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

Steelswarm Hercules
- #HA06-EN017 

Cannot be Special Summoned. Requires 3 "Steelswarm" Tributes to Normal Summon (cannot be Normal Set). Once per turn: You can pay half your Life Points; destroy all other cards on the field.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.25
Advanced: 3.00 

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

Date Reviewed - August 24, 2012

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Shifting back to Steelswarm, we come to the heavy hitter of the Deck, Steelswarm Hercules.  I kinda have a (fairly) unbiased opinion then when cards boast impressive names like Hercules, they better have a Herculean effect.  Does that hold true here?  Let's find out.  Cannot be Special Summoned?  Strike one.  Requires three Steelswarm Tributes to Normal Summon?  Strike two.  0 defense?  Strike 3.  So it can't be Normal Set, and yes, it's Level 10, which can be helpful, 3200 attack is quite beastly, but I'm thinking 3500 or even more, would have been more appropriate.  Dark and Fiend are good, You can pay half your Lifepoints to destroy all other cards on the Field.  That's incredible, almost makes this worthwhile.  If you're playing Steelswarm,  go ahead and play one, as one is enough.  Just win, fast, cause the 0 defense could full well bite you in the ass, and the no Special Summon equally sucks.
Ratings:  (Steelswarm only obviously)
3/5 both Formats...get it out, clear the Field, and win quickly...it's a lot of investment to lose so quickly, not to mention without even getting the effect off, but it can win you a game
Art:  5/5

Our last card of the week is Steelswarm Hercules. He's a huge LVL 10 DARK/Fiend, with 3200 ATK and 0 DEF. He can't be special summoned. He needs 3 Steelswarm monsters to tribute summon him. Cannot be normal set. Once per turn; you can pay half your life points to destroy all other cards on the field. The ability to wipe the field clean is good, even if it costs you half your LPs. You can swoop in for a direct attack for a clean 3200. The trick is getting him out on the field. Cards like Inferno Reckless Summon and Infestation Ripples can help out. You can only hope Hercules doesn't get hit with one of the Solemn brigade or even Bottomless Trap Hole. He's one of those cards that can be and is a game winner, if he hits the field, and nothing happens to him long enough for Hercules to use his effect. Also, Megamorph is an option here too....just saying.
Traditional: 1.5
Advanced: 3 *In a Steelswarm deck*Friday Fact: In greek mythology, Hercules had a twin brother named Iphicles.


Although the strongest and most destructive card the Steelswarms have, I wouldn't recommend having more than one in your deck.
Three Steelswarm monsters are needed just to Normal Summon Hercules. You can't even use Monster Reborn. I'm just gonna go right out and say that even if the three monsters you tributed didn't HAVE to be Steelswarms also, no other deck would still use Hercules. I guess you can get some search action with Corrosive Contagion Infestation.
Assuming you didn't run into Solemn Judgment or Solemn Warning or Bottomless Trap Hole or even at least Effect Veiler, you need to cut your LP in half to reduce everything else on the field to rubble. Then you can attack directly for 3200 (and hope Gorz doesn't come flying out at you or something) and then maybe swarm the field using Steelswarm Scout. Another possible combo is to use Megamorph (many Steelswarms, Hercules included, have large costs for their effects, making it easy to use Megamorph) to allow Hercules to attack for 6400 damage. Also, Life Equalizer (combined with Steelswarms' costs and Upstart Goblin) will not only increase your LP, but will put your opponent in immediate danger of losing to Hercules.
Comparing Hercules to Judgment Dragon is very much like comparing Solemn Judgment and Solemn Warning in that Judgment could potentially pay 4000 at the start of the game but could be a very low cost later on, while Warning has a set cost of 2000 and simultaneously runs the risk of being a less-than-ideal or worthless lategame draw. Actually...no, Hercules can't compare to Judgment Dragon at all. Granted, assuming you can summon Hercules and get the effect off without issues, you probably will have a high chance of winning, but the effort in getting it summoned is infuriatingly high (even if you use Steelswarm Genome to count for two of the tributes) and the possible risks are much greater than the possible rewards. Hercules is stronger than the Egyptian God Cards...I suppose...kinda. At least Vylon Omega has a DEF score to speak of, is easier to summon, and doesn't have a stupid-high cost for its effects. I mean, it would've been cooler if it didn't blow up your own cards. Or at least destroys all cards on the field except for Steelswarms, Evilswarms, and Infestation cards.
How ironic it is a demon that crawled out of the ground is so easily countered by the Book of Moon.
Trad: 1.1/5 (I don't think I'd even try)
Adv: 2.5/5 (I guess destroying the entire field and inflicting 3200 damage is appealing, but there are so many other things about this card that are so "ew")
Aesthetics: 5/5 An untold amount of many, many years ago, the Steelswarms warred with the Vylons over control of the Duel Terminal. The Vylons, emerging victorious, had the Steelswarms locked away far deep into the depths of the earth. Eons later, the battling between the Gustos and the Gishkis as well as the Gem-Knights and the Lavals caused the Steelswarms to re-emerge from their prison and to threaten the Duel Terminal once again. Again, the Vylons drop out of the sky and pummel the Steelswarms as easily as they had last time. The Steelswarms manage Normal Summon Steelswarm Hercules and attack Vylon Omega, destroying them both. The Steelswarm War now over with the Vylons and Steelswarms both left in ruins, the Duel Terminal clans resume their own personal wars, until they find themselves threatened again by Vylon Disigma...
Philosophy Corner: If you go back and read my Philosophies for the past days of these week (yes, they're up now), it will explain why I haven't done any reviews for eight days. I already have enough trouble getting my actual reviews on time. I'm really sorry.

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