Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day
card cannot be Special Summoned. This card returns
to the owner's hand during the End Phase of the turn
that this card is Normal Summoned, Flip Summoned or
flipped face-up. This card can attack all monsters
on your opponent's side of the field. You cannot
attack your opponent directly if you attack any
- Fairy / Spirit Monster
are based on a 1 to 5 scale
the worst. 3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating
Date Reviewed - 12.15.04
Asura Priest = Goat death. It's that simple. Near-kill
if you Final Attack Orders or give him trample. Now
that that's out of the way...
He offers no field presence, just the possibility of
destroying everything and destroying your opponent's
field presence. Spirit hurts it there, but then he
never got hurt by Smashing Grounds or Change of
Heart (actually, that won me a game when they
topdecked Change of Heart but I had nothing on field
because Asura returned to hand). His effect is best
combined with Final Attack Orders to shift
everything to ATK and then presenting them with
Ojama Trio (add a 700 boost for game) or just using
his built-in Spirit ability for Creature Swap. 1700
will kill a bit, too. Fairy is interesting, he seems
nothing like a Fairy, but then Spirits are known for
using wierd subtypes (besides Spellcaster, Dragon,
Chances are, this might earn a slot in your deck.
Try it out if you can get one, you might be happy.
3.6/5 Traditional. Oddly enough, it only gains from
not being killed by Raigeki or Dark Hole, but Spirit
also means you have no Yata shield and Mirror Force
still hurts it. Still, slightly even.
Asura Priest is a very rentsy
monster. He is essentially the third playable
Spirit, the other two being Yata-Garasu (not all
that playable anymore) and Tsukuyomi. But he is
often overlooked, and we canít have that, can we?
1700 ATK is decent, and the fact that after he does
what he has to, he returns to your hand makes it far
less likely heíll be overpowered by your opponentís
Did your opponent just play
Scapegoat? Summon Asura Priest: problem solved. Is
your opponentís field full of beatsticks? Equip
Asura Priest with Mage Power or something, kill them
all, and the Priest returns. Did you just play
Ojama Trio, and do you have Final Attack Orders
active? Summon Asura Priest. 6000 damage.
He can be useful Ė Iíve seen him
played in a few decks at my store, and he always
wreaked a lot more havoc than people predicted. I
would definitely take Asura Priest into
consideration, not only for specialized FAO Decks,
but also for a typical Chaos user. He IS a LIGHT,
Traditional Ė CCCC: 3/5
Traditional Ė Final Attack Orders
Advanced Ė CCWC: 3.5/5
Advanced Ė Final Attack Orders Deck:
OVERALL RATING: 3.8/5
Well there are just all sorts of surprises this week
arenít there? Todayís card is Asura Priest, another
monster that has apparently arisen from the grave Ėer
When it comes to Spirit Monsters people expect one
of two things, a good ATK or a good Effect.
Fortunately for Asura Priest itís got a bit of both.
With 1700 ATK, Asura Priest can do a fair amount of
damage. Throw in the fact that it can attack all of
your opponentís monsters in the same turn and youíve
kind of got a potential 8500 ATK monster. Sure the
odds arenít high that this would occur (your
opponent would need five face-up Attack Position
Monsters with 0 ATK), but itís a nice way to think
of it, isnít it?
As said before, Asura Priest is a Spirit Monster,
causing it to return to the ownerís hand during the
End Phase of the turn it becomes face-up on the
field. Also said before is that Asura Priest can
attack all of your opponentís monsters at once. Of
course if it uses this effect it canít attack your
opponent directly, but itís a nice type of field
clearance. With 1700 ATK it can easily get rid of
all 4 Scapegoat at the same time and any monster
your opponent Special Summons with a through an
effect like that of Giant Rat. So at most, you could
be doing an extra 1000 damage to your opponentís
Life Points each turn.
Asura Priestís Sprit classification gives it a few
bonuses and a few curses.
As a Spirit it doesnít need to worry about your
opponentís Spell Cards.
Asura Priest wonít be on the field when your
opponent can activate their Snatch Steal or Fissure,
so you donít need to worry about it working against
you or dying. And because itís a Spirit it can work
to your advantage; if you Creature Swap it to your
opponent, you just got a free monster (Asura Priest
will return to your hand at the end of the turn).
But because itís a Spirit, Asura Priest is basically
gone forever as soon as it gets to the Graveyard.
