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

Number 39: Utopia

2 Level 4 monsters When any player's monster declares an attack: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; negate the attack. When this card is targeted for an attack, while it has no Xyz Materials: Destroy this card.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.20
Advanced: 3.20 

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

Date Reviewed - July 18, 2011

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I've been dreading this, really dreading this...the new Xyz monsters, pronounced Ik-seez.  Let me give you a little background on these monsters from what I found on the Yugioh wiki and yugioh-card websites.  These Xyz monsters have traveled through a Black Hole, and end up in our Universe.  They have black card outlines to signify them being in space, are made of anti-matter, a term I previously thought only applied to Star Trek.  Now, the Black Orbs that contain Yellow Stars pertain to a Rank of the Xyz Monster, not a Level.  Why is this important?  It means that the Xyz crew cannot be used for Synchro Summons, Fusions, Rituals, or to pay a Cost (or anything else) where Levels of monsters are required.  
On that note, since they have no Level, I believe cards that specifically effect Levels of Monsters (say something like Gravity Bind, An Xyz Monster of any Rank would still be able to attack.  Each of these Xyz Monsters specifically states on it how many of what Level of Monster(s) are required to Special Summon.  Xyz Monsters are kept in the Extra Deck, like Synchro and Fusion monsters (which is fine, as very few of these are playable in my opinion, but more will come, even in the next set I believe.)  Now, how do you Xyz Summon?  The required material Monster(s) go underneath the Xyz Monster you choose to Special Summon.  They stay on the Field, in the same Monster Zone that the Xyz Monster you choose to Summon sits in.
When you have to discard a Monster to activate or use an effect of an Xyz Monster, you simply discard one of the "attached" Monsters to said Xyz Monster, and send it to your Graveyard.  Now, believing I have covered everything of importance here, let's take a look at the actual card of today:  Number 39:  Utopia...This is a Rank 4 who is Xyz Summoned with two Level 4 Monsters.  You can use any two Level 4 Monsters...any Attribute, Type, whatever, as long as they are both Level 4.  This is a Light monster, with 2500 attack and 2000 defense.  When any player's Monster declares an attack, you can discard an Xyz Material card from Utopia, to negate the attack.  When this card is targeted for an attack while no Xyz Material card, destroy this card.
Now, let's look at this card specifically against a Synchro Monster.  It's very likely easier, or at least as easy, to get two Level 4 Monsters as opposed as bringing out at least two Monsters for Synchro Summoning.  Now, the big flaw in the Xyz Monsters is obviously in the fact that their effects are almost completely dependent on how many Xyz Materials they have.  Granted for a Synchro you need a Tuner(s) but it's a more reliable Monster, I'd say 99 times out of 100.  There's a nice bit of speed here, and the convenience of not needing Tuners, so I guess it's sort of a trade-off.  Honestly, I don't see this taking off as it's own Deck, at least not for long, I'm expecting this overall to be more of a fad.  There ARE good ones coming, a couple for sure, namely in Generation Force, I think that's what the next set will be called.  
Traditional:  1.5/5
Advanced:   2.5/5
Art:  5/5


This week we blast off into the future with Starter Deck: Dawn of the Xyz. Up first is Number 39: Utopia, Aspiring Emperor Hope to those who favor the OCG translation. Utopia is the ace monster of the Zexal protagonist; much like Dark Magician, Elemental Hero Neos, and Stardust Dragon before him. Though not level 8, his rank 4 summoning requires two level 4 monsters and he keeps the prerequisite stats of 2500/2000. Utopia’s effect allows it to negate the attack of ANY monster by removing an Xyz material from him. He protects your weaker utility monsters and can be used to protect your own monsters from Dimensional Prison. The down side, well more of a balance, is that once his materials are used up he self-destructs to any attack.
Traditional: 2.5
Advanced: 3.5
Though I don’t talk about artwork I would like to say that I like the new black borders


So this week we're looking at the new starter deck: dawn of the xyz. A new mechanic, cool new cards, and perhaps a breath of fresh air to this oversped power creeping game. Here we have number 39 utopia, a rank 4 exceed with stardust stats, and a light warrior. All of these traits are great Now, how exceeds work is you have 2 monsters of the same level on the field (let's say you have a manju of the ten thousand hands and a sonic bird). You can stack them on top of each other, and summon this. Now, when a monster declares an attack, you can send 1 of the monsters underneath utopia to the grave to negate the attack. Any attack, yours or your opponents. This is brilliant, because you can A. buy yourself some time to get rid of that colossal fighter staring you down, B. combo this puppy with double up chance, a card from generation force, or C. protect your monster from dimensional prison, as the attack is negated. However, if you run out of materials, if he's selected as an attack target, he is destroyed. A slight drawback, sure, but he's still a great beginning to the exceed revolution and gadgets will love him.
Traditional: 2.5/5 
Advanced: 3.5/5

Number 39: Utopia is the first Xyz (pronounced Eck-seez) monster being reviewed on Pojo. These are just like Synchro monsters, except you don't need any Tuners--you just take two monsters whose Levels match the Xyz's Rank and summon the Xyz, putting the Xyz Materials under the new monster.

This means the cards are no longer considered in play, and they're sent to the graveyard when they're Detached. Because they're considered to be out of play, you won't trigger cards like Sangan (or Reborn Tengu, I believe), so that's a huge loss. Also, to make up for their accessibility, Xyz monsters are very weak.

So, with that in mind, what will Utopia be doing in the meta? Not much. Although he has 2500 ATK, he can't defeat cards like Master Hyperion, Archlord Kristya or Shi-En (built-in protection). The stall power is great (also, note that Xyz's are totally unaffected by any Level-based effects--they don't have Levels, they have Ranks!), but once he's out of ammo, any monster can kill him, even a Skull Servant. He doesn't have protection from effects, either, like Stardust.

It comes out of nowhere when you have things like Gravekeeper's Spy, but a lot of the meta can take him down. Most top decks are able to pull those strong monsters out of nowhere, and Utopia can't do much about that. Xyz monsters aren't going to make much of an impact on the TCG, and Synchros aren't going anywhere.

Art: Reminds me of M:tG's Doom Blade.
Fun Fact: His Japanese name was Aspiring Emperor Hope. I like it better.
Tomorrow: More Xyz cards!

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