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

Hieratic Dragon of Sutekh

Cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 3 Dragon-Type Normal Monsters in your Graveyard. Once per turn: You can banish 1 Dragon-Type monster from your Graveyard to target 1 card on the field; destroy that target.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.75
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 - June 12, 2012

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Hieratic Dragon of Sutfkh, slightly different from yesterday, as this Light attributed Dragon is Level 8 (as opposed to 7) with 2800 attack (as opposed to 2600) and a much more solid defense of 2000 (versus the 700 of yesterday.)  This card as opposed to tributing two Monsters can also be Special Summoned.  Although not Normal Summoned or Set, and must first be Special Summoned by removing three Dragon-type Normal Monsters from your Graveyard.  So this requires an additional Monster as opposed to yesterday, and they ALL must be Normal Dragons.  As for what Sutfkh can do, once a turn, you can remove a Dragon from your Graveyard to target and destroy one card on the Field.  This is a nice mechanic for the Deck, while the Special Summon seems to be a bit overkill, the nice attack really helps.  Being Level 8 is key (as opposed to yesterday being Level 7).  A key piece of the Hieratic Deck for sure.

Traditional:  3.5/5
Advanced:  4.5/5 
Art:  5/5 

John Rocha

Unless you are playing a heap of normal monsters in your Hieratic deck, Hieratic Dragon of Sutekh is going to be more of a detriment than a help. Sutekh needs to have 3 normal dragons in the graveyard to even summon it and then you have to banish them. Unfortunately Hieratic decks like these monsters in the graveyard or the deck, so banishing them is not a good thing.
Hieratic Dragon of Sutekh has a few good things going for it. First it has 2800 attack points. Second, it is a level 8 making it possible to special summon some of those powerful Xyz monsters. And finally it can destroy any card on the field.
Sutekh has its good and bad points. It does not fit the Hieratic theme in many ways because it banishes monster we want to keep and does not have anything to do with tributing. You can’t even tribute monsters to normal summon it.
Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 2.5/5


We look at another Hieratic Dragon today....yeah, another one. This one is Sutekh. This guy is pretty big, as a level 8 Light/Dragon Type, and weighing in at 2800 ATK and 2000 DEF. First things first, Sutekh cannot be normal summoned or set. He must be first special summoned from the hand by banishing 3 Normal Dragon-Types from your graveyard. Also, once per turn you can banish one Dragon-Type from your graveyard to target one card on the field, destroy that target. In other words, you wanna use effects like Red Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon or Monster Reborn? You have to meet his summoning requirements first. In a Hieratic deck, that can be done. Once you do, you can special summon Sutekh anyway you can. His once per turn destruction effect can be useful, but most players may run to Dark Armed Dragon, as its effect can be used more then once per turn. Overall, this card needs some setting up to get it out and used to its full potential, it can be very useful at times.
Traditional: 1.5
Advanced: 3
Tomorrow:Yup, moar Hieratics.



Sorry I was off yesterday folks, but I'm currently setting up to move into a new place with my partner at the beginning of next month, so I'll be away the last weekend of June and the first week of July. I've posted a belated review of Monday's card as well, so feel free to check it out.

Admittedly, I'm a bit biased towards this deck as any deck with lots of search power is always good and Hieratic Dragons are all about XYZ summoning, so a well made Extra deck is important. I also appologize for the misspelling of the name Hieratic last week. :P

Hieratic Dragon of Sutekh
Lv 8/LIGHT/Dragon/2800A/2000D
"Cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 3 Dragon-Type Normal Monsters in your Graveyard. Once per turn: You can banish 1 Dragon-Type monster from your Graveyard to target 1 card on the field; destroy that target."

Sutekh has a powerful ability which is sadly limited to once per turn, so he's definately not Dark Armed Dragon, but can work well in the deck due to you wanting several Normal Dragons as well as other Hieratic Dragons. He serves as a powerful form of muscle for an HD deck, but should only be at 1 or 2 in the deck due to his strict summoning requirements. On the plus side, though... He can also be splashed into a Blue-Eyes deck if you have a few other Normal Dragons in the deck.

