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

Dark Magician
Limited Edition Promo

The ultimate wizard in the terms of attack and defense.

Type - Spellcaster / Normal Monster
Card Number - BPT-007

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1
Advanced: 1

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

Date Reviewed - 03.14.05

Coin Flip


Dark Magician is crap. The deck is not. You never want to play 2-trib normal monsters, or even 1-trib normal monsters, or 4-star normal monsters, unless they have massive support or incredible stats.
Dark Magician lacks the latter but possesses the former. Dimension Magic, the best Spellcaster support there is (and possibly the essence of the deck's viability) is huge for him. He has Dark Sage, Dark Magician Girl, Dark Magician of Chaos, Dark Curtain of Magic (well, not yet in the English game), Sage's Stone, Dark Magic Attack, Skilled Dark Magician and Thousand Knives. Some of his support is rather good, and the rest are named Dark Sage or Thousand Knives. I can't rate him because to do so would be to rate the decktype. I don't do that, as a general rule.
Tranorix Dark Magician

Good old Dark Magician. Perhaps no card is as famous as Dark Magician, simply because of his prominence on the anime. He’s the Pikachu of Yu-Gi-Oh. But is he any good? Arguably.

Being a two-tribute monster with 2500 ATK isn’t the best thing in the world, but there are alternative ways to bring Dark Magician to the field, such as Skilled Dark Magician and classic dumping + recursion. And when he comes to the field, there are lots of things you can do with him: Play Dark Magic Attack and you get, essentially, Harpie’s Feather Duster. Play Dedication Through Light and Darkness to bring out Dark Magician of Chaos. Play Knight’s Title to bring out Dark Magician’s Knight. Use Time Wizard’s effect and bring out Dark Sage (haha, right). Or just attack for some damage; 2500 isn’t terrible, after all.

Aside from that, Dark Magician is just a normal monster. He can’t do much on his own; on his own, he’s pretty useless, actually, except perhaps as food for Dark Magician Girl. Play him in his own deck; avoid him elsewhere.

Traditional – CCCC: 1.5/5
Traditional – Dark Magician Deck: 5/5
Advanced – CCWC: 1.5/5
Advanced – Dark Magician Deck: 5/5
ExMinion OfDarkness Dark Magician

Welcome to Magician/Spellcaster week! Today we re-review one of our old favorites (for those who like unoriginality.)

Dark Magician isn't good based on attack score or anything -- heavens, no. Summoned Skull can get that job done 1 Tribute cheaper. I could see Dark Magician used for:

1. Dark Magic Attack, for use in a Magician deck that needs extra M/T kill
2. Thrown in a deck that uses 3 Skilled Dark Magicians for an extra boost
3. Potential tribute for Sorcerer of Dark Magic
4. Dark Paladin

ehh...that's about it.

I just don't see him as all that playable, despite recent support.

1.75/5 all-around
Dark Paladin Welcome to Spellcaster week everyone and our first card is a favorite of mine that comes all the way back from the Legend of Blue Eyes days.

If you didn't guess, I did pick the cards this week, but don't worry, we'll get back to some Flaming Entity next week.

Dark Magician honestly, (even being one of my favorite cards) is quite subpar for a two tribute monster. 2500 is about as low as it comes for a two tribute monster, meaning a LOT will run over it.

However, he does have some stuff going for him. He has Skilled Dark Magician, which can bring him out once he has 3 Spell Counters. Fusing Dark Magician and Buster Blader brings out a nameless stronger Magician.

He even has some support cards. Dark Magic Attack is a more specific Harpie's Feather Duster and even the Dark Magic Curtain (Curtain of Black Magic) which hasn't been released yet which allows you to special summon a Dark Magician from your deck at the cost of half your lifepoints.

Sadly, Dark Magician can't just be thrown into any deck and be expected to win you a tournament.


In a dedicated Dark Magician deck: 5/5
Traditional (normal): 1/5
Advanced Dark Magician Deck: 5/5
Advanced (normal) 1.5/5

Art: All the arts are cool except for the original Starter Deck Yugi with that silly purple suit and attack pose.

