You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) by Tributing 2 monsters with 2000 or more ATK. During either player's Battle Step, when this card battles an opponent's monster: You can banish that monster and this card. Return the banished monsters to the field at the end of the Battle Phase. If the monster banished by this effect was an Xyz Monster: This card gains 500 ATK for each Xyz Material that monster had attached to it when it was banished.
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.
3 is average.
5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - Oct. 22, 2011
Does it not seem appropriate that Galaxy-Eyes Photon
Dragon closes out Photon Shockwave week? We have a
Level 8, Light attributed, Dragon type Monster, with
3000 attack and 2500 defense, both are quite good
for a Level 8 Monster. Now, to state the obvious,
Level 8 requires two tributes, which immediately
turns most people off of a Level 8 Monster,
especially with Synchros and XYZ Monsters running
rampant. For a plus, you can Special Summon
Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon from your Hand by
tributing two Monsters with 2000 or more attack.
The tribute aspect doesn't go away, but the Special
Summon is nice, and this combos at least potentially
with Monday's card, as I previously alluded to.
Now, during either player's Battle Step, you can
remove this card and the attacking or attacked
Monster from play until the end of the Battle Phase.
This Monster gains 500 attack for each XYZ Material
card equipped to an XYZ Monster, if that was the
type of Monster removed. The removal aspect is
nice, even with 3000 attack, to protect itself. It
won't do anything against Black Luster Soldier, or
anything that removes, or obviously doesn't
Battle--but I still like it, a lot.
The final card from Photon Shockwave that we are
going to review this week is Galaxy-Eyes Photon
Dragon. This is one of the marquee cards from the
set and one of several Photon cards from where we
get the sets name. Go figure! Summoning this effect
monster is not as difficult as one would think, and
it has a great effect that works well in today’s
Meta. We talked about how Rescue Rabbit with
Alexandrite Dragon can help us summon Galaxy-Eyes.
There are tons of decks that can utilize this card.
First, you can get this card in your graveyard
with cards like Foolish Burial, Dark World Dealings,
Brionic, Trade-In (it’s a level 8) and Ryko. Then
you can special summon it with Call of the Haunted
(2 per deck now) or Monster Reborn. Second, you can
special summon Galaxy-Eyes from you hand or
graveyard with Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon, or
from your deck with Dragonic Tactics.
There are all kinds of decks this monster will
work in. Obviously Dragon decks are the main choice
with cards like Kaiser Sea Horse, Totem Dragon, and
Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon, but let’s look at
some popular decks that are top tier or will be.
Gravekeeper’s have Necrovalley to boost their
monsters to 2000+. Fairies have Gachi Gachi Gantetsu
to boost their monsters, and they can get Master
Hyperion, Archlord Kristya, and a 2000 attack
monster with Tour Guide fairly easily. Koa’ki
Meiru’s have Koa’ki Meiru Urnight that can summon
another 2000 attack monster. Spellcasters have
Cybernetic Magician that can turn a token or another
monster into a 2000 attack monster. Decks that do a
lot of synchro summons like Plant/Tengu can use
Battle Waltz from Duelist Pack 10 to make another
2000+ attacker. Then there is the revival of Dark
World that can summon 2000+ fiends at a fast pace.
Zombies are good at summoning big monsters easily.
And the list goes on.
As you can see, Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon is
quite splashable, but is it good enough to make a
splash (pun intended). Its first effect is a Quick
Effect that targets the monster it battles. If you
opponent responds with cards like Mirror Force,
Dimensional Prism, or Magic Cylinder, you can
activate Galaxy’s quick effect to remove both
monsters and dodge your opponent’s traps. If your
opponent attacks with a bigger monster or a monster
that will destroy it or bounce it with an effect,
simply activate its effect to save your monster. A
3000 attack monster that can save itself from
attacks and trap cards is pretty darn good. Now, add
in the fact that this card gains 500 attack for each
material attacked to an XYZ monster and it takes all
of their material from them when this effect is
used, and you have a great card for the current
Meta. Another nifty fact is that the monsters are
returned to the field not special summoned so
Bottomless and Torrential are non factors.
Traditional: 3/5 (very playable but removal
trumps this card)
Advanced: 4/5 (Same as above but more useful)
The last day of the week brings us to Photon
Shockwave's cover card, and quite possibly one of
the best cards in the set, Galaxy Eyes Photon
Dragon. Photon Dragon is a LVL 8 Light/Dragon type
and weighs in with 3000 ATK and 2500 DEF. First off,
where have I seen those stats before? Anyways,
Photon Dragon's effect allows you to special summon
it by tributing two monsters with 2000 ATK. That's
optional, and there are other ways to summon it. Red
Eyes Metal, Monster Reborn, Photons and their
support, use Rescue Rabbit's effect and get two
normal monsters with 2000 ATK are just a few. Photon
Dragon's next effect says whenever this card
battles, you can banish this and the card it was
battling until the end of the battle phase, this
handy little trick gets around Dimensional Prison,
Mirror Force and the type. If that other banished
monster was an Xyz monster, when they return, Photon
Dragon gains 500 ATK for each Xyz material, nice.
