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

Synchron Explorer

When this card is Normal Summoned, you can select 1 "Synchron" monster in your Graveyard and Special Summon it. Its effects are negated.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.80
Advanced: 3.40 

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

Date Reviewed - July 9, 2010

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General Zorpa Synchron Explorer
This is another SYnchron-Centric monster that we are seeing. It is a level 2 EARTH Machine with 0 ATK and 700 DEF. The stats are very bad, except if they were on a TUner with a good effect, but they are still bad.
The effect is where it gets interesting. When you Normal Summon it, you Special Summon a Synchron monster form your graveyard and it's effects are negated. This is kind of like a reverse of the Tuners that Special SUmmon monsters, Junk Synchron, Debris Dragon and Black Salvo all do some version of this.
However, unless the deck is packed with Synchron monsters, it is going to be very hard to get this card to be consistent. Quickdraw decks teching Junk Synchron might be able to pull it off as a sort of surprise combo. Your opponent is not likely to remove from play a Tuner when they can hit a Dandylion instead.
You can even Synchro for Nitro Warrior with Quickdraw, or maybe even another SYnchro, I do not know the rulings on this card, but I believe that Quickdraw's effects are conditions, like Debris Dragon. Anyways, this is actually not a terrible car, and might even see play in a few decks like Quickdraw.

Synchron Explorer:

Now we are talkin' ! This card has great interaction with Quickdraw Synchron along with Junk Synchron and Debri Dragon. It's a shame really that it was released right as Quickdraw decks started taking a backseat to Infernities and X-Sabers. He can be summoned from the grave by Junk or Debri, and is capable of summoning Quickdraw back from the grave, thus creating a near endless gauntlet of Synchro summoning possibilities every turn. Explorer is THE card that could bring Quickdraw decks back into popularity, I just don't think it's enough, as it still doesn't add to the deck the one thing that it's missing: speed. Perhaps after the next ban list, this card will have its time to shine as Quickdraw decks would likely resurface as a dominant deck type.

Traditional: 2.0
Advanced: 3.0

Synchron Explorer is the last of the holo Starter Deck '010 cards to review. This one is extremely handy in Quickdraw decks, especially when you have JD waiting for you. You know, Junk Destroyer. The NEW JD. If you have Quickdraw Synchron in your graveyard, which you probably do, this makes an instant Nitro Warrior. If you could normal summon a 2800 ATK monster with super attacking abilities, wouldn't you?

Even if you dropped on your head when you were little and don't think that was good enough, simply toss in a Treeborn Frog or Fluff Token, which I know you have waiting on the field, you can instantly bring out Junk Destroyaaaa AND destroy two of the opponent's cards! Woah, that's good!

Even better, imagine drawing Quickdraw, Dandylion and this, all in the same hand. Three cards you're not too unlikely to draw. Discard Dandylion for Quickdraw, and you have an instant Drill Warrior and Fluff token! Summon Synchron Explorer and now you have Junk Destroyer, and the opponent loses two cards. That 3-card combo gives you two huge monsters, destroys two of the opponent's cards, and gives you a huge edge.

Art: He's fat.
Fun Fact: This is the only non-Tuner Synchron monster.
Tomorrow: Come up with your own clever "tomorrow" hint.

Jae Kim

Synchron Explorer

Synchron Explorer is a very interesting card. I remember Jason Meyer had an interesting article on it in TCGPlayer. It does indeed open up a lot of exciting potential for Quickdraw decks, particularly in conjunction with new cards that have been released (or will be released).

Cards such as Genex Neutron and "Tuning" (yet to be released) will help exploit the engine even quicker, especially in conjunction with the standard Ryko/Hamster engine that sends cards to the graveyard. Synchron Explorer's ability to create massive threats such as Junk Archer and Nitro Synchron for the cost of one summon is no joke.

It will also synergize nicely with high monster beat decks. All in all, a well-designed card for this type of format.

T: 4/5
A: 4/5

Synchron Explorer
Effect monster
Level 2

"When this card is Normal Summoned, you can select 1 "Synchron" monster in your Graveyard and Special Summon it. Its effects are negated."

Very fun card today.  Synchron Explorer is a teeny-tiny 0 ATK monster whose effect only goes off when he's normal summoned, but that effect is a good one.  It special summons a "Synchron" Monster from your graveyard.  Many players heralded this as th card that would take Quickdraw variants to the next level, along with Junk Destroyer.  In fact, Jason Meyer, of metagame.com and yugioh-card.com fame, recently wrote an article explaining the pluses of this little guy in your main.  He doubles the amount of "Debris Dragon" effects in your deck, forcing D.D. Crow plays to be well thought out, and he instantly allows for Synchro Summoning level 7 monsters (Quickdraw Synchron).  And for anyone actually building a Yusei Fudo deck, he fits in nicely.  Only time will truly tell how much Explorer can contribute to Quickdraw.

Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 3/5 (Quickdraw, and any other Synchron Themes)


Synchron Explorer looks to be a great card for a few specific decks.  Level 2 is okay.  Obviously being Level 5+ would be awful, but as you’ll see when we get to this card’s effect, it’s meant for Synchro Summons.   Level 2 is a low enough level that forming a Level 4 or 5 Synchro Monster is feasible without making mid and high Level Synchro Summons excessively tedious (like a Level 1 monster would).  Earth is a good attribute for a Synchro fodder: there are a few nifty monsters that require that Attribute (though I think Dark or Light would have proven more useful).  Being a Machine is pretty good: although using a card like Machine Duplication won’t trigger the effect, given the kind of decks you would use Synchron Explorer in it still is useful to maintain the option.  Being a Warrior might have been better, even with Reinforcements of the Army at one.  The non-existent ATK and low 700 DEF make it very easy to search out from the deck (and summon if for some reason you don’t need to get the effect off).  It will however make it a dead card if it somehow cannot get off its effect and/or be used to fuel something else (Tribute, Synchro Material, etc.).

I’ve danced around it until now, but the effect that gets this card played in certain decks.  When Normal Summoned, it allows you to Special Summon one Synchron monster in your Graveyard and Special Summon it with its effect negated.  The important thing to note that it has been ruled that the clause stating you can substitute Quickdraw Synchron for any one Synchron Tuner in a Synchro Summon and can only be used to Synchro Summon a monster that requires a Synchron monster are not considered “effects” and thus are not negated. 

Yeah, it all clicks there, doesn’t it?  With this card as your Normal Summon, “Junk and Debris” decks as well as “Quickdraw Turbo” get yet another decent recovery top deck in a bad situation and speed just about any other time.   

Ratings (for the above mentioned decks) 

Traditional: 1/5 

Advanced: 4/5 

I’d also like to add I’ll be selling quite a bit of my soon-to-be-former possessions on eBay.  You can take a look here at my second auction if you’re interested in some NES games.  Just a reminder, Pojo is in no way responsible for this and was merely kind enough to let me mention the auction here. ;)

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