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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day

Dark Bribe

Negate the activation of an opponent's Spell or Trap Card and destroy it. Your opponent draws 1 card.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 4.00
Advanced: 3.75 

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.
3 is average.
5 is the highest rating.

Date Reviewed - 11.02.09

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Dark Bribe ...

An oldie but goodie .... well not a SUPER oldie ... although it IS a Super Rare, but ...
anyways ... Yeah, this card has been around for a little bit. So most people know what it does, and there has been some divide over whether or not it is as good as or better than a very similar Counter Trap - Solemn Judgment. The fact that its even mentioned in the same breath as Solemn should tell anyone who DOESNT know about Dark Bribe how good it is. They both negate spells and traps just the same, but I've always been on the side of liking Dark Bribe OVER Solemn Judgment. Why? - Well i'm kinda cheap sometimes, and Freeza hates paying for stuff when he doesn't have to. Solemn will cost u half your life points. While technically u can always afford this, it can be fairly crippling, especially if u use it too early on. Dark Bribe costs u nothing. It only give your opponent another card. True - sometimes that can help your opponent, but more often it does not. That new card is nothing they weren't going to draw on their next turn anyway, and u just stopped them from doing what they originally wanted to do. And if u used Dark Bribe at the right time, it is usually to stop a big play that your opponent won't be able to replicate with whatever they draw next. Solemn has the advantage of also being able to stop summoning, which is what REALLY gives it favor in many people's eyes, which i definitely understand ... but when it comes down to it in the end, and both cards go head to head - which do u prefer doing? - Killing someone's Solemn Judgment with YOUR Dark Bribe after they just flushed half their life points, or blocking someone's Dark Bribe with your Solemn Judgment - aka - paying half your life points, NOT getting to draw that card that Dark Bribe would have given u, and costing your opponent NOTHING, all in order to successfully activate the card YOU were attempting to activate in the 1st place.

Yeah ... same here :)

I know this doesn't END the debate over which is better, but just know that Dark Bribe is excellent. Its that piece of insurance, once its successfully set, that your opponent isnt going to be able to sneak out of whatever u have planned for them. There's very very little they can do to stop it, and it costs u nothing.
I heart Dark Bribe.

Traditional: 5/5
Advanced: 5/5


N o V a
Warriors Strike is finally released and this week we'll look at some of the new cards as well as some amazing cards from the deck. Speaking of amazing cards, this week is gonna start off with Dark Bribe! Dark Bribe is Solemn Judgments "friend" without the life point cost and doesn't affect monsters. Negate a spell or trap and the opponent draws a card. Simple effect really and pretty decent. Its main flaw is just giving your opponent that free card. Think about the math here. Player B plays Heavy Storm. Player A responds with Dark Bribe. Player B's Heavy Storm is negated and draws 1 card. Dark Bribe is sent to the graveyard. Player B loses Heavy Storm and gets a free draw, that evens things out a bit on the number of cards they lost just now, where as Player A loses Dark Bribe and doesn't really gain anything, in fact its a minus considering they drew a card to replace their Heavy Storm and Player A got nothing back, just protection of their back row. This is the main reason why Dark Bribe isn't highly used, even now with Solemn Judgment at 1. Solemn Judgment will always be the superior because with a life point cost, its cost is easy to meet, though a heavy cost it is, and its generally a 1 for 1 and can also stop more than just spells and traps. Dark Bribe is good for Counter Fairy decks right now but other decks not so much. Using just one teched in Solemn is pretty much all people will do.

Traditional: 3/5
Advanced: 3/5
Xu, Lightsworn Sage Dark Bribe

Here we have today's card of the day, Dark Bribe.

Negate the activation of an opponent's Spell or Trap Card and destroy it. Your opponent draws 1 card.

Dark Bribe is a powerful counter trap that just got reprinted in the new Warrior structure deck. This card has always been considered pretty good as it has the ability to negate magic or trap cards at counter trap speed. Unfortunately it was always overshadowed by solemn judgment, and rightfully so. The biggest drawback for this card is that even though it can negate, it still makes you opponent break even. The best way to play this card is to really clear the way for a game ending move. Nothing will ruin your opponents day worse than holding on to a powerful trap to stop you only to have it negated by this guy.

Overall this card is very playable right now, but you really need to be careful when you are using it. It works great in counter faries and is the best non limited counter in the game.

Traditional 3/5, Advanced casual 5/5, Advanced competitive 4/5
Art: Very appropriate and unique art for a great card 5/5 
Ah I predicted we would be reviewing Dark Bribe because of it's recent reprint. Alright so here we have a +1 for your opponent. A good -1 but a -1 none the less. Since Solemn Judgment is at 1 Bribe is seeing some play in anti meta decks that need protection from field nukes. Unless you are playing anti meta or a deck that needs spell and trap negation you should probably stay away from this card because even though it is great at negating a key play it screws you in card advantage. If you MUST keep your spells and traps around run this other wise just use another one of your optoins (S/T destruction, My Body As A Shield, Solemn, and Cold Wave.)


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