Obelisk the Tormentor
Requires 3 Tributes to Normal Summon (cannot be Normal Set). This card’s Normal Summon cannot be negated. When Normal Summoned, cards and effects cannot be activated. Cannot be targeted by Spells, Traps, or card effects. Once per turn, during the End Phase, if this card was Special Summoned: Send it to the Graveyard. You can Tribute 2 monsters; destroy all monsters your opponent controls. This card cannot declare an attack the turn this effect is activated.
January 1st, 2020
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Happy New Year and Happy New Decade! We’re kicking the New Year off with a stretch of the Egyptian Gods.
Obelisk the Tormentor was the first god card we saw in the show and his legal version doesn’t disappoint. Set ATK/DEF is beneficial vs Slifer and Ra. No tricks in summoning it, you’ve gotta use three, which I like, it shouldn’t be easy to summon something that can’t be targeted and has 4000ATK. If you Special Summon it you can link it away before it leaves the End Phase, giving you something if your attack is blocked if you summon and attack with it. The Raigeki effect is balanced with your inability to attack with Obelisk that turn, but you can still attack with other monsters. Scapegoat in the End Phase, pop 2 on your turn to destroy all your opponents monsters, link the two goats away for a Link and get more monsters on the field. Even without the effect you have a 4000ATK beatstick that requires your opponent to use a mass removal effect or get over it with stronger ATK. I wonder if it would be more playable if the destruction effect was like the anime and also deal 4000LP damage. None of the Egypitan Gods could be as strong as they are in the anime, they wouldn’t be fair if they were, but as is Obelisk has been used in several decks throughout his time, whether it be as a tribute for something like Fog King to gain ATK, an OTK deck, tribute to deal damage to opponent, or its own deck.
Art-3/5- Like the anime art better
Until Next Time
It’s a new year and a new decade, and with three days left this week, why not look at some classic Egyptian Gods? We’ll start off 2020 with Obelisk the Tormentor.
Obelisk is a Level 10 DIVINE Divine-Beast with 4000 ATK and DEF. Very great stats overall, but the attribute and type are the nichest of niche in this entire game as I could count on a hand or two the cards with the attribute and/or type out of 10,000 cards. It requires 3 Tributes to Normal Summon it and you can’t Set, which makes sense for a God to require more to summon compared to any other high-Level monster. The Normal Summon of this card cannot be negated, which you wouldn’t want to happen after you had to give up 3 monsters for it. Also upon Normal Summon, cards and effects cannot be activated, which makes the summon even safer. It’s untargetable by any sort of effects whatsoever, which is ok protection to have, but I’d kinda hope a God Card would of had stronger protection overall. Once per turn, during the End Phase, this monster sends itself to the graveyard if it was Special Summoned. At least it will stay for a turn after you Special Summon it, and at least it can be Special Summoned, but this just makes Tribute Summoning even more preferred. This card allows you to Tribute 2 monsters in order to destroy every monster your opponent controls and Obelisk cannot attack the turn you use that effect. You already gave up 3 monsters to summon this, so I don’t know how I feel about giving up 2 more to destroy your opponent’s board and THEN adding the restriction of this not attacking. I feel only one or the other restriction was necessary here, either the 2 monsters or the no attacking. Both just kinda makes you not want to use that effect at all. Obelisk does have some good qualities that makes it a decent monster overall, I would of just hoped for something more powerful from an Egyptian God.
Advanced Rating: 3.25/5
Art: 5/5 for the original, 4.5/5 for Takahashi’s art, and 3.5/5 for the Movie Pack Art.
I felt like we’d done this (these) more than we had before doing this, but was surprised to see we only had twice. Most recently specifically, Obelisk was our 4000th Card of the Day. I don’t have much to say about the Gods. 4000 built in attack and defense is good. Three required Tributes is not. Level 10 is good for Extra Deck plays, specifically XYZs of that Level. The protection attached is nice, as is not being able to be Targeted by things. The destroy all Monsters (even at the cost of a double Tribute, meaning you invested 5 total Monsters to do that, counting the 3 to bring out this card) is great, if not costly. Losing the ability to attack in doing so is not great, but I suppose necessary…but seemingly unfair since you’re giving up so much. If it leaves Obelisk as the only Monster on you Field, that’s not good. All three of the Gods are rather meh to me, but Obelisk is the best (which I say loosely).
Art: The Egyptian art shown here is the best, and Obelisk is the best looking God. 5/5
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