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Pojo's Duel Masters Card of the Day

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  Megaria, Empress of Dread
Epic Dragons of Hyperchaos

Card # DM-03

Date Reviewed: 01.09.07

Constructed Average Rating: 4.25
Limited Average Rating: 3

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


DRY 1337

Today we get to take a look at one of the greatest cards in Duel Masters.  Of course Megaria, Empress of Dread does have a few flaws, but it’s one of the very few cards that can change the entire metagame.  Your opponent will hardly be prepared for this effect.  Are you crazy enough to step up?


Megaria, Empress of Dread

Cost: 5

Race: Dark Lord

Civilization: Darkness

Type: Creature

Rules Text:

·         Each creature in the battle zone has "slayer." (Whenever a creature that has "slayer" battles, destroy the other creature after the battle.

Power: 5000

Megaria, Empress of Dread is indeed a unique specimen in that it establishes its own meta.  At first glance we see that her 5000 power is pretty average for a 5 mana creature.  However, does power really matter?  In Megaria’s case it doesn’t.  Once she hits the battle zone everything turns into a slayer, which means that Megaria can kill and be killed with very little effort.  It doesn’t matter how big or small a creature is.  Despite these facts, the 5000 power does play an important role.  5000 power means that Megaria is out of the range of some of the Fire Civilization’s devastating destruction spells.


Naturally, most duelists prefer to stay away from Megaria because of its unpredictability.  Let’s face it, when you turn your opponent’s creatures into slayers, there’s a chance you could be giving the game away.  The funny thing is that your opponent will almost never be prepared for this kind of effect.  Just think about it, when power becomes arbitrary, anything goes.  This means that it doesn’t matter who has the largest creature.  This is why it’s important to combine Megaria with a cheap and efficient swarm deck.  You can also throw in some cheap blockers because they can stop anything, no matter how strong.  As long as you keep Megaria in the battle zone, you are in control.


Let’s also consider that Darkness has all sorts graveyard recursion.  Even if you and your opponent shred through each other’s creatures, you’ll still be able to bring yours back.  Cast a Morbid Medicine or a Zombie Carnival and watch your deceased swarm come back to life.  One of the greatest battles I’ve ever had was when I faced a Petrova deck while using a Megaria deck.  My opponent’s guardians all had +8,000 power but it didn’t matter because they were all slain.


Of course this strategy suffers when Megaria gets removed, but that’s the beauty of having more than one in the deck and having graveyard recursion.  As long as you’re able to understand the methodology and the carnage, you’ll be unstoppable.


Oh and one more thing… try a Megaria strategy in multiplayer.  It’s a whole different game!


The Good:  If your opponent isn’t prepared to go against this strategy then the match was over before it ever began.  Power has no meaning when it comes to this strategy.


The Bad:  Megaria comes out a little late so your swarm will have to stall until turn 5.  Slayer blockers or Bloody Squitos are recommended.


The Ugly:  If you’re not prepared to have Megaria removed from the battle zone then the strategy falls apart.  Keep practicing!


Constructed Rating: 4.5/5 – Seriously… Who is ever ready for a match where all creatures are slayers?  When your opponent is forced to play into your strategy, victory is almost certain.  Enjoy the bloodshed and keep the graveyard recursion handy.


Limited Rating: 3/5 – It’s hard to build a deck around this creature in limited.  It’s always worth a shot but there are no guarantees.


Please feel free to post your comments, questions, and/or objections on the Message Board and I’ll be more than happy to respond.  Happy dueling!

Koovo Greetings, Duel Masters faithful and welcome to today’s Card of the Day review. Hell hath no fury like a woman’s scorn, so don’t get Megaria angry!

Megaria, Empress of Dread

Cost: 5
Race: Dark Lord
Civilization: Darkness
Type: Creature
Rules Text:
Each creature in the battle zone has “slayer”. (Whenever a creature that has “slayer” battles, destroy the other creature after the battle.)
Flavor Text:
Before the eerily silent army, she raised the chalice of souls. “This time,” she snarled, “it better be filled with diet souls.”
Power: 5000
Mana Number: 1
Artist: Tsuu
Rarity: V
Collector Number: 3
Set: Epic Dragons of Hyperchaos

This undead royal has the power to clear the battle zone of pesky creatures with her terrifying effect. Once summoned each creature in the battle zone has the potential to become a dreaded slayer capable of sending another creature straight to the graveyard. For a cost of five and a decent power of 5000, Megaria is no weakling but is still susceptible to kill spells and come into play effects.

The Darkness Civilization is known to cause pain and misery to friend and foe alike, but Megaria’s effect is a blessing in disguise. Need a few cards? Summon Mongrel Man and get rid of some useless creatures. Perhaps you want to annihilate the entire field or at least attempt to. Send your creatures on a suicide mission and take out some enemies. Megaria can also be played defensively by causing your opponent to think carefully about whether to attack you directly or rid himself of the bothersome Empress of Dread, negating her effect. If you’re looking for a way to make Silent Skill creatures even more threatening, toss Megaria into the mix for an increased possibility of triggering their deadly ability. Another way to benefit from Megaria is to destroy creatures with effects that occur upon death. This allows certain cards to be recycled and not completely wasted.
Though not as highly effective as other cards, Megaria is far from useless. Give her a spin and see what strategies you can come up with!

Constructed Rating: 4 out of 5
Limited Rating: N/A I am not really familiar with this format.

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