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

Night Assailant
Common

Fiend / Effect Monster
FLIP: Select 1 monster on your opponent's side of the field and destroy it. When this card is sent directly from your hand to the Graveyard, return 1 Flip Effect Monster from your Graveyard to your hand.

Type - Dark / 3 / 200 / 500
Card Number
- AST-080

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

Date Reviewed - 7.1.04

Tranorix Thursday: Night Assailant

Today we're back to AST, reviewing a very popular Common, Night Assailant. The stats aren't very impressive; 200 won't kill much and 500 won't defend from much. But Assailant is obviously played for his effects.

The first is very nice, really; it's an upgraded Man-Eater Bug Flip Effect (upgraded because you aren't forced to kill your own monsters if your opponent has none). While considered outdated, this effect can certainly be useful in a pinch; at the very least, it will be unexpected.

The second effect is what makes Assailant so popular; if he's sent from your hand to the Graveyard (note: SENT, not necessarily discarded), you get to return a Flip Effect monster from the Graveyard to your hand (this includes other Night Assailants, but you can't return the same one that was just sent). What does this mean? Use Tribe-Infecting Virus to kill your opponent's monsters while getting Magician of Faith or Cyber Jar back into your hand. Use Graceful Charity and the cost is only one card to discard. Use against your opponent's hand destruction, and use it with and against Chaos Emperor Dragon to ensure you have some protection for the next turn.

If you have two Night Assailants, pretty much every discard becomes free. Whenever you discard one, just get back the other. This card is, simply put, very useful. The Flip Effect only sweetens the deal. I'd strongly recommend giving this guy a try in tournament decks, as well as Fiend Decks (remember...you can even get back Slate Warrior).

Typical tournament deck: 4/5
Fiend deck: 4.5/5
OVERALL RATING: 4.3/5 
ExMinion OfDarkness Thursday:
Night Assailant

The most broken common that won't see play for a month because no one's copied it yet.

On its own, it looks just like a crappy version of Man-Eater Bug...and this is where most players will dismiss it. But it's also anti hand-control! And it's also discard bait like wh0a.

Let me explain...

Get one Night Assailant in your hand and one in the Graveyard. Summon Tribe-Infecting Virus. Your opponent has Jinzo, Gemini Elf, and Mad Dog. Discard Night Assailant, call Machine. Jinzo dies. Assailant went straight from hand to GY; pull the other Assailant...call Spellcaster, it dies, oh lookie, its effect of being discarded triggers again...

It's also been ruled that if two of this card go to the Graveyard simultaneously, they can retrieve each other! (Graceful Charity, draw 3, discard 2 Night Assailants, they both come back to my hand...) It just can't retrieve itself.

Try packing your side-deck with 3 of these, some Magic Jammers, Painful Choice (if you aren't already running it), and any other cards you wanted to use before but had a discard cost.


...and even if you don't get the other Night Assailant into the Graveyard...wouldn't it be great to have your opponent Duo your Fiber Jar, discard this, and get the Fiber Jar back?

3.5/5 in the right Deck 
MerrilHess Night Assailant

I managed to pick one of these up. They work really well for me.

Pros:
It's got an Anti-Control effect. I'm not sure if you could just bring this card back with it's effect. For example, you play Duo and pick it. I'm not sure if you could immediately retrieve the selected Night Assailant, or would you have to pick another. I've never run into this, but I'm still wondering. It still let's you get back Fiber, Cyber, Magician of Faith, etc... That's not a bad effect. Here's another important effect. It can destroy creatures. It's the new Man-Eater Bug. Not bad, eh?

Cons:
It's a Flip Effect creature, which means Nobleman of Crossout owns this card. I guess the fact it only destroys your opponent's creatures is bad because you couldn't destroy a Snatch Stolen creature, Change of Hearted creature, or your own Witch, Emissary of the Afterlife, or Sanga to get the effects. You opponent also ahs to discard this card from your hand to trigger that part of his effect, too.

Overall, I give Night Assailant a 7.7/10. It is a very versatile card. I would play it if you have some flip effects. 

 

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