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Madolche Pudding Chocolate a la Mode
- #CROS-EN051

2 Level 5 EARTH monsters You can also Xyz Summon this card by using a Rank 4 or lower "Madolche" Xyz Monster you control as the Xyz Material. (Xyz Materials attached to that monster also become Xyz Materials on this card.) Once per turn: You can target 1 "Madolche" card in your Graveyard; shuffle it into the Deck. While this card has "Madolche Puddingcess" as Xyz Material, when a "Madolche" card(s) in your Graveyard is shuffled into the Main Deck (except during the Damage Step): You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; Special Summon 1 "Madolche" monster from your Deck in Attack Position or face-down Defense Position.

Card Ratings
Advanced: 2.88

Date Reviewed:
May 21, 2015

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What you basically do with this card is place it atop an already activated Tiaramisu to get a 2500 (instead of 2200) ATK monster on the board.  And you can return a Madolche card from your graveyard to your deck to help trigger some effects that require a graveyard clear of monsters.  All in all, not much, but aside from requiring an Extra Deck slot, it's practically free to summon in this way.  It's hard to say not to a free extra 300 ATK.  Maybe if Madolche gets more XYZ's, this card will be able to do more, but otherwise not much else.
The second half of this card basically some kind of reward for Madolche players who use the oft neglected card Puddingcess.  If you do get Puddingcess and another LV5 monster you can get a free summon from your deck, but honestly, it's probably not worth the effort.  Puddingcess, being a LV5 and harder to summon, just isn't good.  And Chocolat-a-la-mode isn't doing much to change that.
Marginal support for an already strong deck.  Madolche players (and pedo's) should pick 1 copy of it up just in case.



Shifting to XYZ we come to Madolche Puddingcess Chocolat-a-la-Mode.  Her name is literally a mouthful.  So we have a Rank 5, Earth attributed, Fairy, XYZ Summoned with two Level 5 Earth Monsters, with 2500 attack and 2200 defense.  2500 attack isn't at all bad, but she is low for a Rank 5.  First, you can XYZ Summon this card using a Rank 4 or lower Madoloche as an XYZ Material, and any XYZ Material that card has becomes Material for this card, which is good.  Once a turn you can target a Madloche card in your Graveyard and shuffle it back into the Deck.  If this card has Madloche Princess as XYZ Material (as it could/should, as this card doesn't really belong outside of the Madloche Deck) when a Madloche card is shuffled into the Main Deck (save the Damage Step) you can detach an XYZ Material from this card to Special Summon a Madloche Monster from your Deck in attack position or face-down defense position.  She's great for the Deck.  Recycles, can Special Summon, and the attack while low, as mentioned, is still 2500.

Rating:  3.25/5
Art:  5/5

"Mean and Evil"

