Pojo's Duel Masters Card of the Day
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Date Reviewed: 7.22.04
Limited Average Rating:
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1 being the worst. 3 ... average.
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||Ladia Bale, the
Inspirational-Light Civilization, 6 mana, 9500
attack, “Blocker”, and “Evolution-Put on one of your
guardians. Double Breaker.”
First off, I’ve said it before but it bares
repeating. Evolutions are great. No doubt that this
card is going to help out any deck that uses La Ura
Giga, and if need be Reso Pacos, Clear Sky Guardian,
and if you so desperately need to Szubs Kin and Dia
Nork, but please limit their uses. This card is the
fastest evo with its main base creature merely
costing 1. The only bad thing about this card is
that the other light evo doesn’t compliment this
card in anyway, it flat out sucks really. I would
suggest this as your only light evo in a deck that
Now that I have explained its good side, allow me to
point out the Achilles’ heel of this card. It’s a
blocker. You may be saying, “Why is that a bad
thing?”. Two words, Critical Blade. You can kill
this behemoth for two mana. That’s a weakness any
darkness player looks to exploit. What’s worse is I
have never seen anybody use Ladia Bale for its
blocking ability. It is there to weaken its power.
If it weren’t for the blocker ability, this card
could easily be considered one of the best evos. Now
it simply sits around as one of the mediocre evos
that have playability, but I personally wouldn’t
give it play.
Constructed-3/5: This card is an ok choice if you
actually think you might use it as a blocker.
Limited-2/5: The only ones to choose from are Reso
Pacos and Phal Eega. Not good choices.
Ladia Bale has been blessed with many good creatures
to evolve her from. Guardians are not a rare race at
all. The main problem with Ladia Bale is the fact
that she's not much of a power upgrade from Gran
Gure. So I've hunted down this Super Rare just so I
could have an extra 500 power tacked onto my fatty.
I realize that Ladia Bale is an evolution. I also
realize that she can break shields (double breaker).
Being able to break shields isn't that much of an
upgrade. Gran Gure and Ladia Bale are both meant to
help deal with other large creatures such as Fighter
Dual Fang, or Crystal Lancer. They are not really
meant to take shields. I'd rather have Gran Gure,
because with Gran Gure I'm gaining a creature. Ladia
Bale is an evolution so she doesn't make my creature
count go up. In later sets both Ladia Bale, and Gran
Gure are going to be overpowered by newer creatures.
With that in mind I'd much rather use Gran Gure,
than hunt down four Ladia Bale.
Final Rating: 4
Limited Rating: 5 In draft big creatures are rare.
This means that your opponent will have a hard time
dealing with Ladia Bale.
||Ladia Bale, the
Arguably the most versatile race of creatures in the
Light civlization is the Guardian race. The Guardian
race are multifaceted--they specialize in blocking,
tapping, spell recursion, tapped creature attacking,
and deck searching. Ladia Bale, the Inspirational
hails from the talented Guardian race, packs the
blocker ability, is a double breaker evolution
creature, and boasts having the second highest
attack power in the game. But is all of that enough
to warrant using Ladia Bale, the Inspirational in a
deck over Light's other behemoth--Hanusa, Radiance
Excuse me if I drool when going over Ladia Bale's
specs ... Ladia Bale costs
6 mana, is a blocker creature, has 9500 power, is a
double breaker, can attack the same turn its
summoned, can attack players or creatures, evolves
from a race of useful creatures...what are the cons?
Hehe. Ladia Bale is essentially Gran Gure Gure and
Hanusa wrapped into one creature. Ladia Bale has so
much going for it, unless you're running a
combo-civilization deck with too many evolution
creatures already, I see very few reasons not to
include Ladia Bale in a deck that runs Light.
Currently there's only one umpumped creature that
won't have to worry about Ladia Bale' attacking it (Ultracide
Worm), not too many creatures can survive being
blocked by it (when unpumped), and the guy can hit
for two to the dome. It's just so freakin' huge it
hurts ... your opponent. Evolution-chain speaking,
there are 7 Guardians that can evolve into Ladia
Bale. More than than half of the
7 Guaridans are efficient blockers and many of them
pack useful effects.
Though most Guardians cost over 4 mana, because many
are blockers you can stall until you get Ladia Bale
in your hand and the mana to summon it. The most
heavily played Guardian creature, the blocker La Ura
Giga, only costs 1 mana and is usually the guy that
gets evolved into Ladia Bale (because it can be
easily evolved on the same turn its summoned--that
way it avoids getting hammered). If your opponent is
not playing Darkness, isn't abusing bounce cards
like Corile, or doesn't have some pumped up fatties
in his battle zone, then Ladia Bale can do/halt a
lot of damage for an extended period of time.
Two words: Critical Blade. Most board owning fatties
can only be taken down permanently by other huge
creatures, slayers or spells like Terror Pit. In
addition to those types of kill, Ladia Bale can be
taken down by one of the cheapest removal spells in
the game--making it more vunerable than most other
fatties. This huge monster can also be halted by
creatures like Scarlett Skyterror, Crystal Paladin,
and Larba Geer. But being slapped by a shield
trigger Critical Blade has got to be the worst way
for Ladia Bale to bite the dust. ; ) Because of most
Guardians' high costs, the fact that some cannot
attack players and have non-ideal cost-to-power
ratios, summoning Ladia Bale is going to be slower
than most of the other evolutions (think Barkwhip,
Valdios, Barbaro, Paladin).
When it comes to Ladia Bale, big is beautiful. There
isn't much to say that hasn't already been said: it
can block, it can attack players, it can attack
creatures, it's a double breaker, it can attack the
same turn its summoned, it costs 6 mana, it has 9500
power, its got funky spaceship-ish card art, it's
shinny--just about the only thing it doesn't do is
bake bread. Plus, it shouldn't be too hard to summom
with 7 Guardians to choose from--keeping it on the
field once you have it out is usually the bigger
problem. Oh, and to answer my earlier question--Ladia
Bale owns Hanusa.
Constructed: 4/5. Mono Light loves its blockers.
Ladia Bale is the scariest blocker in the game.
Watch out for Critical Blade. Be Merry.
Limited: 2/5. Good luck being able to pull it from a
pack--it's a Super Rare--let alone summon the guy.
There are many Guardians running around, but most
are rare rating and above--good luck pulling enough
of those guys too.