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

Darkstorm Dragon

This card is treated as a Normal Monster while face-up on the field or in the Graveyard. While this card is face-up on the field, you can Normal Summon it to have it be treated as an Effect Monster with this effect. ● Once per turn: You can send 1 face-up Spell/Trap Card you control to the Graveyard; destroy all Spell/Trap Cards on the field.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.17
Advanced: 3.17 

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

Date Reviewed - April 19, 2012

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John Rocha

Darkstorm Dragon has some possibilities. First it is a Gemini so it can be summoned from the graveyard with a number of cards like Call of the Haunted, Monster Reborn, Swing of Memories, Birthright, and Soul Resurrection. Second, it is a level 8 Dragon so it can be revived with Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon and Light Pulsar Dragon. It is also a dark monster so it can be sent to the graveyard with Dark Grepher along with Foolish Burial, Trade-In, Dragon Ravine, and Future Fusion.

Now for the cool stuff. Supervise works magic with Darkstorm Dragon in a Gemini type deck. Attach Supervise to Darkstorm Dragon so you can get the Dragon’s effect. Send Supervise to the graveyard to destroy all magic and trap cards on the field. Then summon another one from the graveyard. Then Xyz summon Thunder End Dragon, detach a material to blow up all other monsters and attack into an open field.

There are a number of hybrid deck types along with the dragon decks that can be made with this monster. E-HERO decks with Alius and Miracle Fusion, Ninja decks with Ninjitsu Art of super-Transformation, and Chaos Dragon decks to name a few. There are also tons of continuous spell and trap cards that can be splashed in almost any deck to support your deck, stall, or disrupt your opponent’s deck.

Traditional: 2/5
Advanced: 3/5


Today's card is Darkstorm Dragon. Right off the bat, I like its stats. Level 8 makes it work with Trade-In, it's a Dragon-type...So i don't have to tell you all about that, you should know. ATK and DEF are great with 2700 and 2500. It's a Gemini monster, that slows it down a bit, but it shouldn't deter you, because Geminis have their own set of goodies too. Darkstorm's effect *Once you get it* is you can send one face up Spell/Trap to destroy all Spells/Traps on the field. Darkstorm....now I get it. While you might think this may work in a Dragon type deck...and it could. Darkstorm be put to use elsewhere. Need a face up Spell or Trap to get it going? Ninjas have a few of those going, and Darkstorm could team up with White Dragon Ninja to save your own Spells/Traps and wipe out your opponent's. Wanna know where it could really flourish once it gets going? Crystal Beasts. There you can have a Heavy Storm almost every turn, and still save Rainbow Ruins. I dunno what my fellow reviewers might say about Darkstorm Dragon, but I think there's a lot going for it,
Traditional: 2.5
Advanced: 4
Tomorrow: A synchro?!?!?!!??!?!!??


Darkstorm Dragon
Lv. 8/DARK/Dragon-Gemini/2700A/2500D
"This card is treated as a Normal Monster while face-up on the field or in the Graveyard. While this card is face-up on the field, you can Normal Summon it to have it be treated as an Effect Monster with this effect.
● Once per turn: You can send 1 face-up Spell/Trap Card you control to the Graveyard; destroy all Spell/Trap Cards on the field."

Sigh again. If only he wasn't a Gemini monster. While he has good stats and a great effect, the fact is that he's a slow monster because you have to devote a normal summon to use his effect. Still, he works great in dragon decks and can clear the backrow, which is one of the two main threats dragons face (the other is opponents who get out really strong monsters like Colossal Soldier). Works great with Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon, Blue-Eyes White Dragon or Gemini decks, but too slow to use elsewhere. still a nice card and the effect isn't too difficult to pull off if you use Dragon Ravine and/or Royal Decree.

