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  Royal Durian

Card # DM-49

Date Reviewed: 09.26.06

Constructed Average Rating: 4.25
Limited Average Rating: 2.25

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


DRY 1337



Today we review a card from the Blastosplosion set which is very welcome in a non-evo duelist’s arsenal.  There are other cards that attempt to foil evolution strategies but Royal Durian seems to come out a few steps ahead.  Let’s take a look.


Royal Durian


Cost: 5


Race: Wild Veggies


Civilization: Nature


Type: Creature


Rules Text:

·         Shield trigger (When this creature is put into your hand from the shield zone, you may summon it for no cost).

·         When you put this creature into the battle zone put the top card of each evolution creature from the battle zone into its owner’s mana zone.


Power: 1000


At first glance this creature doesn’t seem too spectacular.  For five mana we have a creature that comes into play with a laughable 1000 power.  It’s a terrible deal but at least we’re fortunate that Royal Durian is a shield trigger creature so it can potentially be summoned for free.  Even so it’s still the weakest shield trigger creature for its cost.  Even Fantasy Fish, a 7 mana shield trigger creature can kick Royal Durian’s posterior.


As far as the effect, however, we’re in luck.  Whenever Royal Durian comes into the battle zone, it unleashes a nifty little effect.  As soon as it gets summoned you send the top card of each evolution creature in the battle zone into your opponent’s mana zone.  This is utterly debilitating when facing decks that focus on a strong evo strategy.  Unfortunately the same goes for your evos so use caution.  With this “double-edge” ability in mind we need to exploit it by throwing Royal Durian into a deck with no evos.  This may sound like a pain at first but just consider the fact that a lot of the stronger decks can win without using any evos. 


If you’re still not sure as to whether this creature is worth it then just consider the possibilities…  You can completely stifle a Beast Folk agro/rush deck or even throw away your opponent’s Uber Dragon Bajula.  You can also watch your opponent’s unblockable Crystal Lancer go to waste or decimate the ever-so-annoying Warlord Ailzonius.  Want to take it a step further?  Keep this card in mind when the next set is released.  Feel free to thank me later when you realize that you can do away with your opponent’s vortex evolutions without breaking a sweat.  Nobody is safe.


The last thing I need to add is that with the shield trigger ability you now have a card that can pretty much be splashed into any deck.  The effect alone is worth the 5 mana so it’s incredible that it comes with a body.  Make sure you give Royal Durian a shot.



The Good:  It’s a little body equipped with a devastating effect.


The Bad:  You’ll have better things to summon for 5 mana but the shield trigger ability more than makes up for it.


The Ugly:  Decks with Alcadeias, Bajula, Abzo Dolba, Warlord Ailzonius, and other difficult evos will be devastated by this little creature.


Constructed Rating: 4.5/5 – An effect like this that comes equipped with a body and a shield trigger ability can be pretty much used in any deck.  Go for a little green splash and it’ll work when you need it.


Limited Rating: 2.5/5 – The only thing it’s got going for it in limited is the fact that it can be instantly summoned from your shields.  Aside from that, evolutions are rarely used 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!




Meh. I'm here. Today's card is Royal Durian. enjoy.


Name: Royal Durian
Cost: 5
Race: Wild Veggies
Civilization: Nature
Type: Creature
Rules Text:
Silent skill (At the start of each of your turns, if this creature is tapped, you may keep it tapped and use its Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet.
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SilentPut a creature that has Dragon in its race from your mana zone into the battle zone.
Power: 1000
Mana Number: 1
Artist: Akifumi Yamamoto
Rarity: R
Collector Number: 49

Um..... DRAGON DECK WORTHY! This is pretty much a must for dragon decks. the problem is using green with red. Yet by the time this is out, and with green's mana rush, you'll have some good dragons out. Still this is good for early game Bazageals.


4/5 Card

2/5 Art (A durian is a spikey fruit. This is a bush.)


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