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

Gilford the Lightning
 

If you Tribute Summon this card by Tributing 3 monsters, destroy all monsters on your opponent's side of the field.

Type - Warrior/Effect
Card Number - CT2-EN001

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.8
Advanced: 3.23

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


Date Reviewed - 09.21.05

 

Lord
Tranorix
Gilford the Lightning

Gilford the Lightning is Moisture Creature’s counterpart. It’s a two tribute monster, but you have the option of tributing three monsters instead, in which case you wreak massive havok on your opponent’s field.

Being LIGHT is good, being a Warrior is good, and having 2800 ATK is certainly good. You can choose to tribute three monsters instead of two to summon Gilford, and if you do, you get a Raigeki.

Now this raises the question of how good that effect actually is; after all, if your opponent has enough monsters to destroy for it to be worth using Gilford’s effect, how likely is it that you’ll have enough monsters to do it? That aside, Gilford is definitely a monster with potential. In a Swarm Deck (Nimble Momongas, Giant Germs, that sort of thing) I could see him working.

CCGCC: 2.5/5
Swarm Deck: 4/5
OVERALL RATING: 3.3/5
 

ExMinion OfDarkness
Gilford the Lightning

This card won't see a heck of a lot of play, but a dedicated deck might get that effect to work once in a while.

Two tributes is a bad thing -- but 8 stars isn't. Hypocritical as that sounds, I'd rather have an 8-star monster (Morph into Cyber Twin Dragon or Gatling Dragon) than a 7-star one (morph into King Dragun, Last Warrior From Another Planet, or St. Joan.) 2800 DEF isn't horrible for 2 tributes; the 1400 DEF isn't great but at least it survives a Tsukuyomi flip.

In my opinion, this card suffers from "Dark Paladin Syndrome" -- not our fellow CotD reviewer, but the actual card itself. I'm referring to a great effect that you either can't use or there's no point in using when you'd be able to. Dark Paladin can negate any Spell card with a hand discard, you've given up so many resources to pull him out (since you actually have to use Polymerization, you've lost 3 cards) that you won't have the cards in hand to fuel his effect. Just like that, if you have 3 monsters out, you're probably already putting the beatdown on your opponent, so what do you need a Raigeki effect for when your monsters could probably tear up the opponent's that turn anyway?

True, you have Kaiser Seahorse to count as 2 of those 3 Tributed Monsters. And you do have Snatch Steal or Brain Control to make getting that third Tribute even easier -- but if you're taking one of your opponnet's monsters so that you can kill all of the opponent's monsters, you're kinda defeating the purpose.

This guy doesn't have a superior version, so he doesn't get the auto 1/5 from me like the other days...but he doesn't fare much better.

1/5 Traditional
1.75/5 Advanced
 

Coin Flip
Gilford is a monster I actually have to discuss. His stats are not particularly impressive for a level 8; better stats can be achieved by a Fusilier Dragon or Dark Magician of Chaos. Even Moisture Creature trumps this card in stats.

Ah, speaking of Moisture Creature... MC gave you HFD for three Tributes (and, in order to break even, you had to kill 3 m/t cards that could not have been activated or else you lost advantage) and this gives you Raigeki for three Tributes. However, and here's the fun part, if you had three monsters on the field to begin with, you probably could've just attacked and killed their monsters (or them) anyway.

With that fact, let's look at gameplay patterns. Conservative gameplay rarely sees more than two monsters in play at once that weren't summoned by an ubiquitiously played quickplay spell card. I'll give you two hints: the card in question's name begins with "S" and ends with "capegoat". Seeing three non-token monsters on both sides of the field is a ludicrous suggestion and should be followed by the end of the game anyway. Gilford is not the best card to end the game with. Actually, that's Yata Garasu. But enough about banned cards.

So if you're rarely going to be able to use this card's effect, and almost never going to break even in card advantage... Then it's almost as if his effect is rarely an important aspect of the card to consider. This is why you shouldn't play Skilled Dark Magician (in the CURRENT format), kiddos. A beatstick can almost never outmatch a kickass effect, and the best cards out there combine both aspects into one uber-card. SDM is an awesome monster when you use him for both his effect and his stats. Outside of that, he's a fattie. What is there to say about a fattie?

