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Night Dracolich
- #SECE-EN034

Change all non-Wyrm-Type Attack Position monsters that were Special Summoned from the Main or Extra Deck to Defense Position. All non-Wyrm-Type monsters that were Special Summoned from the Main or Extra Deck lose DEF equal to their original DEF.

Card Ratings
Advanced: 3.08 

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


Date Reviewed:
Feb. 20, 2015

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Baneful

Night Dracolich

 

Nobody uses Wyrms, so it basically means all your face-up opponent's monsters are shifted to defense mode with 0 DEF.  It lets you get over monsters in battle and it's otherwise a 1700 beater.  It breaks through Djinn-locks and other situations, but there's better options out there to do that.

 

2/5


Dark

Paladin

Closing the week we come to Night Dragolich.  Wyrms are fun, and this is pretty decent support for them.  Resembling Dragons, as I'm sure you're aware, much in the way Psychics, for instance tend to resemble others.  This guy is mean.  He's Dark, and Level 4, with a respectable 1700 attack, and the common 0 defense for the type.  All Special Summoned non-Wyrms (from the Main or Extra Deck, not the Graveyard) are changed to Defense position.  Furthermore, the same Monsters lose Defense equal to their original Defense.  So that can make some Monsters, most powerful, annoying Monsters, very easy to destroy.  They can still use Effects to be protected, and still Magic and Trap cards of course, but this is something your Wyrm Deck (which will be getting MUCH more support) in triples.  
 
Rating: Honestly, it's a 4/5 at least in it's Deck
Art:  5/5

T-REX

When is a Dragon not a Dragon?
When it’s a Wyrm!
 
The only Decks that I’ve actually seen this card used in is Yang Zing’s and Skull Servant’s, and while at a first glance this may seem surprising, the fact that most Decks are dependant on the Extra Deck would simply make this a hinderance to them rather than a help.
 
What helps to make this cards effect more useful is that it is Continuous, so it doesn’t start a Chain or Target or do anything that would otherwise make its effect vulnerable.
 
And while any monster Special Summoned from the Extra Deck (including Pendulum Summon) or Main Deck before or after this card is Summoned, and that is not a “Wyrm” will automatically turn to DEF position, and thus have its DEF reduced to zero, meaning that any monster with an ATK of above zero will be able to destroy them by battle, there are several ways in which to get around this cards effect.
 
Quite clearly, most Decks have cards that can be Normal Summoned that have an ATK equal to or larger than 1700, and the effect of Night Dragolich does not effect a monster that is Special Summoned from the Graveyard or Hand either, plus, some monsters aren’t able to be effected by monsters either, leaving plenty of opportunity to for someone to play around this card.
Any Qliphort monster that is Special Summoned from the Hand is of course not affected by this cards effect… But you knew that already… Right?
 
So while it is true that this card CAN be played around, in many cases you will be using it to help you clear away those generally difficult to get around Extra Deck monsters, and this is how its able to be used so cleverly by Skull Servants as while they are able to use their Extra Deck when needed, their big Summons, AKA King of the Skull Servants is made from the Graveyard, and is thus unaffected by the effect of Night Dragolich.
 
I believe that this is a very cleverly designed card that can be used in some instances as a card to further the “Stun” aspect that can be utilised by some Yu-Gi-Oh! Decks.
And while I don’t see there being a wholesale use of Night Dragolich, if its able to support a Decks strategy It’ll  see play.
Currently though, most Decks must Special Summon from their Extra Deck or Main Deck, so there is simply no logical reason to play it.
 
Rating: 3.25. It’s effect is actually very useful, however its also incredibly limiting, this will mean that overall it will see very little play.
One question remains though, with artwork like that, why is it NOT a Zombie???


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