#1 – Dingirsu, the Orcust of the Evening Star
Date Reviewed: December 31, 2019
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
After yesterday’s card was revealed, you probably knew there could be only one card to make this spot and luckily this one isn’t banned, at least for now. The best card of 2019 is Dingrisu, the Orcust of the Evening Star.
Dingrisu is a Rank 8 DARK Machine Xyz with 2600 ATK and 2100 DEF. Fine stats for the Rank, though most other Rank 8s do have better stats, being DARK seemed to be the top attribute this year, but Machine is a nice break. The summoning requirements are any 2 Level 8 monsters or you could overlay this on top of an Orcust Link Monster. Most likely the latter option with how much Orcust has been thrown into other strategies this year, but needing just 2 Level 8s lets this remain a good card after Orcust is hit, assuming this doesn’t get the axe. You can only summon Dingrisu once per turn, which is perfectly fine considering you could just Link this away and revive it with Cymbal Skeleton and get its summon effect multiple times. If a card(s) you control would be destroyed, you can detach a material from this instead.
I like how this just protects literally anything, so for example you could protect a El Shaddoll Winda that you summoned with Instant Fusion and just protect your cards in general when the opponent tries to get rid of them. Upon this card being Special Summoned, you can either send a card the opponent controls to the graveyard or attach a banished Machine to this card as material. Well in Orcust both options are viable since they’re all Machines and you do banish them fairly often, which means 1 more material will get you 1 more protection from destruction. The other effect will probably be best in every Rank 8 Deck under the sun being non-targeting and non-destruction removal. It’s an insanely powerful Rank 8 that’s even better in it’s own archetype that was extremely meta relevant this year with how much it was played. Now it’s time to see what the new decade will bring us and if Crystron Halqifibrax ends up being the best card of 2020 or if we get another insanely broken card.
Advanced Rating: 5/5
Art: 5/5 Art that is in any way related to the World Legacy is lovely.
My #1: Dingrisu, the Orcust of the Evening Star
Hello Pojo Fans,
Coming in at #1 from 2019 is one of the cornerstones of the Orcust strategy: Dingirsu, the Orcust of the Evening Star.
You can use the generic Level 8 monsters to summon this, or you can summon it using an Orcust Link Monster, which is much easier and versatile. Destruction protection via detaching material(s) makes certain you can get at least a one-time protection for any card(s) you control. The wide-reaching protection elevate this over other forms of protection monsters have. On the Special Summon of Dingirsu you have two options: hand control of your opponent or increase protection for yourself. Both are good choices, but if your opponent heavily uses their graveyard you will go with attaching a banished Machine monster. If you don’t have any banished Machine monsters (typically with Orcust you will always have one) you’ll go for hand manipulation. Late game either effect can be a nail in your opponents coffin, and, once again, depending on the deck you face you may not want to discard. Because this card can attach a Machine that’s banished upon its Special Summon, using the Link Monster is more beneficial. Galatea is the best choice for this. Easiest to summon of the Orcust Link monsters, her effect and get yourself an Orcust spell/trap before overlaying her with Dingirsu.
Dingirsu is so good not only because of its protection effect (not once per turn), but the ease to summon it. Literally all you need is one Orcust monster and you can make the Link Monster needed to summon Dingirsu. Late game it is a killer, early on it can take up opponent resources. Balanced because you can only get one per turn and you do need a banished Machine to attach to add more protection, many decks can push through one destruction negation. It is worthy of the #1 spot because of its ease to summon, control ability, and splashability into any deck that can run a few Orcust monsters.
Be safe and have a happy new year Pojo fans. It’s weird to think that I’ve been writing here for six years (a few have been for far longer), but this decade has been pretty darn good. The game has changed from back in 2010, but I’m really happy to see it still going strong into a new decade.
Until Next Time
Dingirsu, the Orcust of the Evening Star closes the week. Dark, Machine, Rank 8 XYZ Monster, with 2600 attack (a tad low for me) and 2100 defense. Dingirsu is XYZ Summoned with any two Level 8 Monsters. So, first we see you can only Special Summon one of these a turn. If you can throw out or manipulate enough Monsters/Level 8s in a turn to get more than one…too bad hey?
But we see an ease here, as you can also you a theme Link Monster of your choosing for an XYZ Summon of this card, which is very helpful. Next we see protection, which is always good, especially when it’s broad, as it is here. When a card(s) you control would be destroyed by Effect OR Battle (fantastic already) you can detach an XYZ Material instead.
That’s likely to run out fast, but it’s still a damn useful ability. Finally, when Special Summoned, you can send a card your opponent controls to the Graveyard, or attach a Machine Monster of yours that’s been removed from play as XYZ Material. Both are good, easy to abuse, and obvious as to why you get only one of these a turn. Honestly, this is good for what it can do if you can make a Rank 8, even out of the theme.
Art: 5/5 by a country mile. So much beauty in this picture. I kinda feel the name should be evening stars, as I’m interpreting all the color as the northern lights, but that could be a minor quibble. Great detail, colors, and she looks quite majestic among it all.