“Trash, scale 3. NEXT!” Said every reviewer ever. I’m going to try and actually make a case for this unloved, under-appreciated Dinomist monster. Stegosaur isn’t the best, I won’t lie about that, but he’s a little more useful than people give him credit for. Let’s take a look, shall we?
So we have his self-sacrificing scale 3 effect which is so useful in this deck. And his monster effect states that if another Dinomist monster battles a monster, after damage, pop both.
Given his, generally speaking, low stats most don’t bother trying to use this effect. In fact if you hit the Wiki article for Stegosaur all it mentions for “tips” is a list of searchers that he’s compatible with.
Now please remember 2 crucial things:
- These are pendulum monsters
- Long term gains for a short term loss
This isn’t exactly in the playbook but he’s a sneaky little trick you can pull. Not all decks are graveyard recurring. And not all monsters make it to the graveyard. Yu-Gi-Oh has many monsters that cannot be destroyed by battle. But not all of them are immune to effects.
Sometimes it’s worth it to field some weaker Dinomist monsters to crash into your opponent’s monsters to get that destruction off after the battle phase. If you have Dinomist Eruption ready to go it can be triggered Stego’s effect and now you’re getting two for one. This can be a big problem for some decks. Sometimes it’s worth tanking some life points and let Stegosaur clean house after battle. Especially if you have smaller dinos on board, if you can spare the LP, let Stegosaur do some heavy lifting and get some revenge kills.
Also if you’re running limiter removal (and why wouldn’t you?) your monsters are going to blow up anyway. Plus, as pendulums, you can bring them right back. No sweat!
And while this doesn’t speak to his personal effectiveness, he’s Lv 4. I run a very light extra deck, but he does allow for that rank 4 toolbox. You’re not going to use Pteran or Plesios for that! So he’s good for that too. And honestly I do like Eruption for the 2-1 play and have used it before to awkwardly clear board space in a pinch.
Stegosaur may not be as good as his steam-powered siblings, but he’s a part of the team. He does his best and I respect that. There’s always going to be that one card that doesn’t quite fit as well as the others, and even if he’s commonly relegated to scale-duty, that’s an important duty.
I nominate Dinomist Stegosaur for the hardhat/lunchpail award. For showing up to work each day and getting it done even when he doesn’t get a standing ovation – or so much as a pat on the back. Here’s to you, Stego!