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Black Stego

When this card is selected as an attack target by your opponent's monster, this card is changed to Defense Position.

Type - Dinosaur/Effect LV4
Card Number - POTD-EN019

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.1
Advanced: 2.9

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

Date Reviewed - 12.11.06


ExMinion OfDarkness
Black Stego

This card actually isn't that bad.

A decent attacker to poke your opponent for smaller damage, knowing that if they try to attack it, it's going to defend itself and you won't take any damage from the attack unless they have pierce. I could really see this being teched into a Ratbox or something based on that alone.

Searchable, decent effect, and a dino. Not much more the Dino deck would want.


Black Stego, like Black Ptera last Monday, came out in Power of the Duelist, so it seemed so odd that it never got reviewed back then. Granted, the Set is far from old, it still seems almost odd given how desperate we’ve been for more Dinosaur support. Miracle Jurassic Egg, probably the least useful of the Dinosaur/Dinosaur-support cards from that Set, was the only one of the six. Its re-release in the Dinosaur’s Rage Structure Deck (SD-09) brought it to my attention.

Black Stego may not look like much at a glance. It’s Level 4, which is good. Level 3 would probably better as it would then slip under Level Limit-Area B and Gravity Bind, and as well see that would be a very good thing indeed for this card. Still, Level 4 is a no-nonsense Normal Summon or Set to get into play. It’s Earth/Dinosaur: Earth has some solid support cards and is the most numerous Attribute for Dinosaurs (Dark, Light, and Wind each have one while Fire has none and Water has two). Being a Dinosaur is why it’s being reviewed this week, and gives it access to the recent Dinosaur-themed Support. It has a 1200 ATK, which lets it attack under Messenger of Peace and be a legal target for Giant Rat, Last Will, and Sangan. It has a sizable 2000 DEF, which will hold up against most commonly played Level 4 or less Monsters. Finally, it has a simple but handy effect: if it’s attacked and it isn’t in DEF mode, it shifts itself into DEF mode. This turns it into a small wall that can safely peck at an opponent’s smaller Monsters or LP.

The overall combination is a nice fall back for Dinosaur decks and for decks in general. Monster removal is played as heavily as always, but players are loathe to target “small” things like Black Stego over juicier prey like a Don Zaloog or even a Monarch (just because its effect has already occurred doesn’t mean one wants the opponent to have a 2400 ATK beatstick). This is why Submarineroid ended up a surprise success: it was just a big enough defender that an opponent usually had to use some monster removal to kill it because if they didn’t, the 800 points of damage it would do each turn would add up rather quickly. Black Stego can’t attack directly, which means it will be less effective, but it is a little bigger both in ATK and DEF, and that should help. It is also a nice magnet for Smashing Ground (which I don’t see used as much, but still see). Otherwise, in actual Dinosaur decks it can be handy to handle the Tribute costs associated with some cards (and obviously with Normal Summoning higher Level Monsters). All in all a solid card, though I can’t say I expect it to help most decks, neither would it be a horrendous drag in most of them.

Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 3/5

Dark Paladin
Hello again, and yes, I am also back doing Card of the Day again!
Looks like we're continuing Dinosuar Structure Week, so let's check it out! We start the week of with a monster known as Black Stego.

So, we have one of those 2000 defense monsters that can change into Defense position when attacked. Craptacular at best, I'm sorry, I don't really see any uses for this card. It only has 1200 attack, and it's Level 4, so it hurts in more than one spot. If you REALLY need the defender, use it.


1.25/5 all...it does something...just nothing good

Art: 3/5

You stay classy, Planet Earth :)

Black Stego:
To make a Yu-Gi-Oh card name - Step 1: Find something well known, and chuck a colour on it.

Another in the long line of card effects I like, but don't really like. Automatically turning to DEF is a lovely ability, meaning one can attack and defend at the same time. Also, 2000 DEF is perfectly adequate to annoy someone until they draw Cyber Dragon. The problem is the ATK. With only 1200, you can hardly do anything worthwhile, so the card ends up being useless. Possibly with 1400-1500 ATK, but not less.

Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 1/5

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Black Stego

One of the best monsters released in years. If you run a rat box this monster defends your LP. If you run dinosaurs, he allows a player to be aggressive and defensive at the same time while giving you a decent top deck, not to mention remove fodder for Tyranno Infinity.

Today's format, filled with one to many set monsters (all of which tend to have less than 1000 def.) make this monster playable. Attack that set dekoichi without fear of losing LP next turn. Remove the free tribute fodder from the game. Protect your LP while you attack that cyber stein player for 1200. Kill those exiled forces an opponent has summoned to deal you a 1000 damage. Cyber Dragon and the like may be an issue but that is why you run defensive traps.


Black Stego

I think this card is great by virtue of its effect. You can’t destroy in battle very easily with anything except a Cyber Dragon, Zaborg, Mobius, etc. Basically you need a 2100 ATK monster or higher to destroy it in battle.

Last Word: Not much else to say about Black Stego. Nice effect with a solid defense.


Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 3/5

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