We end this “Reduced Restrictions”
United We Stand.
This is an Equip Spell, and
that is why it is “safe” for the
The effect boosts a monster’s
ATK and DEF by 800 for each face-up
monster you control.
The reason this effectively
isn’t “broken” is that Yu-Gi-Oh has
failed in another way: as I often
like to remind our readers there is
simply too much easy and/or general
removal in the game.
This means that monsters, the
cards hardest to get into play are
the easiest to destroy: besides
effects you still have battle!
How does that apply to this
By their nature, Equip Spells
are dependant upon monsters and
unless they have an effect to make
it otherwise, when the monster they
are equipped to leaves the field or
is placed face-down, the Equip Spell
Again, barring those
specifically designed with a
secondary effect in mind, you end up
losing one more card than you
“should” have, and that is in
addition to the cards that can ruin
an Equip Card just because it is a
face-up Spell that targets.
With so many ways of thwarting Equip
Spells, one might think that the
solution is to up their power.
If it is easy to destroy that
would make it worth playing, right?
Not necessarily: as we see
here, it can be quite unbalancing.
We currently have a format
that is quite good at swarming, and
as such the return off this card is
apt to be at least 1600 more points
of damage than without, the
equivalent damage of another
(presumably) Special Summoned
Quite impressive if there are
three or more monsters: three
monsters would result in a 2400 ATK
(and thus damage) boost.
Against a clear field, that
would mean three 1900 ATK monsters
with one then boosted by
United We Stand would inflict
8100 points of damage, enough for a
OTK and hardly difficult to
This also makes it very
useful to OTK decks focused on
small, multiple attack monsters such
Mataza the Zapper,
Ben Kei – Armed Samurai, or
Scapegoat activated during your
opponent’s End Phase combined with a
backfield clearing card like
Giant Trunade or even a
Mystical Space Typhoon if they
only had a single set S/T would
Hayabusa Knight to attack over a
monster as large as 2000 ATK and
skill score a OTK against an
opponent with a full 8000 LP.
For general use,
United We Stand can make a good
Against a clear field, think
of it as one more Special Summon
(possibly monster number six) with
which to decimate the rest of your
opponent’s Life Points.
When facing monsters, besides
inflicting some extra damage it can
allow you to inflict damage by
boosting something over a bigger
When facing set S/Ts, it can
be used to bait out removal against
itself/the equipped monster.
Far better your opponent
Mystical Space Typhoon on this
than on your
Mirror Force, or a
Dimensional Prison on something
I do enjoy the art and the name on
this card: a simple but effective
way of demonstrating “monsters”
However, the effect doesn’t
really make a lot of sense given
that context: even on its own, the
Equip Spell boosts the equipped
monster’s ATK by 800.
Besides balancing out the
card a little better, it’d make more
sense if there was no bonus when a
monster was on its own.
I am also surprised after the
events of 9/11, when this card’s
name became such a popular slogan
amongst Americans, that we never got
a new art version of this as a
I suppose it wouldn’t have
been in good taste.
I am still selling my former
collectables on eBay. I’ve had
a lot of hobbies over the years, so
at various times I’ll have comic
books, manga, action figures, and
video games on the auction block.
You can take a look at what’s up for
here. Just a reminder,
Pojo is in no way responsible for
any transactions and was merely kind
enough to let me mention the
auctions here. ;)