Today we are looking at Rampaging Rhynos or R2 for
the rest of this review.
R2 is quite the little monster. R2 is Level 3 and
has 1500 attack and defense points. Our animal
friend is also of the Earth attribute and a
Beast-Warrior, which like yesterday, are very well
Then, the effect, which is incredibly simple. Once
per turn, you can move this card to an unoccupied
adjacent monster zone. For those of you who may not
understand, to the immediate left or right of the
card zone it currently occupies.
So, if R2 attacks something in the same column, or
directly across from himself, he gains 500 attack
points during the damage step. This gives you a
temporary 2000 attacker for the time being.
What are the problems with this? Well, he still only
has 1500 attack if something else attacks him. So it
won't be too difficult to accomplish that. In
closing, if he had 1600 attack, he could at least
have suicided with a Cyber Dragon.
OK, it can be big
while attacking. Who cares? Next turn your opponent
will just attack it back. Effects that purely give a
three digit ATK increase are rarely worth the bother
and I think this is one of those times.
Please forgive me if I missed the point of this
card, but lets say you summon it, couldn’t your
opponent just summon a Cyber Dragon or something
similar in a far away monster zone and you would,
for lack of a better word, be screwed?
Don’t get it.
A fun idea in theory but not very practical. Any
intelligent player will simply summon a monsters in
a different row and run him over.
Plus shrink is out and his little boost seems to be
A 3-star, potentially 2000 ATK monster that is
searchable via Giant Rate AND can benefit from the
effect of Enraged Battle Ox? Oh yeah!
Sadly though, this card will only work once. After
you have summoned him to the field and attacked as a
2000 ATK beatstick, your opponent will simply
set/summon their next monster more then 1 Card Zone
away from Rhynos, thus preventing him from using his
effect next turn.
Given the above, and the fact that Rhynos only gets
it's ATK boost when attacking an opponent's monster
(and not when attacking directly), what you have is
a card that might see some minor play in a Ratbox or
Enraged Battle Ox deck, but nowhere else.
1/5 - Earth?
1/5 - If you feel the need to build a mono
Beast-Warrior deck, then this card helps to flush
2/5 - The Alliance's version of the Horde's Enraged
Tuesday, March 20
We review a slightly older card today. It isn’t the
best card, but it is interesting to say the least
1500 attack 1500 defense
Once per turn, this card can move to an adjacent
unoccupied Monster Card Zone. If this card attacks
the monster in its same column, this card gains 500
ATK during the Damage Step.
So, what’s there to say about this card? If it gets
attacked by a monster, it’s just a simple 1500
attack monster. Not all that threatening, but it is
searchable by sangan, and giant rat. If it attacks a
monster in the same column, then it’s a 2000 attack
monster, so it can take out anything less than a
Cyber Dragon. Otherwise, it’s still just a 1500
attack monster. But, it can move to another zone if
it survives the opponent’s turn so that you can
utilize it’s attack boosting effect.
This belongs in a specific deck that utilizes ground
collapse and the other monster zone monsters. Better
run some rush recklessly.
Traditional: 1/5 (No….just no)
Advanced: 2/5 (in any particular deck)
Ground Collapse deck: 4.5/5 (It would be a lil bit
better if it had a lil more attack (via the effect
and/or base attack))
Art: 4.5/5 (Pretty cool!!)
I ranted and raved about this card
when it first came out. It’s a searchable 2000 ATK
monster and it’s of the Earth attribute.
No one really pays any attention to
column placement in this format, but this monster
can switch columns anyway. You’re guaranteed to
attack a monster.
Like most Earth creatures he’s a poor
defender. His ATK increase only applies while
attacking. I like that he can be searched out and
can increase his ATK to 2000. Not bad for a Giant
I can see that Earth attribute decks
might be a lot better now due to how the format has
shifted and the release of Shrink as a Super Rare.
Shrink helps the smaller 2000 ATK Earth monsters
compete with Monarchs and Cyber Dragons. I like
where this format is headed.
I had the privilege to Head Judge
the Best Player in Jacksonville Cash Tournamentlast Saturday.
Jacksonville’s finest players came together to
compete for the title of ‘Best Player in
I’ve put up about 15 photos of the
event sponsored by Roger’s Collectibles and you
should check them out.
Don’t miss out. The metagame is
evolving at a high rate of speed and the metagame at
this event is proof of that. How many Gadget decks
What does that mean on a larger
scale or the format? I encourage you to join me
today in discussion about this format’s direction
and the role that Gadgets and Monarchs play to shape
it. Visit my blog for today’s latest discussion (to
be posted later today).
Now for Rampaging Rhynos. What did Sonic Duck do to
tick off so many people? First a Mad Lobster now a
Rampaging Rhyno. All three fall in the same
archetype as being solid for attacking under GBind/LLAB.
Rhyno on the other hand also bypasses Messenger of
Peace which is a solid bonus.
If you can pull of his effect then you have a nice
2000 attack beatstick, but more likely than not the
opponent will start setting directly across from any
slots that you have occupied in order to limit his
ability. He also has a few disadvantages compared to
the others. When attacked he is only at 1500,
respectable but not as stable. And he lacks the
synergy with any of the vanilla support that the
Overall an interesting addition to that group: but
one with a more specific use. He is also interesting
in his synergy with Giant Rat
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