The vids of the recently ended Philippine ACQ aren't ready yet (still being annotated and uploaded) so I'll post something about new stuff from GAOV that caught the attention of players.
First let's have the new card to join the ranks of Duality, Formula, Librarian, etc as generic draw card.
Cannot be Special Summoned. During your Main Phase 1, if this card was Normal Summoned during this turn: You can Tribute it; draw 2 cards, and enter your End Phase. You cannot Special Summon monsters during this turn.
It is a monster version of Pot of Greed but with a little restriction: you get 2 cards in exchange to proceeding to your End Phase. Meaning, whatever those cards you draw with this are useless for that turn as you cant use/set them right away. Of course, some cards can bypass this drawback such as "hand traps" - like Veiler and Maxx C - and Quick-play Spells that you can activate during the End Phase.
One way to use this is to do everything you can without making a normal summon before you play this card. Abusing Card Car D along with Pot of Duality will let you see a total of 11 cards from your deck on your first turn (Draw 6 >> Duality reveals 3 >> Car draws 2 more). You can see a total of 13 cards if you factor Allure of Darkness in, lol. Expect to see ppl using Duality, set traps, then summon Car to draw 2 and end turn.
Card Car D is definitely another game-changing card. Of course, everyone likes a free +1 but hates to let their opponent do the same. Thus, you can expect Car to get spammed by Veiler as it totally erases Car's effect since Car can only be tributed to draw during the turn it was normal summoned.
The second card is not a generic-use card but a support for an already powerful theme - Inzecters!
Once per turn: You can equip 1 "Inzektor" monster from your hand or Graveyard to this card. While this card is equipped to a monster, increase the equipped monster's Level by 2, and gains ATK and DEF equal to this card's ATK and DEF respectively. You can send this Equip Card to the Graveyard to target 1 monster you control; increase its Level by 1 or 2.
This lets Inzecters summon Ranks 4 and 5 monsters with ease with a single Damsel. Remember when Summoner Monk is used just to dump Hornet with Armaknight and make a Lavalval Chain? With Gruf, you can get the same results without risking your life with Monk!
With Gruf, you can make the following Xyz monsters and benefit!
1. Lavalval Chain = mill a Hornet or place Dark Armed Dragon or Damsel on your top deck
2. Daigusta Emeral = reshuffle your used Damsels and Centipedes back to your deck to draw more stuff
1. Tyrus = big monster that cant be destroyed except battle and destroys a card each time it attacks? wow
2. Volcasaurus = we know why Ring of Destruction is banned right? plus, this guy can attack too!
3. Inzecter Exa-Stag = can steal opponent's field/GY monster and equip to this guy
4. Ninja - Crimson Shadow = great on turn1 as it can't be destroyed for 2 turns!
Plus, the chances of you making a Inzecter stunt on Turn 1 marginally increases! Oh, and dont forget the new Rank 3 Xyz monsters that are coming out in Starter Deck 2012! Surely, Inzecters are receiving much love from Konami. lol
The last card is an Xyz monsters that looks mediocre but is actually pretty well designed.
2 Level 7 monsters
You can also Xyz Summon this card by using 1 face-up Rank 5 or 6 Xyz Monster you control as the Xyz Material. (Xyz Materials attached to that monster also become Xyz Materials of this card.) If this card attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict piercing Battle Damage to your opponent.
What's so great about this card is the fact that you can Xyz summon it on top of any Rank 5 or 6 monster for free - just like how you summon Chaos Hope Ray.
Summon this on top of Volcasaurus after you use its burn effect to be able to do a direct attack! This single move could possible end a duel outright! In a Hieroglyph deck, summon this on top of a used Atumus to be able to attack. Basically, you get to bypass the drawbacks a Rank 5 or 6 Xyz monster has in exchange for their powerful effects.
This ends my list of cards that caught my attention in the latest set GAOV. Konami is pushing products fast as in March we'll get Starter Deck 2012; then, come April we'll get set 801 "Return of the Duelist". Let's hope my money doesn't wear out faster than how new products come out, lol.
Thanks for reading!