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Belial – Marquis of
Your opponent cannot select any monster you control,
except "Belial – Marquis of Darkness", as an attack
target, or as a target of a Spell or Trap Card.
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.
3 is average.
5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 02.12.08
Continuing on, we come to Belial-Marquis of
Darkness, a very interesting monster. Belial is a
Level 8 monster, meaning he requires two tributes,
(Double Coston can take care of that for you,
however) but he boasts a solid 2800 attack, (and
2400 defense) which matches Dark Magician of Chaos,
one of the only two tribute monsters you see played
Belial is also a Dark mosnter, of the Fiend-type,
which makes him a welcome addition to that Deck.
Belial has two rather helpful effects...or so it
seems. First, as long as Belial is on the Field, it
is the only monster your opponent can attack. That's
a good thing, as with all the Divine Monarchy
looming around, 2400 attack won't destroy this
monster, in either mode.
Secondly, Belial can't be targeted as the effect of
a Magic or Trap card. That's also a good thing, but
how many cards do you play that actually target a
monster? Not that many, so it is helpful once in a
while, but it's still a bit of welcome protection.
Traditional: 1.5/5 A little too slow.
Advanced: 3.5/5 Definitely a solid Fiend.
Belial-Marquis of Darkness
To tell you the truth, I don't know why this is a
secret. A friend of mine just pulled this Monday and
was extremely disappointed. He is big, with large
ATK and his effect is not bad, just not as good as
any other secret. If your opponent targets a
monster, then they have to target Belial. However,
usually Belial WILL be the intended target due to
his double tribute status and large ATK. Kinda
pointless if you ask me.
Belial – Marquis of Darkness
2800 ATK/2400 DEF
Your opponent cannot select any
monster you control, except “Belial – Marquis of
Darkness,” as an attack target, or as a target of a
Spell or Trap Card.
I guess I should be glad that
this card is Secret Rare and Dark Nephthys was only
“upped” to Ultra Rare from Super Rare.
Let’s list some potentials…
*Level 8: Trade-In, Herald of
Creation, 2400 boost for The Calculator. Certainly
better than Level 7.
*DARK: Armageddon Knight, Dark
Grepher, Strike Ninja, all those new PTDN cards.
*Art: not so bad, with a huge
sword resembling Warrior’s Shadowtitanium Great
Sword in CABAL Online…but enough with that…
This is one of those filler
Secret Rares. You do not gain any card advantage
for playing this card, unless you manage to summon
this against a Gadget player with 3 Shrink, 3 Enemy
Controller, 3 Sakuretsu Armor, 3 Dimensional Prison,
and 3 Soul Taker…assuming Bottomless Trap Hole,
Mirror Force, Torrential Tribute, Smashing Ground,
It is really sad to see a card
with such a solid DEF with an effect that renders it
practically useless. Sure, Plasma will negate the
effect…and absorb Belial.
All I see in this card is another
Fiend with 2800 ATK.
Belial - Marquis of Darkness
I actually like this card not only because
of the cool art, but also because it is a secret
rare dark fiend who has a very helpful effect
that protects all of your monsters, except
itself, from your opponent's card effects.
Here's the pros of Belial and how you duelists
should use him:
- Works with Trade-In since it is a Level 8
- Works with Allure of Darkness, a new hot
Ultra Rare card in Phantom Darkness, since it is
a DARK monster. Then you can combo it with
Escape from the Dark Dimension, D.D.M. -
DIfferent DImension Master, Return from the
Different Dimension, or Dimension Fusion.
- Protects all of your monsters, except
itself, from opponent's nasty card effects.
- Works with FIends and a Dark-Theme deck as
well as other cards in Phantom Darkness.
- A gargantuan 2800 ATK to match up with Dark
Magician of Chaos and a sturdy 2400 ATK to
shield itself from Monarchs, Sacred Phoenix,
- You can use Call of the Haunted, Premature
Burial, Escape from the Dark Dimension, Monster
Gate, Reasoning, and D.D.M. - Different
Dimension Master to special summon this card
easily rather than waiting a few turns to normal
summon this colossal bad boy.
