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

Grapha, Dragon Lord Of Dark World
#SDGU-EN001 

You can Special Summon this card (from your Graveyard) by returning 1 face-up "Dark World" monster you control to the hand, except "Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World". If this card is discarded to the Graveyard by a card effect: Target 1 card your opponent controls; destroy that target, then, if this card was discarded from your hand to your Graveyard by an opponent's card effect, look at 1 random card in your opponent's hand, then, if it was a monster, you can Special Summon it to your side of the field.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.40
Advanced: 4.67 

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


Date Reviewed - Oct. 28, 2011

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Paladin
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As if you're surprised, Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World, is the final card this week.  Grapha is a Level 8, Dark attributed, Fiend-type Monster, with 2700 attack and 1800 defense.  This is 200 attack points stronger than Reign Beaux, Overlord of Dark World...and as you may or may not recall, Reign Beaux when discarded by an opponent's effect Special Summons himself, and then Raigeki or Harpie Feather Dusters your opponent.  What does Grapha do--well its nowhere near as powerful or unwieldy, but has some tricks of its own.  Grapha can be Special Summoned from your Graveyard by returning a face-up Dark World Monster you control to your Hand.  (Other than itself, but I don't know why you would return this to Special Summon this 99.9% of the time.)   If discarded to the Graveyard by a card effect, target and destroy one card your opponent controls.  If discarded by your opponent's card effect, randomly look at one card in your opponent's Hand.  If the card is a Monster, Special Summon it to your side of the Field.  Reign Beaux may not be as powerful in terms of attack, but I like it better.  This isn't a bad card, and easier to Special Summon, and the Monster stealing ability potential is nice though...

Ratings:
 
Traditional:  2.5/5
Advanced:  3.5/5

John Rocha

Finally we get to review the new king of the Dark Worlds, Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World. With 2700 attack, this ugly looking fiend has a remarkably easy summoning requirement. Notice how I said summoning requirement and not a cost or effect to summon. As with Machine Fortress, you will not be able to respond to the monster being returned to the hand with cards like Debunk, D.D. Crow, Transmigration Prophecy, or Shadow Imprisoning Mirror. You can respond to the attempt to special summon with Solemn Warning and Judgment.
 
The reason this card is so good, is because it can destroy any card your opponent controls by simply being discarded. Then, if your opponent’s card effect discards Grapha, you get to look at one of your opponent’s cards in hand and summon it to your side of the field if it ia a monster. That is a lot of pluses and benefits to this card. With The Gates of Dark World on the field, Grapha’s attack gets over just about anything in the game with 3000 atk points.
 
What other support cards can you play with Grapha? First let’s get Grapha in the grave from the deck with Foolish Burial or to the hand with Snoww, Ulight of Dark World. Then discard it with Trade-In, Mind Crush, Fabled Raven, Snipe Hunter, Morphing Jar, Card Destruction, Dragged Down into the Grave, Dark World Lightning, Dark World Dealings, or The Gates of Dark World to blow up one of your opponent’s cards. Then summon a Dark World monster or Tour Guide with Broww, Huntsman of Dark World. Or use Monster Reborn, Call of the Haunted, or Gateway to Dark World to bring Grapha to the field. Once on the field, use Deck Devastation Virus and Eradicator Epidemic Virus in conjunction with Mind Crush to control your opponent’s hand. It reminds me of the old days when hand control was top tier.
 
Now that we have reviewed all of the new cards that make Dark World a viable deck type, lets talk about the deck as a whole. Can it challenge the meta? Maybe. The biggest draw back is consistency. While other deck types are using cards like Solemn Warning and Judgment, Bottomless Trap Hole, and Dimensional Prison which can work independently of anything else, Dark Worlds need support cards that need to have Dark World monsters in hand to be effective. There simply is no room for anything else. The Dark World monsters by themselves do nothing and aren’t even good as beat stick monsters. Dependant decks rarely do well, and if they do, it is because of luck. Unless someone can come up with a rendition of Dark World that can be consistent, this deck is only good for playing for fun.
 
Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 3/5
Dark World: 5/5

Miguel

It's friday, and today we have our last card at our week long look at the Dark World Structure deck. The terrifying Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World. Grapha  is a LVL 8, Dark/Fiend with 2700 ATK and 1800 DEF. Great stats, and Grapha's effect says, You can Special Summon this card from your grave by returning 1 Dark World monster from your field to your hand, except another copy of Grapha. If this card was discarded from your hand to the grave by a card effect, target 1 card your opponent controls and destroy it. But if Grapha was discarded by your opponent's card effect, you can pick one random card on your opponent's hand, if it's a monster card, special summon it to your side of the field. Right away, the first few cards that came to mind on this one was Trade-In, Dark World Dealings and Dark World Lighting. Grapha also combos well with Snoww and Ceruli. It gels with a few of the fabled monsters also. Grapha can cause a lot of problems for your opponent, depending on how you bring him out. If your using a Dark World deck with Snoww and Ceruli, i suggest using 2 of him. 
 
