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

Don Zaloog
Super Rare

When this card inflicts Battle Damage to your opponent's Life Points, you can select and activate 1 of teh following effects:
Select 1 card from your opponent's hand randomly and discard it to the Graveyard.
Send 2 cards from the top of your opponent's Deck to the Graveyard.

Type - Warrior/Effect
Card Number - DB2-EN228

Card Ratings
Traditional: 4.1
Advanced: 4.8

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


Date Reviewed - 01.13.06

 

ExMinion OfDarkness
Don Zaloog

We end our week with one of the best cards in ANY format.

Our last Shonen Jump Champion (which, unfortunately, is a friend of someone who is an advocate for original decks), showed there's no reason to fear Dark World monsters when he ran multiple Dons and multiple Spirit Reapers in his deck, which was an unheard of thought at an SJC where Dark World was just legalized and people would be wanting to try it (read: abuse it.)

Don's hand discard is still sick and broken and his effect pretty much ends games at the right time. Look at him:

Warrior (RotA can pull him on an open field, so your RotA becomes a hand discard tool) 1400 (Can negate the advantage of a Sangan, can get back at a Reaper that attacked you last turn...just watch out for those Mystic Tomatoes!) Dark (Chaos Sorcerer-friendly...and can be brought out by the same Mystic Tomato he feas getting hit by)

Unless someone's running full blown Dark World against you, there's no reason to stop trying to hurry the opponent into topdecking. Even with a possible sided Goldd, you're not always going to hit that one card out of a 3 or 4 card hand. I've seen people miss Goldd out of 2 cards, and miss Goldd multiple times in the same Duel. Granted, Goldd > this big time, but it can be dodged, short of the full Dark World deck.

Being that hand discarding Darks are even sicker when they can pull out BLS or CED, he's good in both formats.

5/5 Traditional
5/5 Advanced

Leon

 
Don Zaloog

Yuck! What a stupid card! Don't ever play this card!

Ok. That was a joke. But this card is almost single-handedly the bain of my
existance. Whatever creative deck I try to make I seem to still get pwned by

simple Don hits. The effect is straight vicious. Vicious enough that it
makes this card the single greatest hit on a clear field in the game.

Luckily enough it cannot be searched by Meanae the Thorn. Could you imagine
that brokenness? First turn set Meanae. You attack it. Take Damage. Search
Zaloog. Clear field and Bob's your uncle.

It still has tons of Warrior and Tomato related support and still
drastically can improve most control builds its used intelligently in. Some
decks may prefer Spirit Reaper, though, for its survival ability or Zombie
support, but Warriors should still consider this guy a superior.

Advanced Warrior: 5/5
Advanced General: 4/5
Traditional: 3.5/5
 

Dark Paladin
Don Zaloog is a card every single one of you should be familiar with.
A note before beginning today...with Dark World seeing more and more play, you should probably never choose the first effect of Don (if playing against Dark World).

Don is better than Cliff our friend from yesterday, but as I stated, be careful, very careful vs. Dark World decks. 1400 attack is meh, but you can destroy more and you might actually get to destroy something.

I don't mean to be short, but Don is good, and you knew that.

Ratings:

Traditional: 3.6/5
Advanced: 4.25/5

Art: 4.5/5

You stay classy, Planet Earth :)
 

Bob Doily
Don Zaloog, yeah! This is a historic moment for pojoers, a card that Bob actually likes. So needless to say his Dark/Warrior/4 stats make him perfect for Chaos and warrior decks, but mostly CC decks running the standard Reinforcement of the Army. His 1400/1500 stats make him searchable via sangan and mystic tomato. Essentially he’s built for control, and his effect takes it up a notch.
The effect, two choices. Both depending on battle, but in this case it’s worth it. Mostly because it’s not restrictive on what the effect is dealing with. This effect generates advantage by targeting the opponent. And to make it even better it targets their hand. This is huge! The hand is essentially this game’s mana, I’ve said this thousands of times on various message boards, and have been saying it for years. Without a hand you have little options and struggle to win, Don Zaloog helps this. By generating a +1 you are getting card advantage out of this guy, but the bonus is that your +1 is coming at the expense of a card in your opponent’s hand. So advantage and narrowing your opponent’s resources. Seer brilliance. Now if that wasn’t good enough, after you’ve nailed your opponent’s hand you can start to eliminate further resources by hitting their deck. More likely than not you won’t use that effect, but if you do you are just getting more out of this guy.
Really running 1 Don in a standard control, chaos or tomato control deck right now is amazing. This format allows you to abuse a simple +1, and with lots of removal you’ll probably get a nice shot in via Don. All in all he’s awesome, always been a solid card, and right now just devastating.
Traditional: 3.7/5
Advanced: 4.1/5
 
WiCkEd Don Zaloog

Don Zaloog is probably one of the best cards in our metagame right now outside of DDA, CD, and the few others to mention. For instance, you can typically bait out someone elses monsters by setting Don, either chaining Qidespread/Sakuretsu to kill their monster (or, let it attack and possibly deal damage). Typically you're going to want to use his first effect rather than the latter, as that could help thin the opponent's deck and provide a faster way to cards the could use against you (unless you somehow are into that thing, self masochism in card games). Very worthwhile card.

