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

Torrential Tribute
Super Rare

You can only activate this card when a monster is Normal Summoned, Flip Summoned or Special Summoned. Destroy all monsters on the field.

Type - Trap
Card Number - DB1-EN228

Card Ratings
Traditional: 4.55
Advanced: 4.88

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

Date Reviewed - 07.26.05


Torrential Tribute

There really isn’t much to say about Torrential Tribute. I said that last year, and by God I’ll say it again. It’s a non-chainable Normal Trap that you can activate more or less whenever a monster is summoned (just not in the Damage Step).

Then every monster goes bye-bye. There are some combos that should seem pretty obvious by now, such as waiting until your opponent summons a monster, then activating Torrential Tribute and chaining Call of the Haunted to bring back Sangan, thereby killing everything on your opponent’s side of the field AND getting you a search.

And of course this is a great card for reversing field disadvantage. If your opponent has three monsters and you have none, and he summoned a fourth – they’re all gone.

Is this worth running? I’d say it’s better than most other options; I’d even go so far as to say it’s debatably better than Mirror Force, since TT doesn’t need your opponent to attack and it destroys DEF monsters too; so if you play it wisely, it can very well be more effective.

Traditional – CCCC: 4/5
Traditional – Field Control: 5/5
Advanced – CCWC: 4.5/5
Advanced – Field Control: 5/5

ExMinion OfDarkness
Torrential Tribute

I'm really suprised we're reviewing this in a tech week. I always thought this was a staple.

Dark Hole = broken enough that they banned it. Dark Hole you can use on your opponent's turn = sick and wrong. I'm seeing a few trap setups over and over, which usually involve Call of the Haunted, Torrential Tribute, Mirror Force, Ring of Destruction, and either 3 copies of Dust Tornado, 2-3 copies of Bottomless Trap Hole, or 2-3 copies of Royal Decree.

But in all 3 of those situations, Call, Mirror, Torrential, and Ring are all there.

This is a staple. You play this.


Coin Flip
Torrential Tribute gets its first review in forever.

The last two reviews this card has had have both been under the presumption that you could use three per deck, but wouldn't want to. Since then, a lot has changed, and I am pretty free to make this bold statement:

Torrential Tribute is better than Dark Hole or Raigeki.

Some people will question this, and that is fine. But let's go over a few details.

First off, monsters are often the key to winning a duel. One of the most common ways to use Raigeki or Dark Hole in Traditional, and before any ban lists were conceived, was to use Waboku on a summon and then use Geki after they triggered your Magician of Faith or D. D. Warrior Lady. Torrential skips the middleman there; you nuke everything they have and get the effects of your monsters without having to worry about any pesky attacks. You stop them from removing with BLS. You stop them from doing pesky things like negating your Witch of the Black Forest or Sangan with Balter. You clear away a pesky DMoC, Mobius the Frost Monarch, Enraged Battle Ox, Airknight Parshath, D. D. Warrior Lady, Dark Balter the Terrible... The list goes on for a while. This card may have single-handedly been the reason Gravekeeper's never did too well before its restricted.

Second off, getting back to the "skip the middleman" idea of Waboku and Geki/Hole, Waboku and Dark Hole were still used with each other in the era of the first Japanese banlist, which we never saw. In the exact same way Waboku was used with Geki. With Sangan, Witch, Peten, and a multitude of other cards to go with, this was often virtually null. The only thing you cared about was estimating whether or not it was worth it to overextend. Since I delve into OCG decks every once in a while, I was not surprised when I had to edit an "open-hand" control that used not only 3 Torrential, but 3 Deck Destruction Virus of Death and 3 Sixth Sense. That's 9 Traps! This is not counting the (at the time, unbanned) Mirror Force, Ring of Destruction, Call of the Haunted, and 3 Magic Drain. Was I ever afraid of Jinzo? Well, that's a relative question that will carry me into even more tangential and unimportant realms.

The moral of that little tangent is that if you can do it on your opponent's turn, DO IT ON YOUR OPPONENT'S TURN. You have no clue how many people I pissed off by chaining a Sixth Sense and DDVD to a Heavy Storm, drawing 5 cards and clearing their hand of 2 cards. On the parallel, it upset people more to have me use Torrential and clear the field of my Peten or Sangan than it did for me to Waboku their Soldier or whatever and then Dark Hole.

Third off, unless your deck throws caution to the winds with field presence and overextends heavily, this will reward you for having kept minimal field presence. In a game where players are often so afraid of making an offensive move that will leave them open to a more devastating and carefully calculated counterattack, this is huge.

The reason, therefore, that I think that Torrential Tribute is better than Dark Hole and Raigeki is that it is Spell Speed 2. The activation cost is miniscule when you think about it. Your opponent needs to summon to surprise you with monsters. At that point, you get both the effective duplicate of Waboku and a Dark Hole all in one. If you nuke your own monsters, then you have either gained tactical advantage or some sort of endurance in the game by doing so. If you're at 800, you have 3 monsters on the field, and they only have 900, Premature Burial, and Cannon Soldier, think for a second. Would you mind stopping the game loss for the cost of 4 cards?

