Offer 1 monster on your side of the filed as a
Tribute to inflict 500 points of Direct Damage to
your opponent's Life Points. Monsters used for a
Tribute Summon or that are offered as Tributes due
to other cards' effects are excluded.
Type - Machine/Effect
Card Number - DB2-EN061
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 07.07.05
Cannon Soldier has long been one of my favorite
cards, and evidently, someone in the top 8 at
Nationals used one in his deck…his non-Burn,
non-Machine Deck. I salute him!
Cannon Soldier’s more useful than people give him
credit for. Late game, he may be just what you need
to win – launch CS and a few other monsters off for
that last bit of damage. Earlier, you can use him to
launch Sangan to get a quick search, or to launch an
opponent’s monster you have via Snatch Steal or
Brain Control, or to launch a Serpent just for the
hell of it.
With Scapegoat seeing more and more play, Cannon
Soldier’s efficacy in cookie cutters has greatly
increased. Launching four Sheep Tokens = a quick
2000 damage. Just bear in mind that you can’t
activate Scapegoat and summon Cannon Solder in the
same turn, a mistake I see all too often.
I won’t even bother talking much about how great
Cannon Soldier is in a Burner. It’s just…obvious.
One combo that was seldom appreciated earlier but
might be now is to use Cannon Soldier in conjunction
with Soul Exchange…Soul Burn?
This long-forgotten monster won quite a few games
for the Nationals players who used it, and punished
those who weren't expecting to see it at all.
Cannon Soldier has so many uses and combos it's not
even funny. Oh wait, yeah it is, if you're the one
Mystic Tomato can fetch him since he's a 1400
Dark-type (again with the splashable Dark monsters
for this week) so it's easy to bring him to the
field. Scapegoat can equal 2,000 damage with it.
Opponent's stolen monsters can be tributed to evade
Snatch Steal life gain/Brain Control returning (even
though Book of Moon does a pretty good job of this
with Snatch.) It can create the final needed
offensive after a large attack, or let you gain an
offensive in a match where you can't attack through
what your opponent has on the field or face-down.
He'll also win his fair share of games due to duels
being decided on remaining life points.
Basically...he's another viable choice for a monster
to throw 1 of in your deck full of broken cards.
last CotD this week is… A surprise. It's also
another re-review. Today we touch over on Cannon
Soldier, the second MRD card reviewed this week.
What is there to say about this guy for me? I'm not
an expert at using him. In fact, I just don't use
him. The main idea, I suppose, would be to take out
annoying things like Scapegoat tokens, or to put
monsters in the graveyard, or to push for that extra
damage that the much better Ceasefire and Magic
Cylinder couldn't push.
That does not mean he is not a good card. On the
contrary, he has fairly good stats for a level 4
(which, in today's terms, means he won't die if
Tsukuyomi'd) and a useful burn effect. Burn effects
that can push that extra amount for game are huge,
IMO. I find burn damage to be the best tech
The 1400 could come in useful against Bottomless
Trap Hole. Brain Control and Snatch Steal with this
means good things.
Ah hell, don't bother with my review of Cannon
Soldier. It sucks.
Today’s card is Cannon Soldier, a monster that
enables Scapegoats to do some damage, as miniscule
as it may be.
Much like its Toon counterpart, CS is a 1400 ATK
Machine. Blah blah blah, Limiter Removal, blah blah
blah, 2800, 5600, 11200 ATK, blah blah blah, I said
most of this when I reviewed Toon CS, blah blah
blah, forgive me, blah blah blah.
For each monster you Tribute with CS, your opponent
loses 500 Life Points.
So to fill the void the might Calculus class filled
during the school year, let’s make an equation to
represent the damage your opponent can gain. We’ll
use the equation d=500t, where d is damage done and
t is the number of monsters you Tributed. So if you
Tribute, oh, I don’t know, 4 Scapegoats, that’s 2000
damage to your opponent.
Needless to say, CS can be a nice finisher. With all
of the, oh, I don’t know, large amounts of
Scapegoats being used, CS has plenty of fodder
available to it. Of course its effect isn’t limited
to Goat Tokens, you can also Tribute an opponent’s
monster that have taken control of via Brain Control
or Enemy Controller. Of course those two card’s
usage has gone down the drain recently, but it’s
something to look forward to if you do use them.
All in all, CS is a nice all around monster. With a
nice ATK, functionality with Limiter Removal, and
the chance to burn the opponent with “yo mama”
jokes, CS can be a quick filler for any Chaos or
Goat Control Deck.
Cannon Soldier has been, and always will be, one of
the best machine-type monsters to be released. Its
tribute effect is ridiculously abusive with
Scapegoat, this turns control-changing cards like
Snatch Steal into stupid easy +1 advantages, it’s an
insane game ender with Limiter Removal, and it’s an
insane game ender with Return from the Different
Did I mention this card is good? In traditional,
however, tributing your own monsters is a bad thing.
Reconsider it here, even in the Catapult Chaos One
Turn Kill deck, where Toon Cannon Soldier gets the
job done easier and can be fetched by your godly
deck thinning tutor. However, this card is extremely
underrated in the advanced format and is a fine
option in limited.
Cards found in the Top 8 National Decks week
progresses, we come to quite an old card today which
can also be VERY annoying.
Cannon Soldier is Dark and Machine which is good for
Chaos, Machine, and Chaos/Mech decks. Then, the
effect which is simple. He can sacrifice as many
monsters per turn that are available on your field
to do 500 points of direct damage to your opponent.
Now, for those of you who may not know, Cannon
Soldier CAN sacrifice himself, and as stated, you
may sacrifice as many monsters as you have available
during the current turn.
Of course, monsters you use to tribute summon or
that are tributed for other cards effects are
excluded, but that's no big deal. This card is also
a nice choice for an Offensive Stall deck running
your Level Limit Area B and Gravity Bind. You can
still attack with Cannon Soldier and use his effect
so it's a Double Bonus.
Also, I think Cannon Soldier could even be a good
choice in a semi-offensive Exodia deck. You could
sacrifice your own Sangan and Witch of the Black
Forest to obtain your pieces a bit quicker than
having to wait for your opponent to attack.
In short, Cannon Soldier IS an excellent burn card.
Traditional Burn: 3.9/5
Traditional Exodia: 4.4/5
Traditional Offensive Stall: 4.9/5