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Gravekeeper's Oracle
- #LVAL-EN034 

You can Tribute 3 monsters or 1 "Gravekeeper's" monster to Tribute Summon (but not Set) this card. When this card is Tribute Summoned: You can activate any of these effects, and resolve in sequence, up to the number of "Gravekeeper's" monsters Tributed for the Summon. ● This card gains ATK equal to the combined Levels that all monsters Tributed for its Tribute Summon had on the field x 100. ● Destroy all Set monsters your opponent controls. ● All monsters your opponent currently controls lose 2000 ATK and DEF.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.25
Advanced: 2.00 

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


Date Reviewed - Feb. 19, 2014

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Dark

Paladin
Wednesday
 
Finishing the Gravekeeper portion of the week is Gravekeeper's Oracle, a brute of a Monster, at least in terms of Level, being Level 10.  Might help if you're playing any Rank 10 XYZ in your Deck.  This is a Dark, Spellcaster Monster, with only 2000 attack and 1500 defense.  It gains various effects based on the number of Monsters used to Tribute Summon, from 1-3...although can be Tribute Summoned simply with 1 Gravekeeper.  To gain the effects, however, you must use Gravekeeper's.  The effects activate and resolve, and you can use any you wish.  Being gaining attack equal the the Levels of total Gravekeeper's Tributed x100.  May not seem like much, and even to give up three Monsters for one, at three Level 4 you're only at 3200.  Good attack, but a waste of resources one might say.  Destroying all Set Monsters your opponent controls is good, almost like this guy is angry he can't be Tribute set.  And/or all Monsters your opponent controls lose 2000 attack and defense.  There's your money effect, especially since this guy starts off with only 2000 as is.  This one I wouldn't say is a necessity in the Deck (again unless you can pull of Rank 10 XYZ).  Better than Monday, worse than yesterday
 
Ratings:

Traditional:  2.25/5
Advanced:   3.25/5 
Art:  5/5
Cyberplum

Happy Wednesday folks.  Today we look at Gravekeeper's Oracle, a new boss monster for the Gravekeeper deck.

Now generally, being a boss monster implies a good effect.  However, Oracle requires up to 3 tributes to gain his maximum potential, and while his maximum potential is impressive, it's really not worth your time.  Generally you want to keep a rhythm going of popping cards with Descendant, searching with the Recruiter you just popped, setting Spies and Nobleman, and generally keeping a field presence.  Giving it all up for this one monster is not worth it.  Yes, you can bring it out with Nobleman, but then you get no effects so it's a wasted beater.  If you want to run a Gravekeeper boss monster, stick to Visionary.  At least with Nobleman out now he's a bit more useful than he used to be.  Stay away from this.

Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 1.5/5
Art: 3/5

Thanks for reading!


Christian
Moss

Out of all of the support the Gravekeeper's Archetype has been receiving lately, there isn't much use for Oracle in the deck. A level 10 monster with only 2000 attack and 1500 defence, Oracle isn't exactly the boss monster you've been expecting. Necrovalley will go a long way to make this card stronger, but even still, the effects here don't warrant a tribute.

If you choose to activate the first effect, you will most likely gain 400 attack. Even assuming Necrovalley is active on the field, this would bring Oracle's attack total to just 2900, which isn't very strong for a tribute summoned monster. The second effect to destroy all set monster your opponent controls isn't really much better. It would have gone a long way had the effect read "destroy all set cards your opponent controls" instead. The last effect of reads "All monsters your opponent currently controls lose 2000 ATK and DEF. Activating this effect will at least allow you to get over almost any problematic monster, but is that really worth a potential dead draw of a resource Gravekeeper's Oracle might very well end up being?

All in all, Gravekeeper's Oracle does nothing to boost the archetypes consistency. It is a somewhat difficult monster to utilize when compared to other options and in the end, it provides lackluster effects.

Ratings:

Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 1.5/5
Mechanic Design: 1/5 (Gravekeeper's Oracle is really a missed opportunity for the archetype. With 3 different effects and being a level 10 monster, this card could have been so much more, and a true boss to keep Gravekeeper's relevant in the meta. Unfortunately, it just cannot live up to its reputation.)
Art: 3.5/5


Baneful

Gravekeeper's Oracle

It's a high level Gravekeeper monster, and that's bad, I know. Especially in a deck that doesn't Special Summon often and needs every Normal Summon it can get. But this is an incredibly versatile flexible card. You can summon it with 1 tribute, 2 tributes, or 3 tributes. Heck, with GK Nobleman, you can even summon it with no tribute. And it becomes a 2500 beater with Necrovalley.

The option to chose which effect(s) you want to activate is really helpful as effect 2 and 3 vary in their usage. Chances are, most of the time, it won't be economical to use 3 tributes, but, hey, the option is still there. The best part about this card is that you can just tribute 1 monster and gain any of the 3 effects depending on your situation (which would probably make for like 90% of this card's usage).

It's effects won't be always useful, and this especially depends on format. This card suffers in Traditional because effects 2 and 3 rely on your opponent caring about their field setup in such a disposable format. In Advanced, though, it can be useful.

Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 3/5

Terrorking

This guy needs to find a mirror (yes, those existed in Ancient Egypt) and cut off that fuzz on his face. Hello, my dear readers, and welcome once more to another review.

Gravekeeper's Oracle is a terrible card and you have no business using it. See, you can summon this off of Nobleman's effect, but then you'd just have a vanilla beater that does nothing. Sure it has 2500 ATK with Necrovalley up, but just about every Rank 4 can run it over and you run the risk of drawing into this card and having it be dead in your hand. Now let's assume you somehow manage to tribute the monsters necessary to summon it: it'll clear your opponent's field, have a little less than 4000 ATK and reduces all opponent's monsters by 2000. Not very good. You're better off running Sky Dragon of Osiris/Slifer the Sky Dragon or Obelisk the Tormentor. You're also cooler for doing so.

Advanced: 1/5
Traditional: 1/5


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