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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh! Card of the Day
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Pilica, Descendant of Gusto
- #PRIO-EN029 

When this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can target 1 WIND Tuner monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target in face-up Defense Position. Its effects are negated. If you activated this effect, you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except WIND monsters. You can only use this effect of "Pilica, Descendant of Gusto" once per turn.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.75
Advanced: 3.80 

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 is Horrible. 3 is Average. 5 is the highest rating.


Date Reviewed:
July 18, 2014

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Baneful
Pilica, Descendant of Gusto 
 
Shout out to Christian Moss for helping me take care of the site.  He (with myself) interviewed and hired good reviewers such as Snype, Vendetta, GuyWithTheHat and T-Rex.  Since he's been doing all that behind the scenes work, he has had less time to review, so I'm just making him visible.  Anyways, onto Pilica.
 
First of all, use 3 copies of Pilica in your Gusto deck or else (like Fred Sanford said) you are a "big ol' dummeh!!".
 
This card's effect even triggers on a Special Summon!  Also, keep in mind that your own searchers can bring this card from the deck to the field so it can activate its effect instantly.  Save 1000 LP on Soul Charge.  Why not?  The monster you summon has its effect negated, but so what?  Most Gustos activate in the graveyard anyway, so there's no real loss.
 
As someone who has played Gustos for a while but then abandoned them for a while, I see Pilica as very good support. The deck still has numerous flaws, though, and is going to need a lot more than just Pilica if it wants to be viable.  
 
The deck type suffers from several weaknesses:
1) Your monsters have be destroyed in battle.  This makes them, in this format, slow.  Ramming into the opponent will make you incur too much damage and isn't viable for some of them.
2) Searchers often miss their timing 
3) The Psychic-type monsters are better than the Winged-Beast-type monsters, making it a bit uneven.
4) There has to be some way to get these monsters into the graveyard aside from battle.  (Gustos need a buffed-up Dragon Ravine)
 
Pilica, surprisingly, doesn't fix ANY of these flaws.  Then again, I can't expect one card to fix the flaws.
 
However, it does function like a Wolfbark and a Junk Synchron allowing you to get out another bird Gusto in order to Synchro Summon a more powerful monster.  At LV3, Pilica can sync with Gulldo to make the recently unbanned Goyo Guardian for example.  You have to wait a turn for non-WIND but you can always Special it during your opponent's turn (e.g. a searcher) and then sync.  But this card nabs you a free Gusto synchro at face value.
 
Another thing to note is that this card is not necessarily just limited to Gustos.  It also works on any WIND-type monster.  A hybrid combo in the future is possible, though for now I see this being used in strictly Gustos.
 
Traditional - 1.75
Advanced - 3.75
Leo
Kearon

Pilica, Descendant of Gusto

Wrapping up this week we have Pilica, Descendant of Gusto a new addition to the Gusto Archetype. Statwise it is a WIND/Psychic which is quite common for Gusto, with 1000 ATK and 1500 DEF both or average for a level 3.

Effectwise, when this card is summoned you can target and special summon a WIND Tuner from your graveyard in DEF mode. This is always a good effect even if the Tuner’s effect are negated but since you brought back a Tuner you are planning to Synchro Summon a WIND Synchro monster, that or a WIND Xyz monsters since you can only special summon WIND monsters. If you are using a pure Gusto build this isn’t a problem and will get you any Gusto Tuner and allow you to Synchro Summon all but 1 Daigusto Synchro Monster, which is very good.

Overall, for Gustos this makes summoning their Synchro monster easier and it can be used in standard WIND Synchro decks as well, but this is clearly designed to work the best with Gustos.

Traditional: 1.5/5
Advanced: 3.5/5

T-REX

Pilica, Descendant of Gusto

This card is a new Gusto support card from Primal Origins, and for Gusto its just the shot in the arm that they really needed.
Its Wind attributed is as per normal for all Gusto monsters, and has the normal average low attack. For Gusto's its Level of 3 is actually very handy... Onto that in a minute.

And finally the fact that its Psychic means that you could Special Summon this via Emergency Teleport if you so desired, and considering that many Gusto's are already Psychic this gives you more reason to run E-Tele... If you aren't already of course.

