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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day

Lava Golem

Card Number - PGD-107

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating

Date Reviewed - 08.19.03

DuelMonster Tuesday:
Lava Golem:
PGD-107-Retail Secret Rare
Effect: This monster must be Special Summoned on your opponent’s side of the field by offering 2 monsters on your opponent’s side of the field as a Tribute. This card inflicts 1000 points of Direct Damage to the Life Points of this card’s controller during each of his/her Standby Phases. When you Special Summon this monster, you cannot Normal Summon or Set a monster during the same turn.

This card is kinda descent, you can create a nice burning lock if you build a deck around it, but is it worth being a Secret Rare?, well if you look at some of the older Secret Rares like Thousand Dragon (which turned starter-common), Serpent Knight Dragon,... This card seems abit more worthy if you look at it that way.

Now on to the burnage. Having to sacrifice your opponents monster to summon a monster is very unique in itself, your destroying their monsters to give them a monster that causes them more harm. But... You can't just throw him in a deck and expect him to help, the trick with Lava is to make it so your opponent cannot attack you with it or tribute it for another monster.

Leaving the only thing for them able to do is play Dark Hole, TttD, Raigeki Break, Man-Eater Bug or another card to destroy it, or they can even play Creature Swap to give you some burn time instead.

The basic way to create a Lava-Lock is once you get him on their field you have to stop them from attacking with either stall cards like Messenger Of Peace and Gravity Bind, or you can even use specific monster stoppers like Spellbinding Circle, but best yet use Mask of the Accursed or Nightmare Wheel to deal out some extra damage every turn. Then the hardest trick is to have a Mask Of Restrict ready but not active until you get him out so they can't tribute him to get him off the field. Then as I stated before they’re left to use Monster removal M/T to destroy him, so it's good to run some counters like IO, MJ, MD, 7Tools, and whatnot, or they can use Exiled Force but that's where Mask Of Restrict helps out again.

The worst thing about this monster is drawing him early and having to wait till the opponent has enough monster out and timing it so they won't just beat you to death with him once you do give him to them. There are some nice combos that can be worked with him though. You can use Jowls of Dark Demise to attack them then use the RoD+BBtD combo to do some massive damage.

Lava Golem is best used in a straight Burner Deck, which will definitely
help speed things up, but he can also be used in a Beatdown if prepared right. If you don't mind the 1000 damage every turn or can find some way around it (2x Solemn Wishes/Skill Drain), you can Creature Swap or Snatch Steal him back to have a powerful 3000 attacker.

This card may not see much play at the moment but with future releases it becomes more useable/powerful so look out or stay tuned.

Casual: 2.5
Tourney: 2.0
ArtWork: 1.5 - This card looks a bit weird, a man/creature inside a cage inside a lava golem inside a card that comes inside a pack that comes inside a box that comes inside a crate that..., well I guess it's suiting enough.


Vodkam  Tuesday 08/19/03: Lava Golem
Effect Monster

This card must be Special Summoned on your opponent's side of the field by offering 2 monsters on your opponent's side of the field as a Tribute. This card inflicts 1000 points of Direct Damage to the Life Points of this card's controller during each of his/her Standby Phases. When you Special Summon this monster, you cannot Normal Summon or Set a monster during the same turn.

Pharaonic Guardian did a lot for burner decks so I suppose this is as good a choice as any for one of the secret rares.

This is a card that really needs a deck built around it. It's not just something you toss into your deck to take for a test drive. It may sound insane to give your opponent a 3000 ATK monster, even if they lose 2 monsters in the process and under normal circumstances, it is. But, with the much touted "Lava Lock", you can cause all sorts of misery and pain to your opponent. First off, let's go over how to do a "Lava Lock":

* You have to stop it from attacking: Mask of the Accursed, Nightmare Wheel, Spellbinding Circle, Ekibyo Drakmord, Gravity Bind, Messenger of Peace are some cards to do that. The first 2 will do extra damage for you as well

* You have to keep your opponent from tributing it: Mask of Restrict will take care of this

* Ideally, you have to stop your opponent from removing any of the above: Imperial Order will work well as long as you use Nightmare Wheel, Spellbinding Circle or Gravity Bind to stop it because they are traps

Sounds easy doesn't it? Not really. First off, you need 3 cards in your hand, 4 if you want to do the total lockdown. Second, your opponent has to have 2 monsters on the field. This makes for a very tough maneuver. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't use this if you don't have all the cards. Even without Mask of Restrict, all they can do is tribute it. Preventing it from attacking is more important since you won't be able to normal summon or set a monster when you give this to your opponent.

