Yu Yu Hakusho
Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day
This card cannot attack unless you Tribute 1 monster
on your side of the field.
Card Number - CT2-EN006
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 09.20.05
Today we review Panther Warrior, a monster
similar-to-but-different-from yesterday’s card,
Vorse Raider. Panther Warrior is EARTH instead of
DARK but he’s also a Beast-Warrior. He has 2000 ATK
and 1600 DEF as opposed to 1900 and 1200. But he
does have an effect.
Unfortunately, it’s a bad one. To attack with
Panther Warrior, you need to tribute a monster.
While this certainly isn’t hard to do, thanks to
Scapegoat, it’s something it’d probably be better
not to worry about.
Something you might consider doing is taking an
opponent’s monster with Snatch Steal or Brain
Control, then attacking with it and following up
with an attack from Panther Warrior – you’d just
tribute the monster you stole.
Beyond that, I see little reason to run this over
Berserk Gorilla (or Vorse Raider).
Beast Deck: 3.5/5
OVERALL RATING: 3/5
Wow...I can think of 3 reasons this card might see
play...and a million that it wouldn't.
Panther Warrior is a non-trib 2000 that requires a
Tributed monster in order to declare an attack.
There may be a few pros to using this card -- Snatch
Steal a monster, attack with it, then attack with
Panther Warrior and tribute the snatched
monster...you can always tribute Scapegoat
tokens...he's a deterrent to an opposing Snatch
Steal, and he does combo with Enraged Battle Ox
(which seems to be more and more common for monsters
with decent stats now.)
However, the cost is just far too high. We already
have Berserk Gorilla for this -- same ATK, less
damaging downside, same attribute, and a type that
ALSO works with our angry, Goat-hating friend.
Sorry, I just can't think of any reason to play this
over what we already have. Looks like what my fellow
CotDers have said about stat inflation is true;
thanks to overpowered monsters with very small
detriments, no one wants to use anything else.
Zounds! A 2000 monster that forces you to lose card
advantage on every attack! My god, that contradicts
the purpose of attacks as any skilled player knows
it! Tell you what; if I see you playing this, I will
laugh at you, and then insult your mom. You have
received fair warning.
Today's card is Panther Warrior, a monster that fans
of Joey Wheeler will be sure to recognize.
With 2000 ATK, PW can step all over most monsters
you'll come up against.
Additionally, and so as to make this bit slightly
longer, PW's ATK makes him one of 23 Level 4 or
lower monsters to have an ATK that exceeds 1999. Of
the 23, PW ranks as the 10th most useful. Moving on,
he's a Beast-Warrior, allowing him to "combo" with 5
other cards. That's right, 5!
In order to attack with PW, you must first Tribute a
monster on your side of the field. As is the case
with all 23 Level 4 powerhouses, PW's sole effect is
a drawback, which is ultimately meant to even him
out. PW's drawback is one that can be costly, though
is also one that can be worked with, however
inconvenient that may be. As the show suggests,
Scapegoat is your best choice when you for some
reason desire to use PW. Seeing as they have no
other uses (for attacking anyway), they might as
well be used to help you take away 1/4th of the
opponent's Life Points (assuming you're lucky like
Thinking somewhat outside the box, PW also works
with monsters that a) will at some point be forcibly
going to your opponent and b) monsters that no
longer serve you any purpose (like Scapegoats). If
you just Brain Controlled that fraggin' opponent of
yours' monster, you might as well Tribute it with
PW's effect so as to rob your opponent of its
company. Likewise, you can use PW's effect on used
Magician of Faiths that for some reason can't
properly defend your Life Points.
Overall, despite the things you can do to make PW
less costly, it's still an expensive monster.
Because it is not wise in most cases to aimlessly
sacrifice monsters just to attack with a monster
that may or may not damage the opponent, PW just
isn't worth it. Unless you're making a Joey Deck or
a Skill Drain Deck (where you'd probably be better
off with something else), keep PW at home.
Advanced: 2/5. Potential with Scapegoat makes him
Traditional: 1.5/5. He just isn't useless enough to
get a 1.
Art: 2/5. A purple panther? I thought it was
supposed to be the Pink Panther! Furthermore, he's
not very intimidating considering his ATK.
Panther Warrior is one card that many people are
very happy about receiving. I would simply like to
Yes, Panther Warrior has 2000 attack, which is quite
excellent for a non-tribute monster. He is an
Earth/Beast-Warrior type which is also good, but
Panther Warrior has one very big drawback. That
unfortunate drawback is the fact that he requires a
tribute of one of your monsters to attack.
However, Scapegoat works quite well with Panther
Warrior. Just as Joey does, tribute a token, and
Panther Warrior can attack. I don’t really see a
place for Panther Warrior, especially with the
pending restriction of Scapegoat coming next month.
At best, Panther Warrior is just a 2000 attack wall
that you can
(hopefully) stall with for a couple of turns, but
that’s just my opinion.
Art: 2.0/5 Not very impressive.
You stay classy, Planet Earth :)
Panther Warrior is a Level 4
Earth/Beast-Warrior. This is a potent, crowded
field, so in order to see play, Panther
Warrior will need something to make it stand
out. It does have a very nice ATK of 2000 and
solid DEF of 1600, surpassing even Berserk
Gorilla. This means that it is big enough
to stop Vampire Lord and Airknight
Parshath from attacking, and almost every
common played Level 4 and under Monster (unless
it can attack direct). This seems pretty good;
too good in fact. Fortunately they gave this
card a draw back to keep things balanced.
In order to attack with Panther Warrior,
you have to Tribute 1 Monster on your side of
the field. Pretty pricey, but it won’t keep
Panther Warrior from protecting your life
points. Still, it definitely knocks this card
down several pegs.
Is there a use for it? Yeah. I can see using
it still in an Earth/Beastdown deck. Why?
There are lots of Monsters on your own side of
the field that sometimes, you want to/need to
get rid of. Snatch Steal and opponent’s
Monster, attack with it, then feed it to “da
kitty”. Likewise, if you activate a Flip Effect
on your own turn, often the Monster is, simply
put, a wimp. Magician of Faith stuck in
ATK mode is a liability. Metamorphosis
isn’t always going to be in hand, and if you
just got the Nobleman of Crossout you
needed to clear your opponent’s field, you
probably don’t want Thousand Eyes Restrict
coming out anyway. Sheep Tokens may not be as
easy to find on the next list, but I have seen
players embarrassingly “goat lock” themselves
where they have four tokens and a Monster they
have to wait for a card that requires a Tribute
to get rid of.
For an actual
Earth Beastdown, having up to six 2000 ATK level
four Monsters is nice. This can also be useful
since sometimes Berserk Gorilla is a
naughty monkey that gets everyone killed. When
Mirror Force is re-banned (oh please let
that be soon-I know our ban list isn’t
automatically the same as the Japanese), there
will still be times when it will become a
liability. Of course, you can just shift it to
DEF position to make it blow itself up, but that
means you can’t have attacked with it that
turn. This way you can let it attack and then –
that’s right – feed it to da kitty.
1/5-It isn’t Chaos compliant and since it
requires a little set up to really use, it’s
just not really worth it here.
2/5-But that is a general score. It’s about a
half to one and a half points higher for an
actual Earth Beastdown deck.
N/A. Too bad, cause this is the one format
where it could really shine. Well, not that
brightly, but a lot better than else where.
is another Monster hurt by stat inflation (or
more technically in this case, same-ATK-with-a-less-negative-drawback).
Since it took so long for us to get this card,
it never had the chance to show what it could
do. It isn’t horrid, but it will rarely be
called into play.