Eradicator Epidemic Virus
Eradicator Epidemic Virus

Eradicator Epidemic Virus – #SR06-EN033

Tribute 1 DARK monster with 2500 or more ATK, and declare 1 type of card (Spell or Trap); look at your opponent’s hand, all Spells/Traps they control, and all cards they draw until the end of their 3rd turn after this card’s activation, and destroy all cards of that declared type.

Date Reviewed:  February 16th, 2023

Rating: 3.67

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Hello Pojo Fans,

Eradicator Epidemic Virus is our Throwback Thursday choice and something that Sky Striker and Eldlich hate.

The final card in the “Virus” archetype if I’m not mistaken. Normal Trap that you gotta pop a DARK monster to facilitate a 3-turn ban on a certain thing like the other “Virus” cards. Crush Card was the bane of everyone’s existence until it was pummeled into the ground by the errata. Deck Devastation Virus, much like Eradicator, sees play here and there when an archetype pops up that can be handled pretty easily by a single card. Tribute a DARK 2500ATK or higher to get rid of all Spell or Trap cards your opponent has in their hand and on the field for three turns (unless drawn outside the Draw Phase). With the Bystial monsters and it being much easier to Special Summon, Eradicator has found its way back into the meta and could see play with all the Bystials running around. Pop a Bystial to wreck your opponent and get the Bystial’s grave effect, that is a win-win for you. Eldlich and Sky Striker immediately come to mind as meta decks that get bodied by this card. Call Traps for Eldlich, Spells for Striker, and you are likely getting at least a +2 from the start. The point is to maximize the damage the virus causes and in those archetypes it’s easy to do that. Outside of that, you could guess, or choose whichever one you don’t have counters for, but EEV really is best against archetypes that heavily rely on Spells or Traps. EEV could be used against players that run a lot of Runick cards, preventing your card from being banished off the top of your Deck. It could also slow down Floowandereeze, but I might be reaching. Outside that though, you are using EEV against Eldlich or Sky Striker

Eradicator Epidemic Virus wasn’t good when it first was released (we’ve heard that story before), but as the card pool grew, it saw some play and even today could find itself back again in the Side Deck.

Advanced-3.5/5     Art-4/5

Until Next Time

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Throwback Thursday for this week gives us a card that can pop into the meta from time to time, and is a card that can use all the Level 6s Bystials as a target to activate: Eradicator Epidemic Virus.

EEV is a Normal Trap that lets you tribute a DARK monster with 2500 or more ATK to declare Spells and Traps to let you look at your opponent’s set Spells/Traps, all cards in their hand, and all cards they draw until the end of their 3rd turn after this card’s activation to let you destroy all cards of the type you declared. It’s a pretty good card to lock the opponent from their Spells and Traps for 3 turns, depending on which one you choose and what they are playing. Most of the time I imagine this will call Spells, but some Decks are more Trap-heavy, and this just ruins those strategies. It isn’t always going to see play in the meta, since there aren’t always good targets in said meta to use this with or Decks that rely so bad on Spells or Traps, though those usually are key still. When it does pop up, it will be a threat, but no matter what there are always Decks that can actually run it, they just vary in quality in each given meta.

Advanced Rating: 4/5

Art: 4/5 Out of all the Virus cards, this looks like the one that would be the deadliest.

Mighty Vee

Some cards fly under the radar until a modern deck brings it into the spotlight, and today’s Throwback Thursday is among them (funnily enough, not necessarily in Bystial decks). Eradicator Epidemic Virus is a Normal Trap part of the Virus mini-series, a group of Trap cards that focus on destroying all of a certain kind of card in your opponent’s hand and deck. Eradicator can only be activated by tributing a DARK monster with 2500 or more attack (IE all the mini Bystials) and happens to destroy all Spells or Traps (your pick) in your opponent’s hand, on their field, and in their draws until their third turn after Eradicator’s activation. Naturally, this card can completely shut down many decks, especially decks like Sky Striker, Paleo, and Runick that rely on their Spells and Traps. Despite how nasty this card is on paper, it’s balanced by the relatively hefty cost, even if Bystials are easy to summon in many matchups. Being a Trap also hampers its usefulness going second, so more often than not you’ll side it, and while blindly calling Spells is a safe bet, it’s not a terrifically good idea when Trap decks might see a resurgence in the upcoming meta. Prior to the Ishizu build, Tearlaments decks used Knightmare Gryphon and Curious, the Lightsworn Dominion to search out various Virus cards depending on the matchup, though with Curious now banned, they couldn’t go back to that strategy even if they wanted to. The Viruses do have potential in Labrynth, which conveniently has an easy-to-summon DARK monster with over 2500 attack and specializes in spamming Trap cards, so that’ll be one deck to look out for with this card.

Advanced: 3.5/5

Art: 3/5 I sure wouldn’t want that in my body…

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