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

Puppet Master

Level 6
When this card is Tribute Summoned you can pay 2000 Life Points to Special Summon 2 Fiend-Type monsters from your Graveyard. They cannot attack this turn.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.40
Advanced: 2.60 

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

Date Reviewed - 11.24.08

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Dark Paladin



This was used by Yami Bakura against his duel with Marik on the anime, if I'm not mistaken...


We have an incredibly short week, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, but we open the week with an excellent card, or at least, a card that I personally have awaited in our game, the dreaded Puppet Master.


Puppet Master only gets his effect when Tribute Summoned, which is a bit of a downside, as you are tributing for a Level 6 Fiend with 0 attack and defense, and while Dark is great for an attribute, that alone, really hurts.


However, Puppet Master has the delicious ability of being able to Special Summon two Fiend type monsters from your Graveyard, all though they cannot attack that turn, and it does require a cost of 2000 Lifepoints.


Is Puppet Master a good card, or even a bad card, ofr that matter?  It depends on the Format you ask.  In this Format, it probably is best suited in your Trade Binder, but it does have combos and possibilities.




Traditional:  1.5/5

Advanced:      3/5  For (future) combos and potential.

Art:  5/5 

General Zorpa Puppet Master
Well, this is a card that has had it's uses, but not really lends itself to a competitive deck at the moment. It's stats are horrible, but then, so is Malicious. Basically if you tribute summon this guy, you pay 2000 lp in order to Special Summon 2 Fiends from your graveyard.
Well, teh good thing is that there is no restriction on which Fiend you can get, making it really fun to get a pair of something like End of Anubis or Summoned Skull and beat face for a while. Of course then you are let with a 0 ATK and 0 DEF monster that really doesn't have many uses at all. You can Synchro with it, making it somewhat useful. However, after it's effect has run it's course, there is not really much you can do with this card.
The game right now is favoring really fast and versatile cards. This card is neither, but if thegame ever slows down, this guy could see some serious play for the massive damage that he can deal with his buddies.

Jeff Lang

Puppet Master
Level 6
When this card is Tribute Summoned you can pay 2000 Life Points to Special
Summon 2 Fiend-Type monsters from your Graveyard. They cannot attack this
Super Rare


Todayʼs card up for review is Puppet Master, personally one of my favorites. Its about time we got this card in America haha. But anyways, this guy could have all the potential in the world, but there are some flaws to it. The 2k life point payment is pretty big, considering we are in a otk like format, it will most likely hurt you more than help. The other factor being is that there isnʼt many fiends out in the Tcg that is hallway playable. You have Caius, Dark Resonator, Newdoria, Sangan, Giant Germ, and Snipe Hunter. Sure you could make a deck with the above stuff, but it wouldnʼt perform too well in my opinion. If Fiends get 2-3 more playable cards I could see the deck type dominating. I still suggest you try this guy out though. If you can get his effect off then protect your resources, who knows, you could win some games.

Trad: 3/5

Adv: 3/5

Pwii Happy Thanksgiving! In a few days. This year, I'm having venison for dinner! No, I didn't get one. One of Dads' friends gave us a HUGE buck. YAY!

Puppet Master is almost good. The one bad part is there's no feind lv 2 tuner monster. I might be wrong, but I searched my mind and the 'net, so it's pretty safe to say this don't work. Now, you have to pay 2000 lp, tribute a monster, have an atk 0 in atk position for a turn, all for for two revived monsters. Personally I don't think it's worth it. Great in a Yubel deck though.

2/5 all.

Anteaus Puppet Master

This is a great card, in my opinion, and adds a great swarm ability to Fiends (who have been lacking as of late). However, there are two main drawbacks: one, he's a level 6, and two, he's a 0 ATK/0 DEF monster. But (and this is the good thing), you're not going to be bringing this guy onto the field for his stats; you're bringing him onto the field so you can pull a couple of huge fiends from your graveyard. I can definitely see this card revitalizing the Fiend deck, especially Archfiends. However, outside of a fiend deck, he's pretty worthless, because he'll just take up a spot for no reason. You don't want to run this in any deck but fiends.

Traditional: I'm not sure about the state of fiends in the format, but I'm sure he'll help out.

Traditional: 3.5/5
Advanced: 4/5
Mr. Random CSOC-EN090
Puppet Master
Level 6
When this card is Tribute Summoned you can pay 2000 Life Points to Special
Summon 2 Fiend-Type monsters from your Graveyard. They cannot attack this
Super Rare

Puppet Master is very similar to Overdrive Teleporter. Life point payment and number of monster they special summon of their own type, but Puppet Master special summons from the grave. Althought they can't attack, these monster can be used for Tributes. Bring back two Caius to the field for beatdown or maybe a Giant Germ to use with Crush Card Virus or Creature Swap. This card is better in the late game and can provide advantage for Fiend players. Puppet Master isn't as good as Overdrive Teleporter, but its a cool card to play and has an awesome name.

Traditional: 2.5/5
Advanced: 3/5


Stats: Puppet Master has little going for it in terms of stats: it is a Dark/Fiend, which is solid combination, but it is a Level 6 Monster with 0 ATK and DEF!  Besides enabling Crush Card Virus, this card obviously will only see play for its effect, and I’ll warn you now that you won’t be cheating the Tribute cost with Mystic Tomato (though adding it to hand with Sangan will still be useful).


Effect: When this Monster is Tribute Summoned, you may pay 2000 Life Points to Special Summon two Fiend Type Monsters from your Graveyard.  They can’t attack this turn, though.  This seems rather awkward: the Monsters cost you a Monster in Tribute, a wasted Normal Summon, force you to protect or get rid of a 0 ATK hole in your Defenses (unless you run a crazy combo so you can Tribute Summon in face-up Defense Position) and the summoned Monsters can’t attack that turn.  A few have decent effects that could still be helpful, but no clear “instant advantage recovery” cards.


Uses and

Combinations: There is only one place for this card – a Virus deck!  While normally five card combos are a very bad, bad thing, even when they win you the game (how many Exodia decks do you encounter that win tournaments?), there is a nice exception to that rule: when most or all of the pieces have another use.  The Tribute fodder can certainly be used elsewhere.  The Fiends Summoned can be used however they normally would; ditto for the Virus cards.  Even Puppet Master can just be a risky shortcut to bypass extra Tributes for big Monsters.  When it all comes together, you can get the three big Virus Traps all off at once: imagine three turns with no Monsters and no Spells or Traps.  Unless you get really lucky, that is Spells or Traps, but there are plenty of ways to deal with Traps in play and ones you see coming tend to be less effective.  Yes, it means you either have to wait a turn or tack on even more cards for the combo to make use of all this, but assuming you have to wait that is two turns to win the game with virtually nothing your opponent can do about it!




Traditional: 2/5 – Easier FTK and lockdown decks.  Still, you could play it and a Yata-lock later you win.


Advanced: 3/5 – I think this card is a definite boon to Virus based decks, though how often such decks are played I can’t tell you.


Art: 2/5 – Another evil clown; not very inspired.



An interesting piece to aid some combo decks, it should help Virus decks but will it be enough to matter this meta?  Probably not.




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