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Zaphion, the Timelord
- #BLLR-EN032

Cannot be Special Summoned from the Deck. If you control no monsters, you can Normal Summon this card without Tributing. Cannot be destroyed by battle or card effects. You take no battle damage from attacks involving this card. At the end of the Battle Phase, if this card battled: Shuffle all Spells and Traps your opponent controls into the Deck. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can draw 1 card. Once per turn, during your Standby Phase: Shuffle this card into the Deck.

Card Rating
Advanced: 3.63

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
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Date Reviewed: July 7, 2017

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Zaphion, the Timelord


My first thought for Zaphion, the Timelord goes to train decks. That free level 10 normal summon has to be useful, right? Especially if you can clear room for baddies like the two Superdreadnoughts. And I love the built-in Kaiju defense. Wanna get rid of Zaphion? I get to draw. Thanks.


I gotta say, this card is impressive and could very well feature in side decks or even as tech in main decks. The fact of the matter is that this card is a perfect storm of protection and easily the best of the Timelords. Since it can wipe out opponent spells and traps without too much worry and it stays on the field for a whole opponent turn, I’d imagine this can plus quite often. While using up a normal summon is usually a big deal, let’s not forget Zaphion can be special summoned from the graveyard.


I love Timelords a lot more in the link format. Since using them in most decks was almost always about the effect and nothing more, link monsters change everything about that way of thinking. Using them for synchros and XYZ’s was nearly impossible, but link monsters? Timelords are just another monster, fellas. If you can special summon a monster somehow, you’ve got more plays at your disposal. And unlike the other Timelords, Zaphion lets you profit by drawing a card after link summoning! Good card is good. I would honestly recommend trying this monster in many different kinds of decks, especially ones that don’t normal summon a ton, such as pendulums, Dark Magician, link decks, and definitely train decks. Who knows where it might be just what the doctor ordered?


Advanced: 3.5/5

Future Potential: 4/5


Hello Pojo Fans,
Zaphion, the Timelord is a new addition to the Timelord archetype (along with others) in Light's Revenge.
Similar effects as all Timelords: Can't be Special Summoned from the deck, Normal Summon without Tribute, etc. etc. Let's get down to why Zaphion is good. If this card gets in a battle, at the end of it all, shuffle all spell/traps the opponent has back. A Giant Trunade back to the deck is a fantastic effect. If Zaphion gets sent to the grave, it replaces itself with a free draw for you. Zaphion can't be destroyed by battle or card effects so unless they have something like a Quaking Mirror Force they won't be activating anything. Even if you cycle back just their Pendulum Monsters it will prevent them from being destroyed and gaining effects. Metaion had its Trunade effect with monsters on the field and burn damage tacked on, which was good at ridding the field of Extra Deck monsters, and Zaphion covers the other half of the field. It's a nice tech card against a spell/trap heavy deck alongside Metaion against swarm decks. You can get that draw by tributing Zaphion using a host of cards based around WATER monsters, Fairy monsters, or high level monsters in general.
Until Next Time

