Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Card Discussion: Gravity Warrior

[Warrior/Synchro/Effect]
1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
When this card is Synchro Summoned: It gains 300 ATK for each face-up monster your opponent controls. Once per turn, during your opponent's Battle Phase: You can target 1 Defense Position monster your opponent controls; change it to face-up Attack Position, also it must attack this turn, if able.
Gravity Warrior is one of the six secret rares from 2012 Premium Collection Tin. It is a level six Synchro monster with a decent 2100 ATK and 1000 DEF. I am very surprised this card is a warrior because at first glance it appears to be a machine-type monster from a MegaMan X game. Gravity Warrior is just one of those weird cards that do not remotely resemble its type.

Gravity Warrior is really built for countering decks that use tokens and swarm decks such as Blackwing and Six Samurai. Its attack will easily become 3000 when there are three opposing monsters on the field. Its method is to increase its attack to start destroying the opponent's formation by starting with the strongest monster to the weakest monster. The increased attack points from every monster that your opponent has enabled Gravity Warrior to start with destroying the strongest monster that it would not normally be able to destroy without its effect at full use.

Furthermore, its second effect perfectly compliments the first effect. You can choose any Defense Position monster on the field, change it to face-up Attack Position, and force it to attack this turn. If Gravity Warrior is the strongest monster on the field, then you can basically force your opponent to attack with his or her strongest remove to destroy it. This play will be repeated during your opponent's turns until Gravity Warrior is destroyed by any means.

However, Gravity Warrior is not effective against decks that focus on having one powerful monster on the field at one time. Becoming a 2400 ATK monster is not going to be enough when facing against most boss monsters. They will just easily run over Gravity Warrior in battle, and can start summoning more monsters on the following turn.

Overall, Gravity Warrior is a very technical Synchro monster that is best played against swarm decks and decks that rely on tokens. It can fit very well in the right deck and probably is best to start in the Side Deck to see what deck your opponent is playing. However, due to its low ATK, it is not very effective against decks that rely on having one powerful boss monster on the field at one time. Summon Gravity Warrior at the right time in a game to turn the gain the upper hand!

Card Rating: 3 out of 5