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Pulling the Rug
- #STON-EN060

Negate the activation and effect of an Effect Monster whose effect activated when a monster was Normal Summoned (even itself), and destroy that Effect Monster.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.75
Advanced: 2.70

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 is Horrible. 3 is Average. 5 is the highest rating.


Date Reviewed:
Nov. 13, 2014

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Baneful

A blast from the past last reviewed by Pojo in 07. Back then it was used to handle Gadgets, Monarchs and sometimes Breaker the Magical Warrior. It was far from a staple, but it was quality tech. That describes it well today. Since then, though, it has been largely neglected but its made somewhat of a comeback recently since Satellarknights, Shaddolls and Burning Abyss (all tier 1) have monsters with effects that could trigger this trap.

It doesn't work on Special Summons and it doesn't work on ignition or continuous effects. This makes it difficult to main. On the flip-side, it's a Counter Trap so its immune to Trap Stun and other things that could be chained. Compared to other effect negation it kills the monster instantly. So Deneb can't be alive as Stellarnova Alpha fodder, Mathematician won't plus and the monster in general isn't able to be XYZ'd or Synchro'd.
It's a really focused kind of negation/removal. I'd still say Effect Veiler, Breakthrough Skill and Fiendish Chain are overall better due to their sheer versatility, but Pulling the Rug is still a good side deck choice depending on the meta. Yes, it's a card that will rise and fall as formats change, but it's still a worthy addition to your collection.

Traditional - 1
Advanced - 3


Robbie
"Mkohl40"
Kohl
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Pulling the Rug

Back in previous formats this was a power house for siding against monarchs and gadgets. Currently this card has rotated out of favor for more powerful cards. Trigger effects on normal summon have also fallen out of favor.

Advanced 2/5
Traditional 1/5

T-REX

Pulling the Rug

 

I remember this card in the days back when Gadgets were BIG and this was actually a really good card against them. But then Normal Summoning was far more important that it is now.

That said, Normal Summons are what really gets some Decks ticking, and disrupting them can change the outcome of entire games.

 

While it is only useful against effects that activate when a monster is Normal Summoned, this is incredibly useful against Satellarknight’s, Monarchs the aforementioned Gadgents and of course Tour Guide From the Underworld. Also cards thought about to a lesser degree such as Junk Synchron, Deep Sea Diva or Breaker the Magical Warrior fall to this card as well.

 

This cards real power exists not only with the fact that it’s costless to activate, but that it is also a Counter Trap card, sadly it’s biggest weakness is that it can only be activated during a specific time, and is thus not Chainable.

 

Still, it’s an extremely valid Side Deck card, primarily for use against Burning Abyss and Satellarknights, and if able to be used against those Decks early game it can prevent them from getting a start.

 

Traditional: 1.25. If you go first and your opponent needs a successful Normal Summon to get going this could be useful… Truly though, I would be avoiding it here.

 

Advanced: 3. Situational and a bad top deck as well as only truly useful against a few Decks. Still, worthy of being used in the Side Deck as an additional “Hate” card, and may be able to really slow an opponent down from beginning otherwise explosive plays. 

Leo
Kearon

Pulling the RugCounter Trap

It’s twofer Thursday and one of the cards isn’t a card from The New Challengers, instead it was released in Strike of Neos way back in 2007.
 
Back in 2007 no-one cared about Pulling the Rug, however as with other old cards it is starting to see a bit of a boost thanks to recent decks. Pulling the Rug effect is simple it negates the activation and effect of any Effect Monster whose effect activates when any monster is Normal Summoned and then destroys said monster.
 
This effect didn’t mean much back in 2007 when everyone was fusion summoning Cyber Dragons and Elemental Heroes but with decks like Monarchs, Tellarknights, Gadgets, etc; Normal Summoning has become more popular. Of course this isn’t useful against other decks like Lightsworn or Shaddolls, so this is clearly a Side Deck Card and a solid one at that.
 
Overall a solid Side deck card against the likes of Monarchs and Tellarknights, especially if you use it on a mandatory effect.

Traditional: 2/5
Advanced: 3/5


Electric
Soldier

Hello, Pojoers, and I deeply apologize I haven't been as active as I would liked to have been. But here, we have a card that has seen a resurgence of play, and for good reason.  

"Negate the activation and effect of an Effect Monster whose effect activated when a monster was Normal Summoned (even itself), and destroy that Effect Monster." 

Looking at the card, it has a lot going for it. Counter Trap means the opponent would have to activate Trap Stun preemptively. Wiretap and the likes are the only ways to negate this. 

It is a really fantastic card currently, hitting quite a few of the cards relevant these days. These are, but are not limited to: every Satellarknight Monster, Mathematician, Tour Guide from the Underworld, Qliphort Disk, and every Monarch. Although its main use will be negating Monsters like this, it does negate any Monster effect activated on a normal summon, not just the Monster's. This isn't going to come up often though, but King Tiger Wanghu comes to mind, so use that as a reference point. 

Overall, a phenomenal card, but most definitely relegated to the sideboard.

Advanced:3.5/5
Trad:2.5/5


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