When this card is Tribute Summoned successfully,
randomly discard 1 card from your opponent's hand
the the Graveyard. If the discarded card was a
Monster Card, inflict damage to your opponent's Life
Points equal to the Level of the monster x 100
Type - Pyro/Effect
Card Number - SD3-EN011
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 07.20.06
Thestalos the Firestorm Monarch
Now we see another reprint of an already-common
starter deck card....and it's still not as good as
when it came out.
Don't get me wrong -- 2400 ATK and a discard from
the opponent to compensate for you having to tribute
is still good. But people are still playing that
random Goldd, and Zaborg still > this for so many
reasons (which we'll get to tomorrow.) even without
that random Goldd being a threat.
I could see one copy in (....ich, it pains me just
to say its name) Soul Control but not much else.
It's Thestalos. If you want to go Soul Control, it's
not even the second best to go for. I'd still play
it, but I'd play tomorrow's card before I did that.
2400 is nice and all, but Sakuretsu and Bottomless
can both prevent it from getting through, meaning
that this is not the card to shake up the stagnant
metagame. Still fun. I'd say it's a shame the
Monarchs couldn't be less friendly to Tsukuyomi, but
I like Tsukuyomi more anyway.
Looks cool, though. Gotta make you wonder... Are the
Monarchs about the same size as an average human
being is in YGO!? I mean, they look big, but so does
Skull Servant from the right perspective. It's all
in how the cards are drawn.
I don't really care, but it does make me a little
3.7/5 Advanced (Mobius and Zaborg both score higher,
Well, hello everyone. After nearly two weeks, I'm
back to reviewing some cards. Check out my article
today to see what I've been up to.
Anyway, today we review a monarch, Thesatlos.
Thestalos is Level 6 and has the same 2400 attack
and 1000 defense you'll find on all the Monarchs.
When you tribute summon him successfully, he becomes
a one for one, and a fairly decent one. You give up
one monster as a tribute, and your opponent takes
100 damage x the level of the monster discarded, IF
it's a monster.
Regardless of what you take, your opponent is down a
card, so that's good, since the burn effect is
negligible anyway. Though, you probably are only
playing Thestalos for one of two reasons. Either you
need some beatdown in your Burn deck, or you're
running Monarch control involving the rest of the
Traditional Monarch Control: 3.25/5
Advanced Monarch Control: 4.25/5
You stay classy, Planet Earth :)
So today we are looking at a solid card. Thestalos
is naturally best suited in Yomi-Emperor decks, or
as most TCG players know them: Soul Control.
Although I personally feel that Zaborg is a much
better choice Thestalos can be used to effect as
well. Recently his play in SC has decreased for fear
of random Dark World techs. Now while they hurt the
probability is still low.
Overall if you plan to build one of those decks I'd
suggest maining Moby and Borg. If you have room you
can run Thestalos but I just don't like his effect
as much as the others.
Thestalos the Firestorm Monarch:
If you didn't get it in Super Rare, if you didn't
get it in the Fire deck, then, come forth young one,
and get it in this super special Rare format!
Most of you should know the effects of the Monarchs.
This one is technically the burn one, but with an
average burn damage of 400 when it hits a monster
doesn't tempt many.
What is tempting is the hand destruction, which has
always been a powerful effect in this game. You
trade one tribute monster (*ribbet*) for one card in
your opponent's hand. Fair as far as I'm concerned.
As Monarchs go, this is third, or possibly second
after a joint first. Either way, you get where I’m
going with this.
Thestalos doesn’t really deliver. His ‘in-summon’
effect of a Don Zaloog when summoned isn’t bad, but
it’s nothing outstanding either. A card out the hand
is something to enrage the foe, but it will rarely
render them useless. After that he’s a fairly
useless 2400 attack fire monster.
Fire’s not a theme that dominates this format, so
it’s not going to be found in most common decks.
Still, in a fire deck, I’d more than consider it.
This guy really fell out of favour after the advent
of Dark World, and since there’s been an advent in
Chaos, it’ll b a while before he’s back.
Traditional : 2/5
Advanced ; 3/5
Thestalos the Firestorm Monarch
2400 ATK/1000 DEF
Pyro/Effect: When this card is Tribute Summoned
successfully, randomly discard 1 card from your
opponent's hand to the Graveyard. If the discarded
card was a Monster Card, inflict damage to your
opponent's Life Points equal to the Level of the
monster x 100 points.
Now we get to some more decent playable cards but
none better then the Monarchs but today we look at
the fire monarch which is out shined much like
Gramarg by its other brothers Mobius & Zaborg. For
the same stats as the other Monarchs you get a
Confiscation without the peak at your opponent's
hand plus added burn which is futile but still good.
Like all Monarch they go great with Brain Control,
Soul Exchange, Snatch Steal or the much popular
method of Treeborn Frog for continous tribute fodder
plus like Mobius & Zaborg he still dies from
Tsukuyomi > . < of course most things die from that
spirit. Still used in Soul Control but lately its
seen less play with people running 1 or more tech
copies of Goldd in there deck or people rather have
its Light counterpart Zaborg for field control
rather then hand control.
Traditional Format > 1.2/5: Rather pointless you
have Cinfiscation , Delinquent Duo, The Forcefull
Sentry is good enough for Hand Control there or blow
up there hand with the Dragon >. >
Advance Format > 4.1/5: All the Monarch do better in
Advance Format then Trad but beware of random Goldd
techs if you want to use the Fire Monarch
Artwork 2/5 > I hate the artwork of this one the
most the others look cooler
Why does Konami insist on rereleasing common
structure deck fodder as a slot in a highly
anticipated card set?
Thestalos is, in my opinion, the most useless
monarch in the game, but before you start hurling
flaming fire balls at me let me explain. Being a
monarch automatically makes him better than most,
but most people side-boarding Goldds and Silvas
causes a problem for the great Ares wanna-be. The
burn is ok, but not too heavy with most decks not
seeing star levels go higher than 6. The discard can
help your opponent with Chaos and be detrimental to
a game against Dark World.
I won't comment on the atk and def since they are
the same as every other monarch. Its attribute is
fire, which has very little assistance (maybe Big
Burn, Gaia Soul the Combustible Collective, Ultimate
Baseball Kid) but these require him to be tributed
or killed. Why would you want to do that? He's 2400
atk. His effect is the least of the other monarchs
because what you destroy has a certain aspect of
luck. The other monarchs have specific targets so
you at least know what type of card you are
Granmarg lets you destroy a FD card, which can be
game ending PLUS is an Earth which helps Earth decks
that are seeing more support and play lately. Zaborg
kills a monster, which can be game ending PLUS he is
a light which... duh. And Mobius destroys 2 S/T on
the field, which is almost always game deciding or
at least swinging (we will forget the fact he is
Traditional: 2/5 for being a monarch, but CED rules
the burning roost here.
Advanced: 3/5 for being a monarch and a fire deck's
Art: 3/5 Not my favorite monarch art. He looks a
little disproportioned, but his armor is cool and he
is holding a friggin fire ball.
Until Next Time, Burn baby burn... Disco Inferno!!
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