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Warrior / Effect Monster
This card is changed to Defense Position when it is
Normal Summoned or Flip Summoned successfully. This
card can attack while it is in Defense Position. If
this card attacks while in Defense Position, apply
the ATK of this card for damage calculation.
- Dark / 6 / 1550 / 2500
are based on a 1 to 5 scale
the worst. 3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating
Date Reviewed - 9.14.04
Total Defense Shogun
Total Defense Shogun is one of the more interesting
monsters out there. With DEF of 2500, he can stand
up to a lot, though it isn't spectacular for a
tribute; but 1550 ATK really, really hurts a tribute
monster. Of course, he would be much better with
1500 ATK, since you'd be able to summon him for free
with Mystic Tomato; and of course, that's precisely
why he has 1550 instead.
Anyway, his stats reflect his effect. If you Normal
or Flip Summon TDS, he'll go straight to Defense
Position, which is a good thing when you take into
consideration his impressive DEF value. Then the fun
part: He can attack while in DEF. Strange, isn't it?
So he gets around Level Limit and Mirror Force, but
he doesn't have to worry about being killed by a
standard 1900 beatstick or even Jinzo or Hades. Keep
in mind you do use the 1550 ATK, even when he’s
attacking from Defense Position; so he can't exactly
kill very much. But TDS could certainly do a fair
amount of damage if equipped.
Essentially, Total Defense Shogun is a fun monster
who definitely deserves a spot in some offensive
Stall Decks using Level Limit and perhaps things
like Matazza and Equip Magic. Otherwise, he might
work; but he’s not really the most competitive
monster. If only he had 50 less ATK...
Typical tournament deck: 2.5/5
Stall Beatdown: 4/5
OVERALL RATING: 3.3/5
Total Defense Shogun
This is going to be abused under Level Limit Area B,
I'll guarantee it.
It can swing while in defense mode, and with 2500
DEF, it won't die easily. It prevents Mirror Force
from hurting him. He's dark, so he can be some good
Chaos food, and he is a warrior, so he has a lot of
support (TWRA, RotA, Command Knight, Freed, etc...)
It only has 1550 ATK, and that won't kill much. You
also to tribute for it, as it has 6 stars.
Overall, I give Total Defense Shogun a 8.7/10. He is
very good, but not most decks good.
Total Defense Shogun
This card has been long-awaited by many. It was once
rumored to be the Ultra of the (then-nonexistent)
TP5 set. Before I get to reviewing, some things you
*As per the Judge List, Mirror Force has been
errata'd slightly so it will work correctly against
this card. Mirror Force no longer specifically
negates the attack -- just destroys all ATK position
monsters. (Yes, if the monster's destroyed the
attack is negated anyway...)
This makes it so that if Total Defense Shogun
attacks from Defense Position, Mirror Force wouldn't
stop his attack...and if you have no ATK position
monsters and are attacking with Total Defense
Shogun, Mirror Force can't be activated at all.
*If Total Defense Shogun attacks a monster stronger
than itself, it still dies, even if it was in
Defense Position. (Don't ask me why, that's just
what they said on the Judge list last I checked.)
The attack is sub-par for a Tribute monster. 1550
won't get much of anywhere -- but it doesn't need
to. It's going to be hiding behind 2500 DEF. It
stops Jinzo, it stops The End of Anubis...more
importantly post-ban, it stops that 2400 Tribute guy
(Ice Emperor something?) that kills up to 2 M/Ts
when it's Tribute Summoned.
As for searchabilities and powerups; Fusion Sword
Murasame Blade would be nice -- have it be 2350 ATK
and still hiding behind a wall. It wouldn't even
have to worry about Mirror Force post-ban. The A
Forces is again unnecessary...RotA is ineligible
because it's higher than Level 4...and The Warrior
Returning Alive would be better used on things like
Black Luster Soldier EotE (the entire reason people
love having Painful Choice in Championship format.)
It's a solid attacking wall. That's the best I can
Warrior deck: 3/5 (it goes against the theme of
warrior, having a defense and a Tribute summon.
Warriors like to swarm and hit hard.)
Open Format: 2.75/5 (Too much monster removal for it
to be worth the Tribute.)
Championship Format: 2.5/5 (So what if you can
attack from Defense Position when it can't attack
anyway? It's blocked by Gravity Bind and Messenger
of Peace, but surprisingly gets around Level Limit
Area B. So it's not totally worthless here -- I just
don't think it will see play.)
Tuesday: Total Defense Shogun
Rated For: Warrior Decks, Total Defense Shogun decks
Total Defense Shogun is another solid warrior from
the tins. In fact, the collection of tins in total
packs the greatest collection of warriors (in terms
of balance and interest) to date. This card’s effect
is unique; he can attack through his defensive
position. This creates an interesting game mechanic
which the system will explore.
Advantage F/H: He’s basically un-killable in the
post-ban format. Yes, you heard me right. 2550
defense makes him withstand even The End of Anubis.
In fact, there are probably fewer than ten monsters
that can even get rid of him (BLSoldier, DMoChaos,
TIVirus, Magical Scientist, D.D.W.Lady being some of
the more common ones). The bans will make tribute
monsters far more playable in general; they’ll be
sturdy and you no longer have to fear wipe-outs such
as Raigeki/Dark Hole. He can peep out from his
defensive position and take down everything under
D.D Warrior Lady. A serious threat.
