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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh! Card of the Day
Daily Since 2002!
When this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You
can activate 1 of these effects. ● You can destroy
Spell/Trap Cards on the field, up to the number of
"HERO" monsters you control, except this card. ● Add
1 "HERO" monster from your Deck to your hand.
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 is Horrible.
3 is Average.
5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed: August 28, 2017
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Hello Pojo Fans,
The man who is forever banned: E-HERO Stratos. Maybe
next ban list? Probably not.
Elemental HERO Stratos has been banned for a very
long time. In that time we've seen cards get
errata'd and brought back, stronger cards get banned
and come back, and cards that are like Stratos come
back, but never Stratos.
Good ATK, searchable with E-HERO support and RoTA,
Stratos may still be banned because his effects
aren't limited to once per turn, and they can happen
whenever he is summoned. A free E-HERO, D-HERO, OR
Evil HERO search of any level or S/T destruction
equal to HERO monsters on the field (minus Stratos)
are pretty good effects to have. There are ways to
get both effects off in the same turn and it isn't
hard to do this. Regardless, HEROS aren't being
played in the top tier, and putting Stratos at 1
wouldn't make a gigantic splash in the meta. He's
WIND so it doesn't gel with Allure or Chaos support.
He has weak DEF, almost anything can run over 200
DEF. Sure, you could A Hero Lives Stratos, get the
search, Special Summon something from the Extra
Deck, then Special Summon Stratos back to get
another search or S/T destruction if you have
another HERO out, but you are still comitting cards.
If they would errata Stratos to be “once per turn” I
think not only would he be off the list, but he'd be
either semi or unlimited.
Stratos has always been a great card. The more you
commit to him, the better he can be, but I don't
think he's game-changing or devastating to your
opponent. He's just a good card.
Until Next Time
I had the honor of picking the cards this week
and I picked some banned cards for a little fun. To
kick the week off, I decided to pick the running
joke of the Forbidden and Limited List, Elemental
Stratos gets his effect when Normal or Special
Summoned and has two different effects you can
1. You can destroy Spells/Traps up to the number of
HERO monsters you control, excluding the Stratos you
2. You can add a HERO from your deck to your hand.
For the first effect, having an ability to destroy
any opposing disruption plays is handy for the HERO
deck, they also have R - Righteous Justice for this,
but Stratos is just better cause of the second
effect you can use.
Every deck now a days gets a searcher, but Stratos
was one of the first to do something like this. This
allowed to extent plays for a Destiny HERO engine
back in the day along with Destiny Draw, it helped
with Fusion HEROes later on with all the Attribute
Specific Fusions, and it would be nice to have a
good Wind HERO for the Wind Masked HEROes since
everyone loves Dark Law Turbo already.
If you play against a HERO deck when Stratos is
legal, you will likely see Stratos pop up a few
times in the game, especially since it can be
searched off Reinforcements of the Army and E -
Emergency Call. Stratos is just that good for the
HERO deck, which is why Konami might of wanted to
ban it, but it didn't really need a ban to be
honest, especially considering this card was banned
at the time Spellbooks and Dragon Rulers were
dominating the meta and the only deck that could
really compete was Evilswarm due to their great
matchup against Dragon Rules. Yeah, Stratos can come
back, especially considering OCG has 2 of them, but
I won't complain too much personally if it didn't.
Advanced Rating: 4.5/5
Elemental HERO Stratos
Starting off a week of banned cards is Elemental
HERO Stratos, a level 4 Wind Warrior with 1800
attack and 300 defence. Stratos is also the one of
the requested cards to return from the ban list.
Stratos comes with a pair of effects, but only one
of them can be activated when he's normal or special
summoned. The first of the two lets him act as
spell/trap destruction, allowing you to destroy a
number of spells upto the amount of other HERO
monsters you control. This is a great effect as you
decide what's destroyed at resolution and it doesn't
Stratos' second effect lets you add any HERO monster
from your deck to your hand. And again, it's a
really good effect, allowing you to search out
whatever HERO you need for the situation.
Stratos is just a really good monster for a now
under-used archetype. HEROs in recent years have
been relegated to being a small engine with only
Shadow Mist and Bubbleman seeing the light of day.
Stratos is solid support for HEROs, and does a worse
job than more recent searcher monsters for more
Advanced 5/5 Even coming back at 1 will revitalise
HERO decks, giving them a new lease on life.
I picked a good time to come back, as we look at
some Banned cards this week. So in addition to
reviewing the card, it seems necessary, to at least
throw out an opinion as to whether the card in
question should/could be welcome back.
Elemental Hero Stratos kicks off the week.
Stratos is serious power for the Hero player.
See, back when Stratos came out, they didn't have
half the support they did now. He would
obviously be in the builds of about all, I would
think, he's just that good. He's a great
attacker as well (at 1800). He gets to
activate his effect (of your choosing) when Normal
OR Special Summoned. Sometimes, a card is just
too good. He can stay Banned
4/5 (if legal)
The longstanding ban on this
card a prime example of tradition based thinking
instead of nonbiased thinking. For its time,
it was am archetypal +1 (well ahead of the rest) but
today its only 1 of dozens. The DHERO engine
was somewhat of a problem perhaps but it did get
hitm. Without Disk, Stratos isnt very broken.
At this point Konami should just never unban it to
affirm its meme status.