And because you canít Special Summon it you wonít be
able to use Premature Burial on it, but at least it
wonít work against you.
Asura Priest has no Deck it excels in, but it should
work well in a Sprit or a Fairy Deck quite well.
Overall, Asura Priest is much like King Tiger Wanghu,
you may find it useful and you may not. Test it out
to see if it works for you.
Advanced Format: 3/5. Effect could be useful but I
would try to find an alternative.
Traditional Format: 2.5/5. There arenít as many
monsters that Asura Priest can destroy.
Art: 3/5. Is it supposed to be a female Buddha?
Priest is a card not many thought about
side-decking (and very few would Main it) but it
has a couple okay uses and one great one.
The good uses:
Killing multiple Warrior Swarm monsters.
(Marauding + Command Knight, Marauding + Don
Zaloog, Marauding + defense position Goblin...)
Killing two or monsters in one battle phase is
entirely possible with 1,700 attack.
The best use:
Anti-Scapegoat. One summon of this kills all
Scapegoats. Better yet: This + Big Bang Shot.
That makes this a 2100 ATKer with Trample that
kills all the Goats. 8400 damage, gg.
One more thing --
it's safe to have in the side in a Chaos deck,
as the Light type will let you side out one of
the many Light monsters and not get harmed by it
in the long run.
3/5 in the Side Deck
-- there are better cards, and the best use
requires Big Bang Shot, but if you have the
room, go for it by all means.
Rated For: Any
I'll be frank with
you; outside of Yata-Garasu, I don't like Spirit
Monsters, period. This has to do with the fact that
even summoning them at all costs tempo (a waste of a
normal summon). You certainly can't set them because
of their puny defense, making them generally
worthless creatures. Asura Priest is someone's
rather foolish idea of countering Scapegoat, about
all it's ever good for (and not even great, at
Let me analyze why
it's not such a great card; the fact it's a spirit
monster REALLY hurts its cause.
monster had 1900 attack or more, it might come into
better play, but as it stands 1700 is rather
worthless. So what if you can attack every monster,
will that do any good if your opponent has 2000
attack powerhouses on the field. Each turn you
summon Asura Priest, you're wasting your normal
summon/set, so you better have solid defenses. And
let's assume you're using it ONLY to counter
ScapegoatÖ. If you had summoned another monster
instead, you'd have lasting field presence AND have
destroyed 1-2 tokens, meaning you'd destroy the next
two tokens in the next turn. Asura Priest might wipe
them all out at once, but it will return to your
hand, making the field advantage it offers
essentially nil. You're not going to kill anything
with this card.
Best Draw for the
Spirit monsters are
some of the worst draws in the game because you
can't leave them on the field with their high
attack. If you top-deck Asura Priest, you'll have to
set it to protect your lifepoints, meaning it'll die
to the weakest monsters out there. If it's in your
deck and it's the only monster you draw in the
opening hand, good luck. There's no reason to play
this card at all, period. There are far better
spirits in LOD to choose from (including my
The ONLY thing this
card has going for it is its LIGHT type. Its effect
is worthless if you consider the fact that the
monster is only 1700 attack. I ran a deck that had a
wicked combo, Ojama Trio+ Big Bang Shot + Asura
Priest, but this week is actually trying to advocate
Asura Priest for REGIONALS. Here's a nice, catchy
rhyme for you: For Regionals Play, Stay Away!
cutting this card down for no reason? Let's take a
look; first of all, it's a given you're not going to
equip this card with anything (the equips will just
fizzle once AP returns to hand). What will 1700 kill
then? Let's see, we have an un-counter Breaker, a
Tribe-Infecting Virus, Don Zaloog (all 3 are usually
run in one's). Yes, that's it. Now what are the
chances of taking down two monsters with one hit
(which is what you'll need to break even, since
Asura Priest returns to hand). Zero. Yes, this card
is only good for taking down Scapegoat tokens, but
what kind of skilled player would activate it with
this guy on the field? Absolutely worthlessÖ..
The Bottom Line:
realize Asura Priest can be good in certain decks.
This is REGIONALS week, meaning this card is
If you want to
make a Casual Play deck with Asura Priest:
You can take
advantage of it's one size fits all attack by using
it on your opponent's Ojama Tokens! One hit from
Asura with BBShot on will get 1100x3 +900 attack,
which is 4200 damage. Get an Axe of Despair on that
bad boy and it's basically game over!