I thought not.

Incredible tactical card that is overall a huge help to all conservative players. Until this card game gets better, this is a perfect 5/5 in my book. Even more a trap staple than Call of the Haunted.

5/5 all formats.
Snapper Torrential Tribute

Today's card is Torrential Tribute, a Trap I'm sure none of us have ever heard of. Ever.

TT can only be activated when a monster is summoned, and once activated destroys all monsters on the field. Not much can be said about TT that you wouldn't already know. It's extremely similar to Dark Hole, which should be a good reason to use it. It's easy to obtain, which gives you no excuse to not use it. And it's one of the four Traps that work their way into 99% of Decks, which indicates that it is at least occasionally useful. Bottom line:
don't not un-use it.

Advanced: 5/5. Call it a staple if you so desire.
Traditional: 4.5/5. Its un-chainability may prove problematic, but that's not really a reason to not use it.
Overall: 4.75/5.
Art: 2/5. A torrent of water. How surprising.

Dark Paladin
Torrential Tribute

There isn't much to say about this card that you people don't already know.
This card is a staple in essentially any deck.

In Advanced, field clearers are few and far apart and this card IS restricted for a reason people. Use it if you have one, and I sincerely pity those of you who don't.

*quick note* This card IS a common is some Structure decks* GET ONE--USE IT!

-shortest review ever-


Traditional: 4.1/5

Advanced: 4.9/5

Art: 4.5/5 (Holo only, the common is not cool)

You stay classy, Planet Earth :)


This review is going up late, and I apologize.  We had some nasty storms last nigh (which was actually a blessing since we need the rain), but that meant shutting the computer off and kicking the switch on the power strip so that lighting and power surges didn’t mess up said computer.  Yes, I could and should have done the review sooner.


Torrential Tribute is a well known power card.  If you haven’t caught it in previous reviews, I am using this term to replace what “most” people mean when they say “staple”, since that term is reasonably contestable; that is a “power card” is something where you get much more than you put into it, has been proven already as being useful in most mainstream decks, and that you basically must spend hours to find a reason to not use it in your deck.


I didn’t realize my view of the card was so radical until I read the rest of the CotD crew’s reviews.  So now I must ask myself: are they right or am I wrong.



Should be obvious, eh?  I mean, I’ve never attended, let alone won, a major event.  For that matter, I currently don’t attend any local tournaments (found a free one so that might change) and thus mainly play around online with friends and acquaintances who, like myself, favor offbeat decks that shun the popular path (Cookie Cutter) to the point that sometimes power cards are left out intentionally (usually to prove a point).  I now will thank the three people still reading this as I likely convinced everyone else to never listen to me on Yu-Gi-Oh matters again. *sigh*


Torrential Tribute is a card that I often use, and have often seen being used.  I was rather shocked so many people rated it so highly.  It is one of the few remaining field clearing cards, and it should be in any competitive deck.  However, that does not earn it a “five out of five” in my book.  That is more or less a “perfect” rating, and given how we score cards in Yu-Gi-Oh (based on their power, not on them actually being well made e.g. balanced and diverse), even without delving into the ridiculous, this card could be better.


How so?  It is a conditional Trap: it can’t be activated unless a specific condition is met: the Summoning of a Monster.  Recently, Nobleman of Extermination has begun seeing more play.  Well, that isn’t recent, but what is recent is that it’s finally seeing play and not being a colossal waste of time.  First, many Quick-Play Spells are much less of a problem when your opponent is forced to use them early or not at all (and have a copy removed).  Even if Nobleman of Extermination wasn’t seeing play, there are still several forms of Spell/Trap removal in main stream decks (just not as abundant as in the past).  I mainly brought up the lesser Nobleman to draw attention to it, as it might have been a better choice for this slot… but I digress, there is a lot that can nail a Trap like Torrential Tribute before it can go off.  Yes, that is the same for Ring of Destruction and Mirror Force, two other “power” Traps.  So, what is the difference?




Torrential Tribute, like many cards, is often categorized incorrectly.  It is Monster removal first and foremost, and like any such removal, it then gains a secondary defensive use.  Maybe I am just bitter since it happens to me often enough: I have Torrential Tribute set, ready to go off with my opponent’s next Summon… and that summon never happens.  Usually, I hit a string of Monsters that can’t clear the field (e.g. they have bigger beatsticks) and/or don’t get any other removal while they do (Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning is out along with one other decent attacker, for example)… and yeah, most players I know will then just ride that train for as long as it’s good, not Summoning anything else since they fear… Torrential Tribute.


Confused yet?  Well, it wouldn’t surprise me since even I must work to follow my points.  Torrential Tribute is a great card that maybe one tournament worthy deck I can think of might get away without running (Cyber Jar Depletion, since it should go off first/second turn most of the time).  Everything else is much better off with it than without.  It just isn’t




Traditional       : 3.5/5-You have better options for clearing the field on your turn, plus we still can use Harpies’ Feather Duster here.


Advanced        : 4.5/5-I just said it wasn’t at that “perfectly broken” level of play, not that is was bad.


Limited            : 5/5-Okay, here it is about as good as it gets. ;)


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