Friday, 8 June 2012

Ice Counter Monsters

Currently in the TCG, there are only 2 monsters that utilise Ice Counters: Ice Master and Cold Enchanter.

Cold enchanter allows you to discard and put an ice counter on a monster, and allow it to gain attack power. Discarding 2 makes it 2200 which isn't too bad. Of course Discarding for an effect is pretty stupid. Both cards are quite underwhelming at this point. However Konami are throwing them a bone in Abyss Rising. Joining their team is Snowman Creator

When this card is Summoned: You can place a number of Ice Counters on face-up monsters your opponent controls equal to the number of face-up WATER monsters you control. If 3 or more Ice Counters are added by this effect, you can destroy 1 card your opponent controls.

Fortunately it can be used on it's own, but it does have it's use with the other cards. As long as you summon it while you control 2 other Water monsters, you can destroy a card on the field. A good combo to do would be to destroy a back row card and then tribute this card and another water monster to summon Ice master. Then you can tribute Ice Master and Raigeki your opponent's field. It's quite situational but who cares!

However, Konami have made it so this group of monsters (It's not big enough to be an Archetype yet) are doomed to fail from the beginning. Since Cold Enchanter and Snowman Creator are both 1600 attack, you cannot get them back with salvage. Fortunately Snowman Creator can be fetched by Geargiganto X since it's a machine type, and getting 2 water monsters on the field is not too difficult in frogs. 

Please comment below and tell me how you feel about Konami doing stupid stuff like this. They make a group of monsters with a lot of potential, but give them a fundamental flaw that stops them from being really playable.


  1. summon 3 monsters? so you give a great opportunity to your opponent to torrential tribute :o

  2. The whole archetype is trash. If you're playing an opponent smart enough to run generic cards like torrential tribute, then you've already lost.

  3. Who knows, perhaps eventually there will be support that will make this archetype god-tier