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Old Vindictive Magician
FLIP: Destroy 1 monster on your oponent's side of
Type - Spellcaster/Effect
Card Number - DR1-EN122
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 01.25.06
Hello, spellcaster version of Man-Eater Bug...
OVM is an underappreciated little card we didn't see
a lot of last format because there was a way better
flip-effect Spellcaster available to us in multiples
then. If you saw Apprentice Magician, he wasn't
fetching this, he was pulling Magician of Faith.
Granted, we still have MoF now, but only 1, and thus
playing Apprentice Magician actually requires some
other monsters to be run.
But with said support, he's not that bad. Apprentice
Magician gets killed, you pull this out face-down,
you flip to kill their monster and either Tribute or
something else equally nasty next turn. I was
fooling arond with a certain Level 3 Judge's Cold
Wave/Anti-Spell Fragrance deck, and he was just sick
and wrong in there.
There are better cards, but there are certainly
Old Vindictive Magician is Level 2 Dark/Spellcaster
with an ATK of 450 and a DEF of 600. Being
Level 2 means Old Vindictive Magician
slips under Level Limit-Area B and
Gravity Bind, and his ATK means he also
slips under Messenger of Peace, but is so
puny it will rarely matter. It also can’t be a
target for Metamorphosis, since there are
no Level 2 Fusions. Fortunately, Spellcasters
do have quite a bit of support and thanks to the
latest Structure Deck, it’s easily available.
In this case, it gives us a search from deck and
Summon option that is actually useful:
Old Vindictive Magician has a simple but
useful effect: it destroys one Monster on your
opponent’s side of the field. Obviously, that’s
useful as it allows a single set Old
Vindictive Magician to block up to two
attacks (the one that hits it and then the
attack of the Monster that you choose to
destroy). It can’t backfire and hit itself,
unlike its Insect counterpart, Man-Eater Bug,
but it can’t be used to destroy something of
yours when you want to like Man-Eater Bug
can (a rare occurrence, but it happens).
Simply put, if you are running Apprentice
Magician, the only reason not to run Old
Vindictive Magician is that you have
absolutely no room. Otherwise, you run one.
Keep in mind, you will also want Magician of
Faith as well, and possibly other cards
depending upon your deck theme, but a single
copy of Old Vindictive Magician, Main
Decked, is so important. Simply put, you’ll
likely be running more than one Apprentice
Magician, so it’s probably best to use the
first one to fetch something like this: your
opponent knows what is set, and Old
Vindictive Magician is a nice fat target.
After all, it’s a Flip Effect, so they can’t
attack it without triggering it (normally,
anyway) and if they use Nobleman of Crossout
on it (thinking you have more), then you’re out
a Monster Special Summoned from your deck and
they are out a Restricted Spell card. Plus next
time a precious Magician of Faith or
(deck specific card like) Hand of Nephthys
isn’t so vulnerable to Nobleman of Crossout.
2/5-Deck specific score: assuming you have
something that does okay and needs Apprentice
Magician for some other card, a single copy
of this is useful. Totally on its own it isn’t
totally useless, since it does have a Monster
destroying effect… but it’s Traditional, meaning
Monsters die so fast it’s not so valuable.
3.25/5-This is a composite score, as a single
copy of the card is well worth it in a deck
running Apprentice Magician, but
otherwise it’s just “okay” on its own.
3/5-On its own, it is a solid pick. Bump the
score up by half a point if you also pulled an
It’s fascinating how much difference theme
support can make. Man-Eater Bug and
Old Vindictive Magician have an identical
Level, ATK, DEF and (close enough) effect, but
the difference of being a Dark/Spellcaster over
an Earth/Insect mean that the bug is nearly
useless while Old Vindictive Magician has
a limited but important slot in most Spellcaster
decks. Personally, I find this to be how the
game should be, except Man-Eater Bug
should have its own support as well. ;)
You can't talk about this card without talking about
its search. And you can't talk about its search
without talking about the entire deck archtype it
has. Apprentice Magician is a vicious little rare
out of the old days that was strictly shelved in the
Chaos format it was released it. Upon being
destroyed it allows you to special summon from the
deck a Spellcaster type monster, level 2 or less in
Just a little interjection. When I was still a n00b,
I seriously thought he could pull Relinquished. God
I wish it could.
One of the search targets available is this card.
The other two cards in its
class are Man Eater Bug and Night Assailant. But the
synergy puts it above the others.
I'm sorry but I really can't think of what else to
say about this card as a single. Its simply awesome
in the decktype it should be used in and pretty much
outclassed in everything else. The new Structure
Deck should give you more to thing about in running
the deck, including Friday's card.
Spellcaster Control: 5/5
Elsewhere: 2/5 (its removal at least)
Vindictive Magician is sexy. Right now the format is
either quick kill (Stein or bazoo.dek), flipflop
control (utilizing dekoichi, tsukuyomi, merchant,
possibly Pot of Avarice), some variant of warrior
toolbox or rat toolbox or tomato toolbox, or a
combination of any of the latter four with something
techy like Strike Ninja. This hits everything on
that list except Stein very hard. This card is good.
The choice of killing any of your opponent's
monsters is awesome, and this is a step, a push and
a leap above the Insect opposition, Man-Eater Bug,
since you don't have to destroy your own monster as
a result of Swords of Revealing Light or something.
Basically, this card lets you create one of the
greatest two-turn moves in existence when going
first or when the field is somewhat clear. You set
OVM, you set a Dust Tornado, and you have Don or
Reaper in your hand. You DT anything they set, OVM
the monster they play (whether they attack or not)
and then hit for a card from their hand and a decent
chunk of LP. It's worse when you choose to set a
card by the effect of Dust Tornado, and then the
opponent realizes that it's Robbin' Goblin… Yipes.
