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


Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon
Tyrant Dragon
Paladin of White Dragon


 

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


Date Reviewed - 04.02.0
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Creator
OfThePoint
System
Monday:
3-in-1:

Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon
Tyrant Dragon
Paladin of White Dragon

Happy Birthday Tebezu!

Sorry I've been out of the loop for the last couple weeks -- things have been a bit hectic around here and I had to get a lot of stuff taken care of. But it's all sorted out now, so I'm back to doing the CotD for ya!

Although I wish Tebezu a happy 20th, that doesn't mean I'm going to be any less Simon Cowell-like in reviewing these cards!

Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon: This thing is disgusting. Their heart was in the right place when they made it, but the card itself just isn't worth the effort you give in Summoning it. Best-case scenario, you either Future Fusion for BEUD (assuming you didn't draw 1 of the 3 Blue-Eyes White Dragon cards in your deck if you're playing that decktype) or you Dragon's Mirror for it, and then sac that off. Even with Dragon's Mirror, that's still a very hard summon to pull off, and then having BESD in the hand. The fact that it only negates stuff that targets leaves it vulnerable to Bottomless Trap Hole, Torrential Tribute, Mirror Force, and Smashing Ground to say the least...players who use Widespread Ruin have more outs against it. Granted, the average player may take a couple of turns to get it off the field, but your average deck will have at least 5 or so answers to it.

Tyrant Dragon -- The restricted double attack is good, and possibly worth the two Tributes, but the fact that you have to tribute a Dragon to Special Summon this hurts it badly in my opinion. Most of the power from high-level monsters comes from being able to cheat the summoning requirements easily -- Chimeratech Overdragon would be nothing if not for Overload Fusion, Dark Magician of Chaos and many other high-level monsters are best summoned with Monster Gate or Reasoning...same idea here. It's the best of the 3 here, but that's still not enough to get it into any of the decks I play.

Paladin of White Dragon -- More playable with Advanced Ritual Art -- pitch Luster Dragon out of the deck, summon this, throw out BEWD. Hard to pull off, and the BEWD on its own is particularly vulnerable, but otherwise not bad.

BESD: 1/5
Tyrant Dragon: 2.5/5
Paladin: 2/5

Dark Paladin
Monday

Opening the week, I must say Happy Birthday to Tebuzu, and for him, we are reviewing THREE cards today, the first being Blue Eyes Shining Dragon.

Blue Eyes Shining Dragon is a beast, but you have to jump through a couple of hoops to summon him. You have to tribute a Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon first, in order to Special Summon this. Not impossible, but difficult without Cyber Stein, Dragon's Mirror perhaps?

Blue Eyes Shining Dragon then gains 300 attack points for each Dragon in your Graveyard, so he will start with at least 3300 points, probably more, as you should only use this in a Dragon deck. Then, you CAN negate the effect of Magic, Trap, and Monster cards that designate this card as a target.

It would stop Ring of Destruction and Exiled Force, which is always a plus, especially with as many as three Exiled Force currently available. The option to negate the card is nice, but why not just keep your Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon?

Ratings:

Traditional: Never/5 = 1/5
Advanced: 2/5 for potential

Art: 3/5 Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon looks better

Next, we move on to Paladin of White Dragon. This monster can only be Ritual Summoned with the Ritual Spell Card "White Dragon Ritual". You must also offer monsters whose total Level Stars equal 4 or more as a Tribute from the field or your hand. When this monster attacks a face-down Defense Position monster, destroy the face-down monster immediately with this card's effect without flipping it face-up or damage calculation. You can Special Summon 1 "Blue-Eyes White Dragon"
from your hand or your deck by offering this card as a Tribute during your Main Phase. (Blue-Eyes White Dragon cannot attack that turn.)

In this case, the only thing that hurts this card, is that it is a Ritual. It is by no means a bad card, just REALLY hurt by being a Ritual monster.

It can instantly destroy a face down defense monster without applying damage or flipping it face up. That is awesome, because you could negate a flip effect, but if the monster's effect activates in the Graveyard, your opponent still gets it.

However, to then summon a Blue Eyes, you're still out two cards, Paladin himself, and the Ritual card. Most times, it would be easier to simply tribute two monsters, or even just one, Kaiser Sea Horse anyone?

Not a bad card, but not really necessary either. They need to make a Skilled Dark Magician type card for Blue Eyes and then it would be all the more playable.

Ratings:

Traditional: 1/5 NO Rituals here
Advanced: 2.5/5 Perhaps

Art: 4/5

Closing the triple team of today is Tyrant Dragon, a card who has one of the most incredible pictures ever. I love that picutre, and so do you.

