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

Top 10 Cosmo Blazer Cards:

#1: Diamond Dire Wolf
- #CBLZ-EN051 

2 Level 4 monsters Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card to target 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast-Type monster you control and 1 other card on the field; destroy them.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.83
Advanced: 4.25 

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


Date Reviewed - Feb. 8, 2013

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Dark

Paladin
Friday
 
Is Diamond Dire Wolf the BEST card out of Cosmo Blazer?  Perhaps, it's certainly the best card for an Archtype, that being Fire Fist.  We have a Rank 4 XYZ Monster, XYZ Summoned with two Level 4 Monsters.  This is an Earth Monster, who is sort of weak, with only 2000 attack and 1200 defense.  You can, once per turn, detach an XYZ Material from Diamond Dire Wolf to target a Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged-Beast Monster and destroy it, along with one other card on the Field.
 
Fire Fist works very fast, in bringing out not only other Fire Fist Monsters, but Fire Formation Magic and Trap cards too.  Destroying Fire Fist Monsters via this ability does help add to the power of the Deck, making the Deck go even faster, at least in my own opinion.  This isn't just for Fire Fist, I'd say Harpie, and any other Deck you can put together to utilize playing any of the three Beast types of Monsters.  I just wish he had more attack.
 
Ratings:

Traditional:  3.25/5 
Advanced:   4.25/5 
Art:  5/5

John Rocha

Number one on our list for great cards from Cosmo Blazer is Diamond Dire Wolf. Wolf has the Scrap Dragon ability to destroy one of your Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast-Type monsters and any card your opponent controls. That includes destroying itself, so in a pinch you could sacrifice Wolf to get rid of your opponent’s big bad threat.

Diamond Dire Wolf combo’s well in a number of decks like Scraps, Gusto, Fire Fist, Beast, Wind-Up, and Fire King. It is the last two deck types that I find a better fit for Diamond Dire Wolf. With Wind-Up’s, we have the ability to summon level 4 monsters like mad with Wind-Up Magician and Shark. With Wind-Up Rabbit, you have a target for Wolf on every turn. The key to Dire Wolf is in the last line; “Destroy them”. Since it does not say “Destroy those targets”, it does not have to destroy Rabbit to destroy your opponent’s card, so you can chain Rabbit and remove it to use it again next turn.

In a Fire King deck, you can destroy Fire King High Avatar Garunix and get Garunix’s field clearing effect on your next turn. Fire Kings also like to rise up from the ashes and do a lot of special summoning. You could even try Flame Tiger in your deck so each turn, instead of drawing, you can special summon Flame Tiger and use it for Dire Wolf’s effect.

In a Fire Fist deck, a good target is Brotherhood of the Fire Fist – Raven. When you pop this card with Diamond Dire Wolf, you get Raven’s effect to set a Fire Formation card. If you set Fire Formation – Tenki, you can activate it and get another Raven to do it all again next turn. If you use a card like Safe Zone to protect Dire Wolf, you can keep it on the field longer as 2000 attack is not going to stop many attacks.

We haven’t even mentioned the other decks, like Beast decks using Green Baboon. With Two Baboons, you can create an endless supply of Beasts to use with Diamond Dire Wolf. The Cosmo Blazer block is all about Beasts and Fire, so playing Diamond Dire Wolf in the extra deck is a no brainer. It just gives you more options.

Traditional: 2/5
Advanced: 4/5


Obskera

We conclude our Cosmo Blazer top 10 countdown with: Diamond Dire Wolf

“2 Level 4 monsters
Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card to target 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast-Type monster you control and 1 other card on the field; destroy them.”

This card is one I initially ignored until my friend who owns the shop I play at pointed out that he functions in a very similar fashion as scrap dragon. So, with that in mind I tested him. He earned a permanent spot in my extra deck.

He is the new extra deck staple. It is much easier to bring him out than scrap dragon, and for most decks he has a similar effect. He works in almost anything and has no specific requirements for materials. That kind of spot removal even at a potential -2 (You take a -1 to make him, then a -1 by destroying himself if you don’t have another target) is the kind of option you should keep shelved for a rainy day. It can get you out of a pickle. Aside from that I am honestly at a loss for what to say about him, he is just too good.

Overall: Play him if you have him.

Advanced: 5/5
Traditional: 5/5


momiwant
cake

Welcome to the review one of my favorite cards from Cosmo Blazer. It is such an amazing card that I didn’t even realize it was in this set. I completely looked over this card and saw it as a useless -1 in terms of card advantage. I’m happy to tell you that this card is much better than it may look!!

Diamond Dire Wolf

Attribute: Earth
Types: Beast/Xyz/Effect
2 level 4 monsters
Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card to target 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast-Type monster you control and 1 other card on the field; destroy them.
ATK/2000 DEF/1200
Okay now you might be wondering why this card made it to #1 on this list. There are really a couple of reasons as to why this monster is such good card.

Reason #1
This monster can be made using any two level 4 monsters. This makes it very versatile so that it can be used in many different decks. It probably isn’t a staple rank 4 Xyz monster like Utopia or Maestroke, but it’s still nice to use in some decks.

Reason #2
This dog can be used to gain card advantage when used with some decks such as Crystal Beasts, T. G., Heraldic Beasts, and Fire Kings. It can be used effectively in each of these decks. You can also use this wolf in decks like Scraps, Blackwings, and even Harpie decks. I’m not suggesting that this card should be used in all of these decks but it still is a nice option to include in your extra deck if you have space for it.

