For the sixth part of my GAOV preview I’m looking at the new Evol cards. They’ve existed since PSHW, and the Evolzars (Laggia and Dolkka) have made a massive impact on the game through the Dino Rabbit deck and the increasing popularity of Jurrac Guaiba. However few have opted to use the Evol deck as a whole, despite having cards like Westlo, Najasho, Cerato and Evo-Force. In GAOV we get one new Evoltile, one new Evolsaur, and two new support cards, but it remains to be seen if even these will change people’s minds.
Evoltile Lagosuchus: Level 3 1200/500 Fire Reptile
When this card is Normal Summoned: You can send 1 “Evolsaur” monster from your Deck to the Graveyard. When this card is flipped face-up: You can Special Summon 1 “Evoltile” monster from your Deck.
Lagosuchus is a mixed purpose Evoltile. If you normal summon him you can help set up Vulcano plays by putting an Evolsaur in the graveyard. If you set him and then flip him you can fetch another Evoltile monster such as Najasho, allowing you to set up for Evo-Force plays. Alternatively you could get Westlo to make Rank 3s, but you probably won’t want to make that play very often. I wouldn’t run too many of this card since it has weak stats, and the searching capabilities are outmatched by another card in this set, which we’ll get to later.
Evolsaur Darwinos: Level 5 2200/700 Fire Dinosaur
When this card is Special Summoned by the effect of an “Evoltile” monster: You can Target 1 face-up monster; increase its Level by up to 2.
Darwinos is the latest Evolsaur and this time it opens up Rank 5 plays for the deck, since it can turn another card into a Level 5 alongside himself. Unfortunately there isn’t yet a Rank 5 Evolzar to use this to its full potential, but Tiras and Adreus are nothing to scoff at. Darwinos allows you to have more varied Najasho and Evo-Force plays, but probably won’t be replacing Cerato, Vulcano and Diplo.
Varied Evolution: Normal Spell Card
Add 1 “Evoltile” or “Evolsaur” monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only activate 1 “Varied Evolution” per turn.
This is the most important of the new Evol cards, and finally offers a way to search for Evoltile cards. Previously you had to use Fossil Dig (if anything), which could only get Evolsaurs, which honestly you’d rather keep in the deck anyway. Now you have a much easier time searching for Najasho and setting up all your big plays. Even if you can’t make a Najasho play you could always get Westlo for a more defensive play. This adds some much needed consistency to the deck, and should be played in all Evol decks.
Compensation of Evolution: Continuous Spell Card
Once per turn, if a monster is Special Summoned by an “Evoltile” monster: You can target 1 card on the field; destroy that target.
Compensation seems like a good card when you read it, since it destroys cards for free when you special summon using an Evoltile monster. Since this is pretty much the point of the deck you’d expect this to be happening a lot. Unfortunately it would probably take away from the consistency of the deck. The card is completely useless if you don’t have an Evoltile, meaning you could end up drawing it when you’d rather just have a card you can play instead. If you got it whilst setting up, or even just when hiding behind a Westlo it would make your big plays even easier by clearing out the opponent’s defenses, but I’m not so sure it’s worth the consistency issues.
Evol get a powerful boost from Varied Evolution, which should see play in any Evol deck from now on. I expect we’ll probably see Lagosuchus in at least 1 copy in some decks because of the first turn Vulcano plays it can set up, but I don’t think we’ll see more than 1 copy getting played. Unfortunately I doubt the other two will see any serious play in the deck. Next time I’ll be looking at some of the remaining themes in the set, which includes Gagaga, Dragons and Water.