Number 75: Bamboozling Gossip Shadow
2+ Level 3 monsters
Once per turn, when an opponent’s monster activates its effect (Quick Effect): You can detach 2 materials from this card; the activated effect becomes “both players draw 1 card”. You can target 1 other “Number” Xyz Monster you control; attach this card to it as material. (Transfer its materials to that monster.) You can only use this effect of “Number 75: Bamboozling Gossip Shadow” once per turn.
March 10th, 2020
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
As oddity week continues, our next card is a Spellcaster XYZ that really looks like a Fiend or perhaps a Zombie. Number 75: Bamboozling Gossip Shadow is a Wind (not Dark for whatever reason) Spellcaster, Rank 3 Monster, with 1000 attack and 2600 defense. That defense is superb on a Rank 3. XYZ Summon is performed here by 2+ generic Level 3 Monsters.
For a Quick Effect, once per turn, when an opponent’s Monster activates an effect, you change whatever that effect may be to both players Draw 1 card. This does cost you two XYZ Material, however. Drawing is good, and we’ve seen in the past that letting your opponent Draw doesn’t have to be a bad thing if the price is right (Dark Bribe immediately comes to mind).
Secondly, you can Target another Number XYZ you control, and transfer this card to it as XYZ Material (any XYZ Material this card has at the time also transfer with it and become Material for the new card). This effect is also once per turn. Negating a Monster effect can be rather good, even at the price of your opponent Drawing. Better when you get a card too.
The second effect here transferring itself (and potentially other Material) can make this a niche card for a Number themed Deck, but honestly, I don’t see either of these effects as particularly game breaking. It’s a fun card, and while it certainly isn’t the worst of cards, it’s just not the best of cards either. Again, while the defense is great, that doesn’t warrant playing it in a typical Deck either.
Art: 4.5/5 Again, this should clearly be a Fiend, Zombie, maybe even a Spirit (do we have any Spirit XYZ Monsters, that’d be interesting) and Wind doesn’t fit any of the effects either. But the Shadow does look rather evil, and I love the colors in the background here.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Number 75: Bamboozling Gossip Shadow isn’t as good as it used to be, but still can be an asset.
Gossip Shadow used to be part of a combo play where you’d attach him to Rhongomyniad to essentially make him invincible for the time being and stop your opponent from playing Yu-Gi-Oh. That of course was taken care of by banning Rhongomyniad. The changing of a monster effect prevents your opponent from using specific effects to gain advantage, having to settle for a draw one, while you also get a draw. For two materials I think this is a good trade. You wait it out and change the most important monster effect you think your opponent will activate. A draw one is far better than them searching directly a specific card or creating field advantage with a monster effect like Judgment Dragon. It can be a sort of wall with its strong DEF, and when you run out of materials it can become a material for another Xyz, eliminating potential damage you’d take by leaving him on the field while giving an Xyz more material(s). There are still plenty of Xyz monsters that would benefit from a multiple material-holding Gossip Shadow.
Burning Abyss with this card could provide some interesting plays.
Until Next Time
Now it’s time for the cards we’ll all review, though I wouldn’t of said no to a whole week of Reviewer’s Choices even though it’s probably for the best we don’t dilute that idea. Today we look at the card that got Number 86 banned and one we missed out on since we never really dived into Battles of Legend from 2018 all that much, here’s Number 75: Bamboozling Gossip Shadow.
Number 75 is a Rank 3 WIND Spellcaster with 1000 ATK and 2600 DEF. If it had 2500 DEF, it would of completely ripped off Dante, but the 2600 DEF is good. WIND and Spellcaster is kinda random, especially on a card that looks like neither. You summon this with any 2+ Level 3 monsters, so it’s generic and you can put as much into it as you desire. The first effect is when the opponent activates a monster effect (Quick Effect), you can detach 2 materials from this card to turn that effect into “Each player draws 1 card.” Drawing is nice, even though you got to give your opponent a draw, but it can be better than whatever effect they tried to resolve… for you at least. So it makes this better that it lets you use more materials, because just using 2 only lets you use this effect once. The other effect is more key as you can target a Number Xyz you control and attach this card and all its materials to that card. This got Number 86 up to 7 materials without hesitation, meaning you got it at full power for a few turns. That is too degenerate, so Number 86 won’t be missed. Now the only “degenerate” combo with this is in Six Samurai where you summon Ghostrick Allucard and Number 69 to get the Number 69 to copy Allucard and go up into Ghostrick Angel of Mischief for a win condition, and that’s as fragile as you’d expect, though I assume it’s pretty consistent since it’s Six Samurai. Gossip Shadow’s effect to attach itself is the hard once per turn while the other is a soft once per turn. Number 75 is not the best generic Rank 3 by a long shot, that would go to Dante, Carrier Zenmaity, or Leviair the Sea Dragon long before it goes to this, but the niche uses this card has makes it good enough for it to see play for years to come if the right combo comes around.
Advanced Rating: 3/5
Art: 3/5 The background colors are nice, but the monster looks like something I could of drawn tbh. Not to say it looks terrible, just kinda lazy and simplistic. There’s a little effort at least.
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