Advanced: 4.5/5
- The only thing I don’t like about this card is that it only has 2000 attack and 1200 defense. That seems to be the only downside to it. If it had higher stats I would give this monster a perfect score. It is a very good card that should be used in decks that can use it to its full potential.

Traditional: 2.5/5
-I’m not sure how this card would do in the traditional format. This card can be a quick was to destroy other cards, but I don’t think it is that great here.

Art: 3.5/5
-This monster looks cool but the art doesn’t look amazing to me. I think this card could have looked amazing but this wolf’s paws and the diamond spikes coming off of it just don’t look very cool. This art does remind me a bit of Judgment Dragon’s art which is still a good thing.


DKMagician
Girl

Today's Card of the Day Review happens to be the #1 card on the Pojo's Top 10 Cosmo Blazer cards of the set, which happens to be Diamond Dire Wolf, the Rank 4 Xyz Secret Rare.

While I did miss out on submitting my list for the Top 10 Cosmo Blazer cards, I can't help but to feel that this card is simply overrated and not as deserving of this spot as other cards. Don't get me wrong, it is indeed a good card while, in some cases, can easily be a great card. I just don't see the card being as much of a staple as other generic Rank 4 options out there.

You are wondering why I have this opinion. Just read further and I will explain as best I can. First of all, let's see this card effect.

"Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card to target 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast-Type monster you control and 1 other card on the field; destroy them."

It's a pretty simple effect that mirrors an older former staple card that has received a recent reprint a few months ago: Scrap Dragon.

Fortunately, these 2 cards are different enough that it is best not to compare them.

First of all, despite what the text may hint at, this is a generic Rank 4 Xyz. Simply overlay 2 Level 4 monsters to bring this wolf out to play. Its effect shows that you can detach 1 Xyz Material to target any card with "Beast" in its Type and destroy both that card and one other card on the field.

This card is obviously good for any decks that focus on these types. This card can make an old former tournament staple come back to the field, namely yours truly, Green Baboon, Defender of the Forest, thanks to its effect so it is a great boost to any Beast decks out there. One example is Nordics. It is also a solid weapon to problem cards like Dimensional Fissure and Macro Cosmos for decks such as Blackwings and, in the near future, Harpies. Lastly, this can be of benefit to decks such as Koa'ki Meiru (due to Urnight and Crusader) and Fire Fists. Any decks that can generate +1s out of no where would no doubt love Diamond Dire Wolf.

This is why it is seeing play even in Rescue Rabbit based builds.

Secondly, you can simply target itself and one card on the field and dispatch it, giving you a one-shot dagger to any issues on the field or you simply need to clear out a threat before going for game.

Unfortunately, while it is technically easier to drop this, it does come with weaknesses. Most notably, its ATK. This card only packs 2000 ATK, making it Cyber Dragon food if left unprotected. However, this can be covered due to the Trap Card, Horn of the Phantom Beast, making it 2800 ATK and giving you a free draw per monster destroyed via battle, making it a far more dire threat.

Lastly, the main reason why I feel this card is merely a cop-out is that, while I love the flexibility of this card, I can't help but to feel that, if you are dropping this card to get rid of a certain card multiple times, you need to focus more Side Deck hate to it. Diamond Dire Wolf is supposed to be your 1 Extra Deck option to deal with cards that you can't game play for. If you are forced to drop this against a card that is clearly too much of a threat to deal with, it needs to be accounted for via your Side Deck. Just keep this in mind as you play test.

Diamond Dire Wolf is your emergency or insurance card, not your 16th Side Deck card. Keep that in mind.

All-in-all, while I wouldn't put this card as the top card of the set, it is definitely a very good card that will be fighting for Extra Deck space as we continue to get more good Rank 4 Xyz. If you have one, it is recommended to pack it as you don't know when destroying that one card will give you a victory.

Advanced Format: 4/5 (While overrated to some degree, it does deserve its $30 price tag. To much decks, it is a one-of staple.)
Traditional Format: 2/5 (Too many quicker and more devastating ways to deal with problem cards to make room for this.)

Leo
Kearon
Diamond Dire Wolf
Earth/ Beast/Xyz/Effect/Rank 4/2000/1200
2 Level 4 monsters
Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card to target 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast-Type monster you control and 1 other card on the field; destroy them.
 
And the number 1 card from Cosmo Blazer is Diamond Dire Wolf! Diamond Dire Wolf wants to be the new Scrap Dragon with a similar effect. However unlike Scrap Dragon, Diamond Dire Wolf has 800 less ATK, and crucially his effect has a cost and condition. The cost isn’t big it’s the usual “detach 1 Xyz Material” cost that most Xyz monsters have. However the condition is the kicker you have to destroy 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast-Type monster you control, unlike Scrap Dragon which allowed you to target any card you control, luckily like Scrap Dragon Diamond Dire Wolf can target himself if needed. So he isn’t as splashable as Scrap Dragon, but still powerful in the right deck. Sadly  his biggest let-down is his stats, they just are high enough so this guy is easily vunerable to a counter attack.
 
Overall a solid card but could have been a better beast if he can a bit more bite.
 
Traditional: 2/5
Advanced: 3.5/5

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