Pojo's Duel Masters Card of the Day
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Date Reviewed: 3.24.04
Average Rating: 2.66
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I don't really like this guy. In a constructed
environment, when do you really want to sac 2
creatures only to face something silly like a Death
Smoke or Terror Pit. On top of that, is it REALLY
worth whacking two creatures? I can think of plenty
of other guys I'd rather play in this slot.
In limited, it's worth having in your deck. I can
see this being situationally good if you have some
sluff and need to pound through. More often than
not, though, he's gonna end up as mana.
* game store
owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut
double-breaker for not a lot. Then there is the
downside of saccing 2 creatures when he comes
into play. If you build your deck to suit him,
he can be very decent. He hits the board early
enough that your opponent probably doesn't have
a way to deal with him other than throwing a few
blockers in his path (which of course die to his
8000ness). A couple direct hits from this guy
and it's over. The key to a deck with him is
speed. Fast fast fast. A couple weenies to get
in a couple early hits, then when they've
outlived their usefulness, in comes Gigaberos to
finish off the job.
In draft, big fat
things are hard to deal with. Draft him early if
you're going black.
* Scrye writer since 2002
I'm torn on this guy. Getting a double breaker for
only five mana is pretty good. It does come at the
price of destroying two of your guys though. I would
imagine this to only be good with the Light and
possibly Fire. They have a lot of really cheap guys,
if you want stuff to get rid of. But who know, I
could be wrong.
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's
While I explained that the creature sacrifice
ability of Rothus was ok on Monday, I really
donít find it nearly as good on this guy. First
of all, you lose two of your creatures, and your
opponent loses none. Second, while extremely
powerful, this card is still susceptible to
Terror Trap and Death Smoke, and a ďbounceĒ
spell, such as Teleportation, Unicorn Fish, and
Spiral Gate all will set you back so far in the
game youíll be unable to recover, as essentially
each of those cards is at least a three for one
against you. Itís a fun card, and should be good
in limited, but overall itís too risky for
normal constructed events.
When you put this creature into the battle zone,
destroy 2 of your other creatures of destroy this
Double Breaker (This creature breaks 2
Base Set, #55/110
Say hello to one of the annoying normal
Rare cards that I still
lack even after two boxes: Gigaberos. Gigaberos
is a creature, and a seemingly strong one. It
belongs to the Darkness Civilization, and is one
of their heavies. Its race is labeled Chimera:
given that the picture looks more like a
gryllus. Whatís the
difference? In terms of myths, the Chimera was a
unique creature of Greek myth that had the head
and body of a lion, with a serpent for a tail, and
a goat head sticking out of its back for some
reason. The lion-head could breathe flame, the
snake head could inject potent venom, and the
goat-head couldÖ erÖ
spout insults. According to European myth, a
gryllus was a creature
that consisted of three to five abnormally large
animal heads, mounted on a pair of legs of any
species. The heads could separate to attack on
their own, sprouting legs (or wings for flying
creatures). Sometimes a human head would also be
included. Of course, that means nothing for this
game, and neither does being a ChimeraÖ at least
not yet, as no card
specifies that race for anything. Moving on, we
note that it costs five mana
to summon this creature. Since this
creature has an 8000 Power, this looks great
already, as normally you only get about 1000 Power
for the mana you put into a creature, though as
the total cost rises, this holds less true.
So, is there anything more to a Gigaberos? You
bet. Itís a double breaker, which means that when
it attacks an opponent, if the attack is not
blocked, you destroy two shields instead of one.
Thatís a great ability. To balance out the high
Power and Double Breaker aspects, a potent
downside was added-you must destroy 2 creatures
when you summon it, or else destroy Gigaberos.
Now, this isnít too bad, and in some ways can be
turned to your advantage in multi-color decks, as
there are certain combos available. Still, it
does limit the card and must be noted.
Itís a heavy hitter for decks that use a decent
amount of Darkness. I recommend running it with
certain creatures. Aqua Soldier has an effect
that sends it back to the hand when it is
destroyed, so if you already have some blue or
two, it makes a decent ďplace holderĒ, being
summoned to the field to be sacrificed for
creatures like this. I prefer to go green and
take advantage of Natureís bounty. There are two
creatures that go to your mana Zone when
destroyed-Mighty Shouter and Coiling Vines. While
nothing special on their own, they work nicely
with this creature, and ones like it. Then there
is the Bronze-Arm Tribe, a creature that places
the top card of your deck into your mana zone.
With its puny 1000 Power, its sole purpose is to
accelerate you mana. So once itís done that, you
might as well nuke it with this guy.
