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

Lightning Tricon

1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner Beast-Type monsters
If this card is destroyed by your opponent's card (either by battle or by card effect), you can select 1 "Thunder Unicorn" or "Voltic Bicorn" in your Graveyard and Special Summon it.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.50
Advanced: 1.75 

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

Date Reviewed - August 23, 2010

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General Zorpa

Lightning Tricon
Well, after a rather long and stressful reprieve from card reviews, here I am at long last back for reviews. Today's card is Lightning Tricorn, a level 8 Synchro monster that is a LIGHT Beast with 2800 ATK and 2000 DEF and has 8 stars. It does need a specific non-Tuner though, a Beast type monster. These stats are meh as far as most people are concerned. Level 8 is really too hard to get to, and a specific non-Tuner is just another nail in the coffin.
The effect however, is actually not bad. If it is destroyed by an opponent's card by battle or by effect, you can special summon a Thunder Unicorn or a Voltic Bicorn from your graveyard. Now I am all for card advantage, and these guys do like reviving their buddies for some massive UOO Action (Unicorn on Opponent) but I do not think that making a hard to get to Synchro that when it dies gets more hard to get to Synchros from your graveyard is actually going to help that much.
Not to mention that probably the best Beast of all time, Rescue Cat, is about to get banned and there are just not enough great beasts in order to get the job done for this card and his associates. Plus I see like 7 horns on this guy, so he is definitely not a tricorn!


Lightning Tricorn ...
Ok. The basics. It's light. Awesome. It's got a big ATK. Great. And it's a relatively uncomplicated Synchro Summon for the right deck utilizing it. So is it any good though? ... It really depends on the point that u Synchro summon it. It doesn't really do a heck'uva'lot on its own. It only has value if u have already Synchro'd and lost a Thunder Unicorn or Voltic Bicorn, and they are sitting in your graveyard, so chances are it will take later game for u to make use of LT's effect ... if at all. So that immediately drops its value.
If u are playing a committed Electro Deck of some kind, then MAYBE u might consider this, but even then - it will be one of the last Synchro monsters u will summon, even if u WANTED to summon it, and that's not cuz its difficult ... because it ain't ... so that should tell u something.
Yeah, he's not terrible, but he's very hard to justify.
Traditional: 2/5
Advanced: 2.5/5


Lightning Tricorn… I think I may hate this card.


First, it fails on name and art.  While technically sound, the name seems like a lame attempt at “improving” a unicorn.  I mean, it feels like something you did thinking it was wicked cool in grade school: “If one horn is good, two – no three will be even better!”  Is this a contest entry or something?  Ah… possibly inspired by some other animé/manga.  Also irritating is… it has more than three horns!  Or are you going to tell me those protrusions from its sides and flank are supposed to be hair?  Voltic Bicorn might be able to save itself with that claim, but not this one!


When will they learn… to make a unicorn sound tougher, just swap the “o” and the “r”, right Transformer’s fans?


As for actual play, the card doesn’t fair much better.  It starts off promising: being a Light Attribute monster is fantastic, of course.  It is a Level 8 Synchro monster… how crowded is that “slot”?  Very, and to fully utilize this card, the whole Synchro deck will be even more crowded than normal, but more on that later.  Beast is passable: they do have some nasty tricks.  The 2800 ATK is strong while 2000 DEF will do.  We hit another potential “deal” breaker, here: you can use any Tuner but the non-Tuner Synchro materials must be Beast-Type monsters.  So it’s Beast deck or bust.


The good news?  It has a revival effect that is triggered by its destruction.  It does restrict to your opponent’s cards (no using your own stuff to blow it up) but at least it can be through Battle or an opponent’s card effect.  The bad news?  The effect doesn’t revive itself.  Instead you “get” to choose between Thunder Unicorn and Voltic Bicorn.  Now I like the effect of Voltic Bicorn.  Thunder Unicorn I don’t much care for, but some of the summoning tricks for Voltic Bicorn need Thunder Unicorn, and you really don’t want Lightning Tricorn to ever hit the field without one or the other in your Graveyard, so you’re kind of stuck running them.  Important thing to note: unlike Tricorn, these two Synchro Monsters require a Beast-Type Tuner, so in effect you may as well consider Tricorn to need one as well.


You can get some really nasty combos off this family of cards… but most of it I feel hinges on Voltic Bicorn.  Voltic Bicorn can practically end games: if the opponent has 7 or less cards left in their deck, they have until their next Draw Phase to win or replenish their deck, or else you win.  This creates an almost built in protection.  Without Bicorn, Tricorn can only get… Thunder Unicorn.


In the end, we have a Synchro beatstick that needs to be run in a specific deck type (Beasts) in order to be even that, and to be run in a specific theme to be effective.  Even its effect feels clunky: you have to bring out at least one of two other Synchro monsters and get them to the Graveyard afterwards for the effect to do anything.


Bottom line, too many Synchro monsters are required to make this work.  Some member of the family needed to be something else.


Ratings (Using September 1st List, deck specific)


Traditional: 2/5 – Just because it is Chaos compliant while at the same time confounding so many deck strategies (via Voltic Bicorn).


Advanced: 3/5 – It fills the role of aiding another card, and the card it aides wants to be revived just so it can die again and cripple an opponent’s deck.  It also is a level higher than Voltic Bicorn: sometimes bringing out Tricorn will be an option when a second Bicorn isn’t.


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Dark Paladin


Lightning Tricorn, is a Level 8, Light attributed, Beast type Synchro monster, with 2800 attack and 2000 defense. This monster is Synchro Summoned by a Tuner and one or more non-Tuner Beast-type monsters.

Kinda odd that you can't use a Beast to Synchro Summon a Beast type monster. Anyway, despite looking really awesome, we don't have a whole lot going on with this card. When destroyed by your opponent by Battle, or by card effect, you get to replace this with a Thunder Unicorn or Voltic Bicorn in your Graveyard.

Monster replacing is usually a good thing but you need these monsters in your Graveyard in order to Special Summon them, which is possible as they both are weaker than the 2800 attack you find here.


Traditional: 1.25/5

Advanced: 2.25/5

Art: 4/5

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