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

Junk Warrior
#5SD2-EN042 

"Junk Synchron" + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
When this card is Synchro Summoned, it gains ATK equal to the total ATK of all Level 2 and lower monsters you control.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.20
Advanced: 1.80 

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


Date Reviewed - 07.29.09

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Dark Paladin
Wednesday

Well, Yusei certainly makes Junk Warrior look like one hell of a fighter on the anime, doesn't he? We have a Level 5 Synchro Warrior-type monster here, who is of the Dark attribute with 2300 attack and 1300 defense.

Level 5 allows easy Synchro Summoning and although Junk Synchron is specifically required, it isn't a problem. 2300 attack isn't great, but it's not terrible either for a Level 5 monster I suppose, and he powers himself up by the total attack of all Level 2 monsters and lower you control.

That's not a terrible effect, but as it's his ONLY effect, it's not so great either. His name is perfect, as he gains the attack of your "Junk" monsters. I don't really feel he has any real competitive play however, unless of course you are on the anime and you're name happens to be Yusei.

Raitings:

Traditional: 1.25/5
Advanced: 2.25/5
Art: 3.5/5
General Zorpa Junk Warrior

We reviewed this guy when he first came out in the first Starter Deck. That was not actually all that long ago. As it stands, he is one of the worst Synchro monsters. Level 5 Warrior with 2300 ATK is not something that makes people drool anymore. He also needs you to have JunK Synchron in order to be Summoned, but since Synchron will generally get the other material for you, this is not as much of an issue as you might think.

The problem with Junk Warrior is his effect. He gains an ATK boost, but only equal to the ATK of level 2 or lower monsters when he is Synchro Summoned. Unless you are playing a deck that plays a TON of level 2 or lowers, this card is not going to be winning the game anytime soon. However, the use of cards like Quillbolt Hedgehog, who Special Summon themselves for free can boost Junk Warrior to playable levels. With a Quillbolt on the field he gains 800 ATK, which puts him at 3100 and able to take out pretty much any big monster that sees play and you dit it all essentially for free.

Yusei's cards are all focused on these little monsters that mitigate the cost of cards that are generally too hard or expensive resource wise to bring out. This card is not the exception to that rule. If you do not have access to Magical Android, then this guy is not so bad for Casual, as you are able to do some pretty cool things FOR FREE with him.

Traditional-1/5
Advanced-1.5/5
Casual-3/5

Freeza
Junk Warrior ...

This one is an easy one. It sucks. I told u yesterday how i feel about Synchro monsters that need a SPECIFIC tuner in order to be synchro summoned ... But if it has to be the case, at least make it worthwhile. Junk Warrior does not. What u get is a 2300 attacker that does nothing else for u, unless u have more monsters still on the field. And they have to be level 2 or lower monsters at that. And all Junk Warrior gets is an attack increase. *yawn*

His only SEMI-saving grace is that of all the specific pieces to be the tuner, Junk Synchron is one of the better ones. Assuming u are playing with a bunch of level 2 or lower monsters (which u should be with this deck), he gets Junk Warrior to the field very quickly and easily. However, this is a review on Junk Warrior, not his tuner piece. And i'd sooner make Magical Android out of a 5 star synchro summon than this thing.

Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 1.5/5

- FREEZA

N o V a
Well, its Wednesday and for our COTD today we have Junk Warrior, Yusei's original key card and the original of all the "Warrior" Synchro monsters. Unlike the others, Junk Warrior is perhaps the best of them all. Its a level 5 that is summoned by tuning Junk Synchron to 1 or more non-Tuners, and when Junk Warrior is Synchro Summoned, it gains attack equal to the total of all level 2 and lower monsters you control. Junk Warrior has quite a few ways to work in decks. Mostly with Inferno Reckless Summon and The Calculator and in any Frog themed decks. Say you have Metal Reflect Slime out and summon Junk Synchron to get back The Calculator, then play Inferno Reckless Summon on The Calculator, thats 2 3000+ attack monsters, and if you Synchro Junk Warrior, it gets both of the Calculators attack, thats quite a lot of attack points. Wetlands in any Frog deck adds an additional 1200 attack to all level 2 and below Water attributed Aqua type monsters, thats usually almost 2000 points each, again this gives a lot of points to Junk Warrior. Unfortunately both decks, whether based on The Calculator or Frogs, aren't major decks. Fun decks mostly for now unless they get a ton of support, but still fun to play. Junk Warrior makes it more fun to play them and is a decent card, someone just needs to find a way to break him in high level decks.

Traditional: 2/5
Advanced: 2/5

Jae Kim
Blog:
Go-YGO.com
Wednesday: Junk Warrior

Never has a card title been so befitting. You don't have enough room in the extra deck to be playing this card. Using it would imply you're using Junk Synchron, which is a decent card. But Magical Android is far better even if you are using Synchron to set it up!

Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 1/5

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