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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day

Gravekeeper's Assailant

Card Number - PGD-067

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating

Date Reviewed - 09.12.03

wartortle32 Gravekeeper's Assailant

You can activate this card’s effect only when “Necrovalley” is active on the field. When this card attacks, you can change the battle position of 1 face-up monster on your opponent’s side of the field.

This, in my opinion, could be the best gravekeeper there is. The only hindrince is that Necrovalley must be on the field and active on the field. And when necrovalley is out, this is one powerful monster. The effect is what makes is so good, allowing it to take out Jinzos, GAFs, almost basically any of the popular monsters right now.

But not only can it take out offensive monsters, it can take out those defensive monsters as well. If there is a tough defensive monster on the opponent's side of the field, just switch it to attack mode when you attack and you'll probably deal a lot of damage. I especially enjoy pounding scapegoats and Spirit Reapers with this. With Spirit Reapers, I can switch it into attack mode, and attack it with all my monsters to do a massive amount of damage.

With the highest attack among level 4- gravekeepers, you'll be using this card anyway in gravekeeper decks, so you shouldn't even be debating over whether to include it. This card is so versatile, it's just sick.

I'd give this card a 4.5/5 in a GK deck. Like I said, this card requires Necrovalley to reach its full potential, so your deck better be able to get the Necrovalley out fast, or this becomes one of the worst gravekeepers. 
DuelMonster Friday:

Gravekeeper's Assailant/Assassin:
Effect: You can activate this card's effect only when "Necrovalley" is active on the field. When this card attacks, you can change the battle position of 1 face-up monster on your opponent's side of the field.

This is the only Gravekeeper beside GK-Chief that requires Necrovalley on the field for its effect to work, and having it active GK-Assailant becomes a Lv.4 2000/2000 monster that can pull a Switch & Ram attack on Jinzo and others with ease. Not only is this effect for targeting good against the actual monster GK-Assailant is attacking, but if he can take down a monster anyways you can use the effect on another monster on the opponents field for GK-Spear Soldier to take down and do some damage.

With all the low ATK monsters that people like to defend with, week flip-effect monsters and high ATK and low DEF monsters like GAF, Spear Dragon, Jinzo, Lily, Gemini Elf and Summoned Skull going around in tourneys, being able to switch monsters to their weaker position to be destroyed easier can be quite a valuable asset. I personally use Banisher and Jowgen in my deck and having them switched to ATK position to be attacked can really suck, so I can see how powerful this monster can be, but with it requiring Necrovalley for its effect is it's main weakness. So if you are planning on playing a Gravekeeper's Deck, 3x Necrovalleys and maybe a Magic Reflector or 2 may come in handy so you don't get stuck in a rut.

Not much else I can say here, this monster is a nice Tech card but ONLY works in Necro/Gravekeeper Decks, so unless you're going to run Necrovalley in a regular Beatdown I wouldn't recommend putting this card in other decks.

Casual: 2.5
Tourney: 3.5
ArtWork: 3.5 - Dark, shrouded, Mysterious, brandishing a nice looking dagger and has a purple glow emitting around his body, this is the best looking GK IMO. 
Pegasus Gravekeeper's Assailant, 9/12/03:

Ah, my favorite Gravekeeper. This card has some incredible destructive power. Look at the list of defenses for useful monsters I put in my other reviews. Jinzo 1500. Ha Des 1600. Airknight 1400. Kycoo 700. Spear Dragon 0. With a Necrovalley, Gravekeeper's Assailant destroys all of them (yes, its battle position-switching ability activates when the attack is declared, so you attack them in face-up defense). And with Fairy Meteor Crush or Big Bang Shot on it, this card becomes absolutely deadly. The only bad thing about its effect is that it requires Necrovalley. Otherwise, this card would be great for use in any deck.

Aside from that, it's an incredibly searchable card. Witch, sangan, mystic tomato, Gravekeeper's Spy... it seems to be just as searchable as Don Zaloog. It's too bad its ATK is just barely high enough to be stopped by MoP.

As well as killing strong ATK-mode monsters, it's also good against weak DEF-mode monsters. Say you attack a f/d Mystical Elf with a La Jinn. It's face-up now. Then you use GK Assailant to switch Elf to attack mode and do 1200 damage to your opponent's LP (not to mention actually get rid of the Elf). Nice.

All in all, I'd say that this is a well-balanced monster for a Gravekeeper deck (wow, all of my paragraphs started with "a" today o.O this review brought to you by the letter A). Useless without Necrovalley, though. That's the problem.

Casual: 3.6/5 (Gravekeeper), 0/5 (Else)
Tourney: 3.4/5 (Gravekeeper), 0/5 (Else) 
Vodkam Friday 09/12/03: Gravekeeper's Assailant

You can activate this card's effect only when "Necrovalley" is active on the field. When this card attacks, you can change the battle position of 1 face-up monster on your opponent's side of the field.

This is probably the best Gravekeeper purely for it's killing power.

Well, without Necrovalley on the field, this card is junk. Let's leave it at that. You can still retrieve it with Mystic Tomato but that's not saying much.

However, with Necrovalley on the field, this is one of the best forms of monster removal. Is there a pesky Spirit Reaper in the way? Use Assailant's effect to destroy Spirit Reaper then attack. Jinzo? No problem, switch it to defense before you attack it. Blue-Eyes White Dragon? Sorry, you're out of luck there. His effect will allow you to either do LP damage or ensure that you kill a monster. You don't have to change the position of the monster you're attacking. You can change a different one then attack something else.

Assailant's effect would be so much better if it worked on facedown monsters since it would be able to take care of most of those re-flip monsters like Guardian Sphinx. Oh well, enough crying. This card is useless without Necrovalley so it is totally unplayable outside of a Gravekeeper deck. It's also one of the last things you want to draw while you're waiting to get a Necrovalley. The only saving grace in this situation is the 1500 DEF. Don Zaloogs and other nasty monsters like that can't get past him, with or without Necrovalley.

Gravekeeper's Assailant has an excellent effect but it strictly for Gravekeeper decks. Use him and I'm sure you'll learn to love his effect.

Casual: 3.8
Tourney: 3.3

Now, I've had numerous inquiries as to what a Gravekeeper deck should consist of. I'll answer it here to simplify things. This is what my fun Gravekeeper deck consists of (no comments on the deck construction please, use it as you see fit):

Monster Cards (17)
Gravekeeper's Chief
Gravekeeper's Spear Soldier x3
Gravekeeper's Assailant x2
Gravekeeper's Spy x2
Mystic Tomato x3
Witch of the Black Forest
Cyber Jar
Sinister Serpent

Magic Cards (18)
Monster Reborn
Pot of Greed
Graceful Charity
Harpie's Feather Duster
Mystical Space Typhoon x2
Dark Hole
Delinquent Duo
Nobleman of Crossout
Change of Heart
Snatch Steal
Royal Tribute
Necrovalley x3
Terraforming x2

Trap Cards (6)
Rite of Spirit x3
Imperial Order
Mirror Force
Ring of Destruction

Total: 41 cards 


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