After so many years of anticipation, the legal version of Slifer the Sky Dragon was finally released for the TCG. Its release marked the TCG collection of the Egyptian God Cards, with Obelisk the Tormentor and The Winged Dragon of Ra coming prior. While the Yugioh anime has portrayed The Winged Dragon of Ra to be the most powerful of the Egyptian Gods, which of the real-world cards is the strongest?
Lets start with Ra, the supposed leader of the Gods. Ra cannot be special summoned. Like the other Gods, Ra requires three monsters to be sacrificed in order to be normal summoned and its summon cannot be negated. In addition, when the Gods are summoned, card effects cannot be activated. Ra’s ability is very similar to that of his anime’s counterpart; when he’s summoned, his user can lower his life point total to 100. Then, Ra gains attack and defense points equal to the life points lost. Next, Ra can lose 1000 attack points to destroy a monster on the field. It is very good in setting up direct attacks and can easily deal a lot of hit point damage in a consistent basis.
The next monster is Slifer the Sky Dragon, the ace of Yugi Muto’s deck. Just like the anime, Slifer’s attack and defense points depend on the number of cards in the user’s hand: each card is equivalent to 1000 attack and 1000 defense. Unlike Ra, Slifer can be special summoned, however it is sent to the graveyard at the end phase of the turn it is special summoned. When a monster is special summoned to your foe’s side of the field, it loses 2000 attack points and if its attack hits 0, it is destroyed. Slifer’s ability essentially creates a lockdown for your opponent’s monsters who are level four and lower.
Obelisk the Tormentor is the humanoid of the three Gods and personally, I think he looks the most intimidating. Obelisk has 4000 attack and defense points and like Slifer, it can be special summoned, though it is sent to the graveyard at the end phase of that turn. Obelisk is basically a nuke: by tributing two monsters, Obelisk destroys all the monsters on your opponent’s side of the field. A great way decimate your opponent’s life points in one blow!
While all three monsters are incredibly powerful, the title of ‘strongest’ has to go to Slifer. What seperates Slifer from the rest is that is unique effect has no setback, whereas Obelisk’s effect needs two tributes and Ra’s decimates your life points. Plus, Slifer’s effect creates a lock in your opponent’s monsters, disabling them from playing common tuners. The only downside to Slifer compared to the other monsters is that its more susceptible to being destroyed by battle, since there is a possibility that its attack can be 0 or 1000 at certain times. Overall though, it is a very powerful monster and warrants the title of the strongest Egyptian God Card.