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

Gladiator Beast Lanista

When this card is Special Summoned by the effect of a "Gladiator Beast" monster: Target 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster from your Graveyard; banish that target, and this card's name becomes the target's name until the End Phase. At the end of the Battle Phase, if this card attacked or was attacked: You can shuffle this card into the Deck; Special Summon 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster from your Deck, except "Gladiator Beast Lanista".

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.75
Advanced: 3.33 

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

Date Reviewed - Oct. 13, 2011

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Gladiator Beast Lanista, a Level 4, Wind attributed, Winged-Beast Monster, with 1800 attack and 1200 defense.  When Lanista is Special Summoned via effect of another Gladiator Beast, you can select and remove a Gladiator Beast from your Graveyard from play.  Lanista then becomes that card, at least in terms of name.  At the end of the Battle Phase when this card attacks or was attacked, you can shuffle it back into the Deck, and Special Summon a Gladiator Beast from the Deck, present company excluded of course.  I like Lanista, it opens up possibilities, if only in identity theft.  It's got a strong enough attack, and is a real asset to Gladiators, and even Wind or Winged Beasts.


Traditional:  2/5
Advanced:  3/5
Art:  5/5

Todays COTD is a good one, despite my loathing of G.B. decks in general, I know a good card for a deck type when i see it. Gladiator Beast Lanista is a LVL 4 Wind/Winged Beast with 1800 ATK and 1200 DEF. The stats are good for a LVL 4 and being a Winged Beast is another way to use Icarus Attack. Lanista's effect is when it is special summoned by the effect of another gladiator beast, target and banish one Gladiator Beast in your graveyard and Lanista inherits that name until the end phase. That is pretty good...damn good. Of course it also has that "Go back into the deck and get another G.B." trick that they all do, so that's expected with anything with Gladiator Beast in its name. This card works great for those contact fusions. There is no reason not to run at least 1-2 of Lanista. 
Traditional: 1
Advanced: 4.5 In one deck obviously
Art: 5 
Tomorrow: Robo-Bug!


Sorry for not reviewing yesterday guys! But I'm back, and today we're reviewing Gladiator Beast Lanista!
Gladiator Beast Lanista is an interesting WIND Winged Beast-Type monster with 1800 ATK and 1200 DEF. Pretty standard stats. It's effect allows it to take on the name of any Gladiator Beast in your Graveyard until the end of the turn, by banishing that monster.
Not too keen on this card. Sure it can take on the name of Bestiari allowing for addition Gyzarus-abuse, but banishing Bestiari suuuuucks. 
I'd rather re-use Bestiari with Darius and other Special Summoning effects that don't banish it. Sure, I guess this card could be used for Heraklinos and Laquari, but were Glad players every having problems with getting a Laquari on the field?
Traditional: 1/5 - Not sure on how Glads do in Trad, but I can only assume that Lanista won't help/
Advanced: 2/5 - I may not like the card, but it is a Gladiator Beast. 
It has good support, decent stats and an effect that can be utilized in a beneficial way. I just don't think it is worth using.
Art: 3/5 - I've always liked the GB's art scheme, this one is no exception. The scratches and dents in the armour is a nice touch too.


The American Gladiators welcome a new challenger with open arms, Gladiator Beast Lanista!
Lanista provides decks with a monster capable of taking on the name of a monster in the graveyard. The monster that loses its identity is banished; that makes this a fairly balanced card. In an emergency, Lanista can take the name of Bestiari in order to summon Gyzarus or the name of Laquari in order to summon Heraklinos. At 1800 ATK, this card is a good starter that can find its way into a Gladiator Beast deck. It all depends on your build. Lanista will shine in a name-specific fusion deck.Being winged-beast doesn’t hurt it either. It gives Gladiator Beast an Icarus Attack option

Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 3.5/5 (Gladiators mostly)
Art: 4/5 (‘bout to pounce from the sky!)


Gladiator Beast Lanista

Alright, so we get a new Glad beast! Sadly it’s not that amazing.  Lanista is a level four wind attribute, with a nice ATK of 1800 for a Glad beast.  He carries the same tradition the rest of the glad beasts do, when you atk, or when he is attacked, he returns to the deck to special out another glad beast.  But his effect is rather lackluster.  You can banish one glad beast monster in your graveyard, and lanistas name becomes that monsters name until the end phase. 

Reading this you think, ok, some variation of prisma.  While that is true, removing from play (banishing…) in a gladiator beast deck is not the best thing you want to be doing, unless you happen to be going for game that turn. 

Lanista being a winged beast does make him a good addition to icarus glads, but they really don’t see much play (that I know of)

All in all, I guess you could try him out, but unless I’m missing a very broken play, he doesn’t seem too great.

