Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Review: Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring

[Zombie/Tuner/Effect]

ATK/0 DEF/1,800

When a card or effect is activated that includes any of these effects (Quick Effect): You can discard this card; negate that effect.
● Add a card from the Deck to the hand.
● Special Summon from the Deck.
● Send a card from the Deck to the GY.
You can only use this effect of “Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring” once per turn.

Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring is one of the most popular cards in Yu-Gi-Oh!. Many players play Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring because this card is an effective hand trap. Many decks are able to play this effect monster due to its generic effect. This effect monster is an answer for many decks, and it provides a strong counter against the opponent’s strategy.

First Effect:

Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring negates the effect of a card with the ability to add a card from the deck to the hand, special summon from the deck, and send a card from the deck to the graveyard. This powerful ability counters many cards. Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring prevents the opponent from gaining key cards and special summoning powerful monsters.

Therefore, Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring is a useful card for your deck. This effect monster the perfect counter against many decks. Nearly all archetypes will meet at least one of the three conditions for the first effect.

For instance, Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring negates the effect of Temperance of Prophecy. Temperance of Prophecy special summons a light or dark spellcaster at level five or higher from the deck. The opponent is unable to special summon his or her spellcaster from the deck due to the effect of Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring.

In addition, Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring is an effective card against cards with a heavy cost. This effect monster negates the effects of Pot of Desires and A Hero Lives. These cards have a high cost and the opponent would pay a heavy cost to only lose the effects.

Second Effect:

Furthermore, you may only activate one Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring per turn. This limitation adds balance to the card. You cannot spam an entire turn with more than one activation.

Weaknesses:

Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring is not the perfect hand trap. A few archetypes are unaffected by the effect of this card. These archetypes use other methods to gain resources and monsters. Some archetypes have multiple options to gain resources.

For instance, Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring cannot prevent a special summon from Polymerization. This spell card uses your cards from the field or hand as materials. Polymerization special summons a fusion monster from the extra deck.

Tuner Monster:

Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring is also a tuner monster. This effect monster may create Synchro Summons. It is a secondary option if you choose not to use the card’s first effect.

Support:

Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring has support due to her being a zombie. Many cards can add this card to your hand. Other cards may special summon her to the field.

Chaofeng, Phantom of the Yang Zing may add Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring from the deck to your hand. This effect activates when Chaofeng, Phantom of the Yang Zing is destroyed. You you get instant access to Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring.

Play these cards with Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring!
  • Chaofeng, Phantom of the Yang Zing

Card Rating:

Overall, Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring is one of the best hand traps in Yu-Gi-Oh!. Her effect slows the opponent down because she prevents the opponent from gaining a key card. Her generic effect fits in every deck. I recommend playing at least one copy of Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring in your deck.

Card Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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