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

Thor, Lord of the Aesir

1 "Nordic Beast" Tuner + 2 or more non-Tuner monsters Once per turn, you can negate the effects of all face-up monsters your opponent controls, until the End Phase. During the End Phase, if this face-up card on the field is destroyed by your opponent's card (either by battle or by card effect) and sent to the Graveyard this turn, you can remove from play 1 "Nordic Beast" Tuner monster from your Graveyard to Special Summon this card from the Graveyard. When it is Special Summoned by this effect, inflict 800 damage to your opponent.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.25
Advanced: 2.50 

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

Date Reviewed - Jan. 31, 2011

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Dark Paladin

Opening the week, we start with a big card from the new set, one of three new Viking Synchro monsters, more or less the "God cards" of the 5Ds era.  These are used by Team Ragnarok (or whatever they are called) in the World Racing Grand Prix, which I believe starts in the next season of Yugioh 5Ds.  Keep in mind with most cards, there are all kinds of anime support cards and combos that you will likely never be able to pull of in the real world.
Thor, Lord of the Aesir, is a Level 10 Synchro Monster, of the Earth attribute, and a Beast-Warrior.  He is Synchro Summoned with one Nordic Beast Tuner, and two or more non-Tuner monsters.  Now, as for the Nordic Beast Tuner bit...Vanadis of the Nordic Ascendant, without delving too much into the card itself, can be substituted as a Nordic Tuner for a Synchro Summon.
There are a handful of specific Nordic monsters, variously used to summon not only Thor, but the other two Synchro powerhouses of this "family."  These three Synchro monsters are kind of like the Earthbound Immortal archtype, except they don't suck nearly as bad.  Svartalk of the Nordic Alfar is a Nordic Tuner, but Level 5 and (supposedly geared for Loki.)
As for Thor himself, you can negate the effects of all face-up monsters your opponent controls, once per turn.  During the End Phase if this card was destroyed by Battle or by card effect, you can remove one Nordic Beast Tuner from your Graveayrd from play to Special Summon Thor.  When done by this effect, inflict 800 Damage to your opponent.
See, the point here is that you have these monsters in the Graveayrd so you can use the effect, if necessary.  3500 attack is more than enough to take care of about anything and the 2800 defense will stand up to plenty as well.  If memory serves, this guy is in the middle as for the attack...anyway, it's hard to rate the card, it needs it's own Deck.  If you can do it, and plenty will be doing it, but you have to do it well.
3.5/5 its own Deck
5/5 Art


Here start off the week with one of the new Nordic Synchros, this one is Thor. An EARTH attributed Level 10 Beast Warrior Synchro that requires a Nordic Tuner and 2 or more non synchro materials. Wow thats quite a feat to bring out. So I dont know how good Nordics are, but I assume they could reach level 10 fairly easily. So once you summon this guy, then what?

Well once per turn he can negate the effects of all faceup monsters your opponent controls until the end phase. Well this is fairly useless, unless your opponent has a Stardust Dragon on the field, your opponent wont have any monsters with effects that can be activated on your turn. It only hits faceup monsters so youll still have to be afraid of Ryko.

Whenever hes faceup on the field and destroyed either by battle or your opponents card effect and sent to the grave, you can remove from play 1 nordic beast tuner monster from your grave to special summon him from your grave and inflict 800 damage to your opponent.

Well considering you used a nordic beast tuner to make him, you are gurenteed at least 1 revive, but the thing is, he needs to be faceup on the field and destroyed for this effect to work, so if he's warning'd he cant come back, or bottomlessed either. Mirror Force and Torrential still work though, so theres that, but I dont see this effect working very often.

This card is a mess, level 10, specific tuner requirements and lackluster effects, at least he is a beefy 3500/2800.
But unless Nordics become super amazing, I'd pass this one up

Traditional 1/5
Advanced 2/5
Art- That is not thor.


Today's card was being punished by Odin so he lives a secret life as a doctor.

Thor, Lord of the Aesir. Well, he's pretty gigantic. For some reason, the Thunder God is an EARTH Beast-Warrior, not a Thunder type. 3500 ATK beats down on everything that isn't his dad Odin. 2800 DEF is pretty good too, blocking everything outside of Gottoms or Red Dragon Archfiend. He can act as a pseudo Plasma on your turn, and if he's destroyed, he can be revived at the End Phase by removing a Nordic Beast tuner. Then, he does a little burn damage. These effects, combined with his whopping stats, make Thor a force to be reckoned with.

Being a level 10 Synchro Monster that requires a Nordic Beast tuner might make it seem like he's hard to play, but it's honestly not that tough. Using Tanngrisnir of the Nordic Beasts (many of these names unconfirmed in TCG), you can get two 3-star tokens to your field. You can then combine these with Guldfaxe of the Nordic Beasts, which is the only current Nordic Beast tuner. You can also use Vanadis of the Nordic Ascendant, who can open up numerous other ways to get him in play.

Thor's main problems are that he's simply outclassed by Loki and Odin. Negating monster effects is good, but Thor only hits face-up monsters on your own turn. He can't protect himself from a Ryko he attacks, or a Caius they summon next turn. He's also still vulnerable to spell- and trap-based destruction, which is more common than monster-based destruction. That's where Loki and Odin surpass him. They also have better effects to activate when revived. Thor's 800 free damage is welcome, but is nothing compared to retrieving a trap or drawing a card. Loki and Odin also have better typing to support them. Good Beast-Warrior support is practically non-existent.

Traditional: 1/5 No chance here.
Advanced: 2/5 His Aesir family can do his job better than he already. He's not all bad, just outclassed.
Art: 5/5 Thor knows how to be a total boss.

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