Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day
5000 Life Points. Special Summon a Fusion Monster
from your Fusion deck in face-up attack mode.
- Dark / Machine
are based on a 1 to 5 scale
the worst. 3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating
Date Reviewed - 12.22.04
NOTE: To the gentleman who replied to my Friday
review, I would
suggest you read the disclaimer a few hundred
million times until you
understand what I am saying. That said, the reason I
my e-mail up in CotD's is that I got stupid
responses from people who
would argue my opinion without putting any thought
into it, thus
wasting my time and clogging up my inbox. At least
disclaimer before you bother sending an e-mail to
Pojo about my
review, sir. The rest of you should be familiar with
the fact, from
now on, that I am giving you my opinion, and you are
reading it. If
you are stupid enough to treat it as fact and send
someone else an
angry e-mail about it, you are only complimenting me
by saying that my
opinion is fact. That said, Cyber Stein.
Cyber Stein has sold for 23000 dollars. It will
probably sell for
that much twice. If you have it, don't even read
this review and sell
it with a reserve of 22000 dollars on eBay. Buy
yourself a nice car
and pay off your bills for the next 3 months. Or put
down a down
payment on your first house. Don't play it in the
game of YGO.
That said, this review contains the 7th or so FTK/OTK
this week. Reversal of Worlds, Scientist FTK, Last
Turn FTK, Chick +
Call + Makyura, Elma - Exodia, Elma - Marionette,
Woodland Sprite +
Gilfer (even though it's illegal), and now this
guy's FTK. That said,
let's go into the details.
Having played the Japanese GBA game DM6 for the
hundreds of hours I
have, I'm familiar with the Cyber Stein FTK. Here is
hand ~80% of the time (and he is going second, mind
Harpies Feather Duster
Well, let's see. With his 4 field clearers, he has a
shot at victory. Then he summons Cyber Stein and
pays 5000 LP to
summon BEUD. Then he equips Megamorph to BEUD. After
attacks directly for 9700 damage. Nifty, huh?
Although BEUD isn't out in the English game (yet),
you can still
perform the FTK using Master of Oz. That said, he
has already earned
a 5/5 in his own FTK deck.
The thing is, 5000 LP does a lot. You can use
Dimension Fusion twice.
You can use the effect of Amazoness Chain-Wielder
(1500 LP to take a
monster card from your opponent's hand when it dies
in battle) 3
times. You can use two copies of Final Countdown.
You can take 3
1800 attacks. Two direct attacks from a Dark
Magician. This is a
hefty amount. You're gaining 1 net card from this.
1. Let's view the
candidates: Master of Oz (highest attack). All the
Scientistable. And Master of Oz is morphable. Get a
Creature out on the field. Or Koitsu with A
Legendary Ocean out. You
can dumpnrevive or in the case of Koitsu, use Mother
are plenty of ways to get out the fusion monsters
from your fusion
deck. If you're looking to cheat Polymerization and
process of fusion, then use Scientist or something.
5000 LP will do
too much for you to be worth sticking a 700 attack
monster out on the
field and then summoning out one monster.
This card deserves its own decktype built around it.
Like Last Turn
and Final Countdown, it goes in its own deck. And
Ratings reflect that.
1/5 Traditional standard deck
5/5 Traditional Cyber Stein FTK
1/5 Advanced standard deck
5/5 Advanced Cyber Stein FTK
Yyyyeah, Iíll start this review off
by emphasizing how unimportant this review is, since
I can pretty much guarantee that the vast majority
of you readers (and, of course, I as well) will
never even see Cyber Stein, unless/until UDE
reprints it in an easier-to-find form than it is
now. That said, now the review!
Cyber Steinís stats are nothing
great. Level Two isnít anything special, 700 ATK is
substandard at best, and Machine doesnít help his
playability all that much because, even with Limiter
Removal, heís not that strong.
His effect has a rather large
payment, one that you likely wonít be able to or
wonít want to pay unless you manage to get Cyber
Stein VERY early in the game. Pay 5000 Life Points
and summon a Fusion from your Fusion Deck in ATK
position. What are some good Fusions to get?
WellÖitís really, really, really not worth it to
bring out Scientist Fusions like Thousand-Eyes
Restrict, Dark Balter the Terrible, etc; after all,
Scientist + Metamorphosis does that for a lot less.
The only Fusion (in the TCG) thatís
really worth it at this point is Master of Oz. Get
out Cyber Stein, pay 5000 to summon Master of Oz,
equip it with Megamorph and smack your opponent for
8400 damage. Of course, this doesnít work if 1)
your opponent has a monster on the field, 2) your
opponent has something face-down that could stop
your attack, 3) your opponent has something
face-down thatíll finish off the rest of your Life
Points, or 4) you donít get the cards you need.
While it certainly has the potential to be
effective, this combo is really not worth it.
Neither is Cyber Stein, Iím afraid. If you get one,
sell it. Iíd much rather have $23,000 than a
potential, inconsistent OTK (but thatís just me).
Traditional Ė CCCC: 2/5
Traditional Ė Master of Oz OTK: 3.5/5
Advanced Ė CCWC: 2/5
Advanced Ė Master of Oz OTK: 3.5/5
OVERALL RATING: 2.8/5
You all knew it had to be reviewed eventually, so
why not today? I think the $23,000 card is worthy of
Wednesdayís slot, donít you? Yes sir, today weíll be
reviewing Cyber-Stein, the biggest waste of money
(for that one guy) and Life Points youíll ever find.
