Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Card Review: Dual Monsters

Hey all!!! Goulian back online after 2 days of no internet at home!!! T_T... Well today I'll be posting about the new monsters created in the 2 latest booster packs of Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG.
They are the "Dual Monsters", they have hidden abilities inside of them that will be unlocked after you "Resummon" them again onto the field. "Resummon" is meaning that you will be spending a turn of normal summon to declare this onto your dual monsters in order to get their effects.They do not leave the field, but they can still be affected "Bottomless Trap Hole" or "Torrential Tribute". Do note that tributes are not required for a "Resummon" of a level 5 and above "Dual Monster" Well there are a few monsters which are not worth resummoning... But! There are sure quite a few that packs a punch when they are resummoned!!! I'll be starting from the TAEV set "Dual monsters" first. Below are their pictures and effects for reference.

[Dual Monsters From The TAEV Booster Pack]

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TAEV-JP018
[E-HERO Another Neos]
Attribute: Light, Type: Warrior
Effect Monster/Dual, 4 stars Atk 1900/Def 1300
This card is treated as a normal monster while face-up on the field or in the graveyard.When performing a Second Summon of this card while this card is face-up on the field, treat it as a normal summon. This card becomes an effect monster and gains the following effect:
-As long as this card is face-up on the field, this card name is treated as [E-HERO Neos]

Comments: Now this card is quite ok with good stats of Atk 1900 beatstick, but I recommend you guys out there to NOT "Resummon" it because it practically does not have any use in most "Dual Monster" decks unless you are playing a few "Neo-Spacians" Monsters in your deck. Which you can "Resummon" this card and.. CONTACT FUSION!!!! For More Action? lol =X Anyway another good point about this card that it is very easily searched out because..
1: It is a warrior monster, Can use "Reinforcement Of Army" for it.
2: It is a "E-HERO" Monster.. Can be searched by the famous Ha Oh card "E-HERO Airman"
or by using a simple "E-Emergency Call".
And also since this card is a normal monster while its in the grave, you can also use more "E-HERO" support cards for it like "O-Oversoul" for revival purposes =)

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TAEV-JP019
[Hell Kaiser Dragon]
Attribute: Fire, Type: Dragon
Effect Monster/Dual, 6 stars Atk 2400/Def 1500
This card is treated as a normal monster while face-up on the field or in the graveyard.When performing a Second Summon of this card while this card is face-up on the field, treat it as a normal summon. This card becomes an effect monster and gains the following effect:
-This card is able to attack twice in the battle phase.

Comments: Now this card is quite good I would say, after resummoning it.. It gets to attack the opponent twice in a row, doing some heavy damage to your opponent's lifepoints. Since it is a fire attribute monster... Maybe some fire support cards might boost it's usefulness up =)


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TAEV-JP020
[Aresa Of The Water Surface]
Attribute: Water, Type:Aqua
Effect Monster/Dual, 4 stars Atk 1500/Def 500
This card is treated as a normal monster while face-up on the field or in the graveyard.When performing a Second Summon of this card while this card is face-up on the field, treat it as a normal summon. This card becomes an effect monster and gains the following effect:
-When this card destroys an opponent's monster and send it to the graveyard as a result of battle, your opponent randomly discards 1 card from their hand.

Comments: Looks quite small but hey it is able to kill some monsters that we don't really like in the recent metagame of OCG these days.. "Gadgets"!!!! After resummoning it and destroying some monsters by battle, you are still able to pluck out some hand cards in your opponent's hand.. Careful thou.. Be sure not to pluck "Dark-World" Monsters >.<"... It might also kill free monsters like "Yomi Frog" and your opponent might be wondering whether to revive it back or not =X.. And as for a water monster.. You can use the Water Spiritual Art for more hand control techniques.

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TAEV-JP021
[Piper Of Good Fortune]
Attribute:Wind, Type: Angel
Effect Monster/Dual, 4 stars Atk 1500/ Def 500
This card is treated as a normal monster while face-up on the field or in the graveyard.When performing a Second Summon of this card while this card is face-up on the field, treat it as a normal summon. This card becomes an effect monster and gains the following effect:
-When this card destroys an opponent's monster and send it to the graveyard as a result of battle, Draw one card from your deck.

