Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Yu-Gi-Oh Card Review: Photon Trident

Now that Order of Chaos is here in only a few weeks, It's time to review some of the cards that are debuting for us TCG folk. I have reviewed many Core set cards, but we have known about them for a long time so they have been debated to death by this point.

Today's card for review is Photon Trident


 Photons have been getting a nice boost in the TCG exclusive department with Photon Sabre Tiger and Photon booster in Photon Shockwave. This card is another attempt to put them the tier list (It's too far for them to be tier 1 though. They lack the sackyness).

Quick play spell
Target 1 "Photon" monster you control. Until the end phase, it gains 700 attack and when that monster attacks a defense position monster: Inflict piercing damage. When that target inflicts damage to your opponent, destroy 1 spell or trap card on the field.

This card has a lot of different stuff on it, so I shall break it down and discuss each part. Firstly, its a quickplay that boosts a monsters attack, so it can be used when your opponent attacks you and the boost allows your monster to win that battle. Photon sabre tiger goes up to 1900 if it's alone on the field and 2700 if it's with another tiger. The photon monsters in order of chaos shoot up to around 2700 which is enough to get over most problems, or go toe-to-toe with stuff like Hyperion.

Next up, it does piercing damage. That kind of damage is severely underrated. Whether you've backed your opponent into a corner or they're hiding behind Dandylion tokens, there are situations where piercing damage can put some real pressure.

The last clause brings the whole card together. If you do damage with the monster, pop a backrow on the field. So the card itself allows you to get over monsters or trample through their defense, and you get to hit a card for your trouble. Simply beautiful.

Do note that the spell and trap destruction is mandatory meaning that you may have to resort to hitting your own. For example: You have summoned Photon Cerberus and set Photon Trident and another spell/trap card. Your opponent summons a monster and attacks your Cerberus. You flip Trident and your monster runs over theirs. Now that you have done damage, you must hit your own back row card since your opponent will most likely set their defenses on main phase 2. That is the main drawback to this card, aside from the fact that you can only use it on Photon monsters.

But in all honesty, it is definitely worth testing out once Order of Chaos is released. It's a really impressive card that can really net you and advantage.

In terms of price, it's hard to tell by the picture if the card will be a rare or a secret. I can see Konami making this one of the less desirable secrets of the set (The most being Tour Bus from the Underworld). So if its a rare, it's going to be a dollar. If it's a secret, it will be around 5 or 6  dollars.

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