You stay classy Planet Earth, until tomorrow :)
Snapper Dark Magician

Welcome to Spellcaster Week! Today’s card is Dark Magician, a monster that ONLY works in its own Deck.

What can be said about a Normal, Level 7, 2500 ATK monster? Nothing positive. It’s true; by itself DM is a terrible monster. In it’s own Deck however DM is a force to be reckoned with. Of course I’m not here to review a Deck-Type, so I’ll give a short rundown of what a DM Deck has available to
it: multiple forms of Special Summoning its main monster, a Harpie’s Feather Duster that can be used in 3s, a Level 6 monster that can work it’s way up to 2900 ATK, free monster destruction, and some nifty Fusions. As you can see DM as a Deck-Type has all the basics a Deck needs to be successful, but DM by itself is pure crap. Sorry for the short review but Normal Monsters don’t really need 3 page novels.

Advanced: .5/5. I’m not going to waste my time giving DM a rating for its own Deck because that should be obvious…………… Fine. It gets a 7/3 in a DM Deck. Happy?
Traditional: .5/5. See Advanced.
Overall: .5/5.
Art: 4/5. I favor the PCY Dark Magician artwork, then LOB, and finally SDY.


Dark Magician


Rated For: Dark Magician Deck


Why is Dark Magician garbage?


BLASPHEMY TO THE INFIDEL you cry as you SLAM your Yami Yugi collector’s mug to the floor, spilling the Yu-Gi-Oh licensed soft drink onto your Dark Magician t-shirt! How dare I assail the legendary monster that follows only the Pharaoh! How dare JAELOVE question the supremacy of the ultimate spellcaster in terms of attack and defense?


First of all, he’s not quite the ultimate spellcaster in terms of attack and defense any more. There are 4(!!!) spellcasters with an attack higher than it (I counted), and a whopping EIGHT spellcasters with a higher defense. Even more sacrilegious, there are four spellcasters (Dark Magician of Chaos, Cosmo Queen, Sorcerer of Dark Magic, and Dark Sage) that trump BOTH of its stats. So Konami LIED to us about Dark Magician’s ultimacy (that’s not a word).


Anyways, the question then becomes this: Why would you use Dark Magician over the others? The answers, of course, still remain unknown to United States duelists, namely because two of the three strongest Dark Magician support cards, Dimension Magic and Curtain of Black Magic (or whatever they’re called) haven’t been released. The third of the trio is Skilled Dark Magician, and he can almost single-handedly legitimize Dark Magician’s use.


Unfortunately, even with Apprentice Magician and Skilled Dark helping out, the card is just not playable and falls a few shades below competitive. Let’s rate the archetype. By the way, for a few examples of a Dark Magician deck, check out my articles here:






Advantage F/H: Dark Magician crosses the threshold of playability, giving him a very strong field advantage score once he hits. If you can dump him and use Premature Burial or Call of the Haunted, that’s great. He can also be summoned via Skilled Dark Magician, if you’re lucky enough to have 3 spells to use immediately (Delinquent, Pot, Graceful anyone?). Unfortunately, the standard method of two tributes cannot come close to justifying a 2500 attack normal monster.

Traditional Format Score:                             5.5/10

Advanced Format Score:                               5.5/10


Best Draw for the Situation: Dark Magician’s themed support is generally lackluster, except for Skilled Dark Magician. Because you can sometimes search him out, his score is a bit improved over the typical 7 star monster.

T:                                                                    4/10

A:                                                                    4/10


Attributes/Effect: He’s a DARK spellcaster, which is great. His stats aren’t very good, but there are numerous support cards tied to Dark Magician that will make Spellcasters a top of the line archetype to pursue. Don’t give up! Well give up if you have to, because 2500/2100 for a 7 star tribute monster is not getting it done.

T:                                                                    5/10

A:                                                                    5/10


Dependability: This is where most tribute monsters die (score-wise).

T:                                                                    3/10

A:                                                                    3/10


The Bottom Line: Not very good yet.


A BAD Score—

Traditional Format:                                        2.19

Advanced Format:                                         2.19


FORCE System Suggestions:

++ Contributes to Field Control

--   Detracts from On-Field Presence, Resource Management


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