Pendulum Effect Unless you have a "Performapal" card in your other Pendulum Zone, this card's Pendulum Scale becomes 4. During your Main Phase, if this card was activated this turn: You can add 1 Level 4 or lower "Performapal" monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Performapal Monkeyboard" once per turn.
Monster Effect You can discard this card; reveal 1 "Performapal" or "Odd-Eyes" monster in your hand, and if you do, reduce the Levels of monsters in your hand with that name by 1 for the rest of this turn (even after they are Summoned/Set).
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3 is Average.
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Date Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2016
There is nothing more true in
the game of Yu-Gi-Oh than cards that let you plus by
searching the deck. It’s the way the game is played.
But when pendulum monsters made their grand debut,
the importance of such cards was amplified. This is
why Performapal Monkeyboard comes in at #8 on our
Top 10 list. Appearing at #5 on my personal list and
the #2 monster, the only reason he wasn’t higher was
because of the absolute and absurd dominance of the
cards above him.
What makes Monkeyboard a stupid
card isn’t what he does, it’s what he can facilitate
after he’s apparently spent. With a scale of 1,
there’s almost nothing he can’t pendulum summon, and
coupled with his good buddies Guitartle and
Skullcrobat (released in late 2015 so he won’t make
this list), the plusses that accompanied
Performapals and their various hybrids were nearly
unprecedented. This is why he was banned, and why it
might be a while until he can come back.
However, there’s still hope.
Power creep always makes older cards irrelevant, no
matter how long it takes, and considering the OCG is
about to get its first pendulum monsters with scales
of 0 and 13, I’d say even Monkeyboard could be
lackluster enough one day to come back and play a
little tune for us all.
Future Potential: 3.5/5
Hello Pojo Fans,
Performapal Monkeyboard is our #8 card of 2016, and
the only one on the list to be Forbidden.
Very searchable and with plenty of support behind
it, Monkeyboard has a lot going for it. Run it with
Performapals to make sure its scale stays 1,
otherwise it will become 4. Monkeyboard is a whole
Pendulum Scale regardless of if you have a
Performapal or not. Search any Level 4 or lower
Performapal to complete the scale and you didn't
even need to use a Normal Summon. If you bounce
Monkeyboard back you can use the effect again,
netting another resource.
Its effect as a monster isn't too useful. Needing a
Performapal or Odd-Eyes as well as going -1 just to
drop the level of a monster by 1 for the rest of the
turn isn't worth the summon of Monkeyboard,
especially it being a Level 6 (Pendulum Summon or
Giant Rat help with this).
That search ability and completing of a scale by
itself needed to be dealt with. Drawing a copy of
this card late in a game would mean certain defeat
for the opponent if the player could complete the
scale with Monkeyboard and had some Pendulum
Monsters in their Extra Deck.
#8 - Performapal Monkeyboard. So much text.
A Level 6, Earth Monster, who is a Level 1 on the
Pendulum scale (sometimes) and a Beast, with only
1000 attack but 2400 defense. So first off,
his Pendulum scale becomes 4 (instead of the
original 1) so long as you don't have another
Performapal in the Pendulum Zone. If activated
this turn, you can add a Level 4 or lower
Performapal from your Deck to your Hand. For a
Monster Effect, you can discard this card and then
reveal a Performapal or Odd Eyes Monster in your
Hand, and if you did, the Levels of that Monster(s)
is/are reduced by 1 for the turn. As is said
often around here, this card isn't great on it's
own, it's a big combo card for the Deck, and it does
three things well, as stated above. It's not
at all a bad card, but I don't see it as good as
most things on our list.
We continue our Top 10 of 2016 Countdown with the
only card from this year to be Forbidden; #8 is
Position on my list: #6
I heavily debated whether I wanted to put
Monkeyboard or Pendulum Sorcerer on the list; I
ultimately decided that both had an equal impact on
Pendulum Decks, but Monkeyboard was overall the
stronger card. Whereas Pendulum Sorcerer helps you
accelerate after setting up, Monkeyboard helps you
get set up in the first place.
I have grown to love the Pendulum mechanic, in spite
how much hate it gets. And I love the Performapals,
especially Monkeyboard. But man this card was too
good. One card Scales should not be encouraged,
since a single topdecked Monkeyboard can get you out
of a bad situation and right back into the game. It
wouldn’t be as bad if Monkeyboard was part of an
archetype like Qliphort, where most of the monsters
outside of Scout itself are rather subpar. But
Monkeyboard is part of the Performapals, which went
from being a laughingstock to being one of the most
brutal Pendulum engines to ever exist in the blink
of an eye. The sheer search power and consistency of
the engine is really what pushed Monkeyboard over
the edge, and ultimately what caused his demise.
RIP Diddy Kong: always nerfed. And yet, you’re still
the best character in Smash 4 (in my and many
others’ opinions at least).
Rating: Banned (5/5 when legal)
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