Comments: Quite similiar to the "Aresa Of The Water Surface" but this card is able to make your handsize bigger to compensate the turn it has been "Resummoned" I'll cut short on this as it is quite similiar to the above card =X

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TAEV-JP022
[Valuable Armor]
Attribute: Earth, Type: Insect
Effect Monster/Dual, 5 stars Atk 2350/Def 1000
This card is treated as a normal monster while face-up on the field or in the graveyard.When performing a Second Summon of this card while this card is face-up on the field, treat it as a normal summon. This card becomes an effect monster and gains the following effect:
-This card is able to attack all of your opponent's monster once.(each turn)

Comments: Now this monster is really good... Not exactly big enough to kill those powerful monarchs/emperor cards out there but hey! It is a field monster sweeper... At least its big enough to in one hit, wipe out all of your opponent's small size monsters.. Being scapegoat tokens, or anything smaller than this monster here.. Since its an insect type, feels quite easy to summon it out onto the field. Worth playing.

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TAEV-JP025
[Devil's Summoner]
Attribute: Dark, Type: Spellcaster
Effect Monster/Dual, 6 stars Atk 2400/Def 2000
This card is treated as a normal monster while face-up on the field or in the graveyard.When performing a Second Summon of this card while this card is face-up on the field, treat it as a normal summon. This card becomes an effect monster and gains the following effect:
-Special Summon 1 "Demon" Type monster from your hand or either player's graveyard.This effect can only be used once per turn. When this card is removed from the field, destroy all monsters that were Special summoned by this card's effect.

Comments: Now this monster here is one of the best for me I think >.<... For its ability to flood the field with hordes of demon type monsters is sure powerful, not mentioning that you are also able to grab hold of powerful demons in your opponent's graveyard too!!! Surely I will be sooo happy grabbing my opponent's "Envoy Of Hades- Gors" and smacking him on the face with it =X.. Well at least konami did one thing right for this series, they made this card a spellcaster type.. not a demon type... So I guess you can't do a super flood field of demons in a turn ~_~"
Good fighter stats, great defence strength too. Demon decks should consider playing it.. Maybe 1 copy?

[Dual Monsters From The GLAS Booster Pack]

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GLAS-JP027
[Infinity Dark]
Attribute: Dark, Type: Demon
Effect Monster/Dual, 4 stars Atk 1500/Def 1200
This card is treated as a normal monster while face-up on the field or in the graveyard.When performing a Second Summon of this card while this card is face-up on the field, treat it as a normal summon. This card becomes an effect monster and gains the following effect:
-When this card declares attack, the position of 1 face-up monster your opponent controls can be changed.

Comments: Whoa.. This card is a walking "Enemy Controller".. And I bet that when you "Resummon" this card out, it will be able to defeat most monsters since that Atk of 1500 is able to beat through most defence and attack points.. Example? Turning a Atk 2400 Monarch into Defence position of Def 1000 and beating through it.. Or you wanna deal some damage to the opponent while beating up their small size monsters? Switch it to attack mode then, It'll deal serious damage if you switch monsters like "Marshmallow"? Bet your monsters are gonna have a happy time smacking it upside down =X

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GLAS-JP028
[Magic Slime]
Attribute: Water, Type:Aqua
Effect Monster/Dual, 3 stars Atk 700/Def 1200
This card is treated as a normal monster while face-up on the field or in the graveyard.When performing a Second Summon of this card while this card is face-up on the field, treat it as a normal summon. This card becomes an effect monster and gains the following effect:
-Battle Damage done to this card's controller through this card battling is done to the opponent instead.

Comments: Hehe.. This card is quite ok even thou it is very small with that Atk of 700 points.. But its effect boosts it's usefulness up! The smaller it is... The better its effect will have on the impact it is going to deal at your opponent. After you "Resummon" it, just take it and ram your opponent's big size monsters. Imagine using this to ram your opponent's "Cyber End Dragon"... OUCH! Even I can feel the pain for your opponent. This card cannot be trifled with, careful of this card when you people sees it in attack position =X


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GLAS-JP029
[Antique Gear Knight]
Attribute: Earth, Type:Machine
Effect Monster/Dual, 4 stars Atk 1800/Def 500
This card is treated as a normal monster while face-up on the field or in the graveyard.When performing a Second Summon of this card while this card is face-up on the field, treat it as a normal summon. This card becomes an effect monster and gains the following effect:
-When this card attacks, your opponent cannot activate Magic or Trap cards until the end of the damage calculation.

