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

Black Ptera
Common

When this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard, except when destroyed by battle, it is returned to the owner's hand.

Type - Dinosaur/Effect LV3
Card Number - POTD-EN017

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.55
Advanced: 3.55

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


Date Reviewed - 12.04.06

 

ExMinion OfDarkness
Black Ptera

Welcome to Dinosaur's Rage week! Given the new starter deck we just got, and how well the newbies are eating it up, we figured it'd be good to take a look at the Dinosaur cards we do have and are getting.

Black Ptera has its uses. Heck, it was part of getting Ultimate Offering restricted -- Cannon Soldier + Black Ptera + Mysterious Puppeteer + Ultimate Offering = an infinite loop to win the game. It doesn't revive itself or search out anything like some of the more popular cards, but it does give you constant card presence, and might make an opponent hesitant to Sakuretsu it if you're both near topdecking. Any time you can make your opponent not want to play a card for card advantage reasons, that's usually a good thing.

It's also Tribute fodder, as that's included in "field to Graveyard" as well. Granted it won't revive, but it makes a player able to Tribute without actually losing anything in the card count.

The bad parts: It is only 1,000 ATK, and with it being so easy to destroy in battle, you may have to spend a considerable amount of effort actually getting it to die in a way other than battle.

3/5
 

Otaku

Black Ptera is an interesting Dinosaur and I was shocked it still hadn’t received a review.  Why? To quote EMoD from the Ancient Gear Cannon CotD:

 

“… and you know what they say about 3 card combos -- they have to win instantly to be worth it, because if they don't, they're inferior to Stein, THE 3 card combo.”

 

Well, Black Ptera is part of a three card one turn kill.  It’s even via burn damage, so the opponent needs anti-Burn instead of just the normal Stein countermeasures.  Although every other CotD reviewer should have already mentioned this, the three card OTK combo for Black Ptera is Black Ptera, Cannon Soldier, and Ultimate Offering.  Bet some of you were wondering why Ultimate Offering was restricted to one card (even though so few of us used it): this is one of the two big reasons I’ve heard tossed around, it and sure makes sense.  After clearing the opponent’s field of Spells and Traps, you are free to Normal Summon Cannon Soldier and then use Ultimate Offering to Normal Summon Black Ptera 15 times, offering it as Tribute for Cannon Soldier’s effect each time, finishing by offering Cannon Soldier itself.  Why?  Because whenever this card is “sent from the field to the Graveyard, except when destroyed by battle, it is returned to the owner’s hand”.  So using Ultimate Offering to repeatedly Normal Summon Black Ptera will drop your LP by 7500, but the Tributing via Cannon Soldier will drop them by 7500 for Black Ptera and then the last 500 can come from Tributing Cannon Soldier itself.  All components of this combo have at least one method of searching the card from the deck: A Cat of Ill Omen will let you topdeck Ultimate Offering, and Sangan and Last Will can fetch both Cannon Solider and Black Ptera (and of course there are multiple techniques that can get one or the other, like Attribute searchers).

 

The main thing that keeps this combo down is the set-up required.  You need to get all the cards, and then keep a hold of them (two parts in hand or in play, one part in play) for a turn before you can go for the kill.  Trap hate is a high as, as usual, which obviously shuts this combo down.  Still, the needed components can be eased into many decks.  Cannon Soldier can be great for that last bit of burn, and Ultimate Offering is often useful for a last turn rush (or decent defense option), and Black Ptera can be a decent surprise and maintain advantage.  I mean, it’s nice as a Set when you know you’re just going to Torrential Tribute if they Summon anything, and Tribute Summon something if they don’t.

 

The card’s actual stats are poor to okay: Wind is sort of “whatever”, Level 3 will let you slip under Level Limit-Area B and Gravity Bind but with just 1000 ATK and 500 DEF, its main purpose is as fodder.  Since it is a Dinosaur it does actually work a bit better in Dinosaur decks, which do tend to have plenty of reasons to Tribute a Monster.

 

Ratings

 

Traditional: 1.25/5

 

Advanced: 3.25/5

 

Tebezu

  

Black Ptera

As long as it hits the graveyard from the field (excluding battle) it comes back. I love this monster, if battle brought it back we'd have a new staple. I often find myself wanting to play him just to hit an opponent and see how many times it takes before a sakuretsu armor or mirror force destroys him.

Not a bad card, with all the monster removal, zaborg, exiled force, etc. sitting around this is a great tech card. Works well in conjunction with Super Conductor Tyranno for a weird Dino Burn deck.

If Ultimate Offering was not restricted to one I would of been running his otk. Sadly we really have no way to abuse the monster outside of making an exiled force cry.

3.4/5

a good card, well built, etc. But currently we have no way to truly abuse him outside of forcing plus card exchanges from the opponent. And even then expect a cyber dragon and something to drop next turn to end him.
 

DeathJester

Bryan Camareno a.k.a. DeathJester

 

Black Ptera

 

I know there’s supposed to be some kind of OTK with Black Ptera…can someone tell what it is?

 

Anyway, Black Ptera’s effect is pretty good for paying for those cards that want you to sacrifice a monster. When you sacrifice him for a Tribute…whoops! Right back to your hand! You can pay for Spiritual Wind Art’s cost without losing anything, but field presence.

 

He’s a nice little monster that is also immune to removal. You can summon and force activate your own Torrential, peg your opponent for 1000 ATK each turn, sacrifice it for Enemy Controller, and hey…this card is actually pretty decent!

 

Last Word: I never took a second look at this card until I had to review it. It’s a pretty nice monster. Not too bad at all. He makes a lot of things free. Hmm…

 

Ratings:

 

Traditional: 3/5

Advanced: 4/5

 

Got any decks for me to look at? E-mail them to me at: deathjester86@gmail.com . I do critique and fix decks when I’m not writing. I’ve received well-over 400 e-mails in the past month; those are just the deck fixes. I get to these e-mails as fast as possible and if you haven’t gotten a response…please be patient as I will be answering it soon.  

 

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