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

Dread Dragon

When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard, you can add 1 Level 3 or lower Dragon-Type monster from your Deck to your hand.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.65
Advanced: 2.40 

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

Date Reviewed - May 26, 2010

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Dread Dragon ...

This must be super average card week, cuz this one falls close the same league as the others so far. Average. Remember boys & girls - "3" is an average score. Not a good one or a bad one. It means your deck wont be terribly dysfunctional if u play the card, but it wont exactly step up a level either.

And so we have Dread Dragon ... something very unusual about him ... it's his hat, i think .... yeah ... i'm not going to elaborate on that. But 1100 ATK on a 2 star monster? - Well its not built to fight, but if it attacks directly, it can give a fair enough amount of damage to make it worth it. Plus its a dragon, meaning its well supported, and being a Tuner is also a nice thing these days. So when killed by battle, u can add a level 3 or lower Dragon type monster to your hand. There are plenty to choose from. U can even add another one of these thins to your hand. Nice, right? Well the drawback is mainly that there are cards ... dragon cards at that, that already do this, and do it better. (Masked Dragon) To your hand is nice, but to the field is better. There are only so many low and medium level monster cards u will want to use for you Dragon deck. Finding the space for Dread will be tough and not terribly worth the effort.

He's not completely worthless ... u just simply have better options for what u are trying to get out of him.

Traditional: 2/5
Advanced: 2.5.5



Dread Dragon:

I just have to start out by saying that this dude looks friggin awesome. He destroys your lifepoints by knocking over your bong, eating all of your chips, drinking the last of the kool-aid, and sleeping on your couch... TAKE THAT! After that he might start up a drum circle or make the worlds smallest pair of hemp pants for his pet marsupial. Ok, ok, I'm done with the dreads rips. Aside from his looks, this card is actually pretty decent. Can grab you a White Stone of Legend, Totem Dragon, or something of that nature to add more consistency to the deep draw, and other dragon variants. That is if you do not use him as a Tuner first. Although it seems odd that they would make another 2 star, fire, dragon tuner, as we already have Magna Drago which has identical stats other than atk/def where it is actually better than Dread. Of course his effect is crap so I guess you can look at this guy as Magna Drago's replacement. I don't see why the search effect has to be limited to being destroyed by battle though. With X-Sabers getting at least one of every kind of searcher/floater imaginable, it seems they could have given dragons a bit of a break with this card and just worded it: "When this card is destroyed and sent to the graveyard then search..." Boom, instantly a bit better, but still balanced.

Traditional: 1.5
Advanced: 2.0 (I think that's mostly for the dreads...)


Sometimes when I see a Yu-Gi-Oh card name, I’ll get a literal (and often silly) image for it in my head.


In this case, the real image is exactly that, only sillier.


The artwork for Dread Dragon isn’t a fearsome dragon, but one with hair in dreadlocks.


The actual card is a Level 2 Fire/Dragon.  Fire isn’t a whole lot of help but being a Dragon opens some doors.  It’s got 1100 ATK and 400 DEF and is a Tuner.  Pity the ATK wasn’t 100 points lower so we could use it with Cards of Consonance.


Dread Dragon has a simple effect: when it is destroyed by battle you can search for and add a Level 3 or lower Dragon monster from your deck to your hand.  This could get useful discard fodder (and even some small Dragons with nasty effects).  With its small size you can use Masked Dragon to bring Dread Dragon to the field, and then Dread Dragon can add Masked Dragon back to hand (if for some reason no other better target is available).  There are several useful Level 3 (and lower) Dragons, including some Tuners for Cards of Consonance, probably Tribute fodder like Twin-Headed Behemoth, monster removal like Exploder Dragon, etc.


All in all, a good option for some Dragon decks, but not something they have to run.


Ratings (Dragon Decks)


Traditional: 1/5 

Advanced: 3/5

Today's card is Dread Dragon, and he has a funny head. He's just 100 ATK over the target zone of Cards of Consonance (Tewart, why would you name it that?), which means it loses SO much utility and usability. However, he does let you bring a level 3 or lower Dragon to your hand, but only when killed by battle, and also sent to the graveyard.
This lets you get something useful like White Stone of Legend... But you probably don't want your Tuners battling. Also, why go through so much work when Red-Eyes Darkness Ultra Mega Metal Flame Dragon Deluxe is going to make a swarm for you? You're not going to need to slow boost Dread Dragon will give you in most decks. In a Blue-Eyes deck (yeah, what?), however, it will at least get the Stone for you (which is an egg).
Art: At least he doesn't have a ring of bannanas on his head like Infernity Doom Dragon or Tropius.
Fun Fact: Tropius should not be able to fly.
Tomorrow: Sort of cute. I guess.

Jae Kim
Dread Dragon
There isn't much to say about this card. It has the exact same triggering condition as a regular recruiter, which means you can compare it directly to Masked Dragon (the recruiter of choice for Dragon decks). Dread Dragon naturally gets slight bonus points for being a tuner.
I'm not a big fan of recruiters these days. Most of the big decks in the format can completely dominate the field without ever even attacking your recruiter (or just -1'ing it immediately). Cards such as Ryko, Gravekeeper's Descendant, Super-Nimble Mega Hamster, Mist Wurm, Caius the Shadow Monarch, and Gladiator Beast War Chariot will all lead to net minuses for the recruiter duelist.
Having said that, I think Masked Dragon is preferable to Dread Dragon. While Dread Dragon has a few tiny advantages (being a Tuner and being able to search White Stone of Legend for card advantage), realistically players should not be using either card in decks that capitalize on such engines.
Masked Dragon helps develop field presence and does not cost you a normal summon. In today's fast-paced environment, that kind of advantage is very important and should not be overlooked.
T: 2/5
A: 2/5

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