It was about a year ago, during the very first round of the European champonships for Yu-Gi-Oh!, and thing weren't going well already: I was up against a French "Dragon Ruler" player that just seemed to be drawing better than I was, and only minutes after we started game three, time was called. Again I was looking at a hand filled with "Madolche" monsters, despite my calculated odds of such a hand happening over and over again. As I wondered why in a time as crucial as this the Random Number God had forsaken me - surely I had seen bad hands before, but in tournament I was until now always given what I needed to win - I drew the one card that could rekindle my hope, Madolchepalooza. I set the trap that I entrusted my tournament career to, as well as a Madolche Messengelato, to spare my life points from the onslaught of my opponent's powerful beaters.
My despair did not escape my opponent's attention, and he decided to symbolically seal the game by ending his turn with a field of Divine Dragon Knight Felgrand, and Leo, Keeper of the Sacred Tree. I didn't take enough damage to lose then and there, but as I entered the last turn of this match, I knew there was no way I could respond to this field in time: my opponent had all his life points, and the highest ATK I could reach was the 2700 ATK of Madolche Queen Tiaramisu boosted by Madolche Chateau. All my opponent had to do was make his Divine Dragon Knight Felgrand unaffected by card effects for the turn, and he would win the game as his life points were higher as I ended.
It would seem however, that my opponent was not as familiar with my deck, and although I knew I should lose this game, my opponent was still waiting for a possible counterattack. I had no choice but to go for the biggest possible bluff: with a serious look in my eyes, I normal summoned Madolche Mewfeuille, and attempted to activate its effect. This was not a move my opponent was happy to see, as he had been one-shot before by the combo started by the pink kitten: he activated the effect of Divine Dragon Knight Felgrand, and targeted not the knight itself, not Leo, Keeper of the Sacred Tree, but Madolche Mewfeuille.
With the effect of Divine Dragon Knight Felgrand used on a monster of my own, all I had to do was empty my opponent's field with Madolche Queen Tiaramisu, and attack for enough damage to bring my opponent's life points to a number lower than my own. I activated Madolchepalooza, threw as many cards as I could on the table, and the como that ensued was enough to bring my opponent's life points down all the way to 0 - a stunning victory, in a game I had no business winning, and this was only the beginning: what more epicness would this day bring me?
Or a better question: how is this story relevant again to today's card, Madolche Puddingcess Chocolat-a-la-Mode? Well, let us forget about Leo, Keeper of the Sacred Tree for a moment, and imagine a field of Divine Dragon Knight Felgrand. Previously, a "Madolche" deck, even with access to their entire deck, was unable to out the knight in a single turn, like I had to in this case - 2800 ATK was not something the deck could go over if all else failed.
But times have changed, and Crossed Sould has brought us Madolche Puddingcess Chocolat-a-la-Mode! Her 2500 ATK puts her a tier above the 2200 ATK Madolche Queen Tiaramisu, and allows the deck to overcome obstacles it previously couldn't - and this is only considering her beautiful ATK stat! Just wait until I get to her effect!
That's what I want to say, but those that have read Madolche Puddingcess Chocolat-a-la-Mode's effect will realize that she will in practice never be more than a "Madolche" beatstick, as fulfilling her strict conditions is impractical to say the least. First of all, Madolche Puddingcess Chocolat-a-la-Mode can be XYZ summoned by using Madolche Queen Tiaramisu as the XYZ material for a cute 300 boost in possible damage dealt, and secondly she allows us to return a "Madolche" card from the graveyard to the deck, so about that thing that Madolche Queen Tiaramisu does better.
And that's it! Madolche Puddingcess Chocolat-a-la-Mode has a third effect, but its restrictions make it so that it will never be used outside a for-fun environment, as Madolche Puddingcess Chocolat-a-la-Mode needs to have Madolche Puddingcess attached to her as an XYZ material to activate it. Yes, special summoning a Madolche monster from the deck, possibly multiple times per turn even, is nothing to scoff at, but it does not justify having to summon Madolche Puddingcess Chocolat-a-la-Mode the traditional way (using two level 5 monsters), in a deck that has to go out of its way to do so. Explain to me again why I wouldn't just bring out Number 61: Volcasaurus?
And so, if you ask me, the only way Madolche Puddingcess Chocolat-a-la-Mode is worth using is when she is placed on top of Madolche Queen Tiaramisu, and the only way to have Madolche Puddingcess Chocolat-a-la-Mode do anything other than inflict 300 more damage in battle when summoned this way, we'll have to use Madolche Puddingcess as an XYZ material not for Madolche Puddingcess Chocolat-a-la-Mode, but for Madolche Queen Tiaramisu in the first place. For now Mischief of the Gnomes seems like the least resource-unfriendly way to do this, but it's still far from reliable, or worth playing if I may be so blunt. I'm sorry, but I don't think there's a way to unlock Madolche Puddingcess Chocolat-a-la-Mode's full potential using the currently available card pool.
So is Madolche Puddingcess Chocolat-a-la-Mode all bad? I guess I'll play a copy for when the extra damage comes in handy then... Well, there's still some hope left: careful analysis of Madolche Puddingcess Chocolat-a-la-Mode's card text, reveals that she may be considered an oddity in a way... Why doesn't Madolche Puddingcess Chocolat-a-la-Mode read "You can also XYZ summon this card by using a "Madolche Queen Tiaramisu" you control as the XYZ material"? Why does she mention a "rank 4 or lower "Madolche" XYZ monster" specifically? Is this so that we can XYZ summon Madolche Puddingcess Chocolat-a-la-Mode using a copy of herself if she were somehow to lose a rank due to a card effect, or could this mean that another rank 4 or lower "Madolche" XYZ monster may be on its way? Who knows...
Traditional: if I were to write that Madolche Puddingcess Chocolat-a-la-Mode is broken in this format, would people believe me? No one plays it to prove me wrong after all... "Madolche" are not worth running here I'm afraid, as their power play (Madolche Queen Tiaramisu) is reactively inclined, and the boards one creates in the Traditional format do not allow a response. 1/5
Advanced: I honestly don't know how to this card is anything else but a sign that our beloved Konami stopped caring for "Madolche" after all. Madolche Hootcake and Madolche Anjelly were to good to be true, making the disappointment that is Madolche Puddingcess Chocolat-a-la-Mode all the greater. Still the deck can run a copy in the extra deck if it finds the space, so I can't give this card the lowest possible score unfortunately... 2/5
Art: Here comes Honey Boo Boo/5

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