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

Thermal Genex
#HA02-EN028 

"Genex Controller" + 1 or more FIRE non-Tuner Monsters This card gains 200 ATK for each FIRE monster in your Graveyard. If this card destroys an opponent's monster by battle, inflict damage to your opponent equal to the number of "Genex" monsters in your Graveyard x 200.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.90
Advanced: 2.10 

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


Date Reviewed - July 30, 2010

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Dark Paladin
Friday
 
Thermal Genex closes the week, a Fire attributed, Level 8, Machine-type Synchro monster with 2400 attack and 1200 defense who is Synchro Summoned with "Genex Controller" and one or more non-Tuner Fire monsters.
 
Now, let's go over the good, 200 attack increase for each Fire monster in your Graveyard.  Late game that could be 8 (or even more) giving you an attack of 4000 (or more).  Also good, if you destroy a monster with this card by Battle, inflict 200 Damage for each "Genex" monster in your Graveyard.
 
The not so good...Genex Controller is a crappy Tuner.  It's a Level 3 non-effect Tuner even.  The 200 Burn per monster isn't very good, unless your opponent has very few Lifepoints or you have a hell of a lot of Genex monsters in the Graveyard.  This monster is Level 8...
 
Being Level 8 (followed closely by the 1200 defense) is the biggest downside of this card, as it likely will require at least three monsters to Synchro Summon, as the required Tuner is only Level 3.  A Genex Deck can be a force to be reckoned with, and this isn't a bad card, not at all...BUT, that one extra Level does hurt.
 
Ratings:
 
Traditional:  2.25/5 
Advanced:   3.25/5 
Art:  5/5

Freeza

Thermal Genex …
 
Undecided, I am, about these monsters. Interesting, they are. And this is one of the MORE interesting ones. Obviously better as the match wears on, as u would have more monsters in your graveyard. The weirdness and goodness is that u need TWO different types of monsters in your graveyard to get the most of his effects. At 2400 ATK, he’s a little light for a level 8 synchro. But the more fire type monsters that u have in your grave (and u should usually get at least 1, since u need a fire type monster to tune with anyway, just to bring him out, bringing him to 2600 ATK), the stronger Thermal will get. By later game, let’s just pretend u have 3, plus the monster the tuner tunes with, making 4 fire type monsters, putting Thermal’s ATK at 3200. Not bad. Then, whenever it destroys a monster by battle – u can do even MORE damage, directly, 200 points for every Genex monster in your graveyard, which is most likely that u’ll have more of. Thermal can only be built with Genex Controller, so more than likely u are playing a Genex deck, so should have plenty floating in your grave, when all is said and done. If u are playing with fire type Genex monsters – all the better.
 
So is all this worth it? … Meh. It CAN be … Neither effect is game breaking, really, but that doesn’t mean they are bad, or not valuable. It’s not a great card, but its definitely usable, if u are playing a Genex deck with fire as your primary attribute.
 
Traditional: 3/5
Advanced: 3/5
 
- FREEZA

Greg

Thermal Genex:

     I come in late this week to a level 8 synchro monster that I don't really see much use for yet.  Maybe I'm missing something but this card does not seem very good.  Bad stats for the level starts out it's weaknesses.  Sure it gets an atk boost, but you would need 2 Fire monsters in the graveyard for him to be on par for the level, at least 4 or 5 for it to make up for his crap second effect which is reliant on having "Genex" cards in the graveyard.  If there were an abundance of great fire Genex monsters this thing would be playable... unfortunately there are not.  Genex Furnace, R Genex Magma (which has a stratos like effect but it cannot search Furnace) are the only two I can find and neither are very good.  So, nothing much going for this card right now.  Perhaps it's time will come in the future.  Or maybe it will suck timelessly.  The only definite is that I still won't be using it.

Traditional:  1.5
Advanced:   2.0  (this is me doubting myself and assuming there is something you can do with it that I've overlooked... if not, it's really a 1.5)


Otaku

We finish the week off with Thermal Genex.  It is a Synchro Monster, which is good… so long as it’s better than any previous Synchro Monsters so it can take their slots in your Extra Deck.  Since it requires a specific Tuner (Genex Controller) and semi-specific non-Tuners monsters (one or more Fire monsters) it really restricts what decks can run it.  You can splash Genex Controller into a Fire deck, or you can… rely on the one Fire Genex Fire Monster other than Thermal Genex itself, Genex Furnace.  Genex Furnace exists to get Genex Thermal into play: it’s a Level 5 Fire/Pyro Monster with a mere 2000 ATK and the effect you can Normal Summon it without Tribute if you control a face-up Genex Controller. 

Yeah, so Thermal had better be pretty spectacular.  At least it is a Machine, which gives it access to a few tricks from that.  It has only 2400 ATK and 1200 DEF, which is pretty awful for a Level 8 Monster.  Its effect grants an extra 200 ATK for each Fire Monster in your Graveyard.  Not a lot unless you’re running extra Fire Monsters in a Genex deck or simply splashing Genex into a Fire deck.  The second effect feeds off of Genex: when Thermal Genex destroys an opponent’s monster in battle, you inflict 200 points of damage to your opponent per Genex monster in your Graveyard.  Pity these effects weren’t swapped.  Right now you’ll get a very tiny Level 8 that can do serious burn damage if it destroys something very late in the game in a Genex deck and requires running off-theme or on-theme-but-deadweight monster, or you can get something big by running an awkward Fire-splashed-with-Genex deck that can get huge but does so little burn damage you can ignore it.  If it was the opposite, it’d easily be huge in Genex decks and do significant burn in Fire decks. 

Pity.  I mean, on top of it all, it’s a Level 8 Synchro.  That means either you’re running a Level 8 heavy Extra Deck or you’re not running some staple/near staple Synchro Monsters to work this in. 

I’d skip it. 

Ratings 

Traditional: 1/5
Advanced:
1.5/5 

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Mark
Howard
Thermal Genex is blue and vomits blue fire, so he must be pretty hot. There isn't much to say about this card, really. A specific Tuner, requiring five non-tuner levels. Ask Yusei's Synchrons (well, the bad ones, anyway) how fun and easy it is to get 5 non-tuner levels... Especially when they all have to be Fire.[/sarcasm] Being a level 8, you're also summoning Stardust over him. He has a pathetic burn effect and a weak boosting one. Summon everything else in your Extra Deck before this.

1.5/5
Art: Would be worth running if it was Roy Mustang (OMG Fullmetal Alchemist reference!)
Fun Fact: White fire is the hottest. Red fire is actually the colder stuff.
Tomorrow: I know they're gonna review Naturia Beast! There's nothing else!

PDtamer
Thermal Genex
Synchro Monster/8 Stars
Machine/FIRE
2400ATK/1200DEF

"Genex Controller" + 1 or more FIRE non-Tuner Monsters
"This card gains 200 ATK for each FIRE monster in your Graveyard. If this card destroys an opponent's monster by battle, inflict damage to your opponent equal to the number of "Genex" monsters in your Graveyard x 200."

Alright, we end the week with more Duel Terminal/Hidden Arsenal 2 goodies.  Here's another theme specific synchro in the Genex Archtype.  Cool support, but unfortunately not enough to warrant play in anything outside of it's own theme deck.  Not many people run Non-Tuner FIRE monsters, and with the effort put forth to bring this guy out, I could just synchro up Stardust Dragon, which by the way has more attack and defense points than this guy, and a better effect to boot.

Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 1.75.5

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