Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Radiance of Darkness / Shining Darkness

I was reading Shriek's and DuelingDays' spoiler list for Photon Shockwave, and I was delighted to find this among the list of cards.

Image from DuelingDays

Radiance of Darkness / Shining Darkness 「闇の閃光」
Normal Trap Card
Activate by Tributing 1 DARK Monster you control with 1500 or [more/less] ATK. Destroy all monsters Special Summoned during this turn.
Super Rare

I did double check the translations due to my error with Evolkaiser Ragia. Also, the translation provided for Crimson Blader is correct. I believe the wikia still has the anime effect up, causing some confusion. Dueling Days has the name translated as Shining Darkness. Shriek has its effect as 1500 or more, and ArceusTheOriginalOne from this team has it translated as 1500 or less.

Anyway, with that out the way I can talk about the card itself. As an Infernity player, I am delighted with this card. Which attack boundary it has is totally irrelevant, the deck has been asking for something along these lines for quite some time. As many of you know, Konami has been revisiting banned cards recently, giving them a balanced counterpart (with the exception of Rescue Rabbit, which needs a ban). Due to the nature of its cost and the ways in which it can be used, it's fairly safe to assume that this is the dreaded Crush Card Virus's watered down cousin.

We also have what appears to be Dark Grepher in the artwork (hinting to the 1500 or more translation being correct). Fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! story lines now have another piece of the story of Warrior Dai Grepher and D.D. Warrior Lady. Quite fittingly, some of the decks that will use Radiance of Darkness will also use Dark Grepher, which will make decks look more complete on the whole I'm sure. Being a rarity freak, I'm pleased that it's a super rare and I hope it retains rarity when it arrives in TCG land.

On to the actual effect. What we have is an infinitely superior Special Hurricane. The ability to spring this on your opponent when they're weakest to it is fantastic. A lot of decks that will be using this are decks that can't utilize Royal Oppression, so this is a very nice way to level out the playing field. In a worst case scenario, this can also be used to dodge something like Dimensional Prison, or Caius the Shadow Monarch.

The one thing I don't like is that Dark Worlds will be able to use this. They already main the 2 legal Viruses, this could begin to make things a little silly. Fortunately, this and the upcoming Crimson Blader will help mitigate the deck a lot, along with the standard anti-DARK brigade.

That's about all I can think of. Tell me what you think of this card in the comments section.



  1. I think that it's a situational card. I suppose that it could possibly work in the right deck, but I don't see it being that big of a card.

    As for the translation, it's definitely 1500 ATK or more. The text is pretty clear in the picture you provided...

  2. Blackwings and GK will like this too

  3. Gravekeeper's sadly could easily main this card... I really don't want that to happen... Necrovalley and Spy/Recruiter... make this card live at all times and free... I'd run it over Royal Oppression in keepers if Royal Oppression wasn't so nutty.

  4. good side for dark world. seriously.