Comments: Among the 4 of the "Dual Monsters" released in this set, this card can be said the best in this set, good stats , machine type, and the "Resummon" effect of making your opponent unable to react to this card's attack is quite useful! Use this card to attack and then activating the "Limiter Removal" card for this monster make sures your opponent truly eats the damage >=D... Machine decks can try it sometimes? Up to you guys =X

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GLAS-JP035
[Alien Hypno]
Attribute: Water, Type: Reptile
Effect Monster/Dual, 4 stars Atk 1600/Def 700
This card is treated as a normal monster while face-up on the field or in the graveyard.When performing a Second Summon of this card while this card is face-up on the field, treat it as a normal summon. This card becomes an effect monster and gains the following effect:
-Select 1 monster your opponent controls with [A] counter placed on it, and gain control of it.
During your own End Phase, remove 1 [A] counter from the monster you gained control. When all [A] counter on the monster you gained control is removed, that monster is destroyed.

Comments: This card might be quite useful in an all out "Alien" Deck, Do note that this card's effect can be activated unlimited times a turn.. And we do know that putting [A] counters on your opponent's monsters can easily be done and so this card will be quite powerful in times to come. As we all know that "Alien" Decks are getting more and more of their very own support cards... They even have their own "Mirror Force", "Ring Of Destruction" and "Creature Swap"(Trap version) cards. Who knows? Maybe someone might make this a new top deck in OCG's metagame =X


While spending a turn's normal summon to "Resummon" these monsters might seem abit not worth or very troublesome, some may just leave it to be an normal monster forever, not wanting to spend a turn's normal summon just to get it's effect on the loose... So lets just admit it.. Are there any support cards out yet for this series? Well guys there is!! In fact in this new GLAS Booster Pack, they printed 2 cards to support the "Dual Monsters" series =) .... Below here are their picture and their effects.

[Support Cards For Dual Monsters Series In GLAS Booster Pack]


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GLAS-JP042
[Super-Fused Demonic Beast-Raptenos]
Attribute: Light, Type: Dragon
Effect Monster/Fusion, 8 stars Atk 2200/Def 2200
2 x "Dual Monsters"
1 Dual Monster + 1 Dual Monster
While this card is face-up on the field, all face-up Dual Monsters being treated as Normal Monsters are treated as though they were Second Summoned.

Comments: Weird Fusion isn't it? Well fusing any 2 monsters together surely will produce something like this.. Can't imagine if you fuse 2 [E-HERO Another Neos] for it.. Wonder how it'll look like =X It's effects purely rocks the playing field to the extent that it might just KO your opponent during the turn this card roams your field. It is easy to fusion summon out because
1: "Future Fusion" is there to help speed things up.
2: Dragon type fusion hmmm... Heard Of "Dragon's Mirror" ?
3: The materials are just so easy to fuse.. No limits =D
And so this card also unlocks all the potential effects that your unawakened "Dual Monsters"
has and deals heavy impact on your opponent. Great cards to unlock with this fusion monster will be [Hell Kaiser Dragon], [Valuable Armor], [Antique Gear Knight] and just so much more.
It might just be a new age of OTK deck to be created with this support card being borned =X
(ok maybe I'm thinking a little too much)


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GLAS-JP053
[Special Dual Summon]
Quick-Play Magic Card
Select 1 face-up Dual Monster on your side of the field, treat it as though it was Second Summoned. During the End Phase of this turn, return the selected Dual Monster to your hand.

Comments: This card is really good.. Except for the drawback that is.. Being a Quick-Play magic card allows it to be able to be quite compatible using on the [Magic Slime] monster, surprises your opponent when he was just thinking it will be a piece of cake attacking an attack mode unawakened "Dual Monster" hehe... Will be able to save a turn of normal summon to "Resummon" a "Dual Monster" instead too.

And ah did I forget to mention something? Since all of the "Dual Monsters" are Normal Monsters while in the graveyard, they can also be revived with cards that only revives Normal Monsters, don't know what cards are they? Well you'll just have to find out those for yourself then =X... Ah well I won't be so bad so lets just say the card from STON that only revives Normal Monsters in your graveyard and places it in attack position is quite a good card to put in for a "Dual Monsters" deck =).. Think the name is called... [Legitimate Bloodline] in OCG or [Birthright] if you are playing TCG. Well guys sorry if my review this time round was like god length long >.<...Oh ya there are actually more "Dual Monsters" in the TAEV set than what I had stated above .. I'll just link you to it here for you to take a look at the other "Dual Monsters" cards in TAEV.... Yawnz.. It has been such a long night so I think I'm gonna go sleep now... Ja Na!! And stay tuned to more card reviews!!!

-Special Thanks to http://manjyomethunder.twoday.net for card scans and card translations

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