Traditional: 1.5/5
Advanced 2/5 

Angelic Nightmare

Gladiator Beast Lanista.
 Wind/4 star/ Winged Beast/1800 ATK/1200 DEF

I believe this is a nice addition to the Gladiator Beast line-up, granted this is the only GB monster (heraklinos aside) that was reprinted as an ultra in the set instead of secret. The deck is already tight on space as it is, but I firmly believe that this in conjunction with E-HERO Prisma, can be an easier way to get out your big Fusion monsters if say you have GB Darius/Retiari in the grave and already used your recursion or “Pot of Avarice”. I would run 1 at most as it can be dead if the effect isn’t active. Also, it is another target for the builds that use “Icarus Attack.”  PLUS, how can you not be afraid when you have a Gladiator Chicken with a metal toothpick chasing you!?

Traditional: 2/5 (Don’t know how GB are here)
Advanced: 4/5 (Gladiator Beast decks only, obviously)



Gladiator Beast Lanista
Lv 4/WIND/Winged Beast/1800A/1200D
"When this card is Special Summoned by the effect of a "Gladiator Beast" monster: Target 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster from your Graveyard; banish that target, and this card's name becomes the target's name until the End Phase. At the end of the Battle Phase, if this card attacked or was attacked: You can shuffle this card into the Deck; Special Summon 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster from your Deck, except "Gladiator Beast Lanista"."

Yet another Gladiator Beast for the already expansive archetype. This card makes for a good late game card for use in fusions. Since G. B. Bestary is limited, this card can help you get more use out of him for bringing out your big guys. His stats are fairly reasonable, which I find odd as most cards with these kinds of effects tend to have poor stats to compensate, so this guy can work great throughout the game for a little extra low-level muscle. An all around good card that obviously works best in a G. B. deck.

Traditional: 3
Advanced: 4

John Rocha

We once thought that Gladiator Beast Lanista would have broken effects and make Glads the deck to beat again. When we found out that Lanista’s effect was only so so, the thought on this card became that it was crappy. That’s what happens when a card does not match the hype and expectations for it. Let’s take a look at the pros and con’s of this card.
The problem with Lanista is that it removes a Glad from play so we can’t use the Glad for the rest of the game. If that Glad is Bestiari, we are summoning Gyzarus for the last time. Maybe we will get a card in the Future like Parallel World Fusion for Gladiators, but for right now, Lanista’s effect is more of a detriment than a positive. All we have right now is Return from a Different Dimension. In a Dimensional Fissure Glad deck, this draw back may not be that much of a problem. In fact, it could make running Guardian Eatos a possibility. The problem that I and most people have with Lanista is that Darius does a better job at making Gyzarus and you can reuse Bestiari to make more. Elemental Hero Prisma does a better job at becoming Bestiari because it sends it to the grave so Darius or one of our two Call of the Haunteds can use it later. So why play Lanista?
Gladiator Beast Lanista is a Winged Beast. Now that Icarus Attack is back to three, we can play more aggressively with Icarus/Glads. The other Winged Beasts are Equeste at 1600 ATK and Bestiari at 1500 ATK, so Lanista at 1800 ATK gives Glads more muscle and more targets for Icarus. It also gives Glads another target for Swallow’s Nest, so you can search Bestiari from the deck. Having more attack power could allow Lanista to stay on the field longer so you can get two Glads out and Contact Fusion for Essedarif, a 2500 ATK monster. This is important because Gladiator Beast’s worst nightmare is Stardust Dragon at 2500 ATK. Gladiator Beast Lanista, when used with Gladiator Beast Spartacus, can make Gladiator Beast Gaiodiaz at 2600 ATK. Playing Spartacus with the equip card Gladiator Beast’s Battle Gladius can also defeat a Stardust Dragoon.
Although Gladiator Beast Lanista is not broken, it is still a viable card to be played in Gladiator Beast decks. The Japanese meta is playing 1-2 of this card in their decks. If you are a Gladiator, you might just want to give this card a try.
Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 2/5

That Guy

Birds are Basically Beast
I'm going loco for Lanista...that is Gladiator Beast Lanista! Around the Florida beat Gladiator Beasts have stayed strong, still placing in tournaments as a commanding force...I just wanted to get that message across before everyone shouted “GB is dead”. On to more pressing details, what makes Lanista the next must play card for Gladiator Beasts...
The stats are great, nice and balanced, being a winged beast means a splash of Icarus, and the whole Prisma-esq effect is just delicious! Taking advantage of your graveyard, Lanista is giving GB players more flexibility and options when it's time to fuse; just another page torn from the E-Hero handbook! The various mixes, matches, and overall possibilities Gladiator Beast offer means that this little birdie will be showing up in no time, or not...considering that there is a total of twenty-one GB to use (including fusions). This card has potential, a nice effect allowing some quick fusions and some graveyard manipulation... I say “LONG LIVE LANISTA!”
Traditional: ?/5 (I have never seen a GB traditional deck)
Advanced: 4/5 (With top tier decks prepared to pop your creatures, Lanista is a fusions last chance)
Art: Go, Go Power Rangers!
P.S. I love all you GB enthusiast out there, but whenever I had versed one of these duelist I always left with such a headache; i.e.: Return this card, to use this card, to have that card get it's effect to cyle these cards. My head is spinning just thinking about it.

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