Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day
Limited Edition Promo
this card battles with a Warrior-Type monster,
increase the ATK and DEF of this monster by 2000
points only during damage calculation.
- Machine / Effect Monster
- WC4-002 - Promo
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Date Reviewed - 12.13.04
Kinetic Soldier has seen an EXTREME
increase of play lately, thanks to the emergence of
the new cookie cutter, Chaos-Warrior. Fittingly
enough, today is the day I upgrade my rating system
to reflect that; but for now, letís look at the
card. Heís Level 3, meaning he sneaks past G-Bind
and all that nonsense. 1350 ATK isnít very good,
but itís not bad for his level either; 1800 DEF
makes him a relatively solid defender. Heís a
Machine, so he benefits from Limiters.
He is played, of course, because of
his effect, which turns him into a beast against
Warrior Decks. If he attacks a Warrior, his attack
will boost to 3350 in the Damage Step Ė yes, enough
to take out BLS-EotB. If heís attacked by a Warrior
(while in DEF), his DEF will boost to 3800.
Late-game, that will probably end the duel; your
opponent wonít be expecting to run into such a big
This guy is basically a staple for
Side Decks. Since Warrior-based decks are now
running rampant, there is really no reason not to
have a couple of these rentsy guys lined up.
Now, my new system still has the
three ratings from my old one, plus a cardís rating
in an Advanced Format Cookie Cutter Warrior Chaos
Deck. And since there are now two ratings for each
Traditional and Advanced Format, I can fairly make
averages again; the Overall Rating is the mean of
the other four.
Traditional Ė CCCC: 2.5/5
Traditional Ė Side Deck: 4/5
Advanced Ė CCWC: 3/5
Advanced Ė Side Deck: 4.5/5
OVERALL RATING: 3.5/5
Hi everybody! Before we start Iíve got a few notes.
Note #1: itís come to my attention Iíve been getting
the effects of Sangan and Witch of the Black Forest
backwards these past few months. As a result, I want
to apologize to anyone who was confused by this or
that have made a pastime out of, ďseeing if Snapper
will get it wrong today.Ē I will do better to not
make mistakes like this so often if ever. Note #2:
Iím finding my reviews are taking longer to write
than Iíd like. As a result Iím going to start going
under the assumption that youíve read the card and
looked at its stats. I wonít assume youíve got the
card memorized, but I will assume you have a basic
idea of what it is/does.
Anyway, this week weíre reviewing cards that could
be valuable in a competitive Tournament environment.
Todayís card is Kinetic Soldier, the bane to all
Kinetic Soldier is nothing special at first glance.
Itís got a decent DEF of 1800, but the ATK is
lacking (1350 wonít get you far). And being a
Machine, it has been given capabilities with Limiter
Removal. But sadly itís nothing other than that, or
at least it used to be.
When first released, Kinetic Soldierís ability to
increase its ATK and DEF by 2000 when doing battle
with a Warrior seemed like an effect that you might
get to use once in a full moon due to the fact Chaos
Decks were everywhere. In the current competitive
environment however, all that was wrong with the
world has been corrected. The Advanced Format has
allowed any Deck that can stick to a theme/goal to
become a useable Deck. Of course in every TCG there
is always a dominant Deck-Type. And much to Kinetic
Soldierís delight, Warriors are the kings of the Yu-Gi-Oh!
This fact gives Kinetic Soldier a potential to
become 3350 ATK and 3800 DEF monster very often.
So, Kinetic Soldier is now a useable monster. Any
Warrior your opponent summons is going to need to
find a way around the impenetrable wall that is
Kinetic Soldier. Not even their beloved BLS-EotB can
match that. And why not increase the madness your
opponent can have then by using Kinetic Soldier with
a DNA Surgery to make all face-up monsters Warriors.
And why not increase the insanity that is Kinetic
Soldier than by throwing in some stall card (Gravity
Bind, Messenger of Peace, etc.) Letís see your
opponent get through that.
With that bit of history and logic out of the way,
when and where should you use Kinetic Soldier? Well
my advice would be to Side Deck any Kinetic Soldier
you have (in Advanced Format anyway). Chances are
youíll be facing at least one Warrior Deck at any
Tournament you attend, so Kinetic Soldierís odds of
being useful are high.
Overall, Kinetic Soldier is the new Side Deck
staple. It wonít do you much in your Main Deck
unless youíre using Machines, but in the Side Deck
duplicates of Kinetic Soldier would be choice.
