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Pojo's Top 10 Cards of 2012

#1 - Lightpulsar Dragon
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You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) by banishing 1 LIGHT and 1 DARK monsters from your Graveyard. You can Special Summon this card (from your Graveyard) by sending 1 LIGHT and 1 DARK monsters from your hand to the Graveyard. When this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can target 1 Level 5 or higher DARK Dragon-Type monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 4.25
Advanced: 4.95 

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


Date Reviewed - Jan. 4, 2013

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Dark

Paladin
Friday
 
Closing the week and reaching #1 on our countdown, appropriately enough I think (although my memory fails me as to where exactly I had him on my list) is Lightpulsar Dragon.  As good as he is, I'm not sure people realized just how broken he was until he hit the Format and was used, by yourself and/or others.  He's crack for Dragon and one hell of a card than can be utilized in about any Chaos build, or anything else you feel necessary to play, provided you have the right Light and Dark arsenal.  
 
This is a Light Monster, as you may have guessed, but Level 6 with 2500 attack with 1500 defense.  Also,as opposed to tributing, you can Special Summon ala Chaos Envoy, by removing a Light and Dark Monster from your Graveyard from play.  Furthermore, by sending a Light and Dark Monster to Special Summon Lightpulsar from the Graveyard.  But even better than that, when sent from the Field to the Graveyard, Special Summon a Level 5 or higher Dragon-type Monster from your Graveyard.  Odd that Lightpulsar can only Special Summon a Dark, but still really good I think.  Multiple obvious targets (sad Blue Eyes is left out) and respectable enough attack at 2500, and ignoring the third effect, playable outside of Dragons.
 
This is one of those cards that essentially wrecks a Format, and although he has a great number of sick combos, doesn't quite do it ON HIS OWN...I guess in its own perverse way that helps add balance to one excellent card.  Continue to use and abuse this while you can, I wouldn't be surprised to see him go to Ban Land, but you never know what will, or won't happen on a list.  Usually never what you expect.
 
Ratings:

Traditional:  3.75/5 
Advanced:    4.75/5 
Art:  5/5

John Rocha

Topping our list for 2012 is Lightpulsar Dragon. This is the card that almost single handedly propelled Dragon decks to the top of the food chain. I say almost because a card by the name of Eclipse Wyvern came out of the same Dragon’s Collide Structure Deck. Together they helped you search for and keep Dragon’s boss monster, Red Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon on the field.

The idea was to get Eclipse Wyvern in the graveyard to trigger its mandatory effect to banish Red-Eyes. Then you would banish Wyvern and a dark monster to special summon Lightpulsar Dragon and thus get Red-Eyes to your hand. Then you would summon a Dragon-type monster and banish it to special summon Red-Eyes. With both Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon and Lightpulsar Dragon on the field, you had a soft lock on the field. If your opponent destroyed Lightpulsar, you could use Red-Eyes to bring it back next turn. If your opponent destroyed Red-Eyes first or both of them at the same time, you could use Lightpulsar’s effect to bring back Red-Eyes when Lightpulsar was destroyed and then use Red-Eyes on your turn to bring back Lightpulsar again. This soft lock effectively made it so you would always have Red-Eyes and Lightpulsar on your field.

The versatility of Lightpulsar Dragon made it easy to summon. By sending a light and a dark monster to the grave you could special summon Lightpulsar. If the light monster was Eclipse Wyvern you could search for Red-Eyes. If the dark monster was Red-Eyes, you then had your target for Lightpulsar. If you had a Chaos monster in hand, you had your light and dark monster in your grave. By using Darkflare Dragon and Future Fusion, your plays increase for days. The synergy of Lightpulsar Dragon with the rest of the deck, Chaos monsters, and Dark Armed Dragon made the deck overpowering and a major force to be reckoned with.

Traditional: 5/5
Advanced: 5/5

Miguel

I am very biased towards our number 1 on our list, Lightpulsar Dragon. Released in the Dragons Collide structure deck, it mainly, along with a few other cards, brought life to Chaos Dragons. A level 6 LIGHT/Dragon type with 2500 ATK and 1500 DEF. He's best used with other dragons/monsters that are of LIGHT and DARK flavors, getting him out on the field as fast as possible. Lightpulsar has that Black Luster Soldier summoning thing going as you can special summon him from your hand by banishing a LIGHT and DARK monster from your grave. But you can special summon it from your graveyard by sending a LIGHT and DARK monster from your hand to the grave. Also, when this card is sent from the field to the grave, you can target and special summon 1 level 5 or higher DARK/Dragon type monster from your grave. Let's be honest, 9 times out of 10 you are going to try to get Red Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon that you put in the grave when you special summoned Lightpulsar, so that's all well and good. But there are a few other targets, such as Interplanetarypurplythorny Dragon, Vice Dragon, and Dark Flare Dragon. Dragons ran roughshod for quite some time, until they slammed the mighty banhammer by banning Future Fusion, REDMD went to one and LPD went to one as well. But despite that, Chaos Dragons are still a force to be reckoned with, and Lightpulsar Dragon is leading that charge. And is the number 1 card of 2012.

Traditional: 4
Advanced: 5
These are a few cards that get a personal honorable mention from me:

Thunder Sea Horse
Eclipse Dragon
Grandmaster Ninja Hanzo
Pahunder/Mahunder/Sishunder


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