Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day
there are 1 or more "Harpie Lady" cards on the
field. You can Special Summon 1 "Harpie Lady" or "Harpie
Lady Sisters" from your hand or Deck.
- Normal Magic
are based on a 1 to 5 scale
the worst. 3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating
Date Reviewed - 01.10.05
It seems I was a bit premature in my
declaring Harpie Week over. Another reviewer
decided to keep the theme of my pick for last week
going into another, so here we are: Harpie Week #2!
Our card today is Elegant Egotist, which really,
really, really only works in a Harpie Deck.
If there’s a Harpie Lady on the
field, play Egotist and summon pretty much any of
the Harpies from your deck or hand. It’s really not
that bad; you don’t sacrifice card advantage (as
long as, of course, you summon one from the deck)
and you can choose from a plethora of useful
Harpies: HL1 for the ATK boost, HL2 for the effect
negation, HL3 for stall, HLS for power (and/or
Triangle Ecstasy Spark), or the original Harpie Lady
for the sake of being rentsy.
There isn’t much more to say about
Egotist. It’s a dead draw when there’s no Harpie on
the field, but if you’re running a Harpie Deck,
there usually should be a Harpie on the field. That
said, this card is pretty much a necessity for any
Traditional – CCCC: 1/5
Traditional – Harpie Deck: 4.5/5
Advanced – CCWC: 1/5
Advanced – Harpie Deck: 5/5
OVERALL RATING: 2.9/5
Welcome to another installment of Harpie Week!
That’s right, this week we’ll be reviewing some of
the leftover Harpie based cards. Today’s card is
Elegant Egotist, a card with “swarming”
Elegant Egotist has a simple effect; when you have a
Harpie Lady on the field, you can Special Summon
another Harpie Lady or a Harpie Lady Sisters from
you hand or Deck. The uses of this card should be
obvious, but allow me to point them out anyway J.
Elegant Egotist is the only legal way to summon
Harpie Lady Sisters, so if you plan on using a
Sisters or two, you’ll need to be using some Elegant
Egotist. And hopefully you’ll be using one of the
RDS Harpie Ladies as opposed to the traditional
Harpie Lady, so you can use Elegant Egotist to
Special Summon whichever Harpie Lady would suit you
best at the current time.
Elegant Egotist is a card you should be using in a
Harpie Deck for obvious reasons. Whether you need it
to Special Summon a Harpie Lady Sisters or to get an
extra attacker, Elegant Egotist should always be
welcomed (in a Harpie Deck anyway).
Advanced Format (Harpie Deck): 3/5. You won’t always
have a Harpie Lady on the field, making Elegant
Egotist a frequent useless card.
Traditional Format (Harpie Deck): 3/5. You won’t
always have a Harpie Lady on the field, making
Elegant Egotist a frequent useless card.
Overall (Harpie Deck): 3/5.
Art: 2/5. I assume those are the faces of Harpie
Welcome to Harpie
Week #2! There are a couple more Harpie cards
out there that need looked at -- Harpies are a
heavily underused type and our CotD reviews feel
they should get a bit more time in the
spotlight. (And with no new expansions due out
right away, we can afford to look at some
requires you to have a Harpie Lady on the field
(and we discussed which Harpie Lady cards should
be in a Deck and why last week.) In exchange,
you get to play a Harpie Lady Sisters, a 1950
ATKer from your hand. This also allows you to
combo with Triangle Ecstasy Spark (last Friday's
For a Harpie deck,
it's better than people think. One Spell card
with an easy to fulfill prerequisite gives you a
special summon of a fairly tough Beatstick (and,
if you're using Winged Beast/Harpie's Hunting
Ground, can do some real damage.) The major
drawback is you tend to draw those non-summonable
Harpie Lady Sisters as much as you pluck them
out of your Deck, leaving you with a dead card
The card's only use
is in a Harpie deck, and I'm going to give it a
3.5/5 -- swarm is good, but it opens up the
possibility of card disadvantage.
Effect(s) : Elegant Egotist lets you Special Summon a
Harpie Lady (or the three new Harpie Lady cards
since their effect lets them count as the original)
or Harpie Lady Sister from either your hand or deck.
This isn’t too bad: it allows you to swarm from the
hand or (as is preferred) the deck. Ideally, it
would work in a less limited sphere (at the very
least hitting your Graveyard as well), but this is
still a solid effect. Note that if your opponent has
a Harpie Lady on their side of the field, you can
still use Elegant Egotist.
Stats : Elegant Egotist is a Normal Spell card.
Given its effect, there is one bright side to this:
you can use Serial Spell to discard some fodder (or
even something good in a tight spot) for an insta-swarm.
Given the power of surprise (and the use of cards
like Ring of Destruction), I’d much rather it was a
Quick-Play Spell. At least it’s not some lame little
Combinations : This is what sets the Harpies apart.
Obviously, Harpie Lady Sisters can’t even see play
unless you use this. As for the rest, this is what
gives them the power to Swarm. Swarming is what
makes Harpie decks more than just a bad quasi-Mai
character deck: a good opening hand means that
second turn you can overwhelm an opponent’s forces,
and with a Harpies’ Hunting Ground in play, massacre
their Spell/Trap zone contents as well. On their
own, you won’t do enough damage to win all at once,
but you should put them in a serious danger zone,
where a well played Ring of Destruction or Ceasefire
can finish the job.
