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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day
 


 

Thestalos the Firestorm Monarch
Super Rare

 

When this card is Tribute Summoned successfully, randomly discard 1 card from your opponent's hand to the Graveyard. If the discarded card was a Monster Card, inflict damage to your opponent's Life Points equal to the Level of the monster ◊ 100 points.

Type - Pyro/Effect
Card Number
- RDS-EN021

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

 

Date Reviewed - 12.03.04

Coin Flip Another Monarch. Thestalos is a great heavy-hitter for Burn decks (which is flawed logic, since you'll want to bind most of the time in burn decks) that follows the last two in terms of card advantage - no loss for tributing your monster. It follows Mobius' example in that it offers a bit more than 1 for 1, as you can do a bit of damage while Tributing. The only reason, however, I would play this in a Burn deck, is because of its stats, not its effect. Although doing damage as a result of discarding your opponent's cards is fun, the damage this card does is too miniscule to deserve noting. If it were 200, great. 300, nearing broken. 150 or 250, excellent. 200 would have been a good balance for this. 400 is a bit much. But its stats are great for many burn decks... Pyro/FIRE helps out a lot of Burn cards, as mentioned earlier this week.

In burn:
3.6/5 Traditional (control dominates here)
3.9/5 Advanced (I just can't give it a 4 for stats alone)

I'm sorry for short reviews this week, but I am not a burn kinda guy, and therefore my reviews are skewered.

NOTE: At Gencon SoCal today-Sunday. :)
 
Tranorix Thestalos the Firestorm Monarch

Thestalos is my favorite card from Rise of Destiny. Sure, most people will dismiss him as worthless, not as good as the other two (well, three, now that we have an EARTH one in Flaming Eternity) Monarchs. But Thestalos has potential, and in the right Deck, he can be amazing.

2400 ATK is good for one tribute. It's not great, but it's good; it's the standard. The effect only works when he's tribute summoned, but it's a great effect. You get a free random discard from your opponent's hand! It's like attacking with Don Zaloog, only you don't have to attack. Summon Thestalos and bam, your opponent's hand is one card smaller. Throw in Magic Thorn (I believe I mentioned Thestalos in my review of that card) and your opponent takes 500 damage for it too. He's a great tribute for Control Decks, simply put; his high ATK is an intimidating presence on the field, and he reduces the opponent's hand size.

The damage effect is more of a "hey, we could add this little effect to that guy and he still won't be broken" thing. So they added it, and Thestalos is a little better. Granted, you won't be doing heavy damage with it; discarding an Archfiend Soldier will do 400 damage, a Chaos Monster will do 800 damage, a Gate Guardian (which I doubt you ll see in tournament play) will do 1200 damage. Discarding a Spell or Trap will do none. It's okay, but it's not the real reason to run Thestalos. Run him if you want a strong monster that contributes to hand control; run him in that crazy Burn-Control Deck with Magic Thorn!

Traditional CCCC: 3/5
Traditional Burn-Control: 3.5/5
Advanced Burn-Control: 4.5/5
 
Snapper Thestalos the Firestorm Monarch

Our final card this week is the third of the Monarchs and his name is Thestalos.

Stats: Like all the Monarchs, Thestalos has the ATK and DEF of 2400 and 1000, allowing you to search for it with Sangan. Both stats are good for a Level 6 monster, so Thestalos gets some brownie points. Heís a FIRE monster, hence the name Firestorm. Heís also a Pyro monster, giving him a few uses available with the release of RDS. Stats Ė Good.

Effect: Also like all the Monarchs, Thestalos gets his effect when he is successfully Tribute Summoned. When this happens, randomly discard 1 card from you opponentís hand to their Graveyard. If that card was a monster, you do damage to their Life Points equal to the monsterís Level x 100. Now on average, youíll be doing a maximum of 600 damage to your opponent, but 600 damage is still damage, so it is a welcome effect. But the main reason the effect is helpful is because youíre discarding one of your opponentís cards, and who doesnít love that? Good monster + a discarded opponentís card + potential damage to their Life Points? Whatís not to love? Sure the effect isnít as useful as the other two monarchs, but itís still pretty good.
Effect Ė Good.

Combos: Not a lot of combos with Thestalos. Randomly discarding is randomly discarding; you canít plan ahead.

Usability: Unlike Mobius and Zaborg, Thestalos doesnít have a good enough effect to make him eligible of being thrown into any deck you want him to be in. He of course fits in a Burn Deck, but the effect wonít be worthwhile most likely. And hopefully someday soon it will be possible to make a Monarch Deck. A fourth Monarch was just released in Japan, leaving only two more possible Monarch Attributes.

Thestalos the Firestorm Monarch has a good effect, but the effect isnít up to par with the other two.

Advanced Format: 3/5. Burning and discarding are fun, but Thestalos doesnít make them worthwhile.
Traditional Format: 3/5. Burning and discarding are fun, but Thestalos doesnít make them worthwhile.
Overall: 3/5.
Art: 2.5/5. I like Mobius and Zaborg better.
 
ExMinion OfDarkness Thestalos the Firestorm Monarch

...and we finally get to RDS's Monarch.

As we've seen starting with Zaborg, every Monarch starts off with "When this card is successfully Tribute Summoned", and so far they all have 2400 attack.

This card's effect is par -- not too bad, but not great. Instead of hitting a monster or 2 M/Ts, it gets a card from the opponent's hand. The damage done if the discarded card is a monster is minimal, but a nice slight boost. The Thestalos player typically won't win based on his burn damage, but is looking to limit the opponent's options in hand.

The card works well in a deck that uses Don Zaloogs or Spirit Reapers to discard from an opponent's hand.


Conclusion: If you have a tribute slot open in a Control deck, try him out -- although it's rare you'll have that many tribute slots in a Control deck to begin with.

Traditional: 3.75/5 (hands deplete quicker here, meaning his effect hurts more, especially if done on the same turn Delinquent Duo was played...)
Advanced: 2.5/5 (Much higher hand size, games tend to go on longer, so it doesn't hurt nearly as much.)
 

 

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