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

Des Dendle / 
Vampire Orchis

Common

Card Number - MFC-014,015

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

Date Reviewed - 3.04.04

SomeGuy Thursday - Des Dendle & Vampire Orchis

I'm not a big fan of Unions, mainly because they aren't as good as they could of made them. If I were to casually play any sort of Union based deck, it would be the XYZs, simply because they are a lot more interesting.

Des Dendle and Vampire Orchis on the other hand, are really very bland. They don't even seem very fun for casual play, which is always a negative. Of course you have to keep in mind that they are both commons, which _usually_ aren't as viable as rares and foils.

For the price of two specific resources out of your hand, you get a 1700/1000 monster that can produce an 800/800 monster token when you successfully destroy an opposing monster in battle. Worth the effort? Not in this environment. Monsters like this simply can't stand up to the current competition, which lets us know this isn't much more than a candidate for another casual deck.

Limited is a completely other scene. If you're during a draft focused on this expansion, it should be pretty easy to obtain at least one set of both monsters. A 1700 ATK token producer is a much larger threat in this format.

Rating:

Constructed - 1/5
Limited - 2.5/5 
ExMinion OfDarkness Thursday -- Des Dendle and Vampire Orchis

Des Dendle
Plant/Union Monster
Earth/4/300/2000
Once per turn, during your Main Phase, if you control this monster on the field, you can equip it to your "Vampire Orchis" as an Equip Spell Card, OR change it back to a monster in face-up Attack Position. When equipped to a monster by this card's effect, each time that monster destroys 1 of your opponent's monsters, Special Summon 1 "Wicked Plant Token" (Plant-Type/EARTH/1 Star/ATK 800/DEF 800) in Attack or Defense Position. (1 monster can only be equipped with 1 Union Monster at a time. If the monster that this card is eqipped to is destroyed in battle, this card is destroyed instead.)
MFC-015
Common


Vampire Orchis 
Plant/Effect Monster
Earth/4/1700/1000
When this monster is Normal Summoned successfully, you can Special Summon 1 "Des Dendle" from your hand.
MFC-014
Common


This is an odd Union, as it has a built-in Frontline Base. If you have the union in the hand, it's like a Marauding Captain-type effect. It has a built-in Monster generator, but only when destroying other monsters, so Raigeki-ing or Dark Holing + this combo wouldn't help you. Des Dendle has a whopping 2000 Defense, so it may actually survive an attack -- EVEN from the more commonly played Dark Balter from a Scientist special summon.

It's better than most other Unions as it has the built-in special summon, but I still think it's underpowered (at least have the union give a 300+ boost like the XYZ pieces.)

Normal: 2.25/5 (Extra monsters (mainly tokens) don't help a lot, and playing out your hand REALLY isn't a good idea.)
After Ban List: 2.75/5 (Without Yata and Duo to fear, bad hand management can be forgiven slightly more. But I would still expect the combo of Marauding Captain special summoning Goblin Attack Force to occur more than the combo of Vampire Orchis special summoning Des Dendle.) 
Gambit Des Dendle/Vampire Orchis

At least maybe until when (and if) King Fairy Truesdale is errata-ed, Plant Decks have gotten a huge shot in the arm. These ho-hum Union monsters have taken on new life in the meantime. It only takes one Normal Summon to get them both on the field, and while the Union gives no boost to Vampire Orchis's ATK, the effect of summoning a "Wicked Plant Token" with 800 ATK is now more useful with King Fairy Truesdale.

Picture this: with KFT on the field you summon Vampire Orchis, then Special Summon Des Dendle. Form the union, then attack a monster with the union (2200 ATK), then Special Summon the token. Attack with KFT for 2700, then with the token for 1300. It is that easy to do well over 4000 damage in one turn. 

What makes them more playable individually is that 2000 DEF is still a tough number to beat... KFT makes it 2500 -- nearly impossible to beat. Vampire Orchis is 1700, easily raised to 2200 with KFT. Throw in your old favorites, the Mystic Tomatoes, Fiber Jar, and a Dreamsprite for making your opponent attack someone they didn't intend to attack, and you have got yourself a bona fide butt-kicking Plant Deck.

3.5/5.0 Well-balanced, but viable only with the right supporting cast. 
Otaku

Stats: Des Dendle and Vampire Orchis are both Level 4, so not Gravity Bind (not that its played that much) friendly.  Plant monsters are rare, so I suppose that could be a bonus for these two.  Earth is a strong type and that helps.  These are Union/Effect Monsters, but we’ll cover that more, later.  Des Dendle has a decent DEF (2000), but its ATK is a pathetic 300.  At least that means that it works with Sangan and Giant Rat.  Vampire Orchis has a slightly sub-par 1700 ATK and 1000 DEF is okay since it makes this searchable via Witch of the Black Forest .

Card Text (Effects): This is where we first get an inkling that these cards could be useful.  The Union effect from Des Dendle  lets you summon an 800 ATK/DEF Earth/Plant Token when the equipped Vampire Orchis destroys an opposing monster in battle.  It also has the normal “If the monster that this card is equipped to is destroyed in battle, this card is destroyed instead” Union-effect.

Vampire Orchis has its own effect though: when it is normal summoned successfully, you can special summon a Des Dendle form your hand, making it one of the easiest Unions to pull off.

Uses/Combinations: Okay, so it is easy to pull off, by why use it?  Toss in Fairy King Truesdale and Gaia Power and suddenly you are summoning an 1800 attacker when you destroy a monster.  Remember, you probably just ran over their only monster.  Oh, and then the normal Union tricks.

Ratings-Note, these cards should be used together, and as such, ratings are for them that way.

Casual: 3.75/5-Could be the back up Truesdale needs.

Constructed: 3.25/5-Same as above, but it has to face the big boys… er things… in this format.

Limited: 3.5/5-Not sure how useful the tokens will be in this format.  The stats are good enough to make them decent on their own (3/5).

Summary

Nice to see a somewhat unique concept.

 

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