Well...Finally back for another review (So that people won't think I totally ignored the site or something...)
Anyway, Summon Priest is used by Tenma Yakou, the "antagonist" of manga spinoff Yu-Gi-Oh R, in the second duel against Yugi. Obviously, he use the card to get tribute for his Dreadroot...but other than that, we'll see what the card can do...
The art...well, Summon Priest, with the power to Summon thing faster than normal, obviously need to be very experience. Here he is...a very old priest, meditating, with a growing fields of aura around him.
What else?? Well...if that's not enough...I don't know what is...
Rating - 8.2/10
Summon Priest is a Dark/Spellcaster. With 800 attack strength, this means while he's weak, he can be fetch by Critter, Killer Tomato, and Magician Circle.
The stats of the card, though, is not exactly very good...with Summon Priest being...well...a very old priest, he probably lost most of his attack power and is quite fragile...800/1600 shows that. Being 4-star...well, it doesn't really matter THAT much other than he's a no-trib and he can't get under [Gravity Bind] or [Limit Area Level B] (But then...you must be VERY desperate if you need to attack with him...)
Rating - 2.9/10
Now, people would ask, why in the world I choose such a weakling...well...effect is what count.
First, this card can't be sacrifice in anyway...it may seems like a small drawback. But considering how this card is a Dark 800 ATK monster...means that it's a WASTE for this card not being able to use itself with DDVD...
Second effect basically change it to defense mode when it's summon/reverse summon. Consider that his defense strength is double of his attack strength, that help a little (Even though 1600 defense really can get nowhere...but at least you won't eat lifepoint damage just for summoning this card, nor you eat THAT much damage from Piercing effects)
One may say...what?? You review such a card with a effect of little use to no use?? Well...here comes the part of SUMMON Priest...
Once during your Main Phase, you may discard a Magic card from your hand to search your deck for a Level 4 monster and special summon it to the field. Well, tutoring is ALWAYS good, and summoning it to the field make it even greater...but first, let's take a look a the common cards this effect is used with:
1. Sacred Bird Crane: A obvious one...you gain back the advantage you lost by discarding a Magic card
2. Sage Chiron: This card actually have a quite good synergy with Summon Priest - since both involved discarding Magic card. As 99% of the time Summon Priest will be combo with [Magic Blast], Sage also can abuse [Magic Blast] to its fullest.
3. Common Beatdown monsters. What I mean by this is cards like Goblin Elite Attack Force, Giant Orc, etc. (Giant Orc being the most common due to it being a cheap bait for Deck Desturction Virus of Magic for total annilhation alongside DDVD)
4. Monster Removal card, such as Exclusivity Virus and Mercenary Troops: Self-explanatory...if one is desperate to get rid of monsters, this help.
5. MS LV4: Summon Priest can get around the "set" requirement...but...summon sickness DOES hurt
Otherwise...this card also help tutor out the "impossible to collect" monsters, such as V-W-X-Y-Z (Yes, I summon VWXYZ thanks largely to him).
Obviously, fast tutor ALWAYS come with drawback...and the most common one (and the one this card have) is giving summon sickness to those sp. summon by this card...but then...you actually THIN your deck.
Now, one may ask, using all these cards, you'll lose LOTS of card advantage for nothing. Well, that's why you ALWAYS use [Magic Blast] with [Summon Priest], it just help a LOT. Not to mention...you can actually deal 200 damages to opponent...XDDDDDDDDDDDDD
Rating - 7.6/10
Overall - 7.2/10 - I wish I could give this card higher rating. It's usable, and is very fun to play around with. But, due to its weak stats alongside its waste of cards quickly, sometimes one could lose LOTS of advantage just to use the card good. But with the INSANE power of tutoring ANY Level 4 you want, sometimes it DOES get annoying. The bad thing, though, is how this ccard is almost guarantee to die in battle (Due to one of my mistake...I say that Summon Priest can be use with DDVD, but it CAN'T...). So, while this card IS very versatile, sometimes it seems to be a waste that you spend all those cards for naught...
Hi, Ion. I'm a new member of your Yu-Gi-Oh forum and I just want to say, I enjoy reading your articles and card reviews you post on your web site for all of us to read.
I have one question regarding Summon Priest. From what I read, you say this angel can be used for Deck Destruction Virus of Death. Summon Priest says it cannot be sacrificed for any purpose, and Deck Destruction Virus of Death sacrifices a monster (to be specific, a Dark, 1000 ATK or less monster) first. Does this combo work?
If I'm reading this article the wrong way, please correct me and explain how DDVD can sacrifice Summon Priest.
pharaoh: It can't, he make a mistake there...
I think he clearly forgot about the first effect text.
Thanks for your comment and correction.
pharaohyami5000: I'm wrong...that's all I'll say...
Reason?? The deck I'm testing Summon Priest (that I actually cookie-cut off internet) in use both DDVD and DDVM, Wang-Fu, Summon Priest...not to mention I ALWAYS sac. Summon Priest to DDVD when I play on Duel CGI (It's a bug that I didn't even notice........)
So...well...I'll have to change my whole review...
EDIT: Done editing
Thanks. Also, I'm very sorry about damaging your review like that. This card would have been a great choice for Deck Destruction Virus of Death (and Magical Dimension; another favorable card to use for this) if it wasn't a stubborn card for not being able to be sacrificed for anything. Sadly, it couldn't ask itself as being removed from the field at all from bounce, destruction, or the other dimension.
At least this card can prevent itself from being sacrificed by say Cross Sacrifice for Soul Control Decks and Lava Golem Special Summon. Other than those situations, it'll sit in my Magic-User collection until I can create a Deck worthy for Summon Priest to enter.
Oh, and I mentioned Summon Priest as an angel. Sorry. I forgot she was a Magic-User. The name was what I thought she was the angel sub-type. I'll be waiting for your next review(s) Ion.
| Thanks. Also, I'm very sorry about damaging your review like that.|
Damage? WHAT do you mean? We (Me and Ion) have no problems with people reporting what we write is wrong (as long as it's nice and grammatical, of course!). I mean, no one is perfect, and certainly pointing out mistake actually help the review with people actually learning the correct info.
The thing about first effect of Summon Priest is more Konami trying to prevent sacrifice itself for Tribute Summon more than anything else...that's for sure.