Pojo's Duel Masters Card of the Day
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Date Reviewed: 4.19.04
Average Rating: 3.75
Limited Average Rating: 4.75
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|What a fattie.
This is the "Charizard" of the set - the big fat
creature that shouldn't be playable that kids like
to collect. Is it playable?
Actually, yes. At
a 6 drop, it's got very solid power - often larger
than anything else on the board. If you need
something big and beefy to bust through in the later
game, Bolshak might just be your man. He's got
a heft price tag, but I think it's worth it.
Current Price: $16.73
game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)
* Scrye writer since 2002
This guy is good, but he is definitely overhyped.
OK, who am I kidding. He's really good. Paying six
mana for a 6000 point creature would almost have
been good enough on its own. It doesn't stop there
though. They give it +1000 for each fire card in
your graveyard when it attacks. But that's not
all...for the same low price of six mana you also
get Double Breaker thrown in absolutely free. Simply
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*Game Store Owner (Gamer's
Bolshak Dragon is the coolest looking, but
potentially worst of the super rares of each color.
The creature is a 6000 already, and added thousands
at this point donít really mean a lot. Either it
gets Death Smoked or Terror Trapped or it doesnít.
Its great that itís a Double Breaker, and I would
definitely play it, but its ability is weaker than
that of Urthís, or King Depthconís.
While attacking, this creature gets +1000 power
for each Fire card in your graveyard.
Double Breaker (This creature breaks 2
The last city that offended it is now a ruin.
Base Set, 69/110, Very Rare
Bolshack is a creature of Fire. Like Astrocomet
Dragon, it is an ďarmored dragonĒ. Currently,
this does not affect game play, but hey, hopefully
it will matter in a few sets. This bad boy costs
six mana to summon.
You get a base Power of 6000 for this: not quite
breaking even-remember, for monsters with more
than a cost of four, itís more than 1000 Power per
mana. So let us see if it got any good effects.
Iíll start with the second ability-the coveted
Double Breaker. Always nice.
The first ability is what I like though: for each
Fire card in your graveyard, this dragon gains
+1000 Power. Even if
your opponent is doing bad,
donít worry-just burn some Spells for a power
boost. Itís what Shadow Ghoul (from Yu-Gi-Oh)
wants to be.
Running it with inexpensive Fire cards (Creature
and Spell) is a give me. Less obvious might be
running Rothus, the Traveler to help kill some
stuff for both players. What might be less
obvious is tossing a little Dark Civilization in
there. Why? Turn the downside of Black Feather,
Shadow of Rage and Stinger Worm to your
advantage. Turn two,
drop a Deadly Fighter Braid Claw, then Black
Feather. Thatís still 2 mana
for a 3000 Power monster, and you arenít
out an attacker-Braid Claw would still have been
afflicted by summoning sickness. Do the same
thing for Stinger Worm, only that becomes
3 mana (and a Braid
Claw) for the Stinger Worm. Artisan
Picora can work with
this as well. But all require careful planning,
since while itís a single mana to summon, it also
destroys a card in your mana zone. Also, donít
worry about pumping up too much-some people still
donít get that this isnít Yu-Gi-Oh: itís
Seriously though, unlike Yu-Gi-Oh, a high Power
doesnít break more shields than a low Power
(unlike ATK scores).
4/5-As long as you have the Fire cards to support
it, itís a great card.
4/5-Likewise here. Itís not really strategy
4.5/5-Double Breaker and a high attack so that my
opponent has to have not wasted his few meager
removal cards on it? Sweet!
A good and surprisingly straight forward card,
given that it has two effects.
Hi peoples today we have one of the big guys of the
Duel Masters world, and I belive I am right in
saying it is Shobu's favorite card (I dont watch the
Bolshack Dragon can be a power house of a card if
used right because of his "special" Power Attacker,
power. For every fire card in your graveyard he gets
a 1000 power boost which could be a lot if you play
the deck right. He Probably would go best in a heavy
spell deck and a bunch of low attacking blockers,
but the deck has to be mono-fire (magic term XD)
otherwhise it wont work out right because the deck
will be cluttered with other color cards and
decreasing the chance that this guy has to be a huge
monster. Oh and he has double breaker, which is a
Constructed- 2/5 (5/5 if in a mono-fire deck made
around it) this card has to be played right if it is
to be a game changing card.
Limited- 5/5 heck he is a 6000+ attacker for 6 with
no draw back and in a mono-fire deck in this format
he can be a tourny winning card
Final Though- I've said it many times and I will say
it again ony use him in a mono-fire deck
There he is, the big dragon himself. Kids have
flocked to this guy, making it their mascot. And
rightfully so, heís just got the feel of a Timmy
Rare. He could potentially be the biggest creature
in the game, and most games as they are played by
little kids is won by whoever can get the biggest
dude on the field.
The thing that makes this guy an awesome ďrole
modelĒ for little kids to play with is that there
are so many ways to raise itís attack power. Sure,
through simple creatures dying. But if you have a
Fire Creature in your mana zone, you can sacrifice
the mana when you play an Artisan Picora or
Onslaughter Triceps. When mana kill becomes larger
within the next few expansions, expect to see
Bolshack Dragon getting better. But there will be
things to overshadow it.
I personally think itís decent on itís own rights,
and is probably one of the best red beat-sticks we
have right now. It will also teach the little kids
who will play it if they have it how to strategize
getting it bigger, making them better at the game
and still do their favorite things: Swing into the
shields with a big, red dragon.
In draft, big dudes are good. Double Breaker is
better. Draft it if your in red, hate it (draft it
so someone else in red wonít get a chance to use it)
if your not, then sell it and draft again.
Constructed - 4/5
Limited - 4.5/5
Finally! My turn to pick the cards ;x
Bolshack Dragon: Fire Creature, 6-Mana, 6000 Power,
Double Breaker. Interested? The text says that for
every Fire card in your Graveyard, Bolshack Dragon
gets +1000 Attack Power while attacking. That's
nice; very nice.
Is this card good? DUH! How is it not good? Bolshack
Dragon is to Fire as King Depthcon is to Water. For
a measely 6-Mana you can drop a Double Breaker
Creature with 6000 attack, and if that wasn't all,
it gets a huge attack bonus whenever it attacks. You
could combo this with Rothus, the Traveler (just
have Rothus target itself) and Fire Spell cards. For
the Spell cards, all you have to do is play them,
and they go to the Graveyard! That means they add to
Bolshack Dragon's unique power. Tornado
Flame/Crimson Hammer/Rothus clear the board of
creatures while Bolshack Dragon attacks your
opponent's shields. Even if you aren't playing
Mono-Fire, you should definately play this card.
Some of your early Fire creatures would probably be
destroyed, so Bolshack Dragon would still work
Pros: 6000 attack, 6-mana, Double Dreaker, +1000
Attack Power for Fire Graveyard cards
Cons: reverts to 6000 attack after it attacks
I wouldn't double think on playing this card. If you
are running Fire at all, play this card. In Limited
this is a first pick, guaranteed. You can easily
switch to Fire if you open a pack with this card and
you had already drafted some cards.