Once per turn: You can excavate the top card of your Deck, and if it is a Plant-Type monster, send it to the Graveyard, and if you do, draw 1 card. Otherwise, place it on the bottom of your Deck. If this card is excavated from the Deck and sent to the Graveyard by a card effect: Look at up to 3 cards from the top of your Deck, then place them on the top of the Deck in any order.
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1 being the worst.
3 is average.
5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - Jan. 24, 2014
Sylvan Hermitree is the newest card of the week,
opening a new Archtype up, and featuring prominently
the term Excavating...for the record, to excavate,
in the simplest and plainest of terms, means to pick
up. Now, excavating is just that, except this is
Yugioh, so it's not JUST that. It does let you pick
up a card (or cards) and reveal it (or them) to you
and your opponent. They are NOT Drawn cards, and
return back to the Deck exactly as they were.
Unless of course the card instructs otherwise, or
an effect happens, and so on. As for this card,
it's Level 8, Fire attributed (which makes no sense
as Fire burns Plants in my experience) with 2700
attack (not bad) and 1800 defense (also not awful).
Now, this guy does some good things. Once a turn,
you can excavate the top card of your Deck, and send
it to the Graveyard, to Draw one card...so long as
said card was a Plant. That adds speed and gives
you Plants in the Graveyard to use for other
things...Plants like that. If not, the card is
placed on the bottom of your Deck. Furthermore, if
this card is excavated from the Deck and sent to the
Graveyard by a card effect, look at up to three
cards from the top of your Deck and return them in
the order your please. Honestly, as trigger
dependent as that is, the Deck can make it work, as
can other things. It may not seem like a big deal,
but it could end up being one. Hard to judge this
card, and this Deck, I don't see it being Tier 1,
but it should be fun for a while. We'll see too
what (if anything) the next Ban has to say about
Art: 4.5/5 He looks very sad
We get more support for Noble Knights in today’s
card, Noble Knight Peredur. What Peredur gives you
is another Knight that becomes a level 5 Dark
monster. The other two are Noble Knight Madraut and
Borz. This is important for the summoning of
Artorigus King of the Noble Knight and sacred Noble
Knight of King Artorigus. It is also important for
the special summoning of Lady of the Lake from the
graveyard to Synchro summon Ignoble Knight of High
The effect of Noble Knight Peredur is quite nice as
well. With 1900 in attack, Peredur can hold its own
with any level 4 monster. When you boost its attack
with Noble Arms Gallatin, you have a strong 2900 in
attack. If your opponent sends Peredur to the grave
or you Synchro summon with it, you get one of your
Noble Arms cards back from the graveyard.
Noble Knight Peredur does what the Noble theme is
geared to do and that is offset the disadvantage
that comes with playing equip cards. That
disadvantage is that they are normally a minus one
advantage when the monster is destroyed. The Noble
Arms cards and Peredur all work to nullify that
disadvantage. Noble Knight Peredur will soon become
a staple in Noble Knight Decks. My ratings on this
card reflect Noble Knight’s impact to the Meta.
Howdy there today's card is Sylvan Hermitree, the
new Archetype of Legacy of the Valiant and the big
monster of the set, he is like the Deku Tree of
Plants in Yugioh, draw power as well as adds
consistency to the deck if "excavated" which I enjoy
them adding a new wording or else Lightsworn/Plants
would be a 60 card deck that could ftk
Traditional: 2/5 (Needs more support)
Advanced: 3/5 (Once more support comes this deck is
going to be A LOT of fun)
Art: 5.5/5 He looks so cool, I could only imagine
him coming out on the show and little Sylvan
monsters hanging from him, and randomly Link is
Hello, my little saplings! Glad to see
you've made it to Friday, and I say saplings for a
reason, because today we're reviewing a tree
monster. For those who don't already know, the
new term “excavate” in YGO means to reveal a card
from the top of the deck.
To be clear, this card only belongs in a Sylvan
deck. It both fuels the engine and is fueled by it.
Without the engine of you constantly excavating
cards, this card is useless on it's own. At level 8,
it's quite hard to summon, but cards like Miracle
Fertilizer support plants, it's far from impossible
to bring out. Though can still be a pain, the silver
mountain can help you discard it. It's first
effect on-field can net you some card advantage,
help activate the other trees and gives you
graveyard power. The second effect lets you stack
the deck in your favor, which can trigger the other
If you haven't looked at the other Sylvan cards,
it's quite easy to conclude that this card is bad,
but it's well supported by numerous cards and is
overall the glue that holds much of the Sylvan deck
together. Even if it doesn't reach the heights of
flagship monsters like Judgment Dragon, Hermitree
still helps the theme noticeably.
Traditional: 2/5 (Mediocre) – Trad doesn't like
saplings very much :(
Advanced: 4/5 (Very Good) – in
context of the deck type
The forest is a lonely place. You'll get lost and
probably meat trees with creepy faces, see plants
that look tasty but have faces so you can't eat them
and you'll be sad. Sad, my guppies.
Sylvian Hermitree lets Sylvan do Sylvan things.
That is, excavate, dump monsters and then do normal
What? You want more? Fine. He gives you +1s if
you Excavate him and then lets you stack the next
three cards you draw. That alone is pretty good, and
in addition to the usual Sylvan checking, is quite a
benefit. Now most boss monsters these days summon
themselves, so how can this guy that doesn't
compete? Well, that's where the field spell comes
in, which allows you then Excavate stuff.
Furthermore, it's a plant so stuff like Miracle
Fertilizer, Melia and Lonefire Blossom lets Special
Summoning easy as pie. Most of the Sylvan plays
requires this guy doing the grunt work, so as of
this writing, you should be main decking 2 or 3 of
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