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

Cost Down

Card Number - DCR-053

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

Date Reviewed - 12.15.03

wartortle32 Cost Down

Discard 1 card from your hand. Downgrade all Monster Cards in your hand by 2 levels until the End Phase of the turn this card is activated.

This card will be mostly used to summon Jinzo, Vampire Lord, or Airknight Parshath to the field. There are some other uses, such as reducing the cost for rituals, but summoning 1 tribute monsters without tribute is the main use of this card. Most decks today use 2 tribute monsters at most because they do tend to slow down you down significantly. Therefore, this card will only be useful to you when you have those tribute monsters in your hand. The chances of having both in your hand at the same time is not that great and will usually leave Cost Down in your hand as a dead card most of the time. In addition, the cost of this card is a bit too high. You're using 2 cards to summon a tribute monster. It's a lot easier and more cost efficient to use change of heart, monster reborn, call of the haunted, etc... to get a monster to tribute for your tribute monster.

I'd give this 2.6/5. This card is too situational and has too great a cost for it to be useful. 
Vodkam Monday 12/15/03: 

Cost Down
Normal Spell
Discard 1 card from your hand. Downgrade all Monster Cards in your hand by 2 levels until the End Phase of the turn this card is activated.

Here's a fun card. You can now summon a Level 5 or 6 monster with no tributes. Jinzo, Dark Ruler Ha Des, Vampire Lord etc are all easy summoned now. Discarding from your hand for this isn't that bad since you lose 1 card no matter what method you use to summon your big monster (Tribute, Recursion or this card). It's even better if you have Sinister Serpent in your hand. Ultimate Offering could make for a really nice combo with this if you have multiple Tribute Monsters in your hand.

Unfortunately, this card is fairly useless if you don't have any Tribute Monsters available. While this is best used for Level 5 and 6 monsters, getting nasty monsters like Mystical Knight of Jackal and such just got a whole lot easier.

We'll also have to wait for the ruling to see how this affects cards like Ante and other cards that check the stars of cards in your hand. (Then again, you'd have to be a little stupid to play Cost Down, then Ante.. if you play it at all).

This would be a lot of fun in a deck full of Tribute Monsters and Ultimate Offerings. Fill your field full of gigantic monsters and go in for the kill...

Casual: 3.1
Tourney: 2.6 
DM7FGD Cost Down

DCR-053 Ultra Rare
Normal Spell Card
Effect: Discard 1 card from your hand. Downgrade all Monster Cards in your hand by 2 levels until the End Phase of the turn this card is activated.

Besides what I've said about it over in my article featuring it ( DM7FGD 9-6-03 ), I don't have too much to say about Cost Down. It's a card that could come in handy when running multiple High-Level Monsters, or when you're using some Level 7+ Monsters, allowing you to bring out those Level 7+ Monsters at the cost of only 1 Tribute, or Level 5-6 Monsters with no Tribute. But if you're not running more than 2 Tribute Monsters, it's not usually a card you'll want to include in a Deck, though the result of using it could be pretty nice in various situations when you have High Level Monsters in hand. And the discard requirement isn't too much of a hefty cost at all, and especially not when you've got a Sinister Serpent handy.

• - Cost Down - •
Overall Rating: 2.8 / 5 
MerrilHess Cost Down 

Spell Card 
Ultra Rare 
Discard 1 card from your hand. Downgrade all Monster Cards in your hand by 2 levels until the End Phase of the turn this card is activated. 

Ok, I am going to try writing in a new format today. I am not going to categorize each review and I will not give separate ratings. Iím just gonna throw it all into one large paragraph (ok, not that large). Onto the CotD, shall we? 

Cost Down is a card that I find very interesting. The fact you could get an Airknight and a Jinzo out on the same turn is brilliant. How so? Play CD, drop Airknight or Jinzo, Summon the one you didnít drop and reborn the one you did. In a word, sick. Now I am not saying it should go in every deck, only decks that rely on tribute monsters. My scientist deck could benefit from it. An all tribute deck would be a little better. In an ALO deck, Suijin would be no sacrifices. It works wonders against Bind Decks and Stalls. Itís definitely something to consider Side Decking. 

I give Cost Down a 7/10.  
f00b Cost Down - Monday 12/15/03

Spell Card
Ultra Rare
Discard 1 card from your hand. Downgrade all Monster Cards in your hand by 2 levels until the End Phase of the turn this card is activated.

+Normal summon a level 6 monster with this card
+I suppose it could toss a high level mon into the graveyard to be reborn later

-Terrible hand management
-Still only get one normal summon per turn
-Ultra rare o_O??

