Today is Monday, and we start a new week with a very
unusual card, Upstart Goblin.
Draw 1 card from your Deck. Your opponent gains 1000
Believe it or not, this card is restricted to 1
in Japan. The Japanese found it necessary to
restrict almost every drawing card (Masked
Sorcerer and the upcoming Share
the Wealth and Vase of Greed have
escaped the restriction list, for now...).
This should tell you how powerful drawing is in this
game. Due to the small deck size, and the fact
that almost any card is a
game-altering card, any way that you can get a card
drawing advantage will put you one step ahead of
your opponent, and this card is no exception.
Exodia decks, play 3 of these while you still have
them. Since Exodia decks focus on the automatic
victory, your opponent's life point cost will not
matter (unless Exodia falls through, in which case,
you lose =P).
This card actually combos well with Megamorph.
If you have less than 1000 LP more than your opponent,
use Upstart Goblin, then they'll have more LP than
you. You can guess what to do now. Equip
Megamorph on your hardest hitter, and pound your
opponent into the ground.
There will also be future cards that will combo with
this, but we will cross that bridge when we get to
Honestly, I have not seen anyone play this card nor
hear of anyone doing so. Unless you are
completely desperate for drawing advantage, I would
However, if you manage to draw a really good card
with Upstart Goblin (Raigeki,
maybe?), that 1000 LP may not matter. It's too
much of a risk, however. Give me Pot
of Greed any day =P
Should YOU play it?
Unless you are playing an Exodia deck in unofficial
duels in this prerestriction era (3 of them, of
course), or want to try the Megamorph
combo, I would avoid it.
Upstart Goblin gets a 2.5. To
be perfectly honest, this may be the lowest score
I'll ever give a restricted (or
soon to be restricted) card. It can do stuff,
but that's about it.