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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day

King of the Swamp

Card Number - AST-082

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.50
Advanced: 3.75

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.

Date Reviewed - 05.13.05


ExMinion OfDarkness
King of the Swamp
This is honestly the most versatile Fusion sub we have.
This monster can either be part of a Fusion...or be given up from your hand to get the Polymerization to allow you to do the fusion in the first place.
If Polymerization decks were actually any good, this thing'd be worth $10 each and everyone would be trying to get 3.  This card's overlooked because Polymerization is overlooked.
People might actually PLAY Poly if its text were more like... "Send Fusion Material Monsters that are listed by a Fusion Monster Card from your hand or your side of the field to the Graveyard, and Special Summon the Fusion Monster from your Fusion Deck.  DRAW TWO CARDS."...or if a Poly-summoned Fusion automatically got BLS-Envoy's effects added to its standard effect.
But with -3 cards to summon 1 monster without getting any payback...this thing's doomed to the low end of the trade binder.
Traditional:  1.5/5
Advanced: 2/5

King of the Swamp

King of the Swamp is an excellent little monster that I’d almost consider a Staple for decks revolving around Fusions (or would, if Polymerization were even necessary for a successful Fusion Deck anymore…which basically just leaves Dark Paladin, as he DOES require Polymerization or Fusion Gate). I digress. To rephrase that: use this if you’re running Dark Paladin.

This guy has two effects. The first allows him to serve as a Fusion Substitute monster, which is extraordinarily rentsy because this means if you want to run Dark Paladin, you only need to run either Dark Magician OR Buster Blader, not both.

The second is VERY nice, and it makes him vastly superior to the other Fusion Subs. You can discard this to get a Polymerization from your Deck. Simple, no?

Basically, he can serve as either a Fusion Sub or Polymerization – whichever one you need at the moment. He’s very versatile, and in a Dark Paladin Deck, a necessity; he really speeds things up. Ignore his stats; they’re just not important.

Traditional – CCCC: 1.5/5
Traditional – Dark Paladin: 4.5/5
Advanced – CCWC: 1.5/5
Advanced – Dark Paladin: 5/5
Snapper King of the Swamp
Out final card of Worthy Week is King of the Swamp, the most worth card of this week.

KotS’s stats are far from spectacular; 500 ATK allows it to destroy Kuribohs in battle, and 1100 DEF allows it to survive an attack from Sangan (assuming it’s in Defense Position). Even its WATER Attribute doesn’t do it much good due to ALO only pumping KotS up to 700/1300, stats that aren’t’ much better than KotS’s original ATK/DEF. Needless to say, KotS isn’t a monster you’d want to have on the field, and his effect proves that that was never his purpose.

KotS’s first effect makes it a Fusion-Substitute monster, allowing you to use it as opposed to one of the less useful components of a Fusion Monster.
So instead of using a Big Koala and a Des Kangaroo to Fusion Summon Master of Oz, you can use KotS and Des Kangaroo instead. KotS’s second effect allows you to discard it to the Graveyard to add a Polymerization in your Deck to your hand, an effect with obvious uses. As should be apparent, KotS’s effects depend on actual Fusion Summons, not that Metamorphosis/Magical Scientist bologna. But because Fusion Summons are VERY rare, KotS appearances in a Deck are also very rare. However in a Deck that utilizes Polymerizations, KotS should be a staple.

Advanced (Fusion Deck): 5/5. Chances are at least one Fusion-Material monster sucks, so KotS should be especially useful.
Traditional (Fusion Deck): 5/5. See Advanced.
Overall (Fusion Deck): 5/5.
Art: 3/5. If Swamp Thing had a laser beam on its forehead, it would be the sneezing image of KotS.
Dark Paladin Friday

King of the Swamp

Well, for those of you who actually run that old card Polymerization for whatever reason, this card is God for you. It's way better than your TP Fusion Substitutes in the fact that it can retrieve a Polymerization.

Obviously, this card might as well be used in and ONLY in a Dark Paladin deck.
Since Metamorphosis is used 99.9% of the time over Polymerization, but Dark Paladin can ONLY be summoned by Fusion Summon, that's the deck in which King of the Swamp really shines.

Now, unless you are running the aforementioned Dark Paladin deck or running an odd deck full of random miscellaneous fusions without Metamorphosis, for whatever reason,


Traditional: 2.2/5
Advanced: 2.6/5

Traditional Dark Paladin deck: 3.6/5
Advanced Dark Paladin deck: 4.4./5

Overall Rating: 3.25/5

Art: 3.1/5 Not all that bad, the art is kinda neat.

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