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

Reptilliane Vaskii
#ABPF-EN018 

This card cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. This card cannot be Special Summoned except by Tributing 2 face-up monsters with 0 ATK from anywhere on the field. Once per turn, you can select and destroy 1 face-up monster your opponent controls. There can only be 1 face-up "Reptilianne Vaskii" on the field.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.25
Advanced: 3.50 

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


Date Reviewed - 03.09.10

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General Zorpa

Reptilliane Vaskii

This is the "Boss" monster of the Reptilianne archetype. She has 2600 ATK and 0 DEF on a level 8 DARK Reptile. Fortunately, the level doesn't make it hard to summon because it Special Summons itself, but the stats are actually weak for that level of monster.

The effects are actually pretty nice, as it HAS to be Special Summoned by sending monsters with 0 ATK from either side of the field to the graveyard. That means that Stardust isn't doing anything to Vaskii's summoning, which is certainly a plus. You can only have one Vaskii on the field at a time, and once per turn, it can destroy one face up monster your opponent controls.

It certainly isn't Judgment Dragon, but it is actually not all that bad. It is actually very similar in use to the Spider's Boss monster, Mother Spider because you destroy your opponents monsters to bring them out without triggering Stardust. The destroying one monster per turn effect is actually very nice, as Vaskii will actually run over Stardust, leaving you free to blast some guys with the effect.

Sadly, only Vaskii and Naga are the only decent Reptilianne monsters, and with Vaskii limited to one on the field and the game looking at a Blackwing/Gladiator format Naga takes a hit. The deck is justy too reliant on a specific game state to be REALLY good, but they certainly have a few good tricks.

Traditional-1/5
Advanced-2.5/5


Freeza

Reptilianne Vaskii …
 
The best of the Reptiliannes. She has the strongest attack, and can be special summoned. 2600 ATK is nothing to scoff at. And once per turn, she can pop 1 face-up monster your opponent controls. What is not to like? – She has 0 DEF, which is … well, it sucks. But there are a lot of zeros floating around the Reptilianne theme, so it doesn’t really shock or take AWAY from this card. Her special summon requires that u tribute 2 monsters from the field with 0 ATK. ANYWHERE from the field. So the best bet is to make your opponent’s ATK 0 and use their monsters. She is also Dark and Level 8. U should understand what this means by now. Her only drawback is that u can only have 1 of her on the field at a time. And that’s the major drawback of the Reptilianne’s right now. They have trouble swarming and creating big field presence in a hurry.
 
… But they are getting there. When they were introduced in the previous set, Reptilianne’s were a joke. But the new additions from this set have made them playable, and Vaskii is the best reason to do it.
 
Traditional: 3.5/5
Advanced: 4/5
 
- FREEZA


N o V a

Another Reptilianne monster. This one is pretty good, but only depending on how easy it is for you to summon. Making it a pretty tricky card. However there are some rather easy ways to get around her summoning requirement. Vaskii cannot be summoned by a Normal Summon or set. It can only be Special Summoned by tributing 2 face-up monsters with 0 attack from anywhere on the field. Here are a few examples of ways to get around this summoning requirement

- Ojama Trio: Ojama Trio provides 3 Ojama tokens, all with the same atack and defense points as the Ojama monsters. 0 Attack and 1000 Defense.
- Scapegoat: This would be the reason why there can only be one Vaskii on the field, because pulling off Scapegoat then being able to offer up all 4 tokens to drop two 2600 monsters that can destroy a face-up monster the opponent controls, well you can figure it out easily
- Fires of Doomsday: Allows for tribute fodder for dark attributed monsters as well as easy offerings for Vaskii

These are a few of the ways of doing this, you can also force their monsters to have no attack points thanks to Reptilianne Medusa. Reptilianne Medusa allows you to discard a card to make the attack of a monster the opponent controls 0 and its forced into attack position. Which is quite the special ability. With cards like Viper's Rebirth and so on, its actually not very hard to swarm with Reptiliannes. They lack speed however, even with Allure of Darkness, which is at 1 now on the limited list, which will hold them back. Vaskii however is a really good card for any Reptilianne deck, however using it with the token cards is a much better idea.

Traditional: 3/5
Advanced: 4/5


Otaku

Name: Reptilianne Vaskii

Level: 8

Attribute: Dark

Type: Reptile/Effect

ATK: 2600

DEF: 0

Text: This card cannot be Normal Summoned or Set.  This card cannot be Special Summoned except by Tributing 2 face-up monsters with 0 ATK from anywhere on the field.  Once per turn, you can select and destroy 1 face-up monster your opponent controls.  There can only be 1 face-up “Reptilianne Vaskii” on the field.

 

The new heavy for Reptilianne decks, Reptilianne Vaskii might be enough to make them worth playing.  Her Attribute is Dark (great), her Level is 8 (poor), and she is of course a Reptile monster (potentially useful).  Her 2600 ATK is low and her 0 DEF is abysmal, but at least she is bigger than Stardust Dragon and generally anything but other large “boss” Monsters.  There is even an up side to having 0 DEF; as a Dark Monster she may then be recycled with Recurring Nightmare.  Level 8 might be good, as that can fuel Trade-In… but we get to the effects, so Trade-In is probably out unless you think you can combine it with Recurring Nightmare (it’d be a crazy deck, but there might just be enough Level 8 Monsters with 0 DEF for that to work).

 

Getting to the effects, the first isn’t.  Officially, it is considered a “Summoning restriction” and it is… that it cannot be Normal Summoned or Set.  The only way you can Special Summon this monster is by sacrificing two 0 ATK monsters on the field.  Those can be your opponent’s and not just yours.  Thanks to all the many ways of generating tokens and the commonly seen effect of zeroing out the ATK scores belonging to Reptilianne monsters, this should be fairly simple.  There is one other beneficial effect and one other restrictive effect.  The former is good: you can select and destroy one face-up monster your opponent controls once a turn.  If your opponent has three face-up Monsters and two are at 0 ATK, you could pull a three-for-one.  Well, until you adjust the math for whatever method you used to lower said monsters’ ATK scores: 0 ATK monsters aren’t rare, but they certainly aren’t apt to swarm the field, face-up, without coaxing.  Still, if you can do it with just one or two more cards added, or even if you have to burn some of your own, you have something your opponent has to quickly destroy.  The last restraining effect is there can only be one of this Monster face-up on the field.  Bit of a bummer, though it should make mirror matches interesting.

 

Reptilianne decks finally have some fangs.  It’ll still probably be a challenge to win anything major with them, but a good build in the hands of a good player now requires good plays to defeat.  Reptilianne Vaskii requires a deck built for her, though it isn’t limited to just Reptilianne decks: there are several ways to generate the needed tokens, and on both sides of the field.  I may just have to try and see if I can indeed run enough Level 8 Dark Monsters and 0 DEF Monsters.  I am starting to see some real combos here.  Phantom of Chaos is Dark and has 0 DEF…

 

Ratings

 

Traditional: 1.5/5

 

Advanced: 3/5


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