Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day
Machine / Effect Monster
When this card destroys a monster and sends it to
the Graveyard as a result of battle, inflict damage
to your opponent's Life Points equal to the Level of
the destroyed monster x 500 points.
- Dark / 5 / 1700 / 1700
are based on a 1 to 5 scale
the worst. 3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating
Date Reviewed - 6.29.04
Tuesday: Needle Burrower
Today's card is an interesting Super from Ancient
Sanctuary, Needle Burrower. Looking at the stats,
you won't be impressed; 1700 ATK is quite bad for a
tribute monster, and 1700 DEF makes him completely
unsearchable. He is, however, a Machine, which
certainly boosts his playability.
The effect is, of course, the only reason anyone
would even consider playing Needle Burrower; and the
effect is a very good one. When you kill a monster,
you do 500 damage times that monster's level. Kill a
Witch and you'll do 2000 damage. Kill something
bigger and you'll do even more. Granted, with 1700
ATK, Needle Burrower won't be killing many
beatsticks; but you must keep in mind that he IS a
Machine and thus benefits from Limiter Removal.
Obviously this is what increases his playability.
An interesting little combo with Needle Burrower is
to bring out Koitsu (remember Koitsu? The Level 10,
200 ATK Union monster that goes on Aitsu?) via
something like Mother Grizzly, Creature Swap it,
then slam into it with Needle Burrower. 1700 – 200 =
1500 damage, + 5000 damage from the effect...that's
6500 damage. Granted, it requires a few cards; but
it would be something interesting around which to
base a deck.
Overall, Needle Burrower is a fun card that's really
most effective in a Machine Deck. I wouldn't
recommend playing him in most others, even Burners
(unless you want to try out that Koitsu combo),
since he's fairly unreliable.
Typical tournament deck: 2/5
Machine deck: 4/5
OVERALL RATING: 3/5
MORE BURN! But in a non-burn, have to kill something
kind of way. Insanely low attack for a Tribute
monster...reminds me of LOD, actually. But great
damage if it manages to kill something in battle.
You'll honestly have to Equip this card to get it
going...one Axe of Despair should suffice for
anything you'll see on the normal battlefield
(unless they have BLS or CED out, which will require
But the rewards are pretty good. +2000 for beating a
beatstick. +3000 for beating Jinzo. +4000 damage if
it kills a Chaos monster! I know that won't happen
very often, but the first two usually will. Control
will hate this guy because most of its monsters are
under 1700...and this SERIOUSLY punishes it for
using its searchers.
This card needs a deck made around it, mainly
because it's going to require different support than
your cookie cutter beatdown, chaos, or control. So
just wait until DM7 makes one and copy that (j/k!)
This card is really good if you play it right. I
want to get some along with KA-Des Scissors to build
a nice deck.
It can deal massive damage if it destroys a high
level creature. If you Limiter Removal, then attack
someone's Jinzo, for example, you would deal 1000
overflow damage, then 3000 more damage due to this
effect. Kill Jinzo and do 1/2 of your opponent's
life isn't bad right? Then there is the fact that
it's a machine, so it can get very big, very fast.
1700 attack is decent, as well.
It's a tribute Monster with 1700 attack. That is not
very good. He is totally unsearchable, too. That's
all I can think of.
Overall, I give Needle Burrower a 7/10. It's good if
you build the deck right, otherwise it isn't too