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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh! Card of the Day
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Top 10 Cards of 2013
#5 -
Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls
- #LTGY-EN039 

If this card is in your hand or Graveyard: You can banish a total of 2 WATER and/or Dragon-Type monsters from your hand and/or Graveyard, except this card; Special Summon this card. During your opponent's End Phase, if this card was Special Summoned: Return it to the hand. You can discard this card and 1 WATER monster to the Graveyard; send 1 monster from your Deck to the Graveyard. If this card is banished: You can add 1 WATER Dragon-Type monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use 1 "Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 3.00 - Advanced: 3.88 

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


Date Reviewed - Dec. 27, 2013

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Dark

Paladin

An Elemental Dragon hey?  Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls is the card in question for today on our countdown. We have a Level 7, Water attributed, Dragon Monster with 2600 attack (not bad) and 2000 defense. This Dragon boasts a few different abilities.

First, it can be Special Summoned from your Hand or Graveyard by removing two Water and/or Dragon type Monsters from your Hand and/or Graveyard from play. That's some versatility for a Special Summon, only increasing this cards power. It sure beats tributing two Monsters for it.

During your opponent's End Phase, if this card was Special Summoned, it returns to the Hand. That sucks that it's if Special Summoned period, not just via its own effect. You can also discard this card and one Water Monster from your Hand to the Graveyard to send a Monster from your Deck to your Graveyard.

Ironically this card is a combo card for a lot of Decks, although not necessarily Dragon. It plays with Atlantean and Mermail fairly well being Water, but the Water actually hurts its play in Dragons in my opinion. If this card is removed from play, you can add a Water Dragon type Monster from your Deck to your Hand. A second one of these perhaps? You can only use the effect of this card once per turn, but that's just fine, especially if you use the latter effect to cycle another one to your Hand, or sent one to the Graveyard via this other effect as well.

Ratings:

Traditional: 1.5/5 
Advanced: 3.5/5 
Art: 5/5

Cyberplum

Happy Friday everyone, hope you had a good holiday. We wrap up the week with our #5 card on the top 10 list, Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls.

Chances are if you've played the game in the last six months, you've seen this card, whether it be in Mermails, or in the actual E-Dragon deck. It gained immense popularity as soon as it hit the streets, and has continued to do so right up until its upcoming restriction to one on January 1st.

So what makes this card (and the other dragons) so broken? It's the fact that they never go away. If you banish them the replace themselves. You can use this and Redox to set up your grave for future plays, or just stock it with fodder to summon your other dragons. With 12 available in the deck and few ways to stop it, it's very hard to stop the constant stream of Rank 7 XYZ monsters that the E-Dragon deck can generate. If you haven't sided the few key cards that shut this deck down AND they can't Blaster whatever defense you came up with, you're gonna have a bad time.

Personally though, I'm very excited to see the deck go away on January 1st, as I'm sure many other players are. If you thought Spellbooks were an auto-pilot deck, then E-Dragons were the textbook definition of the term. And that stems from the vast multitude of effects this Dragon and his compatriots possess. They are all some of the greatest cards printed in the past few years, and inside of the various elemental decks they can go in, they work wonders, but put them all in one, and it's unrivaled. This card's unique effect is the Foolish Burial effect, which is great, but I'm not sure it's any more outstanding than Redox or Tempest. Almost situational really, though in something like Mermails it could be used well.

There's hardly anything to say about this card that hasn't already been said. It and it's brethren are nasty monsters and have dominated the metagame for the past six months. It's a great card, but it's time for change.

Traditional: 4/5
Advanced: 4.5/5
Art: 4/5

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!


Kingof
Lullaby

Hello Pojo Fans,

The first of the Dragon Rulers to make it on the list, Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls was hit twice by the ban list, once in baby form as Stream, then again coming up in the new year. With 2600ATK/2000DEF, this Water Dragon-type has a lot of effects. If this card is in your hand or Graveyard: You can banish a total of 2 WATER and/or Dragon-Type monsters from your hand and/or Graveyard, except this card; Special Summon this card. During your opponent's End Phase, if this card was Special Summoned: Return it to the hand. You can discard this card and 1 WATER monster to the Graveyard; send 1 monster from your Deck to the Graveyard. If this card is banished: You can add 1 WATER Dragon-Type monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use 1 "Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

This card was part of the almost unstoppable Dragon Ruler deck that dominated the format since its arrival. Even after the banning of their baby forms, Dragon Rulers still stood atop the format (much like a true ruler, not backing down against attempts to dethrone them). Tidal can be Special Summoned by removing a combination of two Water or Dragon monsters from your hand or Graveyard. Removing from the grave is the more likely choice as you don't want to lose hand advantage. Tidal will replace itself when it is removed, netting you a 1 for 1 tradeoff. Discarding this card and a Water monster to the grave will allow you to send a monster from your Deck to the Graveyard, setting up plays or activating the effect of the monster sent to the Graveyard if he has such an effect (Mermails). If Tidal is banished during the Damage Step, its effect can still be activated to add a Water, Dragon-type to your hand.

Tidal returning to the hand during your opponents turn if it was Special Summoned can leave you open or needing to find another way to bring it out. Though you can avoid this downside by Normal Summoning it, two monsters can be costly field presence. Though its effect to send a monster to the Graveyard is useful, Foolish Burial does the same thing and you don't need another Water monster to do it. With Dragon Rulers getting hit again, Mermails will still run this guy and continue to plus off him and make rank 7's.

Traditional-2.5/5
Advanced-3.5/5- Mermails love this card as much as Dragons do, if not more
Art-4/5

Until Next Time,
KingofLullaby


Baneful

Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls

Compared to other Dragon Rulers, with 2600 ATK, it's statistically better than all but Blaster. It's effect, however, is arguably the weakest of the bunch as it's the only one that doesn't net you a card or create a loss for the opponent. Sending a monster from your deck to the graveyard could setup some nice combos though, even if it's not a sufficiently good effect by itself.

Add it's ease of summon as well as it's searching effect upon banishment into the mix, and you get a pretty well-rounded card that's good for both Dragons and WATER decks. Not the best Dragon Ruler, but I'd still take one of the weaker Dragon Rulers over most WATER/Dragon monsters.

Advanced: 4/5 (Very Good)

Traditional: 4/5 (Very Good)

Contact: banefulscolumn@gmail.com

Leo
Kearon
Had this at #3 on his list

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