Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day
Super Rare / Ultimate Rare
/ Effect Monster
When this card is Tribute Summoned successfully, you
can destroy up to 2 Spell or Trap Cards on the
- Water / 6 / 2400 / 1000
are based on a 1 to 5 scale
the worst. 3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating
Date Reviewed - 10.22.04
Mobius the Frost Monarch
Yes, today we review Mobius, one of the
highly-anticipated cards from Soul of the Duelist,
released as both a Super and Ultimate Rare. With an
ATK of 2400, Mobius is fairly powerful. Being WATER
gives him a nice little ATK boost with A Legendary
Ocean (though the star decrease doesn't do much) and
being Aqua actually gives him a fun immunity to
Tribe-Infecting Virus. Your opponent will be less
likely to try to kill Mobius if he'll kill his own
TIV in the process, right?
The effect is what makes him so popular. If you
summon Mobius via a Tribute Summon (ie: sacrificing
a monster on your side of the field, NOT using Call
of the Haunted to bring him back from the
Graveyard), you can destroy UP TO two Spells or
Traps on the field. Note the "up to"; it's optional.
You can destroy 0, 1, or 2 S/T cards when you
Tribute Summon for Mobius.
With the slight lapse in S/T removal in the Advanced
Format, Mobius is being used by some as a supplement
(or even alternative) to Jinzo, and as a replacement
for Harpie's Feather Duster. Though his effect can
be chained to by something like Trap Hole or Ring of
Destruction, the likelihood remains that if you use
Mobius's effect, you'll hit at least something worth
destroying. With all of the Stall Decks running
around, Mobius becomes more effective. Destroy that
Level Limit AND that face-down Cylinder. Ha!
All in all, Mobius is an effective monster; but he
has weaknesses. The fact that he's just a 2400
attacker if not Tribute Summoned does hurt him a
bit; and the fact that you may draw him at the wrong
time can also detract from his playability.
Nevertheless, he should definitely be considered if
you need another tribute monster and/or some more
Traditional Ė CCCC: 3/5
Traditional Ė WATER Deck: 3.5/5
Advanced Ė WATER Deck: 4.5/5
Mobius the Frost Monarch
This card was originally going to be in my week, but
then that would have left nothing else good from SOD
for anyone else to review. (Usually that's what my
CotD weeks try to accomplish -- to let everyone who
doesn't want to put much effort into searching find
out what's broken so they can go rip n00bs for 3 of
This is one of those cards right now for Advanced
Mobius the Frost Monarch reaches out towards the
burn deck and extends both middle fingers -- one of
which destroys their Level Limit - Area B, the other
which destroys their Wave-Motion Cannon with 4
counters on it.
2400 ATK is great for a 1-Tribute monster with an
effect such as this. 1000 DEF allows the player to
Witch it in Traditional (we all know how many times
we've Witched Breaker to kill a M/T, Witching this
won't be all that uncommon.)
Remember, the opponent can chain the M/Ts they have
to this effect. So the best time to summon him is
when they have 2 F/D M/Ts and you're not worried
about anything else, or they have 1 F/D M/T and one
M/T stopping you (Gravity Bind.)
Let's look at the math on why this guy's absolutely
necessary to your Advanced Format Side-Deck.
3 Messenger of Peace
3 Level Limit Area B
3 Gravity Bind
3 Wave-Motion Cannon
(12 cards that have to stay on the field for some
extended amount of time.)
1 Heavy Storm
1 Breaker the Magical Warrior
3 Dust Tornado
3 Mobius the Frost Monarch
(HS can take out up to 5 M/Ts, but I'd assume 2 at
most because if they have down 3 or more, they'll
have protection for them.) Without the Mobius's and
banking on 2 M/Ts killed from Storm, that's 7 cards
destroyed. With Mobius, that brings the total to 13,
tipping the scale (pun intended) in the anti-burn
Rip little n00bs forever! Copy
decks like there's no tomorrow! Weigh packs or don't
buy packs at all!
Traditional: 3/5 (They still have Harpie's, so
there's slightly less need here.)
Advanced: 99999 ^ 10....er...5/5.
Mobius the Frost Monarch
To end this week we have Mobius the Frost Monarch,
another one of the highly anticipated cards of SOD.
Stats: Mobius the Frost Monarch has a good 2400/1000
ATK/DEF, allowing you to search for it with Sangan.
The ATK is standard for most High-Level Monsters
that are currently used, allowing it to destroy most
monsters in battle. Itís a WATER monster, giving it
uses. But, it is sadly not greatly affected by A
Legendary Ocean, forcing it to still require a
tribute. Itís also an Aqua-Type Monster; nothing
good about that. Stats Ė Good.
