Nekroz of Brionac is without a doubt the most talked about card of the recently released Secret Forces booster pack. It's hugely powerful, crazy expensive, and a staple at three in any Nekroz deck. We haven't seen an individual card hit the prices Nekroz of Brionac has achieved since Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack last year, and many people are surprised at the huge price jump. But why is Brionac so good?

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First off, its on-field effect tears apart plenty of strategies. Once per turn you can target and shuffle two monsters that were Special Summoned from the Extra Deck and send them back there. Brionac's effect is essentially the perfect counter to Burning Abyss' double Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss opening that's so common, and paired with Nekroz of Trishula you've usually got the game decided on the very first turn.

Maybe more importantly though, Nekroz of Brionac can add any Nekroz monster to your hand. That kind of brings the whole strategy together. You can search Brionac with Manju of the Ten Thousand Hands or Senju of the Thousand Hands. That means you're pretty much playing nine copies of every Nekroz monster, and since Brionac can search Nekroz of Clausolas it means you're playing nine copies of all the Nekroz Ritual Spell Cards, too.

Brionac might be tough to find, but it's one of the biggest reasons for the unmatchable consistency of Nekroz. Do you have your Brionacs yet? If you're planning on playing Nekroz in the coming weeks I wish you the best of luck picking them up!

-Doug Zeeff