Monday, 23 May 2011

Yu-Gi-Oh Card Review: Gurensaurus and Gachigachi Gantetsu

I apologise for not making a blog entry for the last few days. I've had some project involving other blogs on my mind at the moment and now that thats over, i am free to write on this one (My main one, of course. YUGIOH FTW!). As a big sorry note, i've decided to review 2 cards instead of 1.

And these are the other two Exceed (Now officially called XYZ in the TCG, yet pronouned Exceez) from the starter deck, Gurensaurus and Gachigachi Gantetsu.

Lets start with Gurensaurus.

This rank 3 fire type requires 2 level 3 monsters and boasts a meh 2000 attack and 1900 defence. 2 level 3 monsters was easier to accomplish when Rescue cat was legal, but there are other ways to get 2 level 3s (Like Tour guide to the underworld).

When this card destroys a monster in battle and sends it to the graveyard, you can remove one exceed monster on this card to deal 1000 attack to your opponent.

Like most FIRE types, its got a burn effect. Burn effects are not very good. I would have preferred that 1000 damage to be 1000 more attack on the monster itself instead, but thats a little too strong for a rank 3.

Unfortunately there is not much to say about this card. Even though the XYZ monsters are not out yet, there are already better options, like Leviath Dragon (which i will review in the future) which has the same summoning requirements. It would have been a bit better if it could remove the monsters and deal burn damage without having to destroy a monster in battle. There are many times where 1000 damage can end a game or make their face down Solemn warning useless, so its not terrible.

With that out of the way, we can move on to the second, and much better card from the starter deck, Gachigachi Gantetsu (it will probably get a name change, or maybe not)

This rank 2 requires 2 level 2 monsters to summon it. Its got 500 attack and 1800 defence, which is fitting since its a rock type. Its got a decent effect that can keep itself on the field and benefit your other monsters too.

If this face-up card would be destroyed (either by battle or effect), you can remove one of this card's exceed materials instead. Also, all of your monsters gain attack and defence equal to the number of exceed materials on this card x 200.

So upon summon (In defence mode, obviously), its got a solid 2200 defence, which is not bad at all. Also, your monsters gain 400 attack so your level 4 beatstick can go up to around 2200-2300 attack. And with its ability to stop itself being destroyed, its got a nice immunity from bigger monsters and annoying spell cards like Dark hole or Black rose dragon.

However, due to its bad attack power, there is no real offensive benefit to this card. You would only go into this card when you are forced into a corner and need to hold off for a turn or two until you draw an out. While it is easy to summon (Deep sea diva comes to mind), you would rather have summoned something else to take on your opponent rather than let him set up. Fortunately, with its ability to stick around a while, it gives you a nice tribute fodder for a monarch.

So that's it for the XYZ monsters from the starter deck. In my personal opinion, the only one that MIGHT see play is Number 39: Utopia due to its attack negation and ease of summoning, but over time there will be better rank 4 monsters.


  1. You're forgetting Tyrus, it's ridiculously easy to summon and probably harder to get rid of than both Utopia and Genchiki.

  2. It's not in the starter deck.