Number 9: Dyson Sphere
2 Level 9 monsters
Once per Battle Step, during your opponent’s turn, if this card with Xyz Material is attacked: Negate the attack (this is a Quick Effect). When this card is targeted for an attack, while it has no Xyz Materials: You can target 2 monsters in your Graveyard; attach those targets to this card as Xyz Materials. During your Main Phase 1: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; this card can attack your opponent directly this turn. Your opponent must control a monster with higher ATK than this card for you to activate and to resolve this effect.
Can Be Found In: Abyss Rising (ABYR-EN044)
The higher a level a monster has the harder is to summon. That has been a basic rule since the beginning of the game with Tribute Summoning to the expansion of choices in the Extra Deck. However, some decks or monsters have it better than others to setup their arrival, as entire strategies can quickly gather creatures ready to summon a big one to staple cards able to shortcut resources. Some have it better than others specially when it comes to Xyz monsters, as there’s a few Ranks which although not the highest have it tougher than even Rank 10 builds.
"Number 9: Dyson Sphere" is a ruler on the field by creating stall strategies with its own abilities, yet is mostly known for its colossal size as probably being the largest creature in the whole franchise. If is attacked by the opponent it will detach materials for negate them, making a halt to stronger enemies as well creatures with battle effects like "D.D. Warrior Lady". Although with (by default) two materials doesn’t seem enough to last various turns, "Dyson Sphere" actually is able to reload materials right before an attack arrives. This not only allows the Xyz to keep stopping attacks but also fuel its second effect, in which by detaching a material is able to direct attack if the opponent controls a stronger monster than it. With the right protection "Dyson Sphere" can last for a good number of turns on the field on its own, constantly stopping the opponent as well taking any opportunity to counterattack thanks to its recycling effect.
The main flaw of “Dyson Sphere” is how to be summoned, as Rank 9 monsters are probably the most difficult Xyz monsters to setup due their limited options. If we play arround low ATK creatures of Level 4 and 5, we will work arround “Tannhauser Gate” so they can combine leves with each other. Gagaga decks does a similar job with “Gagaga Sister” and a Level 7 “Gagaga Magician”, probably one of the easiest methods to bring out “Dyson Sphere”. Another similar strategy is arround “Lemuria, the Forgotten City”, gathering WATER monsters for increase their levels for each one on the field. Photon decks are usually arround Level 8 creatures, however thanks to “Photon Satellite” they can get that extra level for summon this Xyz. If you summoned a Level 9 monsters on early turns, the Synchro Summon of “Cloudcastle” can revive it and overlay together. Otherwise, “Galaxy Queen’s Light” can make other monster(s) share said level and get them ready to bring out “Dyson Sphere”.
This Xyz monster can become quite the headache for the opponent thanks to its constant reuse of materials to stop attacks as well strike back. Thanks to this ability, cards like “Xyz Veil”, “Number Wall”, and “Xyz Tribalrivals” can provide constant protection against effects, practically making “Dyson Sphere” completely invincible. Obviously staples like “Breakthrough Skill” and “Forbidden Lance” can always stay on the backrow to answer serious threats inmediately, as although “Dyson Sphere” practically makes the Battle Phase useless there’s still openings outside of it the opponent can answer against it. In resume, “Dyson Sphere” negation abilities with the right support makes it stay on the field for a big number of turns stalling any opponent actions.
While we take a good defense, “Dyson Sphere” can also go to the offense. As it stops opponent attacks on its own, soon or later the opponent will bring out a stronger enemy in which will meet the conditions of the Xyz to direct attack. Take this opporunity to activate its effect and then use “Oni-Gami Combo” allowing it to attack twice and deal 5600 damage, and if the opponent survives “Dyson Sphere” can refill its materials once the opponent tries to attack back. Its recycling effect not only is for stall and reuse its direct attacks but can also be used for obtain additional effects. It goes from detaching “Tour Bus From the Underworld” to either retrieve cards in our graveyard or disrupt the opponent’s, create constant Tokens by “Dandylion”, or obtain a life point advantage with “Skull-Mark Ladybug” and/or “Volcanic Scattershot”. But let’s not forget that “Dyson Sphere” has a secondary form it can turn mainly by Rank-Up with the name of “Number C9: Chaos Dyson Sphere”, absorbing attackers and targets to become its materials for then use a variety of burning effects.
"Number 9: Dyson Sphere" must be feared not because devastating effects or fast setups like some popular choices. The arrival of the Xyz and itself alone makes the opponent’s Battle Phase inexistent thanks to its ability to obtain materials right before an attack, and with the right backrow will cover any dangers outside battle. The ability to direct attack might become rare as the Xyz already carries quite the high stats, but if the chance comes better use the best from it. Is a powerful stall menace which only big flaw is its Rank, as monsters of this kind doesn’t have the same resources or staple materials compared to the rest of Xyz monsters, to the point its upgrade form "Number C9: Chaos Dyson Sphere" got even more use due its Rank 10 as well extravagant OTK strategies. But once we are able to pull out "Dyson Sphere", there’s few chances it will leave the field.
Personal Rating: A-
+ Negates opponent attacks
+ In the few cases the opponent has a stronger creature is able to go through them with direct attacks
+ Able to reload with new materials to constantly reuse its effects
+ Various cards to protect its weaknesses as well exploit its reloading effect
- Rank 9 Xyz monsters have very few options
- Its entire potential comes exclusively from battles