Yu Yu Hakusho
Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day
Gearfried the Swordmaster
This card cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. This
card cannot be Special Summoned except by the effect
of "Release Restraint". When this card is equipped
with an Equip Card, destroy 1 monster on your
opponent's side of the field.
Type - Warrior
Card Number - FET-EN022
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 03.09.05
Gearfried the Sword Master. Take a moment and admire
Okay. Now, this guy is really a very balanced
addition to the Freed family. Freed the Brave
Wanderer, Freed the Matchless General, Gear Freed
the Iron Knight (Although the English name was
changed to Gearfried), and now this guy. For the
most part, all the ones before either sucked or were
very well-balanced. This is probably my favorite
Warrior family, just outside of the Mystic Swordsman
He's a nomi monster. Meh. He has built-in removal
liek wh0a. The Sword Master will die easily with no
protection, but turning an Axe of Despair or United
We Stand into Tribute to the Doomed is terrific if
used even once.
The cost to summon him is reasonable but annoying.
You lose one card to get him out and the focus on
equip cards changes entirely.
You might just be able to plug him into a Gear Freed
control (using stuff like Amazoness Chain Wielder,
Blast With Chain, Mind Crush, D.
D. Designator, and Smoke Grenade of the Thief)
without negative consequence. Smoke Grenade of the
Thief and Blast With Chain already do well with the
Iron Knight. Turning them into a Tribute to the
Doomed is just happy time. Blast With Chain is great
– it becomes a three-purpose card with Sword Master.
It destroys a card when it is destroyed, destroys a
monster when equipped, and turns Sword Master into
even more of a beatstick. It would get even better
if we had Kunai With Chain to add into the mix –
Increasing his ATK, destroying a monster, and
flipping a Goat token into attack position or
killing a Berserk Gorilla/Spirit Reaper. This guy
turns Snatch Steal into an even MORE g0dly topdeck,
though, which is one thing I don't like about him.
And I shouldn't mention how rigged he would be if he
could be summoned by Premature Burial.
No rating – His own deck or nothing. God, I love
Gearfried the Swordmaster
Gearfried is an unwieldy yet powerful card.
The bad points: This guy can ONLY come out from
Release Restraint -- meaning he relies on a
Gearfried on the field and this card being in the
hand. In addition, Gearfried the Swordmaster is a "nomi"
(only) monster, meaning he can ONLY be summoned this
way -- no revival for him!
The good: He's a 2600 ATK special summon that lets
you kill something on your opponent's side every
time you play an Equip. United We Stand? Gearfried
kills something and gets an insane attack boost.
Mage Power? Same thing. He gets Snatch Stolen? As
far as I can tell, his effect kicks in when the
equip is played, but he's not changing sides yet, so
the player using Snatch Steal loses a monster.
More bad: Although Swordmaster can be equipped with
stuff, the weaker Gearfried can not. A good
Swordmaster deck plays more than the normal amount
of Equip Spell Cards, and they become useless if all
you have on the field is Gearfried. Gearfried the
Swordmsaster is a dead draw -- you WANT him staying
in your Deck so it can be summoned from there.
This card does need a deck built around it...but
it's not gonna be a Tier 1 deck.
1/5 all formats -- it just doesn't do enough for
anyone to want to play it.
Gearfried the Swordmaster
Today we’re reviewing Gearfried the
Swordmaster, the latest addition (well, first,
really) to the Gearfried Family and the card that I
think will spark renewed interest in our good friend
the Iron Knight. First off: Yes, this is a nomi
monster. You can ONLY summon it via Release
Restraint, but that’s not too bad, is it? All you
need is to have Gearfried the Iron Knight on your
side of the field (not hard at all, what with his
being a Warrior) and then to tribute it with Release
And when you do, you can summon this
guy from your hand or deck (making it one of those
cards that you, essentially, never want to draw,
which can be good or bad…); he boasts a very solid
2600 ATK and a very nice effect. Equip it with
something and you get to kill an opponent’s
monster. Is that Gate Guardian annoying you? Get
out Gearfried the Swordmaster and stick a Smoke
Grenade of the Thief (wonderful with Gearfried the
Iron Knight, by the way) on it; Gate Guardian is
Equip it with Axe of Despair; now you
have a 3600 ATK monster staring down a field one
monster emptier. Equip it with Blast with Chain and
you have a 3100 ATK monster that gets to kill
something when it’s equipped – AND then again, if
Blast with Chain is destroyed (Blast with Chain also
works extremely well with the Iron Knight).
It is now more possible than ever to
build a successful deck around Gearfried. Give it a
try; it’s very rentsy.
