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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day
1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner "X-Saber" monsters.
When this card is Synchro Summoned, you can select and destroy up to 3 Spell or Trap Cards on the field.
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.
3 is average.
5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 04.05.10
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XX-Saber Hyunlei opens the week, a Level 6
Synchro Monster, who is Synchro Summoned by one
Tuner and one or more non-Tuner X-Saber monsters. We
have an Earth attributed Synchro, with 2300 attack
and 1300 defense.
Our effect here isn't the most game-breaking, but
it could certainly make for a quick and exciting
finish. When Synchro Summoned, you can select and
destroy three Magic or Trap cards on the Field. In a
word, that is excellent.
2300 attack is respectable enough for Level 6,
the X-Saber Deck is fairly reliable piece of
equipment, and this adds some welcome destruction
backed by a decent power to a farily solid Deck. Go
ahead and play it if you play the Deck.
This is one of the very cool Synchro monsters to
make their presence felt from Absolute Powerforce.
We start off with a 2300 ATK and 1300 DEF on a level
6 EARTH Warrior that needs an X-Saber non-Tuner. The
stats are actually average for a level 6 Synchro,
colliding with Brionac and running over Armed Wing.
The effect is actually useful in many situations.
When it is Synchro Summoned, you destroy up to 3
Spell or Trap Cards on the field. This is especially
useful against a deck like Gravekeepers where they
have an exposed Field Spell and several defensive
cards. The last card that we saw that did something
like this was Mobius the Frost Monarch, a card that
many people say is now unplayable due to Starlight
Sicne Starlight road is a very popular side deck
choice as well as usually a maindecked copy, Hyunlei
becomes slightly less useful, as you lose your
Synchro and the Materials for it and they get a
Stardust Dragon. In this way, Hyunlei becomes pretty
much a less useful version of Brionac. It requires a
specific non-Tuner from a card set that doesn't have
the best non-Tuners, so it is not going to be a
mainstream card like Armor Master is.
In an X-Saber deck of coruse it is going to be
good, as comboed with things that can get free
Tuners to the field like Rescue Cat and
Fullhelmknight, nets you a +2 in card advantage even
if Hyunlei is destroyed. Of course you have to be
afraid fo Starlight Road, but that card is actually
not going to come up that often. This makes Hyunlei
a VERY good pick for an X-Saber deck and that's
XX-Saber Hyunlei ...
I;m not going to waste a long review on this lady
... She's ok, but not really ...
She's a 6 Star Synchro monster. She can destroy up
to 3 spell or traps on the field when summoned.
Nice, but not worth the investment of putting a 2300
ATK monster on the field. Most things u will attempt
to destroy will either be chainable and/or destroy
her anyway ... And that's IF your opponent has 3
spells or traps just sitting there anyway (which
would be getting the maximum usage out of Hyunlei's
effect), and if your opponent DOES have that much
laying in wait, then chances are, they are just
Perhaps a cold wave before bringing her to field
would help, or just bring her and her 6 stars to
clear the way of 1 or 2 traps, then tune/synch again
for Gottoms or something more worthwhile to press
forward your attack. Either way, there are better
options for the card investment involved. Unless u
are dead set on making use of the XX-sabers.
Incidentally ... what ever happened to Mobius? ...
... yeah ...
More support for X-Sabers, sweet I guess,
although they still seem to be passed over for more
conventional decks. Hyunlei is a decent card I
suppose, allowing you to clear the opponent's back
row when summoned. My biggest beef with this card is
that 9 times out of 10, the main s/t that people are
going to want to get rid of in this format is Royal
Oppression. With almost every competitive deck out
there finding away to work two Oppressions in,
special summoning cards before you clear the back
row can be iffy. Not to mention alongside two
Oppressions, are almost always the requisite two
Bottomless Trap Holes, which also stops this card
dead in its tracks. So yeah, the effect is cool, and
Hyunlei is pretty easy to get out for X-sabers (Emmersblade
+ Airbellum or Fulhelmknight), but most of the time
you are going to get caught by Oppression or
Bottomless when trying to use the effect so its
really kind of moot. Not to mention this card
continues the X-Saber Synchro Monster trend of being
a bit low in Atk points for the level, which also
hurts this card's rating. It isn't a flop by any
means, but there are better level 6 Synchros out
there to chose from, namely Goyo or Brionic. Of
course both of those cards are restricted to one, so
if you are running X-Sabers and need another level 6
for the extra deck, I guess this dude wouldn't be a
bad choice... But neither would Gaia Knight, the
Force of Earth, and it doesn't even have an effect,
just 2600 worth of Stardust beating ATK...
Today's card is really interesting, XX-Saber
Hyunlei. She's an extremely easy to make, assuming
she's being played in her own deck. To prevent
abuse, the non-Tuner has to be the X-Saber, so no
Fulhelmnight or Airbellum shenanigans. (Reader: Awww!)
When summoned, she has the devastating ability to
wipe the opponent's S/T area clean! That means you
can wipe out all of their defenses just for Synchro
This ability can really make a difference in
every match, even if the opponent does happen to
flip Bottomless Trap Hole. If luck's not on your
side, the opponent may even flip Starlight Road,
robbing you of your effect, your monster and your
advantage. You need to take extreme caution when
summoning her because of this, so make sure you only
summon Hyunlei if you'll be able to defeat that
Stardust Dragon. Just keep in mind that Saber Hole
isn't going to help you, here.
Art: Isn't she afraid she'll cut her finger or
something? Seriously, that isn't very smart.
Fun Fact: No, nobody knows why XX-Sabers exist when
they're the same thing as normal X-Sabers. Maybe
they wanted to sound special.
Tomorrow: Definitely looks like something Power Tool
Dragon would be wearing.
So we start off the week with our new XX-Saber
synchro monster, Hyunlei. Its a synchro monster that
requires a tuner and a non-tuner X-Saber monster or
monsters. When its synchro summoned, you can destroy
up to 3 spell or traps on the field. Hyunlei has
similar stats to that of Brionac and most people go
after their opponents back row anyways. Making
Hyunlei rather useful for any XXX-Saber deck. Its
also a level 6 earth monster, meaning you can easily
summon Airbellum later on and synchro summon into
XX-Saber Gottoms. Hyunlei is a must for any X-Saber
We start the week with another
Synchro Monster, and in that crowded
six star slot.
As such it is probably good
that this is a deck specific card:
XX-Saber Hyunlei requires a
Tuner and one or more non-Tuner
Pity you can’t then use a
Your reward for including this into
X-Saber deck is low but passable
ATK score (for a Level 6 Synchro)
and the ability to destroy up to
three Spell or Trap cards in play.
effect, but not great.
You generally want to get rid
of S/Ts, especially Set ones, before
you Summon any monsters that turn.
Bottomless Trap Hole will
activate and hit potential Synchro
materials or if you used smaller
It also seems doubtful that,
with the relatively conservative
play-style that dominates Yu-Gi-Oh,
an opponent would have three S/Ts in
play unless one protects the others
or they can be of use before
destruction can hit them.
Mattering rarely but still worth
mentioning, the effect only triggers
off an actual Synchro Summon.
No getting some nice
Call of the Haunted, for
If you’re running
X-Saber monsters, then by all
means include a copy in your Extra
Deck: there are still nasty things
Mirror Force that need destroyed
before your monsters can attack.
It is a good, solid card
designed to support its theme in a