3.75/5-Good card for beginners, but beginners also
tend to fail to carefully read their cards, and
since it nukes itself if you canít destroy two
creatures, some newbies
and careless players in general may hurt
themselves by playing it when it can only nuke
itself, making it five wasted mana. Otherwise
itís a double breaker for a low cost that has 8000
4/5-One assumes or at least hopes that people here
will thoroughly know their cards. As such, it
becomes a valuable creature for Darkness stable.
Fairly fast and strong, proper use of its effect
will let you set up for things that are even
4.5/5-Itís less likely
your opponent will have something to counter it
One of the best Darkness Monsters out right now,
and hey, itís only a Rare. If you run Darkness,
this should seriously be something you consider.
Creatures are a LOT harder to just fling into the
graveyard than mana.
Gigaberos is unfortunately too heavy a price for too
little a threat. On the plus side, itís 8000 attack
and a Double Breaker for only 5 mana, quite the
bargain. Then you read that other sentence and the
frown that makes you long for Explosive Fighter
Ucarn begins to sink. Itíd be unfair to compare this
to Ucarn, so Iím going to try to avoid it, but
sacrificing two creatures needs to give you an
insurmountable threat, Yu-Gi-Oh! players should know
this. Gigaberos isnít gonna do. Personally, this
thing could have a casting cost of zero and itíd
still be horrible. I say that because nearly every
color has a way to deal with it, namely bouncing it
with Spiral Gate or Teleportation, which would throw
anyone for fits. Just stay away.
Gigaberos - 1.5/5
I really like this card. I think it is one of the
fastest "fatties" in the Base Set for Duel Masters.
Gigaberos: Darkness Creature, 5-Mana, 8000 attack,
Double Breaker. Sounds nice, huh? The effect on
Gigaberos says that you must destroy two of your own
creatures or destroy Gigaberos. Ouch.
Why should you play this card? Well, it's an 8000
attack creature for 5-Mana! AND it has shield
breaker! On your fifth turn you can simply destroy
two much weaker creatures, like Writhing Bone Ghoul
or Skeleton Soldier, the Defiled (if you're playing
mono-Dark) for the much more powerful Gigaberos.
Even late game you can drop this can and destroy two
of your opponent's shields or one of his own
fatties, like Astrocomet Dragon, King Depthcon, or
Bolshack Dragon (all of which Gigaberos has a
greater Attack Power).
Pros: 8000 attack, Double Breaker, only 5-Mana
Cons: destroys two of your own creatures
I would only play Gigaberos if you are playing a
mono-Dark deck. Destroying TWO of your own creatures
hurts, even if you can get an 8000 attack creature
into play. Still, if it hits the table, you can be
sure to cause some chaos. Just be careful of your
opponent's creature removals.
| Today's Card:
When you put this creature into the battle zone,
destroy 2 of your other creatures or destroy this
Double breaker (This creature breaks 2 shields.)
Mana Number: 1
First I have to say, the artwork on this card as
well as most of the Duel Masters cards is amazing.
That being said R&D did a decent job of backing up
the artist with a rather interesting card. So first
we see the numbers... 5 mana... 8000 power... okay,
so we know before even looking that this card has a
drawback, and I'll be the first to admit that it
probably isn't a good idea to be destroying your own
creatures all the time, however, 5 mana for an 8000
power dude is huge, and that is even before
considering that he is also a double breaker. At 5
mana the only other creature that can outpower him
is Explosive Fighter Ucarn a 5 costing power 9000
that requires you to ditch 2 cards in your mana
zone. So undoubtedly being able to drop this guy the
second you hit 5 mana is REALLY, REALLY good. In
alot of situations the power of this guy on the
table is worth falling back on creature count.
However this card can also put you in very
unfavorable positions, like not being able to play
it because it means sacrificing your blocker thats
keeping your opponent from attacking. Also losing
creature count alone can end you, if your opponent
sees you will be unable to win the next turn they
will be able to try to finish you off.
I have seen and heard of more creatures that have
"when this creature goes to the graveyard" effects
that will come with more sets that will make this
guy a big contender at tournaments, if these future
cards are worthy of the hype they seem to get from
Japanese players then this guy will undoubtedly
become a perfect 5, however with the current set his
uses are limited by the chances you must take with
his game text.
In a limited format anything with this kind of power
is amazing, most of the creature removal that will
be seen will end with the text "power XXXX or less"
and that won't stand for 8000, also with the number
of 8000 costing guys it is highly unlikely that he
will never get taken out by another creature, and if
he is it will likely have costed alot more than what
you paid for Gigaberos. The only reason I can't rate
him higher in limited is because from playtesting
the format speed seems to be quite critical and
unless you get lucky and get this guy to drop the
second you get 5 mana he's prolly gonna end up
chilling in your mana zone because you won't want to
lose the other guys to feed his game text.