Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms
August 2, 2019
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
You know times are interesting when we got a Dragon Ruler back in the format, welcome Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms back to one.
Tempest is a Level 7 WIND Dragon with 2400 ATK and 2200 DEF. WIND isn’t the best attribute, but Tempest boosts it a lot, Dragon is a great type, and the stats are fine for the level. I’ll get it out of the way now that you can only use 1 effect of Tempest per turn and only once that turn, and that’s a restriction that makes this less powerful in 2019 then it was 6 years ago. First off, if this card is in your hand or graveyard, you can banish two WIND and/or Dragons from the graveyard to summon this from wherever it was, which is a nice free body. Dragons love banishing sometimes, we saw that with Eclipse Wyverrn earlier this week, and you got a plethora of Dragons to banish. As for WIND monsters, Dragunities might like this since it can banish their WIND Winged-Beasts and you got the WIND based Ritual Beast archetype that likes their monsters banished in general. During your opponent’s End Phase, if this card was Special Summoned, you bounce this back to your hand. Not the worst thing in the world since you likely would use this as a material for a monster or finish the opponent off with this before that matters, but any way of Special Summoning this bounces him to the hand, which is noteworthy as this is the first time since 2013 that a Dragon Ruler was TCG legal with it’s baby form (Lightning, Dragon Ruler of Drafts). You can discard this card and any WIND monster to search for any Dragon in your deck, which is nice generic Dragon support if it didn’t need to discard a WIND, but again you got Dragunities that’ll love that to deck thin possibly while getting one of their Tuners in the grave to be equipped with Dux. If this card is banished, you can search for any WIND Dragon in your deck. It would be nice to search the aforementioned Lightning, but Tempest being at one means Lightning can’t summon another Tempest from your deck, but searching for something like Dragunity Phalanx or Couse will probably be your go-to after you banish this so you can later discard them somehow (Dragon Ravine) to get with Dux or just discard them with Senatus to equip one of them from your deck. Your likely way of banishing this is probably Gold Sarc, but that’s at one as well, so not the most reliable thing in the world. Tempest does have some good effects for consistency and OTK potential that many WIND decks will love, especially those with Dragons, but Dragon decks can make use of it as well for another free body. I say it’s a near staple in most to all WIND decks and some Dragon decks, now I just wonder if eventually we can see Blaster, Tidal, and Redox come to one as well.
Advanced Rating: 4.5/5
Art: 5/5 A big fan of the Dragon Ruler arts, they look like the kings of their respective attributes.
Pretty sure everyone should have seen this coming, as we coincidentally spent some time talking about these guys recently. Closing the week is Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms. Apparently we never got around to doing this either, but that’s fun too. This card is back to Limited status, and we have a Level 7, Wind, Dragon Monster, with 2400 attack and 2200 defense.
Initial stats here aren’t great, and Wind isn’t the best thing in the world, but obviously the Dragon works well with the family of Dragon Rulers itself, as will this (them) in about any Dragon hybrid you choose. So, you can Special Summon this card by removing from play two Wind and/or Dragon Monsters from your Graveyard. Simple easy, and way better than offering two Tributes.
It returns to the Hand during your opponent’s End Phase if Special Summoned (y’all knew that I’m sure, but even so) as long as you’re dumping your Dragons, you can keep bringing it back out, and then some insane play to revive your removed Dragons comes in a few turns later, you swarm and win. By discarding this and a Wind Monster to the Graveyard, you can add a Dragon (and Dragon) from your Deck to your Hand.
Maybe another this, maybe another Ruler, maybe just a Dragon to dump for later, and it let you dump two more Dragons to remove and Special Summon this or another Ruler just that fast. If removed from play, you can add a Wind/Dragon from your Deck to your Hand, and it doesn’t even exclude itself. Naturally, you can only use one effect per turn, and once per turn. It’s slow, and it sucks, but it’s necessary from being broken.
Art: 5/5 so easily. The Dragon Rulers have some insanely phenomenal artwork. Very elemental as well.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Don’t call it a comeback… Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms is only the first.
Sacred Sword of Seven Stars for instant use of its banish effect, adding another WIND Dragon monster, though with only one Tempest in play you won’t be searching much with it. Its smaller form Lightning, Dragon Ruler of Drafts can Special Summon it from the deck and set up more Special Summons. The search ability Tempest has within the Dragon archetype can combo with grave-based Dragon-Type monsters to get to your bigger, better dragons. Banishing WIND or Dragon monsters lends it to support WIND-based archetypes like Gusto or Dragunity.
Had the banlist not hit a few of the Guardragon pieces this card would be even better, but even with the hits it is still a good card for raw attack power and graveyard setup.
Until Next Time
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