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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh! Card of the Day
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 Vampire Hunter
- #SHSP-EN034

At the start of the Damage Step, if this card battles a DARK monster: Destroy that monster.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.88
Advanced: 2.90 

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


Date Reviewed - Dec. 5, 2013

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Dark

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Thursday

Vampire Hunter is an odd little card. It could be useful but it's strange to make a Vampire that could be a potential Vampire killer. The stats aren't awful, Dark, Zombie, Level 4 with 1600 attack and defense. At the start of Damage Calculation, destroy a Dark Monster this card Battles. Simple enough, and there are a plethora of Dark Monsters out there outside of the Zombie world of course. This isn't a bad card but I'm not sure if it's totally worthwhile. Plenty of Monsters can negate this effect just resulting in Hunter's destruction, assuming something else like a Magic or Trap doesn't negate/destroy this card first.

Ratings:

Traditional: 1.5/5
Advanced: 2.5/5
Art: 4.5/5

Leo
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Vampire Hunter
DARK/Warrior/Effect/Level 4/1600/1600
At the start of the Damage Step, if this card battles a DARK monster: Destroy that monster.

Next up we have a strange card, a card from an archetype that is designed to defeat the Archetype. Statwise while Vampire Hunter is a DARK monster like the Vampire Archetype he is a Warrior. 1600 ATK and DEF is alright for a level 4 but it does just put it out of the range of cards like Mystic Tomato.
Effectwise, Vampire Hunter is the Mirror Universe Castator. If this card battles a DARK monster, he wins. This makes this a great card if you are in a DARK heavy environment and it does make this card a lot more Splashable that most archetype cards. Still if will need protection for those Non-DARK monsters.

Overall a very good card works better against his archetype than in it and could make a very good side card. One to consider.

Traditional: 4/5
Advanced: 4/5

Cyberplum

Howdy everyone. Thursday's review is on Vampire Hunter from the Shadow Specters set.

Dark/Warrior/ATK 1600/DEF 1600

At the start of the Damage Step, if this card battles a DARK monster: Destroy that monster.

Okay, so rather than review this, I'm going to compare it to a very similar card, that being Duradark. Duradark's effect states that once a turn he can simply target and destroy a monster of the same attribute as he is (Dark by default) but he can't attack the turn he does that.

Both cards have to stay on the field for their effects to resolve.

Duradark isn't vulnerable to traps like D-prison, Mirror Force, or Threatening Roar.

Vampire Hunter can be searched by ROTA.

Duradark can be searched (with more effort) by Gear Gigant X.

Duradark is vulnerable to Cyber Dragon, but that's not a huge deal.

Vampire Hunter has less attack.

Duradark's target has to be in Attack position.

If you're really crafty, Duradark can combat any attribute, not just Dark.

What it comes down to is preference. If you're already running a warrior deck, Vampire Hunter may be better because it can be searched for with ROTA. If you can't easily search it, I'd go with Duradark. He has better attack, doesn't have to actually enter combat to use his effect, and can be used for other attributes if you want to set it up. Of course, neither of these should be main-decked; there aren't that many Dark-heavy decks right now, so you don't need to main either of them.

Traditional: 3/5, lots of Darks here
Advanced: 3/5, situational of course but not that awful
Art: 5/5, clearly based on Castlevania, which as we all know is the best game series ever

Thanks for reading!


Kingof
Lullaby

Hello Pojo Fans,

Today's Card of The Day is Vampire Hunter. Though it is part of the “Vampire” archtype, Vampire Hunter is a Level 4, 1600ATK/1600DEF, Dark Warrior. He is the only “Vampire” monster to not be a Zombie type. His effect is as follows: “At the start of the Damage Step, if this card battles a DARK monster: Destroy that monster.”

The stats aren't bad, 1600 ATK should get over a decent amount of monsters. Though a Warrior, he can still be searched in a Vampire deck by Vampire Sorcerer, Vampire Dragon and Shadow Vampire. This cards biggest asset is it's Ally of Justice Catastor effect for Dark monsters. There are several decks out there that are overrun with Dark monsters (Dark World, Blackwings, Evilswarms, Inzektors). Being able to freely Summon Vampire Hunter in any way and swing into Gorz, DAD, Ophion, etc. and destroy them while keeping field presence with Hunter is great. Special Summon him from the deck with Shadow Vampire, attack a Dark monster, and have two monsters ready next turn.

Not being a Zombie-type monster in a deck that runs only Zombie monsters does take away from some support. Zombie Master, Mezuki, and Book of Life can't help Hunter out, nor can Reaccuring Nightmore because of his 1600 DEF. You aren't always going to be facing decks that main several Dark monsters, so this guy may be the first of the “Vampire” monsters that would do better as a side deck card rather than a main deck card. Ironically, he is the most versitile of the “Vampire” family though, as he could be side-decked in any side deck and mained in a few decks that run a lot of Warrior monsters.

Traditional-2/5
Advanced-3/5
Side Deck-3.5/5
Art-4.5/5- Though the Trivia on yugiohwikia says it's reference to the Belmont family of vampire killers from Catlevania, I can't help but think of Vampire Hunter D. Hunter and Getsu Fuhma would get along together.

Until Next Time,

KingofLullaby


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Vampire Hunter

I guess this card is attempting to be a side deck staple? We've had so many cards in the game that do things like this, I don't think any of them have been ubber game changing. If I was looking for something to stop dark monsters, specifically dark monsters that resurrect themselves from the graveyard I'd look to something like D.D. Assailant, D.D. Warrior Lady, Dimensional Prison, etc. I guess this card is kind of cool in that DARK monsters can't touch it but meh, not that impressive. It's not a bad card it's just that better options exist.

2/5


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