You can flip this
card into face down Defense Position once per turn
during your Main Phase. When this card is Flip
Summoned, you draw 1 card from your Deck.
Type - Zombie/Effect
Card Number - PGD-030
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 10.25.05
I absolutely love Des Lacooda. Sure, it only has 500
ATK and 600 DEF. Sure, if your opponent attacks it
it’ll probably die. But it can give you great card
If your deck has Giant Rat or Pyramid Turtle (or
both) in it, run at least one Des Lacooda. Say your
opponent has a monster on the field and he kills
your Giant Rat with it. Search for Des Lacooda. On
your turn, flip it face-down, then Flip Summon it –
sure, it’ll probably die on your next turn, but you
just got to draw an extra card!
If you can protect Des Lacooda a little longer, you
get to KEEP drawing cards. Before long, you’ll have
such overwhelming card advantage that your opponent
might as well quit right there and then.
This is a very underlooked monster that deserves
much more play than it sees. Again, if you run Giant
Rat and/or Pyramid Turtle, run Des Lacooda.
Camel Control (Swarm of Scarabs/Locusts,Guardian
Sphinx, Stealth Bird, those kinds of monsters): 5/5
OVERALL RATING: 4.5/5
It's sad that this is some of the best draw we have
left in Advanced Format...but this card is actually
A weenie with built-in draw for as long as you can
protect it...it creates massive card advantage in a
deck that can hold off attacks for a long time.
Messenger of Peace, Gravity Bind, Level Limit,
Sakuretsu Armors...this is a GREAT addition for a
Burn deck. (If you're a Veteran on the Pojo.biz
forums, you might want to check the Vets forum for a
really good example of what this deck should look
It has all the benefits of being a weenie in other
decks as well -- Giant Rat, Sangan, Last Will...you
have a lot of options to Special Summon the guy. If
your opponent attacks a Rat and you pull this out,
you can instantly flip down/flip back up for a draw.
Assuming you have protection beyond that turn,
you'll have some good drawpower.
However, this needs a deck focused around it to
maximize the advantage. Decks that just want a
random extra draw would be better off with Dekoichi
the Battlechanted Locomotive, who's stronger, a
Machine, Dark-type (for those using Chaos
Sorcerer)...and still gets his draw if he's attacked
Either one of two things will happen:
1. This card will fade into obscurity with 98% of
currently printed cards
2. Someone will make a really good deck based on
this, tweaked out to the max, Top 8 a SJC with it,
lose in the first round of Top 8 (as most original
decks do and I hope happens to them), and then
everyone will netdeck it. Bonus points if the
netdecker beats the original creator with his own
deck. Additional bonus points if someone does this
with the first major pioneered "original" decktype,
to its creator.
5/5 in the deck built around it
4/5 in any deck that stalls for a long time
1.5/5 in the non-focused deck
Lacooda… Ah, how I have mixed feelings for ye.
The result of most of my endeavors with this card
have failed, but I never really got tired of the
card. Despite losing horribly to Lord Tranorix in
one of three matches we have ever played (I swear,
our luck against each other is annoying…) in a
feature match that will never be posted for reasons
unknown to my person, I still persisted with the
deck. It wasn't until I realized that I made bad
decisions while playing the deck (and that deck
alone; all of my other bad decisions are completely
in deckbuilding and remain secluded from gameplay)
that I realized the deck wasn't for me. That deck is
There are two real issues to consider with this card
that I went over the last time I reviewed it. First
off is what you gain from using its effect. Second
off is how to ensure that you get to use it. Think
on this. It's a 500/600. That makes it searchable by
both Giant Rat and Pyramid Turtle, and the more
obvious cards like Last Will and Sangan, but that
also means that if switched to attack position, a
Hand of Nephthys could kill it. It doesn't matter
what mode it's in, Mystic Swordsman LV2's sending it
to hell. That's pathetic. And if all you gain is one
card, this is a waste of advantage. You can't
randomly use it. You have to think about how often
you're going to be able to protect the card.
I am in love with Des Lacooda. Currently, it is one
of the best tech cards in the format. Many people
are using either a Warrior toolbox or a Giant Rat
toolbox. Giant Rat is particularly funny. It makes
people play cards they otherwise wouldn't. It adds
speed to cards that rock with it. For one, Des
Lacooda can be searched out and then flipped face
down and back face-up on your turn for an immediate
+1 advantage with no life loss, assuming it doesn't
die on your opponent's turn. Giant Rat is also
perhaps the only way I would ever play Injection
Fairy Lilly or Exiled Force (X-Force is a horrendous
topdeck and a waste of a summon when Drillroid or
Smashing Ground can accomplish the same thing as him
while either keeping a monster on the field or not
taking away your summon, and IFL is just a horrid
late-game topdeck). I play one Lacooda that many
people think is just randomly teched in, but it
The power of an engine of +1's in this format is
undeniable, especially considering that 3-6
defensive traps are being played on average. Gaining
even a single card advantage can lead to a game end.
Gaining 2 or 3 and still having a card left over for
a Mobius tribute is disgusting. And if you have this
and Swords of Revealing Light in your opening hand,
your opponent should just plain scoop. G effing G.
Lacoda is our card for today, and it's a very
You can flip it face down once per turn, and when
it's flipped face up, you can draw one card for your
deck. This is an excellent draw option for the
Advanced format since we are without Pot and
Is this card for EVERY deck? No. Des Lacoda is a
good card in your Exodia deck I believe. Yes, I said
Exodia. It's another draw engine, and as stated,
we're kinda short on this. However, it can be used
as standard tech in about any other deck as well.
Long stroy short, it doesn't work all that well, at
least multiple times, by itself. Swords of Revealing
Light, Tsuku, and other stall cards help Des Lacoda...a
You stay classy, Planet Earth :)
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