Saturday, 26 March 2011

Yu-Gi-Oh Card Review: Genex Ally Birdman

Happy Saturday everyone!

To carry on with the theme at the moment, I’m reviewing another Hidden Arsenal 4 card. Another card which will have a huge impact on the TCG and will probably get limited come September.

Today it’s Genex Ally Birdman!

I can understand the bird part, but where's the man?

This weirdly named monster is a machine tuner and has 1400 Attack (Sangan, anyone?) and 400 Defence. It is also level 3 which is a nice level for a tuner. But its playability comes from its near-broken effect.

You can return one face up monster card you control to your hand to special summon this card. If the card returned was a WIND type monster, Birdman gains 500 ATK. If this card was summoned this way, when this card is removed from the field, it is removed from play.

Before I discuss the effect, I just want to say that every semi-decent tuner has an effect that allows it to special summon itself, or be searched with some ease. Genex Controller can be searched with Undine in Frog Monarchs, Blackwing – Gale the Whirlwind is a DARK type monster that can slice your opponent’s monster’s ATK and DEF, and Glow up Bulb and Plaguespreader Zombie can special summon themselves from the graveyard.

This card is in the same league. As long as you have a monster on your field, you can use this cards effect. The reason why this card is so broken is simply because of Monarchs. After a monarch is summoned and its effect has been used, it is a vanilla 2400 beater which is susceptible to anything your opponent throws at you. Genex Ally Birdman allows you to re-use your monarch for the second time, and that can really hurt your opponent watching a single Caius remove 2 cards on their field.

Its ATK gain effect is not too shabby either. If you return a Raiza the Storm Monarch to your hand, this card becomes a 1900 beater which can be combined with Limiter removal for some real pain. While boosting it to 1900 does make it a target for bottomless, it can bait it out at the same time.

When this card is removed from the field, its removed from play. Without this drawback at the end, this card would be bannable. It means you only get one use out of it before you have to go out of your way in the duel to get it back.

Make sure you get hold of a Birdman for your deck, especially if you’re playing monarchs. You will not want to miss this!

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