Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Blade Dragon
Date Reviewed: April 10, 2018
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Next up is the other promo that got a reprint in the Extreme Force Special Edition and a card that is now legal outside the USA and Canada, Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Blade Dragon.
Cipher Blade Dragon is a Rank 9 LIGHT Dragon with 3200 ATK and 2800 DEF. Stats are pretty good, type and attribute are great. You need 3 Level 9s to summon this or you can summon this by overlaying it on top of a Rank 8 Galaxy-Eyes XYZ monster, transferring the materials from that monster to this card. You are likely using the latter way to summon this, maybe using Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon to take an XYZ monster and overlay this on top of that instead of using your XYZs. This card cannot be used for an XYZ summon, so no using this to go into a Full-Armor Photon Dragon or Dark Matter Dragon. Once per turn, you can detach a material from this card to target and destroy a card on the field. Targeting sucks, but you aren’t too limited on what you can or cannot target at least. If this card you control is destroyed by the opponent’s attacking monster or card effect and sent to the GY, you can summon a Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon from the GY. Cipher Dragon might be one of the more common cards you use to summon this guy, so you likely will have a Cipher Dragon in the GY when this dies, meaning you get your Cipher Dragon right back to go into something like Full-Armor or Dark Matter. A nice little tool for the Rank 8 toolbox basically, play it if you have the room.
Advanced Rating: 4/5
Art: 4.25/5 I like him better than the original Cipher Dragon.
This card has some majestic, beautiful artwork, no? That’s not really anything we’re debating, that was total truth. Rank 9, Light, Dragon, requiring 3 Level 9 Monsters…the price of admission is high here. But, as shouldn’t be surprising, you can bring Cipher Blade out via a Rank 8. That’s helpful, and it’s going to be a lifetime easier than bringing yourself to have three Level 9 Monsters on your Field. The 3200 attack is great, and this isn’t a power card that has high attack and a puny defense behind it (at 2800 here). So once a turn, you can Target and destroy a card on the Field, by discarding a Material. Any card, any type, anywhere. I’m not a fan of Target effects, but as far as they go, this one honestly isn’t bad. When destroyed, by Battle or card effect via your opponent, you can target a Galaxy Eyes Cipher Dragon from your Graveyard and Special Summon it. The thing worth noting here, not that this effect isn’t good, as it is…is that this card HAS to go to your Graveyard. If it gets removed from play, you get nothing. For another benefit, you should have GECD in your Graveyard all ready when this happens, and then you can go from there in the direction you choose. Fun card, fun Deck(s), and powerful enough absolutely.
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