Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day
Insect / Effect Monster
As long as this card remains face-up on the field,
battle position of all face-up Insect-Type monsters
on your opponent's side of the field are changed
into Attack Position. Each time this card destroys
an Insect-Type monster in battle, increase the ATK
of this card by 500 points.
- Wind / 6 / 1900 / 1200
are based on a 1 to 5 scale
the worst. 3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating
Date Reviewed - 4.16.04
Friday - Insect Princess
Not much to say about this little princess. Value
wise, it's one of the worst, if not worst Ultra Rare
to pull out of IOC.
Any monster that relies on your opponent running
insect monsters, of all types, is going to be pretty
bad. There are several combos where you can provide
the insect monsters for your opponent, but they
don't make this card much better. Casually, sure.
Tier one? Not a chance.
Also keep in mind that the monster begins with a
mere 1900 ATK while requiring a tribute.
Limited? I'll run it. A single tribute for a 1900
ATK monster makes a lot more sense here, and most
Limited decks will be able to deal with the minimum
sacrifice. Add in the fact that you have a good
chance of seeing an insect monster on your
opponent's side of the field and you have a winner.
Constructed - 1.5/5
Limited - 4/5
Insect Princess is highly underrated I believe. Her
attack strength might only be 1900, but as the
shadow is shown the drawing, she's got a demonic
side. You can bring out that demonic side through
some good combos using DNA Surgery or Parasite
Paracide. Try using the Ojama Trio with DNA Surgery
or Parasite and you'll not only be raising Insect
Princess' attack to massive proportions, but you'll
be dealing massive damage to the opponent's life
points. If you don't want to sacrifice for her, use
Pinch Hopper. She really is very effective.
You'll most likely see her just as good in limited
when you're more than likely to find at least one
insect in the opponent's cards.
This card is crying out for DNA Surgery. Maybe even a
Parasite Paracide would help. I don't think I've
seen a card so situational. The base stats are
horrible as well, one tribute for 1900. The only
monster worth that would be Airknight Parshath. Sure
you can get it up to 2400, hope that yugi2112 is
playing his AWESOME ALL INSECT DECK. You somehow
lower the attack of this Empress Mantis...man this
card is just so bad I can't even review on it.
FOR THE FIRST TIME----INFINITEKHAOS DEEMS THIS
Constructed - 0.5/5
Limited - 0/5
Artwork - 0/5
Closing Line - not even worth a closing line...
Just...no...if I see you playing this outside of a
theme deck I reserve the right to smack you in the
On a serious note...there is only one Tribute
monster I'd play with 1900 ATK. And last time I
checked, this thing didn't have "Parshath" anywhere
in its name. In order to Tribute a monster for a low
ATK one like this, you have to have a great effect.
Airknight and Vampire Lord both pass this test. This
card's effect isn't stellar at all. If they happen
to have a MeB face-up on the field (like that's
really likely...) then it's stuck in Attack mode.
But how often will your opponent be using an
Insect-type monster? The low-level monsters you want
to stick into ATK mode are Sangan, Witch, Spirit
Reaper...and none of them fit the bill. The only
Insect I think would see play is Neo Bug, and with
1800 ATK, that thing is ALREADY in Attack mode.
YES, it's possible you could use DNA Surgery with
this card. However, looking at monsters this one
could kill...Sangan, Witch, Mystic Tomato, Shining
Angel, D.D. Warrior Lady, Magical Scientist, Don
Zaloog...that about covers the ones we see in
tournament-caliber play. They WANT you to kill the
first 4, the 5th would get rid of this...
And if you do manage to kill something with this, it
gains a whole 500 attack...so it's at
2400...opponent with a starter deck plays a
Beatstick and equips Axe, and laughs at you.
Trade this to a n00b for a better Ultra.
Insect Princess is a Level 6 Wind/Insect. Being
a Level 6 isn’t too bad; just one tribute. When
we get to the Uses/Combinations section, you’ll
see that being a Level 5 would have been much
better. Being a Wind Monster is getting to not
be a bad thing, as we have three very solid Wind
“beatsticks”: Slate Warrior, Luster Dragon #2,
and Spear Dragon. Insects are starting to crawl
up the food chain as well: Insect Princess is
one of the recent cards released to give those
cards some bite. As for her stats, the DEF is
okay: 1200 won’t block much, but it makes her
legal to search for via Witch of the Black
Forest. The ATK though seems terrible at 1900.
On a Level 4, 1900 is broken. On a Level 6,
it’s bad, unless it helps balance out an
…and this card has two. Each time it destroys
(in battle) an opposing Insect Monster, it gains
500 ATK. Also, all Insects on your opponent’s
side of the field are forced into ATK mode.
All in all, two solid
effects for a Level 6.
Here’s where I explain why I wish she was a
Level 5: Insect Imitation. This card let’s you
offer a monster on your side of the field as
Tribute to Special Summon an Insect Monster one
level higher than what was
Tributed. So if she had been a Level 5,
this would be beautiful. The only Level 5 that
is commonly played is… Vampire Lord. I don’t
like depending upon one card. Oh well.
The best I can think of is an Wind/[Insect].
However, the Insect part will mostly be from DNA
Surgery. Now add 3 Ojama
Trio. Remember, they have 0ATK, and the
Princess’ effect will force them into ATK mode.
Rising Wind Current will also boost her attack
(and those Level 4 1900 attackers) to 2400 ATK.
Wanna make it even
better? Good old Insect Barrier. Now not only
does your opponent have a bunch of bugs, but
they can’t attack either. :-D
If you want to get real creative, try using you
can try mixing in Prickle Fairy, and
Anti-Aircraft Flower and
Scape Goats (which DNA Surgery turns into
Insects) for a sick burn deck. It’s a lot of
work, but, for example, nuking each
Scape Goat would be
worth a total of 3200. If you don’t think its
worth keeping, you could then nuke the
Anti-Aircraft Flower itself (love that DNA
Surgery) to make it an even 4000.
4/5-I think this could make some interesting
decks work well here.
3.5/5-It makes those decks work here as well,
but as always, you have the best of the best to
3/5-This is sort of an “average” rating. Neo
Bug, a Level 4 1800 ATK Earth/Insect is in this
set as a common. So, timed right, you could
possible power this up to a decent level. I
figure a roughly even spread of games were it
stays puny, games where it gets buff, and games
where it nails one but, making it 2400 ATK, and
thus breaking even.
A good card that seems just a little short of
being ground-breaking (without being broken).
Friday: Insect Princess
Well, here’s a card whose only real use is in an
Insect deck. Otherwise, she’s a mere one tribute
1900 with a mediocre effect. So let’s look at her
more closely: She’s Witchable. She’s Hopperable. She
combos nicely with DNA surgery. She has decent ATK
(though not for a tribute monster).
Basically, you’d only want to play her in an Insect
deck. It’d also be a good idea to use DNA Surgery
(or if you’re a fan, Parasite Paracide) or else her
effect won’t do much of anything. I’ve never been a
big fan of cards that depend on which cards your
opponent is playing (especially if practically
nobody plays these cards…there are very few Insects
in today’s metagame). But if your opponent is
running them, or is forced into running them, Insect
Princess becomes quite the monster. It shouldn’t be
too hard for her to kill a Don or Kycoo-turned-Insect,
after which point she gains a nice 500 ATK. You
could get her quite high using this effect. Of
course, she’s still subject to the massive amount of
monster removal we have…Regardless, she’s a pretty
under-appreciated monster that might warrant testing
in a casual deck.
Rating in typical tourney deck: 1.2/5
Rating in Insect deck: 3.9/5
OVERALL RATING: 2.55/5