Friday, June 8, 2007

First Review!: Ultimate Gem God Rainbow Dragon

Yo!!! Its the very first post of this new blog!
This blog is a joint project by me (Ken) & my very best yu-gi-oh fren Colin.
This blog will be dedicated to all our Yu-Gi-Oh happenings and card reviews.
It may seem like another DS & Baha, DMcomet, or even Manjyoume/Shriek blog, but we would definitely try to make it as good as those mentioned blogs or even better!(dreaming)
Ok! Heres the first card review of this new Yu-Gi-Oh blog!
Its none other than my favourite anime card, Rainbow Dragon!
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Heres the full effect of it.
究極宝玉神 レインボー・ドラゴン
TAEV-JP006 Ultimate Gem God Rainbow Dragon
LIGHT/Dragon - Effect/10/4000/0
This card cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. This card cannot be Special Summoned except when there are 7 types of [Gem Beast] cards on your field or your graveyard. The following effects cannot be activated during the turn this card was Special Summoned:
- Send all [Gem Beast] monster on your side of the field to the Graveyard. The ATK of this card is increased by 1000 points for each card sent to the Graveyard in this way. This effect can also be activated in your opponent's turn.
- Remove from play all [Gem Beast] monster in your Graveyard to return all cards on the field to their owner's decks.

Ok firstly, the summoning requirement of this card. Many people would think that 7 Gem Beasts on the field/graveyard is gonna be hard but it always isn't the case UNLESS you're running less than 3 "Gem Beast Sapphire Pegasus" in your regular Gem Beast deck. You can also use "Foolish Burial" or "Gem Guidance" to speed up the summoning requirement of this card.
Now lets look at the stats. 4000 attack and 0 defense. It really is a BIG beatstick and I doubt anyone would place this card in the defense mode. Well of course, there is a famous saying of having an opponent to enemy controller it to def mode and for a "Treeborn Frog" to kill it.
And being a special summon means you can summon 3 copies of this card if you have them in your hand on the same turn! Ok now for the two optional effects.
The first one is to send all your Gem Beast Monsters on the field to the grave for its effect to trigger. By doing so, this card's attack will increase by 1000 for each sent. Lets say you have 4 other Gem Beasts, you could actually make this card have 9000 attack! BUT, you won't have any other monters after that.
The second effect is to somewhat restart the field by returning everything to the deck and by removing from the game ALL the Gem beasts in your Graveyard. This is VERY costly supposingly you actually summoned your "Rainbow Dragon" by having ALL 7 Gem beasts in your graveyard. Also meaning you wouldn't be able to summon another "Rainbow Dragon" or revive any important Gem beast like "Sapphire Pegasus" or "Ruby Carbuncle". I really wouldn't suggest using this effect at all unless in desperation of clearing your opponent's field and having a killing condition on your hand.
Now for the ways to combo for this card. I personally like to play "Gem Abundance" before summoning this card as it clears your opp's field making sure he takes the full 4k damage after your summon your Rainbow Dragon.
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FOTB-JP035 Gem Abundance
Magic - Normal
Send 4 [Gem Beast] from your Magic & Trap Card zones to your Graveyard to activate this card's effect. Send all cards on the field to the Graveyard. Afterwards, equal to the amount of cards sent from the opponent's field to the Graveyard, Special Summon that amount of monster with [Gem Beast] from your Graveyard onto your field.

Another way, is to do the usual "Ring of Destruction" + "Barrel Behind the Door" combo.
"Ring of Destruction" would make both players take 4000 damage but "Barrel Behind the Door" would reflect the damage you take to the opponent making him take 8000 damage for the win.
Or, by using "Metamorphosis" to change it to "Cyber End Dragon" for its trample effect. Please note I'm only using "Metamorphosis" as an example as its Colin favourite kill con. I would probably never do it anyway. You can expect most of Colin's card reviews to end with a "Metamorphosis" and "Cyber Twin Dragon". But most of the time this card is summoned. I would rather use it as a beatstick rather than to use either of its effects espcially the second one.
I run 3 of it in my Gem Beast deck too.

Well thats my FIRST card review. Hope its ok as I have NEVER done any card reviews before.
Lol. Colin will do another card review 2moro. So wait for it!

- Gem in TCG is translated as Crystal
- Foolish Burial is not released in TCG