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

Fire King High Avatar Garunix
- #CBLZ-EN001 

During the next Standby Phase after this card was destroyed by a card effect and sent to the Graveyard: Special Summon this card from the Graveyard. When you do: Destroy all other monsters on the field. When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 "Fire King" monster from your Deck, except "Fire King High Avatar Garunix".

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.71
Advanced: 4.14 

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


Date Reviewed - Feb. 25, 2013

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Dark

Paladin

Monday
 
Welcome to Structure Deck week!  This week we're taking a look at cards from the new Fire Structure Deck, and we open up with the new heavy hitting Monster, Fire King High Avatar Garunix.  We have a Level 8, Fire attributed, Beast-Warrior, with 2700 attack and 1700 defense.  Beast-Warrior is excellent as he immediately gets and gives a boost to and from, respectively, to the Fire Fist Archtype.  2700 isn't a bad attack, but I sort of hold Level 8 Monsters to a 2800 attack norm, and the 1700 defense kinda leaves something to be desired as well.
 
So two tributes isn't usually something we see very often in a Deck for a Monster, so he's got to be very good.  Like Dark Magician of Chaos good.  When destroyed, during your next Standby Phase, and sent to the Graveyard, Fire King Special Summons himself back to the Field.  But he doesn't get this effect unless destroyed by a card effect, although it can be yours, or your opponents.  When you do, he destroys all other Monsters on the Field.  In my opinion, while actually being a good effect, certainly hurts Fire Fist, as they work well in combination together, and unless you're winning the Duel that turn, it's very counter productive.  
 
He does allow you though, when destroyed, and sent to the Graveyard, to Special Summon a Fire King Monster, other than himself, from your Deck, but he'd be destroyed when Garunix returns to the Field.  OH, and he only gets this effect if destroyed by Battle.  The big problem is he doesn't return until your next Standby Phase.  It's too slow, if it were your End Phase, it would be better, even though your opponent would have a turn to regroup.  But giving them the time to prepare, or remove Garunix, since if he were to be removed before his effect activated, he wouldn't be able to revive and destroy the Monsters on the Field, I think really hurts his playability.  He's just too situational, and honestly, he's not that good.
 
Ratings:

Traditional:  1.5/5 
Advanced:   2.5/5 
Art:  5/5 


John Rocha

We are going to have some pretty exciting reviews for you this week as we look into the new Fire King archetype released in the new Structure Deck – Onslaught of the Fire Kings. We are going to start things off with a bang by reviewing the granddaddy of all Fire Kings – Fire King High Avatar Garunix. Garunix is basically a Dark Hole that activates on the stand-by phase after it was destroyed by a card effect. If your opponent decides to destroy it in battle, you can then special summon another Fire King other than Garunix. That does not give your opponent many options in dealing with this 2700 attack Beast, nor should I say Winded-Beast.
 
Getting Fire King High Avatar Garunix to the field is the easy part. All you need is one of them in your deck. If your opponent has a monster and you do not, use the Onslaught of the Fire Kings spell card to summon it directly from your deck. If you do not have this spell card in your hand, you can use the effect of Fire King Avatar Barong to add it to your hand. If you do not have Barong, use fire Formation – Tenki to search for it. You can also use Fire King Avatar Kirin’s effect or Foolish Burial to send it to the graveyard and then use Call of the Haunted, Monster Reborn, or Circle of the Fire Kings to summon it to the field.
 
Currently there are only three Fire Kings at our disposal. We will get a forth one at some point called Fire King Beast Yaksha that can destroy Garunix in your hand, but for right now, we will need to add other monsters to support the Fire King theme. Personally, I like to go with a level 6 theme in order to summon powerful Xyz monsters like Hazy Flame Basiltrice, Number 25: Force Focus, Number 11: Big Eye, Number 6: Chronomaly Atlandis, Photon Strike Bounzer, Sword Breaker, and Inzector Exa-Beetle. In order to do that, I play Hazy Flame Cerbereus (can be normal summoned), Laval Lancelord (can be normal summoned), Goka the Pyre Malice (use with Cerbereus and the Fire Kings to get their effects), and Manticore of Darkness. All of these cards can be normal summoned or special summoned easily, are Fire monsters, and can be used with the other Fire King cards to create great symmetry and a strong deck type.
 
Fire Kings have a big downside, so make sure you side deck heavily for monster removal as this type of deck makes heavy use of the graveyard and can be disrupted very easily. It is hard to tell at this point how good Fire Kings will be. We may have to wait until the next set comes out to have enough Hazy Flame monsters to make the deck worth wild. If YCS Miami is any indication, Fire Kings are not top tier at this time. If they do make it to the top one day, it will be because of Fire King High Avatar Garunix.
 
