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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day

Gravekeper's Descendant
#ABPF-EN028 

You can Tribute 1 face-up "Gravekeeper's" monster you control, except this card, to destroy 1 card your opponent controls.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.80
Advanced: 3.75 

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.
3 is average.
5 is the highest rating.


Date Reviewed - 03.12.10

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General Zorpa

Gravekeper's Descendant

This is another of the new Gravekeeper cards that came out in ABPF, and it is probably the strongest. It has 1500 ATK and 1200 DEF and is a level 4 DARK Spellcaster. Tehse stats are great, working with Necrovalley, Allure, Magicians Circle and of course Gravekeeper's Spy.

The effect is that you can Tribute a GRavekeeper monster in order to destroy a monster that your opponent controls. As Spy gets the card out for free, the deck actually can get free removal out of it, since the weakness of hte deck was it's lack of an innate ability to destroy monsters for good.

I find that a pair of these cards works very well, as sometimes you need a Spear Soldier more, and Assailant is vetter in almost every single way. Basically you will play at least one in the Gravekeeper deck, a pair if you test it out and 3 if you want to go a little overboard.

Traditional-1/5
Advanced-3.5/5


Freeza

Gravekeeper's Descendant ...

This isn't a bad card, by any means. It's got nice round searchable stats with 1500 ATK, plus its 4 stars, Dark, and Spellcaster. all great things. It's part of the Gravekeeper Family which means good things too. Namely, it has a bunch of support. It's really kinda simple. He can tribute other Gravekeepers to destroy stuff your opponent controls without limit. Spell, Trap, Monster - face up or down, whatever. Almost like a Snipe Hunter. The thing with the Gravekeepers now is that they almost have TOO many to choose from ... I guess that's not usually a BAD thing, but it makes it harder to justify need for inclusion in the deck. The Descendant is not necessarily "needed" ... the deck can perform fine without him. But I still think he would make a nice addition for it, if u felt so inclined to give him a try. U won't regret it, but u should probably only just play 1 of him.

Traditional: 3/5
Advanced: 3/5

- FREEZA


N o V a

And we finish off the week with another Gravekeeper monster, and folks im tired its nearly 2 AM so I apologize but im gonna try and keep this last review short. Its a 1500 attacker, and as I stated with Visionary it can be summoned easy by both Magician's Circle and Magical Dimension. You can also summon it via Gravekeeper's Spy. With Necrovalley out Descendant is a 2000 attacker, just like Spear Soldier and Assailant. Making 3 decent targets for Deck Devastation Virus if you would like to run Deck Devastation in your Gravekeeper deck. As many times a turn as you want you can tribute a Gravekeeper monster from your field to destroy a card on the field, but you cannot tribute Descendant for its own effect. Between Gravekeeper's Chief and Rite of Spirit, you can destroy multiple cards easily in a single turn. Descendant is definately a huge must for any Gravekeeper's deck, the Hand of the Six Samurai for Gravekeeper's quite literally.

Traditional: 5/5
Advanced: 5/5

Greg Gravekeeper's Descendant:
 
     This is the kind of stuff Gravekeeper's needed.  One of the best combos they can pull off now is Spy into Descendant.  This combo gives them incredible power, as it forces your opponent to either waste resources getting rid of Descendant before you get to use his effect, or allow you to destroy one of their cards essentially for free.  With Gravekeeper's Stele thrown in, the fun can continue as long as you can keep Gravekeeper's on the field.  Will this make Gravekeepers tier one?  Probably not, but it does get them a little closer.
 
Traditional:  2.0  (toooo slow for this format)
Advanced:  3.0   (only because of the existence of Spy)

Otaku

Foolish fools! There are no women in Yu-Gi-Oh! There are only extremely girly men! And I am the most girly of them all!

            -Marik Ishtar, Marik’s Evil Council of Doom (Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series)

 

Name: Gravekeeper’s Descendant

Attribute: Dark

Level: 4

Type: Spellcaster/Effect

ATK: 1500

DEF: 1200

Text: You can Tribute 1 face-up “Gravekeeper’s” monster you control, except this card, to destroy 1 card your opponent controls.

 

If you haven’t seen this card’s artwork, we see a suspiciously familiar looking blonde Gravekeeper.  Gravekeeper’s Descendant thankfully falls into the classical Gravekeeper mold.  He is Dark, opening up a wide world of support.  He is a Level 4 Monster, so he’s easy to drop into play.  He is a Spellcaster, adding some decent tricks to get him into play.  He has 1500 ATK, which means just about every major search card tied into his stats works: Sangan, Mystic Tomato, Gravekeeper’s Spy, Magician’s Circle, etc.  The 1200 DEF is passable: at least it takes something more than a Krebon to take him out in battle.  You can boost his stats with Necrovalley and/or Gravekeeper’s Priestess, which easily ups him into beatstick territory.

 

Gravekeeper’s Descendant has a simple but useful effect: sacrifice another Gravekeeper monster to destroy 1 card your opponent controls.  Obviously the major restriction is what you have to sacrifice: no pulling an Exiled Force and sacrificing itself, or using Scapegoat the turn before so you can trade it for four of your opponent’s cards.  It is hardly a problem, but you should note that you can’t destroy something you control.  Pretty rare that you’d want to do that, but it does happen.

 

Gravekeeper’s decks had a minor amount of monster removal in the past from Gravekeeper’s Guard, but it was only bounce.  Now they have actual destruction and can hit the backfield.  Spent copies of Gravekeeper’s Spy and Gravekeeper’s Guard are more useful than ever now.  The notorious Gravekeeper capacity for swarming can now be used to clear the field

 

As you can tell I like this card.  I’ve always been fond of Gravekeeper’s decks, and have experimented with them, including the less seen burn variant.  Here this card makes it easier to maintain control, and creates a good partner for Gravekeeper’s Cannonholder:  Use Inferno Reckless Summon on a Special Summoned Gravekeeper’s Curse in triplicate.  Normally, you’d then launch all of them with Cannonholder for a total of 3600 points of burn damage.  Now you can alternatively settle for 1500 points of burn, then at worst kill off the two monsters your opponent got off of Inferno Reckless Summon and the original.  If your opponent didn’t get any Monsters out of Inferno Reckless Summon, you can generate a lot of advantage.

 

Ratings

 

Traditional: 3/5 – Thanks to Necrovalley being anti-meta and yesterday’s card being so hard to kill, Gravekeeper’s Descendant has a home in Traditional.

 

Advanced: 4/5 – Clearly a rating for use in Gravekeeper’s decks, where you should have at least one copy in your main deck, probably two so you have a back-up.  Three is overkill, though mostly because you need room for other great Gravekeeper’s monsters and support.

 

Summary

 

Marik… I mean Gravekeeper’s Descendant is a great card for any Gravekeeper’s deck: beatdown, control, burn, or any combination will still value the ability to destroy opposing Monsters, Spells, and Traps.  With Necrovalley to boost his stats and deny your opponent access to most Graveyard effects, he’ll even be able to whack them upside the head for good measure.


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