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

Blackwing - Gale the Whirlwind

If you control a "Blackwing" monster other than "Blackwing - Gale the Whirlwind", you can Special Summon this card from your hand. Once per turn, you can halve the ATK and DEF of 1 face-up monster your opponent controls.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 3.75
Advanced: 4.75 

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

Date Reviewed - 08.31.09

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General Zorpa Blackwing-Gale the Whirlwind

Welcome to no-brainer week. Somebody decided to have us review the best cards in the game (at least in their own decks) and TELL you they were good. These cards you would run in their respective decks PERIOD, and not really up for discussion. Like I said, not my idea, but I'm rollin' with it.

Didn't we just review this guy? Anyway, what I said before still goes. 1300 ATK on a DARK Blackwing Tuner is just amazing. The effects just keep making it more amazing-er. You can Special Summon it if you have a Blackwing with a different name and he can halve your opponent's monster's ATK and DEF permanently.

The only thing that has changed with this card is that you can play less of them. He is still the best Tuner in the game and will likely be for some time, just on the fact that he is good on his own as a splash in different decks. Amazingly, I think that play of him will increase as players will splash him into random decks.

The banlist hurt the Blackwing deck, but it did not kill them, it just made them more crafty in the tricks that they can pull off.


Jeff Lang
What a set of cards we have for review this week! Every card this week is a 5/5 rating in my book, so be sure to stop back and read/ Today’s card up for review is Blackwing Gale The Whirlwind. This card got put to 1 per deck on the new banned list, so that alone should tell you how powerful this card is. He has a permanent shrink like effect, is a level 3 tuner, and part of the cause on why Blackwings were playable last format. In the Blackwing deck itself, you were able to swarm like crazy, and this guy would let you halve some big banger on the board, and then let you synchro summon with ease. He is considered a staple to me in practically any deck in the new format. It is way too good to be able to halve and run over basically any monster that you can think of, and giving you access to your extra deck

Trad: 3/5
Adv: 5/5

Blackwing – Gale the Whirlwind ...

I'm a little biased, playing Blackwings as i do ... but this thing got restricted to 1 for a reason ... cuz it's that damn good.
Level 3 - love it. It's not constricted by the reigns that hold back level 4's ... 1300 ATK - It can't be snagged by Bottomless Trap Hole. Gale is completely searchable by Sangan and whatever else, and slips under the Gravity Binds and Level Limits of the world ...
And 1300 ATK doesnt stop it from slugging it out with the big dogs. Gale's ability to once per turn (PERMANENTLY) cut a monster's ATK in half, means that this little bird can 1-on-1 kill a Stardust Dragon, without its pesky effect being able to save it. It'll pop Spirit Reaper, and bring just about any BIGGER monster within striking distance of whatever else20else u got on the field that might be stronger than Gale.
Can it get any better? - Yes, it can. Gale's also Dark, so she gets all the benefits from that attribute. She's also a Tuner, so after doing her thing, she can tune with whatever else u've got on the field to make something bigger. And lastly - If u've got another Blackwing on the field - Gale is special summonable.

Yeah, this card is excellent.

Traditional: 5/5
Advanced: 5/5


N o V a
Welcome to a new week of Card of the Day, and we'll be starting off the week with one very popular card: Blackwing - Gale the Whirlwind. This monster is like a Shrink, just better in most cases. Once per turn it can halve not just the attack of a monster, but also its defense. This makes it rather easy to get over those annoying walls that some decks use, like Legendary Jujitsu Master and Gravekeeper's Spy. Its also easily searchable by both Black Whirlwind and Blackwing - Shura the Blue Flame. Next to the now most popular Blackwing tuner monster, Vayu, Gale the Whirlwind is one really amazing card that you often find randomly teched in some decks. Due to the new ban list going into effect tomorrow, Gale the Whirlwind finds itself on the limited list, hurting main stream Blackwing decks. VayuSynchro or Vayu Turbo wont be hurt much by Gale being limited but when teched randomly in other decks, you generally only see 1 or 2 tops. Overall a very very good card, even at one its still good to use as tech.

Traditional: 4/5
Advanced: 4/5

Dark Paladin

Continuing our look at Ancient Prophecy cards, we open with Blackwing-Gale the Whirlwind, an excellent Tuner and addition to the Blackwing Deck (despite being Restricted tomorrow) and even a solid Tech card for non-Blackwing players.

We have a Level 3 Dark attributed Winged-Beast monster, who is also a Tuner, which obviously boosts playability of this particular Blackwing.
1300 attack is reasonable for a monster of its Level, and could be a lot bigger after using its effect.

Blackwing-Gale the Whirlwind has the awesome ability of being able to halve the attack and defense of one of your opponent's face-up monsters, once per turn. BUT wait, that's not all, furthermore, if you control a Blackwing aside from Gale himself, you can Special Summon this card.

Continue to watch out for Blackwings...the Ban List actually did effect them, but it's still playable, and still deadly.


Traditional: 3.5/5

Advanced: 4.5/5

Art: 4/5

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