Effects: First, if your opponent controls another monster after your first attack with Tyrant Dragon, he can attack once again in the same Battle phase. That's good, although it won't always be true that your opponent has more than one monster out.

Furthermore, Tyrant Dragon destroys Traps that specifically target him, and that is also a plus. There aren't an abundance, but it happens.
Finally, the recursion sucks, having to tribute a Dragon on your field to revive him, but every card needs a drawback.

Tyrant Dragon can and should be the heart and soul of any non-Hours Dragon deck. 2900 attack is excellent for Level 8, just shy of Blue Eyes White Dragon and Hours Level 8. 2500 defense is equally solid, I may add.

Being Fire type is also cool, Molten Destruction would give him 3400 attack, don't play Molten Destruction in a Dragon deck, that was just a comment. Two tributes does hurt a little, but he is a beast when he hits the field.

Ratings:

Traditional: 3/5
Advanced: 4/5

Art: 5/5

You stay classy, Planet Earth :)

Ryoga
Dragon Day :

Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon ranks among the hardest monsters to summon in the game. And you don't get anywhere near enough from the card for the effort.

However, it is a lovely card to play in casual (especially with Season 1 rules).

Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 1/5
Casual: 3/5

Tyrant Dragon is actually good. It has immunity to traps, which makes any monster decent since traps generally kill monsters. Also, attacking twice could be enough to end the game in some circumstances.

However, Level 8's just aren't worth the effort in tournaments, but this guy is great anywhere else.

Traditional: 3/5
Advanced: 3/5

Paladin of the White Dragon is good in principle.

Face-down hate, 1900 ATK on a Lv. 4, and the ability to summon BEWD straight from the deck. These are are great abilities and this could have made a BEWD deck viable. Oh, it's a ritual. Sod, never mind that then.

Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 1/5
Casual: 4/5

Share and enjoy,

Ryoga


YGOmaster
Happy birthday Tebezu. Those card choices are pretty interesting, and I've always found some kind of potential in them. For one thing, they are all obviously Dragons, and they can all be comboed a bit. First off, Blue Eyes Shining Dragon has been totally destroyed thanks to the banning of Cyber Stein. You could get out BESD on your first turn if it wasn't gone. Sure there is still the possibility of Dragon's Mirror or Polymerization, but those will take so much longer to be able to pull off. He is immune to a lot of cards, but falls to Fissure, Smashing Ground, Torrential, Mirror Force, Hammer Shot, the list goes on. It's a decent card, but I probably wouldn't try to play it. Tyrant Dragon has a bit of more playability. You can run it in any Dragon deck, but that probably wouldn't work that good. I've tried this beast with Reasoning/Monster Gate, and it was pretty good. It's nothing amazing, but it can be playab le if used right. Paladin of White Dragon is one of my favorites of this because it has an Exodia combo tied into it. Using Advanced Ritual Art you can dump the 4 pieces of Exodia to Special Summon this card and then return those pieces to your hand with Dark Factory of Mass Production, Monster Reincarnation, Backup Soldier, or Feather of the Phoenix.

Total Ratings:

Blue Eyes Shining Dragon: 1.75/5
Tyrant Dragon: 2.5/5
Paladin of White Dragon: 4/5 (when used with Exodia)

Traditional ALL: 1/5

TurkeySpit
Super-Special-Awesome-Chocolately-Covered-Super-Card-of-the-Day Day!

First of all, Happy 20th Birthday to Tebezu! One more year to go to be legal for pretty much everything.

To celebrate this super special awesome day, we bring you 3 (THREE) COTD reviews for the same price as 1 (ONE)

Sweeeeeetness!


Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon

If a young boy wearing Emo style clothes, and who is possessed by the spirit of an Ancient Egyptian Pharoah is constantly defeating you at a children's card game, then this is the Monster for you!

This is the monster that Pegasus meant when he told Seto Kaiba that he had created a card that could destroy Yugi's Egyptian God Cards. While it's not for me to disagree with the great and mighty Pegasus, allow me to say that Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon may be perfect for killing Egyptian Gods, but it pretty much sucks at killing anything else.

And since the Egyptian Gods are illegal to play in any official tournament.....

Basically, if you get Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon onto the field and it's not enough for you to win, then Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon won't be of any help to you as clearly you suck at YGO.

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Traditional:
1/5 - four out of five Chaos players agree that Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon is a bad card.

Advanced:
1/5 - four out of five Vampire Genesis / Red Eyes Darkness Dragon players agree that Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon is a bad card.

Card Art:
1/5 - Ugliest. Dragon. Ever.


Tyrant Dragon

Wait a second. A two tribute monster with solid stats, a good effect, a good monster-type, and it's NOT a NOMI? Wowzers.

