Salamangreat Tiger – #LD10-EN003
You can discard 1 other “Salamangreat” card; Special Summon this card from your hand. You can only use this effect of “Salamangreat Tiger” once per turn. If this card you control would be used as Synchro Material for a FIRE monster, you can treat it as a non-Tuner. Once per turn: You can increase or decrease this card’s Level by 1.
Date Reviewed: October 10th, 2023
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Salamangreat Tiger is the second Tuner to be added to the Salamangreat archetype alongside yesterday’s Weasel.
Level 5 Tuner that has a Special Summon ability we’ve seen for a LONG time in Yu-Gi-Oh: Discard one card to Special Summon. This requires a Salamangreat card though, but that is easily done because you aren’t using Tiger in any other decks. If you want to Synchro Summon a FIRE monster with Tiger, but have another Tuner on the field, no problem, Tiger can take its Tuner ability away. Nifty way of having itself work alongside Weasel or if you are in a pinch…Ash Blossom most likely in a FIRE-based deck. You can drop its Level or increase it by 1 once per turn, adjusting for Synchro combinations or a Rank 4 play with Fowl, Jack Jaguar or Falco.
There are many FIRE Synchro Monsters to summon with Tiger: Black Rose Dragon, Gaia Blaze, the Force of the Sun, Geomathmech Final Sigma, Geomathmech Magma, Rampaging Smashtank Rhynosaber, Ruddy Rose Dragon, and Vermillion Dragon Mech being the best ones, as well as tomorrow’s CoTD: Salamangreat Burst Gryphon. While you aren’t likely to Synchro Summon higher than Level 8, Tiger making itself a Level 6 to go for Final Sigma with two other Level 3 Salamangreat monsters isn’t out of the question. Black Rose Dragon and Ruddy Rose Dragon are great utility monsters and always will be, while Dragon Mech is just a good monster. Won’t say anything about tomorrow’s CoTD, but it’s in the archetype, so it’s likely your number one choice for Synchro Summons.
Salamangreat Tiger continues Salamangreat’s ability to swarm the field. It’s discard can set up Weasel, it’s a higher Level Tuner that can change its Level for Extra Deck shenanigans, and it can forget its Tuner ability to become just another monster for your Synchro/Link/Xyz Summons. When giving an archetype a Synchro Monster they need good Tuner options and these past two days have shown they nailed it with both.
Until Next Time
From one Tuner in the archetype to another, we got one better for Synchro purposes honestly with Salamangreat Tiger.
Tiger is a Level 5 FIRE Cyberse Tuner with 2000 ATK and 500 DEF. Fine stats for Level 5, plus FIRE/Cyberse is fine. You can discard another Salamangreat card to Special Summon this card from the hand, which is good to trigger the graveyard effects of cards like Spinny, Jack Jaguar, or Falco, putting a Spell/Trap in the graveyard to recover off of Sunlight Wolf, or to just help trigger the effect of the recently unlimited Gazelle. It’s the only HOPT on this card, which is fine. It can be treated as a non-Tuner to Synchro Summon a FIRE monster, which is mostly relevant if your only other monster is Weasel. Finally, we get a soft once per turn to increase or decrease this card’s Level by 1, helping you work more with the Level 4 monsters in the archetype to go into a Level 8 or Level 10 Synchro potentially, or just make a Rank 4 Xyz if you want. It’s technically access to Baronne de Fleur in Salamangreat alongside another Level 4, assuming you didn’t use Salamangreat of Fire that turn (which most to all Salamangreat players are running). It’s better access to help with the Synchro the archetype got than Weasel for whatever that’s worth, and it’s good Synchro access for Salamangreat in general. Weasel sees more play than Tiger since it’s not a minus to summon the former while also having a better Level to go into Miragestallio. If you want to use Synchros in Salamangreat, then Tiger is for you.
Advanced Rating: 3/5
Art: 4/5 Nice kitty.
While Weasel has been seeing use as a one-of in Salamangreat, I can’t say the same for its brother, Salamangreat Tiger, a level 5 FIRE Cyberse Tuner monster. As usual, you can grab it with Salamangreat Circle, but being level 5 will prevent it from being searched by Cynet Mining. As its status as a Tuner might suggest, Tiger’s attack is a rather middling 2000 for a level 5 monster with an even worse 500 defense.
To offset being level 5, Tiger can Special Summon itself by discarding any Salamangreat monster on a hard once per turn, so fielding it isn’t hard; plus, it’ll help trigger the GY effects of Salamangreat Spinny and Salamangreat Jack Jaguar as well. Perhaps to go with Weasel, Tiger can treat itself as a non-Tuner if you Synchro Summon a FIRE monster, which you most likely will be doing, so it’s helpful to have. Tiger’s last effect is a soft once per turn, letting you reduce or increase its level by 1; this effect can be handy since some of your combo pieces are level 4 rather than 3, and your target Synchro monster is level 8. Despite all of this, Tiger lends itself to much weaker plays than Salamangreat Gazelle, and one Salamangreat’s greatest strengths is its ability to run a large amount of tech cards thanks to its compact and efficient core. Currently, Tiger is seeing no play in Salamangreat decks, so unfortunately this card will have to be a pass unless we get better Synchro monsters to make.
Art: 3/5 What’s with those shoulders?
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