Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day
/ Spirit Monster
This card cannot be Special Summoned. This card
returns to the owner's hand during the End Phase of
the turn that it is Normal Summoned, Flip Summoned,
or flipped face-up. When this card inflicts Battle
Damage to your opponent's Life Points, your opponent
skips his/her next Draw Phase.
- Wind / 2 / 200 / 100
are based on a 1 to 5 scale
the worst. 3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating
Date Reviewed - 5.14.04
Oh great. Demon Spawn, AKA Yata. The most overused,
over abused, and overrated card in yu-gi-oh.
Sure, this thing is a monster in a focused control
deck, but it's got weaknesses, believe it or not.
D.D Designator, control cards, even chain
disappearance...and the bird's most often seen in a
cookie cutter control deck, which makes no sense
whatsoever. Wow, how boring and ineffective.
Bottom line: don't use this card in a non-control
deck. Don't use this with CED, as it's just mean.
Just ignore this card and pretend the Japanese ban
list is in effect.
...Why? It's 200 ATK, and your opponent probably
won't be burning their hand away. This thing is
worthless in limited.
*EMoD does his "00berly-broken card dance"*
Well, the previous CotD review team already did this
card when Legacy of Darkness came out, so instead of
reviewing the card as a whole, I'm going to review
what's changed between LOD and IOC.
LOD: Everyone pulled their pre-negators out of their
trade binder...Delinquent Duo, Confiscation, and The
Forceful Sentry were flying everywhere. Complete
n00bs threw this card in their deck...and actually
won some games with it. It's THAT powerful.
PGD: Don Zaloog made sweet love to Yata-Garasu down
by the fire. Donny was just one HUGE step in setting
up the lock, dropping cards from their hand before
MFC: Yata didn't get any direct help, but people
were playing Tribe-Infecting Virus in multiples.
Discarding cards from hand for an effect did some of
Yata's work for him.
DCR: No direct help for Yata.
IOC: The Chaos Emepror Dragon-Yata lock combo was
born. Special summon (through a Reborn card) a
Sangan or Witch to the field. Special summon CED.
CED's effect goes boom, Sangan or Witch search for
Yata, and you attack/lock.
However, more and more people have been taking
defensive measures against this bird.
Fear/Despair from the Dark would be special summoned
when discarded from an opponent's hand by a hand
D. D. Designator allows someone to name a card and
look at the opponent's hand, and if the card is
there, it's removed from game.....if the card isn't
there, then the person who played loses a card from
THEIR hand at random, removed from the game. If they
played Yata, you know they have it. So you can
easily remove it.
And in general, people are being more uptight with
their use of cards in hand.
Yata's still used in 90% of all tournament-winning
decks...maybe 99%. There's not much to say about
this card that hasn't already been said.
Wait a minute...Yata isn't WATER...
Well here we go: The Bird. That crazy crow we all
know and love (or hate). Yata. Looking at his stats,
we see he's pretty pathetic; 200 won't kill much and
100 won’t stop much more. But his use lies, of
course, in his effects, of which there are a few:
1) He can't be Special Summoned. This is part of his
Spirit effect, something which really needed to be
given to Yata; otherwise, he would be more broken
than he already is. It's a pretty basic effect: no
Kamakiring, no Reborning, nothing.
2) He returns to your hand the turn he's summoned.
This was supposed to decrease the playability of
Yata; it prevented you from keeping Yata on the
field while you continuously summoned other monsters
in order to smash your opponent. In a way it helps
him, however, as now your opponent's Raigeki (along
with many other cards) is completely worthless.
3) When he does damage to your opponent's Life
Points, your opponent doesn't get to draw next turn.
If your opponent can't keep you from attacking with
Yata, you can repeat the process until you've pecked
away all of his Life Points; this is the Yata-Lock.
There are a few combos, most of which involve
clearing your opponent's hand and field and then
pecking away. There’s also the infamous Chaos
Emperor Dragon + Witch/Sangan...nuke everything,
bring forth the Bird, peck for the win.
There isn't much more to say that most of you don't
already know; we've all seen Yata and we all know
that roughly 99% of competitive decks play him.
Hence the banning…
Typical tournament deck: 5/5
Post ban: 0/5
OVERALL RATING: 2.5/5 :P