Battlin’ Boxer King Dempsey – #LD10-EN036
2 Level 4 monsters – If this card is Special Summoned: You can take 1 Level 4 or lower FIRE Warrior monster or 1 “Battlin’ Boxing” Spell/Trap from your Deck, and either add it to your hand or send it to the GY. (Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material from a monster you control, and if you do, apply the following effect.
● Your opponent cannot target “Battlin’ Boxer” monsters you control with card effects for the rest of this turn.
You can only use each effect of “Battlin’ Boxer King Dempsey” once per turn.
Date Reviewed: October 24th, 2023
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Battlin’ Boxer King Dempsey is the first Xyz monster we’re reviewing this week, and takes the name of a great, tough boxer from long ago.
Generic materials for this Rank 4, King Dempsey is another searcher for the Battlin’ Box archetype. Not only will he get you a search on his Xyz Summon, but whenever he is Special Summoned, making him a good target for reborn-style cards/effects. FIRE Warrior Level 4 or lower is always going to be Battlin’ Boxers. If you go for the Spell/Trap search though, Cross Counter is arguably your best choice as it is your monster negation at any point of your turn, and replaces the cost it charges. Promoter comes to mind to search immediately, especially if your opponent has a monster, that results in another Rank 4.
Targeting protection via a detachment of a material on your side of the field ensures the safety of all Battlin’ Boxer monsters for the turn is another effect that is field-spanning and great protection. Mass removal effects are saved for Spell/Trap cards, while targeting is usually monster effects. King Dempsey may only have 2300ATK, but his ability to protect all your Battlin’ Boxer monsters from targeting each turn he can detach a material somewhere on your field makes him a great monster to keep on the field. While I can’t see them doing it, with the need for only generic materials a Battlin’ Box player could Xyz climb through the Zoodiac archetype alongside King Dempsey to give you a monster that has a lot of materials for less to detach while keeping the materials on King Dempsey, though he doesn’t need to detach to activate any of his effects.
King Dempsey protects and has respectable power as a Rank 4. He gets you a search, can be made off Promoter with ease, and, by himself provide targeting protection for at least your turn and during your opponent’s turn. Though it may be outpaced by another card we review this week: Nova Kaiser.
Until Next Time
The Rank 4 centric archetype could always use another Rank 4 of their own, so today we look at the 4th Rank 4 in the archetype: Battlin’ Boxer King Dempsey.
King Dempsey is a Rank 4 FIRE Warrior Xyz with 2300 ATK and 1800 DEF. Decent stats and that solid combo of FIRE/Warrior again. 2 Level 4s makes this, so it is generic. In return, on Special Summon you can take any Level 4 or lower FIRE Warrior from your Deck or any Battlin’ Boxing Spell/Trap and either add it to your hand or send it to the graveyard. Its good searching for any Warriors you might be able to make use of to go into even more plays, whether it’s Battlin’ Boxers themselves or other archetypes like Igknights and Infernoble Knights. The Battlin’ Boxing cards are few and far between, but you at least got a nice reborn Spell and a Counter Trap to stop monster effects. The second effect is a Quick Effect to detach a material to give your Battlin’ Boxer monsters protection from targeting effects from the opponent for the rest of the turn, which is always solid protection to have. Hard once per turn on each effect again. King Dempsey is a nice addition to the archetype for an extra consistency boost, while also being able to benefit other FIRE Warrior archetypes in the process. Play a few in Battlin’ Boxers and a copy in any other FIRE Warrior archetype that can make this.
Advanced Rating: 4/5
Art: 4/5 We about to catch these hands.
Perhaps their best card of the wave, Battlin’ Boxer King Dempsey is a Rank 4 FIRE Warrior Xyz monster, which you can make pretty easily with Battlin’ Boxer Promoter and Battlin’ Boxer Uppercutter. Dempsey’s materials are completely generic, only requiring two level 4 monsters, so you can tell where this is going! Dempsey’s stats are also fairly average for a Rank 4 monster, with a solid 2300 attack and a more middling 1800 defense, which is the unfortunate plight of most Battlin’ Boxer Xyz monsters.
Dempsey has two simple hard once per turn effects; the first triggers if it’s Special Summoned, letting you take a level 4 or lower FIRE Warrior monster or a Battlin’ Boxing Spell or Trap from your deck and either adding it to your hand or sending it to the Graveyard. While this is an easy way to access Battlin’ Boxer extenders as well as their new Counter Trap, Dempsey’s most popular use has, naturally, been as a fringe extender in Infernoble Knight decks to search playmakers. Dempsey’s other effect is a Quick Effect, detaching an Xyz material from any of your Xyz monsters to protect all of your Battlin’ Boxers from targeting effects until the End Phase. Battlin’ Boxers do have a depressing lack of protection outside of Battlin’ Boxer Lead Yoke, so ending on Dempsey isn’t the worst thing you can do. Overall, a great Battlin’ Boxer combo piece, though its true potential unfortunately lies elsewhere for the generic FIRE Warrior search.
Art: 3.25/5 Why does he have thrusters facing the front???
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