Sunday, November 27, 2011

Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon (PHSW-EN011)

Card:  PHSW-EN011
Card Name:  Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon
Attribute:  Light
Level/Rank:  8
Type:  Dragon/Effect
ATK:  3000
DEF:  2500

Card Text:
You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) by Tributing 2 monsters with 2000 or more ATK.  During either player's Battle Step, when this card battles an opponent's monster: You can target the monster this card is battling; banish both it and this card, then any monster banished by this effect returns to the field at the end of the Battle Phase.  If the monster banished by this effect was and Xyz Monster, this card gains 500 ATK for each Xyz Material the Xyz Monster had when it was banished.

Personal Comment:
What do you get when you combine Blue-Eyes White Dragon with Stardust Dragon (two of the best dueling monsters available)?  You get an absolute powerhouse that's almost impossible to destroy...Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon.  With the wave of Xyz Monsters starting to join the fray, this beat stick is one of the first monster created to specifically counter these cards.

The Tribute Summoning requirement of 2 mosters with 2000 (or more) ATK is fairly easy to achieve.  The inclusion of Alexandrite Dragon and Rescue Rabbit in the release of Photon Shockwave was geared towards bringing out Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon.  However, if you can't afford Rescue Rabbit (like most of us), the ability to bring out 2 high ATK monsters is only a matter of time for most dueling decks.  But if you're still having trouble, the card Dragonic Tactics makes bringing this card onto the playing field even easier (tribute 2 Dragon Type Monsters to Special Summon 1 Level 8 Dragon Type Monster from your deck).

Once in play, Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon has the stats to back him up.  The 3000 ATK and 2500 DEF is more than enough to handle a majority of monsters in a head-to-head battle.  These are the same stats that have made Blue-Eyes White Dragon so formidable all these years.  But it's this card's effect that will win you duels.  During either player's Battle Step, when this card battles an opponent's monster, you can banish them both and have them  return to the field at the end of the Battle Phase.  So any monster with an ATK higher than 3000 won't get a chance to destroy Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon because they will never reach the Damage Step of the duel.  In addition, many Monsters with destroying effects are also negated once they are removed by Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon because they are never given the chance to activate.  In many cases, once an opponent's monster is removed, you will have a possible direct attack at their life points.

The second part of Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon's effect is aimed specifically at Xyz Monsters.  If you use his effect to remove and Xyz Monster, you gain 500 ATK for each Xyz Material that monster had when it was banished.  You have the ability to reach 3500 ATK or 4000 ATK easily.  The most important thing to know is that once an Xyz Monster is banished it loses all of it's Xyz Material.  So if you banish an Xyz Monster with 2 Xyz Material attached, Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon returns with 4000 ATK and the Xyz Monster returns with nothing but its stats to defend itself.  There isn't an Xyz Monster out there (currently) that can hold off Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon.  This isn't just game changing, it's game ending. 

Easy to summon, nearly impossible to destroy, has the ability to power up, has the ability to stop any Xyz Monster...simply a fantastic dueling monster.

Cards That Will Help With A Dragon Deck:
- Dragonic Tactics
- Lord Of D.
- The Flute Of Summoning Dragon

Personal Rating:
Artwork - 7/10
Power - 9/10
Easy To Play - 8/10
Collectable - 7/10
Overall Score - 7.75/10

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