Traditional: 2.25
Advanced: 2.5


Ok, one thing to note, the word "Hieratic" is not even in this card's text at all, and its effect doesn't even have anything related to Tributing. So how is this guy part of the Hieratic family?
I mean, I guess Sutekh has the word "Hieratic" in its name. That gives it relatively meager benefits. If you're having problems summoning it, you can always use it to pay the cost of Su or Nebthet. You can also search it out with Hieratic Seal of Convocation. There are other benefits, but they mostly revolve around Tributing Sutekh while its on the field, but I don't know WHY you'd REALLY want to do that, especially since Sutekh won't give you a free Normal Dragon.
So Sutekh is a lot like Dark Armed Dragon. Unlike DAD, Sutekh doesn't require you to have EXACTLY three Normal Dragons in your Grave, but I still concede that having EXACTLY three Dark monsters in your Grave is easier than having at least three Normal Dragons.
You see, the problem there is not filling up the Grave (can be very easily done with Dragon Ravine or Future Fusion or general Hieratic speed). However, if you really think about it, very few Decks run a large influx of Normal Dragons (only very certain builds of Hieratic).
Here, think about it:
Blue-Eyes: Only run a total of three Normal Dragons.
Red-Eyes: Will never run more than three Normal Dragons.
Chaos Dragons: Alexandrite Dragon, if at all
Hieratic: well, this gets tricky...
The most common Hieratic builds have Wattaildragon as the sole Normal Dragon in the deck. Some may run Luster Dragon #2 for backup or maybe different-leveled Dragons just to make fancy Xyzs, but Wattaildragon is the most popular, because it has the highest ATK out of any Level 6 Dragon (and also because it is Light). So you see, most of the time, they won't even need to bother with running Sutekh.
HOWEVER, certain Hieratic builds may choose to dabble in Level 8 Normal Dragons, or at times the Level 1 Normal Tuner Flamvell Guard. My point is, most Hieratics wouldn't, but if you do happen to run a significant amount of Hieratics, use Sutekh.
Another bonus is that, when paying for Sutekh's cost, ANY Dragon can be used, not just Normals.
One more thing: the Continuous Trap Hieratic Seal From the Ashes was designed for Sutekh. It acts simultaneously as a Dragon Ravine and a Burial from the Different Dimension, ensuring Sutekh can constantly use its effect without fear of depleting its ammo. Also, when this Trap is destroyed, it transforms into a Call of the Haunted. This Trap + Sutekh can become dangerous if left unchecked, for if you finally destroy my Sutekh and put a stop to its raging, I can use Heavy Storm and Ashes will reborn Sutekh just the same. Or if you manage to use Black Rose Dragon, Ashes conserves my Sutekh (which is thankfully only Semi-Nomi) just the same. I still maintain my original quota, however, that Hieratics much rather prefer to explode as quickly as they can, rather than rely on the summoning conditions of Sutekh.
Traditional: 1.2/5 (powerful, yes, but...why?)
Advanced: 3/5
Aesthetics: 1.6/5 This is completely illogical. Hieratic Dragon King of Atum would, I suppose, be the strongest Hieratic, not counting Sutekh or that Rank 8 Xyz (who is not based on any specific god but represents the entire Ennead, which is basically the name for the entire coalition of gods, sorta similar to the Greek Olympians or Christianity's Holy Trinity). Atum is the very first Egyptian god. Atum created Shu (Su) and Tefnut (Tefnuit), and this can be reflected how Su destroys Traps/Spells and Tefnuit targets monsters. Shu and Tefnut made Geb (Gebeb) and Nut (Nuit), the two weakest Hieratics. Why these two were made the weakest, I dunno, because they created the seemingly more powerful Osiris (Asar), Isis (Eset), Nephthys (Nebthet), and Set (Sutekh). Atum may be an Xyz Monster, but Sutekh is the strongest Hieratic, not counting the Rank 8. But Atum is Set's great-granddad, almost! Furthermore, what kind of crazy logic is it to have the Nordic Gods be Synchros and Egyptian gods be Xyzs? And how is Egyptian culture even reflected in the Hieratic playing style!! Are they only supposed to be Dragons because of the 2012 Chinese Zodiac or what?!


What's up Yugi players, I'm back again for more!
Following the Hieratic theme, we have another big dragon for you to look at today. Today it will be Hieratic Dragon Of Sutekh.
A 8 star, 2800/2000 Light dragon, With as actually decent enough effect. Similar to Dark armed Dragon, You have to have 3 dragon type monsters in you GY to banish to Special Summon him. DaD is better, since he does not banish his requirements, lol. Anyway, Once per turn, you can banish a dragon type monster from the GY, and destroy a card on the field. Cool. How cool? Actually, not very. Having to banish 3 monsters just to get him out is not good card management, and really not necessary in the Hieratic builds running now. Then you can only use the rest of his effect once per turn. Woe is this guy! I see no reason whatsoever to even play this big guy. He has a good enough effect, but too high a cost to even worry about. 2 for 2 on the bust for Hieratics this week duelists.
Advanced: 1/5 Not playable to even warrant thinking about,,,,
Traditional: 0/5 Really? you need to ask? Lol
Artwork: 2/5 Looks much better than Asar, and the ultimate rare just looks great!

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