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

Goblin Zombie
Card Number
- PTDN-EN098

When this card inflicts Battle Damage to your opponent, send the top card of their Deck to the Garveyard. When this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard, add 1 Zombie-Type monster with 1200 or less DEF from your Deck to your hand.
Secret Rare

Card Ratings
Traditional: 3.25
Advanced: 3.60 

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

Date Reviewed - Oct. 26, 2010

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Dark Paladin
Goblin Zombie, a Level 4, Dark attributed, Zombie monster, with 1100 attack and 1050 defense, both of which would seem low for a monster of its Level.  So what can our underpowered Zombie do for you?
Well, when he inflicts Battle Damage the top card of your opponent's Deck goes to their Graveyard.  Hand Disruption is good, and with 1100 attack, you probably are looking for a Direct Attack, or destroying something very weak. 
Also, when sent from the Field to the Graveyard, you can add a Zombie monster from your Deck to your Hand with 1200 defense or less.  There are plenty of logical and sustainable targets here, so if you're playing Zombie, I'd give this guy a shot.
Traditional:  2.5/5 
Advanced:   3.5/5 
Art:  5/5


Goblin Zombie dropped from Semi-Limited to Unlimited.  Why?  In part because it’s best partners in crime are all still on the list: Dark Armed Dragon and Plaguespreader Zombie are still restricted to one copy per deck, and the Zombie enabler that was Card of Safe Return is still Forbidden.  This keeps it from being as easily abused as it was for a time, in Dark, Zombie, and of course Dark/Zombie decks.


Now, some of you are probably thinking “Goblin Zombie may not be so great for general Dark decks now, but it is still great for Zombie and even some non-Zombie decks.  Its tiny 1100 ATK and 1050 DEF are backed by one okay effect and one fantastic effect!”  Those effects, of course, are discarding the top card of your opponent’s deck when Goblin Zombie inflicts Battle Damage and how you can search your deck and add one Zombie-Type monster with 1200 or less DEF from your deck to your hand when Goblin Zombie is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard, respectively.  To those people I say… good eye!  Goblin Zombie is a team player supreme, and while it works best in decks that focus on Dark/Zombies or at least Zombies, it meets that important “self-replacing” requirement when it’s popped by an effect or slain in battle.  Factor in that when used as Synchro or Tribute fodder it basically pays for itself and you have a card waiting to pile on advantage for its user.  This is one of those cards that might be balanced on its own but needs just a minimal boost to become too much.  However it’s probably going to stay Unlimited for a bit just because so many more high profile cards are hogging the spotlight and deck slots.


I somewhat question what exactly makes this card a “Goblin”: it looks more like an alien than your standard fantasy Goblin, even with Yu-Gi-Oh’s eccentric monster selection.  The art is pretty good unless it was supposed to look like a zombified Goblin monster.  I wondered if perhaps the effect is why it’s thought of as a Goblin, but then I remembered it is Robbin’ Zombie that discards from the deck so I still find the name to be “cool sounding but adequate”.




Traditional: 2/5 

Advanced: 3/5 

Aesthetic: 3/5


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Goblin Zombie, our zombie Sangan . . . he was much better when DHZ still existed, but as we all know, zombies can't be playable in two consecutive formats.

This is a crucial card to the zombie theme, being an improved version of Sangan. Being Level 4 means epic Plaguespreader Zombie (PSZ) shenanigans, stacking levels and making 6's like Revived King Hades. You can set him as a defense and fetch PSZ, Mezuki or Zombie Master, you can safely flip him up for attacks (just watch out for D-Prisons!), or you can just toss him around as the default zombie-to-revive. Il Blud loves taking out Goblin Zombies first.

He's incredibly flexible, but, sadly, he can only be as good as his deck, and Konami hates Zombies, so it might be a while until this guy's in the scene again.

Art: Ugly, like the zombies I know.
Fun Fact: I've never seen a 3D movie.
Tomorrow: Ribbit.


Goblin Zombie …
Hmmm …. Here’s the problem. These cards that were on the restrictions list were on the list for a reason. There are very few that have become TRULY obsolete due to the current environment, especially when it comes to monsters. And Goblin Zombie is no exception.
He was built for Zombie decks, and he rocks in them. Putting him back at 3 is just a means to inspire players to go for Zombie decks again … But people aren’t going to care. Zombie decks were ALWAYS good … Being now able to play a 3rd Goblin Zombie isn’t gonna improve something that was never bad in the first place. And looking at the card by itself, there isn’t much to say about it. It’s not Mezuki, but it is still probably among the top 5 best Zombie cards to play with.
U can read what it does and imagine for yourself how to play it.
I’d really love to see what happens if they ever re-release Sinister Serpent, Yata-Garasu, or Witch of the Black Forest back into the game environment.
Traditional: 4/5
Advanced: 4/5

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