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Il Blud

DARK/Zombie - Gemini/6/2100/800
This card is treated as a Normal Monster while face-up on the field or in the Graveyard. While this card is face-up on the field, you can Normal Summon it to have it be treated as an Effect Monster with this effect:
•Once per turn, you can Special Summon a Zombie-type monster from your hand or either player's Graveyard. When this card is removed from the field, destroy all Zombie-type monsters Special Summoned by this effect.
Secret Rare

Card Number - TAEV-EN088

#5 of 2007

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.60
Advanced: 4.05

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

Date Reviewed - 01.28.08


Dark Paladin

Continuing from last week, we're still looking at the top 10 cards of the year 2007! It's a little odd, at least for me, as we reviewed most if not all of these cards in the last six months, or more recently.
Anyway, this week is #5 to #1 and that brings us to today's card...#5

Il Bud

IL Bud is a very nice monster and a good addition to a Zombie Deck, despite being a Gemini monster. It is Level 6, and only has 2100 attack points, which isn't the best of things, and neither is only having 800 defense. However, 800 defense is able to be searched out by Pyramid Turtle.

The ability to Special Summon a Zombie from your Hand or either player's Graveyard, even once per turn, is a good effect, as long as you have the necessary monster to summon (eg, something worth
summoning.) The biggest downfall here isn't being a Gemini, it's the non standard 2400 attack for a one tribute monster.

IL Bud was definately, and continues to be a Groundbreaking Monster for Zombies.


Traditional: 3/5 Gemini's may not work well here, but Zombies work pretty well despite Chaos, Magical Scientist, and all the One Turn Kills.

Advanced: 4/5 Great card and still very solid, even competitively.

Art: 3.5/5
General Zorpa Il Blud
Easily the most expensive card in Yu-Gi-Oh! until Necroface came out, it is one of two playable Gemini monsters. It's 2100 ATK and great Zombie swarming effect make it easy to see why this guy was sporting a $200 or so price tag. Now he has kind of fallen out of favor, as the combos that the Zombie deck can pull out area readily counterable by the LaDD deck. He in conjunction with Zombie Master finally brought Zombies back into the limelight and even though the zombie deck has been pushed to the wayside, I can see it being tier 1 for a long time, so don't trade those Il Bluds yet folks!

Il Blud

Zombie/Effect/Dark        Level 6

2100 ATK/800 DEF

This card is treated as a Normal Monster while face-up on the field or in the Graveyard. While this card is face-up on the field, you can Normal Summon it to have it be treated as an Effect Monster with this effect:

•Once per turn, you can Special Summon 1 Zombie-Type monster from your hand or from either player's Graveyard. When this card is removed from the field, destroy all Zombie-Type monsters Special Summoned by this effect.


    One of the cards that match up to the “hype.”


    I do not think Il Blud was the key card for the rise of the Zombies.  It was the Zombie Master that did it.  However, Il Blud definitely helped – free Special Summon from EITHER PLAYER’S GRAVEYARD OR YOUR HAND??


    Sure, 2100 ATK is never considered “high” with Cyber Dragon and Monarchs appearing in 2’s and 3’s.  But if we played monsters solely for ATK, then Goblin Attack Force would be a staple and Majestic Mech – Ohka would be a broken card.  This card solved many problems that Zombie decks had.


    First, for an explosively aggressive card, Gravekeeper’s Spy blocked a game-winning turn and turned the table around simply by spinning a high level Zombie-Type monster.  Special Summoning another blocker is brutal.


    Then, this card easily became a free Book-of-Life with beefy ATK.  Special Summon with Pyramid Turtle, Normal Summon, Special Summon Pyramid Turtle, draw a card(s), ram Pyramid Turtle, grab Spirit Reaper, and take out a card = ouch.


    Personally, I believe Il Blud is overrated slightly, because it does not grant Zombie decks like…*cough* tomorrow’s card *cough*.  Yes, of course Il Blud is a good card.  It certainly is evolutionary.  But is it revolutionary?  Not enough, in my opinion.


    Traditional:  1.5/5     Too slow.

    Advanced:   3/5    You can never had too many of recursion.

Master Tricks
Il Blud
    Even though this card is crazy good and the best gemini monster created yet, personally I hate Zombies since they are so annoying and just won't die and stop swarming. It gets even more bothering if your opponent uses Neo-Spacian Grand Mole, which is wickedly killer and broken. Very good at special summoning and swarming out Zombies. I would only want to have this card in my collection only because it is high in value currently and you can trade or sell a lot just for it. Hard to find, though.
Traditional: 1.25 (Gets easily killed by Chaos)
Advanced: 4.25/5 (Zombies only)

Monday – Il Blud

            Today's card is a key card to the famous Zombie theme that comes from the same set as Zombie Master, which is another key card that made this old theme competitive again. Il Blud is a 1-Tribute 2100 Gemini monster, which isn't good at all at first. This card is the KEY to swarming efficiently with Zombies, next to the obvious source Zombie Master. This guy's a tribute and you have to wait a turn, but Zombie Master can discard this card easily and then it can be prematured or called and then summoned again. There are numerous ways to activate this guy's effect, and they're all not too hard to do. Even if you don't manage to get this guy's effect out, you can still use the other Zombie's to swarm while you try to find a way. Il Blud is definitely a step down from Zombie Master, but it's still pretty consistent. I mean, it can summon ANY level Zombie onto the field. This means Vampire Lord, Ryu Kokki, and more can all me special summoned along with maybe another Il Blud. Multiples of this card bring out the full potential of the Zombie theme. A staple in Zombie decks.

Traditional: 1.1/5 – MAYBEE. It's DARK attribute, but who would run a 5-star Gemini Zombie in a Chaos deck?

Advanced: 5/5 – In a zombie deck

Art: 3/5 – Uhh…is it just me, or does it look more like a clown than a zombie?

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