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Comics Hero King Arthur
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2 Level 4 Warrior-Type monsters If this card would be destroyed by battle, you can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card instead. When you do: It gains 500 ATK, and if it does, inflict 500 damage to your opponent.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.90
Advanced: 2.75 

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Date Reviewed - July 17, 2013

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Comics Hero King Arthur, quite a name full, isn't it? We have a Rank 4, Earth attributed, Warrior type XYZ Monster, who is XYZ Summoned with two Level 4 Warrior Monsters. Seems a bit unnecessary in my opinion for them to be Warriors, as it makes him compete with other Noble Knight and Heroic cards, ironically of which he gets little to no support. He doesn't receive HERO support either since his name includes Hero. 2400 attack isn't bad for Rank 4, but the 1200 defense isn't great. Anyway, you can use this guy in Noble Knights, Heroic, Six Samurai. The problem with the first two is, good as he may be, he's over shadowed by the theme XYZ Monsters of those builds. Six Samurai is probably your best bet I would think. When this card would be destroyed in Battle, you can detach an XYZ Material to have this card gain 500 attack, and then, if successful, your opponent takes 500 Damage. Marginal at best, doubt it finishes many games, but still Damage. So in short, you take Damage from a Battle, discard a Material, attack increases, your opponent takes 500...assuming the effect were to resolve.


Traditional: 2.25/5
Advanced: 3.25/5
Art: 4.5/5


Today we are looking at: Comics Hero King Arthur

"2 Level 4 Warrior-Type monsters
If this card would be destroyed by battle, you can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card instead. When you do: It gains 500 ATK, and if it does, inflict 500 damage to your opponent."

This card is ok, but it is completely overshadowed by so many other rank 4 XYZ monsters that it will probably not see much play. The ability to survive a battle and inflict a tiny burn is not sufficient to warrant its inclusion in pretty much anything right now; play one of the other rank 4's that can hold its own.

Advanced: 1/5
Traditional: 1/5


Comics Hero King Arthur
2 Level 4 Warrior-Type monsters

If this card would be destroyed by battle, you can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card instead. When you do: It gains 500 ATK, and if it does, inflict 500 damage to your opponent.

Next we have Comics Hero King Arthur, a monster from the mighty Comics Hero archetype of 2 monsters and the other one will be reviewed tomorrow. A warrior specific Xyz monster (like Heroic Champion Excalibur, interestingly), with 2400 ATK solid for a Rank 4 and 1200 DEF which is quite bad. Arthur’s effect though is actually quite good, it has a destruction protection/ ATK increasing/Damage inflict effect all from 1 Xyz Material. That is good value and while the actual effect damage isn’t massive it could be worse.

Of course given that it has the same summoning condition as Heroic Champion Excalibur, there are a lot of things going for both. On Arthur’s favour its effect isn’t a one-shot deal like Excalibur and it can Rank Up, but there is the thing of being able to hit someone with a 4000 ATK monster.
Overall a really good Warrior Xyz, but with so many other great Rank 4 Warriors, it might be hard to find room for him in your Extra Deck.

Traditional: 3.5/5
Advanced: 4/5


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Hey Guys, sorry about the two day no-show. My laptop was down. :/ But Anyways lets get to the card of the day. Comics hero King Arthur is a unique card when you look at it. Being a 2400 body is nothing to scoff at but put it along with not being able to be destroyed by battle twice then it gaining another potential 1000 every time it is attempted to be destroyed make some situations pretty bad. To make things even worse he can inflict up to 1000 points of damage in the process. The only thing that really hurts this card is that we are in a format where things this big are more likely to get destroyed by card effects or taken control of before destroyed by battle. It's also hindered by being specific only to warrior type monsters namely Heroes would probably be the best route off the top of head. Overall this card can be seen in a different day, just not at this second.

