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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day

Pyramid Turtle

Card Number - PGD-026

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

Date Reviewed - 08.04.03

NickWhiz1 Monday - Pyramid Turtle

I'm picking cards this week, so it's only fitting that I review them. Week 3 of PGD brings us 5 cards that are capable of being really good if people used them correctly. If you know me really well, you'll know we'll be reviewing a lot of Zombie-related cards this week ~_^

Today's card is a real oddity that is a staple in ANY Zombie deck, Pyramid Turtle.

PGD-026
PYRAMID TURTLE
Earth/Zombie/4/1200/1400
Effect: When this card is sent to the Graveyard as a result of battle, you may select 1 Zombie-Type monster with a DEF of 2000 or less from your Deck and Special Summon it to the field in face-up Attack or Defense Position (no Tribute is required for monsters of Level 5 or more). The Deck is then shuffled.
Rare


Consider this: Every Zombie currently in the English game has a DEF of 2000 or lower. Vampire Lord has a DEF of 1500, so he would work with this, as well. Now, tell me, if this guy can currently summon out ANY Zombie (with the exception of Dark Dust Spirit, because he's a Spirit monster =\), why would you not run him in a Zombie deck? Not to mention he can suicide into Marauding Captains and defend against Don Zaloog. Yep, he's just that damn cool.

Unfortunately, he's only as useful as Zombie decks are right now, and as they stand, IMO, they're near-tournament worthy. A really good player could make a devastating Zombie deck if he really tried, but it's not a stable archetype right now. Just you wait, however. When we get Vampire Lord and Despair from the Darkness (we get Despair in the 304/305 combo set in Nov/Dec), you'd better watch out. Consider this your ONLY warning. I'm prepared, with 3+ of these critters and 2 Book of Life (tomorrow's card)

Score:
In zombie decks - 5.0 (staple)
In non-zombie decks - 2.0 (only Zombie most people play outside of a Zombie deck is Spirit Reaper, and he's Witchable, Sanganable, and Tomatoable =\) 
SomeGuy Monday - Pyramid Turtle

Earth/Zombie/4/1200/1400
Effect: When this card is sent to the Graveyard as a result of battle, you may select 1 Zombie-Type monster with a DEF of 2000 or less from your Deck and Special Summon it to the field in face-up Attack or Defense Position (no Tribute is required for monsters of Level 5 or more). The Deck is then shuffled.
Rare


If you're running a Zombie based deck, Pyramid Turtle is obviously some good. But, seriously, how competitive are Zombie based decks at the moment?

Until we recieve some better Zombie cards in the future, Pyramid Turtle will only see limited play in casual Zombie based decks. Although, based on its Effect, Pyramid Turtle looks like a very solid card for Zombie based decks. Having the ability to tutor for a Monster is always nice in a game where you're only allowed to Normal Summon one Monster per turn. 

Overall Rating: 3/5 
DuelMonster Monday - Pyramid Turtle

PGD-026 -Rare
Earth/Zombie/4/1200/1400
Effect: When this card is sent to the Graveyard as a result of battle, you may select 1 Zombie-Type monster with a DEF of 2000 or less from your Deck and Special Summon it to the field in face-up Attack or Defense Position (no Tribute is required for monsters of Level 5 or more). The Deck is then shuffled.


This zombie tortoise is only good in one kind of deck, a straight Zombie Deck of coarse. With the ability to special summon any level zombie with a DEF of 2000 or less from your deck can help out allot, but the turtle has to be destroyed in battle and reach the Graveyard for the effect to work. So if you really need that zombie from your deck, you can run the Pyramid Turtle into a higher ATK monster, then the special summon occurs in the same battle phase so you can attack with the monster just brought out.

Zombie Decks aren't too popular right now since Zombies are one of the least released type of monster, but PGD was the first set to attempt to help them by releasing about 12 Zombies at once, but will still take sometime for some of the better Zombies to come out, like Rotting Legion, Zombie Tiger, and Dragon Bone Ogre. Right now, the only Zombies I see worth special summoning via Pyramid Turtle are: Patrician Of Darkness, Shadow Ghoul, Pumpking, Giant Axe Mummy, Royal Keeper, and Spirit Reaper, but one of the few things that is good about it is that it can be used to special summon another Pyramid Turtle, so it makes for a good Nimble Momonga like wall, but it only works twice just as long as the other two Turtles are still in your deck when the one on the field is destroyed.

So until Konami makes some wicked cool effect Zombie with descent stats, Pyramid Turtle isn't going to see much play, at least from me. I remember when I first started playing this game I wanted to make an all Zombie Deck, but others told me it just isn't possible, but I do hope someday to be able to make an insane undead army that can hold up against a good Beatdown or Warrior Deck.


Ratings:
Casual: 2.0
Tourney: 2.0
ArtWork: 3.5 - A gigantic turtle with a pyramid for a shell, it even has a goatee and a pharaohs crown, is there a better-looking mystical undead giant sand-walking turtle? I think not. 
Pegasus Pyramid Turtle, 8/4/03:

Apology: Sorry, I completely forgot that Spirit monsters couldn't be special summoned during my review of Rope of Life. Stupid mistake. Heh...

