Posted 31 May 2012 - 10:53 AM
@ Eric: Reptilianne Hydra, perhaps?
Although, Ananta, Hydra and Yamata no Orochi are very similar beings, all of them reptiles with endless snake heads. One was where Vishnu rested for a bit before creating the Universe, other was a Greek Monster slain by Hercules, and the final one was a Japanese demon slain by Susa no Ou. But in essence they're a very similar kind of reptile.
Since I dropped by, a review wouldn't be bad.
This card is rather similar to Megarock Dragon. In exchange for less ATK per banished monster, it gains an effect and more attractive typing. Reptile-type makes it compatible with some of the Alien support (Alien Brain being the most notable) and a target for Offering to the Snake Deity, while DARK Attribute makes it an Allure of Darkness target. Its Summoning condition lets you manipulate the Graveyard as well, so it could fuel banishing strategies if a viable one with Reptiles is ever found.
Right now, we have 4 "major" Reptile Archetypes: Venoms, Aliens, Reptiliannes and Worms. From those, only Venoms aren't really played, while Worms are the most popular. Ananta is used as a finisher in most Worm variants, since they don't really like banishing stuff from the Graveyard. Future Fusion-based and Aggro Worm builds won't mind the banishing that much, but the control-type Worm build (the most common/competitive for that matter) doesn't really like losing their Xex and Yagan.
The objective with Ananta is to be dropped after the opponent exhausted all his/her resources/negation tools, so it can end the game without opposition. As such, you won't really see it on the field early game, since it needs a base ATK of at least 2400 to survive. Early game is used more as a desperation move to blow a troublesome card, which isn't optimal but is an option.
Still, the best place for Ananta would probably be in Reptilianne Decks for the Graveyard control it offers. Paired with Reptilianne Spawn, this would let you Summon Dark Armed Dragon virtually at any time, which is rather important.
Ananta isn't really a star player in Reptile builds, but is always a welcome addition. You shouldn't run more than 2 most of the time though, else they can conflict a bit too much.
Traditional: 0/10 Can't FTK and Chimeratech Overdragon is easier to setup for OTK.
Advanced: 7/10 Not really impressive, but is a cool card.
Art: 6/10 Kind of boring. Also, would've looked better as an ultra IMHO.