Traditional – CCCC: 1/5
Traditional – Gearfried Deck: 4.5/5
Advanced – CCWC: 1/5
Advanced – Gearfried Deck: 5/5
OVERALL RATING: 2.9/5
Gearfried the Swordmaster
As Adolescent Card Week progress we begin to delve
into some FET cards, cards I might remind everyone
won’t be Tournament legal for a few weeks.
Anyway, today’s card is Gearfried the Swordmaster, a
monster that revives an old friend from the
shoeboxes of the world.
Swordmaster has fairly good stats; 2600 ATK is
unchallenged by all but Level
7 or higher monsters, something he won’t be worrying
about too often. He’s also a Warrior, a Type that
gives Swordmaster only power boosts due to his high
Level. Sadly (in my opinion anyway) Swordmaster is a
Nomi monster, a classification I really despise. The
only way Swordmaster can be summoned is through
Release Restraint, a Spell that requires the Tribute
of a Gearfried the Iron Knight to Special Summon
Swordmaster from your hand or Deck. While this way
of summoning a Nomi monster is the easiest method,
Swordmaster still loses a few points in my book.
Swordmaster’s main effect is a rather useful one;
when equipped with an Equip Spell Card, Swordmaster
destroys one of the opponent’s monsters. Now there
are two ways of looking at this effect. The
optimistic way is to see it as monster destruction
with the advantage of making Swordmaster stronger.
Then there’s the way that people who use the same 35
cards in every Deck see it, as giving a bunch of
usually dead draws to a “crappy” Nomi monster to do
what a Smashing Ground, Nobleman of Crossout, or
Lightning Vortex can do much easier and all the
while maintain “card advantage”. While these
realists bring up a good point, not every card was
made to be used competitively, and Swordmaster is
one of those cards. So since it won’t be seeing
much/any competitive play, use Swordmaster is a Deck
with 3 Gearfried the Iron Knights, and a bunch of
Equip Spell Cards.
Advanced (Casual Gearfried Deck): 4.5/5. Being a
Nomi monster brings him down a few pegs… Traditional
(Casual Gearfried Deck): 4/5. I’d probably stick
with Raigeki and Dark Hole, but it’s casual; GO
Overall (Casual Gearfried Deck): 4.25/5.
Art: 4/5. It for some reason reminds me of an
Amazoness monster exclusive to the OCG…
We're looking at one of the new Flaming Eternity
ultra rares today; a monster that premiered on the
Yu-Gi-Oh anime as the armor-free Gearfried the Iron
Knight. Today's card is Gearfried the Swordmaster.
This level 7 monster is easy enough to summon. It's
special summoned from your deck if you use "Release
Restaints" on your Gearfried the Iron Knight, which
can be tutored out of your deck with Reinforcement
of the Army. You'll need to protect this monster
though, as it's carrying on a popular trend of large
threats being "nomi monsters" (they can't be
summoned except through their effect). While the
Swordmaster has a strong ATK, its effect can destroy
any monster that would potentially threaten it when
an equip card is equipped to it. This means cards
like Mage Power, United we Stand, Blast with Chain,
or even Archfiend of Gilfer, Gearfried can destroy
one monster on your opponent's field. But is it
worth basing a deck strategy on a situational to
summon monster? Not in a tournament environment
unfortunately. Despite how easy it may seem to
summon Gearfried the Swordmaster, the only card of
the two needed to summon it that can be searched for
it Gearfried the Iron Knight. This significantly
weakens how often the Swordmaster will see play.
That's also excluding any trap cards your opponent
can use to remove the Swordmaster from the field.
Keep this card in your fun deck, but it just doesn't
belong in tournaments.
In limited, this card cannot be played. Period. It's
a rare draft and that's it.
Yet another shortened review from
me. For those who read yesterday’s, I did miss
the combo between Ectoplasmer and
Malice Doll of Demise. Ouch. Fortunately,
I didn’t see anything indicating it was that
great a combination: at 1600 ATK, most decks
relying on ATK strength will be able to attack
and kill it: Sonic Duck is a Level 3
1700, and Injection Fairy Lily can slip
under Gravity Bind, then be
Tributed for Ectoplasmer’s effect to keep
her from being a liability. Not saying I
wouldn’t run them together, just that
ultimately, I don’t know if they would really
mean much to my scores, since I keep thinking of
ways for such a deck to backfire.
Okay, onto the actual review:
Gearfried the Swordsmaster. This Level 7
Monster can only be Special Summoned, and then
only through the effect of the Spell Release
Restraint, which requires you Tribute a
Gearfried the Iron Knight, but then let’s
you search your deck for this big bad boy.
Okay, so all in all, this sounds good to me:
Lighten the Load can be used so that
Gearfried the Swordsmaster is never wasting
time in your hand. The Warrior Returning
Alive and A Feather of the Phoenix
can both get around its apparent “nomi” status
(going by the wording, I don’t think you can
revive it from the Graveyard directly to the
field)., returning it to hand or deck (recommend
that latter for Release Restraint).
