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Top 10 Judgment of Light Countdown

#4 - Fire King Avatar Yaksha
- #JOTL-EN0
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If a face-up "Fire King" monster you control is destroyed by a card effect (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard: You can destroy 1 card in your hand or that you control. You can only use this effect of "Fire King Avatar Yaksha" once per turn.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.75
Advanced: 3.75 

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


Date Reviewed - August 20, 2013

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Dark

Paladin

Tuesday

Today we look at another addition to the Fire King family in Fire King Avatar Yaksha. This is a Level 4, Fire attributed, Beast-Warrior Monster, with 1800 attack and 200 defense. If a face-up Fire King Monster you control is destroyed by a card effect, save the Damage Step, you can Special Summon this card from your Hand. If this card is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard, you can select and destroy a card in your Hand, or that you control on the Field. You can only use the effect once per turn. He can Special Summon from the Hand easily enough, has a good attack, and adds speed and combo potential to the Deck.

Ratings:

Traditional: 2.75/5
Advanced: 3.75/5
Art: 4.5/5


momiwant
cake

Alright today we are reviewing #4 on our Judgment of Light Countdown.  It’s a Fire King support card that has finally been imported from the OCG.  Here it is!
 
Fire King Avatar Yaksha
Attribute: Fire
Types: Beast-Warrior/Effect
Level 4
If a face-up "Fire King" monster you control is destroyed by a card effect (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard: You can destroy 1 card in your hand or that you control. You can only use this effect of "Fire King Avatar Yaksha" once per turn.
ATK/1800                                                                   DEF/200
 
So this card has a lot going for it.  It can be searched by Fire Formation-Tenki and has decent stats.  This card’s defense points may look weak at first but at least it’s a target for Rekindling.  The main reason this card is so good is that it finally gives Fire Kings the boost they need to become a competitive deck.  This card allows you to destroy your Fire King monsters in your hand or on the field when this card is destroyed.  This can help trigger your Fire King effects and also get rid of dead any Fire King High Avatar Garunix in your hand.  This card is also searchable by cards like Flamvell Firedog and Onslaught of the Fire Kings. Overall this card is great.  The only problem with this monster is that you can only use the effect of this card once per turn but that isn’t too much of a problem.  You only need to use it once to get everything in this deck rolling.
Advanced: 4.5/5
Traditional: 3/5
Art: 5/5

Leo
Kearon

Fire King Avatar Yaksha
FIRE/ Beast-Warrior/Effect/ Level4/1800/200
If a face-up "Fire King" monster you control is destroyed by a card effect (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard: You can destroy 1 card in your hand or that you control. You can only use this effect of "Fire King Avatar Yaksha" once per turn.

Continuing our way through the Top 10 cards of Judgement of the Light is at number 4 Fire King Avatar Yaksha. Stats wish he has the same as his teammate Fire King Avatar Barong and he has the same first effect. This second effect is very interesting, when this card is destroyed, you can destroy 1 card that you control or that is in your hand. That’s right; he actually destroys cards in your hand, which should lead to a lot of ruling arguments.

This effect though is very unique and very good, especially if you are stuck with Fire King High Avatar Garunix. Of course he works well with the other Fire Kings as well. His stats are decent, 1800 ATK is good and generally 200 DEF would be bad, but thanks to Flamvells, it seems to be the ‘in’ thing with FIRE monsters.

Overall, a very good support card for Fire Kings and they need all the support they can get.

Traditional: 2/5
Advanced: 4/5


Rikothe
FoxKid

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We’re now down to #4 of our Top 10 Judgment of the Light Countdown. Today’s card is Fire King Avatar Yaksha:
 
Level 4
FIRE
Beast-Warrior / Effect
1800 ATK / 200 DEF
If a face-up "Fire King" monster you control is destroyed by a card effect (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard: You can destroy 1 card in your hand or that you control. You can only use this effect of "Fire King Avatar Yaksha" once per turn.
 
Fire King Decks have been under the radar since release, mainly due to other things like Dragon Rulers, Prophecy, Mermail, and the similarly-named Fire Fist running around. They’re a solid Deck regardless, and Yaksha is great support for them.
 
First off, you can summon him if another Fire King you control is destroyed by card effect (a trait that several Fire Kings share if my memory serves correctly). Upon his destruction (note that it can be in any way, by battle or card effect, and can be caused by either player), he can destroy another card in your hand or on your side of the field.
 
