Raiza the Mega Monarch – #DUEA-EN041
You can Tribute Summon this card by Tributing 1 Tribute Summoned monster. If this card is Tribute Summoned: Target 1 card on the field and 1 card in either player’s Graveyard, also if this card was Tribute Summoned by Tributing a WIND monster, you can target an additional card on the field; place the first target(s) on the top of the Deck in any order, also, after that, return the additional target (if any) to the hand.
Date Reviewed: February 3rd, 2022
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Raiza the Mega Monarch is the Throwback Choice this week and a great addition to this archetype.
Two tribute monster needing only one tribute if you tribute a Tribute Summoned monster, which is exactly what Floowandereeze do. Bounce a card back to the top of the deck is a standard Raiza effect. Bouncing a card from the grave to the top of the deck wouldn’t be a preferable choice, thankfully you can do this for yourself instead of your opponent. If you don’t like giving your opponent back a card you can always bounce back an Extra Deck monster, this has always been the best idea. If you use that WIND monster, you get another bounce, on either field back to the hand. You can do the same thing you did with the first part of the effect and bounce an Extra Deck monster and it will return to the Extra Deck, or you can bounce a monster of yours back to the hand to reuse.
Floowandereeze can get to Raiza on turn one without any trouble at all and without losing any card advantage: a heavy asset when you are trying to Tribute Summon a two-tribute monster. Summon > search and get another summon > repeat previous step > Tribute one or both for a Tribute Summon > Summon Raiza and bounce up to three…that all happened off of two cards.
Raiza the Mega Monarch didn’t have a lot going for it in terms of being easily summoned. WIND archetypes could use it but they still had to give up two monsters, as tribute monsters weren’t typically part of the deck unless they were also running the original Raiza the Storm Monarch. Now, he kinda has a place he can really call his own in terms of ease of summoning.
Until Next Time
Throwback Thursday this week gives us a card that didn’t really have a use before Floowandereeze, which was disappointing considering it’s an “upgrade” over what was once one of the best original Monarchs. I’m talking about Raiza the Mega Monarch.
Mega Raiza is a Level 8 WIND Winged Beast with 2800 ATK and 1000 DEF. A good ATK stat overall, WIND is meh, but Winged Beast is nice. This can be Tribute Summoned using only 1 Tribute Summoned monster, which is nice. If this card is Tribute Summoned, you can target a card on the field and in either player’s graveyard, then you can also target another card on the field if you Tribute Summoned this by using a WIND monster, to place the first target(s) on the top of the Deck in any order and the extra target returns to the hand. It’s a nice effect, it was just rough to justify this in 2014 when we got BAs, Shaddolls, and more when the old Monarchs themselves were starting to faze out to where Burning Abyss gave some of the best ones one last shot in the meta like Raiza, Caius, and Mobius. A few of the Mega Monarchs were used, but not this one. It just wasn’t worth it for 2 tributes and not many Decks Tribute Summon already to use the extra effect. Floowandereeze finally gave this a home and hopefully it finds more homes. It’s a pretty decent Mega Monarch on paper, making the opponent’s draws dead for the next few turns as they don’t get to see new cards is pretty good.
Advanced Rating: 3.75/5
Art: 3/5 I like the original Raiza better.
Riding on the waves of the alleged “Bird Monarchs”, Throwback Thursday brings us Raiza the Mega Monarch, the improved form of Raiza the Storm Monarch. It’s a level 8 WIND winged beast, letting it fit like a glove into the Floowandereeze archetype as Floowandereeze & Eglen can easily search it. Raiza has the standard mega monarch stat spread of 2800 attack and a laughably low 1000 defense, which makes it a decent attacker if need be, though it’ll be helpless in defense position.
As with all the mega monarchs, you can tribute summon Raiza with only 1 monster if that monster was tribute summoned, though it usually won’t be too relevant in Floowandereeze since you’ll actually want your bosses to stay on the field. Curiously, Raiza’s effect is not once per turn at all, so if you can field multiple Raizas, you can cause some dastardly mayhem to your opponent’s gamestate. After tribute summoning Raiza, you can target a card on the field (or 2, if the monster you tributed was WIND) and a card in either graveyard, then place the field cards on top of the deck while returning the graveyard cards to the hand. Since quite a few Floowandereeze cards are WIND themselves, you can expect to use Raiza a lot for boardbreaking as well as disruption if you summon it on your opponent’s turn. Additionally, while giving your opponent a card back sounds like as bad idea, you can still return your own graveyard cards, plus certain decks need their combo pieces to stay in the graveyard. Raiza’s one of the few cards that can place other cards on top of the deck, so in fringe scenarios you can even lock down your opponent if you continuously recycle multiple copies of Raiza. The lack of a special summon condition makes it a liability in most decks outside of Monarchs, but thankfully as a WIND winged beast Raiza is an honorary Floowandereeze monster, bringing powerful disruption, boardbreaking, and utility all in one.
Art: 3.5/5 I kinda like the original Raiza more, though Mega Raiza is certainly a lot more formidable when it comes to armor bling.
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