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3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 03.12.07
Wow, actual decent support for high-level Normal
monsters. It's not enough to make me want to play
Blue-Eyes White Dragon or anything horribly bad like
that, but for those who have their heart set on
playing a theme deck around their favorite monster
from the show, it'll suck just a little less now.
High-level Special Summoning is generally a good
thing -- we all play Cyber Dragon, Phoenix is being
prepared against in most side decks, Prematuring a
dummped DMoC and getting back some broken-ass spell
usually means game... You're not going to gain an
effect with this thing, but if you have something to
protect the monster, you'll at least get back half
of your investment (destroying one of their cards,
while you have two invested -- the Rules and the
high-level monster itself.)
STON was a good set overall, giving support for a
theme that badly needed it. I doubt we'll see some
crazy Normal deck T8 a SJC, but you might just run
into this in the early rounds of a local tournament.
A quick note: yes, I am aware that I totally
spaced off that Mind Crush is now a
Restricted Card when we reviewed it last week.
I realized this shortly after sending it in, and
wrote a corrected CotD. Hopefully
its up now. Also, I
am short on time, so this will be a pretty
concise CotD for me.
is a Normal Spell that let’s you Special Summon
a Level 5 or Higher Monster from your hand when
it’s used. It seems like a reference to how
manga/animé rules originally didn’t require you
Tribute Monsters to Normal Summon higher level
Monsters. This card should be good in select
decks, but isn’t. Why? Because this game lacks
draw power, or at least draw power that is
neither overpowered nor underpowered. As such,
“card advantage”, while a concern in most TCGs,
becomes arguably the most important thing in
Yu-Gi-Oh. So to get a big Monster into play,
even if it’s got a good effect, you’re depleting
your hand of two cards. While it’s a Special
Summon, you’re only “ahead” if it’s a
two-Tribute Monster. Also, the higher level
Monsters needed to make use of the Spell and the
Spell itself would be dead weight without each
other. Finally, consider that the most commonly
used Tribute Monsters right now are the
Monarchs, and they are just beatsticks if
they aren’t Tribute Summoned.
Still, it’s an okay card in the right decks, and
if you can find a good two-Tribute Monster that
can be Special Summoned but lacks Support… then
yeah this would help a lot.
Ancient Rule is a very interesting Magic card, one
that tries to promote the use of Normal monsters,
and that isn't a terrible thing.
The effect is incredibly simple. Ancient Rule allows
you to Special Summon a Normal Monster of Level 5 or
higher from your hand.
What two decks does this scream abuse for? The
answer is obvious...a Blue Eyes White Dragon deck,
or of course, the Dark Magician deck.
Both monsters fit the criteria for this card.
However, the card doesn't stop there. Try building
your own deck if you have a favorite Normal monster
in this group that just doesn't usually cut it.
In closing, being able to summon a Tribute monster
without a Tribute or Tributes is a wonderful thing,
even if it has to be a Normal monster, and I stand
Traditional Blue Eyes or Dark Magician deck: 3.5/5
Advanced Blue Eyes or Dark Magician deck: 4.5/5
Ancient Rule :
I like the idea that one can quote ancient precident
to break the rules. This obviously explains the
first few seasons of the anime.
There have been many many cards that allow you to
Special Summon monsters from your hand in some way.
These are notoriously unpopular. Why? Well, card
advantage mostly. These are always -1's. Except
This card works like Tribute Doll in that it absorbs
one of your tributes, and since it's a special
summon, you can summon normally anyway. Works just
like Cyber Dragon.
Shame it only works with Normal Monsters. It would
have seen play otherwise.
I just read this card and missed "normal monster"
and flipped out, haha. This card is a complete waste
of time pretty much. Although one could argue that
you get to summon a tribute immediately that you
otherwise would have had to tribute a monster for
(losing a monster = losing this card to summon a
tribute monster is the same thing, of course), these
days you would flip a Dekoichi or a Treeborn Frog
THEN tribute for a tribute monster, so you lose
Oh, and it only summons normal monsters =\.
It appears to me that Konami R&D has a special rule
whenever they design a card. They are permitted to
create a card that has both a good effect and
provides needed support to a specific theme ONLY if
said card has a situational effect.
Enter Ancient Rules.
If this card's text read: "Special Summon 1 Normal
Monster from your hand" then it would be super
amazing, and would be run in 3's in a Normal Monster
deck, essentially replacing Cyber Dragon.
Unfortunately though, to make good use of this card
you must then run either multiple Level 5 or higher
Normal Monsters, or keep the amount of copies of
this card in your deck to a minimum. Doing either
makes it too situational to use.
Given that Normal Monsters generally have high ATK
and DEF values, you can run a competitive deck
without running any Tribute monsters at all. Seeing
as Ancient Rules provides only situational support,
I doubt anything will change anytime soon.
1/5 - What's a Normal Monster?
2/5 - Too situational. Use it to bring out Blue
Eyes, but for anything else, don't bother.
3/5 - The Limited Edition Blue Eyes White Dragon
Another week…we got a bunch of newer stuff, and an
Special Summon a Normal monster from your hand with
level 5 or more.
So…..it’s a -1, but this could bring out your Blue
Eyes, Summoned Skull, or Frostosaurus in a snap. If
you manage to get in a direct hit with one of these
guys, this might be worth the -1. Or it might get
you out of a pinch if you are starring down a
monarch. This card is also a special Summon, so you
still have your normal summon for the turn. The only
big downside, besides, of course, being for Normal
Monsters only, is that it is also for Level 5 or
more, only. If you have a hand full of 4 star 1900’s
and this, it’s a dead card.
You certainly can’t count Normal monster decks out.
They have a 4 star 2000, Non Spellcasting Area,
Justibreak, and more. Right now is a prime
opportunity to try out a normal monster deck.
Traditional: 2/5 (Can’t see a normal monster deck
Advanced: 4/5 (Not perfect, but still pretty good
for a normal deck)
An interesting card, that could probably be quite
fun. Relatively useless when dealing with lv 5/6
monsters since it’s easy enough to tribute them. But
for the 7/8 stars this saves time and one card.
Making it a special summon can also help by letting
you use it to extend in a push for the win.
Had this been for all monsters instead of just
vanillas it would have had a major effect on the
meta. “I play Ancient Rule, I summon the Phoenix.”
But it doesn’t so it is doomed to relative obscurity
unless someone finds an otk use for it. It does its
job perfectly; unfortunately it’s just not a job
that the game asks for at this time.
But I will probably build some random
BEWD-nonspellcasting-burst stream of
destruction-dragon’s mirror-dimension fusion deck of
stupidity and amusement simply because they made