Advanced Format: 4/5. You will find it useful at
least once, thrice, or quite possibly even more.
Traditional Format: 2/5. You will find it useful
occasionally, but donít get to hopeful.
Art: 3/5. It might look better without that Promo
Rated For: Anti
Warrior (sidedeck, maindeck)
On to another week of
cards to review; this week was chosen by Tony, and
features cards that should be placed into the
side-deck or main-deck in regionals play.
Soldier was intended to counter Warrior decks, and
it is a job he does very well. I will unquestionably
recommend putting him into the sidedeck, so his
score is based on you dueling a warrior deck (which
he should be put into).
Kinetic Soldier is
simply the best anti-warrior card out there, and in
a warrior-infested metagame becomes one of the best
see here, 1800 lets him stand up to any beatstick in
the game except for Berserk Gorilla. The only
monsters that would usually be able to kill him are
Gorilla and 3 Warriors (Zombrya, Goblin Attack
Force, Blade Knight). This basically means your
Kinetic Soldier will stay on the field as long as
you need him to, AND get a monstrous 2000 attack
bonus any time he attacks. If a warrior deck is
forced to face 3 of theseÖÖ.. good luck.
T: Regardless of
whether you play pre-ban or post-ban, against
Warrior Chaos decks this monster will do
Best Draw for the
Okay if you're
dueling a deck that features 10 or more Warriors
(typical line-up would be BLS, 3 DDWL, 2 Blade
Knight, 1 Don Zaloog, 1 Exiled Force, 2 Marauding
Captain), Kinetic Soldier is the best monster you
can have at any given time, period. 1800 will stand
up to the non-warrior threats they have (Breaker,
Tribe), and the 2000 bonus will absolutely destroy
1800 defense is perfect for the reasons stated before. 1350 + 2000 =
3350, strong enough to kill Black Luster Soldier.
Finally, his effect works for defensive damage
calculation purposes too, making your opponent's
rash attacks cost him 2000+ damage. Fantastic
scouting while you duel in the first match. If you
see a standard lineup of at least 8 or more
warriors, SERIOUSLY consider side-decking this card
in, he'll win you games, period. I'll give him an
8.5/10 because you'll have roughly that amount of
chance to get his effect in against a warrior deck.
The Bottom Line:
Your sideboard should contain counters against Warrior decks and Burn
decks. This will single-handedly take care of the
A BAD Score (for
an anti-warrior (side)deck: 4.75 Traditional
Cards it functions
Kinetic Soldier saw
little play at Regionals at Gencon despite the fact
that Warriors were predicted to dominate. I'm
Regardless, let's go over this. 1800 DEF. That
stands up to quite a bit. 3 stars and 1350 help it
fit under all three bind cards. This card by itself
has mediocre stats. Then you put it up against BLS
and it's just good game. Although they'll find a way
to get rid of it eventually (set a DDWL or just
X-Force it), you have a good way to beat down
Warriors and a solid stick for any burns or stalls
3350/3800 is a lot. DNA Surgery and you've got a
permanent 3350/3800 as far as attacking goes, and
like Lilly, it loses no playability as a result of
this attack increase (still slips under Messenger of
Peace and won't hurt you much against a Reflect
Bounder or a Magic Cylinder).
There isn't much more to him, although he gains all
benefits of being a Machine until you DNA Surgery
the field. Then he gains all benefits of being
Solid sidedeck material for a lot of decks.
4/5 in sidedeck Traditional
4.4/5 in sidedeck Advanced
Welcome to Regionals
week! We're covering cards that should see play
at major tournaments all this week.
This is the card
that should be most side-decked in Advanced
Format. There are two decks that are seeing a
LOT of play; Warrior and Burn/Stall. Other
things are played, and could be better Decks,
I'm just saying that's what most played.
completely dominates the Warrior deck. Against
any warrior, he's a 3350/3800. DDWL takes 2300
for attacking this if you have it in F/D
Defense. Even Black Luster Soldier -- Envoy of
the Beginning can't take it out.
I won't slam this
card for being only 1350 attack -- unless you
know so many people are going to be playing
Warrior that you maindeck this, it's only a side
card anyway. But a card to side 3 of. I
personally have 3 sided, and they do their job
3/5 in the Main
Deck, 5/5 in the Side Deck.