Tyrant Dragon is one of those cards that could be an awesome addition to certain decks, but rarely ever sees play because of its two tribute requirement. If you can get around that however, you are looking at a sweet piece of monster goodness, with a pretty nasty effect.

Dump & Revive, Monster Gate, Reasoning, and Mausoleum of the Emperor are all viable methods of getting Tyrant Dragon to the field without having to tribute two monsters. Unfortunately though, the first three options requires you to tribute a Dragon-type monster on the field, but then what else are you supposed to do with those wimpy Troop Dragons?

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Traditional:
1/5 - There is only one Dragon played in Traditional, and this 'aint it.

Advanced:
2/5 - It has good potential in decks built around it.

Card Art:
1/5 - It's a dragon. And?


Paladin of White Dragon

Just like Dark Master Zorc and Demise King of Armageddon, this Ritual Monster has been given a new life thanks to Advanced Ritual Art. Being able to special summon a 1900 ATK monster that has Mystic Swordsman LV2's effect, and can tribute itself to summon a Blue Eyes White Dragon to the field from your hand or Deck is pretty super-special-awesome! Toss in some Normal Monster support cards like Justi-Break, Non Spellcasting Area and Birthright, and you have yourself a combolicious deck.

The fact that Paladin is also a Dragon-type monster really boosts his power, as he can benefit from all the Dragon-type support cards out there, like Stamping Destruction, Burst Breath and of course can be used with Dragon's Mirror to bring out Five-Headed Dragon.

This card can also be abused with Ritual Forgone: Pay 1000 Life Points to summon Paladin to the field, and then tribute it for Blue-Eyes. Not bad, eh? And you still haven’t used your Normal Summon for that turn.

While not as good as the Demise/Dozer OTK build, this deck is certainly fun to play, and for nothing else then nostalgia it is worth taking to a local/hobby league tournament.

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Traditional:
1/5- What did I just say about Dragons in Traditional?

Advanced:
2/5- Demise/Dozer OTK is better, but who doesn't like Blue-Eyes White Dragon?

Card Art:
2/5- Why isn’t Kaibaman riding the dragon? Can anyone other than Kaiba truly tame the Blue Eyes White Dragon??
 

Lonely Wolf
April 2nd

It’s Tebezu’s 20th B-day!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TEBEZU!! We are reviewing THREE dragon monsters today just for him!

Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon
Dragon / Effect Monster
This card cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. This card cannot be Special Summoned except by offering 1 "Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon" on your side of the field as a Tribute. Increase the ATK of this card by 300 points for each Dragon-type monster in your Graveyard. You can negate the effect of Spell, Trap, and Monster Cards that designate this card.

Obviously, this card is hard to bring out. It requires however many cards it took to bring out the Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon itself, which could take anywhere from 1 to 4, then having the Shining Dragon in your hand as well. And when this comes out, you have a monster that may or may not have more attack then the Ultimate Dragon that just got Tributed, and that has a semi-decent protection effect that doesn’t work against non-targetting effects. So, while it protects itself from Ring, Sakuretsu, Exiled Force, and others. It won’t help it against Mirror Force, Smashing Ground, and everyone’s favorite lil Mole.

I’d rather keep out the Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon that I might’ve spent up to four cards to bring out. This card isn’t worth it.

Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 2/5
Art: 3.5/5

Next up on the list for today is……….

LOD-034 Tyrant Dragon
Dragon/Fire/Effect/7/2900/2500
When there is a monster on your opponent's side of the field after the first attack of your Battle Phase, this monster can attack once again during the same Battle Phase. In addition, negate the effect of a Trap Card that specifically designates this card as a target and destroy it. If this monster is Special Summoned from the Graveyard, you must offer 1 Dragon-Type monster on your side of the field as a Tribute

Well, this guy is BIG. It takes 2 tributes, which isn’t too good. But if you get it out….. 2900 attack is quite a bit. It’s got an Asura Priest like effect. Immune to targeting trap cards. If this thing attacks, it’s more than likely going to cause some damage of some sort. Not bad.

If the opponent manages to kill it however, we run into a problem. If it gets Special Summoned from the Grave you have to tribute a dragon monster to get it out. Unless you have a Dragon that benefits from getting Tributed, or it would mean game, then you might be better off leaving it in the Graveyard.

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this card, but if you are a hardcore dragon player, maybe you should give this a shot.

Traditional: 1.5/5
Advanced: 2/5
Art: 4/5

And finally……

MFC-026 Paladin of White Dragon
Light/Dragon/Ritual/Effect Lvl. 4 - Ultra Rare
1900/1200
This monster can only be Ritual Summoned with the Ritual Spell Card “White Dragon Ritual”. You must also offer monsters whose total Level Stars equal 4 or more as a Tribute from the field or your hand. When this monster attacks a face-down Defense Position monster, destroy the face-down monster immediately with this card’s effect without flipping it face-up or damage calculation. You can Special Summon 1 “Blue-Eyes White Dragon” from your hand or your deck by offering this card as a Tribute during your Main Phase. (Blue-Eyes White Dragon cannot attack that turn.)

