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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day

Number 25: Force Focus
#GAOV-EN045 

2 Level 6 monsters Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card to target 1 face-up Level 5 or higher Effect Monster your opponent controls; negate the effects of that opponent's face-up monster, until the end of the turn.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.75
Advanced: 3.50 

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 is average. 5 is the highest rating.


Date Reviewed - May 17, 2012

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Dark

Paladin

Thursday

Number 25: Force Focus, for starters, is VERY similar to Photon Strike Bounzer, as reviewed on Friday. This is a Rank 6 XYZ Monster, with 2800 attack and 2400 defense, who is XYZ Summoned with two Level 6 Monsters, and of the Light attribute, of the Machine type. Now while PSB last week negated effects and dealt Damage, Number 25 also negates effects, but not just at the time, for an entire turn, but not as versably as PSB, as Number 25 only can use its effect on a Level 5 or higher effect Monster. I think Photon Strike Bounzer being a more general hitter plus the Damage is a better card, and I don't think you have a qualm here over an extra 100 attack. I mean, Machines are well enough supported, but so are Warriors, so go with what works for you, if you're using either Monster, or either Deck, or not.

Ratings:

Traditional: 1.75/5
Advanced: 2.75/5
Art: 4.5/5 KILLER CAMERA


John Rocha

Number 25: Force Focus is a Xyz monster that is already seeing play in many extra decks. As a rank 6, it is one of the easiest of the high ranking monsters to be special summoned, and with 2800 attack, one of the strongest. Throw in the ability to negate your opponent’s level 5 monsters on yours and their turn and you have a Xyz monster that will be in the extra deck of any deck that gets level 6 monsters to the field.
 
Most of the new deck types that have come out this year can special summon or make level 6 monsters. Chaos, Dragon, Hieratic, Gagaga, Inzektor, and Chaos/Dragon decks are some of the better decks that can produce level 6 monsters at a good pace.
 
Number 25: Force Focus will not do much to stop Inzektor, Wind-Up, and Dino Rabbit decks, but it is awesome against Dragons, Lightsworn, and Chaos decks. Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon, Dark Armed Dragon, Judgment Dragon, Chaos Sorcerer, Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning, Stardust Dragon, Celestia, Kristya, Brionic, and the list goes on, all stopped dead in their tracks. All it has to do now is to survive battle, spells, traps, and low level monsters.
 
Traditional: 3/5
Advanced: 3/5

Miguel

Force Focus is a card I am very iffy about. Im good iffy because FF can negate some larger monsters like Judgement Dragon, Dark Armed Dragon, Stardust Dragon, it can even stop continuous effect monsters like Jinzo for a turn. Its ATK and DEF is pretty huge for a Rank 6 Xyz, and it's a machine, which means Limiter Removal will help FF over run anything your opponent can throw at him ATK wise. Im iffy bad because it is a Rank 6 Xyz, and it's effect is pretty much Effect Veiler with bigger stats, that can work on only level 5 monsters and higher for the turn. Also this card doesn't work on Xyz monsters either, and it could fall into Bottomless Trap Hole or in a case of irony, get hit with Effect Veiler itself. Again, great stats and can work with Limiter Removal, so-so effect that works in certain situations. Im middle of the road on this one. 
 
Traditional: 2
Advanced: 2.5
Tomorrow: Could this Dragon be The One?


Argouru

Thursday:

Number 25: Force Focus
Rk 6/LIGHT/Machine-XYZ/2800A/2400D
"2 Level 6 monsters
Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card to target 1 face-up Level 5 or higher Effect Monster your opponent controls; negate the effects of that opponent's face-up monster, until the end of the turn."

Now we're talking! Being able to negate the effects of any monster is huge, not to mention hard to find by way of effects, and #25 does that very well. Sadly the effect is limited to higher Level monsters, but still, it's a great effect. Getting out two Level 6 monsters can be tricky unless you're running a Chaos deck that uses Lightpulsar Dragon and/or Chaos Sorcerer, or perhaps running a Fortune Lady deck and can get the Levels of your gals to match up at 6, but still...

I wouldn't be surprised to see this card start to pop up in tornament-level decks. Great stats, wonderfully useful effect and not too difficult to get out... A little tricky, but worth the effort.

Traditional: 4.5
Advanced: 4.25


Philosophical
Psycho
Fullmetal Photoglide: Soul Develop Attack!

If you've seen my review on Photon Streak Bounzer, you'll see my disdain for Force Focus.

There is very little justification to have Force Focus over Photon Bounzer, especially considering they are equally just as hard to summon (or just as easy, depending on whether you see half-full or half-empty). Force Focus has 100 more ATK and 400 more DEF; these boosts are extremely negligible and will very rarely ever make a difference. If you want your bases covered with those extra points in exchange for Photon Bounzer's burn rate, sure, but I wouldn't recommend it. This damage is significant as it causes something like Judgment Dragon to go through a lot more trouble to exterminate the Xyz. Otherwise, the advantage it has over Bounzer is that the effect does not need to be chained to an effect activation. Force Focus doesn't negate activations (it can if you CHOOSE to chain), but simply negates all of the target's effects. This means Force Focus can slaughter Marshmallon, Spirit Reaper, and Blackwing Armour Master, for starters. Here's another example: I just summoned Force Focus and for whatever reason I left your Leviathan Dragon alive for the turn. You pull off Dimensional Prison, Smashing Ground, or something else to end FF's fate, but at least I can have the last laugh by chaining FF to target Leviathan Dragon, ruining its ATK. This is something Photon Bounzer cannot do. This does mean, however, that Force Focus is not allowed to be used in Damage Step, which is oftentimes important.

Now the other main difference...the name. Photon Bounzer gets specific Photon and Bounzer support, although it is all nothing special. There is only one general Number support card: When Number 6 is first summoned, it targets any other Number from your Graveyard and acquires its ATK.

All in all, Force Focus is quite good. An effect-negator on a 2800-ATK body takes effort to defeat. I just happen to like Photon Bounzer more. Not to mention (and I did mention this in the Photon Bounzer review last Friday) that Force Focus' Type makes it vulnerable to being fused into the opponent's Chimeratech Fortress Dragon. Moreover, Force Focus is extremely limited being unable to negate monsters Levels 1-4, as well as any Xyz monster; this is a disability Photon Bounzer enjoys not having. Subsequently, Force Focus shall be extrenwlyv limited by decks it can be utilized in.

Niche Decks: Machine, Number

Traditional: 1.8/5 (may be able to stop effects of CED and Judgment Dragon, assuming you actually summon Force Focus, but that won't prevent them from destroying FF by battle)

Advanced: 2.75/5

Aesthetics: 5/5 As usual, Numbers score very high based off their design development. I keep mispronouncing this card as Focus Force though (mostly because that was the original name), but it makes sense, as the effect negation sorta forces the negated monster to become focused so that Force Focus can properly aim at the monster with all those scary appendages. 25 squared is 625, which is pretty cool. This card's design is based off the German Leica Camera, first produced in 1925. Bit of a stretch, but I appreciate the effort. I dislike how they butchered the name when dubbing it in English.

Philosophy Corner: -Barney Stinson, fictional character as portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris in Craig Thomas' and Carter Bays' How I Met Your Mother (2005)
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