2 Level 8 monsters
Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; Tribute any number of monsters from your hand and/or your side of the field (minimum 1), then destroy an equal number of cards on the field.
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.
3 is average.
5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - May 10, 2012
Hieratic Sun Dragon Overlod of Heliopolis (say
that five times fast) is quite the big boy of XYZ
Monsters...it's a Rank 8 XYZ Summoned by two Level 8
Monsters with 3000 attack and 2400 of the Light
attribute. (Coincidentally a Dragon too!) Kinda
strikes me as a Fire type, but I digress. Obviously
being Rank 8 is a bit of a problem, at least
summoning wise, (and yes there are many a card to
manipulate the Level of Monsters for this) but is he
worth it? It's hard to judge on attack alone, while
3000 is impressive, plenty of lower Rank XYZ
Monsters boast considerable attacks of their own.
As for the effect, by discarding an XYZ Material,
you can Tribute ANY number of Monsters from your
Hand and/or your Field to destroy and equal number
of cards on the Field. This guy is unwieldly as
hell, and can end a Duel. Heavy Storm the back row
(assuming successful) and Tribute the necessary
Monsters to nuke the rest of the Field, you win
Traditional: 3.25/5 Might be more difficult to
summon, plus CED is faster and easier to use.
Advanced: 4.5/5 For reasons listed
Hieratic Sun Dragon Overlord of Heliopolis. That
name is so huge; I had to make a sentence out of it.
This is the first of the Hieratic monsters that we
have reviewed. The Hieratic archetype was just
introduced in the Galactic Overlord set. The theme
of these light dragon type monsters is to have them
tributed as a cost or part of an effect so they can
special summon a normal dragon monster from your
hand, grave, or deck and set their attack and
defense at 0.
The nice thing about Hieratic monster’s effect is
that it can be tributed from the hand or field,
making the card we are reviewing today very powerful
in a Hieratic deck. When using Hieratic Sun Dragon’s
effect to clear your opponent’s field by tributing
Hieratic monsters, you can then load the field with
monsters like Hieratic Seal of the Sun Dragon
Overlord (level 8 normal monster) and Blue Eyes
White Dragon and then overlay them to form two more
Hieratic Sun Dragons and attack for 9000 points of
Hieratic decks are not the only decks that can
summon Hieratic Sun Dragon. If you have a Gagaga
Magician and Girl on the field you can make both of
the level 8 to special summon it. You can
special summon two Grapha, Dragon Lord of the Dark
World monsters to special summon it. You can even
bring out two level 8 Synchro monsters from a deck
like Laval’s to special summon it.
The best deck to use Hieratic Sun Dragon in is still
a Hieratic deck because it can be abused in it to
produce an OTK. Hieratics can also make good use of
Inferno Reckless Summon. Tribute a Hieratic monster,
special summon a Hieratic Seal with 0 attack, play
Inferno, and special summon two more Seals with 2800
attack each. Dragon decks continue to be a force to
be reckoned with.
We're taking a look at the big bad of the new
Hieratic dragons, The Sun Dragon Overlord. a Rank 8
Xyz monster that needs 2 level 8 monsters, with 3000
ATK and 2400 DEF. Awesome stats. His effect is to
detach one Xyz material, then tribute any number of
monsters from your hand and/or field to destroy the
same number of cards on the field. Really good, if
you like using Super Rejuvenation, even better. Now
how to get this guy out, well, in a pure Hieratic
deck, it should be kinda easy, with all the
tributing to get bigger hieratics out. A well built
Blue Eyes deck could benefit from this as well. Want
another way? Try the Gagaga duo of Gagaga Magician
and Girl, get them to level 8 and there you go. What
makes this card a lot more playable is that it is
not restricted to just Hieratics.
Hieratic Sun Dragon Overlord of Heliopolis
"2 Level 8 monsters
Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from
this card; Tribute any number of monsters from your
hand and/or your side of the field (minimum 1), then
destroy an equal number of cards on the field."
Well, this guy likes to destroy stuff and has
great stats, but that's a lot of effort just to get
out, then a very heavy cost just to destroy cards.
You'll end up decimating yourself as much as your
opponent, so this should only be used as an endgame
card, assuming you have enough left to pull off his
effect by then. You'll be at basically a -1 just to
use his effect, which is a bad idea. Cool card, but
not worth the effort. If you want a dragon to
destroy things, stick with Dark Armed Dragon.
There are not a lot of reliable Rank 8 options
(compared to how many Rank 3 monsters there are).
Overlord is perhaps the most reliable of them all,
tied with Number 40. Number 15 is just bad.
There are some very notable Decks that can easily
afford the double Level 8 Xyz Materials, and should
you ever find yourself in the situation that you
want Overlord but can't, you'll regret it. It has
even more destructive potential than Scrap Dragon!
Say I have Messenger of Peace and walling your Dark
Worlders for all of eternity, while you've already
exhausted your Graphas. Well, those same Graphas
revive faster than Zombies, don't they? Use two
Graphas to make this 3000-ATK monster. Even though
Overlord won't set off Dark Worlders discard effects
(hey, at least Overlord sets off Hieratics' Tribute
effects*), Dark Worlders still set themselves up
with a LOT of monsters in hand and field. And any
Graphas will just keep...coming...back... Even if I
save myself with a Battle Fader or such, if I can't
dispose of Overlord by next turn, I'll still have
big problems. And given the rate of Grapha's
revival, there's still the possibility a second
Overlord can be brought out, should I slay the
first. Fortunately for my own Final Countdown Deck,
Overlord doesn't seem to be widely popular.
*Hieratics can swarm Level 8 monsters quickly, and
the usage of Overlord only accelerates that process.
It is uncommon for offensive decks to not only
reliably have a pair of Level 8 monsters to summon
Overlord, but to also be able to afford its cost.
Even if said deck can reliably summon Level 8
monsters, it's not as if I'm going to give up Black
Luster Soldier and Scrap Dragon for this guy (unless
perhaps I used each of their effects already, but
that's besides the point). That itself is dependant
on the Deck, however, and I won't deny OVerlord's
possibility for mass destruction while potentially
netting extra advantage. It helps
Niche Decks: Dark World, Hieratic, Gagaga, Blue-Eyes
Aesthetics: 3.1/5 It's like a cross between Bakura,
The Creator, and Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon... I
actually like the name change from Hieroglyphic God
Dragon - Ennead because I prefer to have my
children's card game pure of any religious
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causes delusion." -Dr. Temperance Brennan, fictional
character as portrayed by Emily Deschanel of Hart
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