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

Star Blast

Pay any number of Life Points in multiples of 500. Reduce the Level of 1 monster you control or that is in your hand by 1 for each 500 Life Points you paid, until the End Phase.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.67
Advanced: 2.25 

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


Date Reviewed - 05.04.09

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General Zorpa Star Blast

Yay! We have really dregged this set for all it is worth, so now we have crap rare week! Anyway, Star blast is a Normal Spell that when activated will make you pay lifepoints in multiples of 500. For each 500 paid, you then get to reduce the level of a monster in your hand or on the field by 1 level.

Obviously this was meant to make Synchro Summoning easier, but it kinda failed. Managing the levels of your monsters is only good when it gives you a tactical advantage. An example would be A Legendary Ocean. You just really have no need to use this card in order to do what it was designed to do.

It's other use is to lower a monster so that it can be Normal Summoned without tribute. But we already have a card that does that in Mausoleum of the Emperor which is searchable by Terraforming and stays on the field.

Basically there is no reason at all in order to play this card.

Traditional-1/5
Advanced-1/5

Freeza
Star Blast …

I flat out love Spell Cards like this. Simple straightforward effects. U understand it. U know what to do with it. Star Blast is a good card. Why? “Reduce the level of a monster u control” – Sometimes u have a big monster that u would like to Synchro with a weaker Tuner to get out something more useful – maybe that Black Rose Dragon or Stardust? – Star Blast is the answer. “Reduce the level of a monster that is in your hand” – You’re holding a big monster with no tributes to summon it? – Star Blast is the answer. Hell, if someone, for some reason ever whips out a Gravity Bind on u … (heh, heh, heh … “whips out” …) – Star Blast is the answer.

Simple and effective. If u play monsters … especially those that are level 5 or more … Star Blast can come in handy. The more big monsters u play – the more useful it becomes.

Traditional: 2.5/5
Advanced: 4/5

- FREEZA

N o V a
Star Blast, an interesting card to start off the week. Possibly a better Cost Down. By paying any number of life points in multiples of 500, you can reduce the level of a monster in your hand by 1 for each 500 points paid until the end of the turn. When I look at this card I see the most any player paying as 2000. Level 8 monsters knocking off 4 levels would obviously turn out to be a cost of 2000 life points. Back when Dark Magician of Chaos was running around and whatnot, this would have helped. There are a lot of good high level monsters out there, and this card can help get them on the field fast.

Now when you think about it, this card would require at least 1500 life points for a 2-tribute monster. Personally I'd rather use Mausoleum of the Emperor over this card. Only cause Star Blast is a 1 time card, while Mausoleum is an unlimited effect that comes with an equal cost for the most part.

Traditional: 1.5/5
Advanced: 1.5/5
Nicholas Star Blast

Pay any number of Life Points in multiples of 500. Reduce the Level of 1 monster you control or that is in your hand by 1 for each 500 Life Points you paid, until the End Phase.

This is my first review, and I'm happy to have a chance to do this. I will try my best lol... Ok to the review.

This is basically for getting out a high level monster out with one tribute, or for syncing something that needs a lower level. The Life Point payment can be quite high if you plan to reduce the level by a lot, but the benefits can also be enormous. Imagine, any two-tribute monster for no tributes... You can also combo this card with various cards that work with levels, such as Opti-Camouflage Armor or Gravity Bind. It is basically a single-use Mausoleum of the Emperor that doesn’t allow your opponent to use it. It gives some support to unused two-tribute monsters. However, I do not see this card having much competitive use, except in some rogue OTK deck.


Traditional-1.5/5 I only see one way of abusing it-getting out catapult turtle for that scientist FTK.
Advanced-2.8/5 I see potential, but with the current meta, I do not see it being played competitively.
Art-4/5 Can't go wrong with Luster Dragon.
Cataclismic Star Blast
Normal Spell Card
Pay any number of Life Points in multiples of 500. Reduce the Level of 1 monster you control or that is in your hand by 1 for each 500 Life Points you paid, until the End Phase.

There's no doubting that Star Blast is an interesting card with good intentions. It aims to lower the investment that one must put into the summon of a high-level monster, bringing them into the game quicker.

However, like a broken needle, it's completely missing the point. Let's look at the most used tribute monsters in the game. The monarchs – Pointless with this card as they won't gain their effects. Celestia, Lightsworn Angel – See the problem with the monarchs. Gorz – If you even consider using it with Star Blast, go see a brain surgeon for any spare grey matter they have in the trash because you need all the help you can get. Sirocco – How often will you actually need to tribute for it?

Obviously, you will have to look for other options for Star Blast. Light and Darkness Dragon springs to mind, and normally I'd championing the use of LaDD, but there is a serious problem with that. Lightsworn exist. Prime Material Dragon might be useful, but the existence of the big, bad Synchro team, boasting their massive attack values, kinda limits his usefulness. Vanity's Fiend might stop all the special summoning antics, but falls to all destruction.

Yes, you might be able to save some advantage by using this to get out a level 7 or 8 monster, but you know what? It just isn't worth it.

Advanced 1.5/5
Traditional 1/5
Dark Paladin Monday

Star Blast opens the week, an interesting little Magic card that probably won't see any play ever...this seems to be "Craptacular Rares"
week, but we've really looked at a LOT of this set, the good and bad, so bear with us.

Star Blast lets you pay 500 Lifepoints per the number of Levels you want to reduce a monster on your Field or from your Hand...this is good until the End Phase and I see maybe two uses here.

The first being that I'm guessing to make tribute monsters more easy to summon, but there isn't a lot of that going on with tribute monsters right now. Secondly, I'm guessing the main use here is to make monsters more easy to Synchro Summon, but I don't really see a use for either of these here with this.

Ratings:

Traditional: 1/5

Advanced: (Fun/5) 2/5

Art: 2/5
Arthur Star Blast:

Star Blast is basically a one-time Mausoleum. Pay 500 summon a Sirocco without Tributing. Pay 1000 summon something like Jinzo. The main purpose of this card is in Fish OTK decks, where you pay 1500 to summon Deepsea King then spam Synchros. The problem with this card is it's a Normal Spell. Sure you pay less compared to Mausoleum, but Mausoleum can be searched out by cards like Terraforming.

Just play Mausoleum.

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