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

Brain Control
Super Rare

Pay 800 Life Points. Select 1 face-up monster on your opponent's side of the field. Take control of the selected card until the End Phase of the turn this card is activited.

Type - Spell
Card Number - TLM-EN038

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.6
Advanced: 3.35

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

Date Reviewed - 06.17.05


Brain Control

Call it the best card in the set or call it the most overrated card in the set, but Brain Control is indubitably at least a good card. Pay 800 Life Points and you get a one-turn Snatch Steal, or a Change of Heart for face-ups – however you want to look at it.

The cost isn’t that big but it is significant enough that you’ll need to be careful later in the game. The effect has the potential to be amazing. Take a monster, attack with it, tribute it – it’s not that hard to figure out what you can do with Brain Control.

There’s very little to say about this card because the effect is so straightforward. I guess the big question will be whether it’s worth using this over the other options we have today, such as Snatch Steal (which all decks run anyway so it’s not an issue, really), Mind Control (…yes, this is better), or Enemy Controller (I don’t think it’s an apposite comparison. Enemy Controller may have a similar effect but it’s not the same and there’s a second one too). That’s for you to decide.

Traditional – CCCC: 3/5
Traditional – Cannon Soldier Deck: 4/5
Advanced – CCWC: 4/5
Advanced – Cannon Soldier Deck: 5/5

ExMinion OfDarkness
Brain Control

This was the card I missed last week.

This card will see play in the metagame, but it won't BREAK the metagame like everyone's thinking. It can't take face-downs, so you won't ALWAYS be able to steal and sacrifice like you would with Change of Heart, especially since the most popular move regarding non-God-opening-hands is to set one monster and one M/T. You're paying LP, which doesn't hurt that bad -- we all play Premature, don't we?

People still only play about 2 Tribute monsters in normal cookie-cutter decks, so you'd really only see 1 of this card in those decks, as you're either stealing to tribute, stealing to abuse an opponent's DDA/DDWL/some other effect, or stealing to try to win with their BLS or remove their BLS from the game. However, Soul Control has quite a different setup, and this card would let the Soul Control player/netdecker (yay netdecking) be able to steal, tribute, and still attack in the same turn.

Basically, we'll have to wait and see what the players do with this come Nationals time.

1.5/5 Traditional (you have Change of Heart there, and you're already probably running Duo (-1,000), Confiscation (-1,000), Premature Burial (-800), Ring of Destruction (-????), and CED (-1,000). Do you REALLY want to be running another costed card there?
3.5/5 Advanced

Brain Control

Pay 800 Life Points. Select 1 face-up monster on your opponent's side of the field. Take control of the selected card until the End Phase of the turn this card is activated.

Enemy Controller, except that it's not Quick-Play, and the cost is different.

-Owns BLS
-Owns DDA + other stronger monster
-Owns Airknight
-Helps to tribute your own monster

Will it see play at Nationals? Probably.
Is it over-hyped? Yes.
Will it strengthen your deck? Depends on your deck, how you use it, and what your opponent is playing.

It'd be funny to see someone use Brain Control, only to have it chained with Book of Moon. Ouchies.

Rating: 3/5. Just an average rating. It could be broken for some, and suck for others. To each his own.

Coin Flip
So, the hot card of Lost Millennium. Flaming Eternity saw Lightning Vortex and Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys. Lost Millennium gets us Des Wombat and Brain Control. Really disappointing. =\

So, what did I say back when I reviewed… I think it might have been Nephthys, although it may have been Lightning Vortex… What did I say back then? I said that we would see the revival of Change of Heart. I was damned right. This thing will be featured in quite a few decks. Possibly in multiples. It's pretty damned good. You pay 800 LP to take control of an opponent's monster on the field (face-up, of course). That is the effect in one sentence.

What impact will this have? I cannot tell you. Soul Control is about as popular as ever, since people are uncreative morons and pretend they're cool for copying something original… This card is awesome in Soul Control. It takes a monster and tributes it while letting you keep your Battle Phase. This card is only demi-awesome in an aggro, as they would be stupid to put something in attack position in aggro… In Cookie Cutter… Well, try it out if you don't believe me when I say it can't just be plugged into a Cookie Cutter.

If your deck doesn't run at least one Spirit Reaper for every Tribute Monster you have above 1, then try it out. It might just work.

I can't really put into words why this card doesn't work like Change of Heart. I wish I could.

3.5/5 Traditional (take opponent's Don Zaloogs and hit a Yat- sold.)
4/5 Advanced
Snapper Brain Control

Our final card this week is Brain Control, the most hyped card of TLM.

At the cost of 800 Life Points, Brain Control allows you to take control of a face-up monster on the opponent’s side of the field until the end of the turn. As you’ve probably heard, Brain Control is to Change of Heart what Lightning Vortex was to Raigeki. Of course there’s one big difference between the two; LV is somewhat useful and it’s used in an environment with low amounts of mass destruction. Brain Control also has a somewhat useful effect, yet it would be used in an environment with PLENTY of similar and better cards. Snatch Steal, Creature Swap, and even the recently weakened Enemy Controller are much more useful than Brain Control. I’m not saying Brain Control is a bad card; quite the contrary actually. I’m just saying you should never have a need for it.

Advanced: 3/5. It’s good, but it’s overshadowed by easier to obtain/better cards.
Traditional: 1.5/5. Change of Heart, anyone? Anyone, Change of Heart?
Overall: 4/5.
Art: 3/5. Eh. At least this brain’s more attractive than Brain Jacker’s.
Dark Paladin Brain Control

Pay 800 lifepoints to control one of your opponents monster until the end phase.

For you anime fans, this was a staple of Yugi's back in the Duelist Kingdom and early Battle City days, it just didn't have the 800 lifepoint cost.

Well, this is like Lightning Vortex. I don't mean effect similarity, I mean that this is the new Post Ban version of Change of Heart. Which is good, and it's good that it has a bit of a cost.

However, it isn't needed for all decks. Any deck running more than 2 or 3 tribute monsters should use one. Any offensive heavy hitter deck should use one.

Other than the aforementioned deck, it isn't really a staple card, but have fun with it.

Sorry to be short today, but you know the card is good, and you'll use it if you get it anyway, it doesn't really matter what I think.


Traditional: 2.0/5 Here you CAN use Change of Heart, so why pay for this?

Advanced: 4.1/5 Here, this IS our Change of Heart, so yea...

Art: meh/5 = 2.5/5

You stay classy, Planet Earth :)

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