Today, we review Ruthless Skyterror, a common out of
Type: Armored Wyvern
Mana Cost: 4
Ability: can attack untapped water creatures
Can’t attack players.
Here’s one of the stronger red cards in the new set.
Meet Ruthless Skyterror, The Baby of the Skyterror
Family so far. So how does it far in today’s
The Positive Side
The first advantage should be pretty obvious. The
thing’s a monster on power. 4 for 6000 is normally
only seen for blockers. This is very cool for the
red family, as they lack the strength in smaller
monsters. A 4 for a 6000 attacker can do some damage
for a couple of turns before you bust out the heavy
hitters later on in the game.
The card has a very convenient mana cost. It really
won’t die to anything until the 6th turn,
but that’s not for a while. It falls victim to death
smoke, chaos worm, and rothus, but everything really
is. So expect this guy to last for a couple of
The monster can also do the damage to those water
monsters. Those people who use those annoying blue
blockers, namely revolver fish, marine flower,
hunter fish, and the phantom fish, will have hell
with this guy…until they bounce it or they kill
The power is really good for the cost. The other
effect is very costly and disadvantageous to
yourself, but it does beat up some monsters for you
and it probably won’t die for a small while. 6000
power is a lot of power for a red card, so abuse it.
There are a lot of times when red needs the power
that this card provides. It could potentially take
out some blockers, take out some threatening slayers
or blockers, and can help in saving your life in
time of need.
That’s really it for the advantages to this card.
It’s strong, it’s fairly cheap, and it can take care
of the light-wantabe blockers in water.
The Negative Side
Ok, now with the plus side out of the way, we can
get on to the real facts about the card. Yes, it is
a very nice card and privilege to have a 6000
attacker at turn 4…but that’s what red players have
Valdios for…you know…Armored Blaster Valdios…The
Human Super-Crazy-Awesome God Thing?...
The next thing should be obvious also. The thing
can’t attack your opponent’s shields. Now…I’m not
one to judge, but that really sucks. That’s what
keeps Aeris and Photocide from being completely
broken. That in its own is also a bad thing.
Ruthless Skyterror doesn’t even hold a candle to
Aeris and Photocide. 6000 fails in comparison to
Another thing wrong with it lies within its second
ability. The monster is able to attack untapped
water monsters. It’s convenient, that’s for sure,
but how often does water pose a threat for fire in
the first place. Bounce Decks? Yay, I teleport your
titan and Brawler…crap, you play them again next
turn. It does take care of blockers in blue, but
your bigger worry is light cards in my opinion, so
stick to a photocide.
The card is horrible to top deck. There are a lot of
cards that do not make a great top-deck, but this
one falls in the bad list. You always want either a
blocker or attacker when you look for top-decking
good cards. This does neither, so why is it good to
draw? Mana food I guess….
Finally, let’s play “what else could you use?”
- Armored Blaster Valdios w/ Human already on field?
- 2 brawlers, 2 titans, 1 of each? Or Vorg?
- Rikabu, the “manhandler”?
- wait one turn for photocide or aeris?
There are better things you can use,
The Limited Side
This card will probably do some good in limited.
6000 power is very strong, no matter what you use in
your deck. It probably should be used, but it does
lack the attacker shield ability. It does have 6000
power, so it should do some damage, especially to
those water blockers that they have, such as hunter
cluster and lurking Eel.
Here’s the + and – again
+ 6000 power for 4 mana. Insanity…
+ Exempt from terror pit and natural snare for a
+ Takes care of those water blocker punks
+ Cheap, strong, beatstick.
- Not as good as photocide or aeris
- Can’t attack shields. What’z up wit dat?!!
- Bounce isn’t that effective on red decks
- Not really built for speed red decks
- Dreadful Topdeck card…
The power is very nice, it’s just that it has way
too many negatives weighing its potential down. I
wouldn’t use it for speed, but nice for those heavy
Beatstick fatties in limited are amazing in taking
out your opponent’s field, so if you get the chance,
take it. There are better things to keep in mind
In my opinion, the best looking skyterror. That’s
the way it should be. Kickin’ ass and lookin’
Ok, that’s it for Ruthless Skyterror. If anyone has
any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints,
E-mail me at
Maybe a Tourny report for Saturday. It’s a draft and
I’m poor so it’s a toss up. >:(