Traditional: 2
Advanced: 4
Fun Fact: 68% of a Hostess Twinkie is air! 


Ninja
Goemon

Reign-Beaux might provide the pallet of Dark World, but who takes that pallet and applies it? Why it’s Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World!

Grapha is the new boss of the Dark World archetype surpassing even Reign-Beaux’s attack by 200 points. Grapha is also much easier to summon too. All you need to do it bounce a Dark World monster (except another Grapha because that would be disrespectful in Grapha’s eyes) and special summon himself. This gives him constant revival power. Since the monster is returned to the hand, Grapha can be destroyed over and over every turn. Also, he doesn’t need to be discarded by an opponent’s card effect to get an effect off. Being discarded by a card effect makes you (yes, makes you) destroy one of your opponent’s cards. He also has that “sneak a peek” to “con a mon” effect to add insult to injury in a mirror match (or as established earlier in the week, from Celuri).

With combos, The Gates of Dark World works extremely with Grapha, Snoww searches for Grapha, and there are a number of discarding resources for Grapha to assert his power. Some of the staple cards such as Stardust Dragon and Brionac will be run over as well. If you’re facing a Dark World deck, expect a Grapha somewhere in there. If you want to stop him, you need to shut down special summons or banish it before he revives. You could use Fiend Comedian, D.D. Crow, Trishula, Kristya, Barrier Statues, Bottomless Trap Hole … I think you’ve got it.

Well, that’s it for Dark World week, see ya next week!

Traditional: 3.5/5 (Stronger than most new cards and capable of speed)
Advanced: 5/5 (a very strong card and it’s one of the most important new cards of Dark Worlds)
Art: 4/5 (I’m sure he’s friendly if you don’t oppose him)


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Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World
Dark/Fiend/Lv 8/2700 ATK/ 1700 DEF

Basically when you discard it from your hand by a card effect, target one card your opponent controls and destroy it. If your opponent discards this with their card effect, you get the above mentioned effect AND you get to choose 1 card from your opponent’s hand. If you’re lucky enough to hit a monster, you can special summon it onto your side of the field.
Now onto what makes this card amazing. You can bounce back a Dark World monster from your field to your hand to special summon this monster from your graveyard. Infinite recursion, granted it does not get BANISHED or if you can’t get a DW monster on the field. Needless to say most competitive DW decks run this in 3, as well as Snoww, Broww, and the field spell.
THIS is what dark world needed, as well as the aforementioned newly released cards, to bump up DW from tier 2 to possibly tier 1.5 or even tier 1.  

Traditional: 3/5
Advanced: 5/5 for Dark Worlds only.

logan_nagol

For the final day of the best COTD week we have:

Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World

You can Special Summon this card (from your Graveyard) by returning 1 face-up "Dark World" monster you control to the hand, except "Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World". If this card is discarded to the Graveyard by a card effect: Target 1 card your opponent controls; destroy that target, then, if this card was discarded from your hand to your Graveyard by an opponent's card effect, look at 1 random card in your opponent's hand, then, if it was a monster, you can Special Summon it to your side of the field.

Here we have a perfict boss monster, when this card is discarded to the graveyard (which is kinda where you want it, more on that later) it destroys one card on your opponets side of the field, which is really nice since you don't have anything to worry about if you do discard it with nothing on their side of the field, the next effect is a bit of a gamble, as you get a 1 in 3 chance of getting a monster that you get to summon to your side of the field, off the top of my head I can think of only 3 monsters you can't grab, Chaos sorcerer Black Luster soider envoy of the begining, and Dark Armed Dragon. For the final and probly one of the best effects to have on a monster, is that it reborns it self every turn, as long as you return a dark world monster to your hand, which is why I made my comment about you wanting it in the graveyard,

5/5

So I hope you enjoyed this week of Dark World cards. Next week even more cards for us reviewers to look at til next time Duel on.


Argouru

Friday

Grapha,
Dragon Lord of Dark World
Lv 8/DARK/Fiend/2700A/1800D
"You can Special Summon this card (from your Graveyard) by returning 1 face-up "Dark World" monster you control to the hand, except "Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World". If this card is discarded to the Graveyard by a card effect: Target 1 card your opponent controls; destroy that target, then, if this card was discarded from your hand to your Graveyard by an opponent's card effect, look at 1 random card in your opponent's hand, then, if it was a monster, you can Special Summon it to your side of the field."

This guy is the best possible DW beatstick. Since you have so many ways to discard him, he's easy to get out. You can combo him with equip revival cards, such as Call of the Haunted or Escape from the Different Dimension by returning them to the field, then to your hand to pay Grapha's special summon condition, allowing you to reuse your DW monsters, such as Ceruli again. You even get to destroy any one of your opponent's cards when you discard him.

If the opponent's effect discards him, even better as you can steal a monster from the opponent if you're lucky. A must have in multiples in any DW deck.

Traditional: 3.75
Advanced: 4.50 (only because he's a deck-speficic card)


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