Mermail Abyssteus (Errata)

The reprint of Mermail Abyssteus in LINK VRAINS PACK comes with a new card text.



Old Card Text:


During your Main Phase, you can discard 1 other WATER monster to the Graveyard to activate this effect. Special Summon this card from your hand.
If this card is successfully Summoned by this effect, add 1 Level 4 or lower “Mermail” monster from your Deck to your hand.
You can only use this effect of “Mermail Abyssteus” once per turn.

New Card Text:


The (2) effect of this card’s name can only be used once per turn.
(1): You can discard 1 other WATER monster to the Graveyard to activate this effect. Special Summon this card from your hand.
(2): When this card is successfully Special Summoned by the (1) effect, you can activate this effect. Add 1 Level 4 or lower “Mermail” monster from your Deck to your hand.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG Card Database has been updated with the new card text:



The errata has changed the (2) effect of Mermail Abyssteus from a mandatory effect, to an optional effect.

When an Atlantean monster such as Atlantean Heavy Infantry is discarded for the cost of activating the (1) effect of Mermail Abyssteus, and Mermail Abyssteus is then successfully Special Summoned, the effect of Atlantean Heavy Infantry and Mermail Abyssteus would form a Chain.

With the old card text, since both Atlantean Heavy Infantry and Mermail Abyssteus were mandatory effect, the player could choose to form the Chain in the order of their choice.
Chain 1: Mermail Abyssteus‘s (2) effect
Chain 2: Atlantean Heavy Infantry‘s (2) effect
By forming the Chain this way, the opponent is unable to activate Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring on Mermail Abyssteus‘s (2) effect.

However, with the new card text, Mermail Abyssteus is now an optional effect, so the Chain can only be build in the following order – mandatory effect first, followed by optional effect.
Chain 1: Atlantean Heavy Infantry‘s (2) effect
Chain 2: Mermail Abyssteus‘s (2) effect
Now that Mermail Abyssteus‘s (2) effect is on Chain 2, the opponent can activate Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring on Chain 3 to negate Mermail Abyssteus‘s (2) effect.



Mermail Abyssteus is arguably weaker now that the player can no longer build the Chain by having Atlantean Heavy Infantry or Atlantean Marksman on Chain 2.

Having Mermail Abyssteus on Chain 2 makes it vulnerable to being negated by Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring and Solemn Strike.

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5 Responses

  1. Aaron Valley says:

    Ok but why though

  2. Dave Twitcher says:

    Why do you change that effect to be vulerable? isn’t it a lot better when you can adapt to that kind of meta game and handtraps with mermail? while spyral make about 70% of the meta game, you make an errata for a deck like mermail that now is more vulnerable to all decks in general.

  3. Connor Douglas says:

    Nerfing Mermail in 2017? lul wut?
    Either Konami is clairvoyant and just knows that their future releases are going to make Mermail the absolute nuts if they don’t hit them before-hand or they have literally no idea what they’re doing with the game and this is just another reason to support that argument.

  4. Peter Madsen says:

    well, now you can at least chainblock your opponent from negating abyssgundes effect assuming you discard her for abyssteus 1st effect…

  5. Tuvillo says:

    It’s not a deliberate nerf. They changed a mandatory search effect to an optional one, and that makes perfect sense to me. Search effects shouldn’t be mandatory.

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