This card can get around a lot of problems, and
allow you to attack your opponent without too much
trouble. This card can be put in a lot of decks,
including Dragons, Normal, Photons, Rescue Rabbit,
and dare I say......Batteryman. This card will be
seeing a lot of play, so get used to seeing this
Traditional: 2 Good, but too slow here
Fun Fact: The dot above the "i" is called a tittle
Last card this week is the cover card of Photon
Shockwave! Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon!
A Level 8 LIGHT Dragon-Type Effect Monster that
can be Special Summoned from your hand by Tributing
two monsters you control with at least 2000 ATK, and
with 3000 ATK and 2500 DEF, he's relatively big.
At the start of a Battle Step when he battles, he
can banish himself and the monster he's battling.
Let me repeat, at the START of the Battle Step. This
is what make Galaxy-Eyes interesting. If you attack
with Galaxy, you retain priority to activate effects
as the turn player, so if you opponent wants to
Mirror Force, Dimensional Prison, or anything else
in response to his attack, you can use his effect to
dodge those effects and survive. Being able to ruin
Xyz Monsters is a bonus, potentially boosting him to
4000+ for his next battle.
Being a Dragon, he has a lot of support that can
make his summon easy and costless, Red-Eyes Darkness
Metal Dragon being the most prominent and popular
one, so he may see play as tech in Disaster/Hopeless
Traditional: 3/5 - LIGHT is gooood. Whether it is
worth using is debatable.
Advanced: 3/5 - In a Photon or Dragon deck only.
Useful effect if you can summon him without losing
too much advantage. Plus isn't a nomi monster.
Art: 4/5 - O_O
He’s the cover card of Photon
Shockwave! He’s crashing into the game state!
Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon!
Today we have another card with
the same stats as the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, but
this one’s effect is far stronger than yesterday’s.
Photon Dragon can banish itself and the monster it
was supposed to be battling against during the
battle step. At any point in the battle step I might
add. This quick effect makes it able to dodge Mirror
Force, Dimensional Prison, and anything else that
activates in response to an attack. It even gets a
power boost for each of the Xyz material on a Xyz
monster banished with this effect. This card doesn’t
even have a summoning restriction on it. By
releasing two monsters with 2000 attack or more, you
can special summon it from the hand. All of this
makes Photon Dragon especially powerful.
So who should run this card?
Many kinds of decks should run this card. Genex have
access to Genex Ally Triforce (who can pull this out
of the graveyard easily). Chaos decks will love
another powerful Light monster. REDMD can also take
advantage of its dragon-type. This will be a card to
watch out for in the future. It’s powerful, easy to
summon, and extremely hard to destroy by battle.
Traditional: 4/5 (vulnerable to
removal, but still very strong)
Advanced: 5/5 (expect to see some waves made)
Art: 4/5 (I prefer yesterday’s more, but anyway)
Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon
Dragon/Lv 8/ Light/ 3000 atk/ 2500 def
The first few things that scream out at me are as
2.) Trade-in bait
3.) Can give Disaster/Hopeless Dragon a boost
Okay, now that I got those out of the way, here is
what I really think. In order to special summon this
thing from your hand you need to tribute 2 2000+ atk
monsters. With the release of the Dark World
structure deck it shouldn’t be that hard. Plant
Synchro can easily bust this out within the first
few turns because of tengu + bulb shenanigans or
wait bring out Alexandandrite Dragon or Gene Warped
Warwolf with Rescue Rabbit. With agents running
around so much and xyz being heavily integrated into
the meta, this can be a good tech card of choice for
a few. Also, this car CAN be normal summoned and
special summoned from the grave.
3000 attack 2500 defense... me thinks he is the
Blue-eyes of Zexal.
He is a unique one for sure, you can Special
summon him by tributing 2 monsters with 2000 or more
attack, and when he battles you can banish the
monster attacking him and himself, then Return them
at the end of the phase and if it was an Exceed
monster he gets 500 attack for each XYZ material
monster on that monster that was banished.
Kind of a fun Effect especially against XYZs but
i haven't seen them impact the meta to much (except
for the annoying gachi gachi frog play) so i do not
suspect to see him in the meta for a while.
works with trade in
can be a dead draw
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