Pre-Ban: 7.5/10. Post-Ban: 9.5/10.
Best Draw for the Situation: Like all tribute
monsters, he has the potential to be a very bad
draw. However, there are many special exceptions,
and he’s one of them. Warrior decks possess lots of
staying power and swarming, through cards such as
Command Knight, Retrained Celtic Guardian, and
Marauding Captain. You’ll also be able to use
CoHeart, Snatch Steal, Painful Choice, and other
standard measures to bring him out. His power once
on the field makes him a better draw than other
inferior tribute monsters too.
Pre-Ban: 6/10. Post-Ban: 6/10.
Attributes/Effect: What’s not to love about this
card! He’s a Shogun, and Samurai are just
frighteningly studly would you not agree? 2500
defense is impenetrable. 1550 attack is solid to
attack from. He’s also a warrior, and thus packs
more support than almost any other tribute monster
save Vampire Lord. His stats are even better
post-ban, where he’s nearly unkillable.
Pre-Ban: 8/10. Post-Ban: 8.5/10.
Dependability: Again, not to sound like a broken
record, but he is quite dependable. Again, though,
he’s far more dependable in the post-ban format
because the two mass field-wipes have been removed.
This actually raises his score by a point.
Pre-Ban: 8/10. Post-Ban: 9/10.
The Bottom Line: This is a great option for a
Warrior tribute monster. Consider!
A BAD Score: Pre-Ban: 29.5/40=
Total Defense Shogun is a Level 6 Dark/Warrior.
Being Level 6, he requires a single Tribute to
Normal Summon. As a Dark Monster means that it
has adequate support, and can of course be used
as Chaos Food. Being a Warrior means there is
much support for this card. It has an ATK of
1550. This is just barely high enough to kill
most supporting monsters. The most significant
supportive monster that it is not enough to kill
is Tribe Infecting Virus in ATK mode and D.D.
Warrior Lady in DEF mode. However, had it been
a mere 50 Points lower, while being vulnerable
to attacks by D.D. Warrior Lady, the creature
would have also been legal to summon from the
deck by a Mystic Tomato or Last Will, and it
would have been a legal target for Sangan to
search. Had it been just 100 points lower, it
could have hidden under Messenger of Peace. Oh
well. The DEF is an impressive 2500. This
stops most monsters. Now, such a DEF isn’t too
valuable, especially for Tribute monsters, since
some of the more playable Tribute monsters can
just nuke it with an effect, and of course you
can just suck of 1000 damage with D.D. Warrior
Lady and remove it, discard and nuke it with
Tribe Infecting Virus, or summon and sack an
Exiled Force. Fortunately, this card has an
interesting effect that makes the DEF very, very
The first effect looks “iffy” on its own: when
you Normal or Flip Summon the Shogun, he
automatically kicks himself into DEF mode.
Since that’s his big stat, it’s pretty nice.
Still, why not use a different big Defensive
Monster. Millennium Shield would be a much
better choice, even for a Warrior deck (it’s a
Level 5, 0 ATK/3000 DEF Earth/Warrior with no
effect). That’s where the second effect comes
into play-this bad boy gets to bend the rules
and ATK while in DEF position. Now, don’t get
to excited: he uses his ATK score of 1500 for
damage calculation. I also believe that you
would still take damage hitting a DEF monster,
and would die hitting a higher ATK monster-the
benefit is that you are safe from cards that
specifically reference being in ATK mode, like
Mirror Force. In fact, the only one I can name
off the top of my head is Mirror Force.
Well, the best way I can think of using this
card is definitely with the upcoming
Championship format. Two cards turn this from
being a bit weak to being wicked. Weapon Change
will let you attack with 2500 while still being
in DEF mode. Now, since the effect lasts until
the end of your opponent’s next turn, you’d seem
to be a sitting duck with just a DEF of 1550.
No problem-A Chorus of Sanctuary will boost that
up to 2050-enough to frustrate even Berserk
Gorillas. Combining this with similar big
defenders (Gear Golem maybe), and you can have
an interesting “Defensive Beatdown”. Another
option is to toss in some Command Knights. She
can either join into attacking, but will
probably work best simply getting into face-up
DEF mode and bumping Shogun up. If we risk
tacking it onto the Chorus of Sanctuary/Weapon
Change combo, we might be happy-now those
attacks are hitting for 2900 while hiding behind
a still solid 2050 DEF. D.D. Warrior Lady is
also a natural for the deck-use here to remove
potential road blocks.
Exiled Force as well.
One last thing-there are several easy-to-summon
monsters that can help get Tribute “fodder” into
play. Zombyra the
Dark and Goblin Attack Force would both last for
a bit in ATK mode. Big, low level DEF monsters
like Giant Soldier of Stone or Wall of Illusions
are hard to remove. Then there are just things
like the normal searchers (Mystic Tomato, Giant
Rat, etc.) or cards like Nimble
Momonga that can get
a lot of creatures into ply with relative ease.
I’m dropping the “current” bans since they will
not matter in a few weeks. First number is no
bans, second is the upcoming ban list.
2.75/5, 3.75/5-I honestly
believe this deck has potential. I
caution that I have not tested it yet though.
Once we lose the Typhoons and the mass removal,
this card can set up a strong hold on the field.
2.5/5, 3/5-Without bans,
there is little hope for anything half
creative. To many
“broken” cards have accumulated now.
If you could actually use it here, it’d be
A good card, maybe just a tad off.