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

Hieratic Dragon of Su
#GAOV-EN023 

You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) by Tributing 1 "Hieratic" monster. Once per turn: You can Tribute 1 "Hieratic" monster, except this card, from your hand or your side of the field, to target 1 Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls; destroy that target. 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: 3.25
Advanced: 4.00 

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


Date Reviewed - June 1, 2012

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Dark

Paladin
Friday
 
You like Hieratic Dragons?  Well you're going to be seeing a lot of them over the coming reviews, and we start with Hieratic Dragon of Su.  So, we have a Light attributed, Level 6, Dragon type Monster, and Light and Dragon are both great things.  2200 attack is about as awesome as the 1000 defense on this card. By tributing a Hieratic Monster, you can Special Summon this Dragon.  That makes the 2200 attack a bit more bearable to deal with.  Once a turn, by targeting a Hieratic Monster (present company excluded of course) from your Field or Hand, you can target and destroy a Magic/Trap card your opponent controls.  When this card is tributed, you can Special Summon a Dragon type Normal Monster form your Hand, Deck, OR Graveyard.  and make its attack and defense 0.  Obviously that right there is the money effect, whether to Synchro, XYZ, or even tribute for another effect in the cycle of the Deck.  The Hieratic cards are quite interesting and can be quite a formidable and annoying Deck to play against.
 
Ratings:

Traditional:  2.5/5  They strike me as slow for Traditional 
Advanced:  3.5/5
Art:  4/5

John Rocha

Hieratic Dragon of Su is the key monster in a Hieratic Deck. It has the amazing ability to cause 3 tributes. First you can special summon Su by tributing a Hieratic which usually has an effect to special summon a monster when tributed. Second, you can tribute a Hieratic to destroy a Spell/Trap card your opponent controls thus activating that Hieratic’s ability to special summon another monster. Sense you still have not summoned a monster, you can then tribute Dragon of Su to summon another Hieratic, and thus special summon another Dragon-Type Normal Monster giving you a total of 4 monsters on the field in which to Xyz summon two powerful Xyz monsters.
 
All you need is one Hieratic that you can summon and Hieratic Dragon of Su in hand to bring out a powerful rank 6 Xyz monster like Photon Strike Bounzer, Hieratic Dragon King of Atum, Number 25: Force Focus, and Inzektor Exa-Beetle. Simply summon a Hieratic monster and tribute it for Su and then use the effect of the tributed monster to summon a level 6 normal monster like Wattaildragon.
 
We have yet to see the full potential of the Hieratic Deck, but I would think that we will not have to wait too long before one tops a YCS or WCQ. Hieratic Dragon of Su will be the catalyst behind its success.
 
Traditional: 3/5
Advanced: 4/5


Philosophical
Psycho

The reason I want to start reviewing Hieratics for the next two weeks is to make sure you all realize that they are quickly becoming a popular Deck, and also because the only other Hieratic we ever reviewed was a splashable Xyz.

I'll tell you right now, if for some reason I don't have Light-Imprisoning Mirror ready, this card would be the card I'd be targeting with Prohibition if I'm facing Hieratics.

Why Su and not something like Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon or Hieratic Dragon of Atum? Clearly, Su is the card that LEADS to that infamous Hieratic play. Su is the reason Hieratics rarely use Sun Dragon Overlord (both the Level 8 Normal version and the Rank 8 Xyz version), similar to how Inzektors never use Inzektor Exa-Beetle.

Here's how it goes: Firstly, Su does not use up your Normal Summon, provided you're not caught in a scenario where you don't have any other summonable Hieratic monsters. This is most often done by Normal Summoning Eset or by using the self-Special Summoning Tefnuit. Almost all Hieratics gives you a free summon of a Dragon-Type Normal Monster, and since that counts as Tributing a monster for Su, summon any Normal Dragon from your deck. Su can also Tribute any Hieratic monster to be an MST, and that's ANOTHER summon out of the deck. When it comes down to it, you will usually summon Wattaildragon, the highest-ATK Level 6 Normal Dragon (and it's Light to boot). Now you have a bunch of Level 6 Dragons, meaning you Xyz Summon Hieratic Dragon King of Atum (to be covered soon); Atum can summon ANY Dragon from your deck, and you will usually go for Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon to recycle one of those Level 6 Dragons. It should be rather easy to summon yet another Level 6 Dragon (or maybe you already have one), so summon another Atum and another REDMD. You can use your twin REDMD to play a Rank 10 Xyz, throw Gaia Dragon, the Thunder Charge on top of the Atums, you have a very scary attacking force, usually good for OTK.

Aside from that scary, slippery slope, as aforementioned, Su can make any other Hieratic you have into a MST. You can even tribute a Su on your field for another Su in your hand, and doing all this gives you a tremendous field advantage straight out of your deck (or, in a pinch, your Graveyard or Egyptian-God forbid your hand). It's not as blaphemous as Inzektors, but still pretty potent. In a pinch, you can even summon Flamvell Guard (a Normal Dragon Tuner), or even other-leveled Dragons, such as the Level 8 Hieratic Seal of the Sun Dragon Overlord. The strategy I just listed is the most common and arguably most effective, though.

Traditional: 2.5/5 (I mean, yeah, Hieratics have an OTK strategy, but it focuses on maxing out their Monster Card Zones for a brutal offence, which is different from your usual infamous Traditional FTK's, although being a Light Dragon archetype makes Hieratics interesting)
Advanced: 4.1/5
Aesthetics: 3.1/5 I'm pretty sure Egyptian culture never really had Dragons in their mythology. What I rather dislike is the complicated names, which, in my case at least, makes for a long time to understand which Hieratic does exactly what. In any case, Shu is the Egyptian God of Air; go Cyclone! 

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Argouru

Heratic Dragon of Su
Lv 6/LIGHT/Dragon/2200A/1000D
"You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) by Tributing 1 "Hieratic" monster. Once per turn: You can Tribute 1 "Hieratic" monster, except this card, from your hand or your side of the field, to target 1 Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls; destroy that target. 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."

Sorry This review was entered late, but I was on vacation. See the following card review for my details on the Heratic Dragon deck-theme...

Su is a key card to the theme as you can Special summon him, then deal with any S/T you opponent controls, allowing for great field control. What's better, you can tribute an HD from your hand OR from the field, helping you get rid of dead cards from your hand. While you can only use his effect once per turn, it can be a real game changer by wiping out the opponent's defenses. His stats are also rather good for a Lv 6 monster. To add some extra spice, he replaces himself with a Normal Dragon, although that monster loses all of it's ATK and DEF points.

Traditional: 4.75
Advanced: 4.75


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