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WHEN THIS CARD IS SUCCESSFULLY NORMAL SUMMONED, FLIP
SUMMONED OR SPECIAL SUMMONED, PUT 1 SPELL COUNTER ON
A FACE UP CARD ON THE FIELD THAT YOU CAN PUT A SPELL
COUNTER ON. IF THIS CARD ID DESTROYED IN BATTLE, YOU
CAN SELECT 1 SPELLCASTER-TYPE MONSTER LEVEL 2 OR
LOWER FROM YOUR DECK AND SPECIAL SUMMON IT ON THE
FIELD IN FACE-DOWN DEFENCE POSTION.
Type - SpellCaster/Effect
Card Number - DR1-EN121
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 07.22.05
Apprentice Magician saw a lot of play when Nephthys
was released but as fewer and fewer people are
running the Phoenix, fewer are running Apprentice
This is a good monster. The stats are bad and being
Level 2, it can’t Metamorphose into anything; but
it’s DARK, which is always good, and it has a very
nice effect. If this is destroyed on battle, you get
to Special Summon – face-down (a rarity in this
game) – a Level 2 or lower Spellcaster.
The most popular is obviously Magician of Faith, but
often people will summon another Apprentice Magician
(to keep the field presence, I imagine) or Hand of
Nephthys (probably to bring out Sacred Phoenix more
quickly). I’ve also seen it used with Old Vindictive
Magician, though not as often.
I suppose if you were feeling very rentsy you could
use Apprentice Magician to bring out Time Wizard or
an Exodia limb, but…nobody’s THAT rentsy.
So…this isn’t necessarily better for Spellcaster
Decks than Phoenix Decks, actually, despite that
little “Flip Summon and put a Spell Counter on
something” effect (which works with Breaker, along
with Skilled Dark Magician). After all, Hand of
Nephthys is more of an asset to a Phoenix Deck than
Old Vindictive Magician or Time Wizard are to a
Oh, and a fun fact: if this is on your opponent’s
side of the field, even if it’s your monster, your
opponent will get the effect if you destroy it in
battle. This is because Apprentice Magician does NOT
need to be sent to the Graveyard for her effect to
activate, unlike Mystic Tomato and co.
Traditional – CCCC: 3/5
Traditional – Phoenix Deck: 4.5/5
Advanced – CCWC: 3.5/5
Advanced – Phoenix Deck: 5/5
OVERALL RATING: 4/5
Apprentice Magician is seeing severely less play.
Why? Hand of Nephthys is seeing severely less play.
Why? Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys is seeing severely
So it's not really that great a choice in Cookie
Cutter (mostly because Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys
isn't). In Spellcasters or Dark Magician, however,
it boosts both Skilled Dark Magician and Breaker the
Magical Warrior. Important? Sorta. It searches out
monsters, ensuring trib. fodd., and searches out
quite a few good monsters. Important? Yeah.
There really isn't much to say here. If I had RONIN
on this PC, I would just give you a list of every
level two or lower Spellcaster in the game, but I
don't. So here are some:
Magician of Faith
Hand of Nephthys
Old Vindictive Magician
zomg I'm done.
Not really that versatile. I like versatile stuff.
Oh, and before I forget, this cannot search out
Relinquished. Attempt to and I will show you a
variety of things that can be done with chicken wire
and a blowtorch.
Dark Magician feat LV2 or lower Spellcasters:
Our final card this week is in no way related to
Dark Magician; it’s Apprentice Magician.
AM can be thought of as most Flip Effect monsters,
meaning it’s not something you’d want to attack or
defend your Life Points with. As such, I shall
pretend AM has no stats because they are obviously
not worth mentioning. AM’s first effect allows you
to put a Spell Counter on any monster that can take
a Spell Counter when AM is summoned.
The most common example of a monster that takes
Spell Counters is of course Breaker, but there a few
other monsters that may interest you. Breaker of
course would benefit the most from this effect, as
it cannot make Spell Counters for itself, thereby
allowing you to use its onetime wonder of an effect
more than one time.
