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

Archlord

Archlord Kristya
#SOVR-EN096 

If you have exactly 4 Fairy-Type monsters in your Graveyard, you can Special Summon this card from your hand. When you do, add 1 Fairy-Type monster from your Graveyard to your hand. Neither player can Special Summon monsters. If this face-up card would be sent from the field to the Graveyard, it returns to the top of the owner's Deck, instead.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 5.00
Advanced: 5.00 

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


Date Reviewed - 11.23.09

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General Zorpa

Archlord Kristya
 
Ah, with the Thanksgiving Holiday fast approaching I look forward to a 10 day break filled with tequila and tacos. Wait, is GZ high? Thanksgiving is about turkey and family, not booze and Mexican food! Well yes it is, but GZ is off to Cozumel for Thanksgiving! Woohoo! Anyways, Thankyou to Pojo-Sama for getting me this on this last Friday so I can do this. Thanks Bill you're the best!
 
Anyways, to start off the week we have the most powerful card in SOVR (Yeah I SAID it. Come on you Dark Simorgh punks! Who got a spot in the top 16? What!). Archlord Kristya is a level 8 LIGHT Fairy with 2800 ATK and 2300 DEF. These are good stats, about average for a level 8. It would have been nice to have 2500 DEF though. Stardust is seeing an awful lot of play and it just would have made this card a lot better if it could do that.
 
Anyways, onto the effects. You can Special Summon her when you have EXACTLY 4 Fairies in the graveyard. Note EXACTLY, this is the same as DAD. When you Special Summon it in this way, return a Fairy Monster in your graveyard to your hand. Ideally this is Honest, as then you can defend Kristya. Neither player can Special Summon monsters. If it would be destroyed by battle when face-up, it is instead returned to the top o fyour deck instead.
 
This card is really, really good. You combine this with things like Athena and Valhalla you get a pretty darn good deck. I actually wrote an article on this deck, so shoot on over to my Feature Articles page and check it out.
 
The grand result is that Kristya swarms the field, gets stuff back from the graveyard, locks your opponent down and is virtually unkillable. That is what I LIKE in a monster card! This card can even be good in Traditional as well, stopping pretty much anything your opponent does. I plan on getting me a playset of these, no matte rthe cost, so get some if you can!
 
Traditional-5/5
Advanced-5/5


Freeza

Archlord Kristya ...

The brand new heavy in town, and the best monster to come out this set.

Very similar to the dark attributed big dogs that made their way onto the scene a while back ... DAD, Dark Creator, etc. Kristya can be special summoned by having an exact amount of a certain type of monster in your graveyard. Only instead of dark attributed monsters, its Fairy types. But UNLIKE those that came before, Kristya isn't tied to that limitation. It can still be normal summoned, if need be, or shortcutted to the field by any OTHER means u use to special summon a monster these days.

Once ON the field u can see what a beast Kristya is. 2800 ATK? - the definitive standard of your "muscle" card in your deck. It'll clobber almost anything. It's Light, so Honest backs up almost anything else it can't handle. And its special effect keeps the field clear of annoyances. Nobody can special summon while it is face-up. We've seen how Vanity's Fiend can get people's panties in a bunch ... Even Thunder King Raio is annoying to try and circumvent. Kristya is that much more awesome. No e-teleports, no synchro summoning, no DADs, no dandylions, no Judgment Dragons, none of that Gigavising, not even that little treeborn frog, Almost everything is dead. Blackwings still have moves to make, just not as many as they'd like,

Not only that, but once special summoned by its effect, u get to take 1 fairy in your grave back to your hand. So u still have your normal summon. Pick wisely because u are very close to locking up the game.

And can u believe that this thing still has ANOTHER effect? - Yep. When it would be sent from the field to the graveyard, it can go to the top of your deck instead. That means, if need be - it can suicide with a DAD, and then on the next turn, provided that u have 4 Fairies in your graveyard again, Kristya can come back out to play.

Yeah, its awesome.
And, yeah. Picture is badass.

Traditional: 5/5
Advanced: 5/5

- FREEZA


Dark Paladin

Monday

Archlord Kristya, one of the three cards we're reviewing this week, that were picked by me. I've been busy...work, holidays, grad school decisions and things to take care of, but anyway, Kristya is one hell of a monster. First, it's nice to see a powerful Light monster who can wreak havoc on the game.

Archlord Kristya has a very solid 2800 attack, which is pretty standard, yet abusable on a monster who is Level 8, and the 2300 defense isn't too shabby either. Being a Fairy is great, as it namely can combo with Honest, but that's not all. Now, we have seen monsters before with the "Special Summon by having exactly x (fill in the
attribute) monsters in your Graveyard...)

I'll point out again, exactly, in this case, exactly four Fairy-type monsters. Now, Archlord Kristya can really put your opponent in a world of hurt. It can recycle a monster (or a Fairy anyway) from your Graveyard back to your Hand. She prevents both players from Special Summoning (and last I checked Synchros were Special Summons...) which is phenomenal.

Also, if you want to be really cautious, don't play any monsters, and if Archlord Kristya would be destroyed, she returns to the top of your Deck, and you can start the fun all over again next turn. Honestly, I think she could fare pretty well in traditional too, as she can contend with those Decks.

Ratings:

Traditional: 5/5
Advanced: 5/5
Art: 5/5

Supremeking
_Judai

Archlord Kristya
Fairy/Effect
Level 8 LIGHT

If you have exactly 4 Fairy-Type monsters in your Graveyard, you can Special Summon this card from your hand. When you do, add 1 Fairy-Type monster from your Graveyard to your hand. Neither player can Special Summon monsters. If this face-up card would be sent from the field to the Graveyard, it returns to the top of the owner's Deck, instead.

Archlord Kristya became widely used during the Lightsworn/Zombie format. Being a walking "Royal Oppression" is what drew this card to many players. First, the 4 Fairy requirement isn't a big issue because if anything, it can still be Normal Summoned. However, when it's special summoned, adding the one fairy back to the hand can be devestating, espcially if "Honest" was chosen. Locking down Special Summons, the meat and potato of several top-tier decks, is crippling. Add that it can't be attacked over makes it a very devastating card. Now, Kristya is used in "Perfect Herald" decks. With "Herald of Perfection", "Archlord Kristya" and "Royal Decree" out, you are in a near perfect game state. It is almost impossible to lose in that situation. However, Kristya can be used to counter Herald decks. Let's say they activate "Dawn of the Herald", pitch "Gyakutenno Megami" as the cost, here you can chain a "Call of the Haunted" to resurrect a fallen "Archlord Kristya" to stop Dawn from going off. In this situation, your opponent loses 2 cards while you have a 2800 beater you opponent has to deal with.

Nonetheless, Kristya wins games because it locks down one of the most important mechanics of the game.

Advance - 4.5/5
Traditional - 3/5


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