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

Draining Shield
Rare

Negate the attack of 1 of your opponent's monsters and increase your Life Points by an amount equal to the attacking monster's ATK.

Type - Normal Trap
Card Number
- AST-054

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

Date Reviewed - 9.21.04

Tranorix Draining Shield

What do you get when you take Magic Cylinder and...make it increase your LP instead of damaging your opponent's? Iíll give you a hint: Draining Shield.

It negates an attack. Not bad, right? If you need to save yourself, it's always good to stop at least one of your opponent's monsters from attacking. Then you increase your LP. Wait until your opponent attacks with something strong and you'll possibly gain a pretty nice LP advantage. This card is especially useful in a Saturn Deck, which focuses on getting LP as high as possible to maximize Saturnís effect damage.

In a regular deck, it could certainly serve as a nice surprise factor; but unfortunately, its playability is not quite so high right now with M/T removal dominating the competitive scene. Cylinder is usually the better card, since the goal of the game is to decrease your opponent's LP, not increase yours. But Draining Shield is arguably just as good, since you can play it in multiples. Post-ban, Draining Shield will see quite a bit more play. As for now, it's just a good card that you may want to consider running, if you feel like annoying your opponent.

Typical tournament deck: 3/5
Saturn deck: 4.5/5
OVERALL RATING: 3.8/5 
ExMinion OfDarkness Tuesday:
Draining Shield

The reverse of Cylinder. Instead of them taking the damage, you gain that much. This card is better than Cylinder in some situations and worse in others.

Pros over Cylinder:
It can potentially save you from two attacks -- if either one would have killed you normally, you gain enough life to survive the second shot
It's not restricted
Easier to get

Cons:
It can't win games. Cylinder can.
Opponents usually won't care about you gaining life unless you're playing one of those weird Saturn life-gain burn decks.

Pre-ban, it sucks because you can't chain it. Post-ban, it's a viable card to play in addition to Cylinder and Sakuretsu Armor.

Traditional Format: 1.75/5
Advanced Format: 3.25/5 
JAELOVE

Tuesday: Drain Shield

Rated For: Any Deck

Tuesdayís offering is Drain Shield, the direct opposite of Magic Cylinder. This too, will negate your opponentís attack, but this time it increases your life points (a la Enchanted Javelin).

Of course, life point gain is something that is rightfully ridiculed by top Yu-Gi-Oh players; concepts such as field control and card advantage are far more important than having a high amount of life points.

Regardless, weíll review Drain Shieldís merits. 

Note: I forgot to mention this on Monday, but with the ban/restricted list being a certainty, all my reviews are now tailored towards a post-ban environment.

Check the ban list for yourself at www.yugioh-card.com.

On to the review!

Advantage F/H: An advantage of 1500-2000 life points for a card isnít very great. In fact, itís rather insubstantial. I would give this card a 2.5/10 for such measly gains.

Best Draw for the Situation: I donít think that Drain Shield will have any effect on the outcome of the duel. Life point gain simply isnít a very good method of achieving aims. I canít even really see any situations where this card would be remotely useful, let alone game-breaking.                         2.5/10.

Attributes/Effect: Life point gain is horrible! The negating attack portion of this card helps slightly, but everything else is garbage. It should have added life points equal to the doubled attack of the enemyÖ                 2.5/10.

Dependability: The new baseline score for traps under the system is a 7/10 (instead of 5/10). Thatís because the 2 MSTís and Harpieís Feather Duster will probably be replaced by Jinzo and 2 Dust Tornadoís, making traps last a bit longer. Having said that, this card is so horrible that depending on it will get you nowhere.                      5/10.

The Bottom Line:       Life point gain is horrible! Magic Cylinder is a far better card. I suppose itís best use is in a Agent of Judgment- Saturn deck, but I feel that Mystic Wok is superior to that.

A BAD Score:            12.5/40=                                  31/100

Cards it functions well with: Magic Drain (to protect it), Mystic Wok (for lp gain).

 

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