This card actually isn’t that bad as far as ritual monsters go. It only requires four stars. It’s first effect is a Mystic Swordsman effect, which can come in handy. It’s second effect is a quick and effective way of bringing out a Blue Eyes White Dragon. This card would be a little better if it would’ve had a little more attack, seeing as it currently can’t win against Cyber Dragon without help.

Currently, the only Ritual Monster that is seeing competitive play is Demise. But, if you are looking to create a hardcore Blue-Eyes deck, then go ahead and try out this card and it’s ritual!

Traditional: 1/5
Advaned: 3/5 (Blue Eyes deck ONLY!)
Art: 4/5
 
BobDoily Monday:

First off a big happy bday to Tebezu. And for his birthday we are looking at 3 cards that I haven’t seen in a long time. Secondly, I forgot it was April fools and that we’d be doing an April fool’s cotd >.<

Starting off with Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon, well what can I say? They lost a lot of potential with this one. Losing the movie’s xforce on crack effect (tribute this card to destroy any card) we instead got a watered down card that could not even be played upon release. Best suited for black sleeving a deck, this card collected dust for a long time.

And it still does, having to tribute Blue-Eyes Ultimate for this card is just not worth it. If you have a BEUD out, kill them with it. There is only one use for Shining Dragon, no not toilet paper, an actual use in the card game. It is a part of the 5 card win condition that surpasses Exodia. By having Blue-Eyes Shining, Dragon Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth, Gate Guardian, Dark Sage and Sorcerer of Dark Magic on your side of the field you win the tournament.

Honestly, I’d fold if someone pulled that off.
Traditional: 0.5/5 (you can Stein out BEUD making it faster XD)
Advanced: 0.2/5

Next up is Tyrant Dragon; I loved using him back in the day. Although he is an ungainly tribute (double sack, difficult recursion) he could do quite a bit when he hit the field. Bypassing targeting traps, and having the potential, albeit small, to get in a second attack made him quite useful. That was then, before control and chaos were defined or born.

Nowadays you’d have to put quite the effort in to create a dedicated dragon deck, and are best off using it in casual play.

Traditional 1/5
Advanced 1/5

The final card in today’s trio is Paladin of White Dragon. Now this really brings back memories, I used to run a dedicated deck around Pally and BEWD, it was so much fun.

For a ritual monster Pally is the second fastest, with Relinquished being first. Being a level 4 monster means that, on average, you’ll only have to sack one monster to summon him; this role usually belonging to Manju. His MSlv2 effect is an added bonus that can help clear the field of threats before using his ability to bust out your BEWD. Since BEWD can’t attack anyways that turn either swinging with Pally or using a Burst Stream would get the most out of the turn that you bring him out.

Standardly Pally will not be on the field for more than a turn, he had no business being there. He is a support card and fills that role well. Even after death he becomes nice food for Freed, who can easily be supported thanks to an abundance of Lights in a dedicated deck.

Ratings are pointless, outside of a dedicated deck there is not reason to use him, and in one well he is either offering solid support to BEWD or he is the backbone of a White Pally deck. Besides, I’m biased, I love this card.
 

Tebezu
Tebezu's 20th B-Day
3 for 1
 
Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon
As far as this monster is concerned he is limited to a dragon deck.  His effect is decent and his ability to end games is almost imminent in the hands of a skilled player.  The problem comes from his summoning conditions.  Thus he starts of as an inherit minus.  But in a dragon deck centered around him (especially running some card troopers to dump the BEWD in the graveyard for Dragon's Mirror ) his summoning cost become less of a challenge.  The fact he is a dragon also aids dragon's mirror by allowing him to be removed for Five-Headed Dragon.  All in all this is a decent monster in a deck is built around him.  He will never see shonen jump play due to his inherit summoning status but he makes for some great times when used at a local/free game.
 
3/5 If his summoning conditions are met through "free" means.
 

Tyrant Dragon
 
3.8/5
 
I love this monster with a passion.  He is one of the key players in high level dragon return.  Yet the fact his special summoning needs a sacrifice hurts his playability.  Nonetheless a 2900 double attacker is not too shabby, especially when he can combine to form a 5000/5000.

Paladin of White Dragon
 
The new ritual support makes this monster a viable choice.  Not to mention that BEWD is a normal monster with 8 stars. 
 
4/5
 
This is due to the new ritual support and the ability to incorporate BEWD into an OTK.  If anyone has a deck utilizing this card let me know.

 


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