“At dawn she finds a sentry and kills it with her knife. Its throat
bleeds gas. She takes its post and lays out her bullets one by one on
the rock as if to make a count of all the years she has been waiting.”
Gorgonic Guardian ———————————————— 2 Level 3 Rock-Type monsters Once per turn, during either player’s turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; its ATK becomes 0, and if it does, its effects are negated. These effects last until the end of this turn. Once per turn: You can target 1 monster on the field with 0 ATK; destroy it. ———————————————— Can Be Found In: Legacy of the Valiant 2014 (LVLA-EN051), Mega-Tin Mega Pack (MP14-EN220)
Gorgonic is an easily forgotten archetype which some similarities to Reptiliannes. Small in numbers, the build mostly focuses on gathering their members to Xyz Summon while also weakening monsters, giving them a big advantage in battles even against the strongest foes. Although limited in options as they only got a single set to work with, thanks to the archetype consisting on Rock-type creatures allows them to work along Anti-Meta resources. This allows them to play safely their resources as the opponent struggles to face even the smallest monsters.
“Gorgonic Guardian” is the boss of this archetype, and despite its pitiful stats it can become quite the troublesome creature. During any turn, “Gorgonic Guardian” can spend one of its materials to target an enemy and make them lose all its ATK and effects until the end of the turn, making it not only hard to defeat in battle but also a great answer against monster effects if anything. If that isn’t enough, “Gorgonic Guardian” can destroy monsters with 0 ATK, which can go from those affected by its own effect (Only during our turn) and others, as well monsters with default stats. Might not be the strongest Xyz out there, but can become quite a difficult threat to defeat even for the best monsters out there.
“Gorgonic Guardian” can only be Xyz Summoned by using Rock-type materials, limiting its usage to a few bunch of builds. Its archetype is obviously focused on this purpose, with “Gorgonic Gargoyle” arriving along Normal Summons and “Gorgonic Cerberus” changing the Level of all Rock creatures. Chronomaly can also help them with the arrival of this Xyz, thanks to “Chronomaly Crystal Skull” searching for members and “Chronomaly Crystal Bones” reviving a material to work together. And easier method is with the assistance of “Rescue Rabbit”, summoning two copies of a Normal Monster such as "Giant Soldier of Stone" to Xyz Summon together. In late game, “Block Golem” will tribute itself to revive two Rocks in the Graveyard, reusing any materials we used beforehand.
With the chainable ability to weaken and negate monsters, “Gorgonic Guardian” can control entire Duels until runs out of materials. From creating openings in our Battle Phase to answering incoming attacks, overall there’s barely any monster capable to go through this Xyz. The ability to destroy 0 ATK monsters might seem situational, but is a safe choice to destroy monsters affected by “Gorgonic Guardian” and not to worry about any unexpected answers like “Honest” or “Bujingi Crane”. Obviously the Xyz can’t be the only one manipulating stats, as can also destroy monsters affected by cards like “Gorgonic Golem” or “Ghosts From the Past” among others. “Gorgonic Guardian” will also deal with 0 ATK monsters by default, usually those with protective effects like “Arcana Force 0 - The Fool” or with swarming strategies like the Ojama and Duston archetypes. Don’t forget that Gorgonics are arround Rock-Type monsters, allowing them to work creatures like “Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo” and “Koa'ki Meiru Guardian” to further limit the opponent’s options.
“Gorgonic Guardian” can control entire Duels if not countered as soon it arrives to the field. If is not weakening monsters to be destroyed in battle or its second effect, will easily work as a negation tool to counter monsters under any circumstances. The destruction of 0 ATK monsters might not be prevalent in most Duels, but is free and has some decent uses along certain cards as well its own effect. In addition of the staple cards of the Type, “Gorgonic Guardian” and its allies can easily take full control of a Duel if the opponent doesn’t hurry up. However this doesn’t mean that “Gorgonic Guardian” has weaknesses, as due its low stats makes it heavily dependable of its own effects as well the support coming from other cards. But for a Xyz Monster with no rarity whatsoever, is one of the best monsters available for any low budget Deck.
Personal Rating: A-
+ Takes away a target’s ATK and effects until end of the turn + Weakening effect is chainable + Destroys 0 ATK monsters
- Destruction effect might be situational - Low stats - Might depend too much on its own effects and other cards