A...a new FVG? A new play style? A return of Shadow Paladin? And they may have announced their return by taking over the US?
I am on board with this. Absolutely on board. Having a united antagonist clan feels much more natural, narrative wise. Speculating on how this'll turn out though, the lore's been vague about who was sealed exactly. Majesty Lord Blaster and The End seem assumable enough. Promo material and the anime tells us that it was Blaster Dark that was sealed, but ever since MLB's lore came out it has been suggested that Dark died before Blaster Overlord was confronted. If Overlord is sealed that's all well and good--he's gotten semi-divine treatment in the lore as one of the guardian dragons of the sanctuary a la Soul Saver, and that suggests that he'd still have his worshippers and hardliner Shadows after the war was over
assuming they're alive. But it's been speculated that Vortimer/Spectral Duke Dragon is a reincarnation of Overlord, and if that were the case then he's certainly dead, so we're then left to wonder who's running this crazy boat post-TD08. The Dark Dictator has secondary command of the Shadow Paladins according to his lore, Il Dana seems like he would have a leadership position if we ever get his lore, and that's about it. There seem to be three possibilities, first that Blaster Dark was sealed and Overlord is dead, second that Dark is dead and Overlord was sealed, and third that no one died and both were sealed. Option number 1 seems to be the most likely if we assume that Blaster Blade and Blaster Dark's battle in the card lore had no loser, but 2 seems more in line with the idea of there being a remnant Shadow Paladin faction contemporary to the Golds. A group that wants to free Overlord is to be expected, but free Dark? Why? He gave his sword to Blaster Blade, and that was instrumental in defeating them in the last war.
...but talking about the TD itself. It's nice to see Gancy back, but I'd hate to see it actually come true that the Golds are gonna replace the Royals completely instead of being Aichi's temporary fallback deck. I was thinking that they would've turned it into something like an alternate Batsuit for particular episodes rather than making Royals the Symbiote. At least it looks like the manga isn't gonna follow suit.