Concept of “Unit”

Summary: In this blog entry, I have translated the latest EOJ Connection article, which described the new conceptual way of thinking the EOJ Decks, called “Unit”.

What is “Unit”?

This is a new EOJ terminology that Asahara described in the latest EOJ connection article. Think Unit as mini deck(or sub deck) i.e. decks within a deck. Each unit consists of 3-5 cards. He defined unit as a combination of cards in a deck that serves a specific purpose; however, due to the number of these cards in a deck, they cannot serve as the theme of the deck. This means when Unit works during a game, it’s great you have more strategy using the Unit; however, more often you will not have the specific Unit function during games because you will not have Unit cards in your hands.

Unit should work standalone i.e. independent of the main deck. This allows you to swap one Unit with other or come up with your favorite Unit and include in any deck that you make.

Examples of Unit

Biolith ABC Unit

According to Asahara, this is perhaps the most popular Unit, which consists of Biolith Ascetion, Battleship and Temple (called Church in Japanese).

鋼鉄の光 機巧戦艦(バトルシップ) 機巧大聖堂(チャーチ)

Biolith Ascetion is a phenomenal card that allow you to summon mana expensive Biolith creatures for FREE. However, when you summon Biolith creature using this method, you will not be able to attack with the creature; therefore, it is ideal to use Ascetion on Biolith creatures with while-on-board abilities rather than high attacking power. Biolith Temple and Battleship are the ideal candidates for this. Since all three cards are Ultrarare, you can only have one each; therefore, statistically speaking it is hard for you to count entirely on these cards every game you play.

Cult of Mourning Unit

嘆きの修験場 嘆きの見習い僧 火を錬る修験者

When Shrine of Mourning is on the board, you can always hit your enemy with 2 using Flame Novice or 4 with Flame Ascetic. This Unit is focusing on the attack power than anything else. Asahara used example Unit here as 2 Shrine of Mourning + 3 Flame Novice. If more attack power needed, you can replace novice with ascetics.

The key here is that unlike Parmus Church Affiliation, there just aren’t that many Cult of Mourning affiliated cards. So rather than making Cult of Mourning Deck, it makes much more sense to make Cult of Mourning Unit and incorporate it into some other decks.


Although I am sure many of us have had thought about combo between a few cards within your deck, majority of us never specifically thought in the concept of “Unit”. Personally, thinking this way allows me to more flexible deck making. Rather than using my OCD trait and say “I cannot put Biolith creature in a Lizard deck because they are not lizard nor even Fire creatures” but I can now say “OK. I made a Lizard Deck with Biolith ABC Unit.”

Asahara reports next couple EOJ Connection article will give some more specific Unit examples. So what’s your favorite Unit?

Source: EOJ Connection #16 “Unit” (In Japanese)


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Rufus Omega on May 16, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Although I would never have thought to describe them as “units” I have been using this type of thing for a while. My favourite, and one of the most powerful in the game, is using Biolith Ascention, Sciondar Gateway and Archiver. This works best in a heavy biolith deck. Ascend the gateway over something, enabling the invocation ability, then evoke the Archiver over something else. After that every time you evoke or normal summon a biolith creature both the Archiver and gateway get 1HP. And you can do it all in one turn. I recently played a game where I ended up with an archiver on 13HP and my gateway on 12HP, making both almost unkillable.


  2. Posted by Anonymous on May 17, 2008 at 12:13 am

    beautiful article…..congratulations!!!!!!


  3. Posted by Spazzfish on May 18, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    So then a sleep trap, seer visak’s cleansing, white tree haunt and a caisen riot would make a unit. A unit of crap.


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