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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh! Card of the Day
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 Number 102: Star Seraph Sentry
- #JOTL-EN053 

Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; halve its ATK, also, negate its effects. If this face-up card on the field would be destroyed, you can detach all of its Xyz Materials instead. If you do, any battle damage you take this turn is halved.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.17
Advanced: 3.50 

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


Date Reviewed - Nov. 13, 2013

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Dark

Paladin

Wednesday
 
Today we look at Number 102:  Star Seraph Sentry.  In Greek and Hebrew, the word "Seraph" means a celestial or holy being.  So appropriately we have a Rank 4 XYZ Monster, who is a Fairy, of the Light attribute, with 2500 attack and 2000 defense.  S3 (as I'll refer to him for the rest of the review) needs three Level 4 Monsters to be XYZ Summoned, which immediately makes you compare him to other Rank 4s that require three XYZ Material.  Light and Fairy are both excellent, and well supported, starting with Honest.  S3 has a couple of effects, both of which I think are rather good.  First, once per turn, you can detach an XYZ Material from this card to select a face-up Monster your opponent controls and halve its attack.  Furthermore, its effects are negated.  That makes the 2500 attack look a whole lot better, doesn't it?  Also, if this card were to be destroyed while face-up (no specification as to by how ie card effect or Battle) you can detach all XYZ Material attached instead.  Also note it doesn't say THREE, just all, so it doesn't matter if you've all ready used the other effect once or twice, so long as you have a Material to discard.  If you use this effect, any Battle Damage you take this turn is halved.  I like this card a lot, 2500 attack is solid, it can take out cards bigger than itself, and even protect itself, if only once.  If you're all right with the three resources to summon it, make room in the Extra Deck.
 
Ratings:

Traditional:  3.5/5 
Advanced:   4.5/5 
Art:  5/5

Leo
Kearon

Number 102: Star Seraph Sentry
LIGHT/Fairy/Xyz/Effect/Rank 4/2500/2000
3 Level 4 LIGHT monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; halve its ATK, also, negate its effects. If this face-up card on the field would be destroyed, you can detach all of its Xyz Materials instead. If you do, any battle damage you take this turn is halved.

Hurray time for another Anime Archetype, the Star Seraphs are the main cards of Durbe and since (at time of writing) he has only 1 duel, the Star Seraphs have a whopping 4 cards and this is their big gun.

Statwise Number 102 is fairly good, a LIGHT/Fairy so there is plenty of support there and having 2500 ATK and 2000 DEF is also very good for a Rank 4. What does let it down is the fact it requires 3 LIGHT Monsters, 3 monster Xyz monsters aren’t the easiest things to support normally but adding an extra restriction doesn’t help this card’s playability.
 
Effectwise it has two effects both with two parts, the first one has not only a Shrink-like effect but it also negates the effect of the monster as well and this from just 1 Xyz Material is very good, plus there isn’t a restriction on when it wears off.

The second effect allows you to protect it from destruction if you give up all Xyz material on it and then all Battle Damage is reduced by half for that turn.   On one hand destruction protection and damage reduction is very good, but there are two problems, firstly it does require you to give up all the material on this card which isn’t exactly a great thing, nor is the fact that the destruction protection is an one-off so they opponent could try to destroy this card again later in the turn.

Overall an interesting card, both effects having two parts is very good and the first effect is very good value. The second effect isn’t as good. Still it is hard to see many decks playing this given the summoning restrictions needed.
 
Traditional: 2/5
Advanced:  3/5


Fungal
Paranoia

Number 102: Star Seraph Sentry

Howdy there, todays card is another XYZ, but like most XYZ there are far more that just fall short of useful then the rest. This is a prime example of one, 3 materials has not become fast enough yet and cannot properly be used in the current scene. The effect is great, actually amazing if used properly it is too bad it cannot be used on the opponents turn if I am correct. I wished the Seraph got more support, but it seems like one of the fodders for the set.

Traditional: 1/5 (Sadly too slow and not enough resources here)
Advanced: 3/5 (No deck really spams 4 Star Lights except maybe lightsworn, but there are better XYZ at the moment, awesome effect though)

Art: 4/5 Nice art, wish it was a super though I bet the wings with a gloss would make it look cooler.


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