There are other ways of using this:

* Ring of Destruction: Summon Lava Golem then activate Ring of Destruction after your opponent's standby phase. 4000 damage.

* Creature Swap: Summon Lava Golem, special summon a weakling monster or use one already on the field then give it to them and destroy it with Lava Golem. You can Ring it afterwards for extra fun.

* Change of Heart: Summon Lava Golem, steal it for the turn, attack for 3000. Fun fun fun.

* Snatch Steal : Summon Lava Golem, steal it then attack for 3000. This is a dangerous move since your opponent will gain 1000LP and you'll lose 1000LP per turn. Don't keep it for very long. Ring it if you can.

* Jowls of Dark Demise: Flip summon it, take control of Lava Golem then attack directly. Mega-fun.

There are many many amusing ways of using this card. It's not for every deck, not for most actually. It doesn't even fit in every burner deck. It only fits in a Lava Lock Deck in my opinion. This is a fun card though.

Casual: 3.7
Tourney: 2.7

DM7FGD  Lava Golem PGD-107-Retail Secret Rare
Effect: This monster must be Special Summoned on your opponent’s side of the field by offering 2 monsters on your opponent’s side of the field as a Tribute. This card inflicts 1000 points of Direct Damage to the Life Points of this card’s controller during each of his/her Standby Phases. When you Special Summon this monster, you cannot Normal Summon or Set a monster during the same turn.

Here we have Lava Golem. A bit of an underrated card. It does not normally see much play in the Japanese game these days, but I really don't see why. It can be absolutely devastating in the current Japanese game with all there is to help w/ using Lava Golem. Not seen too much in English decks, either nowadays.

Some cards that can help with Lava Golem in sealing the "Lava Lockdown" are things like Nightmarte Wheel, Mask of Restrict, SoRL, Mask of the Accursed, Gravity Bind, etc. If you want a total "Lava Lockdown", get Lava Golem onto the opponent's Field while you have an Imperial Order, Mask of Restrict and Nightmare Wheel/Mask of the Accursed handy. Not too easy to pull off but if you can, well, you're likely to win.

Lava Golem's pretty underrated due to the fact that most see no reason to just "give" the opponent a 3000/2500 powerhouse of a Monster. But if you have the Lockdown cards to help Lava Golem, it's gonna hurt the opponent more than it hurts you. Unless of course you have an empty Field and nothing to stop the Golem..Then it might hurt a bit.

Well, first off, you get to Sacrifice 2 of your opponent's Monsters. The
only real way you could regret that is if one or both of their Monsters are either of the searchers or a Sinister Serpent, but that's not too likely to happen. Another not-so-good thing is that you can't Normal Summon anything during the turn you give the opponent your Lava Golem. You can still Special  Summon, though, so it's not all bad. You can obviously use this card with stuff like Cannon Soldier, and even LP draining cards to do some absolutely devastating burn damage to the opponent's LP in a mere matter of a single turn using simply Burn tactics.

Obviously to give the opponent control of Lava Golem and have a Magic
Cylinder, Ring of Destructon or Mirror Force set on the Field won't make your opponent too happy either.

To answer what you may be thinking; No, it will not be restricted/limited. Yes, it can work well in Burn decks. And yes, the opponent can use it for tribute for one of their Monsters. But that's not really a bad thing. Instead of having 2 Monsters to choose from, they'd only have 1; Lava Golem, and they'd lose at least 1000 LP in the process.

Basically, when using Lava Golem, you just need some things that are going to protect you from your own Monster (Lava Golem) doing damage to you. If you can do so, and for long enough, it could end up winning you the duel. There are quite a few effective ways to use Lava Golem. If you think of any ideas for it for yourselves, just try them out and see for yourself how you like using it. Lava Golem's one of those cards that you'll want to try out
for yourself before just making any decisions about it.

There's quite a bit of strategy involved with Lava Golem, and if you can
make it work effectively and to your liking, you'll really get to like and
see Lava Golem's real power.I don't think Lava Golem gets as much credit as it probably deserves. This Monster can cause so much damage in the right deck, and can be abused pretty heavily with the right cards. I'd give Lava Golem an all-around 3.2/5. Btw, if anyone's curious, Lava Golem was used in the Anime by Marik in his duel against Joey.


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