Sacred Phoenix of
affectionately referred to as the "Flaming
Turkey", this is a
card that hails
from the 'olden days' of Flaming Eternity.
The Modern duelist
would likely ask 1 question when offered this
"Why would I want
to tribute 2 monsters for a 2400 ATK Beatstick,
I can tribute 1
monster for a 2400 ATK Monarch AND score a +1?"
Whereas it's hard
to argue with the above statement, it's not all
cut & dry as that.
Why you should run
If this card is
destroyed by a card effect, Special Summon this
during your next
Standby Phase. If you Special Summon this card
way, destroy all
Spell and Trap Cards on the field.
One of the reasons
that Vampire Lord was so powerful back in the
was because of
it's effect. It laughed at your opponent's
Tribute, Ring of
Destruction, Raigeki, Dark Hole, and always came
from the graveyard
Well, not only
does Phoenix laugh at your opponent's Spell and
Removal, but it
also shrugs off the effects of your opponent's
like Old Vindictive Magician, Night Assailant,
Monarch, Exiled Force, and even the newly
Hunter all become
better, is that unlike Vampire Lord, Phoenix
destroyed by ANY
card effect, even your own. If you've ever
Wildheart and activating your own Torrential
Tribute to clear
the field, you
know what I'm talking about.
will also return if destroyed by the effects of
Burial or Call of
the Haunted, making both playable again in a
that is currently
Since the current
Format seems to be moving towards pure 1-for-1
cards like Exiled, Zaborg, Smashing Ground, and
the Phoenix will give you quite an edge against
typical deck. It
only gets better now that the Gadgets are out
have heard about
them) as those decks tend to run TONS of 1-for-1
And, if that
wasn't enough, when Special Summoned by it's
provides you with a free 'Heavy Storm' to clear
"But what about
the 2 Tribute thing"?
Lord's 2nd strength was it's searchability via
Fortunately though, Phoenix isn't to be outdone
by the Lord of
It does however,
require the use of another card: The Hand of
Tribute this card
and 1 other monster to Special Summon 1 "Sacred
Nephthys" from your hand or Deck.
Seems simple, no?
- Summon Hand of
- Tribute it and
Treeborn Frog / Sangan / face-up Dekoichi
ATK of Pyrotechnic Poultry, summoned from your
your deck. Sweet.
(If the Creator
Incarnate was as good as Hand of Nephtys, you
And, just to
further things along, why not run Apprentice
search out Hand of
Nephthys, who is conveniently, a 2-star
Now, as to why you
shouldn't run Phoenix.
Phoenix can only be resurrected via it's effect
was destroyed by a
card effect and sent to the Graveyard. If it
in the Removed
from Game pile, it's gone for good.
Cards like D.D.
Warrior Lady / D.D. Assailant, Bottomless Trap
Fissure / Macrocosmos all counter what makes
good, and all the
above are seeing consistent play throughout
The other downside
is that Phoenix must be 'destroyed' by a card
doesn't count the effects of cards like 'Soul
or having your
opponent use 'Brain Control' and then tributing
for a Monarch.
Not the perfect
monster by any means, but not to be arbitrarily
4/5 vs. Gadgets
3/5 vs. typical
1.5/5 - too slow
and is useless against BLS