With that in mind, you might as well use Fusilier Dragon if you want a good 2-Tribute monster. It's easy to get for those who don't want to commit to GOOD 2-Tribute monsters like DMoC or Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys.

General: 1.5/5
 

SandTrap
Gilford the Lightning

Gilford the Lightning is Moisture Creature’s counterpart. It’s a two tribute monster, but you have the option of tributing three monsters instead, in which case you wreak massive havok on your opponent’s field.

Being LIGHT is good, being a Warrior is good, and having 2800 ATK is certainly good. You can choose to tribute three monsters instead of two to summon Gilford, and if you do, you get a Raigeki.

Now this raises the question of how good that effect actually is; after all, if your opponent has enough monsters to destroy for it to be worth using Gilford’s effect, how likely is it that you’ll have enough monsters to do it? That aside, Gilford is definitely a monster with potential. In a Swarm Deck (Nimble Momongas, Giant Germs, that sort of thing) I could see him working.

CCGCC: 2.5/5
Swarm Deck: 4/5
OVERALL RATING: 3.3/5
 
Snapper Gilford the Lightning

Today's card is Gilford the Lightning, a card that is oddly similar to Raigeki.

With an ATK of 2800, Gilford can walk all over any monster your opponent can throw at you. Well, technically it can't walk over ALL monsters they opponent may have, because, you know, some people are weird and run… Ultimate Obedient Fiend or something. He's a Warrior, giving him mondo grandé perks with various Warrior benefiting cards (go figure!) He's also a LIGHT monster, allowing you to summon him much easier with Kaiser Seahorse, and all the while making his effect that much easier to use.

If you Tribute Summon Gilford with a Tribute of 3 monsters, Gilford destroys all monsters on the opponent's side of the field. It's an incredibly simple effect that is also incredibly useful; after all, mass monster clearance it currently at its best in the form of Lightning Vortex, which fails to dispose of face-down monsters. But that isn't a problem with Gilford! He cleans up where LV can't, and he does it for free. Well, almost for free.

The only true downside to Gilford is that in order to activate his devastating effect he needs to a) be Tribute Summoned (which means no easy dump and revives) and b) he would require 3 Tributes. Now, a monster requiring 2 Tributes is shunned enough already in the current day, so that really does nothing to help Gilford who would require 3 Tributes should you decide to use his effect. Of course you don't NEED to use his effect and therefore drop Gilford down to a 2 Tribute monster, but then what would be the point of using him?

As has already been said, Gilford's Tribute cost can be lessened with Kaiser Seahorse, only requiring you to Tribute it and a second monster to satisfy Gilford's effect. Additionally, you can use Stray Lambs for two easy Tributes, though you will of course need to wait a turn before you can summon Gilford. Then there's Dimension Fusion, which could easily be an expensive yet effective way to summon Gilford.

Overall, Gilford is a really useful monster that could become a great ally to Warrior Decks (where he'd gain lots of perks) and LIGHT Decks (which may or may not already be using KS). But for the current competitive environment, Gilford would best be avoided, unless of course you can pull of a 3 monster Tribute frequently and easily; then we'll talk.

Advanced: 3/5. The rating's probably a tad high, but Gilford can be worth it if you're losing badly at a time that you for some reason have 3 spare monsters.
Traditional: 2/5. An actual Raigeki would be far easier to use.
Overall: 2.5/5.
Art: 4/5. It's Gilford, Gilford, Gilford of the jungle. Watch out for that tree!
 

Otaku

Stats                : Gilford the Lightning is a big Level 8 Light/Warrior.  This is a very nice Attribute/Type combination, though it isn’t likely to make its way into Chaos decks since it is a two-Tribute Monster.  Still, Warriors are probably the best supported Type, and Light does have a few nifty tricks of its own.

 

2800 ATK is solid for this big a Monster.  It isn’t the highest, but it is on par with most other Monsters that require two Tributes and exceeds all single and no Tribute Monsters.  The DEF of 1400 is a bit low, but at least is high enough that Tsukuyomi isn’t going to be able to get rid of Gilford on her own.  All in all not bad, but obviously it needs an effect or else it’s just sub par.

