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

Steelswarm Sting
- #HA06-EN015 

When this card you control is sent to your Graveyard: Target 1 face-up Ritual, Fusion or Synchro Monster on the field; destroy that target.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.67
Advanced: 2.63 

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


Date Reviewed - August 22, 2012

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Dark

Paladin
Steelswarm Sting could be a fun little tech card, and a welcome addition to Steelswarm Decks.  The Japanese list has Future Fusion banned (which we'll cover soon enough once the English Ban List is released) but this is still a decent card I think.  Level 4, Dark, Fiend (not Insect for whatever reason) so it is well supported, and has 1850 attack, which is great, although the 0 defense could be troublesome.  When you control this card, and it's sent to the Graveyard (simple enough, no regulation or stipulation as to how), Target (note Target) a face-up Ritual or Fusion Monster and on the Field and destroy it.  The attack is good for Level 4, and granted you aren't always going to get the effect to go off, so that might hurt it, being the only effect.  Still might have a place as Tech though.
 
Ratings:

Traditional:  2/5 
Advanced:  3/5 
Art:  4/5 

John Rocha

Steelswarm Sting has a pretty nice sting for the current Meta. It has the ability to destroy any Ritual, Fusion, or Synchro Monster, which is awesome against many decks that are or will be top tier. All you need to do is smash into the above monsters or set it and let your opponent run it over and you have instant monster destruction. Unfortunately it does nothing against Xyz monsters which are all the rage right now.
 
Steelswarm Sting works well in the tribute happy Steelswarm decks as well sense the effect activates when it is tributed as it has a mandatory effect. With 1850 in attack (I hate attacks with a 50 in them); Sting can be a decent beat down monster. I see Steelswarm Sting as a side deck card. Steelswarm decks really never made a splash in Yu-Gi-Oh, but Sting may find a spot in the side deck as Gishki, Gem-Knight, Gusto, Vylon, and Elemental HERO decks.
 
Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 2.5/5

Miguel

Steelswarm Sting is one of those cards that could have been more useful if it was released a year or two ago. A level 4 DARK/Fiend (How is this metal bee a fiend?) with 1850 ATK and 0 DEF. When this card you control is sent to the graveyard, target 1 Synchro, Ritual or Fusion monster on the field, and destroy it. Granted, its effect has to go off, so you can use Sting for anything like a tribute or synchro summon. Its effect is pretty good...some time ago. We all know that Xyz summoning is the big thing right now and Sting doesn't aim at Xyz monsters. You might see the occasional Stardust Dragon or Formula Synchron, but that's it. Rituals, nowhere to be seen these days and Fusions come in the HERO flavors these days, so there might be some where in the side deck against them. Dragons lose Future Fusion come Sept., but hardcore Dragon fans will still find a way to get out  5 Headed Dragon, regardless. Other than those two, I can't see Steelswarm Sting anywhere but a possible side deck option against those two. Also, ATK values a with 50 at the end always throw me off for some reason. Anyways, Sting may have limited uses in today's format, it was more useful some time ago.
 
Traditional: 2
Advanced: 2.5
Tomorrow: Speaking of fusions.....he's a shiny one.


Philosophical
Psycho

CALLING ALL SPIDER RIDEEEEEEEERS
 
Aside from a few Evilswarm monsters (who are supposed to be merely supplements to the Steelswarm Deck), Inverz Sharp is the strongest Steelswarm monster that does not have to be Tribute Summoned, at 1850 ATK. The Steelswarms have a rather healthy amount of support. Steelswarm Caller and Corrosive Contagion Infestation can search out Sting easily. Summoner Monk is also a possible route with Swarms.
 
When Sting goes from the field to the Grave, it leaves you with a parting gift: You are required to remove a Ritual, Fusion, or Synchro from the field, giving you the upper hand if you just happen to be facing Gishkis, Gem-Knights, or Gustos/Lavals (of course, Synchros would be the most common). Something that you should know is that the Steelswarm Deck is based upon the concept of Tribute Summoning (very similar to a Monarch Deck). SSS' effect reflects this as it is designed to work not only if it gets destroyed, but if tributed for a Tribute Summon. It is hard for this effect to backfire, as Swarms will never ever use Rituals or Fusions and they will very rarely incorporate Tuners. Swarms like to focus their power with Xyzs and Tribute Monsters, so you can see how Sting is a trooper by upkeeping the integrity of the archetype by exhibiting hate against high-Level Special Summoned monsters. I think a bigger worry, however, is the general unliklihood that you would happen to send Sting to the Grave when your opponent just HAPPENS to have out a Synchro Monster (or, even more unlikely, a Ritual or Fusion).
 
If this weren't a Steelswarm monster, it would drop down to almost 1/5 for its seemingly impractibility and because something like Smashing Ground would be a lot more effective. Sting is only acceptable in the Steelswarm Deck due to how Swarm support cards can guarantee exploiting Sting's effect to its best ability.
 
Trad: 2/5 (I really don't think Swarms can work here...although Sting is ok)
Adv: 3/5 (not ultra powerful, but still cool)
Aesthetics: 3.6/5 It looks like a Beedrill. Well, maybe except that the wing-body ratio is not realistic...at all. Another rather funny, noticable thing is that if you line up all the Steelswarms from weakest to strongest, it sorta looks like they're growing from youngest to oldest in a beetle lifecycle.
 
Philosophy Corner: Just as much as the best things in life are unexpected, both in how surprises are a blessing and how you rarely expect good things TO happen to you, bad things as well can swerve around the corner unexpectedly to smack you in the face, just like the swift slice of the Steelswarm Sting. If I were to die suddenly, I hope I would be famous enough to make it on the news. At least that way, you would understand that I wouldn't have quit the Pojo Team on my own decision.
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