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Top 10 Cards of 2014

#1 - Number 101: Silent Honor ARK - #LVAL-EN047 

2 Level 4 monsters You can detach 2 Xyz Materials from this card, then target 1 Special Summoned monster your opponent controls in face-up Attack Position; attach it to this card as a face-up Xyz Material. You can only use this effect of "Number 101: Silent Honor ARK" once per turn. If this face-up card would be destroyed, you can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card instead.

Card Rating

Advanced: 4.75 

Date Reviewed:
Dec. 31, 2014

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Number 101: Silent Honor ARK


Silent Honor ARK (aka SHARK) is both number 101 and 1 on our top 10 list!


I had it at #2 on my list actually, but I'm overall happy with how this final list came out.  Soul Charge may have been the most powerful and effective card of the year, but ARK is the one that represented the entire year.  The former came out just a few months ago, but the latter has been out since early on in the year.


ARK has been with us for numerous formats: the Hands format, the DUEA format, the Qliphort format, and so on.  It was with us for 11 months and always found a way to stay relevant.


One key thing to remember is that it only works against Special Summoned monsters (you might want to use Castel for Normal Summoned ones), but at the same time, that's what keeps it balanced.  This card was made to counteract many of the more powerful Special Summoned monsters out there.  The DARK Synchro Beelze for example is nearly invincible, but can be sucked up by SHARK. 


It added lots of balance to the came so that no matter how powerful the monsters that come out, there's always an out.  It was a way for duelists to deal with cards like Fire Hand and Ice Hand without triggering their effects.  And that's key here.  Sending cards to the graveyard triggers their effects and even allows the opponent to use them for a while, but what if you can hang onto them a little longer?


Nowadays, SHARK is less unique because of cards like The Monarchs Storm Forth and Phoenix Wing Wind Blast finding ways to remove monsters without destroying them.  So, SHARK being protected from destruction doesn't really protect him.  But for its time, it was really good at staying alive.  Threats like Torrential, Bottomless and such also became dead.  It could stay alive in battle so you could make a comeback next turn.  It practically made Maestroke the Symphony Djinn obsolete, unless you really need 2300 DEF points instead of 2100 ATK.  Also, SHARK only deals with already active threats so you may just be taking control of a floater. 


With generic rank 4's no longer being the main event of YGO, it's possible this card will fade away, but of all the generic rank 4's (and there's a lot of them), this one is the very best.  Of course, every situation has a corresponding XYZ monster and many of the XYZ monster have their uses, but this one is still top dog. 


2014 is the year that ends the Zexal XYZ era.  And why not celebrate it with the king of XYZ's:


Number 101: Silent Honor ARK



We have finally reached #1 on our Top 10 Cards of 2014. The CotD has voted, and the #1 card on our list is Number 101: Silent Honor ARK.
Position on my list: #5
I love this card. I love this card a lot. But I don’t think it deserves to be #1; as I explained previously, I believe that honor goes to Soul Charge.
Don’t get me wrong; ARK is a fantastic card. Upon release, this card quickly became the Rank 4 of choice, and its mere presence completely changed the way people played the game. Leaving a monster in Attack Position was no longer safe, as you ran the risk of not only losing it, but also giving your opponent a monster that had to be taken down twice. With a respectable 2100 ATK to go with it, ARK quickly became a major threat that outclassed several Rank 4 monsters.
But ARK was gone as quickly as it came; Castel was released two sets later and succeeded in doing everything ARK did but better thanks to the way the metagame evolved. ARK is by no means a bad card now, it just became horribly outclassed. There is still a chance that we will leave this floater heavy meta and ARK will have its chance to shine again.
#1 card of 2014 is a bit of a stretch, but ARK is definitely one of the best cards to come out this year. The influence it had on the game can’t be ignored, and while it may not be relevant right now, it really set the bar for what a Rank 4 monster could do.
Advanced: 5/5
I hope everyone has a happy New Year.
For those curious, here was the Top 10 List I submitted to Pojo:
1. Soul Charge
2. Artifact Moralltach
3. Evilswarm Exciton Knight
4. Castel the Skyblaster Musketeer
5. Number 101: Silent Honor ARK
6. Fire Hand
7. Kuribandit
8. Mathematician
9. Denko Sekka
10. Majesty's Fiend
T-REX Had this at #2 on his list
Had this at #1 on his list

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