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Scrap Dragon

1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters Once per turn, you can select 1 card you control and 1 card your opponent controls. Destroy them. When this card is destroyed by your opponent's card (either by battle or by card effect) and sent to the Graveyard, select 1 non-Synchro "Scrap" monster in your Graveyard and Special Summon it.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 3.50
Advanced: 4.37 

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

Date Reviewed - August 20, 2010

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Dark Paladin
The Scrap Monsters are like Gladiator Beasts in a way, in how seemingly effortlessly they can recycle and replenish themselves to the Field. 
Scrap Dragon is a Level 8, Earth attributed, Dragon type Synchro monster, with 2800 attack and 2000 defense.
Synchro Summoned simply with a Tuner and one or more non-Tuner type monsters, so no restrictions.  Once per turn you can destroy one card each player controls.  Just dump something you don't need, and it can almost give use to some weightless card in your Hand or on your Field.
In addition, when this card is destroyed by your opponent's card, either by Battle or by a card effect, and sent to the Graveyard, you can Special Summon one non-Synchro Scrap monster in your Graveyard. 
Fantastic.  Expect to see him, and Scrap monsters around for sometime.
Traditional:  3/5
Advanced:   4.25/5
Art:  5/5


Today’s CotD is Scrap Dragon.  This relatively new theme and after a quick crash card, I like their style (both artistically and how they play).  Scrap Dragon is the biggest Synchro they have outside of Japan.  It fights for the crowded Level 8 slot(s) of your Extra Deck, so it had better be good.


Being a member of the Scrap family is obviously good.  Having “general” Synchro Summoning requirements is excellent: many potentially great Synchro Monsters have been killed by overly difficult requirements.  If this card is worth it, you can actually run it in any deck that can already run Level 8 Synchro Monsters.


Being an Earth Attribute monster is “meh”; they have some support, but nothing really stands out at this moment.  This matches the other Scrap monsters so it “should” be Earth, it just doesn’t get the cool goodies available to most other Attributes.  Being a Dragon is a bit better; they have loads of support and since you can toss it into the Extra Deck so easily it can make use of said support there.


2800 ATK is not the best, but it’s up there and the 2000 DEF is passable on a Monster this big: losing a monster to a position change is irritating but at least it requires a medium sized monster to work in this case.


Now for the “meat” of the card: the effects!  The first lets you nuke a card you control to nuke a card your opponent controls.  Scrap Monsters usually have effects that trigger when you blow them up with Scrap effects, and even if they didn’t there are plenty of floaters you can run.  So together you basically have either a zeroed out effect or a bonus!  The second effect is also sweet: however this cards bites it, so long as it is “destroyed and sent to the Graveyard”, you get to revive a non-Synchro Scrap monster.  If it allowed for any Scrap monster, it would probably be broken: imagine two copies of this going round and round.  Even excluding itself, its bigger brother we are still waiting for in the west has the same effect, so still a fantastic loop.


So looks like we have a real winner here: strong card, part of theme, with cool art and a good name!  I can’t stress that last part: one does get tired of cards that merely approach a theme name (but don’t hit it so they get no bonus from it) and cards named “Dragon” that aren’t Dragons.


Great way to end the week, in my book.




Traditional: 4/5 – Unless I missed something where it has to worry about missing the timing, it’s another Dragon that annoys all the destruction floating around in this format.  Just mind an opponent’s Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning since it would clearly try to remove it.


Advanced: 4.5/5 – I like this card.  Perhaps too much: there are certainly more potent Synchro monsters.  Catch is a lot of them either are banned or restricted, risk it, or are only safe because they are supposedly “balancing out” other, more broken cards.


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