Salamangreat Weasel – #LD10-EN002
If you have 2 or more “Salamangreat” monsters in your GY: You can Special Summon this card from your hand. If a “Salamangreat” Ritual, Fusion, Synchro, Xyz, or Link Monster(s) is Special Summoned to your field, while this card is in your GY (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 other “Salamangreat” monster in your GY; place this card on the bottom of your Deck, and if you do, Special Summon that monster to your opponent’s field, then draw 1 card. You can only use each effect of “Salamangreat Weasel” once per turn.
Date Reviewed: October 9th, 2023
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Salamangreat Weasel begins a Salamangreat week on CoTD, as this archetype that once dominated in the Tier 1 has gotten some help as of late.
Weasel being a Level 3 Cyberse Tuner is a great start for this new monster, as the Tuner ability will open up Synchro Summoning in and outside the archetype. Level 3 holds with many of the old school Salamangreat monsters for Rank 3 Summoning. Special Summon ability is great off of any sort of Extra Deck summoning involving two or more monsters (as long as those monsters are in the grave when you summon Weasel), Weasel is a natural extender in the archetype.
You never want to give your opponent a monster unless you are taking away cards when you do it. Weasel cycling itself to the bottom of the deck to Special Summon a Salamangreat from your grave to the opponent’s side of the field just so you can draw a card isn’t worth it, unless you pair this with your old school Salamangreat Extra Deck buddies: Sunlight Wolf and Miragestallio. Linking away Miragestallio will pop that Salamangreat monster back to your hand, netting you a free card from your grave. Sunlight Wolf does essentially the same thing, except needing that monster to be Special Summoned to the zone it points to, either way both get you a card, Miragestallio takes away the monster from the opponent though. Fusion of Fire is also an option to ensure your opponent doesn’t get a use out of the Salamangreat monster you gave them.
Great extender to add to the archetype. Ease of Special Summoning and can get you a draw while cycling itself to the bottom of the Deck from the Graveyard. The downside to Weasel is that you need to make sure your opponent gets no use out of the Salamangreat monster you give them, though that seems rather easily done, given you can go into Sunlight Wolf or Miragestallio and trigger Weasel’s effect straight-away.
Until Next Time
New Salamangreat cards this week to boost one of the better Decks from the 2019 era of this game, and we start with a Tuner finally joining the archetype with Salamangreat Weasel.
Weasel is a Level 3 FIRE Cyberse Tuner with 700 ATK and 1400 DEF. Stats are whatever for a Tuner, FIRE is solid, and Cyberse has good generic support. It can be Special Summoned from the hand if there are 2 or more Salamangreat monsters in your graveyard, which should not be a concern with all the Link Summoning the archetype does. If a Salamangreat Ritual, Fusion, Synchro, Xyz, or Link Monster(s) is Special Summoned to your field while this card is in your graveyard, you can target another Salamangreat monster in your graveyard and place this card on the bottom of your Deck to summon the targeted monster to the opponent’s field and let you draw a card. Draw power is always pretty good. Being able to summon a monster that likely does nothing for the opponent onto their field can be good to turn off cards like Lightning Storm, Evenly Matched, or Infinite Imperemanence being able to be used from the hand easily. If you really don’t want your opponent to keep said monster, then you shouldn’t have an issue getting it off the board since a lot of Salamangreat monsters don’t have great stats or any real protection on their own. Hard once per turn on each effect, of course. Weasel does make for a good extender in the Salamangreat archetype. Being a Level 3 does mean you can make Miragestallio if you need to, otherwise it’s good Link Material. You can also Synchro Summon if you want, but the other Tuner the archetype has is better for actually using Synchros in Salamangreat. Overall a good start for modern Salamangreat support.
Advanced Rating: 3.25/5
Art: 3.5/5 Like the little wheel he has.
This week starts our coverage of the middling but still highly anticipated Soulburning Volcano set, a big boost to three fan-favorite archetypes from the anime. Salamangreat Weasel starts it all for the Salamangreat support, a level 3 FIRE Cyberse Tuner monster, one of Salamangreat’s new Tuner monsters to go with its new Synchro monster (more on that later). Like all other low level Salamangreat monsters, you can grab it with Cynet Mining and Salamangreat Circle, assuming you’re not busy searching Salamangreat Gazelle first. Par for course for a low level Tuner, Weasel’s stats are quite low, with only 700 attack and a not much better 1400 defense, so it will ideally leave the field soon enough.
The first of Weasel’s two hard once per turn effects lets you Special Summon it from your hand as long as you have two Salamangreat monsters in your Graveyard, which isn’t too difficult, but it does force you to start up your combos first unless you want to waste your Normal Summon on Weasel (which you don’t want to). Weasel’s other effect triggers while it’s in the Graveyard if a Salamangreat Ritual, Fusion, Synchro (foreshadowing), Xyz, or Link monster is summoned to your field, letting you place Weasel on the bottom of the deck to Special Summon a different Salamangreat monster from your Graveyard to your opponent’s field, then draw a card. That effect is a mouthful, but it’s essentially a roundabout way to recycle a Salamangreat monster, since you’re supposed to summon Salamangreat Miragestallio and bounce it back to your own hand. Weasel has cute combo applications, like the aforementioned Miragestallio play, but it doesn’t really help the core combos much, and their upcoming Synchro monster isn’t worth playing Tuners for either. Maybe if Salamangreat gets its own Iblee someday, like people speculated when Weasel was first revealed?
Art: 3.75/5 Good to see the art direction is still going for that Megaman X boss vibe.
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