Welcome to Photon Shockwave Week! Yes, this will be
an excellent week, and we open with a Normal
Monster, in Alexandrite Dragon. This card might
have the single coolest picture in the game of
Yugioh...while Normal Monsters are usually
unspectacular in their own right, this one
particularly has use with at least one new card
specifically, something we'll look at later in the
week. As stated, Alexandrite Dragon is a Level 4,
Normal Monster, and a Dragon, and Light attributed,
with 2000 attack and 100 defense (matching Gene
Warped Warwolf if my memory serves.) This Monster
obviously has a place in Dragon Decks, Beatdowns,
and a few combo and Monster specific Decks.
Traditional: 2/5...(higher in the above mentioned
Decks, and it is Light)
We have about three weeks left before the sneak
peek for Photon Shockwave, so it’s about that time
to start wetting some appetites. Our card of the
day, Alexandrite Dragon, is not very imposing on its
own. Sure, 2000 attack is pretty tasty, especially
for a sneak peek, but in a format dominated by
effect monsters, a vanilla monster no matter what
its attack is just not going to make the grade. So
why are we reviewing this card today?
By itself, Alexandrite Dragon is just a level 4 beat
stick, albeit a pretty strong beat stick. It will
dominate many Meta cards in play today. Thunder King
and Doomcaliber will crumble beneath Alexandrite’s
might. But the real power from this card comes from
how well it combo’s with other cards coming out in
this new set. The most highly anticipated card to
come out since Tour Guide, Rescue Rabbit, is going
to be a game changer. One of the targets that Rescue
Rabbit can get is the card we are reviewing today.
When you summon and banish Rescue Rabbit, you can
special summon two normal monsters from your deck
with the same name. Once you bring out your two
Alexandrite Dragons, you can then Xyz for one of the
many powerful Xyz monsters depending on your
situation. Being a Dragon, you could banish one of
them for Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon and load the
field with powerful monsters to push for a victory.
The tricks that you can do with this card in 3’s and
Rescue Rabbit do not stop there.
Another neat trick for Alexandrite Dragon is to
special summon Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon which
requires two 2000+ monsters for tribute to special
summon. We will be reviewing Galaxy-Eyes later
this week, so I am not going to spoil the surprise,
but let’s just say that it is pretty powerful in a
Xyz crazy format. If you do not have a Galaxy-Eyes
in hand, no problem. Just use Dragonic Tactics to
summon it from the deck.
Alexandrite Dragon will work well in a Dragon deck,
Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon deck, Rescue Rabbit build
deck, and a Vanilla/Gemini deck. It may also work
well in a Chaos deck along side Cyber Dragon as it
is a Light attribute. A resourceful deck builder
will make good use of this monster and the other new
cards from Photon Shockwave to make some really
powerful decks that may be top tier.
It's a fresh new week here on pojo's COTD and we
are looking ahead into the future that is Photon
Shockwave. What better card to review one day one
than the sneak preview card, Alexandrite Dragon.
Dragons hold a place in my heart as they are my
favorite type and it's how I started playing this
game. Alexandrite Dragon is a Normal, Light/Dragon
type, LVL 4, 2,000 ATK and 100 DEF. It's ATK is
great and it's DEF, well...an overpowered Scapegoat
can get over that. But what this card lacks in DEF
and an effect, it's true purpose is to help along
combos that involve Rescue Rabbit and Galaxy Eyes
Photon Dragon. It can also aork with other Light
monsters such as Blue Eyes White Dragon and
Resonance Device to get out Thunder End Dragon. Two
Alexandrites from one Rescue Rabbit equals Photon
Dragon or a Rank 4 Xyz. Want your two dragons back
from the grave? Dark Factory of Mass Production.
Alexandrite also serves well in other decks, such as
Dragons, Light variants and even in a Normal monster
deck. But this card will most likely been seen in
decks built around Photon Dragon and Rescue Rabbit.
Art: 4Tomorrow: Someone broke my green vase of
A new day, a new review! Today is the sneak peak
participation card for Photon Shockwave, Alexandrite
Alexandrite Dragon (who I shall henceforth refer to
as 'Alex') is a Level 4 LIGHT Dragon-Type Normal
Monster with 2000 ATK and 100 DEF.
For a Level 4 monster, this card is tied with
Gene-Warped Warwolf for the title of strongest Level
4 monster without a drawback and both have certain
advantages when it comes to supporting them, but
Alex has arguably better support and uses. Being of
the LIGHT Attribute means it has access to Honest,
Beckoning Light etc, and being a Dragon makes it a
prime candidate for abuse with Red-Eyes Darkness
Normal Monsters have always had extremely powerful
support to make up for their lack of effects, so
this card also has access to those cards too! Rescue
Rabbit, Symbols of Duty, Common Charity etc are all
great cards that can make good use of this card.
To synopsize, Alexandrite Dragon is a decent card.
Not useful in most decks however. If you can't make
use of its Typing, Attribute or Normal Monster
status in your Deck, don't bother using him, there
are more worthwhile cards you could be using.
Traditional: 2/5 - LIGHT Attribute is good for Chaos
food, but not much else.
Advanced: 3/5 - A welcome addition to Dragon and
Rescue Rabbit decks.
Still, there are more 'high-utility' cards that
could be used instead.
Art: 3/5 - Nice to see a dragon that has a
connection to gems and crystals like the ones you
see from myth.
Oct. 17th, 2011
Glistening in a yellow light, a
majestic dragon has descended upon us! Alexandrite
With Photon Shockwave coming a
few weeks, we’ll be talking about that set this
week. This is the first normal monster to grace our
presence in a while. Alexandrite Dragon (or if you
prefer, Luster Dragon #3) is a normal monster with
2000 attack and 100 defense. It ties for the highest
attack out of all normal monsters with Gene-Warped
Warwolf. The first thing that would come to anyone’s
mind that has looked at this set is that Rescue
Rabbit will work with this card. You don’t even need
to Xyz if you use Rescue Rabbit. You can clear out
the field first and attack with both Alexandrite
Dragons before they kick the bucket. It also beats
out Luster Dragon in terms of attack.
They main reason that this card
was made though is so that the summoning of
Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon becomes even easier. Using
Draconic Tactics and tributing your dragons will
work. I can think of a lot more ways that Photon can
come out with, but I’ll save those for later. I’ve
always loved a good non-effect monster support. And
Alexandrite falls nicely into that category.
You might be seeing this in
competitive and fun dragon decks, so stock up on
them Dragon Capture Jars now (just kidding, though
it might be a good side this coming set).
Traditional: 2.5/5 (Light and
beatsticking are pluses)
Advanced: 3/5 (balanced and strong right now)
Art: who cares about the art? Flavor text is all I
Hello My Fellow Yugi-Nerds today we are reviewing
Alexandrite Dragon, not only is it the Promo Card
for the Photon Shockwave Sneak Peek, he is a Vanilla
2000 attack Beatstick that is light and dragon.
Immediately I think "awesome!" Normal decks just got
another Beater but in a sense he is just another
2000 attack is epic and strong and most cards in
this format dont have 2000 attack but each turn
something new comes along :/
I could see Disaster dragons and Dragon Draw Exodia
running him, but I don't see him getting much Meta
Play unless honest comes back to 1 or 2
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