Decode Talker – #YS17-EN041
2+ Effect Monsters
Gains 500 ATK for each monster it points to. When your opponent activates a card or effect that targets a card(s) you control (Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 monster this card points to; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card.
Date Reviewed: February 19th, 2022
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Finally getting around to Vrains before we start looking at the classic cards again, looking first at one of the first 3 Link Monsters in the game: Decode Talker.
Decode Talker is a Link-3 DARK Cyberse with 2300 ATK and arrows pointing Up, Bottom Left, and Bottom Right. So we got a good Type, good Attribute, fine ATK, and good Link Arrows. 2+ Effect Monsters summons this, so super generic as well. Decode Talker gains 500 ATK/DEF for each monster this points to, so you on your own can easily get this to 3300 ATK, which can be difficult to get over. Second effect is a Quick Effect when the opponent uses a card or effect that targets a card(s) you control, letting you tribute a monster this points to in order to negate and destroy that card. Targeting negation is actually really good, something I expect more from a main set card and not a Starter Deck card. Decode Talker might no longer be the Link-3 to go to anymore, especially since we are no longer under the ruleset of Master Rule 4 making you summon your Extra Deck monsters to zones your Links point to if not to the Extra Monster Zone, and we do have some better Link-3s like Knightmare Unicorn. Decode Talker hasn’t aged the worst compared to other Starter Deck cards. I wouldn’t call it staple anymore, but it’s okay.
Advanced Rating: 3/5
Art: 4/5 for original art and 3.5/5 for the alternate art
Saturday brings us Decode Talker-a Link 3 Monster, also a Dark/Cyberese pairing, with a relatively solid 2300 attack. Arrows point directly above, as well as the respective bottom diagonals, and Link Summon requires 2+ Effect Monsters. So gains 500 attack per Monster it points to. That should be at least 2800, making things better, and anything after that bumps you over 3000. He should take most anything down then. A Quick Effect upon your opponent Targeting a Card(s) you control by Tributing a Monster this card points to. If successful, you negate the activation of and destroy said card. Great 1-for-1 there that always should be in your favor. That will drop the attack back down 500, sure, but it opens a space back up for you to Link again to get that attack back, too. Easy little card to use and abuse in many places, and Quick too.
Art: 4.5/5 BIG Tron vibes here
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