According to the FAQ, you can chain
Serial Spell to Release Restraint to
summon two Gearfried the Swordsmaster at
once. Okay, I am getting ahead of myself. Why
do you want to run this card? Well, it is a
Light/Warrior, and if it is a nomi Monster, you
might as well use it for Chaos Food once it hits
the Graveyard… but obviously that’s not the best
use for it. As a Light/Warrior, it does have
plentiful support. It has a 2600 ATK which
means only a few commonly played Monsters like
BLS can safely run over it, and solid
2200 DEF so someone can’t just Book of Moon
it then run over it with a Berserk Gorilla.
On its own, this still wouldn’t be enough, so
fortunately it has a very nasty effect: whenever
you attach an Equip card (anything that call
itself an Equip, be it Spell, Trap, or Monster),
you get to nuke 1 Monster on your opponent’s
side of the field.
While not a dominating effect on
its own, the whole package is pretty stable.
How so? Gearfried the Iron Knight is a
Level 4 1800 attack solid Beatstick that is
unaffected by Equip cards. It can also be
searched out by Reinforcements of the Army.
Hmmm… I think I understand why Butterfly
Dagger-Elma was banned now. We all know it
could be abused with the old Gearfried,
and there might have been some tricks with the
new one… but I digress. There is some support
for Equip cards (Iron Blacksmith Kotetsu),
as stated there is a bunch of support for
Warriors, so building a deck around Gearfried
the Swordsmaster seems reasonable enough,
and in exchange for not being super sick, we get
a reasonably big monster with a good effect who
honestly seems fairly easy to summon. I mean,
in a 40 card deck, you could have 3 Gearfried
the Iron Knight and two Reinforcements of
the Army. So having one or the other is
pretty simple. It’ll just be a matter of
getting release restraint into hand.
3/5-You can build a deck around this, and
sometimes it will win. It just won’t win that
much against good Chaos builds, since they gain
access to more goodies than you do compared with
the Advanced format.
3.75/5-I honestly think this could be potent.
Equip cards can be very, very nasty when you
know what you’re doing. Your opponent think
they’re hot because their Heavy Storm
just left [this] Gearfried “naked”?
Chain a set “Blast with Chain”, equip it to
[this] Gearfried, and nuke two of their
1/5-You can bluff with it, but with no
Gearfried the Iron Knight in the set, it’s
not like you can summon it.
Leaving out my normal formatting doesn’t seem to
decrease the length of my reviews, does it?
to all you folks reading Card of the Day! This is
Dark Paladin live on the scene straight from Dark
Today we have a very nifty card from Flaming Entity.
Gearfried the Swordmaster
Warrior/Effect: This card cannot be normal summoned
or set. This card cannot be special summoned except
by the effect of "Release Restraint." When this card
is equipped with an equip spell card, destroy 1
monster on your opponent's side of the field.
At first look, 2600 attack for a Level 7 monster
isn't too bad. His effect could be real annoying for
your opponent too. Destroying their Black Luster
Soldier with this guy just by equipping him with
anything. However, summoning Gearfried the
Swordmaster can be quite difficult. He's essentially
a Ritual monster, or at least summoned in that way.
First, you have to have Gearfried the Iron Knight on
the Field. Then, you have to play Release Restraint.
you have to have the Swordmaster in your hand. Do
you now see how difficult this card can be to
summon? Also, unless whatever equip you have
attached to the Swordmaster gets destroyed, you'll
probably only use his effect once.
So, while at first glance this guy may seem like a
powerhouse with a whopping effect, summoning
requirements hold him back, greatly. Also, since we
sadly have better Warrior monsters, even tribute
ones in say...Freed the Matchless General, I think
Warrior decks can get off without this guy. Don't
get me wrong, he is an improvement over the original
Gearfried. If he were just a tribute monster, I
think he'd be a bit more playable. However, I
suppose a decent Warrior deck could be built around
the Swordmaster. 3 of Him, 3 Restraint Relase, and 3
Conclusion: Try building one, and see how it goes
Traditional: 2.5/5 There is more monster removal,
CED to worry about, don't try him here except for
Advanced: 3/5 I upped this a bit because he could
actually have a decent deck built around him. He is
a bit more viable option here.
Limited: I'm not sure if I can score here. The odds
of pulling both cards you need from just FET packs
isn't awful, but you better have held on to that PSV
Gearfried. If you have the cards here, he could be a
force to be reckoned with. 3.5/5
Art: 4.25/5 I love this cards nifty holofoil art!
Until tomorrow, you stay classy, Planet Earth :)