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

Pojo's 2000th COTD 

Tyler The Great Warrior

This monster cannot be Special Summoned. When this card destroys a monster as a result of battle and sends it to the Graveyard, inflict damage to your opponent's Life Points equal to the ATK of the destroyed monster.

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

Date Reviewed - July 12, 2010

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Dark Paladin

Today is our 2000th Card of the Day Review...I personally was fortunate enough to be here for our 1000th review of Exodia, and our 1500th review of Ultimate Ancient Gear Golem.  Today, we look at a card I'm guessing very few, if any, of you have heard of before.
A little backstory on this card...(and a disclaimer)  All this info was taken from the Forums and Yugiohwiki...it's an old story, and I'm not sure what happened in the end unfortunately.  Tyler Gressle was a very sick teenager who had this card made via the "Make a Wish Foundation". 
From my understanding, he DID survive, but again, I don't know for sure.  This card is tournament legal, and there are three copies, two owned by Tyler himself, and UDE kept the third.  So the story goes...if Tyler is still alive, I hope somewhere, somehow, he gets to see this :)
Tyler the Great Warrior, was drawn by Tyler himself, obviously a Super Saiyan (2?) and is a Level 8, Earth attributed Warrior with 3000 attack and 1500 defense.  He can't be Special Summoned, but when he destroys a monster, your opponent takes damage equal to the attack of the destroyed monster.
IF this card were in mass production, two tributes for 3000 attack and a reasonable burn effect wouldn't warrant playing this card, even if it is an awesome picture of a Super Saiyan...
Traditional:  1/5 
Advanced:    2/5 
Art:  5/5

Tyler the Great Warrior ...
Well, the card itself ain't all that great, but the story behind its creation is one of the greatest things I've ever heard!

If u don't know (as my google research uncovered) - it was a joint project by Yugioh and the Make A Wish Foundation - designing this card with and for a kid named Tyler who was stricken with an illness that had him hospitalized at the time. A sweet sentiment. Only one of its kind. The kid was obviously a Dragonball Z fan as well ...
Anyways ... the card. 3000 ATK ... Great. 1500 DEF ... Meh. Earth ... So what? Can't be special summoned ... Lame!
The effect is ok. But u can do a lot more, for a lot easier, with a lot better monsters.
That being said - I give the card a perfect score anyway. If u can't understand why, (and i don't say this often) u should really stop playing Yugioh. There's a whole real world out there. Discover it.
Traditional: 5/5
Advanced: 5/5

Tyler the Great Warrior:

     This is the 2000th Pojo Card of the Day.  Kind of amazing really, when you start thinking about how long that is.  Kudos to you Pojo.  Unless that was a typo, then I just look like an idiot.  So this is a special card for a special day.  I believe this may be THE rarest card in all of Yugioh as it was made for a child (Tyler Gressle) that was very ill, and there may only be one as far as I know.  Instead of the normal review, I just simply want to say that I hope this card was everything that Tyler wanted/needed it to be.  I'm sure that it brought a huge smile to his face, and that's about the best effect any Yugioh card could have.
Also, to all the CotD fans, thanks for reading all these years.  Cheers to all of you out there, including the other writers and the mysterious pojo Bill.

Traditional:  n/a
Advanced:  n/a  (I think this card is above scoring)

Pojo Details about this card for those that don't know the story.  Here's part of a Press Release from 2006:

Tyler Gressle, 14, knows a lot about being a warrior.

In October 2002, he was diagnosed with undifferentiated embryonic sarcoma. It was discovered when he complained of pain. His parents took him to the doctor, then to a surgeon. During surgery, the doctors discovered that the mass had burst, which caused the terrible pain. The surgeon removed 25 percent of Tyler's liver, about 6 inches of large intestine and his gall bladder.

Tyler's prognosis was not good. Fortunately, his doctor had seen a case once before and had been successful in treating the patient, his mother said. "After a long, hard battle, Tyler is perfectly healthy now," his mother said.

"We want other families to know they can have hope, and wishes do come true." Tyler had another wish fulfilled. The Make-a-Wish Foundation learned of Tyler and his family's battle and gave him the chance to design his own Yu-Gi-Oh! card for 4Kids Entertainment Inc.

The foundation's goal is to present each child, along with their family, with a happy experience to help them feel normal in the midst of a difficult time. "All I needed was a pencil and my imagination," Tyler said. His detailed drawing depicts a warrior deflecting an evil monster's terrible weapons.

They unveiled the final card on Aug. 5th.

Tyler and his family were also invited to New York City to meet with officials from 4Kids Entertainment Inc. and were given a tour of the Yu-Gi-Oh! facility.

Tyler the Great Warrior

Tyler the Great Warrior is pretty much the coolest Yu-Gi-Oh! Card in existence. Why? Because Tyler is my name. :D

I think everyone knows the story, so let’s get straight to the card. Tyler is an 8-star EARTH Warrior. He’s got a beefy 3000 ATK and a passable 1500 DEF. Unfortunately, Tyler cannot be Special Summoned. You can get around that with The Warrior Returning Alive, though.

Whenever he destroys an opponent’s monster in battle and sends it to the Graveyard, he does damage equal to the destroyed monster’s ATK to the opponent. This is a pretty powerful effect, seen on cards like Armory Arm and Elemental Hero Flame Wingman.

So, where should Tyler Gressle use this card? I think the most effective deck to put it in would be something based around monarchs, since you will generally have to Tribute Summon Tyler anyway. He could go in replacing something like Light and Darkness Dragon or Obelisk the Tormentor.
Other than that, he could fit into a deck using The Immortal Bushi, or Mausoleum of the Emperor. The 2000 life points paid to summon him with Mausoleum would be compensated by the damage dealt with Tyler’s effect.
Overall, Tyler the Great Warrior is a pretty decent card, and a really awesome thing to have.

Art: He trained with King Kai!
Traditional: 1/5 Sorry Tyler, but you’re not cut out here.
Advanced: 3/5 Actually could be useful here. Very big ATK, and an effect to end games quickly.

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