AM’s second effect is the main reason it was used a
few months ago, as it functioned with two popular
monsters at the time. When destroyed in battle, AM
can Special Summon a Level 2 or lower Spellcatser
from the Deck in face-down Defense Position. Now as
has already been said, AM was popular for summoning
two monsters: Magician of Faith and Hand of Nephthys.
If you don’t know why you’d want to summon those
monsters than I feel sorry for you.
Other usable summonable monsters include the Exodia
limbs, Magical Scientist, Old Vindictive Magician,
and White Magician Pikeru. Of course none of these
monster are quite as useful to summon in this method
as MoF and Hand are, but they have there moments.
Overall, AM is a useful monster in a Deck with a
large amount of Spellcatsers that are down in the
weenie department. Most Decks however would probably
do well to stick with something a little more all
Advanced: 3.5/5. MoF are mega useful, and so is AM.
Traditional: 3/5. I don’t know much about what’s be
used in Traditional, so I’ll say AM’d do okay.
Art: 2/5. That Magician has haircut similar to my
moms (that’s not a compliment).
Dark Magician Support week comes to a close, I
decided to review a card that hadn't been reviewed
in like 2 years, and not ONLY for it's purpose in a
Dark Magician deck.
Apprentice Magician is our card for today, and a
Damn fine card it is.
Seriously, if you aren't maining one of these, which
everyone should be, you should side at least one. A
restriction would also be a great thing for this
First, let's go over Apprentices neediness in the
Dark Magician deck. Each time the card is summoned
(including flip and special) you may place ONE spell
counter on an appropriate target. That gives you an
extra and much easier counter for Skilled Dark
and/or While Magicians. Plus, as an added Bonus, it
gives you another counter for Breaker with another
attack bonus, assuming you've used his counter
already. Plus this thing is summoned by Mystic
Tomato (as well as itself)
Now, if that weren't enough, when Apprentice meets
death, you can special another Level 2 or lower
Spellcaster from your deck. Finally, if THAT weren't
enough, you summon your choice in face down defense
posistion. I seriously wish more people would use
this card, and then use it to it's potential.
Apprentice Magician is practically screaming to be
With the final effect, you can Special summon
another Apprentice Magician (which could power
Breaker AGAIN, or add a counter to Skilled
AGAIN) or let's think a bit larger. What other Level
2 or Lower Spellcasters are there?
MAGICIAN of FAITH! Retrieve your second Apprentice
when the first one dies, and your Magician of Faith
the second time. Also, on the Spellcaster note, this
card can help add counters to Legendary Flame Lord
or even Pitch Black Power Stone. Furthermore, Old
Vindictive Magician can be fetched along with
Magical Scientist (Traditional) just to name a
couple important monsters.
Two of these cards really are all you need, a third
is necessary in the Dark Magician deck, but only
really if you run Dark Magician (more than one) or
DM and Buster Blader instead one and King of the
Swamp. Miracle Restoring is helped by this card, if
anyone uses that.
So, a restriction as I said earlier, would be
necessary if everyone would use this as they should.
Who DOESN'T use Magician of Faith? On a haunting
note, Dawn Yoshi was right about Tsukuyomi, I could
be right about this.
However, I'm not, none of you will listen to me, and
I just did possibly my best review ever to be
dismissed as sh*t. Oh, well *sighs* I just tried to
Traditional Dark Magician: 4.8/5
Traditional Side Deck: 4.4/5
Advanced Dark Magician: 5.0/5
Advanced Side Deck: 4.8/5
Art: 3.5/5 Quite evil
You stay classy, Planet Earth :)
THIS is probably the TRUE backbone of any decent
Magician deck, if comboed with MoF.
It's consistency, it's not a bad penalty if it gets
Nobleman'd (you don't lose the other two), and in a
pinch, it lets Breaker kill another M/T. Not too
ANY deck can win if it can reuse Pot of Greed,
Graceful Charity, or Delinquent Duo (I'd know this
from experience, on both ends.) Given that it
actually has extra benefits in a DM deck, it's a
5/5 in a Spellcaster deck
4/5 in any other deck running 2 Magician of Faith