Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Grapha, Dragon Lord Of Dark World (SDGU-EN001)

Card:  SDGU-EN001
Card Name:  Grapha, Dragon Lord Of Dark World
Attribute:  Dark
Level/Rank:  8
Type:  Fiend/Effect
ATK:  2700
DEF:  1800

Card Text:
You can Special Summon this card (from your Graveyard) by returning 1 face-up "Dark World" monster you control to the hand, except "Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World".  If this card is discarded to the Graveyard by a card effect: Target 1 card your opponent controls; destroy that target, then, if this card was discarded from your hand to your Graveyard by an opponent's card effect, look at 1 random card in your opponent's hand, then, if it was a monster, you can Special Summon it to your side of the field.

Personal Comment:
Grapha, Dragon Lord Of Dark World is the leader of the pack in the new Gates Of The Underworld structure deck.  In order to maximize this card's full potential, it needs to be used in a "Dark World" theme deck.  Its card effect has several components to it so you really need to break it down and understand each one individually...

Special Summon:
If you're running a "Dark World" theme deck this summoning requirement is fairly easy.  All you need to do is return 1 face-up "Dark World" monster you control (except Grapha) back to your hand.  The important thing to note here is that the card you're returning is not destroyed so there is no cost to you.  Basically, Grapha can keep coming back from the Graveyard and cards that return to your hand can be used over and over again.  A very good added bonus for an easy summoning.

This card is discarded to the Graveyard by a card effect:
You can then target 1 card your opponent controls and destroy it.  Notice how it doesn't specify who discards Grapha to the Graveyard.  So if your opponent isn't willing to do the dirty work, you can use your own card effects and send him to the Graveyard to destroy an opponent's card.  Then return a "Dark World" face-up monster back to your hand, Special Summon Grapha, and repeat the destruction.  It's a never ending nightmare for an opponent who can't stop this.

If Grapha is sent from your hand to the Graveyard by an opponent's card effect:
You then get to randomly look at 1 card in your opponent's hand.  If it's a monster card you can Special Summon it to your side of the field.  There are actually two benefits to this.  One, Grapha gets sent to the Graveyard, which is where you want him.  This will then give you the chance to Special Summon him.  Two, there's a chance to steal an opponent's monster.  There is no downside to this what-so-ever.

Simply put, this is a great card and is mandatory in every Dark World deck.  While the 2700 ATK and 1800 DEF isn't anything to brag about, Grapha's ability to revive, destroy, and steal makes him difficult for any opponent to go up against.  Oh, and the artwork is sinister.  Everything you'd expect from a Dragon Lord Of Dark World.

Personal Rating:
Artwork - 10/10
Power - 7/10
Easy To Play - 7/10
Collectable - 7/10
Overall Score - 7.75/10

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