Alright kids, let’s turn up the heat with a firey trio of spirits certain to scorch the souls of spiteful summons.
Blah. What a mouthful. But that aside, our monster today is Purgatorio. So lets see the card
Purgatorio the Eidolon Beast
Lv 7 – FIRE – Fiend – 2300/2000 – Fusion
“Aliester the Eidolon Summoner” + 1 FIRE monster. This card gains 200 ATK for every card your opponent contols. This card can attack all monsters you opponent contols, once each. If this card attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict piercing battle damage.
Alright!! Our first actual attacker! And boy howdy they do not disappoint in this department. So we’ve got power creep based on field presence which (depending on the field) almost solidifies Purgatorio as a comeback kid. At 200 per card you have a max potential for +2600 (5 monsters, 5 spells traps, 1 field, 2 pendulums) for 4900 total attack! Fire isn’t a difficult attribute to find and there’s always the Book of the Law! (am I the only person excited about that new card?)
Either way, he’s a card that gets more dangerous as your opponent is doing better. Then there’s the multi-attacking aspect of this which immediately reminded me of Ultimate Tyranno. However Tyranno has a potential flaw inherent in his effect design: he has to attack first and he has to attack everything. I call this a potential flaw because you may not want to lead with him. There may also be something bigger that you don’t want to ram into – or something like Neo Spacian Grand Mole who you definitely don’t want to ram into. Purgatorio has neither of those limitations.
What he does have is piercing. There’s nothing better than playing majespectres on the ropes or ghostricks when they’ve spent their effects. With their painfully low numbers, you practically feed them to this monster. Piercing is an effect that you never want to spend cards on (like equips or continuous spells) to gain as an effect but to have it built into a monster that can use it is great. Especially if you run that Ojama Trio trap that throws Defense Position tokens onto the opponent’s side of the field. That is a sack play, right there.
Purgatorio is a definite staple for your Eidolon Beasts and just a solid card overall. I like him and have found him very useful in changing the momentum of the battle. There are a lot of explosive combos out there (for me the terrortop engine comes to mind) and while Eidolons are a little slower (going spell-monster-spell-fusion) you are definitely getting a great return. And unlike other engines as we discussed: Eidolons are highly economical in terms of resources. You want the field up anyway and the fusion spell goes back into the deck while returning Aliester to the hand. So that leaves the other material (which can be your opponent’s). I really can’t stress this enough – so good.
Well guys and gals – I need to start working on the next installment, you’ll want to strap in because it’s going to be a little rocky. And remember what grandma always says:
You can’t go play until you finish all your Spinnach!