Slate Warrior, another one of Kaiba's favorites. 1900
ATK monsters are relatively easy to come by these
days, so ask yourself...whats so special about this
guy? Well you can say if you play him right, he can be
a lethal level 4. Let's take a look at his first
effect. When you flip him, he turns into a level 4,
2400/900. That's scary. However in the current meta,
flip effects aren't as easy to pull off. We have
Noblemans, DDWLs and XForces running around. If you
can pull off his effect, it would only be a matter of
turns until he is destroyed anyway.
Let's take a look at the second effect. Here's a
common scenario. Most people should be playing Berserk
Gorilla by now. So imagine this. You have Gorilla in
hand and Slate in hand. Your opponent has a Jinzo and
no cards in hand. Set the Slate, your opponent attacks
it and Jinzo shrinks to 1900. You're now free to run
it over with you angry monkey.
Should you play this card? Well if you have it, he is
a good sturdy card to play. His effects are broken if
you pull them off. So yes, if you don't have one,
don't bother getting one...you can duel without him.
Constructed - 3.0/5
Limited - You draft out of GBA games? hilarious - n/a
Artwork - 1.5/5 - no comment
Closing Line - Flip, attack your Gorilla! HAH
Another 1900 doesn't look too appealing anymore, but
when this originally came out in Japan, it was when
they didn't have so many 1900 4-stars. It was
RESTRICTED TO ONE at one point in Japan. Your copy of
World Championship Tournament 2004 also puts this card
at one per Deck.
Something I want to clear up: The Flip effect is
INDEPENDENT from the ATK-lowering effect. WHETHER OR
NOT YOU FLIP THIS CARD, if another card kills it, it
still loses 500 ATK and DEF points.
For decks that run basic Beatsticks, this thing is a
welcome addition. It's also a Fiend, making good
Necrofear food, for those who play that. With Wabokus,
you also have a decent chance of getting the Flip to
work, which will get this guy to 2400.
One thing I DON'T like is the low DEF. Granted, it
makes him Witchable, but I may still use Archfiend
Soldier mainly because Spear and the like are used
often in my meta...that AND Don Zaloog attacking an
Archfiend Soldier in DEF doesn't kill it. Zaloog would
kill this (and consequently lose ATK power, but when
you're playing Zaloog, you just want the hand
This card is still very good, and for those who can
utilize the types on this card well, it's worth
Slate Warrior is a Level 4 Wind/Fiend Monster with a
1900 ATK and 400 DEF. Let me go on the record of
saying 1900 ATK Level 4 Monsters, unless balanced by a
negative effect, were and still are not smart on
Mechanical Chaser was a mistake as well-a stat cap
must be reached for each level, and cards above that
cap must have something negative to balance them out
(restricting doesn’t do it-you’d just run as many of
each as you could). Now this is the first 1900ATK
Level 4 with not just one, but two beneficial
effects, but well touch on that later. I just wanted
to make clear that this “inflation” is going to ruin
the game if they don’t curb it, or at least make
most older cards
for this card itself, Being a Level 4 is fine (it
really would be sick as a Level 3
). Being a Wind Monster is kinda nice-along
with Luster Dragon #2 and Spear Dragon, Wind has quite
an arsenal of beatsticks. It’s also a Fiend, which
makes Dark Necrofear
player’s giggle madly. 1900 ATK is good… too good, as
stated above. 400 DEF means it can be searched by
Witch of the Black Forest’s effect. It could be as
high as 1500 DEF for that to be true (which would make
the card better, or worse
depending on what end of it you’re on).
As stated, it’s got two effects. One effect is a flip
effect-if you pull it off you get +500 to its ATK/DEF.
A Level 4 with 2400/900 is quite potent. Of course,
since the DEF is so low, you’ll need to protect it
from attack for a turn, requiring another card. SO
for all that effort you might as well just summon a
Tribute Monster. The second effect is also nice-if a
monster destroys slate warrior in battle, then said
monster takes a 500 point penalty to its ATK/DEF.
Neither effect is game breaking, but the fact they are
on a Lv4 1900/400 monster
smashing stuff really well? It’s another good
beatstick-if you don’t
have some sort of theme outside of
beatdown, this will almost
certainly replace your older Lv4 1900 ATK monsters.
If you are running a Fiend themed deck or a Wind
themed deck, then add this. Personally, I think once
(or if) we ever get Cyber
we will have a very strong Wind
4/5-Because it puts Fiend decks over the top and makes
Wind decks pretty good too.
3.75/5-This may seem odd, since I stated it was the
best 1900 ATK Lv4 monster, at least in general.
The thing is, 1900 ATK Lv4 monsters are supporters-in
Beatdown no single one is
a focus, and in most other decks they are there for
cleaners and openers. So having some 1900 ATK Lv4
Monsters is good, but not as vital. Confused? I am.
Basically, with so many 1900 ATK Lv4s out, they are
diminished in importance. Having bonus effects, even
if they are rarely activated, puts Slate Warrior above
the pack, but not by a lot.
4/5-If it could be drafted,
it’d probably be a strong pick. Now, how could it be
drafted? Right now, only by someone really bored
drafting from his collection, but who knows, it could
be released down the line.
nice card, and possibly king of the beatsticks until
the no effect Lv4 1950 ATK monsters get here… no,
there aren’t any out in Japan, but hey, I doubt Konami
is smart enough not to release them.