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

Blackwing - Fane the Steel Chain

This card can attack your opponent directly. When this card attacks your opponent directly and inflicts Battle Damage to your opponent, change 1 Attack Position monster your opponent controls to Defense Position.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.50
Advanced: 3.25

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

Date Reviewed - 09.xx.09

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Dark Paladin

Blackwing-Fane the Steel Chain, a Blackwing monster NOT of the Tuner variety, who is a Level 4 Winged Beast, that could almost pass for a Warrior, minus those killer talons, with 500 attack and 800 defense, and is Level 2.

Now, this particular Blackwing can attack your opponent directly, and while 500 attack isn't a lot, even for a direct attack, that's a decent enough effect. Furthermore, when this Blackwing inflicts damage to your opponent, which it will since it can attack directly, you can change the position of one opponent's attack position monster to defense position.

This is great, it makes something powerful more easy to destroy and/or it forces your opponent to use up a Trap or something else maybe game-breaking to prevent that chain of horrendous events from happening to them.


Traditional: 3/5
Advanced: 4/5
Art: 4.5/5
General Zorpa Blackwing-Fane the Steel Chain

This guy does have some potential. He is a level 2 Blackwing with 500 ATK and 800 DEF. Those are pretty poor stats, as even the lowly Vayu can out stat him. He is a DARK WInnged Beast, like all Blackwings, so he does do all of the things that you would expect a Blackwing to be able to do. He is not a Tuner, and that I think is the true downfall of this card. He is also searchable by every Blackwing except for Mistral when combined with Black Whirlwind, which is a bit of a plus.

The effect is that he can attack directly, and when he does you can switch the battle position of an opponents Attack position monster to Defense position. This second effect is great when combined with Shura, as you can turn your opponent's monster to their weaker position and then kill it and either inflict damage with Bora, or fetch another Blackwing with Shura. This is a little bit of a parlor trick, but it does help get rid of cards like Colossal Fighter that you otherwise would not have been able to.

The first effect is where Fane shines. Th ninja bird pairs up nicely with Sirocco and a host of other Blackwings. Plays like turn one Sirocco, turn two Fane, Special Summon Bora are very much within your grasp. Then you use Swallow's Nest on Sirocco after using it's effect on fane to get another from your deck and use it's effect too. That is a 7900 attacker that can attack directly. Throw in another Swallow's Nest, Bora or a Gale and you have a game winning move.

In testing, Fane rusn a little lacking. Yes he does allow for some pretty cool plays from out of nowhere, but he has almost no field presence at all. Since you HAVE to Normal Summon him or Special Summon him with another effect, he will not do very much as a combo piece. It appears that Mistral, with it's Tuner status as well as it's better stats is the favorite for most players. Fane does see play as a singleton, but in all o fmy testing he ha sbeen less than a force to be reckoned with.

As of writing this, SJC Orlando has yet to happen so we will see which it is, Fane or Mistral that ends up taking the heir to Gale's throne in the war of succession. Personally I think it is gonna be Vayu and these guys will take a complete supporting role (if any) in Blackwing decks to come.


Blackwing - Fane the Steel Chain ...

Another new little Blackwing introduced this new set, and Fane is much better than yesterday's Blackwing. Mistral's main benefit (aside from being a Tuner) was that it had a low attack so it just lent for yet another target after a Blackwing was normal summoned with Whirlwind on the field. Fane affords u that same courtesy, but with a bit more ATK to work with. 500 ATK isn't a whole lot, but since he can attack directly, sometimes it can be just what u need to finish the game. Not to mention the obvious benefit of being teamed with Sirocco, so what was once a 500 point direct attack is now a 2500 point direct attack ... or possibly more if u've got other Blackwings on the field as well ... or Kalut in your hand ...

If that wasn't enough, Fane has 1 more skill to boast about. After damage calculations (from his direct attack) u can change one of your opponents attack position monsters into defense mode. This is great in that often defense mode is their WEAKER state, so one of your other Blackwings ... preferably Shura ... could now kill your opponent's suddenly vulnerable monster.

There are a lot of tricks with him. Mistral is probably a better top deck late in the game, but at any OTHER point - i'll take Fane.

Traditional: 3.5/5
Advanced: 3.5/5


N o V a
Its Tuesday guys. Im not gonna be home today but I sent my reviews in early so yeah. Wish me luck at the dentist today when they yank my teeth. Anyways, today we look at the second new blackwing monster in Ancient Prophecy, Blackwing - Fane the Steel Chain. Now this cards actually pretty broken thanks to Sirocco the Dawn. Give Fane the combined attack of all the Blackwing monsters on the field then attack directly. That can be a lot of damage, considering how easily Blackwings still swarm the field. Even with Vayu the Emblem of Honor, Fane may not be as amazing as other Blackwings, but combined with Siroccos effect, he's actually quite the beast.

Traditional: 2/5
Advanced: 2/5

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