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Rescue Rabbit
#PHSW-EN037 

This card cannot be Special Summoned from the Deck. You can banish this face-up card you control; Special Summon 2 Level 4 or lower Normal Monsters with the same name from your Deck. Destroy them during the End Phase. The effect of "Rescue Rabbit" can only be activated once per turn.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 3.67
Advanced: 4.33 

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


Date Reviewed - September 3, 2013

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Dark

Paladin

 
Secondly, we look at Rescue Rabbit, who still has a LOT going for it, by itself, and in combo with other Rescue (and other) cards. Rescue Rabbit is a Level 4, Earth attribute, Beast type Monster, with 300 attack and 100 defense, all of which is mostly irrelevant. This was done to help prevent and hinder certain OTK/FTK possibilities out there.  This has some swarm capability, has some OTK/FTK possibilities, (albeit more in a Traditional Format, but hindered a bit by not being able to be Special Summoned from the Deck.) can assist in XYZ and Synchro Summoning (and yes I'm aware this only pulls two Normal Monsters), but we have many a possibility here. You need a Deck constructed for Rescue Rabbit, to fully utilize this, yet ironically not necessarily around said Rabbit. I like it, and it's cute.  
 
Ratings:

Traditional:  3/5
Advanced:    4/5
Art:  5/5
Leo
Kearon
Rescue Rabbit
EARTH/Beast/Effect/Level 4/300/100
Cannot be Special Summoned from the Deck. You can banish this face-up card you control; Special Summon 2 Level 4 or lower Normal Monsters with the same name from your Deck. Destroy them during the End Phase. You can only use the effect of "Rescue Rabbit" once per turn.

September 2013 Status:  Limited from Semi-limited

Why do Konami bother making cute beasts with Rescue in their name, since they all seem to appear on the banned list not too long after they are released. Rescue Rabbit was probably designed by Konami to give Normal Monsters some more support, but it soon became infamous as probably one of the easiest way to create a Rank 4 Xyz monster that requires two materials. It didn’t matter if they had conditions on the materials as long as it only needed two, Rescue Rabbit could some it.

There isn’t much else to say about this card that we already know/hate about it. Forcing people to only have 1 is pretty much the final nail in the coffin for Dino-Rabbit decks. Still someone will probably find so use for this.
Overall still a powerful card but only allowed 1 means it isn’t as playable as it once was.

Traditional: 4/5
Advanced:  4/5

Rikothe
FoxKid

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We continue our Limited Cards week with a card that has gained quite a lot of infamy since its release. Today’s card is Rescue Rabbit:
 
Level 4
EARTH
Beast / Effect
300 ATK / 100 DEF
Cannot be Special Summoned from the Deck. You can banish this face-up card you control; Special Summon 2 Level 4 or lower Normal Monsters with the same name from your Deck. Destroy them during the End Phase. You can only use the effect of “Rescue Rabbit” once per turn.
 
This furry little critter was, quite obviously, intended to be a balanced alternative to the Forbidden Rescue Cat. Well, it certainly didn’t turn out that way; this card has had a history of abuse.
 
The first instance in which the poor bunny got abused was in the very infamous Dino Rabbit Deck. Combined with Sabersaurus or Kabazauls, Rescue Rabbit made turn 1 Evolzar Laggias and Dolkkas horrendously easy. What made it worse was that since Rabbit banishes itself to use its effect, you could use Tour Guide From the Underworld to make Leviair the Sea Dragon, bring Rabbit back, and use it again. This Deck could easily shut down any play the opponent made, since Laggia was a walking Solemn Judgment and Dolkka covered what Laggia couldn’t. The Deck dominated the latter half of September 2011 and the majority of March 2012 (only falling off towards the end when Chaos Dragon became a thing), and even after having both Rabbit and Tour Guide Semi-Limited, remained relevant through the latter half of September 2012 and the early half of March 2013.
 
Rabbit has seen play in other Decks too. Early Fire Fist builds used Rabbit to summon either Gene-Warped Warwolf or Vorse Raider to make turn 1 Tiger Kings easier (the latter also made Deck Devastation Virus usable in the Deck). Some Fire Fist builds even teched in Sabersaurus over one of the Beast-Warriors in order to have access to Laggia. Evilswarm builds use it with Heliotrope to quickly summon Ophion. Even Noble Knights, which are supposed to get a lot more support in November, can use it to quickly get out Noble Knight Artorigus to make one of the many Rank 4 Warrior monsters.
 
In a slower format especially, Rabbit can create a lot of advantage quickly. It’s not the most broken card on the planet, but its power has definitely shown since its release late in 2011. I think it’s Limit was definitely justified.
 
Traditional: 4/5
Advanced: 5/5
 
Art: 5/5 (It’s an adorable little bunny. Too bad this bunny is quite the nuisance)
 
Tomorrow: Summon Big Eye, set 1, go.


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