- Can be special summoned by Doom Shaman in a
Fiend or Dark-Theme deck.
These are basically all I can think of to
work this secret rare well since many people
underestimate this card and treat it as the
2nd-3rd least strongest Secret Rare from PHantom
Darkness. Never underestimate a card unless it
truly has proven itself to be not as productive
and useful as some other cards. FYI, this card
CAN be special summoned, so take advantage of
this freedom and use Doom Shaman, Monster Gate,
Reasoning, Escape from the Dark DImension, etc.
to get it out fast. Really good card. If you
have any other ideas about this card, feel free
to tell me them at
Advanced: 3.75/5 (Let's see
if I'm right about this card actually being
good in the future metagame!)
Art: 5/5 (Very intimidating
picture of a 1/3 human, 1/3 Demon, 1/3 angel
Tuesday - Belial - Marquis of Darkness
Today we take a look at yet another DARK
monster from the Phantom of Darkness set, but it
doesn't have the usual DARK monster effect that
involves having a certain number of DARK monsters
already in the Graveyard. Belial's effect forces the
opponent to target him with an effect or an attack.
I can see this card being used in a way that
protects more useful monsters that you wouldn't want
to be targeted by an attack or spell/trap card. In
offensive gain decks, since Nurse Reficule is so
weak at 1400 attack points and its Defense isn't any
better, this card may come in handy, since the
opponent has to waste one of his/her resources
(unless its book of moon). Also, the opponent most
likely won't try to target the monster for an
attack, since it's attack is 2800, which is rather
Despite all these great combos and uses of this
card, Belial can also be an extremely bad card. At
Level 8, any duelist should know that you have to
tribute two monsters in order to summon this card,
which is a pretty high price. With Reasoning,
though, this card may come in pretty handy, that is
only if you don't draw it before you draw Reasoning.
It may be useful in decks that special summon
multiple times like DDT or Destiny Hero Beatdown
(which aren't too dominate anymore), since it can be
used as a weaker DMoC. Overall, this card isn't
horrible, but isn't good in a competitive
Traditional: 1/5 - Not useful at all, except for the
fact that it's DARK, but no one would run it just
for that reason.
Advanced: 2.5/5 - Not useful either, but can be seen
in certain decks.
Art: 5/5 - Man, Kazuki Takahashi draws amazingly
mask of darkness is really not good. it
might be decent if the effect could be activated
while face-down, but just no. not even in a dark
deck. if their's something like a gladiator
beast deck that manipulates attacks you can just
use ring of magnetism.
1/5 all. not
even in a dark deck
Belial Marquis of Darkness is another dark monster
that came out of the newest set and is a secret.
Well not much to say about this card seeing how the
effect is really nothing new to the YuGiOh
environment. Don’t get me wrong it’s a good card
just not game breaking or game changing. It has the
exact same effect as the card named Shift, I believe
from PSV not quite sure on that. It’s a Dark monster
so you know it has support, but it’s just not that
good. With 2800/2400 it has stats that are
formidable, but it’s still just not worth the two
tributes. Sell it or trade it that’s all I have to
say. Though if you insist that you are in love with
this card and you think you can abuse it here are
1) Use it with a deck that you know that you can
easily get the two tributes needed and then have the
protection for it, seeing how everything will be
fighting against this hunk of cardboard.
2) Make sure you don’t put this in a deck that isn’t
about control. This is card is all about that and if
you don’t have anything to make the opponent do what
you want him/her to do you shouldn’t be using this
3) If you can get DMOC you will find that card much
more suitable in every deck I can think that you
would use this thing in.
4) Can work I GUESS in a DDT build, for whatever
reason you would want to use it. Trade-in-able and
good to have flipped off the top of your deck with a
monster gate. Plasma though is ten times better in
Tradition: N/A because they wouldn’t use it
Advance: 1.25/5….. Yeah