The Moonlit Savior ~ Preview Article 2 ~ The Coming of the Primogenitor

Well last week we had the savior so this week let’s show off the villain. There has been so much speculation about who this and the other white haired character are. “It’s Grimm!” “It’s Dracula” “It’s Dark Reflect” “It’s Chronos”. Nope. It’s Gill Lapis. Who is Gill Lapis? Well perhaps you recognize his name from Blazer GILL Rabus, or Sylvia GILL Palarilius. Yes, that’s right. Gill Lapis is their master. Gill Lapis is the Primogenitor.

Willing to bet he has some killer Emo poetry in his trapper keeper.

His Judgment cost is quite similar to Kaguya’s, a total cost of three with a moon will in there. He, however, does not have the will fixing ability that Kaguya does. He doesn’t even have something comparable. That’s going to make playing multiple attributes of will with Gill Lapis a little more difficult, but given things like Ruler’s Memoria and Magic Stone of Moonshade it shouldn’t be that tough. Gill Lapis only has one ability, but boy is it a big one. It’s basically a weaker version of Barrier of Shadows for free, and absolutely one hundred percent constant…well, sort of. This effect forces your opponent to pay one void more for all activated abilities of Regalia. This sounds like an annoyance for most decks but will hit Reflect and Overlord Valentina decks quite hard. With the errata, Reflects ability to generate magic tokens became more reliant on Orb of Illusion, and against Gill Lapis the orb will take a serious hit. Let’s not even talk about the fact that poor Valentina is all about using a zillion Regalia. Of course any deck using Regalia may be bothered by this, but most other decks won’t outright lose because of the slowdown of Regalia activated abilities. So there’s not a whole lot to Gill Lapis’ ruler side, mostly because his one constant ability is such a huge blow to *ahem* certain decks. Here’s the thing though. When you get three will and use his Judgment ability…

I recommend Leginus brand eyedrops. The only eyedrops that cure all eye irritation symptoms.

He loses the Regalia weigh down ability! But wow is he a big fellah. He doesn’t have Some of the stuff that makes other beefy J-rulers like Bahamut or Sylvia the threats that they are. What with the whole lacking of swiftness and flying and…everything. But he certainly does have some tricks up his sleeve! When the Primogenitor appears on your field you can immediately search for a Pitch Black Moon which grants your J-ruler 200 extra ATK and DEF. So really, the Primogenitor enters the field as a 1400/1400, which is absolutely terrifying. Similarly to Kaguya he has a one moon will counter ability. His, however, lets you cancel activated abilities. So it kind of makes up for the loss of adding a void to the cost of Regalia abilities…except not really. The ability is fine, certainly cheap, but its a bit of a step down in efficacy, though you can stop an activated ability of a non-Regalia card now. His two will ability is…pretty lame. It just lets you sap a J/Resonator’s ATK and DEF by 200. It can be good for that little extra push to knock out a J/Resonator, or kill of a Wind Sprite, but in most situations you’ll likely want to be using that two will for something a little more…productive. His last ability is probably the most interesting, and also the most conditionally dependent on your opponent. Gill Lapis has a type of God’s Art we’ve never seen before in this game. For a total cost of four will you’ll be able to search your opponent’s deck and steal a Resonator, Regalia, and Addition: Field and put them into your field. So basically there are two major ways this ability can be used. First is the logical approach, steal your opponent’s best stuff and use them to hit your opponent. The second is to steal the cards your opponent needs and deny them their win condition. The real hitch to this is that while likely you’ll always be able to steal a strong Resonator, how useful the Regalia and Addition: Field will be is largely depend on the type of deck your opponent is running. I sincerely doubt playing Holy Ground of Four Sacred Beasts is going to help your Primogenitor deck all that much. But that’s sort of the fun of this ability, I suppose. It allows for a lot of creative strategic maneuvers.

A metric pain to carry around.

Yeup. That’s the Earth. That is actually Earth. That is what happened to the Earth. Gill Lapis compressed it into a regalia. And what a regalia it is. Similarly to Kaguya’s Apollo, The Earth allows for generation of Moon Will, but only for Gill Lapis’ Judgment or God’s Art as well as paying for activated abilities of J/resonators. This means you’ll likely want to be using The Earth as your source of will for Gill Lapis’ counter ability, keeping your actual stones for more important cards and effects. The real difference with this regalia however, is the second ability. By resting and banishing the card you can return Gill Lapis to his ruler side. Why would you do this? Because J-ruler Lapis does not have the regalia weigh down effect. So with this ability you can swap back to the ruler side to mess up your opponent’s regalia, a useful trick when up against Overlord Valentina or other regalia heavy decks like Bahamut.

Quick! Someone play Oath to Order!

Hey its that card that I said what it does already! With a cost of two and a power up effect that doesn’t extend to your resonators, you’ll probably only want to run one or two copies of this Addition (especially since Lapis just lets you search for it upon Judgment). If you decide to run more copies though, the card isn’t just for aggressive J-rulers. By paying one moon will and discarding a resonator, you’ll be able to recover a different resonator from your graveyard, a handy little swap, especially if the card you drop is something like Arthur, Dread Lord of Vengeance who can be recovered easily from the graveyard. This card promises not only to make Lapis players happy also combo decks that work with the graveyard as searchable material.

Oh shoot, who shot a number nine shell?

shell?
And of course since Gill Lapis is basically the final boss, he has an attack that just shuts off space and time, because subtlety is for noobs I guess. Although despite the name the card really doesn’t actually collapse all of space and time so much as it does pick off a resonator or regalia. Always good to see another card that can remove pesky regalia from the mix. If you’re J/ruler is Gill Lapis you’ll be able to destroy one resonator and one regalia, increasing the value of the card immensely. A simple destructive card that is versatile and handy.

The problem is he’s always calling at 3 AM and he just wants to ask “What are you thinking about?”

This sounds kind of familiar to the name of another card…huh. Wonder if that is related in any way. This is a simple Spell: Chant-Instant card that will let you salvage a resonator from the graveyard, similar to how Pitch Black Moon functions. By paying a total cost of two (one moon will and one void) you can awaken the card, allowing you to search your maid deck for a darkness resonator and add it to your hand. A nice salvage card that can be upgraded to gain two resonators instead of one. This is sure to make a lot of darkness players very happy. Darkness has always had trouble maintaining its hand and cards like this and Pitch Black Moon could really help out in that area.


She makes a mean peanut brittle.

While we’ll have a larger look at darkness resonators later, why don’t we have a quick peek at one right now. Witch of the Night is an interesting turn one resonator. With 800 DEF the card is out of thunder range, very rare for a total cost one resonator, and can even block most two and three cost resonators without dying. Now the tradeoff is that Witch of the Night has no ATK, which is saddening of course. However, let’s check her ability! For one moon will, which can be paid for with The Earth by the way, she can weaken a target resonator by 200 ATK. This card will certainly not be dealing any hefty damage to your opponent any time soon. But since a deck with Gill Lapis is likely to be an offensive J-ruler focused one, this card could be very useful for running defense and stalling.


Homura’s probably going to want this back at some point.

Last for today, similarly to last time, is another memoria magic stone. This one will allow you to produce moon or darkness will. Unfortunately the Primogenitor cannot turn moon will into another attribute, so if you want a multi-attribute deck, you’ll have to rely on the old tricks to do so.
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Be sure to check back on Friday for another preview article! And look for The Moonlit Savior, in stores on March 11th!
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Written by Jordan E. Blanco


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