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Number 34: Terror-Byte

3 Level 3 monsters Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card to target 1 Level 4 or lower face-up Attack Position monster your opponent controls; gain control of it until the End Phase.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.00
Advanced: 2.80 

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

Date Reviewed - Aug. 22, 2011

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Welcome to our first of at least  two weeks of cards that have had their status changed on the Ban List.  However, we have an exception, as today's card is essentially left over.  We have another Xyz Monster, Number 34:  Terror Byte.  Remember too, however relevant it is or is not, there are Monsters of the Xyz who are only able to be destroyed in Battle by other Xyz Monsters who have a Number in their name.  Anyway, Terror Byte is a Rank 3, Dark Attributed, Machine type Monster, with 0 attack and 2900 defense, who is Xyz Summoned with three Level 3 Monsters.  That is a large investment for a Monster.  So, the attack, which doesn't exist, is awful, but 2900 defense will stand up to a lot.  Now, once a turn, you can discard an Xyz Material from Terror Byte, to control one Level 4 or lower Monster your opponent controls, until the End Phase.   I am all ready unimpressed.  Likely you would take a Tuner or something to Synchro, and the three card investment to perform the Xyz Summon just doesn't seem to yield enough of a reward.  A massive defense isn't enough to win this card any contests.


Traditional:  1.5/5
Advanced:   2.5/5
Art:  4/5


Number 34: Terror Byte

Is Number 34 as terrorizing as it seems? Yes. Or no? You need 3 level 3 monsters to make it, while Leviair and Leviathan only need 2, making them super abusable with Tour Guide from the Underworld. The control effect is a bit limited, too, as a once-per-turn effect that only grabs low monsters in attack mode. It's also really hard to summon, and Terror Byte is easily removed by Chaos monsters. It's not going to be very useful in the coming format.

Art: It already has an alternate art promo in Japan.
Fun Fact: No Rule 34 in this review.
Tomorrow: We're reviewing cards that were changed around on the ban list.


Back to GENF to start the week, Number 34 Terror-Byte. This card would be great if not for his summon requirement. Requiring 3 level 3 monsters to alphabet summon means that a lot of resources are going into this monster that has 0 attack and 2900 defense.  The utility of a Mind/Brain Control on an opponent’s level 4 or lower monster is superb, but again 3 monsters seems like too much of an investment, especially with dueling gymnastics needed to summon and protect 3 level 3 monsters.

Traditional: 1
Advanced: 2


Number 34: Terror-Byte

Today’s card is a Xyz monster that requires 3 level 3 monsters. It doesn’t have any attack, but makes up for it with a solid 2900 defense. Decent stats if he didn’t require 3 monsters to make. His effect is pretty cool, but it must target a level 4 or lower, face-up, attack position monster. If he could steal any monster your opponent controlled, then I would consider playing it. Using 3 monsters for this Terror-Byte doesn’t seem worth it to me. I can’t really think of what deck will consistently have 3 level 3 monsters on the field. It fits really well in Crashbugs, but then that means you have to play Crashbugs. Cool card, interesting effect, but overall not that good.

Advanced: 2/5
Traditional: 2.5/5


Number 34: Terror-Byte

This is a new Rank 3 Xyz Monster from GENF. This guy was designed to work the new Crashbug archetype, which uses Super Crashbug to flip ATK and DEF (note how Terror-Byte is a 0/2900). Anyway, on his own, Terror-Byte is actually quite good. By detaching 1 Xyz Material, he steals one of your opponent's face-up Level 4 or lower monsters. So he's basically a semi-Brain Control with a huge defensive body. Brain Control is banned for a reason, and there are a lot of useful Level 4 and under monsters to be seen floating around the field, so his effect is especially useful. And Sangan's ruling as an Xyz Material makes it even better. The only thing that holds him from being really good is his requirement of three Level 3 monsters, but that shouldn't be too hard.

Traditional: 3/5
Advanced: 3.5/5

Alchemist Number 34: Terror-Byte:
We have here a rank three Xyz Monster that requires three level three Monsters in order to make it. With zero ATK points, this monster won't be attacking any time soon.With a commanding 2900DEF, it best have a nice effect. Once per turn, by simply detaching a material monster, you can gain control of one of your opponent's level four or lower monsters. Well now, it has a built in Brain Control but restricted to four or lower. Nifty.
Overall, you would most likely see this to be of some use against an Anti-Meta deck as they generally have level four or lower monsters, sitting around the field. Or, maybe against Lightsworn or Twilight variants.
Other than that, all the other decks will usually Hurp Durp bigger monsters before you even have a chance to get three Level three monsters on the board.
Watch out for that Effect Veiler!
Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 3/5
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