That move ends games hardcore.
The other opposition, Night Assailant, is weaker (at
least this can kill a Magician of Faith), and
without the infinite discard trick, is not as
versatile. This is searchable, DARK, a Spellcaster
(come back Friday!!) and a great card overall. Have
fun with it.
Vindictive Magician is one of my favorite monster
removal abilities in the game. Its stats parallel
Man-Eater Bug, but unlike the ancient insect, this
flip effect won’t destroy any of your monsters if
your opponent doesn’t control any monsters (see the
card errata page). It’s also a spellcaster, which
means it can be used in conjunction with nifty
support such as Magical Dimension and, more
importantly, Apprentice Magician. On that note, the
Apprentice Magician toolbox (multiple Apprentice
Magicians, Magician of Faith, and Old Vindictive
Magician) is one of the best control line-ups you
can use in the advanced format, which makes this
little piece of removal even better. Throw in that
one copy of Tsukuyomi (should be three. :/) and you
have a solid removal engine available. This monster
continues to remain underrated amongst duelists.
In traditional…no. If you’re using Apprentice
Magician in this format, you are getting Magician of
Faith or Magical Scientist. In case you didn’t know,
Scientist makes this card a proxy for another deck.
Vindictive Magician is the Spellcaster version (and
Dark) of Man Eater Bug with identical stats.
3/5 all around, it destroys a monster when flipped
4/5 Spellcaster Control
*This was the shortest review ever, but no need to
go in depth on a card identical to another.
You stay classy, Planet Earth :)
"Man Eater Bug that's Dark"
Guess I don't need to review anymore!
haha, that's true but let me explain to you why Old
Vindictive Magician is MORE than a Man Eater Bug.
Old Vindictive Magician is simply a Flip Effect that
destroys one monster. Why is it better than MEB?
Well first, he's a Dark monster. Remember Monday?
Strike Ninja? Second, he can actually be searched
out. *GASP* "We already know; it's under 1000 Attack
so Sangan right?" Actually there's even a better
one. Everyone think back to when Breaker the Magical
Warrior was FIRST released. That set came with many
Spellcaster support cards. One of them was
Apprentice Magician. *NOTE* yay for the new
Apprentice Magician's ability is when this monster
is destroyed in battle (and doesn't have to be sent
to the Graveyard), you can search your deck for a Lv
2 or lower Spellcaster and special summon it onto
the field in FACEDOWN DEFENCE POSITION. Which means
that you can search out Old Vindictive Magician in a
facedown position and use it's flip effect! Sounds
like a good replacement to me! Apprentice Magician
can also get Hand of the Nepthys, Magician of Faith,
Magical Scientist (GRRR!), and Time Wizard. When's
the last time MEB got any help like that? Yugi
controls Spellcasters, who controls the bugs?
Though the problem with Apprentice Magician is that
if your opponent knows you are running them, they
won't hastly attack into them because it doesn't
provide them any benefits for you to bring out
something with Apprentice Magician.
Everybody got that? No? Eh, read it again and we're
Basically Apprentice Magician is a good defensive
card. By no means am I going to say a 400 attacking
creature is offensive. With the addition of the new
Spellcaster Decks, I suggest everyone play around
with Spellcasters! I promise it'll be fun. I mean
Yugi uses it...who doesn't want to become Yugi????
Without any support of Apprentice Magician - 2/5
With the support of Apprentice Magician - 4.5/5
(In SJC: Anaheim, I went 7-1 before losing to Paul,
the eventual champ, with Old Vindictive Magicans.
It's not that bad...But then, when DIDN'T I go 7-1
in a SJC? LOL)
Man eater bud went out AGES ago. This thing is
almost exactly the same, and has just been replaced.
There are much better flip effects out there, Cyber
Jar, Morphing Jar, Magician of Faith, Night
Assailant and Dekouchi to name a few.
Traditional ; 1/5 Even IF it’s a Dark….
Advanced : 1/5 Same
Art ; 4/5 : Ok, that IS cool….
A simple card for a simple purpose, killing stuff.
Old Vindictive Magician is just like Man-Eater Bug,
except that he is a Spellcaster. Basically, you use
this if you have a monster slot open and are already
using Apprentice Magician in your Deck. If you are
not using Apprentice Magician, do not use this.
He's useful to summon with her, and adds a little
bit of zest to Spellcasters. And even on the
advantage scale. A nice, straightforward card. Use
at your leisure.
Deck Containing Apprentice Magician: 4/5
Share and enjoy,
So we have the upgraded Man-Eater Bug today. Not
just because he is Dark or a Spellcaster but because
he doesn’t have to kill your monsters if your
opponent has nothing. Now this monster could see
play in Flip Flop Control, but it mainly sees play
in your standard Spellcaster Control deck. Even in
that situation he is a backup, as the main goal is
for Apprentice Magician to bring out the Phoenix.
The main reason that he doesn’t really see much play
is because his destruction effect is a Flip effect.
The main problem is that flips are generally too
slow for this game. Most flips don’t see play unless
they give you either a really major benefit, or a
guaranteed increases/maintaining of card advantage.
Essentially you are just better off running Smashing
Ground than the magician for killing monsters. You
are better off saving your flips for monsters like
Dekoichi, Magical Merchant and Magician of Faith.
Traditional: 0.8/5 (even less friendly to flips)
Advanced: 2.6/5 (playable, just not really that
worth it, mediocre at best)