Dive into the magical and fantastical world of Yu-Gi-Oh!, a card game that has captivated fans for a quarter-century with its dazzling array of wizards, warriors, robots, Egyptian gods, and demons all locked in epic combat. Come February 2024, Western enthusiasts of the game will be treated to the release of the brand-new Phantom Nightmare set, which promises to introduce the enigmatic “Burned City” or “Ashened” cards in English. This fresh addition to the collectible card game has ignited the excitement of many fans with its artwork and themes echoing the iconic Dark Souls series crafted by Hidetaka Miyazaki.
Let’s take a closer look at these unique Burnt City cards from Yu-Gi-Oh! that are stirring up reminders of Dark Souls. Konami, the creators of Yu-Gi-Oh!, amped up the anticipation with a promotional video that showcased these cards, offering players a glimpse into their synergy and how to strategically wield them effectively in the game.
What cards are we talking about? The initial release includes some fascinating characters: Veidos the Dragon Eruption of Extinction, King of the Burnt City, Hero of the Burnt City, Priestess of the Burnt City, and a Field Magic called Obsidim, the Burnt City. Let’s not forget Veidos Awakening, a Quick-Play Magic, and Burned by Eternity, a Continuous Trap.
So, what’s the go-to strategy with the Scorched City deck? The action revolves primarily around Veidos the Extinction Eruption Dragon and Obsidim the Scorched City. Picture this: You play Obsidim in your Field Zone, then trigger Veidos’ Quick Effect to summon it onto your opponent’s field, destroying your side’s Obsidim. This chain of events allows you to grab Scorched for Eternity and, at the same time, summon another “Scorched” monster from your deck to the field.
The fun doesn’t stop there. You can pack your Monster Field full by utilizing King of the Burnt City, Hero of the Burnt City, and Priestess of the Burnt City. After setting up your field, you can launch attacks or deploy effects to topple the Veidos on your opponent’s side. One of Veidos’ abilities allows you to obliterate all monsters on the field if you wish, providing a pathway to clear your opponent’s threats.
Not only is the strategy appealing, but the lore and art designs of these cards are heavily influenced by the Dark Souls saga. A prominent theme among these cards is the interplay of fire and ash (all the monsters are Pyro Type), a pair of elements central to the acclaimed video game trilogy. According to the narrative, the resilient inhabitants of the Burned City face Veidos, a formidable dragon responsible for reducing Obsidim to ashes. The resultant ashened beings have transcended death, engaged in an eternal struggle, a tale fitting of a Dark Souls title.
The striking resemblance of these card characters to Dark Souls figures is uncanny. The King of the Burnt City bears an extraordinary likeness to Gwyn, the Lord of Cinder, and even to Godfrey, the First Lord of the Circle from Elden Ring. The Priestess of the Burnt City’s unique mask draws parallels to the Fire Keeper from Dark Souls III. The Hero of the Burnt City channels the Smoke Knight from Dark Souls II, and Veidos the Dragon Eruption of Extinction could easily be mistaken for Midir, the Devourer of Darkness from Dark Souls III.
Interestingly, the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game has even introduced a card called Bonfire, not officially part of the Scorched City family but synergistic with the deck. It enables players to fetch copies of the Burnt City Priestess from their deck. In the competitive arena, this card has skyrocketed to become one of the priciest in the current metagame, fetching up to fifty euros for a single card.
All the enthralling cards of the Burnt City/Ashened archetype are available in the West in the Phantom Nightmare set’s booster packs, which were launched on February 8, 2024. Moreover, there’s talk that these cards might soon grace Yu-Gi-Oh! video games like Duel Links and MasterDuel. Fans also speculate that Konami won’t stop here and may expand the Scorched City family with new entries in the future, as has been the case with numerous other archetypes in the rich, ever-evolving landscape of Yu-Gi-Oh!