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

Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon
Limted Edition Promo

Dragon / Effect Monster
This card cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. This card cannot be Special Summoned except by offering 1 "Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon" on your side of the field as a Tribute. Increase the ATK of this card by 300 points for each Dragon-type monster in your Graveyard. You can negate the effect of Spell, Trap, and Monster Cards that designate this card.

Type - Light / 10 / 3000 / 2500
Card Number
- MOV-EN001

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

Date Reviewed - 8.09.04

ExMinion OfDarkness Monday:
Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon

Welcome to Movie Promo week. We'll be reviewing all the new promos from the movie, and seeing if any of them are actually playable.

Lessee...obviously, this thing is incredibly difficult to summon. On the upside, this card's effect means that we'll be getting BEUD REALLY soon. We get Cyber Stein to go with it, and that's a deck archetype.

For a player who summoned this monster normally, they will have this thing at 4200 at least: 3x BEWD + the BEUD in the Graveyard. The effect protects it somewhat, but only against targeting effects. Dark Hole, Raigeki, T-Virus, etc. still get through. At least it's SOME protection.

Honestly though, I'd rather just have the BEUD out. ESPECIALLY if we are getting Cyber Stein.

1.5/5 
Tranorix Monday: Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon

We start the week off with perhaps the most anticipated card in quite a while, Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon. The stats are pretty straightforward: It has an awesome 3000 ATK and an awesome 2500 DEF. Being Level 10 would normally require you to sacrifice two monsters to summon BESD; however, his effect prevents him from being Normal Summoned.

You must offer a Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon from your side of the field to summon BESD. Right now, this is impossible to do, as BEUD has not yet been released in English. It's a fairly big drawback...even if we did have BEUD, summoning him is pretty difficult unless you use Cyber Stein (which we also don't have) or Summoner of Illusions.

That aside, it's protected from effects that target it, such as Change of Heart, Ring of Destruction, and Exiled Force. While this doesn't make BESD invincible, it does give him a bit of an increased lifespan on the field, which is always a good thing. Also, his ATK will boost by 300 for each Dragon in your Graveyard. Run him in a Dragon Deck and expect him to be boosted by 1000+ every time you summon it, giving him nearly unmatched stats.

All in all, BESD is a good monster that can and will have decks built around it; but as the TCG stands now, it's completely worthless except as binder fodder.

Typical tournament deck: 1/5
BESD deck...after BEUD is released: 5/5
OVERALL RATING: 3/5 
Omega Currently this card cannot be played due to the fact that at this point and time we don't have Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon. Which leads me to believe that we will either get BEUD soon, or Konami really hates us.
Now for just one moment lets pretend that we are in the wonderful world of Japan where we have every card made at our disposal.
There are several ways to summon Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon: Cyber Stein, Summoner of Illusions are 2 examples.
But in the case of Cyber Stein, if you're paying 5000 life points to summon your Dragon, you need to make a decision. Do you want your Raw attack power? or do you want some protection for your dragon. If you want the latter, then sacrifice your Ultimate dragon to summon your Shining dragon which is protected against any card that targets.
If you manage to actually fusion summon the Ultimate Dragon then that guarantees your Shining Dragon will have at least a 1200 boost to its attack (300 for each Blue Eyes, and another 300 for the Ultimate Dragon)

This card is too difficult to summon for it to be very effective. His secondary effect of negating targeting spells is nice and all, but there just aren't that many cards right now that target monsters. It's still susceptible to Raigeki or Dark hole.

Being so hard to summon, as well as having no access to The Ultimate Dragon, Blue Eyes Shining Dragon gets a 1.5/5.

It's effect is fairly good, but very hard to use. You'd be better off using The Ultimate Dragon himself. 
Otaku

Stats: Supposedly, Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon (henceforth referred to as BESD) is a Level 10 Light Dragon.  Now, the Level only matters for those cards that reference level due to one of its effects.  As for the Attribute/Type combination, Light and Dragons are both well supported: both types can make use of cards (some in hand, some in the Grave) based on the attribute/type.  The ever-popular and over-played Chaos deck can make use of it, which counts for something.  In terms of ATK and DEF, it is as strong as Blue-Eyes White Dragon (or BEWD, as nearly everyone abbreviates it): 3000/2500, respectively.  This isn’t bad, but for all that effort, why not just run a BEWD?

Effect(s): This is what kills this card.  Not only does it have a restriction that makes it so that it can only be Special Summoned, and only through its own effect.  This literally renders the card unplayable, except for the reasons stated above (being removed for Chaos food and the like).  Why?  “This card cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. This card cannot be Special Summoned except by offering 1 "Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon" on your side of the field as a Tribute.”  Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon (or BEUD, as it is more commonly referred), is not available in English yet.  So what you have here, is at best eye-candy that can be played solely for other cards costs, or a wicked looking Token (hey, combine with the Japanese Egyptian god Cards” for the most fearsome sheep tokens Scapegoat can summon)!