Okay, now, how good IS this card? Unfortunately, not all itís been hyped up to be. I mean, unless you have a fat hand of beefy 6 star monsters and an ultimate offering down, playing cost down will bring you nothing but trouble.

First of all, you have to waste 3 cards to even PLAY anything. I mean, you have to play cost down, and assuming it gets permission, you have to discard a card from your hand (thatís two already). Then, you can finally normal summon up to ONE level 6 or lower monster from your hand, only to have THAT card probably be torrential tributed or destroyed the following turn, etc.

Unless you REALLY need that jinzo or v-lord, how does this help you?

And just to let you know, it isnít even a combo with ultimate offering, because your opponent will end up summoning their monsters as well. And lucky you, getting to waste all your cards just so you can be yata-locked. Itís true, I thought this would be a good way of getting a T1 V-Lord, but I think itís same to say, Stay away from this card.

Constructed - Interesting concept, makes for a quick Jinzo, but overall too situational and way too costly. 1.2/5
Limited - I donít see how it could make it in this format. Although itís be a neat trick if you got to throw this at your opponent, since thatís all itís good for. 1/5 Donít pick this.

Itís sad, for some lame reason, I was looking forward to this card. *yawn* 
Experiment JON Cost Down

Hmm, well, I come back from my little COTD break to bring you cost down. And if you havenít seen this card yet, thatís because it never came out in English yet, but will in the Dark Crisis release. I remember the first time I saw this cardÖit was in my friendís younger brotherís deck. I thought it was a great card! But not anymoreÖ

You get to make a level 6 monster in to a tribute free level 4 monster. Thatís pretty good, especially if you pair it up with ultimate offering, which would let you summon a bunch of level 6 monsters like Summoned Skull. Imagine having three of those on a field at one time, and direct attacking with them. Thatís 7500 damage!

But this card isnít that good. You still have to pay a tribute for monsters like Dark Magician and Buster Blader, which means this card doesnít help Dark Padlin decks. And the discarding one card from your hand doesnít help this effect. That means you use up two cards from your hand, as well as your summon for the turn to get a monster with 2500 attack or lessÖ You totally lose hand controlÖI was top decking in a duel today and ended up losingÖyou donít want to have to discard from your handÖ

Not much to say about this card, but I would much rather you put a fissure into your deck instead of this one. Trade it away to some little kid who plays a million tribute monstersÖthey need it most.

Cost Down- 2.5/10
yugi2112 Discard 1 card from your hand. Downgrade all Monster Cards in your hand by 2 levels until the End Phase of the turn this card is activated.

Ah... Cost Down. A favorite of both myself and in the anime, Kaiba. Cost Down is worth the "Cost" and is very useful. For a simple price of discarding a card from your hand you get a no tribute Jinzo or a one tribute Blue Eyes White Dragon. Cost Down can be a very powerful card when activated. It can be a potential game breaker if they are about to beat you with some Fiend Megacyber equipped with Metalmorph. You can just get out a Jinzo and you'll most likely win. 

Rating: 4.3/5
Art: 4.8/5 (One of my favorite arts. I mean just look at it. I love seeing two swords right into stars!)  
infinitekhaos Cost Down

Spell Card
Ultra Rare
Discard 1 card from your hand. Downgrade all Monster Cards in your hand by 2 levels until the End Phase of the turn this card is activated.

Hey everyone, well since this is my first review, I better make it good...

cost down, at first you must thing "whoa.. adds speed.." well yes and no, most people in the current meta play 1 or 2 tribute monsters at most, being jinzo and/or airknight, and now that DCR has hit shelves, vampire lord will most likely take airknights place in most decks. Cost down can be a good card to play however, if constructed properly, you can use several tribute monsters, for example, play jinzo, airknight, guardian sphinx, and VLord, then 3 cost downs, if you want, you can even play 3 cost downs and 3 ultimate offering, but that would only hog up precious space in the deck. Cost Down isn't a card you can just throw into a deck and expect to work, you need enough tribute monsters to actually use it, plus sinister or some other card you can toss, and cost down isn't something you would want to topdeck. If you play a lot of tribute monsters, just stick with painful choice, keep cost down in your binder.

Tourney - 2.8/5
Draft - 2.0/5 (not many tribute monsters in a draft unless you have amazing luck with packs and pull barrel dragon or something -_-)

Closing Line - Tribute witch.... ....FOR BLUE EYES WHITE DRAGON!! BUAHAHAHAHAHA


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