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2 Level 4 monsters
While this card has an Xyz Material attached that was originally WATER, all WATER monsters you control gain 500 ATK. Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; any card effects that activate in your opponent's Graveyard cannot be activated this turn.
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 is Horrible.
3 is Average.
5 is the highest rating.
Feb. 24, 2015
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card has never been reviewed on Pojo before. For
much of the XYZ era, this card has been a very good
splashable generic Rank-4. It got a bit pricy at
$20, but now that it was reprinted in THSF everyone
can have it.
It's effect is
chainable during either player's turn, making it
really versatile. It makes attacking set monsters a
safer bet and it can preclude your opponent's plays
during their turn. Even if Dweller dies, its effect
still remains. And there's not a lot of other XYZ's
out there that handle graveyard plays well. So, this
is the best one for that.
Granted, XYZ's aren't
the top gameplay mechanic anymore, but there are
still a number of decks that are able to Rank-4
toolbox, and graveyard-based effects aren't going
anywhere. This is one of those cards you're going to
want in your collection for a long time. I
would've rated it a 4/5 like 6-12 months ago, but
it's still very good in a timeless sense.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Abyss Dweller was one of the hottest Xyz monsters a
player could have in their Extra Deck, and still is
very playable in this format.
Easy to Xyz Summon, Dweller isn't very strong, so
protection will be needed to keep him around. The
attack boost he gives WATER monsters is useful if
you run a deck based on that Attribute (Mermails).
This monster is meant to be used as a graveyard
restriction tool. Prevent any effects happening in
your opponents graveyard during either players turn
by detaching a material is highly desired in this
format. Burning Abyss and Shaddolls depend on the
grave to further their position in the game, Abyss
Dweller can throw a serious wrench in their plans.
Two turns could be all you need to swing the game
heavily in your favor, and this effect stops ANY
effects activating in your opponents graveyard.
After using up Dwellers Xyz, it's easy summoning
requirements allow you to bring out another. If you
can get multiple Dwellers out in one turn your
opponent could be facing a huge uphill climb if they
depend on the graveyard.
If you have Level 4 monsters in your main deck, run
this guy in your Extra Deck. At least have one in
your Side Deck.
Until Next Time
Abyss Dweller is one of the
many good Rank 4 monsters in the game, and has
remained a relevant card throughout pretty much its
entire existence. A walking, one-sided Soul Drain
has proven time and time again to be a powerful
asset for any Rank 4 Deck, especially, with so many
Graveyard-based strategies that have existed, from
Mermail and Dragon Ruler to Shaddoll and Burning
Abyss. The abundance of strong WATER monsters in
recent times means that it is not uncommon for it to
come out with 2200 ATK instead of its base 1700,
making it a bigger nuisance. Several Decks, such as
Wind-Up, HERO, and H.A.T. run Level 4 WATER monsters
like Wind-Up Shark, Elemental HERO Bubbleman, and
Ice Hand, while Decks like Mermail and Nekroz will
almost always get Dweller out with 2200 (while also
boosting every other monster in their Deck).
Two years after its initial
release, this card remains as one of the best
monsters in the game (a rare feat), and as long as
Graveyard-reliant strategies exist, it will probably
stay this way.
Dweller has just been reprinted in The Secret Forces
to accompany Nekroz, due to the obvious synergy that
is given to you by using a Unicore to summon it.
Honestly, the ATK gain isn’t that relevant, but it’s
still nice – it isn’t hard to see why they chose to
reprint it for this set in particular.
relevance is rather format dependant, and while
there are decks currently around that require a lot
of graveyard effects (Shaddolls; Burning Abyss;
Nekroz, somewhat peripherally), that isn’t something
that is always going to be the case. There are a
number of other decks around right now, and if
Burning Abyss were to drop off, as Shaddolls have,
then Dweller wouldn’t be that great a choice in
something that supports a varied extra deck.
On the other
hand, when playing a rank 4 centric deck, then
there’s really no reason not to. Rank 4s have gotten
to the point where a lot of their effects have so
much utility. It’s why Silent Honor ARK has been
dropped for Castel – you would rather have a wider
range of effects. This means that despite being a
large number of powerful rank 4s, you can still
afford to fit in cards that are only effective
against certain decks, and Dweller is one of those
cards. If you’re running a deck that only supports
rank 4s, there’s not really much excuse not to use
it, even if the format were to shift so that
graveyard effects were not as necessarily prominent.
A couple of
note-worthy things to keep in mind: This card +
Raigeki or Dark Hole (or Torrential Tribute, I
suppose) is pretty much auto-win vs. Burning Abyss,
this card stops Saqlifice from searching when it’s
sent to the graveyard, you can use this card to stop
Nekroz decks from searching ritual spells using the
ones in grave and finally, it’s important to
remember that you need to use its effect
pre-emptively, chaining to a graveyard effect will
not prevent it.
4/5 - Solid Choice for Rank 4 decks.