As far back as most people can remember in Yu-Gi-Oh a huge staple has been the infamous Book of Moon, a quick-spell card with a million different uses, but only one effect. Still being limited, BoM has still been a very successful and viable tech in the TCG/OCG metagame. Now it’s time to showcase Books’s slightly less used cousin, the Book of Eclipse.
Book of Eclipse, (BoE), has seen some play since its very first release. It makes for an interesting card that not many other decks, besides the occasional mill/burn or needle bug nest deck, would run. In the format we are shifting into, where an OTK might be the fastest and easiest way to win the game for most decks, Eclipse really outshines Book of Moon. Instead of BoM’s 1 card flip, BoE is a non targeting quick-spell that covers both fields preventing huge plays.
Recently there has been a shift in the meta where BoE has become pretty viable in decks such as Nekroz and Atlantean, or just a huge side in our normal meta.
BoE has several different uses such common defensive plays like stopping eff of huge extra deck monster monsters to stopping a huge battle phase or even prevent extra deck summons. More interesting plays include negating effects such as Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit or even Effect Veiler.
Take for example your opponent has a lock, such as the recently banned djinn, on the field and you can’t get over it so along with BoM you can also BoE to turn ALL monsters face-down and get rid of the lock. Say you have a monster on the field and you’re going to activate the effect of said monster but your opponent decides a Fiendish Chain looks super good on your monster so you can BoE/BoM to stop your opponent’s monster and save your own. A more offensive play is to attack over the defense and clear their field and if you’re lucky inflict piercing damage (looking at you Thunder Charger!).
Other offensive strategies including getting over huge lock downs and wave clears such as what happened in the 2015 Singapore Yu-Gi-Oh Open Tournament where a Masked E-Hero player was able to set up the Masked Hero Dark Law + Cyber Dragon infinity Combo, but with a well time BoE the opposing Atlantean-Mermail player was beating over it and taking the game.
Commonly seen Nekroz plays are involving the super heavy Nekroz of Decisive Armor after a good BoE they summon the big guy and use his effect to clear your field. Decisive Armor’s effect allow’s the controller to target one set card your opponent controls destroy it and and when you do banish it. Along with it its 3300 after the book use Decisive’s effect and clear some of the field up for a big smack to your life points along with whatever Trishula/Valkyrus your opponent decides to throw at you. Another common strategie includes using an already on field Manju/Senju of the Ten-Thousand Hands, flipping them face down and back up to search again.
Book of Eclipse is a huge rising star and is generating a lot if excitement. I think the card is going to be getting even better as decks get faster, and we’ll need a way to slow them down. This is definitely a card to be thinking about.