Monday, November 21, 2011

Thunder End Dragon (PHSW-EN044)

Card:  PHSW-EN044
Card Name:  Thunder End Dragon
Attribute:  Light
Level/Rank:  8
Type:  Dragon/Xyz/Effect
ATK:  3000
DEF:  2000

Card Text:
2 Level 8 Normal Monsters
Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; destroy all other monsters on the field.

Personal Comment:
With the release of Photon Shockwave we are starting to see the first batch of truly impactful Xyz Monsters.  It is also the debut of Thunder End Dragon, the first Rank 8 Xyz beat stick.  This card is stacked with 3000 ATK and 2000 DEF which means it will be an absolute force to deal with.  The summoning of Thunder End Dragon requires 2 Level 8 Normal Monsters, which for some will be a little tough.  Just to give you an idea, it basically requires 2 Blue-Eyes White Dragon (or monsters of the sort).  Sure there are various cards to Special Summon the required 2 Normal Monsters onto the field but at worse you will have to do 2 Tribute Summons.  Just remember, any Normal Monster Level 7 or higher requires 2 tribute monsters to summon (whereas Level 5 or Level 6 only requires 1 tribute monster).  But the hard work is worth it.  Once per turn you can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card and destroy all other monsters on the field (yes, that does include your own monsters leaving only Thunder End Dragon standing).  Even when you use up both of the Xyz Material (that's one heck of a mess you're if you need to activate this effect twice) the stats alone should be formidable enough to handle whatever your opponent has left to throw at you.  Since the effect only destroys monsters on the field, Spell and Trap cards can still easily remove Thunder End Dragon from play.  So be sure to have cards in place to counter such a possible situation or all your hard work to bring this beat stick into play will be wasted.  Being the first Rank 8 Xyz, Thunder End Dragon gives you a glimpse of what's to is impressive.

***If you are still having trouble Normal Summoning a high level monster, include the card Mausoleum Of The Emperor to make it a lot easier.  You don't need to tribute but will have to sacrifice 1000 Life Points for each tribute monster that was required.

Personal Rating:
Artwork - 7/10
Power - 9/10
Easy To Play - 7/10
Collectable - 7/10
Overall Score - 7.5/10

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