We close the week looking at Phantom Cricket...a
card that isn't bad, but is outclassed by a card I'm
sure your familiar with, a little Monarch named
Here, when flipped, our Insect friend lets you
return one face-down monster on the Field back to
the owner's Deck. I suppose it's all right that you
could target your own monster, if you so desired,
but this thing isn't that great.
It's greatly limited, for starters. It can only be a
monster, as opposed to any card on the Field, and,
instead of being any monster, it has to be a
face-down monster. We're entering some pretty
restrictive grounds here folks.
1.5/5 all around
Well, this is an interesting card. An effect that
would be superb if the text stated "defense
position". Instead, it's facedown, something that
happens about three to seven times in an average
deck. Spirit Reaper, Crystal Seer, Sangan, and
Marshmallon are about the only things commonly set.
Now it is an Earth, so in a Gigantes based deck it
might serve useful, as Gigantes tends to have the
upper hand in ATK and may force the opponent to make
an unwise set. It is 2 Star and has 300 ATK, which
means should to decide to go offensive with a 300
ATKer, it's going to get under pretty much all the
restrictive cards. Outside of that, I don't see a
whole ton of play for this card. Especially not when
Shield Crush in around.
In Traditional, don't even touch this. I rarely say
this regarding traditional, but it really isn't
suited in a fast paced environment. The best thing
this has is Tsukuyomi, which has TER. In a deck
based around Tsuku and TER, this card could be
useful in the case that TER gets blowed up.
In Advanced, this card could be of some use, as
Crystal Seer's come in three's, with the possibility
of Spy and Dekoichi. Though it certainly is better
in Advanced, it's just not that fantastic. Chances
are this card's going to be activated during your
opponants turn, via attack. What's worse is that if
you should happen to have a facedown, and they
don't, guess who's getting topped.
Advanced: 2.5 It's actually a consideration almost
Well they were going in the right direction with
this card. He is a bug, but that means almost
nothing in the current game. He is just far too
situational for anyonr to play. Raiza and even
Mysterious Guard do the job much better.
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