Traditional: 3/5 (surprise?)
Advanced: 5/5 (in Dark Scorpion/CC)
Advanced: 4/5 (splashed)
 

Dark Maltos

 

Don Zaloog

Don rocks so much I cant say. Over used, and rightly so, Don IS weenie rush. Hand advantage in a nutshell and mega searchable. What’s not to love?

This guy with Spirit Reaper will own, just watch out for Tomato control, traps in general and Dark World …ouch….

Traditional : 5/5 Chaos warrior hugs this card and never lets go….

Advanced : 5/5 A top pick.

Art : 4/5 I don’t know which I prefer, original art, or the one we got
 
Bob Dole BobDole

Dark Scorpion - Don Zaloog the Hand Destroyer

Though that's not his real name, it should be. Whenever he hits the field your opponant visably quivers. It's rather obvious why he's so good. He's a Dark Warrior with a devastating effect and a darn good ATK. The discard effect is a complete and utter slap to your opponant, and if you manage to do damage through a now dead monster, you're giving yourself field and hand advantage. This guy's about as broken as it gets. He can settle games by himself. There's just on big downside, that though often would be taken advantage of, can be devastating. Quite simply put, he has 1400 ATK. The same points of a Dark Plant monster that searches your deck whenever it dies in battle. Mystic Tomato slaughters Don Zaloog. In Tomato Control, you simply summon Tomato, ram it into Don, then search for your own Don who slaps a card out of their hand. That's deck thining, damage, field control, and hand control all in one shot. If you run Chaos Sorcerer, that's even more advantage.

The stats are pretty dang good. 1400 slips him under Messenger of Peace, while being able to hold off pretty well against a few monsters, and it is a good bit of damage on an open field. 1500 DEF is great, as it's enough to keep it alive if put facedown and hit by something like Tomato or D.D. Warrior Lady. In the case of the former of those two, your opponant will even have to discard. He make Tsukuyomi cry, since flipping him facedown still won't stop him. He's also searchable by Sangan, Mystic Tomato, and Reinforcement of the Army. Pretty dang good for such a broken card.

Honestly, this guy would be quite powerful with just the effect of discarding a card from your opponants hand. But to make him even better, he gets a second effect that's useful incase your opponant has no cards on hand. He knocks two cards off to the top of the deck, and effectively mills. This is great when it's getting late in the game, and your opponant is closing down on the last part of their deck. Don can force a deckout often, but chances are that if your opponant is topdecking, you'll have almost sealed the match anyway. Don Zaloog simply stops your opponant from ever achieving a combo. Sure, they could set their magic cards, but that right there is exactly why Don Zaloog works with Cliff the Trap Remover. With Don Zaloog, Cliff the Trap Remover, and Mystic Swordsman LV2 out, your opponant will most likely forfeit. Chances are good they won't be drawing into Dark Hole or Snatch Steal anytime soon, and since they can't set or hold anything without it being stomped on, then taking damage, they're pretty screwed.

Splashable is this guys middle name. He fits perfectly into the following decks commonly run: ToolBox Warrior, Chaos Warrior, Chaos, Control, Chaos Control, Aggro Control, and Tomato Control. I just listed some of the most competitive decks out there. You can fit him into basicly anything that isn't completely and utterly based on an attribute or type.

Don Zaloog is without question the best "Dark Scorpion". I put it in quotation marks because he isn't exactly a Dark Scorpion, as Maenae can't search him out, nor does he have the words Dark Scorpion in his name. He is however, the most powerful monster in the current format. He can swing games and lead to such huge advantages, that outside of a Dark World Deck he's going to seal the deal. Run one if ya got it, run three if you want your opponant to weep openly.

Traditional: 4.5/5 (BLS and CED food that also has a great effect = Broken as all hell)
Advanced: 5/5 (He's splashable into nearly any deck that's Tier 1. Infact, he basicly describes Tier 1)
 

Ryoga
Don Zaloog:
A card that needs no introduction.

If you haven't seen Don, where have you been? Players instantly recognised his use and is the best card in PGD. Alright, he might not have much ATK and you can suicide Tomato into it, but who really cares when that one direct attack takes a card from your opponent's hand. If people are willing to attack with a 300 ATK Spirit Reaper just to remove a card, they won't mock 1400.

AND he is a Warrior! Greatest of types! Don has been used by control decks for as long as he could be.
Combined with a defensive S/T or two, he can continue to reap advantage. Combine with Blast with Chain or Mirror Wall for added bonuses!

If you run Control, Aggro/Control, Toolbox, or just like destroying people's hands (that's cards, not the fleshy thing on the end of the arm), use Don. He's your friend.

Traditional: 4.9/5
Advanced: 5/5

Share and enjoy,
Ryoga
 

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