Effect: The Effect is what makes Mobius the Frost
Monarch a must have monster; whenever itís Tribute
Summoned, you can destroy up to 2 Spell or Trap
Cards on the field. What isnít to love about the
effect? True, it needs to be Tribute Summoned,
eliminating the ideal dump and revive way to summon
it, but thatís fine. When you get the effect of two
Mystical Space Typhoons in the form of a 2400 ATK
monster, that drawback is of no importance. Effect Ė
Combos: There arenít many I can think of. I guess
you could use it with A Legendary Ocean, giving you
a Level 5 monster with 2600 ATK that can destroy up
to two S/T Cards. Thatís not to bad.
Usability: Even though it will clash with the theme,
Mobius the Frost Monarch works in all decks with
ease. The only question is if you really want to
allow that. If you donít want to put it in your Main
Deck, you should at the very least Side Deck it.
Mobius the Frost monarch is a card most people
should and will use and or try. If they donít, I
hope they have a good excuse.
Advanced Format: 4/5. Mobius the Frost Monarch is
one of the better S/T Card destruction in Advanced
Traditional Format: 3.5/5. There are better choices
for S/T Card destruction, but it still has its uses.
Art: 4/5. Very cool looking monster.
Monarch has been referred to as the DDWL of SoD. The
card you NEED to get 3 of, and could quite sanely
run 3 of.
Let's look at a few of its better characteristics.
First off, it sports something its brother Zaborg
does not - Optional effect. Then it goes to sport
another cool characteristic of 2 for 1 advantage for
the tribute. M/t removal is HUGE because of the
removal of MST's in triplets. One of these accounts
for a strong tribute monster and two MST. Playing 3
is the equivalent of playing 6 MST and 3 2400's all
in one nice little package. The huge downside to
this, and to all Monarchs, is that it must be
Tribute Summoned. The Frost Monarch, if killed by
Ring or Torrential, will potentially take out as
much as it came in with, leaving you with no net
card loss. If played right, just summoning this can
be the equivalent of 2 free card advantage - one
monster tributed for you, 2 m/t lost for them and 1
monster killed in battle. This results in field
control as well as hand advantage; depleting the
options on field depletes options in hand.
All in all, Mobius really is a SOLID monster. His
stats are pleasant (with Legendary Ocean out, he can
be morphed into a Balter, the ultimate goal of all
morph decks, and he is a 2600 attack dual MST for
one tribute). The low DEF is a bit of a downer. A
Book of Moon or a Tsukuyomi or an Enemy Controller
will really hurt you. Try him out in your deck and
see if he works if you want to try something that
ISN'T Jinzo, and will help you cope with the loss of
I'd give him 4.3/5 post-ban, but 4.1/5 pre-ban in
most decks. He's a good monster overall, but
Blowback Dragon is Chaos food and we have HFD. I
can't really think of a specific deck he'd fit in.
Mobius the Frost Monarch is one of the better high
level monsters to be released lately. Its attack
strength is equal to Jinzo, and when tribute
summoned, this card can destroy up to 2 spell and
trap cards on the field.
In traditional format, this may only come in handy
occasionally in a serious control deck. In the
advanced format, this is even more useful with the
loss of Harpie's Feather Duster and the increase of
burner decks that use Level Limit- Area B and Wave
Motion Cannon. It's a fantastic card to use in your
side deck. In limited, this is also useful as
removal of any kind is very hard to come by.
Traditional Format: 2.5/5
Advanced Format: 3.5/5
Friday: Mobius the Frost Monarch
Rated For: Any Deck.
Mobius is a stud. I was sort of iffy on Zaborg the
Thunder Monac, but I must admit that the Frost
Monarch is getting it done.
todayís S/T removal starved area, Mobius adds
another monster-driven element to Spell-Trap
removal. It definitely deserves consideration in
your deck with its beefy 2400 attack.
This card is absolutely awesome in
and of itself, owing to its powerful 2400 attack.
The only commonly played tribute monsters that take
it down are fiends, Ha Des and End of Anubis;
everything else falls to Mobius. He also has an
effect, a rather solid one, allowing you to destroy
UP to two spell/trap cards. This can
definitely create a lot of card advantage for you,
allowing you to save up the spell-trap removers.
Best Draw for the Situation:
Heís always a good choice;
usually youíll want to save him for when your
opponent has some traps set, but even without that
heís still a 2400 attack monster. Versatility is the
name of the game, and his strong attack and
excellent effect combine to create a generally solid
draw (for a tribute monster). With no Yata to fear
and more lasting field control, tribute monsters are
Great stats, great effect; it also
helps that heís an Aqua type, making them waste
their own Tribe to get rid of him :D. What a solid
While heís not as game-breaking as
Jinzo, he sure is more dependable. You can use your
own traps and such while heís on the field. Iíd go
as far to say Mobius is almost as good as Jinzo is,
if your opponent isnít running chainable traps.
