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Blackwing – Gofu the Vague Shadow
Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) while you control no monsters. When this card is Special Summoned from the hand: You can Special Summon 2 "Vague Shadow Tokens" (Winged Beast-Type/DARK/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0), but they cannot be Tributed or be used as Synchro Material. You can banish this card and 1 or more face-up non-Tuners you control, then target 1 "Blackwing" Synchro Monster in your Graveyard whose Level equals the total Levels the banished monsters had on the field; Special Summon it, and if you do, it is treated as a Tuner.
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 is Horrible.
3 is Average.
5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed: March 27, 2017
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Blackwing – Gofu the Vague Shadow
I can’t remember a time when a card was preemptively
hit by the restricted list before now, so I guess
Blackwing – Gofu the Vague Shadow is the first. Gofu
will be restricted in the OCG starting April 1, and
for obvious reason. His strength in the Zelda format
at 3 would have been unrivaled.
We start a week of looking at cards that have been
heavily discussed since the reveal of link monsters
by reviewing the card players have talked about the
most. Gofu was the perfect storm of effects that no
other card could duplicate. Since it was recently
confirmed that link monsters could be summoned using
tokens (if possible), that meant Gofu was a monster
that created three instant material and didn’t even
use up your normal summon. Also, by converting the
two tokens into link 1 monsters (such as Link
Spider), you could have 3 effect monsters on the
field for the cost of 1 card special summoned from
your hand. That kind of effect was highlighted
quickly by savvy players, and people began snatching
up copies left and right in preparation.
“Hold up,” said Konami. “We need to sell new cards.”
So Gofu is restricted in Japan, and depending on how
the format changes, I expect it to be restricted or
banned in the TCG as well. Judging by the new cards
we’ve seen so far, it’s hard to imagine Gofu not
being incredibly splashable and maybe even a staple
until it’s banned. The fact of the matter is that
once link summoning really gets its legs, the highly
prized maneuvers will include swarming the field
with monsters of any kind for as little cost as
possible, including tokens. Other cards people have
talked about, such as Cosmic Compass just as an
example, certainly hold promise when they were once
considered afterthoughts, but no card currently
compares to Gofu when it comes to ease of use.
I fully expect Gofu to be splashed into every deck
that hopes to use the new link monsters (as opposed
to players who want to go back in time with the game
slow-down and use old archetypes). Whether or not
he’s truly as busted as people expect will depend on
how generic or specific the link monsters’ summoning
conditions are. Missus Radiant can’t use him, but
Decode and Gaia can. But the fact that Konami
preemptively restricted him is sign enough that he
should be incredibly good.
Future Potential: 5/5
Hello Pojo Fans,
Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow is a Blackwing
that, while popular at the start, doesn't have much
usefulness outside the archetype, and even that is
Special Summon a Level 5 monster when you have no
monsters? Sounds good to me. Opening move of the
game and you have Gofu on the field, already in good
standing. You get 2 “Vague Shadow Tokens” when
Special Summoned from the hand (because if it was
any time it was Special Summoned it would be
broken). The tokens are essentially walls, as they
aren't able to be tributed, or used within a Synchro
Summon. You can still banish them via effects like
Gofu, but the real benefit of this card is its
Special Summon ability and being a Level 5 Tuner.
Within Blackwings, not being able to Icarus one of
the tokens is a real negative. The Synchro potential
with Gofu is great, and it is searchable, but does
it deserve a slot in Blackwings? Any other deck? I'm
not sure. You want a card to be balanced or
overpowering in your favor, and Gofu may not be
Until Next Time
Welcome to Retro Week, opening with an old Blackwing
favorite. Gofu does a lot, as illustrated by
its massive amount of text. First noteworthy
thing of this card, it's a Tuner. While, in
itself, not significant, being a Level 5 Tuner is.
Higher level Tuners (above Level 4) aren't
incredibly common in the game. You also note
this card can only be Special Summoned, and only
from the Hand. It also produces (or can
anyway) two Tokens, which you're likely going to
remove, along with this card, to produce at least, a
Level 7 Blackwing Synchro. Said Synchro has to
come from your Graveyard, so this can be a handy mid
or late game play. Additionally, said Synchro
also becomes a Tuner, which can also further benefit
you. It's a great piece in the Blackwing Deck,
for any of you using one.