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

Gladiator Beast Darius
#PTDN-EN031

When this card is Special Summoned by the effect of a "Gladiator Beast" monster, you can select 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster from your Graveyard and Special Summon it. That monster's effect(s) is negated, and it is returned to your Deck when this card is removed from the field. At the end of the Battle Phase, if this card attacked or was attacked, you can return it to the Deck to Special Summon 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster from your Deck, except "Gladiator Beast Darius".

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.75
Advanced: 3.90 

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


Date Reviewed - 09.01.09

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Dark Paladin
Tuesday

Gladiator Beast Darius, a Level 4 Earth monster, of the Beast-Warrior type, with 1700 attack, which is respectable, and a miserably detestable 300 defense. Now, when Darius is Special Summoned by the effect of another Gladiator Beast, you can Special Summon a Gladiator Beast from your Graveyard, which is great.

Now, as for the chosen Gladiator Beast you Special Summoned, it's effect is negated, and it is returned to your Deck (which is a bonus) when Darius is removed from the Field. Also, as per normal, when Darius attacked or is attacked during a Battle Phase, return it to the Deck to Special Summon another Gladiator Beast aside from Darius from your Deck.

The obviously unique and helpful ability is the Graveyard retrieval, which opens the doors for your Gladiator Beast player to be able to pull off bigger moves and odds are, you won't have either of these monsters on the Field at the end of the turn, or you will have won.
Darius makes a quick and powerful Deck even quicker and more powerful.

Ratings:

Traditional: 3.6/5
Advanced: 4.6/5
Art: 4.5/5
General Zorpa Gladiator Beast Darius

It is really hard to review a Gladiator Beast monster. Not because of what they are, but because they are so cohesive of a unit that they really cannot be compared separately like, say, a Blackwing card.

Anyway, Darius is hefty as a 1700 ATK Beast-Warrior of the level 4 EARTH variety. When he is Special Summoned by the effect of a Gladiator Beast monster's effect, then you can Special Summon a Gladiator Beast monster from your graveyard.

Traditionally, this was used with Prisma, Test Tiger and Bestiari to bring out Gyzarus easily. Now it is still used that way, but it has become more versatile. Octavius, Andal and Laquari are all good targets for his effect if you want the beatdown.

All in all he is a MUST for Gladiator decks, and maybe even worthy of being run at 2 this format in order to give the Gladiators even more flexibility than they already have when dealing with other decks.

Traditional-1/5
Advanced-4/5

Jeff Lang
Today’s card up for review is Gladiator Beast Darius. This guy is going to be a big part of the Gladiator Beast deck come next format. The Gb deck will most likely be Prisma beased, so this guy is gonna be a big piece of the deck. Even if you don’t want to run the Prisma version, Darius is still a staple in the deck. Being able to rescue a fallen Gladiator is too good to pass up, and grabbing Bestiari off of it is a crippling move, and Gyzarus will clear the board. Simply put, if you are running Gladiators, and you aren’t using this, you will get smacked by me. Just kidding but yeah, he is good

Trad: 3/5
Adv: 5/5

Freeza
Gladiator Beast Darius ...

I'm gonna be a bit biased again, but on the flip side of the coin this time. I personally have never found the Gladiator Beast deck to be all THAT fearsome. I'm not saying its not good, I'm just saying that I've dueled against a lot of other decks that gave me much more problems that this. So its possible that i've never seen how TRULY awesome it can be? Maybe I just never faced a great GB player ... Either way, that being said, I do know Gladiators ARE good, and I know a lot of it is due to this guy. It's not his stats (which are satisfactory for his level), but his ability to bring another Gladiator Beast to the field with him from the grave that makes darius so special. It sets up the Gladiator Beast "fusions" or in the very least recycles any lost Gladiator Beast back to the deck. The GB team are full of lots of tricks that give them extreme versatility. That's why they are good and Darius is one of the franchise players.

Traditional: 3/5
Advanced: 3.5/5

- FREEZA

N o V a
September 1st, know what that means? New ban list is now in effect people. All of your Crush Card Viruses, Dark Strike Fighters, and various other cards you love have officially been hit. But that isn't what our reviews are about, now are they? Today we look at a card from the famous Gladiator Beast deck, Gladiator Beast Darius. When Gladiator Beasts first incorperated Elemental Hero Prisma, Darius was partially the main way Gladiator players got out Heraklinos. Gyzarus only made things easier, and now that Rescue Cat and Summoner Monk have gone to 1, I personally get the feeling that Gladiator Beast decks may go back to a similar play style as they originally did when they had dominated multiple Shonen Jumps, Nationals and if memory serves, Worlds. Darius brings a lot to the table when it comes to playing Gladiator Beasts, being able to provide 2 Gladiator Beast monsters for possible Heraklinos or Gyzarus. Some flaws to this, even though they are rather easy to fix, are the fact that it has 1700 attack and a low defense of 300. 1700 is rather easy to get over with cards like Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer, Elemental Hero Stratos and just about any synchro monster. There are also many cards like Book of Moon and Enemy Controller which make it a sitting duck. Darius is a great card when it comes to tagging out for Gyzarus or Heraklinos, but thats its sole purpose for Gladiator Beast decks, you dont want to keep it out long to be honest.

Traditional: 2.5/5
Advanced: 2.5/5

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