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Firmament Elemental

Card # DM-S1

Date Reviewed: 07.14.06

Constructed Average Rating: 2
Limited Average Rating: 1

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


DRY 1337

Today we finish the week with some eye candy.  The artwork for Syrius, Firmament Elemental looks dangerously inspiring but is that all that Syrius has to offer?


Syrius, Firmament Elemental


Cost: 11

Race: Angel Command

Civilization: Light

Type: Creature

Rules Text:

·         Blocker

·         Triple breaker (This creature breaks 3 shields.)


Power: 12000

Ok, aside from the cool artwork the first thing that everyone sees is the cost, and we are justified in doing so.  If we ever need to spend more than seven mana on a card it better be game-breaking, right?  Well let’s take a look.  We’re paying eleven mana for a creature with 12,000 power.  This seems like a terrible waste.  Duel Masters is a game of mind over power.  If you really do have 11 mana to tap then you’re better off casting a combo instead of a creature that could be fodder for Corile, Terror Pit, Critical Blade, etc.


The blocker effect isn’t too great either.  For example, it can’t do anything versus slayers and various dragons.  So basically if you run a card like this in a deck you better either be using Transmogrify to get it out (still a waste) or stall long enough to get 11 mana so your opponent can laugh when you put Syrius down.  Seriously, if you have 11 mana to spend, then play Aeris and evolve into Alcadeias or do something equally useful. 


The Good:  Yes, there are better creatures to be using Transmogrify on but at least this one blocks.  A transmogrify combo could throw your opponent off.


The Bad:  The power-to-cost ratio is lackluster and the effect do not justify the cost.


The Ugly:  If you’re basing a non-transmogrify deck around this card you’ll be lucky if you even make it to turn 11.


Constructed Rating: 2/5 –  Transmogrify is the only card which makes this creature somewhat adequate


Limited Rating: 1/5 – I’ve never EVER seen anyone who could summon this thing in limited.



Please feel free to post your comments, questions, and/or objections on the Message Board and I’ll be more than happy to respond.  Happy dueling!

- DRY 1337


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