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Master Pendulum, the Dracoslayer
- #BOSH-EN023

Pendulum Effect Once, while this card is in your Pendulum Zone: You can target 1 card in a Pendulum Zone; destroy it. Monster Effect "Luster Pendulum, the Dracoslayer" continues his journey to uncover the secrets of Dragon Alchemy, believing it is the key to dispelling his curse and restoring his memory. His power continues to grow... perhaps the same power used by the Dracofiends?

Card Rating
Advanced: 3.25 

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


Date Reviewed:
February 12, 2016

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Riko
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Master Pendulum, the Dracoslayer is a Level 4 Normal Pendulum Monster with 1950 ATK, which is incredibly solid (remember the days when 1900 ATK on a vanilla was a big deal?). In many ways, he seems like a major downgrade compared to Luster Pendulum, and he sort of is. But considering how powerful Luster Pendulum is (if the Adjusted List emergency Limiting him is any indicator), that’s not much of a surprise.
 
Fear not, however, since Master Pendulum still has a lot of utility that warrants his use. With the aforementioned Limit on Luster Pendulum, Master Pendulum is another Dracoslayer monster to search off of Draco Face-Off, a card which is now more important than ever in Pendulum Decks. Being Scale 3 gives you low scale options that weren’t available with Luster Pendulum. His ability to destroy any Scale isn’t as strong as Luster Pendulum’s in terms of advantage, but it has the upside of being able to destroy anything (regardless of other copies in the Deck), and can even disrupt the opponent.
 
Being a Normal Monster opens up some neat plays with Rescue Rabbit, Unexpected Dai, and Daigusto Emeral, and having 0 DEF lets you revive him with Masked Chameleon. But I think the best trait of Master Pendulum is that you can summon him with Ignister Prominence and not be restricted to using him in the summon of a Dracoslayer monster, which allows you to follow up an Ignister play with any Rank 4 monster instead of just Majester or Dinoster. The inability to Synchro Summon with him is moot since Master Pendulum isn’t a Tuner, and the only Tuners that Pendulum Decks commonly run are Masked Chameleon and Luster Pendulum himself, so it’s not likely that you’ll Synchro Summon with him anyway.
 
Master Pendulum is overall a solid card that doesn’t seem like much, but nevertheless has a lot of utility. If you’re utilizing the Dracoslayer engine, it’s smart to run at least 1 (probably best to play 2 now since we may have Luster Limited for a while).
 
Rating: 3.5/5


Baneful

It's a weaker version of Luster Pendulum for those who want a little more of that.  Unlike Luster, it doesn't search, nor is it a tuner, but it's a Draco monster and another name for Draco decks.  It can destroy the other Pendulum Zone, which in itself can have some use.  It builds up your Extra Deck, allows you to play an additional Pendulum monster during the turn and can speed up your plays overall.
 
3/5


Warlockblitz
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Master Pendulum, the Dracoslayer has better stats than Luster Pendulum, the Dracoslayer. Master is a Level 4 Light Dragon-type Pendulum monster with 1950 Atk and 0 Def and Scales of 3. All their stats break even until I discovered that this is a Normal monster. It actually gets more support than Luster, the effect monster, would. Master is also another good(necessary) target for Draco Face-Off. 100 more Atk than Luster is all that it takes to be "better." However, the effect is arguably worse.
 
Master only has a Pendulum Effect which is to once, while active, destroy a card in a Pendulum Zone. Luster gets to do a similar effect once per turn and then search a Pendulum card to your hand. Master Pendulum, the Dracoslayer can target opponent's cards. Another benefit for Master is that it can actually target itself for destruction, potentially getting it out of the way for a different Pendulum monster in your hand. I wish there was a way to do a pure Draco deck, but the versatility these cards have make them an excellent resource in other Pendulum decks. 
 
Score: 3.5/5
Art: 5/5
 
-WarlockBlitz

Snodin

Ah, don't you just love flavor text? It almost seems like they're trying to make the Dracoverlords vs. Slayers war matter in their fictional universe, ala Magic: The Gathering. And really, if you are a flavor player, you'd want to complete the set with this card, even though he's only vanilla as a Monster. But for the more competitive players, he comes with a useful effect as a Pendulum Card by killing one other Pendulum once per turn. Other cards do a better job at nuking the Pendulum field- Wavering Eyes immediately comes to mind. But if control over the field is what you're going for, this card has potential. At the very least, you could Side Deck him for when going up against a Pendulum-heavy deck.

Score: 2/5 for flavor and Dracoslayer theme, 3/5 for Pendulum control


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