Cyber-Stein is a crap monster. It has 700 ATK, a
number youíll be doing some major damage with. And
to make it better itís a Machine, allowing you to
use Limiter Removal with it to make it have 1400 ATK.
1400 ATK? Oh joy![/sarcasm]
If you thought the stats were great, you must think
the effect is even better! For the insignificant
cost of 5000 Life Points, you can Special Summon one
Fusion Monster from your Fusion Deck. Iím sure
everybody loves spending 5000 Life Points to Special
Summon a single monster, donít they? In reality
though, Cyber-Steinís cost is going to be far too
expensive once you get a few turns into the duel and
a major blow to any future plans you may have if you
do use the effect. Sure you get to Special Summon
any Fusion Monster, but I hope you find a way to
make it count.
Iím sure youíre all painfully aware of the
Cyber-Stein + BEUD/Master of Oz + Megamorph FTK, so
I wonít go over the details. Know this though;
youíll have a hard time pulling it off in
Traditional Format and an even more difficult time
doing it in Advanced. And if youíd like a
no-brainer, use some Life Point increasing cards if
youíre going to use Cyber-Stein at all, they may
allow you to live longer.
Cyber-Stein lives in his own little Deck, and should
not be used anywhere else.
Cyber-Stein is a monster that relies on being drawn
in the first 5 turns.
After that youíll most likely not be able to afford
its effect. On a closing note, if you meet anyone
using Cyber-Stein in their deck prior to a time that
itís made more widely available, slap them twice for
me and then highly consider stealing it. Iím not one
to recommend thievery but if someoneís going to use
this expensive piece of cardboard (expensive by
money and Life Points), they deserve to have it
Advanced Format: 1.5/5. WAY too expensive to be
useable or recommendable.
Traditional Format: 1.5/5. WAY too expensive to be
useable or recommendable.
Art: 3/5. A blue Frankenstein with guns for arms?
Whatever floats your boatÖ
This review should
really only be helpful to two people (the two
that own the currently in-circulation
I have a hunch that
it'll be re-released at some point, so for those
who still want to get a hold of one without
paying $23,000, here's what you're looking at:
paying 5,000 LP to summon any Fusion (except for
those who can't be summoned by other
effects...sorry Dark Paladin!) The Japanese use
of this card was Cyber-Stein + Blue-Eyes
Ultimate Dragon (from fusion, which we SHOULD be
getting soon...) + Megamorph = 9000 ATKer =
one-turn kill. This card even caused Megamorph
to be restricted to 1 for a short while in
Here, we don't yet
have BEUD. But we DO have Master of Oz, who is
4200. This would come as a weakness to the
Cyber-Stein player -- although 8400 would be
good enough for a DIRECT attack, it + the Cyber
Stein probably wouldn't finish off someone who
had a monster on the field, but that extra 600
damage the Megamorphed BEUD would do probably
Unless you're going
to win that turn, I don't see any reason to play
this card to get out a Fusion -- there are more
cost effective ways of bringing out fusions
(Scientist + Metamorphosis for the 6 and lowers,
Metamorphosis + Fusilier Dragon the Dual-Mode
Beast for the 7-stars, and we get good 8 stars
in Flaming Eternity, so Snatch Stealing that BLS,
removing something, then m0rphing it will be a
reality for us all.)
5/5 in OTK, 1/5 all
Rated For: Two
lucky people in the world
Let me pontificate on
the value of Cyber Stein, to those grousers and
grumblers who question the sanity of those who paid
20,000 for this exclusive tournament prize. The more
publicity gets as a game, the more money is given
out in the form of prizes like Cyber Stein, the more
incentive there is for more players to play Yu-Gi-Oh!
competitively and casually.
Publicity for the
game you love is a GOOD thing. Having new users come
in and play to become the best because of prizes
like Cyber Stein is a wonderful thing for the growth
of YGO in general.
Having said that, the
card is rather garbagy, as you can see by the fact
its original use was for the dreaded one turn kill
combo, using Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon (or even
Master of Oz) + Megamorph and a clear field to end
the duel. But now Raigeki and Harpieís Feather
Duster are gone, so it becomes quite difficult to
pull it off.
That makes this card
plenty of targeted removal going around in this day
and age, so assuming you bring out a good fusion
monster such as Master of Oz for 5000 life points,
heíll probably go down within a few turns. Sure
Cyber-Stein can lead to field advantage, but 5000
life points? If they have a set Ring of Destruction,
Best Draw for the
Heís slightly better
in the traditional format because of HFDuster and
Raigeki/Dark Hole to pull off the combo. In the
advanced format, youíll likely want to Heavy Storm
the field before bringing him out; he can be a great
topdeck (if you have the life points), but 5000 life
points is a crippling cost.
Being a dark type is rather good; the machine type is worthless because
youíll never actually Limiter Removal it. Having
said that, Cyber-Stein has one of the most unique
effects in the game, but fusion monsters are already
pretty easy to summon (because of King of the Swamps
and the upcoming Flaming Eternity cards), so it
doesnít really justify paying 5000 life points since
the one turn kill combo is hard to pull off.
The use of
this card depends on whether you have 5,000 life
points to spare. More often than not, you wonít.
The Bottom Line:
He was released far too late to make a significant impact.
Contributes Field Control and Presence
Detracts from Energy (Highly Significant Loss of
5000 Life points)