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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh! Card of the Day
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 Downerd Magician
- #LVAL-EN057 

2 Level 4 Spellcaster-Type monsters During your Main Phase 2, you can also Xyz Summon this card by using a Rank 3 or lower Xyz Monster you control as the Xyz Material. (Xyz Materials attached to that monster also become Xyz Materials on this card.) This card gains 200 ATK for each Xyz Material attached to it. If this card attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict piercing battle damage to your opponent. If this card attacked or was attacked, after damage calculation: Detach 1 Xyz Material from this card.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.00
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 - Feb. 7, 2014

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If you hadn't figured this out, Downerd Magician is the offensive (as in relating to strength, not to upset or actually offend) sister of Slacker Magician, the defensive minded one.  I generally prefer offense to defense, not that a good defensive card (in any form isn't welcome) but based on what this card does, and how it works, I prefer Slacker.  She's a Rank 4 XYZ Monster, with 2100 attack and 200 defense (the opposite of Slacker) who is Dark, but XYZ Summoned with two Level 4 Spellcasters, as opposed to a generic summoning.  So we need to see if she's worthwhile in a Spellcaster Deck.  I don't feel she can crack one, especially with all the Spellbook cards we have, but let's see.  She can be XYZ Summoned during your Main Phase 2 by using a Rank 3 XYZ Monster and gains any XYZ Material that card happens to have.  So those are good things, but it goes down hill from there.  200 extra attack is negligible, even if this card happened to have say 4 XYZ Material, still only making her 2900.  I guess it was to prevent an overpowered Monster here, since she has trample too.  But I don't think a bigger increase would matter, as she loses an XYZ each time she attacks OR is attacked.  That kills her folks, sorry

Traditional:  1/5 
Advanced:   2.75/5 
Art:  4/5

Downerd Magician
DARK/Spellcaster/Xyz/Effect/Rank 4/2100/200
2 Level 4 Spellcaster-Type monsters
During your Main Phase 2, you can also Xyz Summon this card by using a Rank 3 or lower Xyz Monster you control as the Xyz Material. (Xyz Materials attached to that monster also become Xyz Materials on this card.) This card gains 200 ATK for each Xyz Material attached to it. If this card attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict piercing battle damage to your opponent. If this card attacks or is attacked, after damage calculation: Detach 1 Xyz Material from this card.

To wrap up this week we have Downerd Magician, a new Spell caster Xyz monster from Legacy of the Valiant. Statwise it is a DARK/Spellcaster which is always good, 2100 ATK is okay for a Rank 4 but 200 DEF is awful. It isn’t generic so it is only good in Spellcaster decks or Decks that use a lot of Rank 3 Xyz monsters.

Effectwise it has an alternate summoning condition, which can only be done in Main Phase 2 and by Overlaying a Rank 3 Xyz monster. Why a Rank 4 needs a alternative summoning condition is strange and it doesn’t help it has to be during Main Phase 2, so you can’t attack with it, which is bad since both effects involve battling.

The first effect gives an extra 200 ATK for each material attached. That would make it 2500 ATK if summoned the normal way. 200 ATK isn’t a massive increase but it does help improve its average ATK. The second effect is a piercing effect which is solid but nothing noteworthy. Interestingly this card only detaches material when it battles after damage calculation which would make it weaker and gives it no other benefits for detaching. At least nothing bad happens if it has no material so you could at least have a 2100 ATK piercing monster.

Overall, a strange summoning condition and a strange detaching condition can hid the fact that this is a very average monster with bad DEF.

Traditional: 2/5
Advanced: 2/5

Downerd Magician

Howdy there today's card is Downerd Magician, probably one of the more under radar cards of the set as far as XYZ go, one of the big features is it turns an empty Zenmaines into a beater with pierce and works with rank 3 and lower, Rank 1-3 isn't exactly popular, but Downerd Magician allows for a lot of potential, just a matter of perspective for someone to utilize a card to it's potential. I kind of wish Tokens could be used to XYZ would love to see Scapegoat XYZ turbo.

