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3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 06.06.07
Crystal Beast Emerald Tortoise
Sorry about the lack of reviews from me in the past
couple weeks -- between Regionals, my recent lottery
win, and a trade involving 42,000 commons and 5,000
rares (thanks Bill!), things have been a bit hectic
on my end.
Emerald Tortoise is the only thing the Crystal
Beasts have right now that can be considered a
decent defense; Spy seems to hold well at 2,000 ATK
and fends off anything short of Cyber Dragon and
tributes in today's metagame, so it can hold out for
a turn or two here.
It can also help block some damage by shifting
something like Ruby Carbuncle to defense, which can
be nice after you had to Special Summon it somehow.
Otherwise, it's just good support. Won't be doing
much attacking, but it doesn't need to.
Crystal Beast--Emerald Tortoise continues Crystal
Beast week, and this may be one Crystal Beast that
might actually work outside of the Crystal Beast
Deck, but we will look at that in a moment.
Our Tortoise friend here is of no surprise a Water
monster of the Aqua type. It is a Level 3 monster
with 600 attack and 2000 defense. It has the ability
of switching any monster on your Field that you
attacked with during the turn into defense mode.
A cowering and hiding effect may not seem like much,
but it could be more important than you think.
Suppose you used something that was strong enough to
destroy an opponent's monster but it isn't strong
enough to destroy something else. However, its
defense could stand up to that monster.
Don't get me wrong, it isn't game breaking by any
means, and it could be useful once in a while. As
the others Crystal Beasts can, you can send this to
an open Magic or Trap slot, instead of to the
Graveyard when destroyed.
Traditional Crystal Beast: 1/5
Traditional: 1.5/5 It could be useful...maybe, maybe
Advanced Crystal Beast: 2.25/5 Not the best
Advanced: 2/5 Again, could be useful, even outside
the Crystal Beast Deck.
You stay classy, Planet Earth :)
Crystal Beast-Emerald Tortoise
3/5 in his deck.
I still have yet to see anyone use this in their
crystal beast deck due to it just sitting back and
looking pretty. 2000 def. today does not cut it with
triple monarch this and three cyber dragon that
falling all over the place. Significantly more
playable than some of the monsters, but not really
worth the deck space due to ridiculously low attack
So today we look at Emerald Turtle. Another Crystal
Beast that accomplishes nothing. Essentially you’ll
end up attacking with it, then switching it to
defense using it’s own effect. With abysmal ATK you
won’t be killing anything to gain any sort of
Really I can’t see much else to say about this one,
it really sucks.
Tomas Mijares Top 8
San Jose THe ONe PG 16 on the Pojo Boards
Crystal Beast Emerald Tortoise
Once per turn, you can change 1 of your monsters
that attacked this turn to Defense Position. If this
card is destroyed while it is in a Monster Card
Zone, you can place it face-up in your Spell & Trap
Card Zone as a Continuous Spell Card, instead of
sending it to the Graveyard.
Here is one of the potentially better cards we have
seen here in Crystal Beast week. So Emerald Tortoise
can help protect your lifepoints after attacking.
This card not only can help the Crystal Beast
Amethyst Cat, but all of the Crystal Beast monsters
in general. This is one of the few splashable
Crystal Beasts there are as it doesn't depend on
Crystal Beasts to make it be effective. It's hard to
really find a good monster to put into defense mode
after attacking, but those floater spies now can be
safe the next turn with this card. Other than saving
life, the 2000 def is really nice to see, sure it's
at Cyber Dragon and other over 2000 monsters mercy,
but it can stonewall pretty much any other monster.
This can also be beneficial against Gadgets. Sure
it's not as good as Gravekeeper's Spy, but with the
right cards around this, it can be. With the ever so
popular Card Trooper, swing for 1900 and then keep
yourself from losing a lot of lifepoints and draw
the card when Card Trooper goes away, can be very
Traditional: 1/5 Not light or dark, it's hard to
really use this there, Spy is a better bet in
Advanced: 4/5 One of the higher rated Crystal
Beasts, it's ability to be splashable and a useful
effect with many monsters of the format, make this
card a lot better than people think.
- Tomas Mijares
Alex Davis Top 8
Crystal Beast Emerald Tortoise
Well we all knew that with a new theme these days,
there has to be a monster that can only defend. I
can make this review short and sweet. This card is
bad. The entire reason why Crystal Beasts are so
good in the first place is because they’re FAST.
Defense is inherently SLOW. This card’s only purpose
in a Crystal Beast deck is to sit there and get
killed by Cyber Dragons, Monarchs, Jinzo, or Dark
Magician of Chaos. It’s effect is ACTUALLY
semi-useful in very rare cases, but the space this
card takes up and the fact that it’s going to do
NOTHING in an offensive push is just too much to
ignore. The only way this’d be useful is if he had
1500 ATK at least instead of 600.
Ryan Spicer Top 8
Top 8 SJC Austin
Beast - Emerald Tortoise
Tortoise is definitely one of the better,
and most rounded of the crystal beasts. It
weighs in at 600 attack and 2000 defense,
and has a very useful effect that allows you
to switch a crystal beast to defense after
it attacks. This could be useful for when
you attack with an amethyst cat, because you
can poke for 600 and then switch it to
defense to keep you safe from taking
damage. Or you could just poke for 600 with
the turtle if you were to ever get the
chance and switch it to defense to save
yourself from taking life points.
its high defense, it can stall you out for a
couple turns if your in need of drawing some
of the power cards for the crystal beast
theme. The only cards in a normal monarch
build that can get around this are cyber
dragons and monarchs, while the latter can
be avoided with a simple pulling the rug.
this card should be ran in 2's or 3's in a
gem beast themed deck because it has a lot
of utility compared to many of the others.
If i were to run gem beasts, i would for
sure be running a minimum of 2 of these, and
Advanced: 5/5 for crystal beast decks
4/5 its just a turtle, but its a cool
anyone would like to talk to me or contact
me, my aim is blackluster777, and my name on
the boards is ryan spicer. Would be great
to hear from people. PEACE!
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