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
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:
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.
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
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.
This is where most tribute monsters
The Bottom Line:
Not very good yet.
A BAD Score—
FORCE System Suggestions:
++ Contributes to Field Control
-- Detracts from On-Field
Presence, Resource Management