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

Number 20:

2 Level 3 monsters Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; all face-up monsters you currently control gain 300 ATK.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 3.40
Advanced: 3.40 

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

Date Reviewed - July 19, 2012

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Number 20:  Giga-Brilliant, is a Rank 3 XYZ Monster, XYZ Summoned with two Level 3 Monsters.  This is a Light attributed Insect, who grants ALL Monsters you control 300 attack, by (once per turn) discarding an XYZ Material.  It's interesting, and I believe a good thing, that the effect works for all your face-up Monsters, instead of just itself.  So Giga-Brilliant could potentially be 2400 attack if successfully able to use its own effect twice, and that would be 600 attack for your other face-up Monsters too.  Obviously assuming they were on the Field for both turns.  I really like this card (being an Insect) in an Insect Deck, but I'm not sure you should play it elsewhere.  Maybe if the increase were 500 points or even higher, you might consider it.  But like yesterday, something must be said for the ease of summoning a Rank 3 XYZ.
4/5 Insect 
1/5 Elsewhere 
2.5/5  Average 
Art:  4/5

John Rocha

Number 20: Giga-Brilliant is seeing play in a lot of Extra Decks these days. The main reason this card is making the Extra Deck is because of the ease of summing with Tour Guide and the ability of most of the top tier decks to load the field with monsters. For every monster you have on the field, that is an extra 300 attack per monster including Giga-Brilliant.
Let’s run a simple scenario with BLS and Giga-Brilliant. With just these two monsters on the field, that equates to an extra 900 life point. Of course Acid Golem gives you the same thing, but the more monsters you have on the field, the more damage you can do. If they survive, you can pump your monsters up again for an additional 300 attack points per monster.
Number 20: Giga-Brilliant can also give your weaker monsters enough attack boost to help them survive battle. In our scenario above, if you wanted to attack over our opponent’s Acid Golem, you would go with Giga-Brilliant so your BLS could attack over it for some huge damage.
Traditional: 3/5
Advanced: 3/5


Giga-Brilliant is one of those cards that seemed like it could have done a bit more. A LIGHT/Insect Rank 3 Xyz, with 1800 for both ATK and DEF. Giga's effect is once per turn, you can detach 1 Xyz material from this card to have all monster you currently control gain 300 ATK. That's it...that's all he does. It's not that bad, but I felt this card should have did something else. Like some kind of ability to safe itself, like all monsters also once per turn cannot be destroyed by card effects, or battle or something. The good part is that the ATK increase is permanent. Being a LIGHT monster helps a lot, with Honest and all that other good stuff. Insects have a few good tricks as well. I'm all for ATK boosting, but I think there should be more than just that for this card. 
Traditional: 2
Advanced: 3
Tomorrow: One monster you might not want on your side of the field.



Number 20 Giga-Brilliant
Rk. 3/LIGHT/Insect/1800A/1800D
"2 Level 3 monsters
Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; all face-up monsters you currently control gain 300 ATK."

GB is an interesting monster. Not the best Stats for a Rk. 3, but that's a trade off for a +300A boost for ALL of your monsters that is permanent so long as this guy remains in play. 300ATK may not seem like the best, but sometimes it's that little bit extra that helps you climb overtop of the opponent's Monsters, so this guy can have his uses. Still, I think that Leviathan Dragon is a slightly better card as his effect gives a bigger boost even if it's only to himself, allowing the rest of your monsters to attack directly under the right conditions. GB gives a weaker boost across the board, but that may or may not be enough. It all comes down to personal preference, I suppose, and while GB is weaker, he doesn't have Leviathan's downside of not being able to attack directly. GB works good as a support card for strong monsters, making them stronger, while LD keeps his power to himself and says "clean up after me". In the end, the choice is yours.

Traditional: 3.5
Advanced: 3.5


For July 19th we are looking at Number 20. The dates and Numbers just didn't add up this week, did they?
Um...no pun was intended in that last sentence. Anyway...
Like Leviathan Dragon, Giga-Brilliant is an easy-to-make Rank 3 monster and ought to be worth the Level 3 monsters used to summon it. After using the effect twice, Brilliant will be at 2400 ATK; that's less than a single boost of Leviathan Dragon! Of course, you don't use Brilliant by itself; you boost every monster on your field! Just having another monster out on your field means your net ATK boost is greater than that of Leviathan Dragon's 500 (although when you factor in how Brilliant has less Original ATK than Leviathan Dragon, the net damage is still lower). I like using Brilliant with Dark Scorpions in order to give my frail Level 3 monsters more fighting power.
Other decks that have an abundance of Level 3's, like Inzektors, may also appreciate Brilliant; however, more often than not, they would rather use Leviathan Dragon for a solid attacker or Number 30 for its pure power. When you're up against a field full of monsters, however, an enemy Xyz capable of pumping each one 600 ATK is not to be underestimated.
Trad: 3/5 (not a common play, but as I alluded in yesterday's review, Magical Scientist, six Level 3 Fusions, three Giga-Brilliants, and 6000 LP to spare can deal enough damage for OTK...and it's a Light monster)
Adv: 3.2/5
Aesthetics: 3/5 As Number 10 is the first Xyz Kite Tenjo summoned, Number 20 is the second, which is the only real correlation I see with its Number. Like Illumiknight before it, however, the Brilliant Ant has a punny name (the longer Japanese name extends it further by adding Gigantic Ant). It seems to me, however, to look like a cross between a mosquito and a red ant.
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