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Gemini Imp and Gravekeeper’s Watcher

November 11, 2011

Dark World is currently one of the most played decks. The deck revolves around discarding Dark World cards to generate advantage.

Gemini Imp and Gravekeeper’s Watcher are two of the most common side deck cards picked against Dark World because of the discarding mechanics.

This post is about when Gemini Imp and Gravekeeper’s Watcher can be activated.

Gemini Imp

Attribute: Dark
Types: Fiend/Effect
Level: 4
ATK/DEF: 1000/1000

When a card effect controlled by your opponent is activated which would cause you to discard from your hand, by sending this card from your hand to the Graveyard, negate the activation and the effect of the card and destroy it. Then draw 1 card.

It is used to negate cards like Dark World Dealings, Card Destruction, Dragged Down into the Grave etc.

(Source: 遊戯王カードWiki)

Q:《悪魔の偵察者》・《炎帝テスタロス》・《火之迦具土》・《伝説の賭博師》・《マインドクラッシュ》のそれぞれの効果にチェーンして発動できますか? A:《炎帝テスタロス》・《マインドクラッシュ》に関してはチェーンして無効にできます。(11/09/14)   それ以外はチェーンすることはできません。(10/08/10)

In short, Gemini Imp can be used against Mind Crush.

(Source: Official Konami FAQ)

Q.「首領・ザルーグ」や「魂を削る死霊」の攻撃を受けた場合等、ダメージステップ中に「ヂェミナイ・デビル」の効果を発動させる事はできますか?また、「魂を削る死霊」に対して「ヂェミナイ・デビル」を使用する事ができた場合、「魂を削る死霊」は『効果の対象になった』とみなされ、自身の効果で破壊されるのですか?この際、「ヂェミナイ・デビル」の効果でドローする事は可能なのですか?
A.ダメージステップで「ヂェミナイ・デビル」の効果を発動する事はできません。

Gemini Imp can’t be activated during damage step. When a monster attacks a face down Morphing Jar, a player cannot use Gemini Imp to negate Morphing Jar’s effect. This is because Morphing Jar’s flip effect is activated during damage step. Therefore, it may be wise not to attack a set monster of a Dark World player when you have a Gemini Imp in hand. If the Dark World player flips Morphing Jar during main phase, then you can use Gemini Imp to negate it.

In order to activate Gemini Imp’s effect, your opponent has to activate effect that causes you to discard from your hand. Therefore, Gemini Imp cannot be used against Dark World Lightning and Gate of the Dark World.

Gravekeeper’s Watcher is an interesting card, which works like Gemini Imp in some ways. It can seen in some of the Japanese deck lists, whereby they have two Gemini Imp and one Gravekeeper’s Watcher in their side decks.

Gravekeeper’s Watcher

Attribute: Dark
Types: Spellcaster/Effect
Level: 4
ATK/DEF: 1000/1000

When your opponent activates a card that includes an effect whereby your opponent discards from his/her hand, send this card from your hand to the Graveyard to negate the activation and the effect of the card and destroy it.

In comparison with Gemini Imp, Gravekeeper’s Watcher can be used to negate an effect which your opponent discards from his own hand, not yours. At first glance, Gravekeeper’s Watcher seems to be more useful as it can also negate cards that only discard from Dark World player’s hand, e.g. Gate of the Dark World (which is wrong). Since most cards that require Dark world player’s opponent to discard also require Dark World player to discard from his own hand, it negates more cards than Gemini Imp against Dark World.

(Source: Official Konami FAQ)

Q.「暗黒界の門」のカードを発動した時、および表側表示で存在する「暗黒界の門」の効果を発動した時に、チェーンして自分の手札に存在する「墓守の監視者」の効果を発動する事はできますか?
A.「暗黒界の門」のカードを発動した時に、チェーンして「墓守の監視者」の効果を発動する事はできません。また、「暗黒界の門」の効果を発動した時にも、チェーンして「墓守の監視者」の効果を発動する事はできません。

Gravekeeper’s Watcher cannot be used to negate the activation of Gate of the Dark World. It also cannot be used to negate the effect activation of Gate of the Dark World.

(Source: 遊戯王カードWiki)

Q:《くノ一ウォリアー》・《魔轟神レイヴン》・《メタモルポット》・《リグラス・リーパー》・《暗黒界の取引》・《王家の生け贄》・《暗黒界の雷》・《手札抹殺》・《墓穴の道連れ》・《マインドクラッシュ》・《無効》・《エクストラゲート》のそれぞれの効果にチェーンして発動できますか?
A:《無効》に対して発動できません。(10/07/03)   それ以外はダメージステップ以外ならチェーンできます。(11/08/06)

Other than, Null and Void, all the cards listed in the question can be negated by Gravekeeper’s Watcher. These include Fabled Raven, Morphing Jar, Dark World Dealings, Dark World Lightning, Dragged Down into the Grave and Mind Crush (Just to name out Dark World related cards).

(Source: Official Konami FAQ)

Q.「墓守の監視者」の効果をダメージステップで発動する事はできますか?例えば、裏側表示の「メタモルポット」が攻撃された場合に、「メタモルポット」の効果にチェーンして「墓守の監視者」の効果を発動できますか?
A.ダメージステップでは「墓守の監視者」の効果を発動させる事はできません。

Gravekeeper’s Watcher cannot be used during damage step.

In conclusion, both are decent against Dark World. Although Gravekeeper’s Watcher can negate a larger range of cards, I will opt for Gemini Imp because of the additional card draw effect. Below is a comparison of the list of Dark World related cards that these two cards can/cannot negate.

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4 comments

  1. Dun forget to add in viruses


    • I assume you are referring to Deck Devastation Virus or Eradicator Epidemic Virus.

      Gemini Imp and Gravekeeper’s Watcher cannot negate these two cards because these two trap cards do not ‘discard’ but ‘destroy’.


  2. Wouldn’t your opponent usually side out a number of Dragged Down to the Grave, DWD, or Card Destruction in G2 to avoid the Imp?

    it’s probably easier for the TCG to do that because of Dark Smog, dunno how that is in OCG


    • If Dark World side those cards out, then they’re half dead without sufficient cards to provide the discard ability to flow the deck.

      Card Destruction is a staple. The rest may be readjusted according to match up. E.g. One may side out Dark World Lightning if opponent has just a few “set-able” cards in deck.



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