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Gimmick Puppet – Chimera Doll
Link 2 DARK Machine Link Effect Monster
ATK 1500
Link Arrows: Bottom-Left, Bottom-Right
Link Materials: 2 Machine monsters
You can use the [(1)st] effect with this card’s name only once per turn.
(1) During your Main Phase, if this card was Link Summoned: You can activate this effect; for the rest of this turn, you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck, except Machine Xyz Monsters, also take 1 “Gimmick Puppet” monster from your Deck, and either add it to your hand or send it to the GY, then, if all monsters you control (min. 1) are face-up “Gimmick Puppet” monsters, you can Special Summon 1 “Gimmick Puppet” monster from your hand.






No expert on Gimmick Puppets so I can't gauge just how good this is. I can tell it assists for an Xyz Summon but you still need some set-up to do so (e.g. fodder for a milled Dreary Doll, Magnet Doll on hand).



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Okay, resident Gimmick Puppet player here. And the problem is this won't help GPs too much, because Argent Chaos Force is banned. Argent is, effectively the whole reason they could get away with sheet because it allowed for stuff like Ultimatrainer. With Argent banned they cannot reliably make powerful Xyz because Dreary is still their primary playmaker and it is xenophobic as hell. Argent helped because even though you were stuck making N15, you could Argent into a stronger Rank 9.


Onto the card itself, it can easily be brought out using Humpty Dumpty into any other GP, preferably a Dreary Doll to get it nice and cosy in the GY. Alternatively, Black Salvo to pull from the GY, or Tin Golfish in lieu of Humpty if you swing that way. However, once it's out, in traditional Gimmick Puppet xenophobia, you're pretty much locked into using only the GP Xyz, compliments of the first effect locking you into only summoning machine Xyz from the ED for the rest of the turn. You can use that trap that changes machine monster levels to be 5 to 9 to make use of other machine Xyz, but it's not worth using in GP.


Now, the search is good, considering that it also helps with GPs most prevalent and glaring issue: Hand advantage. GP hemorrhage cards like someone with a missing limb hemorrhages blood, so this card is handy in at least trying to give you another card to use. However, the xenophobia requirement for the SS is so entirely unnecessary considering how super xenophobic GPs already are, in spite of the fact that this card existing pretty much sets the SS up.


That said, this card simply doesn't do enough to justify how xenophobic it is. And even though you can use its effect once per turn, it absolutely will not last long enough to pay back what you put into it, and frankly I feel it could have had an effect that lets you SS a GP Xyz from the GY upon this card being sent to the GY. At least it might, and this is a very tentative might, make people think twice about Ash Blossoming it.


But again, it's not like it matters since Argent Chaos Force is banned, and it was GP's bread and butter in terms of being able to do ANYTHING worthwhile. Granted, if I can give this card one thing, it's that it can pretty much set up an Inferno Reckless Summon by being able to search and then SS any GP from your deck. But given the machine xenophobia, it still ain't worth it since you can't make Giantrainer or any good stuff Rank 8s by summoning out 3 Magnet Doll or Shadow Feeler.



I suppose you could use this in a Rank 4/Level 7 synchro hybrid deck thanks to being able to use Tin Golfish, Black Salvo, and Humpty Dumpty to get the materials needed out. But with Salvo in the deck you might as well ignore this card's xenophobic ass and make Needlefiber instead.



Funny thing though, I was just thinking earlier how unlikely it was that Konami would make a GP Link, yet here we are. And I very much wish they hadn't bothered.

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Well... Unanticipated, but somewhat welcomed. Hopefully we get a Chronomaly Link out of the deal too... Even if it is just as xenophobic.

Trust me, it won’t be xenophobic. Konami has this weird obsession with making Gimmick Puppet cards as unnecessarily restrictive as they possibly can. This thing could have gone without the xenophobia clauses and it would still be balanced. But Konami is Konami and Konami makes dumb decisions by making balanced cards sheet for no reason while letting other cards be as broken as they possibly can by not restricting them. Punish the rod and spoil the grunt.

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