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

Top 11 Cards in Return of the Duelist:

#9 Grandsoil the Elemental Lord
- #REDU-EN038 

Cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by having exactly 5 EARTH monsters in your Graveyard, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. When this card is Special Summoned: You can target 1 monster in either player's Graveyard; Special Summon that target to your side of the field. If this card leaves the field, skip the Battle Phase of your next turn.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 3.00
Advanced: 3.85 

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

Date Reviewed - August 29, 2012

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Grandsoil the Elemental Lord...well this guy TRIES to be splashable, but how many of you have five or more Earth Monsters in your Deck?  Not very man, and you can't just splash the five Earth Monsters in and hope for the best.  Don't get me wrong, this guy is good, beastly even.  It's a Level 8 Monster (which is all but irrelevant) with 2800 attack (great) and 2200 defense (meh). and an Earth Monster, of the Beast-Warrior type (although I think Machine or plain Warrior might fit better).  He can't be Normal Summoned or Set, and can only be Special Summoned (from your Hand) by having exactly five Earth Monsters in your Graveyard. He can't be Special Summoned in other ways, which is a downer.  I understand the first time, but after that, you should be allowed to Special Summon him normally.  He's got a built in Monster Reborn (note that targets) which is also very nice, but as for another downside, you lose your next Battle Phase when he leaves the Field...regardless of how, or by who, or for what purpose.  So you can't tribute him, Synchro, or XYZ.  For a "Lord" I think he's just too restrictive, and even in an Earth Deck, he's a fairly simple, easy to use brute, but his cons outweigh the pros.
3.25/5 in a Deck that can play him, obviously more splashable than yesterday, but he's not all that game-breaking either...he might be able to win a game in a combo with his built in Monster Reborn, but that alone isn't going to do it.
Art:  5/5

John Rocha

We have a really powerful monster to review today in Grandsoil the Elemental Lord. This monster is a cross between Dark Armed Dragon and Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon as it takes exactly 5 Earth monsters in the graveyard to special summon it and it can special summon any monster from ether graveyard when summoned.
Finally we get to even the playing field by giving Earth monsters some big monster support to counter the Light and Dark beastie monsters. With 2800 attack, Grandsoil matches the likes of Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon and Dark Armed Dragon. Now all we need is a deck to put it in. Or maybe even three of them in as they are not limited.
There are tons of Earth decks to choose from including X-Saber’s, Psychic’s, Reptile’s, Scrap’s, Koa’ki, Six Samurai, Gem-Knight’s, Beast’s (with Horn of the Phantom Beast) and the new Geargia decks to name just a few. Most of these decks can manipulate their graveyard’s making it easy to special summon Grandsoil the Elemental Lord.
Traditional: 3/5
Advanced: 4/5


Number 9 is not a love potion, but the mighty Grandsoil, the Elemental Lord. A level 8 EARTH/Beast-Warrior *I don't see it* with the darn good stats of 2800 ATK and 2200 DEF. 
Cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. Can only be special summoned from your hand by having exactly 5 EARTH monsters in your graveyard and cannot be special summoned any other way. When this card is special summoned, you can target 1 monster in either player's graveyard; special summon that target to your side of the field. If this card leaves the field, skip the battle phase of your next turn.
Foolish Burial, Catapult Zone and what seems to be my new favorite card for EARTH types, Rock Bombardment, can get those EARTH monsters in the grave for this guy. And when does hit the field, not only are his stats huge and hard to get over, he gets you a free Monster Reborn just for showing up. If he leaves the field, you still get to keep whatever monster you brought back, but you have to skip your next battle phase. That may or may not be a big a deal, depending on what is happening during the duel at that point. Overall, Grandsoil can make your opponents soil themselves if he hits the field at right time. Rock, X-Sabers and Gem-Knights can benefit well from this card. EARTH lovers, this card is your game winner.
Traditional: 2.5
Advanced: 4
Tomorrow: MOAR EARTH!


Grandsoil the Elemental Lord
Lv 8/EARTH/Beast-Warrior/2800A/2200D
"Cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by having exactly 5 EARTH monsters in your Graveyard, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. When this card is Special Summoned: You can target 1 monster in either player's Graveyard; Special Summon that target to your side of the field. If this card leaves the field, skip the Battle Phase of your next turn."

Well, GEL is a very interesting card and one the EARTH attribute has been deserving for some time now. Under the right conditions, he can be a game ender, but with only a Monster Reborn built into him, that's not always likely to be enough to pull off a win. The opponent could still have a back row card that can weaken or destroy him, or the opponent may have a troublesome monster, such as one that can't be destroyed in battle or removes itself and the opponent's monster from play when attacked, so you definately want some good field clearing effects to back the big guy up. There's TONS of great EARTH monsters out there, so I wouldn't be surprised to see some decks build around him pop up in the near future, assuming there aren't already. The loss of your next battle phase when he dies seems like an odd cost, but not the end of the world as long as you build your deck to handle such an occurrence.

Traditional: 3.5
Advanced: 4

Jeff Lang

An Earth boss monster? Sweet! Beefy stats, has a built-in reborn effect, and a drawback that will keep it from ruining the game. People will have to be careful on when to summon this, it can lose you the duel as easily as it can win you it. Somewhere down the line, this will make an impact, id bet money on it.
Trad/: 1/5
Adv: 2.5/5

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