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Light’s Revenge: Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn

Light’s Revenge: Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn

For a long time, only a few elite Duelists were able to get their hands on Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn. Minerva was a prized card, only available to the top finishers at Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series events. Despite its incredible rarity, Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn made lots of appearances at the top tables of major tournaments. It was a central card in many Lightsworn and Zombie Decks, for Duelists lucky enough to possess it. Now, thanks to the release of Battles of Legend –Light’s Revenge –, Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn is being reprinted, and Duelists everywhere will finally be able to take advantage of its power! 

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Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn is a Rank 4 Xyz Monster that’s easy to Summon. You can Summon Minerva simply by combining any two Level 4 monsters. Minerva comes with two incredible effects, each of which can be used once per turn.

First, by detaching one Xyz Monster from Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn, you can send the top 3 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard, and draw cards equal to the number of “Lightsworn” cards sent there. Second, if Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn is destroyed by battle or by an opponent’s card effect, you can send the top 3 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard and then destroy cards on the field up to the number of “Lightsworn” cards sent to the Graveyard by Minerva.

Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn is an obvious fit for Lightsworn Decks, since you’ll need to send Lightsworn cards from your Deck to your Graveyard with its first effect to draw cards, and with its second effect to destroy cards. Sending Wulf, Lightsworn Beast to the Graveyard with either of Minverva’s two effects and Special Summoning Wulf to the field with its own effect can be Duel-changing. Sending any other Lightsworn monster to the Graveyard with Minerva’s effect is also beneficial to the Duelist wielding Minerva.

Even though Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn shines best in Decks that use Lightsworn monsters, it’s also a powerful card to support any strategy that thrives on sending cards to the Graveyard. Many Decks can use it to load up the Graveyard with cards to banish to activate the effect of Fairy Tail – Snow. Some Decks can use Minerva’s effect to send Performage Trick Clown to the Graveyard and then Special Summon Trick Clown back to the field with its own effect.

Zombie Decks can take advantage of Minerva’s power by sending Mezuki to the Graveyard so that Mezuki’s effect can be activated to Special Summon a monster. Zombie Decks can also benefit from sending Shiranui Solitaire and Shiranui Spiritmaster to the Graveyard so that their effects will activate when they’re banished to activate the effect of Fairy Tail – Snow. Infernoid Decks can use Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn to send Infernoid monsters from the top of the Deck to the Graveyard, fueling the Summons of the Deck’s most powerful Infernoid monsters.

No matter what Deck you’re playing, if it uses Level 4 monsters and benefits from sending cards to the Graveyard, Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn can help it out. It’ll be much easier to test out Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn in your Extra Deck when Battles of Legend –Light’s Revenge – releases on July 7th!

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