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card review Soul Taker: Monster removal at its best

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Soul Taker

Card text:

Destroy 1 face-up monster your opponent controls. Then, your opponent gains 1000 Life Points.

  • Number: GLAS-EN092
  • Rarity: Secret Rare
  • Card Type: Spell/Magic Card
  • Password: 81510157
Rarity:
SP = Short Print (Common);
SSP = Super Short Print (Common);
Soul Taker
Monster removal at its best

written by prosaic
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General description:
One of the overshadowed cards from Gladiator’s Assault booster pack, Soul Taker is the first of the Shueisha promos to be released and made available for international play.

Uses:
Soul Taker lets you destroy any face up opponent’s monster and that too, by giving your opponent 1000Lp. It is, however, better than removal cards like Smashing Ground or Hammer Shot in the sense that you actually get to choose which monster to destroy.
With the new synchro/tuner monsters, monster removal will become essential in all decks, so expect to meet this card more often!

Strategies and game play:
The main reason why this card is not used, besides its rarity(I’ve seen people begging to get one ), is for the life-gaining downside. While 1000Lp can cost you the game, if used wisely, Soul Taker can result in a net loss of lifepoints for your opponent or a net gain for you. For example, you can blow away his 3000Def monster then strike for game with your army of 2400 Atk monarchs, or you can destroy a monster which will inevitable attack you next turn.

Combos with other cards:
Being meant for monster removal only, Soul Taker works well on its own. His strength lies in the right timing for its use, but nevertheless it can combo with some cards.

Reficule Nurse Of Darkness and Bad Reaction to Smoochi
They will both turn the lifepoint gain to damage instead. So this card will work well in Bad Reaction decks along with Gift Card and such likes.

The agent cards
Using the Bad Reaction strategy, the agent Saturn and Mars gain unimaginable attack power.

Life Equaliser
Using a single copy of Soul Taker, you can activate Life Equaliser and turn both players’ lifepoints to 3000. Hence Soul Taker greatly helps to improve the Life Equaliser OTK(if you’ve heard of it)

Ways to counteract it:
Soul Taker is a spell card like all others, so the usual negaters will stop it, like Solemn Judgement, Dark Bribe. An interesting thing to do against a Soul Taker user would be to use Enemy Controller and tribute the targeted monster to gain control of your opponent’s monster. That way you gain 1000Lp and lose your EC but can protect yourself for the rest of the turn!!

Strengths/Pros:
-You can choose the target
-Soul taker is not limited or semi-limited


Weaknesses/Cons:
-Your opponent gains 1000Lp

Variations:
This card is only available as a secret rare(like DAD and JD) in the old Gladiator’s Assault booster pack. If you believe what others say, you only have a chance of obtaining one Soul Taker in 240 booster packs!! Tough luck eh?

Artwork and aesthetics:
The artwork is very well done, It depicts a witch-like creature reaching for the soul of another creature. Being a secret rare, it’s glittery all over, and hence even more stylish.

Overall rating:
A 9/10 for me. In my opinion, this card’s use will increase it the months to come as monster removal becomes a more important aspect of the game. Hope you all enjoyed this review!!

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Modified on December 29, 2012 03:29 am



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sl1ferm4ster Premium Member
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Subject:    Posted: August 4, 2008 12:11 am Reply with quote Report content icon

It's a good review!

Again, get rid of the no-space sentence at the end. I understand you trying to widen the review, but that sentence/word (I don't know what you'd call it) is half as long as most of the lines in that review!!
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shinigami400
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Subject: Awsome review!   Posted: August 14, 2008 03:27 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

It was very informative and now I really want a Soul Taker!
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petqwe
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Subject:    Posted: August 15, 2008 06:50 am Reply with quote Report content icon

This card is extremy good in Gadgets deck. Killing opponent's monsters are very important
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grandmaster_of6
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Subject: Soul Taker rocks, but we've been there done that already on TCO! lol ;)   Posted: August 20, 2008 04:04 am Reply with quote Report content icon

This card has already been reviewed on TCO, see: http://www.tradecardsonline.com/im/showCardReview/review_id/1950

Next time please give us a review on something new pro!
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skorm730
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Subject: hmm   Posted: August 24, 2008 01:00 am Reply with quote Report content icon

prosaic its a pretty good review please take a look at mine to
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prosaic
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Subject:    Posted: August 26, 2008 03:23 am Reply with quote Report content icon


quote from grandmaster_of6:

This card has already been reviewed on TCO, see:
*link*

Next time please give us a review on something new pro!




quote from admin:

I don't like the comment he makes insinuating that nobody can write a review about a card he has already written about, which is silly


'he' here refers to you, grandmaster_of6

If you dont have anything constructive to say, then please keep away form commenting... The review is nice as it comprises a lot of things you missed while you were dong your review as well as the strange way you put up facts..
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jazzraym
Japan

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Subject: Mc   Posted: June 24, 2011 08:27 am Reply with quote Report content icon

Soul taker is one of the basic cards to be played in anti-heal deck.
Good review
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buddhaisrebel
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Subject: Forgot one thing :)   Posted: December 14, 2012 02:32 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

Great review bro, I think you missed one very important thing (sorry if you didnt). Soul taker makes cards like E-hero the shining and Lightpulsar miss the timing, because of the boost to LP. That's the main reason i side this card. Great review otherwise though
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skittlz100 Premium Member
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Subject:    Posted: December 29, 2012 03:29 am Reply with quote Report content icon


quote from buddhaisrebel:

Great review bro, I think you missed one very important thing (sorry if you didnt). Soul taker makes cards like E-hero the shining and Lightpulsar miss the timing, because of the boost to LP. That's the main reason i side this card. Great review otherwise though


This was made in 2008, so it's to be expected. People just recently started siding and maining Soul Taker for those reasons, with the rise of HERO and Chaos Dragons due to the new Structure deck and Rescue Rabbit.
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