The Bottom Line:
Solid tribute monster.
A BAD Score:
Cards it functions well with:
Itís a one-man wrecking crew.
: Mobius the Frost Monarch is a Level 6
Water/Aqua Monster. Being a Level 6 is better than
being a Level 7. Normally, you want Water Monsters
to be either Level 4, 6, or 7 with matching stats
and effects because you could then use A
Legendary Ocean to drop them a Level, tourney
them into possibly a broken Level 3/4/6 Monster. As
we will see in the effects, Mobius the Frost
Monarch would be hurt by being a Level 5. As
for being Water/Aqua, this still proves moderately
useful. Its Water attribute means that in said A
Legendary Ocean youíd get a slight ATK/DEF
boost, and there are a few cards that can combo with
it. Since its type is Aqua, Tribe Infecting
Virus would have to suicide itself with its own
effect to kill it. Of course, if Mobius the
Frost Monarch is maintaining your field
presence, two-for-one is worth it. If there is some
kind of swarm deck build around this card, then
being an Aqua type becomes an incredible advantage.
Moving on, we see this card has a nice, solid 2400
ATK. It doesnít get much better for Level 5/6
Monsters. We back it up with DEF of 1000. In the
Traditional Format, where Witch of the Black
Forest is still legal, then this would only be
slightly weak. For Advanced, it becomes a little
more significant: there are quite a few ways to
exploit that weak DEF, like Level Limit Area B.
Of course, out of what is played, the Level 5/6
Monsters are defined as much by their effects as by
Effect(s) : When you Tribute Summon
Mobius the Frost Monarch, you may destroy up
to two Spell/Traps on the field. This is why so
many people are overreacting to this card.
Yeah, thatís right, overreacting. This card is
quickly becoming the Vampire Lord of this
set. Why? In Traditional, this not worth the
effort. You still have Harpieís Feather Duster
alongside your Heavy Storm. This is easily
enough to cripple all but the best of the decks that
rely upon permanent Spells or Traps out on the
field. Oh, and letís not forget full access to a
true Chaos Control deck. Chaos Emperor Dragon -
Envoy of the End doesnít really care about
Level Limit-Area B, and we already knew that.
Same for Yata-Garasu.
What of Advanced? What of all the Stall/Burn?Ē
Well, from what I am hearing more and more, even
with out Mobius, the Frost Monarch, several
decks were keeping pace with Stall/Burn, and
possibly surpassing it. Look at Warriors. In
addition to Black Luster Soldier-Envoy of the
Beginning for a Chaos Warrior deck, Warriors
also still have Mataza the Zapper, a Level 3
Dark/Warrior that can attack twice. If the opponent
isnít running Messenger of Peace as well as
the other restrictive cards, you can add an
Equipment Spell and really make them feel the pain.
Donít forget, you can still use Black Luster
Soldier-Envoy of the Beginningís
remove-from-play effect while it is being blocked
from attacking. So Mataza the Zapper can get
some direct hits in.
just about everyone else, he can be a great side
deck, but there are enough other ways of handling
Stall/Burn to keep it from having such a huge
: Now, remember when you use Mobius, the Frost Monarch,
his effect only works when he is Tribute Summoned.
That is very important. You see, aside from nailing
that one face-up Level Limit-Area B or
Messenger of Peace, your probably going to hit a
something that can be chained to that Tribute
Summon. All the normal hard to hit cards like
Waboku and Ring of Destruction with other
cards like Ceasefire, Torrential Tribute,
Bottomless Trap Hole, etc. This is why
Jinzo is still a nice card to at least Side
Also, be aware that 2400 ATK was never that big in
Traditional, and seems even smaller in Advanced. No
Level 4 that can be easily Summoned or played
matches it, but most are a single, readily available
Equip Spell away from it.
Traditional : 2.75/5-Heís not the
replacement for those lost Mystical Space
Typhoons, but he can be useful if you Jinzo
wouldnít work out and/or you could also use a single
Tribute Monster on the larger end.
Advanced : 3.5/5-But thatís including
it usually being a decent side deck choice if
Stall/Burn is truly dominating you. Itís good, but
itís not that great.
Limited : 4/5-Okay,
here itís really great: solid Tribute, and if they
got any Spell/Traps, you can try and nuke them.
Mobius the Frost Monarch is a Level 6
Water/Aqua Monster with a good ATK and solid
effect. Itís not something for ever deck or even
every Side Deck, but itís a solid choice.