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Death Seeker, Thanatos

- #BT06/014EN (RR)

Date Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2014

text: See Below

Rating: 1.83

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Go Rogue,
Go Pro

What's up, you guys?! It's Tuesday in what I'M calling, "Theoretical Week"...I think that's probably the best way to describe "good on paper but doesn't hold up compared to others". XD Anyway, here's the next card to look at...

Death Seeker, Thanatos
Power: 10000
Grade 3
Clan: Granblue
Race: Noble
[AUTO](RC):[Counter Blast (1) & Retire this unit] When this unit's attack hits a vanguard, if you have a «Granblue» vanguard, you may pay the cost. If you do, choose a «Granblue» other than a card named "Death Seeker, Thanatos" from your drop zone, and call it to (RC).

...as a zombie pirate lover myself, I see Thanatos as one of those cards where it needs to be themed around itself kind of like Basskirk. However, at the moment, Thanatos doesn't have the correct support until Barbaros comes out (YES that name was originally from Yugioh, but whatever), and that's when Thanatos can really be an interesting addition as a fun deck, but enough about the card itself; let's give it the ol' thorough examination...

Thanatos has a mediocre 10,000 power, which makes it so that it can be bullied pretty badly from Break Rides and Crossrides (aka every other deck in a tournament level), and a very interesting effect. When Thanatos, as a rear-guard, hits the opponent's Vanguard, you can Counterblast 1 and force the sickle to Thanatos to resurrect any unit in your Drop Zone aside from Thanatos. This makes it so that you can at least get another attack in and/or resurrect an Interceptor for the opponent's turn. However, this card is very flawed in one aspect: it can only get it's effect off by hitting the Vanguard and only as a rear-guard, so it already makes it very complex to pull off this effect seeing how rear-guards are normally the easiest attacks to block and just guard with a regular 10,000 shield. That and Thanatos' effect only really works well in a late game scenario when your Drop Zone are full of different targets to resurrect, but horrible in an early game situation when there are only a small handful of things to choose from.

In short, Thanatos is no Cocytus...and believe me, I love Cocytus.

Rating: 1.5/5 (I will probably double this score once Barbaros is released in Set 13.)
Art: 2/5 (It's a reaper...enough said)
Next Time: If Cocytus joined the circus...

Go Rogue...Go Pro!
...and DON'T be a Sackboy!!!

Death Seeker, Thanatos
Next in 'cards that need issues resolved week' is Death Seeker Thanatos. If his attack hits a Vanguard, you can Counterblast 1 and swap him with another unit in your drop zone'.
Sorry, but this card does not excite me. He may be like Nightmare Doll Alice, but he's nowhere near as effective. Why? Because Alice has tons of support that can recycle her and give her more chances, such as Midnight Bunny, Purple Trapezist, Sarah...and Thanatos just has Cocytus, if we want to talk viable options (who the hell runs Negromarl anymore?).
Also, at least Alice can be ridden over and you don't lose too much. The soul is Pale Moon's toolbox. Alice is now where she belongs. Thanatos offers nothing like this; you pretty much have to use a Deadly series card or Dancing Cutlass him away, but then you're stuck as to HOW to get him back for the onslaught.
Outside a Stand-based Granblue deck, where Thanatos can afford to fail, you just don't run him. You have better things. Even in his own build, the lack of strong boosters for Granblue plus the fact he has to hit a Vanguard, unlike Alice, means his attacks will be very easy to stop. By himself with the effects from a Stand, the opponent using an 11k Vanguard just drops 5k. Boosted, and it's 10k at the very most.
Until we get that Sarah-esque card in Booster Set 13, forget Thanatos. He's not as good as you think.


As we continue with our "cards-that-sound-good-on-paper-but-don't-hold-up-compared-to-existing-things" week, today we go under the sea, and no don’t expect to find a singing mermaid. She probably fled in terror when Death Seeker, Thanatos arrived. Thanatos is similar to Sky Diver from the Spike Brothers clan. He serves best in the rear guard where he can do horrible things and horrible things he does indeed. Or does he? Now the thing that makes him not as good as he could be is that his attack has to hit the vanguard. If you do succeed, you can send him to the afterlife (drop zone) and he’ll send someone new EXCEPT a copy of himself to the rear guard. Now do all the aforementioned make him a bad unit? I won’t say yes but it makes him insanely hard to work with. If your opponent knows what’s coming and they stop him your plans for a 4th attack fail. If you think you can make his attack hit, by all means try him. In the meantime using him won’t cost much…just your voice when you call him. He truly is a poor unfortunate soul.

2/5 Unfortunate souls want to be part of his world.


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