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

Night Assailant

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.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.90
Advanced: 3.17 

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

Date Reviewed - July 14, 2010

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Dark Paladin
Night Assailant, is an excellent monster, simply put. As you know, the first effect is the Man Eater Bug effect. When flipped, it destroys one monster on your opponent's side of the field. Simple, no?
Then, the return ability. If you have a flip effect monster in your Graveyard, any flip effect monster at all, Night Assailant automatically becomes a 1 for 1. Discard Night Assailant for something like Lightning Vortex and bring back something like Magician of Faith and your hand stays the same size.
There isn't really a reason why a deck with a lot of flips and discard effects shouldn't run the copy it's allowed. Or even, just run it for the destruction, it's way cooler looking than Man Eater Bug.
Traditional:  3.75/5
Advanced:      4.5/5
Art:  5/5
General Zorpa

Night Assailant

So close to an infinite discard combo! Anyways Night Assailant has 200 ATK and 500 DEF on a level 3 DARK Fiend. The stats are actually very bad, but DARK is always good. Anyways, on the little guys it is not the stats that make the card, it's the effects.

When this guy is is sent from your hand to the graveyard, you add one flip effect monster form your graveyard back to your hand. He also is a Flip Effect monster and will destroy an opponent's monster when Flipped. A syou have probably figured out by now, this creates an infinite discard loop with on ein the graveyard and one in your hand. That is the only reason that this guy is at 1. If they would just errata the text to say "Except Night Assailant" the card coul dbecome an amazingly viable card.

Most decks use this card in the Exodia deck, mostly to even out card exchange as well as to re-use Morphing Jar. It was also used briefly during the Dark World Deck's short run at glory. Basically any deck that is teching Lightning Vortex and has a few Flip Effects can use this card.

It is not really run now, mostly because of the lack of opponent's hand control and the decks that it works best in are not very good right now. Essentially htis is a great card, but I don't know if it has a place in Advanced at the moment.



Night Assailant ...

I love this guy. Oldie but goodie. Was so happy the day I accidentally discovered him years back when sifting through my commons of Ancient Sanctuary and was like - WHY am I not playing this??!? ... I ran a pure Fiend deck at the time, and ... well ... lets just say, he was brilliant when used in multiples .... ahhh ... the good old days ...

Limited to one, he's not as potent as he once was, nut he's still really good. He's a Dark Fiend so he fits in very nicely with anything that employs those. His flip effect helps manage big monster threats, and his recovery effect when sent from your hand to the grave to take back another Flip effect monster is just a work of art.

Ryko may in fact be the best flip effect monster played right now ... certainly the best with that flip/destruction effect (anyone remember Man Eater Bug? ... yeah, neither do I.) But Night Assailant is a good compliment for Ryko, if that's what ur using, or a adequate substitute if ur trying to keep ur deck dark.

He'll never be what he COULD be, unless they start allowing u to play with more again, but till then - he's still a very good draft pick.

Traditional: 4/5
Advanced: 3.5/5


Greg Night Assailant:

     This card received a resurgence of popularity lately, when Quickdraw decks were all the rage.  Discarding him with Drill Warrior made for some nice combos involving returned to the hand Rykos and Hamsters, giving the deck even more chances at creating or cycling advantage.  It doesn't hurt that he can destroy a monster with his flip effect as well, so he's never a totally dead card when you can't use him for a discard.  I'd say this card will stay in favor somewhat as long as there are cards that have easy to abuse discard effects and Ryko is around.

Traditional:  3.0
Advanced:  3.0  (one of those rare instances where I don't think the card is less useful in the traditional format)

Jae Kim

Wednesday: Night Assailant

Night Assailant hit a brief period of popularity because of its use in Quickdraw decks. SJC Edison winner Jeff Jones used a copy because of its ability to create infinite Rykos as a part of the Quickdraw loop. I main-decked a copy myself.

It's not as good now. It's too slow for Quickdraw and there aren't really any decks that can take advantage of it. It would be interesting if the upcoming ban list semi-limited this card.

T: 2.5/5
A: 2.5/5


Night Assailant

Night Assailant, such a cool guy that recently became popular again. He’s a 3-star DARK Fiend. With 200 ATK and 500 DEF, he’s not going to be doing much battle-wise.

There are a few reasons Night Assailant became popular recently. Mostly, it’s due to Quickdraw Synchron. Discarding Night Assailant for Quickdraw’s summon will instantly get back a Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter or a Super-Nimble Mega Hamster. The deck can also use Night Assailant for Drill Warrior’s effect, or any discard-costed cards they may use, like Phoenix Wing Wind Blast. If you’re lucky, he can also get his effect when discarded by an opponent’s X-Saber Airbellum or Card Destruction.

If they don’t need him for a discard, he’s also a great defensive card, instantly destroying a monster when he’s flipped up. Not quite as good as Ryko, but he gets the job done.

He doesn’t really fit in many decks, but if you’ve got a decent amount of Flip Effects and a few ways to use him, it’s often worth it.

Art: 5/5 Totally boss.

Traditional: 2/5 You could get back your Cyber Jar or Fiber Jar I guess, but I don’t think he’s all that useful. He is a DARK, though.

Advanced: 3/5 Very useful in Quickdraw Synchron decks using Hamster and Ryko, but not so great anywhere else.

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