 

Effect(s)            : If you Tribute Summon Gilford using three Monsters instead of two, you destroy all Monsters on your opponent’s side of the field.  It’s a big cost, but for one of the best rewards in the game.  Normally an opponent can at best Summon one Monster a turn.  Setting them back up to five turns is pretty spiffy.  And if they used a short cut, like a Special Summon, that requires at least another cards worth of costs (using Call of the Haunted, for example).  Now, if this were on some little weakling, it might not be much, but on Gilford, this is indeed great effect: it requires enough effort that it can’t randomly turn the game around, but will give skilled players a fighting chance to turn around a losing game or in a game where they are winning, press for the kill.

 

Uses and

Combinations  : Anything to get legal to Tribute Monsters in play quickly.  Some prime examples are just about anything that can search something out when it is sent to the Graveyard (Shining Angel, Nimble Momonga, etc.), Kaiser Seahorse (who counts as two Tributes for a Light Monster), and cards like The Shallow Grave and Gilasaurus (who cares if they also get a Monster, Gilford will fry it anyway).  Together, all these cards make it reasonably likely you’ll get Gilford’s effect off.  You might even consider Ultimate Offering, though you risk depleting both your hand and Life Points that way.  Still, the look on your opponent’s face when you Summon Gilford during their Battle Phase and trigger his effect would be enjoyable.

 

Cards like Snatch Steal can also help, but also lessen the impact of Gilford: every Monster you “borrow” won’t be destroyed by Gilford’s effect (though the Tribute itself would get rid of them).  Of course, Snatch Steal is just useful in general.  Running it with Moisture Creature is a possibility, but probably not a wise one.

 

Ratings

 

Traditional       : 1/5-All that work, just to get nailed by all the Monster Removal?  Not thanks.  Besides, you probably won’t nail that many Monsters all at once anyway.

 

Advanced        : 3.65/5-Gilford the Lightning can be added to almost any deck, but will rarely be worth it.  However, in its own deck, it is quite electric.  Thus that is a composite score based on those different areas.

 

Limited            : N/A-Since it is a tin promo; it shouldn’t be showing up in Limited events.  For the sake of argument, if you and your friends decide to all buy a tin and some packs and do a limited event, this guy is pretty good.  If you’re winning, it makes going for the kill easier, and if you can successfully set up enough “walls” (Monsters to hard for the opponent to quickly destroy), it can be used to turn the game around.

 

Summary

This is what the game needs more of in my opinion: Monsters that need their own decks but are well worth dedicating the time to do so.  Gilford is so impressive in what it does, I think I shall borrow a term from Tranorix and dub this Monster Gilford the Rentsy.

 


Dark Paladin
As our week of reviewing the new tins of this summer progresses, we come to my single favorite NON Spellcaster card in the game. So, yes, it would be fair to say I am a bit biased toward Gilford the Lightning.

Gilford is Level 8 and has an excellent attack for that his Level of 2800. His defense is only 1400, but hopefully you aren’t defending with Gilford anyway. He also has a built in Raigeki effect.

However, here’s where Gilford starts to falter. If you tribute two monsters for Gilford, you get a 2800 attack monster with NO effect whatsoever. You have to (successfully) tribute THREE monsters to get the Raigeki effect. Kaiser Sea Horse can help though, counting as two monsters, since Gilford is Light. Now, 2800 attack is over ¼ of your opponent’s life points.

Think though, is it worth it to tribute your only three monsters for Gilford just to have him Ringed, Armored, Forced, Bottomless Trap Holed, etc…? As much as I love Gilford, he’s bad field management, (unless possibly he survives his summoning) and not worth the resources.

Ratings:

Traditional: 2.0/5 Odds of keeping three monsters on the field is not good.

Advanced: 3.0/5 It could happen, in it’s own deck with 3 Kaiser Sea
Horse.

Art: 5.0/5 An awesome picture.

You stay classy, Planet Earth :)
 

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