If you control no cards, you can Special Summon this card from your hand. While this card is face-up on the field, if your opponent's monster attacks a "Blackwing" monster you control, the attacking monster loses 300 ATK during the Damage Step only.
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Date Reviewed - May 25, 2010
Let it be known that I hold a special place in my
heart for Blackwing monsters ... But please ... can
they offer some support for OTHER things?!?!
Anyways, at first glance, i really didnt like this
card. 900 ATK. Can special summon itself if u
control no cards. Right away that screams no good.
Blackwing players usually like to have Whirlwind or
2 on the field, if nothing else. An Icarus attacks
laying in wait, or SOMETHING ... But let's say u
don't and your opponent has a monster on the field.
Most people would rather bring out Sirroco instead.
Much beefier. But then u look a little closer and
notice that Gust is a SPECIAL summon... As great as
the Blackwings are, and as quickly as they can
swarm, Special summoning will always be faster and
more useful than normal summoning, even if its for
somewhat weaker monsters. You probably won't need to
tribute him, but now that u have a Blackwing out, u
can normal summon Elphin the Raven, the strongest
(and one of the coolest IMO) non-synchro Blackwing.
There was never a handy way to bring him to a naked
field before, without baiting in a tribute for him
1st. So if u like Elphin, then u should like Gust a
little bit. Plus his 2nd effect, although a LITTLE
bit ok, isnt going to ensure a lot other than that
your opponent will probably just kill off Gust first
Uhm ... He's better than he looks, and i'll just
leave it at that.
Blackwing - Gust the
As if Blackwings needed help with synchros... then
along comes this guy. Swarm combos and synchro
combos are what this guy was made for, as his second
effect is pretty much crap. He adds two stars
to any synchro equation the Blackwing player
desires. Will he see play? That's a good
question, as Blackwings already have many ways to
synchro, and he does lead to poor hand management.
I think he might get splashed around a little bit,
but for the most part, the competitive set will move
past this guy after a little bit of experimentation.
He just doesn't add enough oomph on his own.
Blackwing – Gust the Backblast
is another new
Blackwing monster.This tiny Level 2 Dark/Winged Beast has a
mere 900 ATK and slightly better 1400 DEF.It can Special Summon itself from your hand
if your field is completely empty.It also drops your opponent’s monsters’ ATK
by 300, but only during the damage step when said
monsters are attacking a
Blackwing on the field is another
on the field but if you’re going first, you won’t be
able to attack right away and probably don’t want to
swarm unless its for a Synchro Summon (preferably
that can protect itself).If you’re doing your job your field isn’t
totally empty at the beginning of your turn any
other turn.So if you go second it can be a good way to
start the ball rolling.Given the other
support fighting for deck space, I think this might
be another one to pass on.
Today's card is
Blackwing - Gust the Backblast, and if you ask me,
doesn't really look like a Blackwing. But it doesn't
really matter, because he's not going to see any use
whatsoever. If you have a completely empty field (no
Solidarity or BWW allowed), you can special summon
him from your hand. Big whoop, Sirocco doesn't need
Gust has the unbelievable ability to decrease an
attacking monster's ATK by a whopping 300 points for
just the damage step! Sure, you could use him to
make the Shura you're about to summon last a turn,
but that's not going to do anything in a meta of
giant monsters. Won't stop an Infernity swarm, won't
stop Tytannial or a Synchro, runs for the hills when
it sees Caius, etc.
This card is too situational and his effect is way
too weak to be of any consistent use. Blackwings
have much better cards to run and should never have
to resort to cards like Ghibli or Gust.
Art: Another guy in a chicken suit. Sounds like a
Fun Fact: That .1% of germs nothing can kill is
going to take over the universe.
Tomorrow: This guy parties hard because he has a
lampshade on his head.
Gust is another badly designed piece of support for
Blackwings. It's a non-tuner with absolutely
atrocious stats and a terrible effect. The effect
will only have relevance if your opponent either
refuses to read new cards on the field or reads the
effect and chooses to ignore it foolishly.
Gust creates no card advantage. The only redeeming
factor to it is you can continue the Whirlwind chain
by searching a Gust from Blizzard or Gale, then
summoning Gust to search Vayu. Unfortunately, the
card is so bad that you would be better off simply
skipping that part of the chain entirely.
The card would have been far better with more solid
stats (such as 1600/0) and a better effect. By
itself, a 300 ATK decrease basically means anything
with 1700+ ATK can swing over it with ease.
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