[Theory] Tour Guide's Rebirth! Versatility of Mechquipped Angineer, and the powerful Ghostrick Alucard!

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Now don't get me wrong here, Tour guide will never be what she once was, a one card Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaighty, used to fetch Sangan, or to get a Leviar to bring Rabbit back. But with with the release of the new card  Ghostrick Alucard in Shadow Spectors, and Mechquipped Anineer in Number hunters a few months back, it would not surprise me if in the next format almost every deck runs two copies.
  Let's first talk about Mechquipped Angineer. I really don't think I can truly begin to disclose the insane versatility this card brings to the table. Before anything I would like to mention he is my favorite rank 3 to make in my Wind-Up deck. The card reads, "Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 face-up Attack Position monster you control; change it to face-up Defense Position, and if you do, it cannot be destroyed by battle or by card effects this turn."
 
 This card first really saw play at YCS Toronto, when players were using this card to protect Bahamut Shark for a turn in order to use it summon not one but 2 copies of Mermail Abysstrite. When I first saw this card I knew it would be a star because it was a card that played like Zenmaines, but had a large sum of attack points (1800), and could protect some of my most valuable cards like Number 61: Volcasaurus, Abyss Dweller, and Wind-Up Arsenal Zenmaioh. Little did I know just how much impact this card would have when I began testing with it. The card is insane, it counters powerful trap cards like Bottomless Trap Hole and a variety of others. It can be used to save cards from your own Torrential Tribute! The card also works to counter Swift Scarecrow! I mean the list could go on and on and on. Another combo I have used is with Diamond Dire Wolf. Diamond Dire Wolf Targets itself, and an opponent's card, then Angineer saves Dire Wolf from it's own effect, and it would work the same way with Scrap Dragon. My friend, was playing Geargia Karakuris. He used angineer over Zenmaines because I told him to! He played against me and used Angineer, as an engine to draw extra cards in combo with Karakuri Buredo to try and find mystical space typhoon to eliminate my Messenger of Peace. Literally this card does it all, stalling, protection, beats scarecrow, and combos with Karakuri.
    Now how about Ghostrick Alucard. Here is a card that is just being released in the new set Shadow Spectors. It is a generic rank 3 with 1800 attack points, and it says, "Your opponent cannot target any other "Ghostrick" monsters, nor any face-down Defense Position monsters, for attacks.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."
   Well, Ghostricks aren't exactly a great archetype, but what I would like to point out is that it still prevents your opponent from attacking set cards! He also destroys ANY set card on your opponent's side of the field! This means you can use it on set monsters like, Snowman Eater, Geargia Armor, or even just using it on a face down spell/trap is still very powerful, as it has a similar function to Soul of Silvermountain, except it destroys the set card. So this means that in many scenarios even if your opponent responds to his summon, you are still earning value out of him regardless, as your whole plot was to relieve your opponent of his face down in the first place. In future formats, Forbidden Lance may see more play, and that card in combination with ghostly friend could kill two birds with one stone!
  You should not forget how powerful any of the other various generic rank 3 XYZs like Leviar the Sea Dragon, or M-X Saber Invoker can be, when discussing the strengths, and versatility of a card like Tour guide from the underworld, Crane Crane or even Madolche Hootcake, and Wind-Up Rat can be added to this discussion. With these older rank 3s, and the newest ones mentioned above the resurgence of Tour Guide, may be just around the corner!

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