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

Creature Swap

Card Number - LOD-081

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

Date Reviewed - 1.20.04

Previously Reviewed:  05.09.03

SomeGuy
Tuesday - Creature Swap
 
Creature Swap
Normal Spell
Both players select 1 monster on their respective fields and switch control of them to each other. The battle positions of these cards cannot change during the turn this card is activated.
LOD-081
Ultra Rare

Restriction: Semi-Restricted (2 per Deck)
 
Creature Swap has immense combo potential. Although it definitely isn't deemed "Broken". Viable? Yes, but it does take some skill and precision to use effectively.
 
Some of the more noteworthy cards that are often abused with Creature Swap consist of All of the 1400 "Searchers", Pyramid Turtle, Witch of the Black Forest, Sangan, Magical Scientist, Sinister Serpent, Scapegoat/Tokens and of course Yata-Garasu as well as other Spirit Monsters.
 
That's a lot of options to choose from. The only disadvantage to Creature Swap is that they may give you something useless in return. Timing is everything with this card.
 
But once Creature Swap has its chance, it can become very devastating. Swapping your opponent a Pyramid Turtle/Searcher for his Jinzo, and/or other beatstick, then Summoning another Pyramid Turtle/Searcher only to suicide them into each other for two copies of Vampire Lord is about as disgusting as it gets.

Creature Swap isn't as powerful in Limited. In some scenarios it has the possibility to be as good, or better, than in Constructed, but it's an uncommon site. The reason for this is simple, you don't have access to as many "Swappable" Monsters in Limited. Not to mention that your opponent usually has multiple Monsters on the Field in Limited, lessening its effectiveness.
 
Rating:
 
Constructed - 3.5/5
Limited - 2/5
f00b Tue 1.20.04 - Creature Swap

Normal Magic
Both players select 1 monster on their respective fields and switch control of them to each other. The battle positions of these cards cannot change during the turn this card is activated.


It’s funny, many people associate my name to the using of this card. And for good reason. Up until this month (January), creature swap was hands down my most favorite card to use - IN THE GAME. How much has changed since then? And what is so special about this card? Haha, if anyone can tell you, it would be me. ^_^

Pros:
+ Field control is nice.
+ Take bigger monster from opponent. w00t.
+ Send over a monster with a beneficial effect for yourself i.e. witch, sangan, tomato, giant rat, pyramid turtle, etc.
+ Force opponent to destroy your monster prematurely (I.e. they have to waste a ring on your sinister to prevent you from taking their vampire lord. Simply evil, btw).

Cons:
- If opponent has >1 monster, then you have no choice of what monster you get
- If you leave a weak mon in atk mode (like serpent) and then they imperial the swap, it’s bad news.

Combos: (omg there are MILLIONS)
* Any other possession card like change of heart or snatch steal in conjunction with creature swap is brutal (just make sure you play it right)
* Last will/tomato/swap = many monsters just got special summoned.
* Okay, creature swap a mystic tomato/giant rat/mother grizzly/shining angel/pyramid turtle/ufo turtle and attack with their bigger monster, then special summon another monster and continue the battle phase (this technique was most successful with creature swapping a tomato over, using opponent’s Gemini elf to kill your tomato, then summon a don Zaloog and get a free shot and discard).
* In top deck mode? If you draw creature swap, just grab the sinister serpent from your graveyard, summon in face up attack mode, swap over, cream their life points, get back your serpent, and you’ve kept their monster…
* Need some field control? Lay down a sangan or witch of the black forest, swap it over, attack and get the monster you really want into your hand.
* Or, swap over a spirit monster like Yata-Garasu and pass, thus you’ve stolen their monster and yours returns to your hand.
* Already have a monster out? Swap it over, tribute their monster for your Airknight or Jinzo.
* Also, I heard swapping over a spirit reaper in attack mode is pretty good…when you have magical scientist. Bust out all the fusions you desire and blast away life points…
* Got a cannon soldier/catapult turtle? Swap over a mon, then after attacking, launch their monster for some burn damage.
* Got only a scientist? It’s pretty good to pay a couple thousand, get out some fusions, swap over the scientist, attack for GG, etc. Also, your weak 300 atk scientist isn’t left in atk mode on your side of the field now. ^_^
* They have a face down monster? Use creature swap as a tactic to see what it is and play around it. If it has a nice effect, perhaps you’ll get to use it soon. =D

There are plenty more…

Basically, instead of running monsters that overpower your opponent’s, why not run this card and some nice effect monsters, thus using your opponent’s monsters against them AND at the same time pulling off some neat tricks with effect monsters of your own?

However, since dark crisis, there is, well, a crisis with this card. I have found that creature swap, usually a “2-per” in my decks, is now hitting the sideboard. Too many people main deck removal like D.D. Warrior Lady, which means not only could a tomato not get off its effect, but the overpowering combo of swap + sinister serpent could be removed due to the fact serpent never goes to the grave…

Also, never cards just seem more playable, as many players go to swarming techniques. I still feel this is a VERY strong side deck card, and I bring it in against beatdown all the time. It’s just not quite there to make the main deck cut anymore, perhaps in the next set, once Chaos Emperor Dragon and the like are used, swap will be making a comeback. I mean, I’d trade my 300 attack recursive creature for a CEDragon ANY DAY.

Oh, and should you pull this in draft, think twice…there are more monsters on the field in this type of play, and this card doesn’t have too much selection, thus it feels more pain for each monster on the field…just average.

Ratings:
Constructed - 3.8/5.0 FIELD CONTROL > all
Limited - 1.6/5.0 it’s hard to control. More of a gamble than a “swap”

This concludes another great CoTD card! I'm liking this week ^_~ 
infinitekhaos LOD-081 Creature Swap
Normal Magic
Both players select 1 monster on their respective fields and switch control of them to each other. The battle positions of these cards cannot change during the turn this card is activated.
Ultra Rare

A very combo proned card. Creature Swap can be very effective, especially if played correctly. It is most effective when your opponent only controls one monster, preferably a Jinzo. You can swap say, your yata...thus giving you a permanent change of heart, since yata returns to your hand. The best way to utilize creature swap is with tomatoes, angels, etc. Say you play 3 tomatoes, 2 zaloogs and 2 spirit reapers. You manage to get 2 tomatoes on the field, and you're facing a jinzo. Swap a tomato for jinzo. Cancel out the tomatoes, giving you two zaloogs or reapers from your deck. Massive LP demolition and massive hand disruption. You can also use creature swap to take a monster, say a zaloog, and swap it for your sinister or sangan/wotbf. Disruption and search. There's a reason this card is ultra rare and restricted to 2.

Tourney - 3.5/5

Draft - 4.5/5

Artwork - 3.0/5

Closing Line - what's yours is mine and what's mine is yours....now ill take that back and you can take some damage! BUAHAHA 

 

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