potential due to there always being decks that benefit from their excellent generic use effects.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Aleister is worth trying to get
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
If they have future applications then they're worth investing in. Investing is something you should do thinking in the long term.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Even if it has future application how can we be sure said application will appear in the future?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
You can't guarantee it 100% but considering how they release really wide varieties of cards it's worth the low price.
Anonymous
In my opinion this sale is also a bait, none of the boxes covered have a good archetype on it, if you want to dig for staples use a dream ticket instead and save your gems for a decent archetype
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
It covers it. Yes. The blackwing box is imo the best to invest since it is good archtype and in tier list fora long time. It also has many harpie cards that it is almost certain that in future will become meta due to huge support they have and hasnt released yet.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Sorry I wouldn't gamble my gems on x deck getting more support in the future (right?, Darkworld players)

Blackwings is not meta anymore + you need to buy another mainbox that is not for sale
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Are you serious? A deck like BWs has a consistent play style and subsequently consistently been bouncing on, up and down the tier lists for the longest time. Yes you'll need to dig into another box to get the rest of the core cards, but black whirlwind is an absolute must, and this deck will continue to be relevant due to how explosive it is. And that's before they get the rest of their support.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
^^Yes, blackwings need indeed another box to get some of the core cards, which happens to be one of the best boxes so far.
^ well said. BW just move from tier 1 to tier 3 and vice versa for over a year. Solid deck.
Anonymous
Still debating if is better to keep my gems for the last or the next box or to dig Power of Bravery in order to make a Buster Blader deck (have the fusions)... Does it has any chance in this mass removal meta?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Sadly i didn't follow your advice. I dig the box 3 TIMES. I got the 1st buster sword in my LAST 2 PACKS (I WILL POST PIC).
My 2nd Buster Dragon last 21 packs.
All in all gems spent around 8000 for 3 dragons, 2 swords and a bunch of useless morphtronics.
Totally regret it. Stay away from old trash boxes.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
u will not regret it, bcs konami will release support for buster blad soon or later, 8K gems is a very good deal, mini box cost 6K Gems. And the ladder is full of blue eyes deck, good luck
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
The best boxes with 50% discount are Blackstorm Rising & Valiant Souls. Forget about the rest.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I am back! After all it wasnt that bad. The deck is actually worthy in our meta. It laughs at all bewd and random dragonunity and is fun to use. However, it is slow & far from being a tier deck. Despite that, I am happy with it. The bad thing is that I have only 1 buster blader fusion monster and I dont want to dig again Crimson Kingdom.. Also, it is sad Yugi has 0 lines for buster blader cards...
Anonymous
They didn't update the amount of boxes covered by this sale huh?
<< Anonymous(EAP)
Anonymous Reply
wait, I'm pretty sure las time this sale covered up to secret of the ancients, now is the same
<< Anonymous
EAP Reply
Nope. See for yourself.
<< Anonymous(EAP)
Anonymous Reply
some people just never read before commenting
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
That is the past event, the latest 50% include everything from the 1st main box through 17th mini box.
Anonymous
I wonder if I should go for cosmic or floodgate
Anonymous
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<< Anonymous
Adan Dzull Fhikar Reply
what? where
Anonymous
Blackstorm Rising. Nothing else.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Not meta but in the end you still lose terribly to Blackwing and continue whining.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Blackwing is a tier 3 in the japanese tier list. Overall it is still better than a lot of trash decks.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Don't you need 2 mainboxes to make the deck
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Since Blackwing is no longer meta. You can always save gems now and wait for 50% on the other box. Apart from Blackwing there are also plenty of support for Dragunity, Harpie, Glad Beast & Bujin. Cards of Consonance is here as well. Sakuretsu Armor is one of the best card for auto dueling against NPC.
Anonymous
Imo just invest in blackstorm rising. You will get the core bw cards, dragon support plus harpie card for future deck when more support get released. Dont follow the recomended guide and waste your gems! All these cards in the guide are already powercrept and have 0 future! The only exception is buster blader box which has some cards still waitting to be released!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Wtf no longer meta and people still crying about Raikiri turn 2?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Yeah, invest on actually good boxes for powerfull cards like neo imppact and valkyria rage...aha..as recommen..haha...hhahahahha
<< Anonymous(Not the OP)
Anonymous Reply
Cards of consonance is easier to get now just 1000 gems

And dragunity needs also a structure deck and another mainbox. A better option would be getting the SD then couse then the rest with tickets
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
blackstorm raising lol
Anonymous
the best investement is:
1- buster blader
2- obedience schooled
3- vampire deck
<< Anonymous
anonymous Reply
labirin of nightmare + mother spider = SUPRISE!! where is your buster blader ??
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
This must be trolling, those suggestions are garbage none of those cards have any relevance now
<< Anonymous
anonymous Reply
not with simpleton minded like you, narrow minded. add you as friend is no fun to play with. the feeling garbage deck beat meta deck on ranked only freestyle player know. very satisfied taste that s h i t
<< Anonymous(anonymous)
Anonymous Reply
I didn't understand, can your rephrase that?
Anonymous
50% gem discount is a must for everyone. You should never let this chance go away since it comes only 2 times per year! Finally got my 3rd cosmic cyclone, azure blue eyes and stardust dragon (nostalgia want), gozuki, dark paladin, for about 4000gem :)
<< Anonymous
TheCringer Reply
And the one before that?
<< Anonymous(TheCringer)
Anonymous Reply
September-October 2020. Already over.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Everybody was hoping that 4th anniversary event will include this.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
...AND IT DID!

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