Monday: Thunder Dragon
Rated For: Chaos Metamorphosis,
Decks requiring Hand Size
This card belongs on the short list
of "most underrated cards of all time." In fact,
you'll see that, in the Japanese game, most expert
players love using this card for the discard
fuel/advantage it provides (according to Edo).
It's by far one of the best
deck-thinners in the game, but it also possesses
numerous upside in a variety of useful combos with
spells such as Card Destruction (absolutely godly
here), Reload, Tribe-Infecting Virus, Raigeki Break,
Abyss Soldier, and a slew of Rise of Destiny cards.
It's so versatile that it can go into
any deck, including Reversal of Worlds, Exodia,
Chaos, Metamorphosis, Polymerization, and such. On
to the review.
Right off the bat, you realize his
effect gives you two cards for the price of one.
Sure the stats are subpar, but there are many uses
one can derive from this card. There are, in fact,
so many uses for this card that they should all be
-- With Reload/Card Destruction,
you gain an extra card with this one.
-- With Change of Heart/Snatch
Steal, they lose a monster.
-- Tribe/Abyss Soldier/Raigeki
Break/Magic Jammer become free.
-- Metamorphosizes into Dark
Balter the Terrible/Reaper on the Nightmare
-- Masks your hand's strength.
-- Serves in a pinch as a solid
-- Reliable form of putting lights
into the graveyard.
In a typical deck, you'll
be able to make use of at least 4 of the above
mentioned bonuses of using Thunder Dragon.
Unquestionably, it deserves a solid score.
Traditional-- (D.Duo and CED run
Best Draw for the Situation:
He's almost always a good
draw, unless you're topdecking. In the opening game,
he's always good because he'll increase the size of
your hand and let you open up your options (this
depends, of course, on your deck). In a deck that
uses at least 4 of the combos listed above, he's
almost always a solid draw.
Traditional-- (CED increases his
use a bit) 9/10
He's probably the best deck-thinner
in the game, especially since it's instant. His
versatility makes him belong in almost any deck,
period. He's also a light type and a 5 star
monster (great for Chaos Metamorphosis).
The only problem here is if you draw
two in the opening hand, but you're going to be
using reloads and Card Destruction perhaps too. Not
a big problem, you'll basically always be able to
use his thinning/advantage effect.
The Bottom Line:
Use him for deck-thinning, fuel for
resource-consuming cards, metamorphosis, tribute
fodder, hand advantage, or any other situation!!!
A BAD Score:
Cards it functions well with:
Reload, Card Destruction,
Metamorphosis, Change of Heart, Snatch Steal,
Polymerization, Raigeki Break, Tribute to the
Doomed, Tribe-Infecting Virus, Abyss Soldier, Dark
Core, Magic Jammer, many others.