October 28, 2019
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
We will look at one more Takahashi drawn card (there’s two left, it probably won’t be a surprise which one I picked) but before we get to that, we’ll look at the three TCG World Premieres designed to counter the meta popular like strategies starting with Dimension Shifter.
Dimension Shifter is a Level 6 DARK Spellcaster with 1200 ATK and 2200 DEF. Solid DEF, poor ATK, good attribute and typing. It should be noted however that this is a hand trap, so stats rarely matter, but this is searchable off Sangan if that matters for you Sangan/Almiraj players. If you have no cards in your graveyard, then as a Quick Effect you can send this card from the hand to the graveyard and until the end of the next turn, any card sent to the graveyard is instead banished. So note you have to send it from the hand to the graveyard, not just discard, so anything that would banish it won’t let you discard it, probably to make sure you have to put something in the graveyard. If this didn’t have the “no cards in your graveyard” clause then this would be extreme power creep to many old cards like Macro Cosmos, Dark Law, Dimensional Prison, etc. It wouldn’t make those cards not really played anymore, but the power creep would be there. As much as I won’t like the clause where you have to have no cards in the graveyard to use this, it makes the card more fair at the same time. Banishing everything sent to the graveyard is likely going to be meant to hurt the opponent while your deck won’t care as much, because this will linger for one of your turns and one of your opponent’s turns. Gren Maju decks might love this since they want cards to be banished just for Gren Maju to gain ATK and DEF, but any other deck could make use of it. Mostly in decks that don’t get hurt by banishing that much. It’s a good hand trap, but the restriction of the no cards in the graveyard might make it more side-deck worthy so you can side it in if you feel like you’re going second, because this isn’t as good first turn when you might load the graveyard, and preemptively using this might not matter depending on what the opponent is playing, plus this card isn’t good in the late game when your grave is loaded (would of helped if Fairy Tail – Snow wasn’t banned in the TCG).
Advanced Rating: 4/5
Art: 4.5/5 He must be strong to shift dimensions.
Dimension Shifter is an interesting card to kick off our week. Nothing here is particularly flattering at a glance. A Level 6 Monster, even a Dark/Spellcaster with 1200-2200 stats isn’t anything to catch your eye. But, as you might expect, a Monster with Dimension in its name could have a removal aspect involved with its effect(s) and Dimension Shifter does.
As a Quick Effect, if you have no cards in your Graveyard, by sending this card to the Graveyard (from your Hand) any card that would be sent to the Graveyard until the End Phase of the next turn is removed from play instead. This isn’t exactly something you can luck into Drawing, because obviously with the empty Graveyard clause, it could be rather useless, unless of course, you’re playing (as you should) in a constructed Deck.
Any Deck that focuses on removing cards as a whole for a theme, a Dimension Deck, a DD Deck, a Macro Cosmos (mostly fun Decks) but this is a fun little trick to pull at the least. This fits the category of smart cards for me. Needs to be used intelligently, but if you do, it can be rather disruptive, especially if your opponent doesn’t see it coming. Which they shouldn’t.
Art: 5/5 I get more of an attack feeling that a dimension shift, but the few swirls there moderately give that impression. Beautifully drawn, and equally fantastic use of colors here.
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