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Number 39: Utopia Roots
2 Level 1 monsters
When any player's monster declares an attack: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; negate the attack, and if you negated an Xyz Monster's attack, this card gains ATK equal to that monster's Rank x 500.
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March 20, 2014
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ANOTHER Utopia XYZ Monster? So it's a baby of the
original, with an actually surprising semi-decent
effect, but makes you wonder why you'd place this
instead of Utopia (or in addition to, assuming you
were using Utopia to begin with) and why the
opponent wouldn't simply destroy this card/negate
the effect preventing you from any tactical gain? To
elaborate, detach an XYZ Material when a Monster
attacks to negate that attack (to include your own)
and this card gains 500x attack the Rank of the XYZ
that attacked, IF it was an XYZ, otherwise you just
hopefully negated an attack. It's not absolute
garbage, but it's close.
Art: Looks just like the original 4/5
Number 39: Utopia Roots
2 Level 1 monsters
When any player's monster declares an attack: You
can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; negate the
attack, and if you negated an Xyz Monster's attack,
this card gains ATK equal to that monster's Rank x
Next we have yet another Utopia Variant, Number
39: Utopia Roots, used by Yuma and later Astral in
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZeXal. Statwise it is a LIGHT/Warrior like
all Utopia monsters with 500 ATK and 100 DEF which
is standard for a Rank 1. It does require 2 level 1
monsters but it is generic which is always a plus.
Effectwise it has the same effect as the regular
Utopia in that it negates an attack by detaching 1
material. However instead of the bad self-destruct
effect of the regular Utopia, it has a way better
effect, if the monster whose attack you negated was
a Xyz monster this card gains ATK equal to the Rank
of that Xyz monster x500. So if it stops a Rank 4 it
will have the same ATK as the regular Utopia and it
won’t blow up if it has no material. Of course the
opponent isn’t going to attack this with any Xyz
monster unless they aren’t paying attention but this
card doesn’t have to be the attack target.
Overall a pretty good card, if you play a lot of
level 1 monster then this is a must.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Today we get to look at Utopia as he may have
looked as a child: Utopia Roots. This Light,
Warrior, Rank 1 monster has 500ATK/100DEF. “When any
player's monster declares an attack: You can detach
1 Xyz Material from this card; negate the attack,
and if you negated an Xyz Monster's attack, this
card gains ATK equal to that monster's Rank x 500.”
The stats aren't very good, 500ATK/100DEF aren't
going to win any one-on-one battles unless you are
attacking smaller monsters than Roots. This smaller
Utopia is all about its effect. It is the same as
Utopia, but some changes. There isn't any downside
to not having any Xyz materials attached to it
(aside from it not being able to protect itself). If
you negate an Xyz monster's attack, Roots gains ATK
equal to the rank of that monster x 500. Most of the
time if this goes off you will be boosting up
2000ATK (making it 2500ATK, like regular Utopia).
You can negate your own Xyz monsters attacks as
well, allowing you to self-pump up Roots for an
attack that turn (and the gain in ATK is permanent
so go nuts).
Low attack and lower defense make it vulnerable
when it runs out of materials attached to it (unless
it has absorbed a good amount of attack from
negating Xyz monster attacks). If Roots stops two
attacks from non-Xyz monster then he is ripe for
destruction. Though many decks play a few level 1
monsters, not all decks play them, and to get the
most use out of Utopia Roots you will need to play a
good number of them. Utopia Roots can be handy, and
can get big really quick in the right situation, but
unless you have a reliable way of bringing him out,
he isn't worth the Extra Deck space.
Until Next Time
King of Lullaby
Number 39: Utopia Roots
Baby Utopia! For 2 LV1
monsters (not such a steep cost), you can negate 2
attacks. If your opponent happens to have no other
cards in his/her deck but XYZ's to take on a 500 ATK
monster, this card will get a nice attack boost. If
it isn't already destroyed by a card effect. If
it's even worth using a card effect on.
There's not too many great LV1
XYZ's out there, and this could work for some decent
stall. Still, you would run this as a contingency
in some odd situation more than you would actively
hope to use this.
Traditional: 1.0 (Horrible)
Advanced: 2.0 (Mediocre)
Today's card is much less interesting than
yesterday's. Utopia Roots isn't a good card. Rank 1
just isn't good.
"When any player's monster declares an attack:
You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; negate
the attack, and if you negated an Xyz Monster's
attack, this card gains ATK equal to that monster's
Rank x 500."
Its effect isn't good either. It's a worse
Utopia, who is easier to make as most cards are
level 4. Don't run Roots unless you're making a
gimmicky fun Zezzle deck.
Number 39: Utopia Roots joins Ghostrick Dullahan
and Slacker Magician in the Rank 1 Xyz stable. While
Dullahan provides offense, Utopia Roots and Slacker
fill the defensive role. The two cards both handle
defense in different ways, so which one is superior
is largely based on the what your opponent has.
Utopia Roots is easily at its best when your
opponent controls an Xyz monster. Generally, your
opponent won't attack at all with their Xyz monster
because doing so would simply make Utopia Roots
stronger than your opponent's monster. Utopia Roots'
increased attack is generally higher than the attack
for the corresponding rank. And this is ignoring
that your opponent would have to be able to attack
over Utopia Roots 3 times. As such, attacking with
an Xyz monster is highly impractical.
While Utopia Roots takes 3 attacks to kill versus
Slacker Magician only taking 2, Utopia Roots does
lack protection against everything besides battle.
Slacker at least has protection against targeting
effects. Slacker can also survive longer than Utopia
Roots if your opponent can only attack once per
It is worth noting that you can negate your own
Xyz monster's attack to boost up Utopia Roots'
attack. This can make his attack pretty high with
the higher ranks, but most decks can't make Rank 1
as well as Rank 5+.
So overall, Utopia Roots isn't a game breaker,
but it's a worthy edition to the Rank 1 toolbox (if
you can consider 3 options to be a toolbox).
Rating: 3/5 (Good)