Goblin Biker Troika Griare
Goblin Biker Troika Griare

Goblin Biker Troika Griare – #LEDE-EN044

2+ Level 3 monsters
While 3 or more Xyz Materials are attached to monsters on the field, “Goblin” monsters you control can attack directly. Once per turn, if a monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned, while this card is in the Monster Zone (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 of those monsters; detach 1 material from a monster on either field, and if you do, change the targeted monster’s battle position. Once per turn, when an opponent’s monster declares an attack: You can detach 1 material from a monster on either field, and if you do, negate that attack.

Date Reviewed:  June 24th, 2024

Rating: 2.58

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.

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King of

Hello Pojo Fans,

We are coming back to the Diabellstar storyline with another Goblin monster: Goblin Biker Troika Griare.

Generic Rank 3 that requires at least two Level 3 monsters, Troika Griare benefits from the more materials attached to it. While generic, if you have three or more materials attached it allows for “Goblin” monsters to attack directly, so it belongs in the Goblin archetype. In contrast to the original Goblins in Yu-Gi-Oh, Goblin Biker monsters are lower ATK but don’t have the negative of turning into defense and having 0DEF. While LP isn’t always the most concerning thing for a player, if you have three monsters of 1500ATK or more attacking directly, you are then halfway to losing.

Detaching materials isn’t what you want to do with this monster. You want your Goblin monsters able to attack directly. Detaching a material may allow you to change a Battle Position of a monster that gets Normal or Special Summoned, but if you only had three materials then there goes the direct attack(s). Negating an attack once per turn as well only helps if you were in real danger of losing, then this is a good effect. Now, Normal Summoning Goblindbergh, getting a Special Summon, then changing Goblindbergh back to Attack Position would be handy, but only if you plan to attack directly because Troika Griare has three or more materials. This teams up with Big Gabonga as does any effect needing to detach within the archetype because Big Gabonga can keep attaching materials to itself to replenish what you detach, thus enabling Troika Griare to keep three or more materials on itself.

Goblin Biker Troika Griare gives the low ATK Goblin Biker archetype a shot at doing damage despite the opponent having monster(s) on the field. The archetype swarms, and can use another Xyz Monster to detach off of instead of Troika Griare. With Troika Griare now there’s a potential for an OTK. You can also pile up materials on Big Gabonga and then turn it into Troika Griare with Goblin Biker Grand Pileup, but with the swarming capabilities of the archetype you should be alright.

Advanced- 3/5     Art- 3/5

Until Next Time,

Crunch$G Avatar

We finish Legacy of Destruction coverage with the tradition of looking at the current lore, so we’ll start the week with a new addition to the Goblin Bikers: Goblin Biker Troika Griare.

Troika Griare is a Rank 3 LIGHT Warrior Xyz with 1700 ATK and 0 DEF. Pretty meh stats on a Rank 3, but being a LIGHT Warrior can be nice. Materials are any 2+ Level 3 monsters, so another generic Rank 3 for Goblin Bikers. While there are 3 or more materials attached to Xyz Monsters on the field, your Goblin monsters can attack directly. Works mainly for having multiple Xyzs on the field rather than getting 3 materials on this alone, but this should add up for some decent damage with Goblin Bikers ATK mainly being above 1000 and Big Gabonga being 2200. Once per turn, if a monster(s) is Normal/Special Summoned while this card is in the Monster Zone, you can target one of those monsters and detach a material from a monster on the field to change that monster’s battle position. It’d be nice to negate the summon or at least destroy the monster, but being able to detach a material from any monster on either field to do that does sound super broken, so I get why it’s just a battle position change. It keeps you safe from battle damage at least. Finally, we get another once per turn effect when the opponent’s monster declares an attack, letting you detach a material on the field to negate said attack, so more battle protection. Troika Griare isn’t too great. It doesn’t help extend plays and it doesn’t do much to disrupt the opponent as an end board piece. It’s mostly just battle protection and a potential way to OTK the opponent. It’s fine in that regard, but it doesn’t feel like you need it in Goblin Bikers, so I guess play it by preference.

Advanced Rating: 2.5/5

Art: 4/5 Nice turtle.

Mighty Vee

This week we’re heading back to Diabellstar lore for miscellaneous support, starting with Goblin Biker Troika Griare, another Xyz monster for the Goblin Biker archetype. A Rank 3 LIGHT Warrior Xyz monster, Troika Griare will take any two or more level 3 monsters, so making it is simple in Goblin Biker and any Rank 3 deck, for that matter. Of course, continuing Goblin Biker tradition, its stats are quite pitiful even for a Rank 3, with only 1700 attack and 0 defense. I’m still not sure why their stats are so bad across the board, but I guess it’s not as much of a death sentence as it was in ancient times.

While there are at least 3 Xyz materials attached to any monsters on the field, Troika Griare will allow you Goblin monsters to attack directly. This is easily Troika Griare’s most useful effect, since going second you can make Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS – Sky Thunder without using Virtual World Shell – Jaja, which not only needs to burn an Xyz material but might also damage you a little, so as a Zeus enabler, Troika Griare is much better. The praise stops at Griare’s other two effects, both soft once per turn but I would question why you would summon multiple Troika Griares in the first place. If any monster or monsters are Normal or Special Summoned, you can target one of them and change their battle position by detaching an Xyz material from anywhere. It’s not even a real Quick Effect, just a trigger– so you can’t even reliably use it on your own turn to break through monsters with high attack but low defense or vice versa (the irony). That said, Troika Griare can single-handedly troll battle-focused decks like the illustrious Tenpai, even if they can still play through it with a lucky hand. The same goes for Troika Griare’s last effect, which lets you detach an Xyz material from anywhere to negate an opponent’s attack. There’s a reason Number 39: Utopia isn’t a staple anymore, and that’s because it’s much more efficient to remove a monster than to negate its attack, especially if you’re in a bad situation and the monster can just attack again next turn. But again, it’s a potential lifesaver against Tenpai since they need to attack for their combos. Troika Griare was declared a pretty bad card when it was revealed, though it’s a little better than we gave it credit for. Still, it’s certainly not something you’ll make every duel.

+Helps enable Zeus and can push for cheap OTKs
+Niche applications against battle-oriented decks like Tenpai
-Battle position change and attack negation are both still outdated effects
-Not worth making over better Rank 3s in many scenarios

Advanced: 2.25/5
Art: 3/5 Isn’t it weird that we now have 2 Turtle-like Xyz monsters that enable Zeus?

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