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

Gravekeeper's Spear Soldier

Card Number - PGD-062

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

Date Reviewed - 09.10.03

wartortle32 Gravekeeper's Spear Soldier

When this card attacks with an ATK that is higher than the DEF of your opponent’s Defense Position monster, inflict the difference as Battle Damage to your opponent’s Life Points.

We continue GK week with the Spear Soldier. This monster has a Spear Dragon like effect without the bad effect of switching to defense. This monster is great for attacking face down monsters, almost guaranteeing damage every time. It's also great for taking out the popular Spear Dragons, and GAFs, while doing heavy damage to Spirit Reapers. And with Necrovalley on the field, it has a high attack of 2000 for a level 4 monster, being able to take out most other level 4 monsters. With a regular attack of 1500, this monster is basically the staple of your main attacking force along with GK Assailant, as those 2 have the highest attack for a GK that's level 4 or below.

In a GK deck, I'd give this a 4.5/5. It's basically a staple in a GK deck as it has the highest attack for a level 4 gravekeeper. The only possible reason you wouldn't use this in a GK deck is if you were doing a burn variant of a GK deck, but even then, this is extremely useful. 
DuelMonster Wednesday:

Gravekeeper’s Spear Soldier/Spearman:
PGD-062-Short Print
Dark/Spellcaster/4/1500/1000
Effect: When this card attacks with an ATK that is higher than the DEF of your opponent’s Defense Position monster, inflict the difference as Battle Damage to your opponent’s Life Points.


Trample, Trample, Trample, that's what Spear Soldier does best, and with Necrovalley on the field he's a 2000 ATK Trampler, so he can easily take down any unboosted 1800-1900 ATK monsters. Best yet with allot of Spirit Reapers going around and those nice moments when Goblin Attack Force and Spear Dragon are switched to defense position, GK-Spear can do some wicked damage.

This card is a Short-Print or Super-Short-Print so he is a bit hard to find but once you have him he can be quickly pulled from the deck via Sangan, WotBF and GK-Spy, or even revived from the Graveyard with GK-Chiefs effect. This and GK-Assailant are probably going to be the main attackers for a Gravekeeper's Deck next to GK-Chief of course, but you can have GK-Assailant attack one monster and switch the position of another monster for GK-Spear to trample on, it's also a good ways to take out a Lily since she can't boost her Def.

I'd love to say more about this card, but he's pretty self-explanatory, he's a 1500-2000 ATK monster with (Fairy) Meteor Crush built in. With all the low defense monster out like Swarm of Locusts, Sinister Serpent, Spirit Reaper, Marauding Captain, GAF, Spear Dragon, Etc, and not having any side-effects like changing position after battle phase, this monster will do allot of wear and tear on opponents when it hits the field.

Also you can help "cheat" his effect by using Book Of Moon to switch a high ATK/low DEF monster to defense for a trample attack, besides that I can't think of any tricks with him yet. I also don't own one yet so I haven't tried him out, but I have already seen him pop-up ALLOT at tournaments even in non-Gravekeeper's Decks, so I'm sure he will be mighty popular for a while now.

Ratings:
Casual: 4.0
Tourney: 4.0
ArtWork: 3.5 - I love the inscriptions in the background of all the Gravekeeper's, and they all have a slightly different colored glow around them, Spears being a bright yellow is kinda weird but he still looks cool. 
Pegasus Gravekeeper's Spear Soldier, 9/10/03:

Spear Soldier's a really nice card because of its trample effect. We badly need more tramplers in the English game. And with Necrovalley this becomes a 2000-ATK monster. 2000-ATK trampler pushes it over Spear Dragon completely. With equips it could become dangerous... especially against those puny little scapegoats.

Additionally, it's a Gravekeeper, so you can search for it with Gravekeeper's Spy, revive it with Gravekeeper's Chief, and all those other goodies. It's Dark, so it can be searched by Mystic Tomato. Trampler also means it can trigger cards like Robbin' Goblin for added support.

Er..

Not much else to say... it's a great card with Necrovalley, and only half-good without.

Rating:
Casual: 4.7/5 in Gravekeeper deck, 2.8/5 elsewhere
Tourney: 4.4/5 in Gravekeeper deck, 2.5/5 elsewhere 
Vodkam Wednesday 09/10/03: Gravekeeper's Spear Soldier

4/1500/1000
Dark/Spellcaster
PGD-062

When this card attacks with an ATK that is higher than the DEF of your opponent's Defense Position monster, inflict the difference as Battle Damage to your opponent's Life Points.


Another trample monster... Oh what fun!

Joining the ranks of Airknight Parshath, Spear Dragon and Mad Sword Beast is Gravekeeper's Spear Soldier. This monster is useable outside of a Gravekeeper deck. The fact that his ATK is 1500 and not 1600 or 1700 is what makes him so dangerous, particularly when used in a deck full of Mystic Tomatoes and Don Zaloogs. I've found that most Hand Disruption decks use a lot of Mystic Tomatoes so when you have this monster, along with all of your own Mystic Tomatoes, when you go head to head and suicide your Tomatoes against each other, special summon Gravekeeper's Spear Soldier instead of another Tomato and you'll stop your opponent dead in his tracks.

Of course his effect is always fun to use against Spirit Reaper and other annoying stallers like Scapegoat. Now, when you have Necrovalley on the field, this monster is a killing machine and with the ease with which Gravekeeper decks summon monsters, your opponent won't be able to defend against you.

While Necrovalley is this monster's greatest strength, it's also its greatest weakness because it gets run over pretty easily without it.

This is a pretty deadly card. Trample effect with no drawbacks, can be brought out with Witch, Sangan, Mystic Tomato and Gravekeeper's Spy and gets a 500 ATK/DEF bonus from Necrovalley. This is a pretty strong card overall.

Rating-
Casual: 4.1
Tourney: 3.6 
DM7FGD Gravekeeper's Spear Soldier
PGD-062---Short Print
Dark/Spellcaster/4 stars/ATK 1500/DEF 1000
Effect: When this card attacks with an ATK that is higher than the DEF of your opponent's Defense Position monster, inflict the difference as Battle Damage to your opponent's Life Points


Gravekeeper's Spear Soldier.. Could be one of the better Gravekeepers. in my opinion. Has a pretty nice Trample Effect, though it is pretty much the lesser Trample Monster of the game, and also of the current Japanese game. Still, any Monster in DEF mode that this Monster might attack isn't likely to have over 1400 DEF, so you're likely to do at least some damage with this Monster out on the Field, whether the opponent's Monsters be in ATK or DEF position.

This Monster obviously works well with Necrovalley. Because with it, you'd have a Monster out on the Field with 2000 ATK strength and a Trample Effect. That's pretty darn powerful indeed.

This Monster can be searched out by them all (Except Pyramid Turtle).. The Witch, Sangan, and the Tomato. That's a pretty nice advantage it has over other Monsters, which gives the Spear Soldier a bit more speed in your deck.

I don't have too much else to say about the Spear Soldier, myself. It's a decent Monster that can be pretty good at times and in certain situations. Trample Effects are always nice, though.

Overall Rating: 2.8/5
In Gravekeeper Decks: 3.8/5 

 

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