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Ghostrick Alucard
- #WIRA-EN046

2 Level 3 monsters Monsters your opponent controls cannot target face-up "Ghostrick" monsters, or any face-down Defense Position monsters, for attacks, except this one. You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 Set card your opponent controls; destroy that target. You can only use this effect of "Ghostrick Alucard" once per turn. If this card is sent to the Graveyard: You can target 1 other "Ghostrick" card in your Graveyard; add that target to your hand.

Card Rating
Advanced: 4.17 

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


Date Reviewed:
March 15, 2016

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Kingof
Lullaby

Hello Pojo Fans, 

When Ghostricks were big I cannot believe we didn't profile this guy. Ghostrick Alucard is one of the big hitters for the archetype. One of their Xyz monsters, this Zombie has great support behind him regarding his Type and DARK Attribute. Only needing 2 Level 3 monsters, his wide range of potential materials gives him great versatility for summoning.  

Though he protects all face-up “Ghostrick” monsters (other than himself) and face-down monsters from attacks, he himself is still a target, and he isn't very strong. Set card destruction via detachment of material is a great 1-for-1 trade that eliminates resources for your opponent, and he will give you back a “Ghostrick” card of any kind once sent to to the graveyard in any way. Return a different copy of Ghostrick Alucard, get back a Ghostrick spell to play right away, or get another Ghostrick monster to start your combos all over again.  

He can be played in any deck that has a few level 3 monsters in it. He can protect facedown monsters like Shaddoll from being attacked so they may live and use their flip effects. Burning Abyss could use him if they really wanted to, but he excels best in his own archetype. If he were a little stronger his first ability would hold more water, but it is still a great ability. Combine some Zombie or DARK support with him. That first ability is useful with or without attached materials so Book of Life and Mezuki will help with that. It is also worth noting that if you control two of these guys face-up you will have a lock in place much like the Magician Valkyria lock.  

Advanced-3.5/5
Art-3.5/5 

Until Next Time


Warlockblitz
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Castlevania SotN reference. Anyway Ghotrick Alucard is a Rank 3 Dark Zombie-type XYZ monster with 1800 Atk and 1600 Def. While Ghostricks have ways of utilizing this monster, it stands as a decent Rank 3 option for any deck that runs 2 Level 3 monsters. 1800 Atk can stand up to a few things especially if it attacks something in its weaker Def position. Zombies in general have tons of support and so do Darks. But again, this is very much a toolbox card for decks that can summon it because of its effects. 
 
Ghostrick Alucard protects Face-up Ghostricks and all Face-down monsters from attacks except himself. So with 2 on the field, your opponent can't attack. If Alucard is sent to the Graveyard from anywhere, you can target any Ghostrick card from the grave to send to your hand. I'm sure there are some worthwhile Ghostrick Spells and Traps that could be used instantly. I saved the middle effect for last because it is the only one that has a once per turn restriction and the only one with a cost. Detach one material to target any set card on your opponent's field and destroy it. This quick removal of backrow is what gives this card utility in many decks. You use the effect to get around defenders and try to attack for the win. Even an activated card will still be destroyed once it is targeted. This effect is very useful in combination with cards that turn opponents cards Face-down to avoid effects that prevent targeted destruction. Try it if you can. 
 
Score: 4/5 Ghostricks obviously. Level 3 decks run this if you have room. 
Art: 3/5 He looks too young to be a lord of darkness. 
 
-WarlockBlitz

Snodin

Ooooo, an Alu-card! I wonder which reference I should make.... *spins a wheel with Hellsing, Hellsing Ultimate, Castlevania, Monster Squad and Other labels.... The wheel spins off its axel and rolls away* ...Hmm. Guess it's best that I just get to the review.
 
Okay, so Ghostrick Alucard is a decent XYZ monster that's rank 3, 1800/1600 who protects face-down monsters and other Ghostricks. Decent enough, but there's more: his detach effect lets you destroy one face down card your opponent controls, regardless if it's a Spell, Trap, or Monster. The only downside to this is that with only two monsters to Exeed for this, you get the effect twice, and not on the same turn. If you can keep him alive for more than one turn, then Alucard could be a problem for your opponent.
 
Of course, when he does die (which, for a vampire, is pretty funny to say), then you can add a Ghostrick monster from your grave to your hand. Note that it says one OTHER Ghostrick, meaning Alucard can't recover himself. 
 
Then again, you can run up to three Alucards in your extra deck, unless I'm mistaken. And since two level three monsters are fairly easy to get on the field, then Alucard could potentially ruin your opponent's day. But he shines best in a Ghostrick deck, for his full potential.
 
Score: 5/5 Ghostrick; 4/5 face-down control; 3/5 for general control and casual XYZ


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