As mentioned earlier, also consider supplementing
your Elegant Egotist card with Serial Spell. As
stated, you can take or leave Harpie Lady Sisters
when you build a Harpie deck, and either way, you’ll
probably find Serial Spell a welcome addition.
First, it makes it more likely that one of your
Harpies will become three. Second, if you are using
Harpie Lady Sister, it makes it more likely that
you’ll get that thing out. Third, it means you can
fill your field off of a single Harpie if you are
running a full count of Elegant Egotist. Finally,
since Elegant Egotist is a highly specialized card
and extra copies are worthless once you got all of
your Harpies out of your deck, you can just run a
slightly lower Elegant Egotist count to begin with:
remember you’d prefer using two at once anyway. So
you trade off getting two Harpies out at once more
often to get a better utility card.
Traditional : 3.25/5-Like Harpie Lady 1, this card’s
rating isn’t really its own. Why? Just as you could
still have a Harpie deck without the best of the
Harpies (HL1), the deck would truly be pathetic
without Elegant Egotist. As such, it becomes one of
those “core” deck-type cards that basically owe most
of their score to the success (or failure) of their
deck. Looking at it from just a “mechanical” stance
(think summon [insert Monster name/] if you have a
[insert same Monster name/], it would be useful, but
not heavily used.
Advanced : 3.75/5-Here, where swarming is a much
more practical tactic, and extra Spell/Trap removal
(remember, we are talking the whole Harpie
experience) is highly sought, the Harpie deck is
more potent and thus so is one of its key cards.
Limited : 1.5/5-Here we actually look more at the
card itself. This score assumes you can pull at
least two Harpie Lady cards with it. It’s only in
sets with the lackluster original Harpie Lady and
Harpie Lady Sister, which you have to be pretty
insane or desperate to run in this format.
Otherwise, on its own, it’d just be a 1/5: only good
It’s hard to explain the relationship Harpie decks
have with this card in true accuracy. It’s not their
Necrovalley, as obviously it’s not a Field Spell,
nor are they so dependant upon it (they just depend
on it as their primary swarm option) like
Gravekeeper’s decks. It’s more important than
Reinforcements of the Army is to a Warrior deck as
it is the only way to summon Harpie Lady Sister and
the effect is still rather different. Without
Elegant Egotist, Harpie decks could exist, but now
you basically just have a Wind/Winged-Beast deck. So
I now state the obvious: run this in a Harpie deck
if you want any hope of winning, and don’t waste
time running it anywhere else.
Rated For: Harpie
Remember when we had two Gravekeeper themed weeks in
a row, and the second week was filled with utter
Welcome to the second consecutive Harpie Lady themed
week, and this one doesn't even include solid Wind
monsters like Garuda, Silpheed, and Winged Sage
Falcos! So anyways, I missed the last week of COTD's
regarding the more playable Harpie Lady cards, so
this series of reviews will assume you actually want
to run the HL deck in its most playable form.
Simply put, the Elegant Egotist/Triangle Ecstasy
Spark/Harpie Lady Sisters route is NOT the way to
go. I repeat, it is NOT the way to go. Because
you're only limited to 3 Harpie Lady cards anyways,
the standard operating procedure should be a few
Terraforming mixed with probably 2 Rising Air
Currents and 1 or 2 Harpie's Hunting Ground.
The rest of the monster slots should be devoted to 3
Harpie Lady 1, 3 Slate Warriors, 3 Winged Sage
Falcos, and a combination of Harpie's Brother,
Silpheed, and Garuda the Wind Spirit.
Having said that, this card is not recommended
whatsoever for any deck, so there's no need to
dignify it with
A BAD System
The Bottom Line:
Don't run it, even in the theme it was designed for.
0/5 in all Harpie
5/5 in all Harpie
Lady Sister decks.
++ Contributes Nothing
-- Detracts from Resource Replenishment.
You can thank Cold Wave
for me even doing a review today. Stupid finals.
If everything goes perfectly, I can get my CotD's in
on time ( "O_O"
"Blasphemer!" "Heretic!" "Anathema!" "Exuberant!").
Grumble grumble stupid finals...
Elegant Egotist is
worthless outside of Harpies. As is tomorrow's card.
So an easily fulfilled requirement (but a
requirement nonetheless) that gets out a 1950
attacker. This makes Harpy Lady decks.
Essentially, there are too few cards for a Harpy
Lady deck otherwise.
It is interesting since it's got a relationship with
Harpie Lady that is like this: It's 3 Harpy Ladies
in one, with all of its numeric stats divided in
two. Same with BEUD and BEWD, and Gate Guardian with
the pieces (as far as ATK goes, anyway - Gate
Guardian is a bit off in level and BEUD is a bit off
in DEF). You might notice that with a few other
"triplet" monsters in the future.
Anyway, this thing makes Harpy Lady decks. Running 3
of each possible card you can run that is directly
Harpy related, you have about half a deck. Adding
beef to Harpy Lady decks = good thing.
Plus it's deck thinning. It's also nomi. :(