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

Hieratic Dragon of Atum

2 Level 6 Dragon-Type monsters Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; Special Summon 1 Dragon-Type monster from your Deck, and make its ATK and DEF 0. This card cannot attack during the turn you activate this effect.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 3.25
Advanced: 4.00 

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

Date Reviewed - June 15, 2012

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Closing out week dos of Hieratics, is the Dragon King of Atum, a Light attributed, Rank 6 XYZ Monster, with 2400 attack and 2100 defense, who is XYZ Summoned with two Level 6 Monsters.  Now, by discarding an XYZ Material from this Monster, you can Special Summon a Dragon Monster from your Deck (not a Hieratic, or Normal, specifically, simply a Dragon) but its attack and defense still become 0.  It's great that your possibility of what you can choose to Special Summon has greatly increased to any Dragon you have in the Deck.  But the big downside is that this Monster can't attack in the turn you use this effect.  Realistically, I assume that you're comboing here for something huge, and winning the game, so not being able to attack with this card is a small price to pay.  Nevertheless,

Traditional:  2.75/5 
Advanced:  3.75/5
Art:  4.5/5

Our last card of the this two week long look at Hieratics is their King, Hieratic Dragon King of Atum. A rank 6 Xyz, with the decent of stats 2400 ATK and 2100 DEF, you need 2 level 6 Dragon types to summon Atum. In a good Hieratic deck, a lot easier than it sounds. Atum's effect is pretty good. Once per turn you can detach one Xyz material to special summon one Dragon-Type monster from your deck, and make its ATK and DEF 0. That monster cannot attack that turn. The best part of this, is that while your special summoned Dragon might have its stats turned into the Yugioh equivalent of a wet paper bag, if it has an effect, it still gets it. So REDMD can special summon other dragons, or Galaxy Eyes can be banished and brought back at full strength with its own effect. Atum can open up a lot of plays for Xyz or Synchro summoning.
Traditional: 2.5
Advanced: 4.5



Hieratic Dragon King of Atum
Rk 6/LIGHT/DRAGON/2400A/2100D
"2 Level 6 Dragon-Type monsters
Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; Special Summon 1 Dragon-Type monster from your Deck, and make its ATK and DEF 0. This card cannot attack during the turn you activate this effect."

Interesting, give up his attack to search for any Dragon that loses all it's A&D. Clearly this card is meant for speeding up XYZ summoning. He has decent stats, I suppose, but I always feel that XYZs shouls have above-normal stats. Still, he's a bit of mid-level muscle and helps get out other XYZs, so he's alright in the deck, but not the best HD there is.

Traditional: 2.5
Advanced: 3


TGIF. I have been waiting on this one all week. Wait, we all wait for Fridays, right? HAHA.
Anyway, To round out the week of Hieratics, we have one of the main cards that keep this deck running.
Hieratic Dragon King Of Atum
This 6 rank, 2400/2100 badboy needs 2 level 6 dragonsd to bring out. And how simple that can be. The version of Hieratics that focus on 6 rank spam can not only throw this baboy out fast, it can throw multiples out with the same speed. I play this version of Hieratics, and I love it. I will drop the first Atum, use his effect, run off more Hieratic shenanigans, Xyz into another one, more shenanigans, and then overlay the 2 Atums for Gaia Dragons, and finish with a Force Focus for OTK, or a Strike Bounzer for a little longer game.
Atum is premo neeed for any version of Hieratics to be good, and I really cannot run the deck without at least 2. This deck is fastest focusing on the 6 rank spam, and it's OTK capabilties are right up there with Chaos Dragons. This is a extremely gun deck to play, and even though it does run the same as some of the auto-pilots we have running around now, it is a great deck.
Advanced: 5/5 Only in Hieratics is this card boss, and well, You dang right!
Traditional" 5/5 Again, only in Hieratics.
Artwork: 4/5 This guy just looks ready to tear it up!!


You think the Rank 8 Xyz's potential for destruction was good? Well the King lets you summon practically ANY Dragon ANYwhere PERIOD.
It is VERY easy to Xyz Summon this, even easier than the Rank 8 Xyz (well, obviously, Dr. Phyll). You just use the Normal Dragon Wattaildragon and/or Hieratic Dragon of Su (and I guess sometimes Tefnuit). Although the monster still gets crippled in its stats, you are not limited to summoning a Normal Monster, and YES that means you do get to pull out a monster for all sorts of Xyz and Synchro options, but most often the target selected wil be Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon, and this opens up gates of enormous possibilities from there. This should be able to make it VERY EASY to Xyz Summon a second Atum which in turn expresses my wish that REDMD was Limited the second it was released. Another possibility is summoning Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon, which by its own effect can completely restore its ATK, but this pales in comparison the immediate advantage REDMD boasts. A curious option is Inferno Reckless Summon; this will allow you to summon a triplet of ANY Dragon Atum brings out (because the ATK will be 0), and the clones will be at full power. This way, you can have triple REDMD for the massive triple Rank 10 Xyz with 5000 ATK or triple GEPD and transition into NGEPD (but if you summon NGEPD, Atum still can't attack). But by this point I'm just getting fancy and grabbing a single REDMD is the most basic path.
Yeah, I realize Atum won't be able to attack the turn it does this. Use Gaia Thunder-Charger and the door is open for OTK. As for your twin REDMD with 0 ATK, just Xyz Rank 10.
Outside of Hieratics, it becomes considerably harder to summon this. Dragunities MIGHT be able to summon this most easily, other than them. If you have a high amount of Dragons and can swarm with Level 6 monsters, use Atum, but I think it may be a hard feat to accomplish. Despite the ease (or lack thereof in non-Hieratic Decks), the power to whip out any Dragon from your deck is an incredibly powerful play; I should not waste my time in saying any more. Oh, and also, if you're playing IRL, the Hieratic Deck can get very expensive, when you need multiple REDMD, Atums, Gaia Chargers, etc.
Traditional: 3/5
Advanced: 4.6/5
Aesthetics: 4/5 Atum/Atem is the primal (initial) Egyptian god, the god of existence. There are many conflicting stories to how He was born, but He created the second generation (Shu and Tefnut) by spitting them out. One day they got lost, and when He found them again, He got so happy he cried, and that's how life on earth was made. Sometimes He also worked with Ra to be in charge of the sun (Ra was in charge of dawn and Atum with dusk). Iusaaset has been described as His wife, but She has since fallen into obscurity. There is also some inconsitency with how Ra and His (possible) wife Hathor came to be, but Atum is generally accepted as the number one god. At least, in terms of this card, they had the sense to turn it into the most dynamic Hieratic monster. It makes sense too, as pretty much most people never heard of Atem before (except as the Pharaoh's real name) and they probably go to assume Ra (Sun Dragon Overlord) or Set (Sutekh) or some other "more famous Egyptian God" is the leader of them all. That's similar to how there are two other Hieratic monsters that SEEM more powerful than Atum, but really, THIS guy is the best Hieratic of them all. Otherwise, I like the contrast between the yellow of its Stars, Attibute, and armour alongside the black of its skin and the card borderline.
Philosophy Corner: I got in my articles for Wednesday and Thursday. I am sorry they are late; I try my very best to get everything in on time.

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