Should BEUD come out soon (with my luck, it will be right before this is posted), I will actually cover the rest of this card.  First, it has a powering up effect: plus 300 to your ATK for each Dragon in your Graveyard.  That means that you should be getting at least a bump up to a 3300 ATK, as BEUD will be in your discard (even if you cheat to summon it).  Assuming you actually do a proper Fusion Summon, it would be at 4200-still 300 less than BEUD for ATK.  So, why run it?  Well, it does have a third effect.  This third effect let’s you negate the effects of cards that designate BESD.  Now, this wording is a bit ambiguous: do they mean that anything that might mean the same as the effect of Lord of D (except only applying to BESD itself)-anything that specifically designates BESD as a target (like Change of Heart) would be negated.  Not bad, but chances are you would clear the field to get BEUD out, and as both must Special Summoned, both can be summoned the same turn.  The second, less likely option is that anything that affected BESD at all would be negated, meaning your opponent would have to run over you with a monster in order to get rid of the thing.

Uses/Combinations: Scapegoat token.  If legal to run in your deck, Chaos food.  Once BEUD comes out, maybe something to use in a Dragon deck (especially if the third effect is interpreted in the second manner I listed).

Ratings

Casual: 1/5 to 4/5-sorry for the ambiguous ratings, but this is awkward due to having no legal way to get it into play (heck, who knows if it will be legal to even include in a deck as dead weight).  Once we do, if the effect works as a personal “Lord of D”, its not bad, but not great-a 2/5 that BEWD/Kaiba enthusiast will “need” to run.  If the ruling is the most extreme version (it basically can only be taken out by attacking it with a stronger monster), then it becomes a hard to get out creature that will likely win the game, making it a 3/5.  Now, since that last score “assumes” a BEUD being released, I figured it was safe to assume Cyberstein (see DM7FGD’s article on it here) a.k.a. Devil Franken would also be out, which means it can be used in decks in general (I wouldn’t recommend it, but it could be).  Oh, and I suppose it might be a given for a BEWD/BEUD based deck (again, assuming the second, extremely potent version of the third effect).

Tournament: Just drop the above scores by one.

Limited: 0/5-Even I doubt you will find a way to draft it with everything needed (hey, my friends and I did promo drafts in Pokémon, where they were abundant).

Summary

Well, this card may be a hoax.  If it’s real, it’s just another example of blah scheduling in cards (not sure if UD or Konami would be to blame).  As an actual card, it seems a little to hard to summon, even if it has a killer effect).

JAELOVE

Monday: Blue Eyes Shining Dragon

Rated For: Blue Eyes White Dragon Decks

            An anonymous source has released a hi-resolution picture detailing the effects and artwork of the four exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! movie promo cards. This week kicks off the promo craze; we'll review cards from the movie and the exclusive movie packs. The first card is perhaps the coolest of them all, Blue Eyes Shining Dragon. It seems to signal the imminent release of Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon, and appears to be a devastatingly effective weapon. Is it a deck-worthy addition to the dragon deck? We will see.

Advantage F/H: This is definitely a double edged sword. BESD has one of the highest attack powers in the game (about 3300-5000) and the ability to negate many cards that can harm him. Unfortunately, there are several important factors. First, the process of summoning Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon (which is required to bring this out) is a very hand-draining experience. Factor in 3 fusion material cards and the polymerization card required to bring him out, and you have 4 drained cards immediately. If you're going the Cyber Stein route, you're losing 5000 life points. Either way, you're losing enough advantage bringing BESD out to warrant him arguably receiving a zero. His attack and effect once summoned, however, gives him two points. 2/10.

Best Draw for the Situation: You never want to draw him, opening hand or end-game, period. Period. Period. About as dead weight as dead weight gets. Even more dead-weightier than Mazera friggin DeVille. 0/10.

Attributes/Effect: He might seem great right? 3000+ attack, with a seemingly invincible attack? On closer look, you'll find that BESD is actually quite vulnerable. In fact, in the current pre-ban environment, there are only a handful of cards he will negate. Change of Heart, Snatch Steal, Thousand-Eyes Restrict, Ring of Destruction are probably the few cards that'll actually be deterred by his effect (Yes, I'm quite sure I missed some :D). Now, throw in the fact that he's dead weight in your hand 99% of the time, and the fact that you have to throw away THREE 3000 attack monsters, or ONE 4500 attack monster for him, and you'll see that he only gets two points (one for effect, one for attributes). 2/10

Dependability: This card relies on a Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon on the field to summon. He can't be used in any other situation. Even if you do get him out, any card such as Tribe-Infecting Virus, Raigeki, Dark Hole, Mirror Force and on and on will kill your hard-earned field presence. 0/10.

The Bottom Line: Garbage, unless you want to run him casually. Great fun in a casual format, I'll bet.

A BAD Score: 4/40=                    10/100

Cards it combos well with: Cyber Stein/Devil Franken, Megamorph, Summoner of Illusions, Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon, Blue Eyes White Dragon, Dragon cards.

 

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