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Pojo's Duel Masters Card of the Day

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Image from Wizards Duel Master site

  Rothus, the Traveler
Base

Card # DM85


Date Reviewed: 04.05.05

Constructed Average Rating: 3
Limited Average Rating: 4.85


Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ... average.
5 is the highest rating.

 
Utility

Hi everyone, this is Utility, and I'll be doing Card of the Days for Duel Masters from now on.

 

OK, for my first review, it's Rothus, the Traveler.

 

Name: Rothus, the Traveler
Cost: 4
Race: Armorloid
Civilization: Fire
Type: Creature
Rules Text:
When you put this creature into the battle zone, destroy 1 of your creatures. Then your opponent chooses 1 of his creatures and destroys it.
Flavor Text:
"Though battered and scarred, I march on through wars, storms, and strife. I march on."
Power: 4000

 

Now, Armorloids don't have much support, so nothing special there. 4 is not much of a turn, except for Magris, Thrash and some Chargers.

Its ability is where it gets interesting. You can always kill Rothus to kill a free creature, and you could also destroy another one to keep a 4k creature.

The problem is, Rothus has a (debatably) more flexible counterpart in Darkness, Proclamation of Death (or even Death Smoke). If you want turn four creature destruction, expect to make a choice between these two. They each have something that makes them useful: Rothus has his (optional) fat body, and Proc has its Shield Trigger. Both of these are situational, but Shield Trigger is easier to abuse than Rothus' body. But Rothus has more utility if used properly, and can be used to kill off your own creatures like Sinister General Damudo or Propellor Mutant.

 

So, Rothus, I feel, is better in a specialised deck.

 

In Limited, creature destruction is vital, and fat creatures are always welcome. Just remember to watch out for the Death Smoke if you choose to keep it :)

 

3/5 in a 'regular' deck - can be replaced by Proc

4/5 in the right deck, with ways to utilize it

5/5 Limited
 

The Pit Of Terror Name: Rothus, the Traveler
Cost: 4
Race: Armorloid
Civilization: Fire
Type: Creature
Rules Text:
When you put this creature into the battle zone, destroy 1 of your creatures. Then your opponent chooses 1 of his creatures and destroys it.
Flavor Text:
"Though battered and scarred, I march on through wars, storms, and strife. I march on."
Power: 4000
Mana Number: 1
Artist: Seki
Rarity: R
Collector Number: 85

I like this card. See it as a Proclamation of Death that's fire and has a creature attached. It's pretty fair 1 for 1 trade off and the 4 for 4000 power is great if you're sacrificing another creature instead of this.


Pros:
- Kills one of your opponents creatures.
- Pretty hard to get kill by being attacked seeing all these 2000 power or under creatures being played.
- Still gets an effect out of it even if it gets killed.

Cons:
- Kills one of your creatures.

Constructed: 3/5 Very underrated. TI's a great card and you know it.( I think)

Limited: 4/5 Alot better here because any removal is good removal.

 
Morph3us Name: Rothus, the Traveler
Cost: 4
Race: Armorloid
Civilization: Fire
Type: Creature
Rules Text:
When you put this creature into the battle zone, destroy 1 of your creatures. Then your opponent chooses 1 of his creatures and destroys it.
Flavor Text:
"Though battered and scarred, I march on through wars, storms, and strife. I march on."
Power: 4000
Mana Number: 1
Artist: Seki
Rarity: R
Collector Number: 85
Set: Base Set

“Yes, I travel for a living… is that a problem?”

Hi everybody! The name’s Morph3us and I’ll be your Card of the Day Reviewer for today =D I reside in Toronto, Canada and have been playing Duel Masters forever! Well, since its release anyways xD So if you’re ever in the area hit up Dueling Grounds for a chance to duel me! Now, where was I? Oh yeah, the Card of the Day ^.^

Todays CotD is Rothus, the Traveler who comes to us from the Base Set. An old school card that is still being scarcely played in decks. For 4 mana, you get a solid 4000 power attacker with quite an interesting effect. When Rothus hits the board, both you and your opponent choose one of your creatures in the battle zone to be destroyed. But why would I want to do that? Well if your opponent only has one fattie on the field he’ll be forced to send it to the graveyard while you chuck your Rothus or an even weaker, useless creature. Not to mention, Rothus can be utilized with creature effects that activate once that specific creature is destroyed. For example; Stallob, the Lifesquasher, Sinister General Damudo, Mighty Shouter, Cetibols, Engineer Kipo, Propeller Mutant, etc. Being an Armorloid doesn’t hurt either as they have some pretty intriguing support. All in all, Rothus, the Traveler is an average card, not to good and not to bad. There are much better cards out there that can do what he does but 10X better >.<

Limited – 5/5 – As you all know, destruction is any way, shape, or form is crucial in limited. Therefore, he gets a 5 here =P Constructed – 3/5 – Like I said, he’s average here. Build me a deck abusing his effect and the score just might go a little higher XD

Anyways I’m out for today, see yall next time!

- Morph3us
AIM: Morph3us27
MSN: ray-.-ray@hotmail.com
 
syc22 Rothus has been with us since the beginning, but his wealth on the battlefield has diminished a good deal. Starting as a solid mid game drop, Rothus doesn’t make the cut in tournament quality decks anymore, but that doesn’t mean he can’t still be useful! Backed up with the Fire civilizations low cost creatures, mana denial, and creature destruction, Rothus can still stem the tide of battle.

Rothus really shines in making your weak creatures useful. Have a spare Deadly Fighter Braid Claw or Immortal Barron Vorg sitting around waiting to be destroyed in your opponents next onslaught? Give them a proper burial with Rothus, who can turn creatures such as those into useful cannon fodder. Maybe you thought you cleared the way last turn with a well placed Phantom Dragons Flame, only to have your opponent drop a blocker such as Thrash Crawler. This is where Rothus comes into play, getting rid of that pesky blocker at the cost of a creature, such as Mini-Titan Gett, who would have died anyways.

Rothus can also shine in limited, where his balanced power to cost ratio is much more important. Plus, creatures are the name of the game in limited and Rothus, as a powerful creature with a fairly powerful ability, can be all that is need to secure victory, but misused, Rothus can also secure your defeat!

Constructed Rating: 3/5

Limited Rating: 3/5
 

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