Traditional: 2/5 (not fast enough)
Advanced: 4/5


Angelic Nightmare

Hello everyone and welcome to another week of reviews! Today we have the cover cards to the new fire structure deck, Fire King High Avatar Garunix!

Fire/ Winged Beast/ Lv 8/ 2700 ATK/ 1700 DEF

During the next Standby Phase after this card was destroyed by a card effect and sent to the Graveyard: Special Summon this card from the Graveyard. When you do: Destroy all other monsters on the field. When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 "Fire King" monster from your Deck, except "Fire King High Avatar Garunix".

Does this card not just scream at you “Dark Hole”?  This bad bird is nothing to scoff at, it’s 2700 atk stat is pretty hefty in today’s meta game where 2700 can run into Grapha and beat over most dragons and sea-serpent monsters. This card being a two tribute monster is quite a bit of a price to pay, but there are a few little trick you can use to get our feathered friend out wreaking some havoc!

First, you can go the ninja route. Sure, this may not seem like the best idea, but Earth/Flame Armor Ninja and Ninja Grandmaster  Hanzo could be quite the little engine with Ninjitsu Art of Transformation with the targets being either Garunix or Sacred Phoenix of Nepthys.

Second,  another card that debuts in this deck, Onslaught of the Fire King. I don’t mean the structure deck itself, but you’ll see tomorrow *cough*spoiler*cough*.

Lastly, look at all the continuous trap cards! With Mystical Space Typhoon running around at 3 still and Heavy Storm running amuck,  Call of the Haunted can serve as a nice little tool for self-destruction. In a response to the prior cards, call of the haunted will summon Garunix then call of the haunted will be destroyed. Once CotH is destroyed, so is the monster. The key words that are DESTROYED and SO IS THE MOSNTER. So prepare for a Dark Hole next turn. Also, Safe Zone could help protect your monster from pesky Bottomless Trap Holes and Dimensional Prisons. Yeah, those hurt a lot.

Pros: Great effects and stats

Cons: 2 tribute and useless if banished

Advanced: 3/5

Traditional: 2/5 (raigeki and chaos emperor dragon will always reign supreme.)

Bleak
dragon55

Welcome to Fire King week! This week we shall be looking at some of the new cards from the newest structure deck! Today we will be looking at the boss monster of the entire deck, so lets see Garnuix!
 
Fire King High Avatar Garunix
Level 8/ Fire/ Winged-Beast
 
During the next Standby Phase after this card was destroyed by a card effect and sent to the Graveyard: Special Summon this card from the Graveyard. When you do: Destroy all other monsters on the field. When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 "Fire King" monster from your Deck, except "Fire King High Avatar Garunix".
 
2700/1700
 
For all those old school players like myself, this should look a lot like Scared Phoenix! Think of it as a buffed up version of our old friend. Like my other reviews, I am going to take apart each effect to see what it does.
 
First, you have the resurrection. If he is destroyed by a card effect, he comes back next turn and wipes out all other monsters! Mirror Force, Torrential, Grapha, Atlantean Marksman, Fire Fist Bear, and so much more.... he simply comes back for vengeance! This makes him incredibly hard to kill as you have to either banish him, bounce him, or kill him by battle 
 
But if you do kill him by battle, then you just trigger his second effect, allowing you to summon another Fire King from deck. Even if the monster was a 0/0 vanilla monster( there isn't, but just for example), this is an amazing ability just because of how it partners with the other effect to make Garunix quite the pain to deal with.
 
Oh, and what is even better is if you get 2 on the field. You see, Garunix doesn't have to die by your opponent's card effect to use his ability; he just needs to die by a card effect! So what happens when he is summoned while you have another Garunix out? Well the first turn will be a simple monster nuke, but it will keep happening each turn! Thus you can always make sure that your opponent doesn't have a monster. Add in Sacred Phoenix into this combo.... and you have free field nukes every single turn!
 
The main issue with the card is the fact that he isn't that easy to bring out. He can't summon himself from the hand or anything, except by a good ole classic tribute summon. However, there are two extremely powerful spell cards in the set that can help change that and make this a piece of cake to summon! 
 
Advanced: 4.5
 
Looking down a Garunix unprepared is extremely dangerous. Most standard decks cannot stand up to this card, or have an generic answer to stop it. 
 
Traditional: 2.5 
 
It wouldn't be That bad in here... free nukes are always good. Plus, there is a huge ton of monster destruction card here too.
 
Art: 3.75
 
It's a giant fire chicken! 


