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

Judgment Dragon

LODT-EN026

Light
Level 8
ATK/3000 DEF/2600
[Dragon/Effect]

This card cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. This card cannot be Special Summoned except by having 4 or more "Lightsworn" monsters with different names in your Graveyard. You can pay 1000 Life Points to destroy all other cards on the field. During each of your End Phases, send the top 4 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.50
Advanced: 4.40 

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


Date Reviewed - 05.27.08

 

Dark Paladin

Tuesday

 

Well, we took Monday off in honor of Memorial Day, which I hope everyone enjoyed their Holiday (weekend) and an extra day off :) Anyway, this week we continue review some interesting cards from Light of Destruction, and a special bonus card on Friday.

 

Starting the week, we come to Judgment Dragon, or JD for short.  JD is a Level 8 Dragon, of the Light attribute, with 3000 atk and 2600 def. 

Now, while unable to be Normal Summoned or Set, you can special summon JD the 3000 atk powerhouse simply by having four or more differently named Lightsworn monsters in your Deck.

 

This, in short, is the Lightsworn answer to Dark Armed Dragon.  Now, is this card better than Dark Armed Dragon?  Yes and No...it all comes down to timing.  Dark Armed Dragon can wreak havoc and then you can Special Summon your JD and take our Dark Armed Dragon.

 

Wait...better than that, just pay 1000 Lifepoints to destroy all cards on the Field except for JD itself.  So, you give up 1000 Lifepoints in order for an almost guarenteed 3000?  Hmm...JD can sure finish more quickly than Dark Armed Dragon, as his ability is based on the amount of Darks your Graveyard holds.

 

In theory, requiring an extra monster (four different names as opposed to exactly three Darks) is because JD is better...and I am inclined to agree.  However, it should be noted that JD discards 4 cards from your Deck, as opposed to the standard 3.  It shouldn't be a problem as JD is a game finisher.

 

Ratings:

 

Traditional:  3.5/5  Not bad, by any means, but CED does it better.

Advanced:    4.5/5

Art:  5/5

General Zorpa Judgment Dragon
 
Need I say anything about this card that has not already been said. He is easier to Special Summon than Dark Armed Dragon, has more ATK and nukes the entire field rather than just 3 cards. You do need to have four Lightsworn with different names in the graveyard which is slightly harder than any 3 DARK monsters, but Lightsworn dump their cards to the graveyard very easily.
 
All in all the only thing that makes the DARK deck better is that they have Dark Magician of Chaos as well as better monsters than the Lightsworn theme, as they only have one set behind them. There is a reason that this card is the most wanted from LODT, so hoard your $200+ copies of this card.
 
Traditional-1/5
Advanced-5/5
Devin Djuricin

Tuesday

Judgment Dragon

As I am writing this, Shonen Jump St. Louis is about to begin and the first appearance of the newest set Light of Destruction is about to affect the state of the meta. The headliner from the set is no other then Judgment Dragon and obviously a lot of players will be using it.

I am not able to predict if any Lightsworn decks will place in the top 16 and I am fairly confident they don’t have the ability to show well, however anything thing is possible.


But back onto Judgment Dragon this card is our long awaited hyped answer for Dark Armed Dragon, its powerful effect and relatively easy summoning cost make it a potential force to be reckoned with.

Obviously this card should only be used within a Lightsworn deck, and may have to be combined with cards that can retrieve it from the graveyard such as Monster Reincarnation or Herald of Creation. This is from the fact you are constantly milling cards to the graveyard and the chance is there that you may ditch Judgment Dragon to the graveyard.


This card has the potential to propel Lightsworns into the spotlight, but it needs a great player/deck builder to pilot it to victory.


Traditional: 1/5

Advanced: 4/5 

David "BobDole" Hoffman

Judgment Dragon

 

 Here we have the heart and soul of the Lightsworn deck. The big enchilada himself. The "counterpart" to Dark Armed Dragon.

 

 Kinda disappointing thus far.

 

 In all honesty, this card is definately comperable to DAD in terms of effect and ATK power. Unfortunately, Dark has more support than Light, so you're not just facing DAD in a duel, you're facing everything Dark can throw at you. Which is a lot.

 

 In comparison to DAD, Lightsworn wins ATK wise. He also wins destructability wise. Unfortunately DAD wins combo-ability wise. JGD wins as far as summonability goes, since any number over 4 Lightsworn monsters can be in there. Unfortunately, Dark is still better supported.

 

 It's still a fantastic card, and easily capable of winning an SJC given the right build. I still think it'll be awhile before it really shines though. All in all, he's not as good as DAD, simply because Dark has the support behind it, along with the combos.

 

Traditional: 3.5/5
Advanced: 4/5

Pwii

I'm really sorry about being late. Monday was memorial day, so I got delayed in going to the library.

anyways, judgment dragon is THE king of the lightsworns. as usual, he mills the deck, and has a freaking killer effect. this alone could singlehandedly make lightsworns an uber-competitive deck! just have multi monster reincarnations and lots of lightsworns.

5/5 all.

--pwii

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