Muckraker From the Underworld – #DABL-EN051
2 Effect Monsters – Cannot be used as Link Material the turn it is Link Summoned. If a monster(s) you control would be destroyed by battle or card effect, you can Tribute 1 Fiend monster instead. You can target 1 Fiend monster in your GY, except “Muckraker From the Underworld”; discard 1 card, and if you do, Special Summon that monster, also you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except Fiend monsters. You can only use this effect of “Muckraker From the Underworld” once per turn.
Date Reviewed: January 9th, 2023
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Muckraker From the Underworld starts up the week that has a few cards I threw out there for Top 10 of last year.
Two effect monsters isn’t hard to do for any deck. More and more we’re seeing Link Monsters that cannot be used as Link Material the turn they are Link Summoned, which helps slow the pace of the game. Standard stats for a Link 2, Muckraker can save any monster(s) you control from being destroyed by tributing a Fiend monster instead. At the very least she’s going to pop herself to save one of your more important monsters, but popping her to save you from a board wipe is more than just a 1-for-1 for you. She also has a discard to Special Summon a Fiend in your graveyard, then locks you into Special Summoning only Fiends for the turn, great effect with little consequence. She was welcome support to many Fiend-based archetypes like Fabled, Dark World (which just got more support), D/D, and Infernity. She falls in line with the “Underworld” archetype using Tour Guide and another or Sangan to summon her only to use Sangan to get something from the grave with her detach and then Sangan’s effect at the End Phase.
Muckraker is a great card if only for the ability to save monster(s) on your field if you know something is coming. She is fantastic support for Fiend decks and her ease of summoning helps her playability in other decks, especially not requiring Fiend monsters to summon or an effect like “tribute 1 Fiend monster other than this card”.
Until Next Time
Now we look at Darkwing Blast finally with some of the more interesting cards from the set to start it all off as we got a new Link-2 for Fiends: Muckraker From the Underworld.
Muckraker is a Link-2 DARK Fiend with 1000 ATK and arrows pointing Left and Down. ATK isn’t too great, DARK is outstanding, Fiend is great, and arrows are solid. The materials are any 2+ Effect Monsters, so insanely generic to summon. It can’t be used as Link Material the turn it was Link Summoned, so that prevents some broken things from happening. The first effect lets you tribute a Fiend in place of a monster(s) you control being destroyed by battle or card effect, which is fine protection and she can sacrifice herself to protect other monsters. The main effect lets you target a Fiend in your graveyard that isn’t a Muckraker, and then lets you discard a card to revive said monster, but you can only Special Summon Fiends for the rest of the turn. It’s nice, generic revival for Fiends, plus the discard isn’t a cost, meaning Dark Worlds can benefit off this with their effects. Being locked to Fiends isn’t terrible since there are solid strategies out there that are purely Fiends. She does have a hard once per turn on the revival effect, so you aren’t swarming the field with all your Fiends. She’s no Tour Guide, but she is a good card overall for Fiend strategies. The ability to access easy revival on a generic Link-2 is pretty good, and the protection effect she has is alright. If you’re playing a strategy mainly consisting of Fiends, I’d imagine she can easily find a spot in the Extra Deck.
Advanced Rating: 3.75/5
Art: 4/5 News from the underworld tonight at 9.
The Underworld is an eve growing place, with various creatures, akin to the Different Dimension, perhaps? A Link Monster here to open the week in Muckracker From the Underworld. Link 2, Dark/Fiend (great pairing) with 1000 atk and arrows to the direct left and bottom of this card. Link Summon requires any two Effect Monsters. First Effect is a pretty standard clause these days where this card can’t be used as Link Material the Turn itself is Link Summoned. I don’t have to like it, but it’s hard to be TOO upset about something that’s more or less the norm. Being able to protect a Monster of yours (so long as you have the Fiend Fodder, see what I did there) from destruction via Battle or Effect is fantastic. You still are giving up a card, and note that you have to give up a Fiend specifically for protection. It’s a fun and fair Effect overall. Your opponent can play around an Effect like this, at least to a degree. Either purposely using something to get you to rid yourself of a Monster, saying perhaps it’s your only Fiend, and then you have no defense. It does and will help, but there will be times you NEED it but won’t be able to use it. Next Effect is Once per Turn, where you can Target and Special Summon a Fiend from your Grave, so long as you successfully discard to do so. I know having these resources in your Grave is good, but it still seems a bit too reliant on the discarding, for both Effects, and that just seems to promote to much bad Hand management. It’s a good card, I’m not saying otherwise, just that aspect troubles me.
According to Google: A muckraker was any of a group of American writers identified with pre-World War I reform and exposé writing. The muckrakers provided detailed, accurate journalistic accounts of the political and economic corruption and social hardships caused by the power of big business in a rapidly industrializing United States.
While I like this picture, nothing here seems to signify anything related to the above, nor do the clothes seem to fit the time period. Still enjoy it, however. (Yes, I’m a historian, and yes, name appropriateness as well as art accuracy counts in the score. I don’t make the rules).
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