Traditional: 3/5 (Not much to say)
Advanced: 5/5 (I love her, utility trumps power in most cases)

Art: 7.5/5 Spellcasters rule, especially a psychotic chemist.


Hello Pojo Fans,

This week we're finishing off with a Spellcaster Xyz (something I'm always happy to see), Downerd Magician. Slacker Magician means business now that she is up and about. Downerd Magician is a Dark, Rank 4 Spellcaster monster with 2100ATK/200DEF. Though you can make her with two level 4 Spellcaster-Type monsters, you can also Xyz Summon her by using a Rank 3 or lower Xyz monster. She gains 200ATK for each Xyz Material attached to her. If she attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict piercing battle damage to your opponent. If she attacks or is attacked, after damage, you detach an Xyz Material from her.

A Dark, Rank 4, Xyz monster that starts off with a minimum of 2500ATK, awesome. If you aren't playing Spellcasters, that isn't a problem, you'll just wait until your Main Phase 2 to Xyz Summon her with a Rank 3 or lower monster of yours. There are currently 52 Rank 3 or lower monsters in the TCG, but likely you will be comboing her with Leviair, Leviathan, M-X-Saber Invoker, Slacker Magician, or Zenmaines. Use up your effects on the Rank 3 or lower, then in Main Phase 2 bring out Downerd Magician. You could also steal one Rank 3 or lower from your opponent, use it's effect, then bring her down in Main Phase 2. Piercing is always a welcome effect to a monster, eliminating the ability for weak defenders or stall monsters from being used as protection. Even after all Xyz Materials are off, she's still a 2100ATK piercer, which is still good on its own.

Her defense being that low could come back to bite you, as 200DEF isn't going to save you from pretty much anything. Losing an Xyz Material every time she attacks or is attacked is a way to balance her out. Without that effect, she'd be a permanent 2500ATK piercer. When an opponents monster attacks yours, almost all the time it will be with a monster stronger than yours, so Magician losing a material when attacked isn't that bad either. You may have to watch how you attack with her if your opponent can bring out large monsters that may get over a 2300 or 2100ATK monster.

Traditional- 3/5
Advanced- 4/5- 52 Rank 3 or lower monsters means she's going to hit the field for you
Art- 5/5- edited from the Japanese art, but still pretty darn good

Until Next Time


Downerd Magician

Basically, starts as a 2500 beater with piercing and works it's way down to 2100. So, it varies from good to okay, stat-wise. It requires 2 LV4 Spellcasters, which is manageable but it's not any bit supportive to Spellcasters. It's just a type-exclusive XYZ which isn't good enough to make anyone want to run the type. Piercing can, on some occasions, be devastating but it' still rarely worth the cost.

The option to XYZ summon this card using a Rank-3 XYZ is a good option, but it plagued by you being only able to do it during Main Phase 2, making this effect, mostly a no-go.

It's not an inherently bad card. It's just that the list of caveats you need to recognize before running this card is long enough to go to from New York to Kentucky (slight exaggeration).

1/5 – Traditional (xyz's that don't lockdown or otk are useless here)
2/5 – Advanced

Terrorking This era of the card game is trying to push introversion as something only hip technocolor-haired girls do. First with Alchemic Magician, then Slacker Magician, and now this. Remember my guppies, Terrorking says dye your hair blue if you wanna be lazy and cool. Being lazy without being cool is just awful, and you won't even have the blue hair to laugh at in the mirror. Downerd Magician looks like the mirror is a circus for her. Ha. Ha. Ha-ha.
Rambling aside, this card is good. Earlier this week we reviewed Obedience Schooled, which can give you a quick Beast Xyz. Well, they're not very strong, so you can just overlay this onto them (during your next turn due to Obedience Schooled's restriction), just use it on a Leviair after you get back a monster, maybe after you've used Mind Control, etc. Beyond that, this thing does piercing and comes out usually at 2500. The card is immensely susceptible to removal, but for the job it does (making your Rank 3s and lower get more of a bite,) I'd say it's a fair enough trade off.
Countering Downerd: did you not pay attention? No built-in protection.
Traditional: 1.5/5
Advanced: 3/5

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