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

Des Lacooda

You can flip this card into face down Defense Position once per turn during your Main Phase. When this card is Flip Summoned, you draw 1 card from your Deck.

Type - Zombie/Effect
Card Number - PGD-030

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.2
Advanced: 4.4

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

Date Reviewed - 10.25.05


Des Lacooda

I absolutely love Des Lacooda. Sure, it only has 500 ATK and 600 DEF. Sure, if your opponent attacks it it’ll probably die. But it can give you great card advantage.

If your deck has Giant Rat or Pyramid Turtle (or both) in it, run at least one Des Lacooda. Say your opponent has a monster on the field and he kills your Giant Rat with it. Search for Des Lacooda. On your turn, flip it face-down, then Flip Summon it – sure, it’ll probably die on your next turn, but you just got to draw an extra card!

If you can protect Des Lacooda a little longer, you get to KEEP drawing cards. Before long, you’ll have such overwhelming card advantage that your opponent might as well quit right there and then.

This is a very underlooked monster that deserves much more play than it sees. Again, if you run Giant Rat and/or Pyramid Turtle, run Des Lacooda.

Control: 4/5
Camel Control (Swarm of Scarabs/Locusts,Guardian Sphinx, Stealth Bird, those kinds of monsters): 5/5

ExMinion OfDarkness
Des Lacooda

It's sad that this is some of the best draw we have left in Advanced Format...but this card is actually good.

A weenie with built-in draw for as long as you can protect it...it creates massive card advantage in a deck that can hold off attacks for a long time. Messenger of Peace, Gravity Bind, Level Limit, Sakuretsu Armors...this is a GREAT addition for a Burn deck. (If you're a Veteran on the Pojo.biz forums, you might want to check the Vets forum for a really good example of what this deck should look like...)

It has all the benefits of being a weenie in other decks as well -- Giant Rat, Sangan, Last Will...you have a lot of options to Special Summon the guy. If your opponent attacks a Rat and you pull this out, you can instantly flip down/flip back up for a draw. Assuming you have protection beyond that turn, you'll have some good drawpower.

However, this needs a deck focused around it to maximize the advantage. Decks that just want a random extra draw would be better off with Dekoichi the Battlechanted Locomotive, who's stronger, a Machine, Dark-type (for those using Chaos Sorcerer)...and still gets his draw if he's attacked while face-down.

Either one of two things will happen:

1. This card will fade into obscurity with 98% of currently printed cards

2. Someone will make a really good deck based on this, tweaked out to the max, Top 8 a SJC with it, lose in the first round of Top 8 (as most original decks do and I hope happens to them), and then everyone will netdeck it. Bonus points if the netdecker beats the original creator with his own deck. Additional bonus points if someone does this with the first major pioneered "original" decktype, to its creator.

5/5 in the deck built around it
4/5 in any deck that stalls for a long time
1.5/5 in the non-focused deck

Coin Flip
Des Lacooda… Ah, how I have mixed feelings for ye.

The result of most of my endeavors with this card have failed, but I never really got tired of the card. Despite losing horribly to Lord Tranorix in one of three matches we have ever played (I swear, our luck against each other is annoying…) in a feature match that will never be posted for reasons unknown to my person, I still persisted with the deck. It wasn't until I realized that I made bad decisions while playing the deck (and that deck alone; all of my other bad decisions are completely in deckbuilding and remain secluded from gameplay) that I realized the deck wasn't for me. That deck is Camel Control.

There are two real issues to consider with this card that I went over the last time I reviewed it. First off is what you gain from using its effect. Second off is how to ensure that you get to use it. Think on this. It's a 500/600. That makes it searchable by both Giant Rat and Pyramid Turtle, and the more obvious cards like Last Will and Sangan, but that also means that if switched to attack position, a Hand of Nephthys could kill it. It doesn't matter what mode it's in, Mystic Swordsman LV2's sending it to hell. That's pathetic. And if all you gain is one card, this is a waste of advantage. You can't randomly use it. You have to think about how often you're going to be able to protect the card.

I am in love with Des Lacooda. Currently, it is one of the best tech cards in the format. Many people are using either a Warrior toolbox or a Giant Rat toolbox. Giant Rat is particularly funny. It makes people play cards they otherwise wouldn't. It adds speed to cards that rock with it. For one, Des Lacooda can be searched out and then flipped face down and back face-up on your turn for an immediate +1 advantage with no life loss, assuming it doesn't die on your opponent's turn. Giant Rat is also perhaps the only way I would ever play Injection Fairy Lilly or Exiled Force (X-Force is a horrendous topdeck and a waste of a summon when Drillroid or Smashing Ground can accomplish the same thing as him while either keeping a monster on the field or not taking away your summon, and IFL is just a horrid late-game topdeck). I play one Lacooda that many people think is just randomly teched in, but it works.

The power of an engine of +1's in this format is undeniable, especially considering that 3-6 defensive traps are being played on average. Gaining even a single card advantage can lead to a game end. Gaining 2 or 3 and still having a card left over for a Mobius tribute is disgusting. And if you have this and Swords of Revealing Light in your opening hand, your opponent should just plain scoop. G effing G.

I'm heavily in favor of the use of this card.

General: 4/5

Camel Control/Flip Face Down deck: 5/5

Dark Paladin
Des Lacoda is our card for today, and it's a very interesting card.
You can flip it face down once per turn, and when it's flipped face up, you can draw one card for your deck. This is an excellent draw option for the Advanced format since we are without Pot and Graceful.

Is this card for EVERY deck? No. Des Lacoda is a good card in your Exodia deck I believe. Yes, I said Exodia. It's another draw engine, and as stated, we're kinda short on this. However, it can be used as standard tech in about any other deck as well.

Long stroy short, it doesn't work all that well, at least multiple times, by itself. Swords of Revealing Light, Tsuku, and other stall cards help Des Lacoda...a lot.


Traditional: 2.2/5
Advanced: 3.8/5

Art: 3/5

You stay classy, Planet Earth :)

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