Shocking News: Direct from an Upperdeck official, Imperial Order + Mirage of Nightmare DOES NOT WORK. Robert Smith's explanation below:

Imperial Order v. Mirage of Nightmare:
When you destroy or choose not to pay for Imperial Order in the Standby Phase, you have to discard for Mirage of Nightmare's effect (that is of course that you drew cards on your opponent's Standby Phase). The reason behind this is that both effects are trying to take place at once. "Priority" has nothing to do with the resolution of effects in the Standby Phase. Each effect is placed into, for lack of a better word, a "pool". This "pool" is all the effects that will trigger if legal to trigger at that time. Now usually the turn player will choose which order these effects are played but in this case Imperial Order was not paid for, hence it is destroyed. Magic cards come back into effect and suddenly the effect is "legal" again and will activate.



Onto the review...

In English this card isn't that great because the really good zombies *coughVampireLordpleasebeinTP4cough* haven't been released yet. Well, you can search for Royal Keeper with this card, and Royal Keeper is essentially a 1900 ATK monster. And.. that's about it. Obviously you can also search for another Pyramid Turtle, but in that case you could just use Mystic Tomatoes instead. 

You could also search for Spirit reaper or Nightmare Horse, which is good for anyone who wants to try a Reaper on the Nightmare hand-destruction deck. 

Honestly, I can't think of any other decent zombies unless you're running a zombie gravity bind deck... I suppose this is a nice no-tribute way of summoning Shadow Ghoul (who would automatically have 1800 ATK, at least), but even so, Shadow Ghoul's not that good if you know what I mean... this method of using Pyramid Turtle is strictly casual. For example, against strong tournament decks it's much more likely that the opponent will Crossout, X-force, or maybe even Raigeki your Pyramid Turtle. 


Rating:
Casual: 3/5
Tourney: 2.5/5

By the way, how many of you've heard that UD is gonna start calling magic cards "spell cards"? I don't believe it at all.. 
Umbra Monday, August 4, 2003

Pyramid Turtle
PGD-026
PYRAMID TURTLE
Earth/Zombie/4/1200/1400
Effect: When this card is sent to the Graveyard as a result of battle, you may select 1 Zombie-Type monster with a DEF of 2000 or less from your Deck and Special Summon it to the field in face-up Attack or Defense Position (no Tribute is required for monsters of Level 5 or more). The Deck is then shuffled.


Welcome to another week of pojo.comís Yu-Gi-Oh cotd. And with this card, if youíre a zombie fan rejoice. This card rocks in a zombie deck, but thatís stating the obvious isnít it? Any way, this card would have rocked even more if the PGD secret rare rumor had came to pass. Sadly, it didnít so for the moment the English version gamers are left without the mighty Vampire Lord. To venture a guess, Iíd bet the majority of the times this card is used in Japan, Vampire lord is the receiver of the effect. Without Vampire Lord though this card is a bit lack luster, although you can still get cards like Des Lacooda and Patrician of Darkness.

And for the heck of it, here is a list of current English cards it can be used to get:

Patrician of Darkness, skull servant, 13th grave, yaranzo, three-legged zombie, pumpking, Shadow Ghoul, Red moon baby, Dark assailant, Dragon Zombie, Armored Zombie, Magical ghost, corroding shark, Poison Mummy, Royal keeper, Giant Axe Mummy, wandering mummy, pyramid turtle, master kyonshee, Des Lacooda, Spirit Reaper, and Nightmare Horse.

Casual: 1/5
Themed: 3.5/5
Until Vampire Lord anyway 
Vodkam Monday 09/04/03: Pyramid Turtle

PGD-026
4/1200/1400
Earth/Zombie
Effect Monster

When this card is sent to the Graveyard as a result of battle, you may select 1 Zombie-Type monster with a DEF of 2000 or less from your Deck and Special Summon it to the field in face-up Attack or Defense Position (no Tribute is required for monsters of Level 5 or more). The Deck is then shuffled.


Here's the cousin of Giant Rat, Mystic Tomato and the rest of the gang from MRL. Pyramid Turtle has some nice upgrades to its counterparts and is an absolute must in Zombie decks.

Since most monsters in the game, including Zombies, tend to have high ATK power and low DEF power, Pyramid Turtle can bring out almost any Zombie. Patrician of Darkness, Giant Axe Mummy, Shadow Ghoul are all level 5s that can be brought out with this. Of course, whenever Vampire Lord is released, this card will be the ideal way to summon him. Also, if you happen to be on the defensive, you can put your summoned monster in defense position which is a nice option. Right now, I think there needs to be a few more Zombies before Zombie decks are truly tournament worthy but PGD gave them a good start. The only other card you'd want to summon with Pyramid Turtle is Royal Keeper.

All in all, this is a decent card right now and will be an absolute killer when a few choice Zombie cards are released.

Rating-
Casual: 3.0
Tourney: 3.0 

 

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