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

Hieratic Dragon Of Eset
#GAOV-EN020 

You can Normal Summon this card without Tributing, but its original ATK becomes 1000. Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up Dragon-Type Normal Monster on the field; the Levels of all face-up "Hieratic" monsters currently on the field become the Level of that monster, until the End Phase. When this card is Tributed: Special Summon 1 Dragon-Type Normal Monster from your hand, Deck, or Graveyard, and make its ATK and DEF 0.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 3.33
Advanced: 3.87 

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


Date Reviewed - June 6, 2012

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Dark

Paladin
Wednesday
 
Hieratic Dragon of Eset I really like.  Although you may be turned off immediately by Level 5 and 1900 attack and 1200 defense (still a Light attributed Dragon) you needn't tribute if you don't require.  You have to use your Normal Summon to Summon Eset without a tribute, but its attack becomes 1000.  However, you are then allowed, once a turn, to select a Normal Dragon Monster on the Field, and all other face-up Hieratic Monsters have their Level become equal to the Level of the selected Monster.  In a perfect world that would be something say Blue Eyes White Dragon.  Furthermore, when this card is tributed (again regardless of for or why) you can Special Summon a Normal Dragon Monster from your Hand, Deck, or Graveyard, and its attack and defense become 0.  This is a great combo card, and an integral piece of the Hieratic Deck in my mind.
 
Ratings:

Traditional:  2.75/5 
Advanced:  3.75/5
Art:  4/5

Angelic Nightmare

Hello everyone and welcome back to our week of the new dragons- Hieratics

Hieratic Dragon of Eset

Dragon/ Light/ Lv 4/ 1900 ATK/ 1200 DEF

“You can Normal Summon this card without Tributing, but its original ATK becomes 1000. Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up Dragon-Type Normal Monster on the field; the Levels of all face-up "Hieratic" monsters currently on the field become the Level of that monster, until the End Phase. When this card is Tributed: Special Summon 1 Dragon-Type Normal Monster from your hand, Deck, or Graveyard, and make its ATK and DEF 0.”

This card is very unique when it comes to this archetype. This card transforms all Hieratic monsters’ level the same as a normal dragon monster on the field. There are two basic levels that this will entail, six and eight (Wattail Dragon and Hieratic Seal of the Sun Dragon Overlord). From that point it will be an easy rank 6 or rank 8.

It’s second effect, just like many others, activate when it is tribute from either the hand or the field. This is a free vanilla summon and allows for better field presence. Again this will mainly get you your Wattail Dragon or Hieratic Seal of the Sun Dragon Overlord.

Pros: Free summon when tribute and can be normal summoned.

Cons: Low attack when summoned without tribute and Low attack in general.

Advanced: 3/5 in Hieratics

Traditional: 2/5


Argouru

Wednesday:

Heratic Dragon of Eset
Lv 5/LIGHT/Dragon/1900A/1200D
"You can Normal Summon this card without Tributing, but its original ATK becomes 1000. Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up Dragon-Type Normal Monster on the field; the Levels of all face-up "Hieratic" monsters currently on the field become the Level of that monster, until the End Phase. When this card is Tributed: Special Summon 1 Dragon-Type Normal Monster from your hand, Deck, or Graveyard, and make its ATK and DEF 0."

This card is the key to XYZ Summoning, matching the Levels of all HD monsters to that of a Normal Dragon. Naturally, this card takes some setup, but is well worth the effort as you can bring out almost any XYZ with the right Normal Dragons in your deck. Also, it replaces itself with a Normal monster if tributed, making it even better for the theme. I won't be surprised to see this card end up being a focal card of many HD decks.

Traditional: 4.75
Advanced: 4.75


Philosophical
Psycho
First and foremost, I don't care how disgustingly low 1900 ATK is for a Level 5 monster, or even how it drops to 1000 without an Advance Summon. In fact, I even appreciate the flexibility. Eset isn't one of the most important Hieratics, but it definitely fulfills roles.
 
First off, it acts as a more reliable Normal Summon than Nuit or Gebeb, later to be used as fodder to summon Su or Nebthet. That's just one purpose that Gebeb can do also, but, as always, the point is what ELSE can Eset do?
 
In a pinch, Nebthet makes for a fast Rank 5 Xyz, provided you have some strategy with Level 5 Normal Dragons. It's not a common strategy, but it's plausible.
 
The third reason is Nebthet's own main effect, to make all Hieratics' Levels copy that of a Normal Dragon's. This can make an easy job out of some devastating triple Xyzs, such as using a Level 8 Normal Dragon to make Neo-Galaxy Eyes Photon Dragon (it's rarely worth the effort though, but it's available should the need arise).
If you are using Hieratic Seal of the Sun Dragon Overlord (Level 8 Normal Dragon), you might have problems getting two copies out at once. Plop down Eset, make it (or any other Hieratic) copy Level 8, Xyz for Sun Dragon Overlord, commence mass destruction. As issue, however, is that Hieratics REALLY like to Xyz Rank 6, but Su is the only Level 6 Hieratic. As long as you have a Level 6 Normal Dragon out (easy enough), Eset can easily serve as a substitute. Hieratics (or Dragons in general) also swarm very rapidly, and if your opponent can Xyz Summon Hieratic Dragon King of Atum twice, it is a very dangerous scenario.
 
Most of all, you're using one or two Esets to help you summon Su, and then you have Eset's Level-change effect as a nice bonus. In an extreme pinch, you can Tribute Summon Eset, get a free Normal Dragon since you just Tributed a Hieratic, and Xyz for almost any Rank. (This can be a Level 8 for an instant Sun Dragon Overlord, but most likely of all, you will search a Wattaildragon and Xyz for Atum, who can then further nab a Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon from the deck. Alternatively, you can nab Flamvell Guard and Synchro either Brionac or Formula Synchron, but that's an entirely different Hieratic playstyle.)
 
Traditional: 1.1/5
Advanced: 3.1/5
Aesthetics: 3/5 Eset is supposed to mean Isis/Aset, the Egyptian goddess of nurturing and protection (magic, fertility, etc.), as well as the widow of Osiris (her own brother). Set (her other brother) was the god that murdered Osiris, and Isis' son Horus consequently has a vendetta on Set. Funnily enough, Isis' sister Nephthys is wed to Set. Even though the original Isis is supposed to look like her sister Nephthys somewhat, the Hieratics for Osiris and Set are completely different; Hieratic Eset and Nebthet are pretty much the exact same artwork. And I realize Nephthys is the goddess of mourning while Isis is the goddess of fertility, explaining the sun and moon behind Eset and Nebthet, respectively, but the sun/moon placings on all the Hieratic Dragons seems quite out of place and non-related to original Egyptian culture. Isis' "motherliness" can be reflected be Eset's effect in conforming all the Levels of Hieratics on the field and easy summoning conditions.
 
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