Trad: 1.5/5 (I don't see much here)
Adv: 2.5/5 (Pretty cool card)


Lol, I took a look at www.yugioh.wikia.com/card_tips:comics_hero_king_arthur and it looks so unhelpful. I feel like tinkering with it after I finish this article. Currently, there are a total of twenty Rank 4 Warriors. When I see the “2 Level 4 Warrior-Type monsters,” I immediately think about, of course, Warrior Decks. Although currently the top Decks are inarguably Dragon and Spellcaster, the popular Warriors are Battlin’ Boxer, HERO, and Six Samurai (Battlin’ Boxer Lead Yoke is pretty much the same as Arthur, but a better effect) (btw, Comics Hero will not qualify as a HERO). More specifically, I think of other “2 Level 4 Warrior-Type monsters.”


Heroic Champion – Gandiva is a good card, but nowadays the game is not that focused on Special Summoning lower-Level monsters, so she didn’t really get that much of a chance to ride. Blade Armour Ninja and Heroic Champion – Excalibur will be the ones that will give Arthur the most competition, respectively a 2200 ATK double-attacker and an emergency 4000 ATK. Arthur sports a higher original ATK and is practically immune to battle. Now if you summon Arthur, I sure as heck won’t attack him unless I have a way to counter 3400 ATK. If I don’t attack him, you may want to consider having him attack a higher-ATK monster in order to purposely activate his effect. This may prompt me to switch all my monsters to Defence, which can be an uncomfortable position for me.

Arthur does have issues though. The above scenario practically describes how you have to force a situation to activate Arthur’s effect, and that’s kind of clumsy. Also, once you actually activate his effect once, it’ll be hard to activate it again unless he gets forced into Defence Position (but I admit, as I mentioned before, he will be trouble if I can’t play something with over 3400 ATK). Assuming Arthur used his effect once, if I summon Maestroke the Symphony Djinn afterwards, he should be relatively easy to topple. The 500 damage is more like a bonus as opposed to something that would make me scared. Surprisingly, the part where he must use Warrior Xyz Material doesn’t really make a difference because I have no problems running other monsters in non-Warrior Decks, such as Gagaga Cowboy or Maestroke. My point is, Arthur should be used for defensive purposes, meaning he’s a pretty good first-turn play. However, our current Dragon/Spellcaster-infested March 2013 format is incredibly violent and is not kind to stall. Arthur doesn’t even have ways to protect himself against effects like many other top defenders can. If the September format slows down, Arthur will be better.

When Arthur first came out, I wondered whether to replace Utopia with him in my Dark Scorpion Deck. Here were my musings:

Utopia negates attacks, but becomes dead weight after doing that twice. Arthur is merely indestructible in battle and can increase ATK, but Utopia has more Original ATK. Arthur does a good job at protecting himself in battle, but Utopia is a better team player, since he can shield my frail Scorpions and can be summoned using my non-Warrior monsters or if I steal something with Monster Reborn or Mind Control (especially since I’m already running Blade Armour and Excalibur). While it’s true Arthur is better at the surviving battles thing, but I need Utopia for his control power, which suits the team. So I stuck with Utopia.

Ruling Clarification: If Arthur would get destroyed by battle, he gets 500 ATK instead, but he still takes Battle Damage. Since Damage Calculation is technically finished, he won’t destroy the other monster if he has more ATK now.

Trad: 1/5

Adv: 2.25/5 (a lower score than what I gave Gandiva, but a lot of stuff changed since then, so in most circumstances nowadays I’d rather use Arthur over Gandiva)

Aesthetics: 3/5 Dang, this guy has a small head. The guy who used this in the anime had a Deck revolving around the Knights of the Round Table, kind of similar to Noble Knight. This card, of course, is based off of both King Arthur and medieval-styled comics (my favourite example being The Wizard of Id). It also ties in to how the duelist in the anime loved comics and was a master artist. As, as shown by Comic Hero support cards seen only in the anime, they may be enemies of the Evilswarms.

Philosophy Corner: Please understand that you should not directly compare our scores on different cards to completely determine whether or not you should put one card or another in your Deck. The scores are just a general estimate of how good or bad a card is in general. Scores can be affected by different times or even by our mood at time of the review. For example, if you told me to review Gagaga Cowboy right now, I’d probably give him about ~3.25/5. This does not necessarily mean I think Cowboy is significantly better than Arthur (since there are many situations that Arthur is more useful than Cowboy) but I do agree that there is a greater amount of situations Cowboy can handle better than Arthur.


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