Onto its effects, first: "When this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can target 1 WIND Tuner monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target in face-up Defense Position."
Certainly for a Deck that is so quick (normally) to fill its Graveyard with Gusto monsters, (which are all Wind) having a viable target is not going to be problematic. The primary Targets for this effect are Gusto Egul, Gusto Falco (if you even play it (or just 1)) and most valuable, Gusto Gulldo.
That this effect works when you both Normal and Special Summon it means that you can turn the Summon of this card into a 1 card Synchro, Diagusto Spreez being the most notable Summon.
And even better, if you already had another Gusto monster on your side of the Field you could even end up with 2 Diagusto Spreez!

Next part of the effect: "Its effects are negated."
Keep in mind while the card Summoned loses its on field effects, cards sent to the Graveyard will still get their effects, so for example if you were using Gusto Gulldo to Synchro Summon with you'd then still be able to Special Summon your Level 2 monster from the Deck. So this part of the effect should never cause you much of an issue.

"If you activated this effect, you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except WIND monsters."
Since you should never be actually planning on Summoning anything other than a Wind monster after you use Pilica's effect anyhow, this isn't going to cause you any problems either. This effect seems like a big hurdle, but really its only (as I see it) an effect that ensures that you'll almost always be Summoning a Diagusto Synchro/ Xyz. Certainly there are a few other targets that you may consider, Leviair the Sea Dragon being one of those monsters that on the rare occasion you may choose to Summon.

And a "Once per turn" clause added onto the end of its card effect keeps this card balanced.

Pilica, Descendant of Gusto is most certainly going to be a staple card in Gusto Decks, so get your hands onto 3 of these because if you are planning on playing Gusto's, this is going to be one of the best cards in the Main Deck/ Deck in general.

Traditional: 1. (Not ever going to find place in this environment).
Advanced: 4.5. (Note I'm giving this as a score because of how well it boosts the Gusto Deck, as to how well it'll effect the Deck for the Meta, I don't expect it to make any sort of real impact. This said they may be able to pinch a few more wins).


Kingof
Lullaby

Hello Pojo Fans,

Won't be winning any battles with Pilica, Descendant of Gusto (unless the opponents monster can't handle 1000ATK), but she is meant to Synchro and Xyz. Getting her effect off of Special Summoning her in addition to Normal Summoning her lifts her playability. Pilica can target a host of different monsters that are Wind Tuners in your graveyard, and though their effects get negated it isn't much of a drawback. After her effect is activated, only Wind monsters can be Special Summoned, but that still means you can Normal Summon something else than a Wind monster (if you didn't spend your Normal Summon on her). She can be added to a Quickdraw-theme deck for even more speed, or to a Plant deck to bring back Spore and Copy Plant. She is a staple in Gusto, Psychic, and Dragunity decks, able to be used towards any Gusto and Dragunity Synchro, as well as Stardust and Mist Worm. For Xyz, Pilica can make Totem Bird or Leviair the turn she's summoned, and if Special Summoned, that opens up the possibility for even more choices. She's a +1 that can turn into more depending on how you play her.

If you run a few Wind Tuner monsters, it may be worth taking a look at Pilica.

Traditional-3/5
Advanced-4/5
Art-4/5

Until Next Time
KingofLullaby

That
Guy
With
The
Hat

Pilica, Descendant of Gusto

Pojoites, it's difficult to even concentrate cause AP5 is spoiled and it's SOOOOOO beautiful..at least in the foil department. If anyone gets them Yamatos/Dualities, hook a brother up! Anyways now we see Pilica on the Radar. Some local compadres and I were discussing the applications of what Pilica could do and lo' and behold, this happened https://yugiohblog.konami.com/?p=18551#more-18551. That's a feature match from this past weekends WCQ. Pilica has a Debris Dragon/Black Salvo/Junk Synchron style effect to special summon a WIND type Tuner out of your graveyard. Unlike the 3 examples though, it gets this effect when Special Summoned as well. Now, how does one special summon a monster...obvious answers include call of the haunted, but lets look deeper, Pilica is a Psychic type, wasnt there some quickplay spell that ... transports ... a monster from the deck to the field, especial in times of ... dire need?....I don't remember, but if such a card were to exist it would not only thin your deck but turn Pilica from a weak field presence into a mighty synchro like Daigusto Sphreez just like the feature match showed. While Pilica does have the drawback of only allowing wind summons after it hits the field and activates the effect, you can bring out anything you want before it which can set up some beautiful plays and maybe we'll see "Swagalicious", regardless of the pilot, at future Regionals and YCS's.
 
Traditional 1.5/5
Advanced 3.25/5 - The WCQ proved anything can take center stage even for one day, now it's up to all of us to see what more can be done, and I do believe more is absolutely possible :)


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