Speaking of monsters that got a big-league upgrade – this freaking guy right here!! Ok I’m old enough to remember the Super Conductor Tyranno that premiered in Dinosaur’s Rage. So when I heard that it was getting the Structure Deck R treatment, I was pretty stoked, but slap me .. This guy is brutal.
Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 2 Dinosaur–Type monsters from your Graveyard. Once per turn, during either player’s Main Phase: You can destroy 1 monster you control or in your hand, and if you do, change all face-up monsters your opponent controls to face-down Defense Position. This card can attack all monsters your opponent controls, once each. At the start of the Damage Step, when this card attacks a Defense Position monster: You can inflict 1000 damage to your opponent, and if you do, send that Defense Position monster to the Graveyard.
OK. Let’s talk about it. We’ve got a Lv. 10 – LIGHT – Dinosaur effect monster who brings a hefty 3500/3200 stat distribution. Let’s stop right there. That is a heck of a lot of punch naturally speaking.
Beatsticks aren’t what they used to be – I’ve said this before. No body actually “uses” Blue-Eyes White Dragon anymore – it’s just fuel for Blue-Eyes’ boss monsters. I remember when Blue-Eyes was the boss monster. When was the last time you saw someone end game with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon?
So Konami (irrationally) loves big beaters but they’re not just giving them only big stats. Many of the new models are also being packaged with some nasty effects. I’m also a big fan of the monsters being being obvious evolutions of their original versions. So from a strictly visual standpoint – I think UCT is great – the tail, the orbs, you know what he used to be.
So the first point is his summoning condition which is absolutely laughable. With all of the possible options – this guy is really easy to get on deck. It’s honestly a great stipulation. I say that because of how easy it is to get generic monsters in the grave. And that’s it – and there’s no limitations on UCT or his abilities. Just banish any two dinos – done.
Next is his mass “Book of Moon” effect. By destroying a monster on the field or from your hand (setting up the graveyard for your next UCT) to flip all of your opponent’s monsters face-down. Now I’m a sucker for any monster that can mess around with your opponent’s monsters. And during either player’s main phase? That ain’t right, Konami.. This also sets up for a later effect.
Now similar to Ultimate Tyranno, he can attack all monsters your opponent controls. Now I’ve mentioned Ultimate Tyranno before in that his effect states that he must attack everything and must attack first – and I’ve mentioned the dangers and the ways this could backfire. UCT improves on this by saying that he “can” attack and by also dropping the eager beaver clause that makes him go first. It’s subtle tweaks but it really makes a positive difference to the nature of the monster. It also sets up for..
If this card attacks a defense position monster – burn them for 1000 – and send it to the graveyard. So he’s got one effect that puts everything in defense. An effect that allows him to attack everything. And now an effect that if he’s attacking a defense position monster – that monster is nuked and they eat 1000 LP. The 1000 burn is a throwback to the original SCT (super conductor tyranno) who could burn for 1000 but misses his battle phase. But this abomination against nature can empty the field and (potentially) burn for upto 5000 LP if he does in fact empty the field. And those monsters are sent to grave but not destroyed so a number of monsters with “when destroyed” effects don’t trigger – even scrubby stall-monsters like Spirit Reaper and Marshmallon don’t matter.
I love that any of these effects are good standalone effects – but that someone at Konami took the time to make them coherantly flow together is honestly really great especially when its for an old, forgotten dinosaur – which as an archetype alone – needs more love and attention. I’m buying my structure decks when they come out in April. I can’t wait!
Great monster, amazing artwork, well thought out design. Full marks, Konami. You really got this one right. But seriously? Japan gets “Tyranno’s Rage” and our structure deck is called “Dinosmasher’s Fury”? C’mon man..