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Hieratic Sun Overlord of Helipolis

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.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.75
Advanced: 3.20 

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

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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 right there.

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 above
Art:  5/5

John Rocha

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 damage.
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.
Traditional: 3/5
Advanced: 3/5


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.
Traditional: 2
Advanced: 3.5
Tomorrow: Bouncy, bouncy, bouncy!



Hieratic Sun Dragon Overlord of Heliopolis
Rk 8/LIGHT/Dragon-XYZ/3000A/2400D
"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.

Traditional: 2
Advanced: 2.25

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

Traditional: 2.8/5
Advanced: 3/5
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 references.

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