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Gaia Plate the Earth Giant

You can Special Summon this card by removing from play any 2 Rock-Type monsters in your Graveyard. During your Standby Phase, remove from play 1 Rock-Type monster in your Graveyard, or send this card to the Graveyard. Halve the ATK and DEF of any monster that battles with this card.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.67
Advanced: 3.33 

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

Date Reviewed - 09.21.09

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Dark Paladin

Opening a new week, we start today with Gaia Plate teh Earth Giant, a monster who surprising as it may be is of the Earth attribute, and Level 8 with 2800 attack, which is standard on a monster of it's Level and with only 1000 defense points.

Now, obviously Level 8 means two tributes, but you aren't supposed to tribute for Gaia anyway. You can Special Summon this card by removing any two Rock-type monsters in your Graveyard from play. Awesome, a free Special Summon 2800 attacker, what's not to like?

Wait, how about this...during your Standby Phase, you have to remove a Rock-type monster from your Graveyard or else Gaia goes to the Graveyard. Not a crippling effect, but this isn't a card you want to use to early in the game, obviously. Finally, half the attack and defense of any monster that battles with this card.

Obviously a big deal for a monster that is battling in attack mode, as it would need 5600 attack just for a Draw...but with only 1000 defense, you at least can break through. Not a terrible card honestly, but when was the last time you saw a competitive Rock Deck? However,


Traditional: 1.5/5
Advanced: 2.6/5
Art: 3.5/5 Not too special

Gaia Plate the Earth Giant ...

A pretty interesting monster we have here. Cute wording with his effect too. For starters - he's 2800 ATK. Solid and good for an 8 star monster. There's only a small handful of commonly played monsters that can attack over it ... but more on that in a sec... Now some of the cute wording is where it says "u CAN special summon this by removing 2 rock monsters from play" ... meaning, i imagine, that u can chose to normal summon too, if the need presents itself ... why would u ever do this? Well simply the maintenance cost, my dear boy! (or girl) Depending on when u draw him or need him, there is no telling how many Rock monsters u will have available in your grave. U may have enough to special summon him, but u may not have any after that to continue removing to KEEP him on the field long after. Assuming u are playing a Rock filled deck, tributing 2 off the field to Normal summon him will then leave fuel in your grave to keep him around at least another 2 turns. The maintenance cost makes Gaia Plate lose marks, but the halfing the stats of anything he battles with is awesome. It makes him almost unbeatable in battle by ANYTHING. And he'll be dishing out damage like a MUTHA if u get him some piercing equips. I'd invest in it, possibly, if i were playing him. The last thing u want in your opponent stalling u out till had no fuel left to maintain him. I'd call him an excellent top deck late in the game.

Traditional: 3/5
Advanced: 3.5/5


N o V a
Welcome to another week of reviews, seems like this week is mostly cards I have in my binder, except Wednesdays card. Anyways, we start the week off with one of my favorite cards from Ancient Prophecy, Gaia Plate the Earth Giant. Now this cards quite the devistating card with a rather heavy cost in certain decks, other decks it may not be such a heavy cost. Gaia Plate can be summoned by tribute summon or special summon if you remove 2 Rock-Type monsters in your graveyard from play, and during each of your standby phases, you must remove a Rock-Type monster or Gaia Plate is destroyed. Now, being able to special summon it like a "chaos" monster is pretty sick, considering Gaia Plate's high attack power, in fact it has the same stats as Dark Armed Dragon, but the sickest part about Gaia Plate is the last part of his effect. Any monster to battle with Gaia Plate loses half of its ATK and DEF. Rock version of Blackwing - Gale the Whirlwind, just not as great. Now there are many ways to use this card, Merchant Rock Turbo, Skill Drain(with Koa'ki Meiru Guardian), standard Rock decks, etc. The list could go on for a little while im sure. The ones im mostly interested in are Merchant Rock Turbo and Skill Drain. Skill Drain in a deck with Gigantes, Exiled Forces, Gaia Plates, Guardians and so on, could turn out to be one heck of a deck. Sure Gaia Plate loses its halve attack/defense ability, but still its a free 2800 special summonable monster, which counts for something. Overall I think if someone really put time into thinking about a deck, Gaia Plate could be one really amazing card, cause as I see it, it already is amazing. It just needs to be placed in a deck that does well this format, and Skill Drain seems like a deck to go with.

Traditional: 3.5/5
Advanced: 4/5

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