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

Fushioh Richie

Card Number - PGD-031

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

Date Reviewed - 09.02.03

DuelMonster Tuesday - Fushioh Richie/Nosferatu Lich:

PGD-031-Ultra Rare
Dark/Zombie/7/2600/2900
Effect: This card can only be Special Summoned from your hand or Deck by offering 1 "Great Dezard" that has fulfilled the condition as a Tribute. You can flip this card into face-down Defense Position once per turn during your Main Phase. As long as this monster remains face-up on the field, negate the activation and effects of all Magic or Trap Cards that specifically designate this card as a target and destroy them. When this card is flipped face-up, you can Special Summon 1 Zombie-Type monster from your Graveyard in face-up Attack or Defense Position.


Before getting into this card I'll go over Great Dezard first:

Great Dezard
PGD-020-Ultra Rare
Dark/Spellcaster/6/1900/2300
Effect: When this monster destroys the following number of monsters in battle, the following effects are activated in order:
*One: As long as this card remains face-up on the field, negate the activation and effects of all Magic and Trap Cards that specifically designate this card as a target and destroy them.
**Two: You can Special Summon 1 "Fushioh Richie" from your hand or Deck by offering this card as a Tribute during your Main Phase.


As soon as GD destroys a monster he becomes partially protected from M/T so he can get have a better chance to destroy second monster next turn and summon Fushioh Richie.

Now on to the Nosferatu Lich, which sounded allot better than Fushioh Richie does, but anyways, this monster can make Zombie Decks slightly more playable. It's effect to Special Summon a Zombie from your Graveyard is a bit different, you can reborn the Zombies that were previously destroyed or discarded every time he gets flipped face-up. So you can easily get back a Pyramid Turtle and run it into a stronger monster to Special Summon a Zombie from your Deck.

The only good Zombies out at the moment worth using with Fushioh Richie IMO are:
- Royal Keeper - Descent ATK boost - Re-flip effect
- Wandering Mummy - Only good to confuse opponent with the Re-flip effect monsters; can make them unsure witch monster to attack, play NoC or CoH on, Etc.
- Giant Axe Mummy - Works o.k. when played with Wandering Mummy and other re-flippers.
- Des Lacooda - Re-flipper with Drawing Power, not bad when playing an all Zombie Deck.
- Spirit Reaper - Why Not?
- Master Kyonshee - Highest ATK Non-Effect Zombie.
- Nightmare Horse - Only really effective if boosted.
- Patrician of Darkness - Choosing who they attack is priceless.
- Shadow Ghoul - Descent ATK if given enough supplies.
- Castle Of Dark Illusions - Not actually a Zombie, but gives them a good boost if played right.
- Pumpking - Only good when played with CoDI.
- Pyramid Turtle - Obviously to get monsters out quicker.

And the obvious M/T to use with Zombies:
- Book of Life - Almost like a Monster Reborn and Soul Release in one.
- Call of the Mummy - Good for using as Tribute Bait.
- Tutan Mask - Almost like a Riryoku Field + Trap negation for Zombies.

You can play Book Of Taiyou on him but not Book Of Moon, as well as NoC can be used against him but Snatch Steal can't. I'm sure everyone knows what are and aren't Targeted Effects by now so I won't go on with listing everything.

Fushioh Richie can be fun to use, but with not being able to boost his ATK except with Castle Of Dark Illusions (as far as I can think), his ATK will usually be stuck at 2600, sure he can still take out Jinzo, Summoned Skull and others but with some extremely powerful monsters due out, this guy may not live too long, even for being undead.

Ratings:
Casual: 3.5
Tourney: 4.0 - If used right.
ArtWork: 3.0 - Cool looking undead guy, could have used more detail in the drawing but I'm also surprised they didn't edit out his horns or horn-like head thingies. I would also LOVE this card if it were still named Nosferatu Lich since Nosferatu is my favorite vampire movie/story. 
Pegasus Fushioh Richie, 9/2/03:

This card has such a stupid name in English. I mean, it'd be cool if they'd left the second part as "Lich," but "Richie"? Just because "richii" is the correct way to pronounce it in Japanese doesn't mean it should be phonetically spelled that way... "Nosferatu Lich" just sounds way better....

Anyway, this card's probably going to be the forerunner of Zombie decks in English for awhile. I know, kinda sad, huh? To summon this monster, you need to:

1. Summon a Great Dezard. Minimally, this'll cost you a tribute.

2. Destroy two monsters with it.

3. Tribute it.

So that's a total of two tributes and two deaths by battle. Sounds kinda difficult. But when Great Dezard destroys one monster, it gains protection from targeting magic/traps. Still, Dezard needs to be alive for at least two turns to summon ol' Richie.

Once you get past the difficulty of summoning it, there's the effect. Basically, you'll get to summon a Zombie from your cemetery every turn (kinda like CotH in the anime!). Considering how horrible zombies are in English, this won't really be that helpful. You could summon a Kyonsee, a Royal Keeper, a Reaper... and... that's about it. Well, you could always use them for tributes, right? Although tributing two monsters to bring out another monster just so you can generate tributes sounds really pointless...

And Richie itself isn't that bad. 2600-ATKer that's immune to targeted magic/traps. That'll stop Magic Cylinder, Ring of Destruction, Change of Heart, Snatch Steal...

Unfortunately, if you plan on using this card's effect in the next turn, you'll have to flip it face-down. Face-down, FR loses its protection from targeted m/ts and is killed by Sasuke Samurai or NoC. That's bad.

Overall, this card is really for use in a specialized deck based around zombie-rush (it may sound funny now, but in the future it may actually be decent).

Rating:
Casual: 2.8/5
Tourney: 2.5/5 
Vodkam Monday 09/02/03: Fushioh Richie

PGD-031
7/2600/2900
Dark/Zombie
Effect Monster

This card can only be Special Summoned from your hand or Deck by offering 1 "Great Dezard" that has fulfilled the condition as a Tribute. You can flip this card into face-down Defense Position once per turn during your Main Phase. As long as this monster remains face-up on the field, negate the activation and effects of all Magic or Trap Cards that specifically designate this card as a target and destroy them. When this card is flipped face-up, you can Special Summon 1 Zombie-Type monster from your Graveyard in face-up Attack or Defense Position.


At first glance, Fushioh Richie looks like an amazing, unbeatable monster.

Well, that is somewhat true... if you can get him onto the field. The ability to special summon a Zombie monster from the graveyard every turn is simply incredible. You can fill the field in a hurry then swarm your opponent and it'll all be over in 1 or 2 turns. His immunity to targeted magic and traps makes it so that only a few cards like Raigeki, Dark Hole and Torrential Tribute can get rid of him.

The biggest drawback is managing to summon him. Great Dezard needs to kill 2 monsters in order for you to summon Fushioh Richie. Great Dezard, being 1 tribute and only 1900 ATK makes this a very difficult task. He generally doesn't survive long enough to get the job done. Anyways, Fushioh Richie, since you'll generally want to flip him facedown at the end of each turn, is also somewhat vulnerable to things like Sasuke Samurai and Nobleman of Crossout (this works because he's facedown when it's used). His summoning effect also isn't very useful early in the duel since you probably won't have many Zombies in the graveyard unless you use Painful Choice.

Great monster with killer effects but freakishly difficult to summon (although still not nearly as hard as Gate Guardian). I personally would not play him in a Zombie deck (or any other deck for that matter) since you'll end up wasting a lot of cards trying to get him onto the field and by the time you do, it will probably be too late.

Rating-
Casual: 2.7
Tourney: 2.2 

 

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