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Swordsman from a Distant Land
- #LVAL-EN091 

If this card attacked an opponent's monster, after damage calculation: Destroy that monster during the 5th End Phase after the attack.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.0
Advanced: 1.0 

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

Date Reviewed - Feb. 4, 2014

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Swordsman From a Distant Land (VERY distant) reminds me of something you might have found in Labyrinth of Nightmare, or a much older set, as it's an incredibly weak, pretty useless card with an effect that isn't awful but takes an insane amount of time to resolve.  Warrior is good, Earth is fine too, Level 1 is what it is.  They could have at least made it a Tuner or something.  If this card attacks, it destroys the Monster it attacked after the 5th End Phase of the attack.  So you lose this Monster, take probably a LOT of Damage, unless you blow another card to protect yourself, and then still wait all those turns.  I mean, just no need at all.

1/5 both Formats
Art:  3.5/5


Swordsman from a Distant Land
EARTH/Warrior/Effect/Level 1/250/250
If this card attacked an opponent's monster, after damage calculation: Destroy that monster during the 5th End Phase after the attack.
Ah Swordsman from a Distant Land or Swordsman from a Foreign Land as it was known in the old Video Games was a favourite of in Duellists of the Roses and now the proper card has finally been released. This however is not the great card from Duellists of the Roses.
This card requires you to attack the opponent’s monster in order for that monster to die in 5 turns. Yes you have to attack with a level 1 monster which has 250 ATK so you can destroy a monster 5 turns later. There are two HUGE flaws with this effect; first of all this only has 250 ATK so you are going to lose an attack, a monster and a lot of life points with this card. Secondly, how many monsters stay on the field for five turns, hardly any with all the Extra Deck summoning and anti-monster effects around, so you will probably never see a monster destroyed by this effect.
Overall, a bad card which only has nostalgia factor for people who played and enjoyed Duellists of the Roses, other than that avoid.
Traditional: 1/5
Advanced:  1/5

Swordsman from a Distant Land

Howdy there today's card is Swordsman from a Distant Land, a reprint we never got from Japan, I believe this card was introduced back in like the original days, honestly his effect is more or less trash, but a level 1 warrior do have uses albeit not meta.

Traditional: 5/5 (CED fears him clearly, maybe a bit of sarcasm, but would funny to witness)
Advanced: 0/5 (Collectible, retro, but useless)

Art: 5/5 I actually like the art, nostalgic of the old cards


Swordsman from a Distant Land is a new monster from Legacy of the Valiant. However, one would not assume it is a new card or support given the stats and effect of this monster. In fact, Swordsman from a Distant Land would be considered mediocre at best even if it were to have been released in the first set of the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game, Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon (LOB) back in 2002. Quite frankly, with well over 50 additional sets released after LOB, this card being conceived and released now in 2014, it is nothing more than an embarrassing joke.

Swordsman from a Distant Land is an effect monster with simply laughable stats of 250 attack and 250 defense. It is also a level 1 monster, of the earth attribute and warrior typing. If this card attacked an opponent's monster, after damage calculation: Destroy that monster during the 5th End Phase after the attack.

To utilize this effect, you would most likely be attacking in to a powerful monster with a much higher attack value, meaning you would take a large hit to your life points. Also, this effect will not even activate if your opponent attacks Swordsman from a Distant Land, so you must declare the attack yourself. Lastly, the monster you attack with this card will not be destroyed until the 5th end phase after the attack. You did not read a typo, the card really does state the 5th end phase. That means 3 more of YOUR turns must pass before the opponents monster will be destroyed. In this game, even very powerful boss monsters do not have much longevity to stay on the field for several turns. The spot in your deck to use this card is not at all worth the life point damage you will take, resource loss, and time you must wait to reap the benefit of this monsters effect.

Warrior from a Distant Land is nothing but a terrible, bland, lazy common filler that you will open in about one of every 2-3 packs you buy of Legacy of the Valiant. The only purpose this card serves is to fill your booster pack with garbage so that other more sought after powerful cards in the set will retain substantial price and value. Steer clear of using this monster at all costs. Never consider it in advanced constructed format, let alone traditional format. Under no circumstance should it even be used in sealed or draft format, should you happen to find him in one of your packs. This card is best used as a drink coaster or fuel for a fire.

Traditional: .1/5 (One of the worst monster cards you could ever consider using in this format. It is even worse than most of the vanilla monsters from the first set, Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon)
Advanced: .2/5 (Again, don't bother with this card in Advanced Format)
Mechanic Design: .1/5 (Bland, dull, and disturbingly pathetic effect mechanic. This card is blatant common set filler.)
Art: 2/5 (Not absolutely cringe worthy, but from the awesome artwork we are accustomed to in this game, it is not in anyway noteworthy. At best, could be described as boring.)


Swordsman from a Distant Land

I'll do it Ex Minion of Darkness style and just give a short diatribe on why this card is horrible.

This is an OLD card from 10 years ago, way back in the day that never got released. It was awful back then. It's even more awful today. Horrible ATK power. Must declare an attack in order to activate it's effect. By 5 End Phases, the targeted monster is likely either dead or pummeling at your monsters and life points to death. And, it is outclassed by Newdoria in just about every single way.

Total garbage. 

1/5 in both formats

Terrorking Well you know who I am by now, so there's no reason to introduce myself. However, being the refined gentleman I am, I shall do so regardless. I am your dear Terrorking, and I will be bludgeoning you with the bat of enlightenment. This is my duty, and this is my cross to bear, my dear guppies. Let us begin, shall we?
The foreign land this Swordsman hails from is the Garbage Dynasty. He is great friends with King Garbage. There they have lots of garbage adventures. What I am trying to say is: "This card is garbage." I will now say it. This card is garbage. Back in the old days of Yugioh, when effect monsters had just come into existence, this card, and others like it with their "5 turns later" effects were garbage. To this day they remain garbage.
Art: Nice enough background; terribly-drawn samurai. 1/5
Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 1/5 

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