Today's Card of the Day Double-Header will now
take up to #4 of the Top 10 list, and the card that
takes that spot is Harpie Channeler, which is a huge
addition for any old-school Harpie players (and a
Tribute to Mai as well) still out there somewhere.
Here is the effect for anyone who doesn't know
what this 1400 ATK/1300 DEF Winged Beast does.
"You can discard 1 "Harpie" card; Special Summon
1 "Harpie" monster from your Deck in face-up Defense
Position, except "Harpie Channeler". You can only
use this effect of "Harpie Channeler" once per turn.
While you control a Dragon-Type monster, this card's
Level becomes 7. This card's name becomes "Harpie
Lady" while it is on the field or in the Graveyard."
Needless to say, it does quite a bit. It is
basically a themed Summoner Monk for Harpies with
some neat bonuses along with it. For starters,
Channeler lets you to turbo out Rank 4 Xyz like
Gagaga Cowboy, Maestroke, Number 50: Blackship of
Corn, Lightning Chidori, and Ice Beast Zerofyne in
one turn. Unfortunately, you have to discard a
Harpie card but I'm sure that is not terribly
difficult to do.
However, it gets better. If you have a
Dragon-Type monster, Harpie Channeler becomes Level
7. So what does that mean? Let's not forget Mai's
old boss monster, Harpie's Pet Dragon, who is a
Level 7 Dragon and a Harpie monster all in one so
this card can also turbo out Rank 7 Xyz monsters as
well. Also, Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storm is a
Level 7 Dragon so that can also help in making
Channeler becoming a Level 7 as well.
Now, the overall discussion stop there but why
should it be? There is one other thing most people
didn't consider about this card: It doesn't have any
Extra Deck restrictions, which means you can use
Channeler as a Synchro Material. So if you Special
Summon Channeler like with the effect of Flying
Kamakiri #1, and then use her effect to Special
Summon Harpie's Pet Dragon, then you can drop a
Tuner like Effect Veiler and Synchro with Harpie
Channeler to make a Level 8 Synchro like Stardust
You get the idea.
Overall, this card is a huge boost to Harpie
decks and makes it more solid overall as a deck. I'm
sure Mai appreciates the modest boost in power as
well as her loyal Harpie fans.
Traditional Format: 2/5 (If you want to play
Harpies there, I guess this will help out there but
I wonder how good (or how needed) it is over there.)
Advanced Format: 3/5 (This card is pretty cool when
you think about it. It does make Harpies able to
compete to some degree and, with some outside help,
could actually make a difference if the format ever
slows down. If you are bored and want to toy with
something for fun that isn't complete junk, this is
not a bad way to spend some of that time.)