I'll give you all a brief history lesson if you only saw the English version of Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's. If you saw the original Japanese version of 5D's and watched the ending or watching the dub version now and don't want any sort of spoliers, then you can skip this. The English Version of 5D's had Yusei, Jack, and Crow defeat Aporia and that is how it ended; however, in the Japanese version, it had a final (and very epic) duel between Jack and Yusei (which the card Clashing Souls was based off of). In between that was a duel between Yusei and Z-ONE (the real antagonist of the season, not Aporia, who actually turned good after Leo, Luna, and Jack beat him using Life Stream Dragon, which never appeared in the English version, and Aporia later dueled Z-ONE in a losing effort to make him have a change of heart) and Z-ONE used the Timelords in that duel and Yusei used Shooting Quasar Dragon in that duel only. (Fun Fact: there was a bit in this duel where we saw accomplishments of future Yusei and it mentioned his boss monster was Cosmic Blazar Dragon, who was in Duelist Saga earlier this year.) In 2011, we actually got two of those Timelords, who I cannot remember the name of. Now in 2017, we finally get 4 more of them and a card important to the Timelords. There are still 5 Timelords that are anime exclusive, but those were really broken if I remember correctly, so it will take a lot more Power Creep for them to be released. Now, back to the normal review.
We end this week off with one of the new cards in Battles of Legend: Light's Revenge. (NOTE: All the new cards in this set are from the anime and I think some from the manga) Today, we look at one of the new cards: Zaphion, the Timelord.
I'll get all the normal Timelord stuff out of the way here. If we do a Timelord week, I'll repeat all of this yada-yada stuff once at the beginning of that week. The only one that doesn't have all the typical Timelord stuff is the boss monster, but I won't talk much about him, here's the standard stuff: cannot be summoned from the deck, can be summoned without tribute if you have no monsters, you take no damage from battles involving Timelords, they cannot be destroyed by battle, they are shuffled into the deck during your Standby Phase, and they are all Level 10 monsters with 0/0 stats. As I said the boss monster doesn't have this stuff and only one of the Timelords in the anime has all of this stuff, only it has stats of either 4000/0 or 4000/4000, I forget which one. With all of the standard Timelord stuff out of the way, all of them have a unique effect, only two of them have two unique effects (this being one of them). Now, we can get to the unique effects.
If this card battled during the turn, you can shuffle all your opponent's Spell and Trap cards into the deck at the end of the Battle Phase. If you summoned a Timelord, you are battling with them 90% of the time. This effect is almost guaranteed to go through thanks to the standard Timelord stuff, unless your opponent had a Quaking, Storming, or Drowning Mirror Force. Shuffling all Spells and Traps your opponent has into the deck is really good. Heck, getting rid of them in general is really good, hence why Harpie's Feather Duster and Heavy Storm and Giant Trunade are banned in the TCG while OCG only has 1 Feather Duster. The only negative is that your opponent now has a chance to redraw those Spells and Traps, but that isn't too major. This card also has another unique effect as a Timelord, one of two to have another effect. If this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard, draw 1 card. Thankfully, this card replaces itself when a Kaiju is dropped over it or it is destroyed by battle with assist from a Skill Drain or Breakthrough Skill or Forbidden Chalice.
Sorry this review is so long, I wanted to do the history lesson because I love the Timelords and wanted to let all of you that didn't know about them in on the secrets hidden by the English version of 5D's. That and I had to mention all the standard Timelord stuff and will likely do again once if there is a Timelord week. All of the Timelords (anime exclusive and real life cards) are really good, except one, and this is one of the better Timelords that actually got printed. Overall, I'm just happy some more of the Timelords are finally printed, and I kinda hope the really broken ones from the anime are printed, but neutered to where they are still good while still keeping the idea of what they did in the anime. I loved the final episodes of 5D's, really wish they weren't Japanese exclusive, but I guess those episodes were really dark with all the death and stuff.
Advanced Rating: 4/5


Lot of 7s today. Zaphion, the Timelord is a Level 10 Water Fairy-type monster with 0 Atk and 0 Def. Those stats are terrible, and on top of that it can't be Special Summoned from the Deck. So everyone hoping to use Mother Grizzly will have to look somewhere else. The effects are great. Zaphion can't be destroyed by battle or card effects. She can also be Normal Summoned without Tribute if you control no monsters. That mitigates some of her more awful stats. Her end of Battle Phase effect is truly awesome. You get to shuffle all your opponent's Spells and Traps back into the deck if she battled. That means battled during either player's turn. If you can force your opponent to attack Zaphion, she wouldn't be destroyed and she clears all back row. If she does find herself going from the field to the grave, she let's you draw a card. The only real downside to the effect is that she gets shuffled into the deck during your Standby Phase. There are ways to get around that but if you have cleared back row then you should also be swarming and pushing for game with other monsters. 
Happy Friday!
Score: 4/5
Art: 4/5

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