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

Wiseman's Chalice

If you control no monsters, Select 1 monster in your opponent's Graveyard. Special Summon it. During the End Phase of this turn, give control of that Special Summoned monster to your opponent. The monster cannot be Tributed, or used as a Synchro Material Monster, while it is face-up on the field.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.30
Advanced: 1.55 

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

Date Reviewed - September 8, 2010

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Dark Paladin


Wiseman's Chalice makes you wonder just how wise the man in the card is, or at least how wise the player is for using this card. An interesting little Magic card here...anyway, you can Special Summon a monster from your opponent's Graveyard, which is always sweet...

However, during the End Phase you are done with that monster, it returns to your opponent, so you better be winning that turn, which you likely aren't as you can only use this card as long as you have no monsters on the Field.

Or, you can use the card to Synchro summon, taking a Tuner or other necessary monster, or tribute it I suppose, remember when we use to do that? Anyway, if you do nothing with it, your opponent gets it back, while it can attack, it can't be tributed or used for Synchro Summon while face up.


Traditional: 2/5
Advanced: 3/5
Art: 4/5

General Zorpa
Wiseman's Chalice
Here we have a throwback to a truly ancient card, Frontier Wiseman. The chalice has nothing to do with the monster, but it is actually quite good. It is a Normal Spell, which is good as it is the second best type of Spell. The effect is that you Special Summon a monster from your opponent's graveyard. It cannot be Tributed or used as a Synchro Material, and your opponent gets the monster at the End Phase.
Most people said that this card was absolute rubbish, only able to enable a one-turn Alpha Strike. However, a few enterp[rising individuals have figured out tat in the Gladiator Beast Mirror Match it is amazingly effective. You steal your opponent's Gladiator, attack and then Tag, or you can use it for a Contact Fusion of your own, as there is nothing in the text about sending it back to the deck.
At Regionals this past weekend, I was surprisingly surprised to find that people were side decking this card for the GB matchup, and not just the mirror. I also saw some side-decked Bestiari and Equeste in Blackwings in addition to this card. What is even more surprising is that it works. I got hosed in one game against Blackwings because of a Chalice and his Bestiari. In short, any Spell that can Special Summon from the graveyard is a golden card, so I expect someone will be using this card in the future, especially as we get closer to YCS San Jose.


Wiseman’s Chalice looks like a well made card to me.  It is a Normal Spell that, if you control no monsters, allows you to select a monster in your opponent’s Graveyard and Special Summon it to your side of the field.  The monster can’t be used as Tribute or for a Synchro Summon, and control shifts to them during your End Phase. 

There are two big risks with this card: that your opponent won’t have anything legal to revive in their Graveyard and that you won’t want to risk using it when you draw it because whatever you could revive will soon make its way to your opponent’s side of the field.  These two may keep this from showing up in most decks, but there are many cards that can work around these restrictions.  I won’t worry about filling your opponent’s Graveyard with potential targets (your opponent will probably do that fast enough).  No, it’s the second effect that is more troubling but it can be remedied.  First, you can us a card like Cyber Valley that removes from play… you’ll get to use their monster then remove it to fuel draw power.  Second, if you flip it with Book of Moon, they don’t get it back and the conditions on it are removed.  If they have something very juicy in the Graveyard, it can be worth two Spell cards.  There are cards like Destruct Potion and Altar For Tribute to turn the stolen monster into some quick LP: extra useful your opponent tries to destroy the monster you revived with a non-reusable effect.  You could make a deck themed around this kind of thing and add in Vengeful Servant to score some burn off the deal: if you revive something large enough, the combo could be game ending.  Getting more deck specific, any Fusion material you snag is legal to use for a Fusion Summon.  It even makes a good counter for certain, specific decks like Gladiator Beasts. 

Simply put, there is a lot you can do with this card but if you’re too flush with resources (namely monsters in play) it’ll be a dead draw and if you’re running too low on resources it can be suicide to activate. 

Ratings (general ratings – better in specialized decks) 

Traditional: 1/5 

Advanced: 2/5 

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Wiseman's Chalice

This is one of those cards that makes you have to stop and look at all of the different limiters set on its effect, sort of like Debris Dragon, to figure out what it actually does. It's a cost-free Autonomous Action Unit, but the only thing you can use the monster for is its effect. Furthermore, it goes to the opponent's field at the end of the turn. Giving the opponent a free monster that can do something is nothing you want to do.

So, what can you do with this card? You don't want to revive a strong monster, because you'll be giving a strong monster to the opponent. Revive something weak, and, why are you even using the card? You have to have an empty field, so even though the monster can attack, you won't be able to do much with that attack.

Konami looked at this card and said, "Hm, this card has potential, but doesn't have a high rarity. Let's slaughter it with tons of unnecessary negative effects!" And thus, "Wise"man's Chalice was formed.

Art: It's a guy who looks like a chess piece, and he's holding a cup. Whoo...
Fun Fact: I'm addicted to WarioWare: DIY. Even when I'm out of game design ideas.
Tomorrow: These cards are all cursed...

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