This is great for setting off any other Fire Kings in your hand or field. One perk I can definitely see in this is setting off a Fire King High Avatar Garunix that’s sitting in your hand.
 
He’s also got 200 ATK, so Rekindling abuse is a given. Being a FIRE Beast-Warrior means he’s a target for our good friend Wolfbark from Friday.
 
All in all a very solid card, and definitely one Fire King is glad to have.
 
Traditional: 3/5
Advanced: 4/5
 
Art: 5/5 (He definitely among the coolest looking Fire Kings)
 
Tomorrow: Om nom.


Philosophical
Psycho

I totally messed up on my Angel of Zera article because I thought he got 300 ATK for the banished cards. Still, it'll still give him considerable ATK.
Anyone who got the Onslaught of the Fire Kings Structure Deck can tell you about the Fire King monsters: It introduced the first three Fire King monsters and their two Spells. Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy also introduced a baby version of the Fire King High Avatar, and now we have this. The Fire King Avatars have an effect that allows them to summon themselves out of the hand whenever a Fire King gets destroyed by an effect (but two of them can't have it happen in Damage Step). This effect is most useful to allow Fire Kings to swarm before building up their most destructive plays by constantly recycling Fire King High Avatar Garunix and Sacred Phoenix of the Nephthys. Most of them also have compatibility with important Fire support. For Yaksha, this includes Flamvell Counter, Flamvell Firedog, Rekindling, Coach Soldier Wolfbark, and Fire Formation - Tenki.

Yaksha, of course, has the general Fire King Avatar effect I just described. The second effect is important as it plays off it. All Fire Kings have effects that are tripped when they are destroyed, and Yaksha is flexible; not only can he not miss the timing, he allows you to decide whether you want to destroy a card on your field. Most importantly, you have the decision to destroy a card in your hand, and all Fire Kings have a secondary effect that is activated wherever they get destroyed. The most popular play is to use Fire King Avatar Barong to get Fire King High Avatar Garunix to the hand; use Yaksha to destroy Garunix to constantly destroy monsters.
 
Fire Kings are not the only monsters to get effects when destroyed in the hand. Sacred Phoenix of the Nephthys is a Fire Winged-Beast with effects similar to Fire Kings, and thus is always used alongside them. Other Decks not related to Fire Fists can use Yaksha to activate similar effects, such as Decks with Necro Fleur and Yubel. There is also Earthbound Immortal Ccarayhua, but it's usually not worth your time when you have the Garunix/Phoenix cycle going. Yaksha is significant in this manner as there is no other card that lets you actually destroy your own hand. Any card that gets an effect when destroyed in hand will also get it if destroyed on field, so Yaksha's ability to do both is flexible. Granted, you can do some combos with Traps that activate effects only if destroyed, but Yaksha isn't worth it to just combo with those Traps.

Other significant cards that will get effects if Yaksha destroys them in hand:
All Maldoche monsters
Archfiend Empress
Babycerasaurus
Box of Friends
Brushfire Knight
Doomsday Horror
Geartown
Fencing Fire Ferret
Hazy Flame Cerebus
Kaiser Glider
Light and Darkness Dragon
Water Dragon

Trad: 3/5 (there are more groundbreaking things but it might work)
Adv: 4.5/5
Aesthetics: 4/5 There is an isolated volcano in the southern seas that the cryptids known as Fire Kings protect as their sanctuary. They are born from the volcano, and cloak themselves in flames to disintegrate any that threaten their safety. Afterwards, they emerge from the fires, reincarnated with a new body. These abilities were displayed when the Atlanteans warred upon the volcano, and when the Fire Kings held them off, the Atlanteans appealed to the Mermails for reinforcements. The yaksha is a kind of Indian fairy, in Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. They are the guardians of natural treasures in the trees and mountains. Although ordinarily peaceful, there is a kind of yaksha that is rather violent, which are formed by a vengeful spirit known as a bhoot. You know, when I first saw Yaksha's art, I always thought it looked like a man tilting a wide-brimmed hat and twirling a flaming staff, but with a closer look, it's a witch doctor that looks like he has the Monkey King's weapon and he's doing some karate kick. There's also another yaksha monster, a Water Fairy Spirit, named Yaksha.

Philosophy Corner: A good friend of mine just got her very first boyfriend, and a lot of us [her friends] are all giddy because we all "saw it coming." When one of my girl friends becomes somebody's girlfriend, I think the people that get excited most of all are her friends, rather than herself. Cheers to you, sister.
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