Traditional: 3
Advanced: 3.5

I first saw this card not too long ago on DN in a failure of a Dragon Deck played by a Spanish guy who had a limited understanding of the rules. Needless to say, it was a nightmare trying to reason with the guy, but I eventually won (through ragequit).
Well, it's nice to see Konami hasn't given up on the Gemini archetype... Geminis are extremely slow in their tempo, but in a dedicated Gemini Deck, that weakness is easily overcome. If you happen to use several Geminis in one deck, you can also splash in some of those Gemini support cards. Finally, Ultimate Offering is a very splashable card and can activate any Gemini's effect for a trifle 500 LP.
This card turns any of your Continuous Traps or Spells (including Fields!) into an instant Heavy Storm. The problem with this is that if you use Continuous cards, chances are you use a LOT of those anyway, which makes Darkstorm's Heavy Storm less appealing. A Level 8 monster that needs to give up your Normal Summon on the next turn in order to activate a situational effect is very ew. Of course, like I just mentioned, if you're using this card, then you're intending to overcome this weakness so it doesn't bite you too hard. You could use Polymerization to sacrifice Darkstorm for Superalloy Beast Raptinus, then use Call of the Haunted on Darkstorm. Raptinus automatically turns Darkstorm active, so Darkstorm can sacrifice CotH (and itself, unless you have out Energy Bravery) for your Heavy Storm. Then I suppose you can Normal Summon a Blazewing Butterfly to automatically transform itself into Darkstorm Dragon and its not-bad 2700 ATK (best ATK of any Gemini, besides Phoenix Gearfried and Brutdrago), then attack with both Darkstorm and Raptinus without fear of Traps. Other quick ways to discard Darkstorm easily are Future Fusion, Foolish Burial, Dragon Ravine, Trade-In, and Featherizer. Black Brutdrago is the strongest weapon Geminis have, and upon its destruction, it can automatically resurrect Darkstorm. Geminis also have a high amount of Continuous cards which can fuel Darkstorm when they're about to go for their killing play (the most notable ones being Ultimate Offering, Herculean Power, and Supervise, possibly even Dragon Ravine). Also, being a Level 8 Normal Monster, you can use it for Thunder End Dragon, I guess.

The Gemini Deck is the Deck Darkstorm would be most comfortable in. Geminis will not find Darkstorm hard to summon and can make good use of both its 2700 ATK and more-handy-than-not effect, but it would be mainly filler support.

There are two other Decks I think Darkstorm could possibly be considered: Toons and Ninjas. Toon Decks don't have a high reliance on Normal Summoning; you can summon a pair of Toon Mermaids easily as tribute fodder for Darkstorm (this promotes very bad hand management, however). Darkstorm's effect can get rid of Toon World without technically destroying it, meaning you won't massacre your own Toon monsters. You can then proceed to attack with Toon Skull or Toon Dragon without fear of Traps, and in this manner, Darkstorm is arguably more effective than White Dragon Ninja for Toons. For Ninjas, their play style often gives them a lot of dead Trap Cards left on the field, meaning they can easily pay for Darkstorm's effect. Darkstorm can also be easily summoned with Ninjitsu Art of Super-Transformation (but seriously, I think I'd rather go for Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon or White Dragon Ninja). Also, Darkstorm can be paired with White Dragon to prevent your own cards from being blown up, but really now, this is quite situational and I would only want to give Darkstorm strong consideration in a Gemini Deck, possibly as a splash or side in Toon Decks.
I strongly recommend AGAINST using Darkstorm in a Crystal Beast or generic Dragon Deck. CB's will not find difficulty in paying the cost, but they are overly reliant to protecting their Continuous cards and cannot bring out Darkstorm reliably. Dragons may find it easier to summon Darkstorm, but they have little need for its effect, nor can they pay for it effectively.
Niche Decks: Gemini, Toon, Ninja
Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 2/5
Aesthetics: 4/5 I really like those wings. I don't think it's easy to fly with wings that look like Swiss cheese, but it still gives you that zombie-look.
Philosophy Corner: "When a girl walks by that you don't even know, there's no need to judge based on looks, no need for the negative comments." -a good friend of mine

Angelic Nightmare

Hello everyone! Today we have one of the newer Gemini Monsters that can reign in the higher tiers of Gemini monsters underneath E-HERO Neos Alius and Crusader of Endymion, a semi-situational Heavy Storm with wings!

Dark Storm Dragon

Dark/ Dragon/ Lv 8/ 2700 ATK/ 2500 DEF

This card is treated as a Normal Monster while face-up on the field or in the Graveyard. While this card is face-up on the field, you can Normal Summon it to have it be treated as an Effect Monster with this effect.

● Once per turn: You can send 1 face-up Spell/Trap Card you control to the Graveyard; destroy all Spell/Trap Cards on the field.

With the reprint of Red Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon and the release of Light Pulsar Dragon from the new Dragon’s Collide structure deck, also with the release of Ninjitsu Art of Super Transformation, makes this card somewhat viable in this meta. The only thing that really stops this card from being absolutely amazing is that it is a Gemini monster and you have to waste a summon just for it to gain it’s effect. My favorite combo would be using foolish burial to ditch Eclipse Wyvern, banishing Dark Storm Dragon, then use Escape from the Different Dimension to bring it back. From there I would summon it to gain it’s ability and tribute Escape from the Different Dimension to demolish the backrow.

Pros: Decent attack and good effect.

Cons: Somewhat situational and it’s a Gemini monster.

Traditional: 1/5

Advanced: 2/5

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