Obskera

So we start out our Fire King week with: Fire King High Avatar Garunix

“During the next Standby Phase after this card was destroyed by a card effect and sent to the Graveyard: Special Summon this card from the Graveyard. When you do: Destroy all other monsters on the field. When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 "Fire King" monster from your Deck, except "Fire King High Avatar Garunix".”

Garunix is the new boss monster for the Fire King archetype and he has a whole lot of firepower packed into 2 effects. His first effect is the reason most people will probably play him, especially as a splash strategy outside of his own deck type. (Who doesn’t like a built in dark hole?) His second effect is what rounds him out against dragons and anything else that runs enough big beaters to run over him. Outside of his awesome effects we have 2700 attack and 1700 defense, which is decent for his stats and great with his solid effect. His biggest flaw is when you draw him, or he gets bounced back to your hand. In a Fire king deck it isn’t as bad, but splashed into something else you’re not going to do much with him without taking the -2 and tribute summoning him. (Short of Trade In) I see (and have ran) him splashed into Fire Fist decks all the time, and it never seems to end well. I personally like him best in Fire kings or Ninja’s (Super transformation is amazing) but have had surprising success running him splashed into Mermails. (Yes, Mermails.) Along with Onslaught of the Fire Kings you can have a panic button for when your combo gets denied.
Overall Garunix is a solid card that should at least make you think when building your side deck.

As a side note, over the next few weeks I am going to be testing him in pretty much every deck I have access to and should have a rather comical report up in the forums after I conclude my testing. (I know not everything will work well, but I will try it anyway.)

Advanced: 5/5
Traditional: 4/5


Shadowlaw

Hey Pojo viewers Shadowlaw back for another card review.  Today we have Fire King High Avatar Garunix.  Now this card is a lvl 8 fire attribute winged beast with 2700 atk and 1700 def.  Now as for an effect during the next standby phase after this card was destroyed by an effect and sent to the grave it can be reborn and once brought back it destroys all other monsters on the field.  Also when this card is destroyed by battle you can special summon any Fire King monster from your deck.  Basically but this card is broken.  It's sacred phoenix on steroids. Because not only is it better stat wise and has an arguably better effect but on top of that it's even got a the ability to replace himself if destroyed by battle.  All and all if you are running a deck that can trigger his effect easily I would suggest running him as he is an amazing card. 

Ratings:
Traditional: 3.5/5 (still good but not as easy to win with.)
Advanced: 4.75/5 (not completely broken but still amazing)
Art: 4/5 (what is it with fire bosses being birds)

Leo
Kearon

Fire King High Avatar Garunix
Fire/Winged Beast/Effect/Level8/2700/1700
During the next Standby Phase after this card was destroyed by a card effect and sent to the Graveyard: Special Summon this card from the Graveyard. When you do: Destroy all other monsters on the field. When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 "Fire King" monster from your Deck, except "Fire King High Avatar Garunix".

This week we are looking at some of the cards from the newest Structure Deck, Onslaught of the Fire Kings. First up is the Deck’s cover card, Fire King High Avatar Garunix. Fire King High Avatar Garunix has two effects both which  involve Special Summoning a monster. The first effect is similar to Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys except it will destroy all monsters (barring itself).

Its second effect allows you to special summon a Fire King from your Deck is this is destroyed by battle. This effect has two problems; first given it has 2700ATK it is going to be hard for the opponent to destroy by battle. The second is due to Konami’s love of creating new archetypes instead of supporting the archetypes it already has and it is the fact that there are only 3 Fire Kings available at the moment (with two more coming in Japan) and since he can’t special summon himself  that means you have only two choices which isn’t good.

Overall strong attacker and a great first effect, let down by Konami’s love of creating new archetypes and thus limiting the choice of monsters available.
Traditional: 3.5/5
Advanced: 3.5/5

Miguel

This week, we hail to the kings baby, as we review some of the cards in the new structure deck, Onslaught of the Fire Kings. We start with Fire King High Avatar Garunix, who bares a striking resemblance to a certain pokemon. Being a level 8 monster, you can use Trade-In to grab yourself two cards and save Garunix for later. During your next standby phase, if Garunix was destroyed by a card effect and sent to the graveyard, you can special summon Garunix and destroy all other monsters on the field. That can be very nasty, especially if you The Seal of Orichalcos as you can control a 3200 ATK monster, and the only monster on the field at that point. If this card is destroyed by battle, you can special summon a Fire King monster, except another copy of Garunix. That's pretty good, as most huge monsters usually don't replace themselves as it is should they get destroyed. But with 2700 ATK, that won't happen to often. Garunix is a pretty good card, easy to summon in a Fire King deck and can special summon either itself or another Fire King depending on the situation. This card is worth a spot in your Fire King deck. 

Traditional: 2
Advanced: 3


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