Fullmark Gorilla: First Thoughts

This is a nice change of pace from the constant onslaught of cats and pandas Great Nature has been getting lately.  Fullmark Gorilla is an interesting card clearly intended to fill a specific niche in Great Nature decks.  Now to look and see whether that niche is necessarily worth filling.

[CONT](RC) Generation Break 2:This unit cannot be retired even if it was hit.
[CONT](RC) Generation Break 1:Resist (This unit cannot be chosen by the effects of your opponent’s cards)
[ACT](RC):[Counter Blast (1)] This unit cannot be retired by card effects until end of turn.

The longer the game goes on, the more this card can do.  As soon as you throw it down, you can stop it from leaving the field via a Counter Blast.  After you Stride once, your opponent can’t target him.  However, his true usefulness is unlocked at GB2.  At that point, he will be sticking around through just about anything, whether it be by your effect or your opponent’s.

Fullmark appears to be heavily designed with Famous Professor, Bigbelly in mind.  Famous Professor wants nothing more than for cards to stick around as long as possible.  If your opponent cannot get rid of Fullmark, it stays around to be a great buff target every turn.  Paired with Al-mi’raj, this card shows that, intentionally or not, Bushiroad is diversifying Great Nature.  On the flip side of the Bigbelly coin, Teacher’s Cane of Affection does not seem to play well with this card at all.  He can call his own buff targets on Stride, so he does not overly care about cards sticking around.  Longevity actually works against him, as Fullmark still being on the field renders Teacher’s Cane’s GB2 non-functional.  As for the other GN builds, Honorary Professor, there does not appear to be enough space to make full use of the card and unlike Bigbelly, there are no on-Stride abilities yet to make use of him with.

This card will be one that requires practical testing to see if it ends up carving out a place for itself within any GN build.  For originality of skill though, I give this card full marks.

As a final note on this card, it works incredibly well with Great Nature’s GR out of G-CHB02, Fernyiges.  If you want to hear more about Fernyiges, stay tuned for a special article dedicated to him later today.

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