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

Maestroke the Symphony Djinn
#YS12=EN043

2 Level 4 monsters Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card to target 1 face-up Attack Position monster your opponent controls; change it to face-down Defense Position. If a face-up "Djinn" Xyz Monster you control would be destroyed, you can detach 1 Xyz Material from that monster instead.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.50
Advanced: 3.25 

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


Date Reviewed - April 30, 2012

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Miguel

Today we look the last of the Symphony Djinns, Maestroke, The Symphony Djinn. Or  as The Mighty Pojo, referred to, "Music Man". Maestroke seems to be the conductor and leader of the rest of the musical Djinns. A Rank 4 Xyz, needing 2 level 4 monsters with 1800 ATK and 2300 DEF, good stats, even better if you can find a way to switch them around. Maestroke does a few things really well. It can detach an Xyz material to target a monster your opponent controls to make it go face down, so your opponent's biggers monster are a lot easier to deal with, especially if you're packing a Nobleman of Crossout. Another thing Maestroke can do is something i really like in a monster, self preservation. If a face up Djinn monster you control would be destroyed, detach a Xyz material from Maestroke to save that Djinn monster. Those little guys could use it. Maestroke is one of the better musical Djinn monsters, as it can quite handy in several ways, kinda like the swizz army knife of the Djinns, as it can be used for both offense and defense purposes.
 
Traditional: 2.5
Advanced: 4
Tomorrow: Kiss that effect goodbye.


Argouru

Monday:

Maestroke the Symphony Djinn
Rk 4/DARK/Fiend-XYZ/1800A/2300D
"2 Level 4 monsters
Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card to target 1 face-up Attack Position monster your opponent controls; change it to face-down Defense Position. If a face-up "Djinn" Xyz Monster you control would be destroyed, you can detach 1 Xyz Material from that monster instead."

A Djinn XYZ for today's card and one that's fairly reasonable to bring out. While his stats aren't the greatest, he makes up for it with very nice, although limited, effects. He can turn strong attackers into weak defenders if they have a low DEF stat, or save any Djinn XYZ from any type of destruction. He's really meant to share the field with other Djnns, so his overall usability is a bit low, but he still makes for a decent card that's not too difficult to bring out.

Traditional: 2.5
Advanced: 3


Philosophical
Psycho

I keep spelling this guy's name as Maelstroke. I dunno why, I just do...

Anyway, Mae sports a respectable 1800 ATK and a rather sturdy 2300 DEF. 2300 doesn't defend a lot if he were 2100, although 2300 with a boost from Gates of Dark World does start walling some big things. 2100 (with a Gates boost) is also pretty good, and can get pretty astounding from further boosts from Muzurhythem or Temtempo, or also 2600 ATK from a single Solidarity.

Now for his effect. Now, once per turn, during your Main Phase, Mae can flip an opposing Attack Mode monster facedown. It really is a shame he can't target monsters already in Defence Mode. Even being a Quick Effect would be useful, but otherwise, you won't use the effect much outside of trying to block a monster's effect (such as Utopia's or Stardust's) or to put an attack target into a more vulnerable state (such as Caius or Stardust).

His protection effect is not necessarily bad. It's better than nothing. However, he takes off the Xyz Material of the monster that's about to be destroyed, which is a problem because for the other Djinn Xyzs, I'd  much rather conserve their materials for THEIR own offensive purposes. Mae could've been better if he used his own Xyz Material as a Quick Effect so that no Djinn Xyzs can be destroyed that turn. That might be a little broken, but I would still like it if Mae could draw upon his own Material to save at least one Djinn Xyz, or perhaps extending his effect to ALL Xyzs.
A good wall yes, and can get some pretty scary boosts off the other Djinns. I might splash him into random decks, if only to make the most out of his flipping effect. I'd use him in a Djinn Deck, but the question arises to why not summon Queen Dragun, another Rank 4 Djinn Xyz with 400 more ATK. But at least Mae is a safer option lest Queen Dragun runs into a Bottomless Trap Hole and whatnot. I've been hearing and seeing things how Maestroke is a powerful Extra Deck splash. You can take other people's words for it, but, in terms of splashability, I do agree that Maestroke is useful, albeit very limited in what he can accomplish.

Niche Decks: Generic Fiend, Djinn, Control/Beatdown, Stall, Dark World (helps with Dark World Lightning especially), Gladiator Beast
 
Traditional: 2.5/5 (self-defense effect helps defend against the likes of CED and Ring of Destruction, and plus he's Dark himself)
Advanced: 2.75/5
Aesthetics: 4.8/5 Maestro is Italian for master, professor, etc. Oh, and this may very well be the most demonic-looking Djinn Xyz. That outfit is boss, I love that blank expression, and having a cutlass for a conducting baton!
 
Philosophy Corner: I walk the path less traveled.
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