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

Top 10 Cards of 2009

#1: Dark Strike Fighter

1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters You can Tribute 1 monster to inflict damage to your opponent equal to its Level x 200.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 4.80
Advanced: 4.00 

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

Date Reviewed - 01.15.10

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General Zorpa

Dark Strike Fighter

There is not much to say about Dark Strike Fighter. It is a level 7 DARK Machine Synchro with 2600 ATK and 1800 DEF, which is actually pretty good for a level 7 generic Synchro. When this card was at 3, it wrecked people, wallets and turned losses into impossible all-out Synchro Cat or Blackwing wins.

The effect is that you can tribute a monster you control in order to deal daage to your opponent equal to the level of the tributed monster x200. That doesn't seem so bad until you realiz that DSF itself represents 4000 points of damage. You throw in Summoner Monk, or a few Blackwings as well and you have the game.

This card ended games that should not have been ended. Anytime you were low on life you would always be wondering when an opponent was going to be bringing out this beastie. Definitely one of the better Synchros ever made and broken in the right situations. Have fun with it in Traditional Tournaments. It's a Blast.


Jeff Lang

1 - Dark Strike Fighter

Wow am I happy that this card is gone. I don’t think any player could be consistent last format just because of this card. You could make all the right plays, to only get one turn killed by this guy. Summoner Monk+ Summoner Monk+ Rescue Cat gave you two Dark Strikes, and gave you game if you had a clear path. Cards like this makes me wonder about the makers of this card game. In no way are cards like this healthy, and should never have been made to begin with. Every deck last format was able to make this guy with ease, and duels wouldn’t last for long because of it. The game is now better because it got the axe, so that is a huge plus.

Trad: 5/5
Adv: 5/5


# 1

Dark Strike Fighter …

Yep. Shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Strong as an ox and twice as smart. So damn good he got himself to be the first and only Synchro monster to be banned. Does anyone really need it to be outlined what he can do? … Well, I suppose if u are very new to the game, or were on hiatus during the few months that DSF went nuts – here it is:

He’s dark. He’s strong. And he tribute burns with the best of them. At a level 7 Synchro, he is special summoned, and done so with remarkable ease with the 3-star Tuner – Gale - yesterday’s #2, and with the obvious #1 new deck of 2009 – the Blackwings. Because Blackwings can hit the field in a hurry, and dish out a boat load of damage with the same quickness, DSF is the icing on the cake. He can come out, pitch all the Blackwings that u can muster (remembering that Gale and Shura can always be special summoned from your hand so long as u still have a Blackwing on the field), and then pitch himself, which was usually game at that point. Players all over found this remarkably easy to do, even with NON-Blackwing decks … so what was left to do? …. Yep. Ban him.

I was sad to see him go, as I loved my Dark Strike Fighter … but … yeah. Whatever.
That’s the game, I suppose.

Traditional: 5/5
Advanced: 5/5


Can’t wait to see what the top 10 of 2010 will be!


Dark Strike Fighter:

Ah, the card that ruined a format. This card made it possibly for Blackwings and Rescue Cat decks to OTK on a regular basis. For that matter, almost any deck it went into had a much better chance of OTKing... as long as they could get out a level 7 synchro. Dark Strike just by himself into an opponent's open field was worth 4000 lifepoints! That's just too much for a non tuner-specific synchro monster. Get two of him out (which was super easy) and that's lights out. I was hoping he would have a short life and indeed he did. Good riddance to one of the more broken cards this game has seen.

Traditional: 5.0
Advanced: 5.0

N o V a

Dark Strike Fighter, I swear there was more complaining about this card on Pojo than anywhere else I chat online. "Its too broken" "It needs to be banned" "Some scrub beat me because he has Dark Strike Fighter". It really got annoying. Honestly Dark Strike Fighter isn't THAT broken. Sure it was a 2600 beat stick and late game it was good for going for the win, but there are many ways to stop it. Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror, Divine Wrath, Gladiator Beast War Chariot, Bottomless Trap Hole(unless they tribute their Dark Strike Fighter for its effect), Royal Oppression, and the list goes on. There are many ways of stopping it and ridding the field of it, but it was a game changing card none the less. I liked using it with Geartown the most though. Managing to summon Demise, somehow get out Strike Fighter and Gadjiltron Dragon and go for the win. Was just a fun deck but still, it was cool. Dark Strike Fighter was also mainly broken because at the time Blackwing - Gale the Whirlwind was at 3, being so easy to summon a Blackwing then summon Gale and tune for Dark Strike Fighter, it only made things worse. Dark Strike Fighter was rightfully banned though with it being over valued and impossible to obtain if you were poor, it made things a little unfair and either way it basically came down to who dropped Dark Strike Fighter first.

Traditional: 4/5
Advanced: 3.5/5

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