Hey Duelist, I'm Shuriken6, A typical card reviewer. Normally i only do Duel Master Card reviews (two of which recieved Review of the week ) but i decided to do a Yu-Gi-Oh review. Why? Because I love to write. hence i figured that if i was gonna do a Card review, it was gonna be on an XYZ Monster. and Who's better than The Aspiring Emperor, Hope? (Well in this case it's Utopia but whatever.) Anyway, Number 39: Utopia first appears in the Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal Anime, as the new Type of Monster for the new anime series: XYZ; Monsters that are summoned by "Overlaying" two monsters that match the "Rank", not level of the XYZ Monster. TCG-Wise, he makes his first appearance in the Dawn of the XYZ Starter Deck (Shown Below)
(Fun Fact #1: In Duel Masters, XYZ Monsters can be compared to Vortex Evolution Creatures, which are creatures that are summoned similarly by overlaying two creatures of the specified Race/Type.)
Just to let you know i'm gonna be leaving some of those fun facts from time to time, but not to say DM's better (Both card games are fun in their own rights), but to just show how i personally see it. This actually helped me to understand the XYZ monsters better.
Moving on, the XYZ Monsters don't have a Level, but a Rank, something totally and completely different. So Spells like:
Level limit Area B,
and pain in the butt Traps like
(these are really old cards i know XP) are ineffective. This also means that Synchro and Ritual Summoning's out of the question as well. Basically any card effect that involves the level of a creature.
OK then let's move on to it's Meteorburn- I mean "Detaching" mechanic in the next section
(Fun Fact #2: In Duel Masters, some Evolution creatures have the ability known as Meteorburn, which when certain conditions are met, you slide the base card from under the creature, activating it's Meteorburn effect. XYZ Monsters Detach material monsters from under them, to use their effects)
K That was Fun Fact #2; Utopia is a Rank 4 XYZ Monster that requires 2 Level four monsters in order to be summoned. Doesn't matter the type or attribute, they just need to have 4 stars at the time of the XYZ Summoning. And what you get is a 2500ATK/2000DEF XYZ Monster that can negate up to two attacks by Detaching one of it's bases. The downside of doing that is that if it's targeted by an attack, and you don't have any base monsters under it, then He'll turn to space dust easily. So everything in moderation.
4's the Magic Number
In order to summon XYZ guys, you need 2 LV4 monsters, which is not hard to summon at all, due to the obvious fact that LV4 and under Monsters don't need a tribute. (Where as LV5 and 6 needs 1 tribute, while 7 and up need 2). So if you planning on making a deck focused on summoning Utopia, then it maybe a good idea to have quite a few LV4 monsters that can hold their ground. That way they can do damage on their own, and they can last longer to get Utopia on the field.
K so seeing as i don't have a lot of experience on the Yu-Gi-Oh TCG, for this section im just gonna point out the XYZ Support that the Yu-Gi-Oh wiki is helping me with.
XYZ Effect is a useful Trap card allowing you to kill off a card on the field when you summon an XYZ Creature. Simple and straight foward card that could get rid of your opponent's powerhouse creatures or irritating continous spells and traps
XYZ Veil is a Continous Trap that makes your XYZ immune to Card effects as long as they have Material Monsters. This can somewhat backfire if one of your cards affects it in a good way because this applies to all players while it's active. This includes your opponent's XYZ monsters too.
Card dedicated to Utopia himself, Utopian Aura removes a Material Monster to make your XYZ immune to card effects.
There are a few others, but this is a basic idea on the Specially made XYZ support.
Galaxy Eyes Photon Dragon is a Monster that can remove a monster during the battle phase. If he removes an XYZ monster, it gains 500 ATK for each Material Monster attached onto it. So if you remove Utopia during the battle phase, Photon Dragon can be boosted by 500-1000 minimum from Utopia's Material Monsters, dealing 3500-4000 points of damage.
This guy's here to remind you that Synchro's are still deadly. Once per turn, by sending up tp 3 cards you have to the grave, Dragunity Knight-Trident can search and take out any cards in your opponent's extra deck. So if you have some useless spell/trap cards in your hand, that you're pretty sure are just gonna sit there for a while, set them, and send them to the grave to look into the Extra deck. For each card you can burn up, you choose and send an equal amount to the opponent's grave. So if there's one Utopia, then one of your cards can make it like it never existed. (For the time being anyway).
What I Like about him
XYZ monsters are probably the easiest of all the unique Monster types. Fusions require special Archtypes or a Polymerization-type spell, Ritual Monsters require the group of creatures with the total cost and a specific Ritual-type Spell, Synchro monsters need a Tuner-type and a non-tuner whose's levels match the desired Synchro, but XYZ just needs two monsters who's level match. very simple and straight forward. and LV4's are so basic that getting the necessary summons are too easy.
3 strikes and your out
You have two attempts to protect Utopia. after two times your out of bases. and one more attack will kill him off. Kuriboh can "tap" it and it'll turn to dust. So try to keep that in mind.
There are plenty of them, but i'm only gonna put:
Yu-Gi-Oh Starter Deck 2011 English #41
Duelist Pack 12: Yuma Tsukumo (Japanese) #12
Not an official card but i decided to add it for detail; what the card looked like before Yuma could read it in the anime (Written in Astral's Language)
Glimmer of Hope
Utopia has the appearance of a knight-like Emperor, with the red/pink 39 tattoed on his left shoulder, showing that he's 39 out of the 99 missing memories of Astral. he appears to be some kind of Space King, and seeing him do damage in the anime fully supports that.
Well unlike his Rank of 4, i'm giving him a 9. Easy summoning and his ability to negate attacks imposed on himself, but the downside is that after that he can fall quite easily by the tiniest of creatures. So thanks you guys for taking the time to read my first Yu-Gi-Oh review and i hope you guys enjoyed