Crossout Designator – #KICO-EN013
Date Reviewed: December 27, 2021
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
We enter week two of the top 10 cards with a card that, while might not have taken over the format by storm like we would of expected, is still a really good card. From the 2021 Mega Tins, we have Crossout Designator.
Crossout is a Quick-Play Spell that lets you declare a card name and banish said card from the negate to negate its effects and the effects of all cards with the same name for the turn. So the best use that comes to mind might be hand traps, which might be why this isn’t as popular over here because we don’t have Maxx “C” and the format warping power that has to where this would be necessary in Japan. Either way, negating an Ash Blossom or Nibiru that would really hurt your combos is nice to get a hold of, especially since Called by the Grave is at 1 and can’t hit a Nibiru. This also has the benefit of hitting Spells and Traps, which is good against some staples or in a mirror match, similar to some monsters your opponent would use on their turn after you set this. Even if Crossout isn’t as big here as it is in Japan, it is still a card to respect cause it can stop your certain interruptions from affecting the opponent, or worse your important combo pieces in a mirror match. I’d especially keep an eye on this if we ever, for whatever reason Konami feels like, to bring back Maxx “C” to the TCG.
Advanced Rating: 4.5/5
Art: 4/5 Still nice to see the knight from Nobleman of Crossout.
My #5: Number F0: Utopic Draco Future
Hello Pojo Fans,
Crossout Designator begins our Top 5.
One of the most hyped cards of the year, Designator is heavily used in the Side Deck and in some archetypes used in a playset in the Main Deck. Quick-Play to counter any card your opponent can play (minus Counter Traps) as long as you can banish a copy of your own. It negates the card and locks out any other copies for the rest of the turn, including any active on the field. Despite how this can be used offensively and defensively, Designator is still a -1 on your side and you have to have a copy of that card, so it isn’t something that can cover a wide amount of the card pool. This is a card you are using against popular cards splashed into all decks like hand traps and counter traps. Designator sees its biggest blow-off in mirror matches where it covers almost the entirety of the opponent’s deck. In all, Designator is not a card to shotgun immediately, it is more of a card to save and play in a critical moment that will pay off big for you.
If you play a meta deck this card may see play in the Main Deck. If you play rogue, it is a Side Deck choice, but not a guarantee in a playset. Two copies may be enough in addition to a Called By the Grave.
Until Next Time
Crossout Designator starts the back half of the second half of the countdown. A Quickplay, and a smart player’s one at that, as you need to have a staple or ‘broken’ card in your Deck, but not in your Grave or in play, to prevent your opponent from capitalizing with the same card. At least until the End of the Turn this is played. This is one of those great cards your opponent likely knows they’re screwed for that Turn, unless they can chain through it or negate it another way. But the fact they made this Quickplay nearly makes this too powerful, in my opinion, and all the more appropriate you can only use one a Turn. Though…that does allow you to use them in back to back Turns, if you so desire, and that could be rather fun and annoying, quite quickly. It is Semi-Limited in the OCG after all. Fun card, smart card, powerful card.
Art: 3/5 Been there, done that, she gets around.
One of the most polarizing cards of the year, it should come as no surprise that Crossout Designator makes its way to number 5 on the Pojo countdown. We’ve also reviewed this card already, so to summarize, it’s a quick play spell that can negate a card effect until the end of the turn as long as you banish a copy of that card from your main deck. It proved to be an incredibly powerful card in the OCG, as it counters hand traps and is even more threatening in mirror matches, to the point where it was limited in a recent banlist after being semi-limited in a previous one. Over here in TCG, Crossout was met with both fear and fanfare, but it was ultimately not as powerful, likely due to TCG players disliking the idea of “crossout bricks” and preferring extenders over preventing hand traps in the first place. Crossout Designator is still a very powerful and useful card, as it has seen some usage in higher echelons of tournament play. You will still have to weigh the benefits of cutting deck space for hand traps that you think the opponent will be using, so it’s not quite as simple as splashing Crossout in every deck. At the very least, though, Crossout Designator is a big help for weaker combo decks that are vulnerable to hand traps and would appreciate the additional copies of Called by the Grave, so that along with its usage in some top tier decks lands it on number 5 in our countdown.
Art: 4/5 Nobleman of Crossout always had fabulous hair.
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