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Solemn Scolding
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If this is the only Set card in your Spell & Trap Zone, when a monster would be Summoned, OR a Spell Card, Trap Card, or monster effect is activated: Pay 3000 LP; negate the Summon or activation, and if you do, destroy that card.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.33
Advanced: See Below 

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Date Reviewed:
Nov. 11, 2014

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Could this be "The Solemn Cycle"?  It took years since debut until the original Solemn Judgment saw a lot of play.  To be fair, it was one of the few cards that benefited from power creep.  When Solemn Warning came out, people were skeptical of that card too.  Was a summon really worth 2000 LP?  But then, it got used more and more until it had be limited to 2 (and eventually 1).  And people are skeptical of Solemn Scolding now, so it may very well be vindicated too.

This is definitely a sequel to Solemn Judgment, except instead of paying half of your life points to negate 99.9% of the cards in the game you pay 3000.  This is a fair cost early game, but mid to late game, it will put you in a position where you can die from one attack.  Or you'll have <3000 LP  and this card will be unusable.  There are other things plaguing this card too.  It needs to be the only set Spell/Trap you control.  Yes, lots of players will be using the strategy of setting a chainable quick-play/trap that can get itself out of the way for Scolding, but at the same time, Scolding goes against the deck types that Judgment propelled.  Judgment was usually used to protect large setups with 2-3 other face-down traps.  Paying a lot of life points and then having your field wide open is a problem.  Also, with Solemn Warning already used and Soul Charge still played a lot, to many players, Scolding will simply not be worth the 3000 LP cost.

I've been a bit pessimistic but this card has overall potential.  It's only 1000 LP more than Warning yet its capable of worlds more.  It just needs to find a meta that can accommodate it, and it's not be this coming NECH meta.  But it will find its place eventually.

Traditional - 1

Advanced - 2.5  (this card could very well be a 3.5 or 4 in the future, but i have to rate it for what it is right now)


Solemn Scolding

This is another card whos true potential will shine in February. Currently this card has no play for Shaddolls or Qliphort. This will be a major card in Nekroz due to not needing a large amount of backrow. This card gives massive control to an already powerful deck!

Advanced Currently 1/5
Advanced Come February 4/5
Traditional 1/5



The Solemn Family is growing...which is a contradiction in itself.  Judgement, Banned...Warning, Restricted...Scolding...well let's see.  I greatly suspect I'm going to be the unpopular opinion here, and I am kinda slamming this card.  But here's what I see...restricted in action right off the bat.  But bigger than that, it's the only Set card you can have in your back row, if you hope to activate it.  However, let's assume, if only for the sake of argument, that it is, and you can.  When a Monster would be Summoned (in any way, from any where, so versatility is good here, as you might expect with a Solemn card), or when a Magic, Monster, or Trap effect is activated, you can negate said effect (or destroy said Monster) by paying 3000 Lifepoints.  If successful, said card is destroyed.
Here are my problems...Warning is Restricted because despite a price of 2000 Lifepoints (25% of your TOTAL) was deemed a necessary and justified cost, because of what it could do.  As was Judgement of course.  It's a late game gem, where the price of half could be next to squat, and wing you a game.  Here, the 3000 Lifepoints is just too much.  I can't see you using this if you have less than 6000 or you're crippling yourself, and if you're willing to pay that kind of a price, you're too desperate and far gone as is.  Plus, not to mention if it gets negated itself, you're down a card, plus all those Lifepoints.  It's versatile, but plenty of other cards across the spectrum can do more, better, and/or for less.

Traditional:  1/5 
Advanced:   1.75/5 
Art:  3/5  Even the art is kinda crappy


Solemn Scolding


At a quick glance, this card actually seems as though it could almost be an easy fit into your Deck… After all it essentially is (effect wise) Solemn Judgment, and with the added bonus of being able to Negate the activation of an Effect monsters effect.

I don’t think I need to be one to tell you how good it is in this regard, after all, Solemn Judgment was considered to be a Staple in almost every Deck while it was legal at 1.


Even the cost to activate this card, an entire 3000 of your Lifepoints, while steep is still pretty reasonable as long as the card is activated early on in the Game. The biggest issue here is that obviously you won’t be able to activate it all the time making it a bad top deck card and most likely you would only ever be able to use 2 of this card during a Duel also.

Balance wise, that’s not really a bad thing. I say “Balance wise” with this card, since a set cost doesn’t cause the same issues that Solemn Judgment had, especially since it could always be used regardless of your Lifepoint situation.


Now for the worst part about this card… You can only activate it if it is the only set card in your Spell and Trap card zone, and this means that you won’t be able to activate it purely as a response to something. Of course if you were to activate this card at the end of a Chain… After other Set cards on your side of the field have been activated, you can dodge this inconvenient issue. Other Spell or Trap cards that you have face-up don’t prevent you from activating this card, so it can be used alongside continuous or equip cards without issue.


What really holds this card back is not just the fact that it has an annoying activation requirement but that it’s set cost is 3000 Lifepoints, and that 3000 Lifepoints makes it potentially unusable or at the very least something that eats up a massive chunk of your Lifepoints.


Traditional: 1. Don’t know why you would play this here… After all, Solemn Judgment if your first choice if you require a Counter Trap anyhow.


Advanced: 2.5. Has potential to be really good, but because of it’s drawbacks, I expect this to see only small amounts of play.


Solemn Scolding

Next up we have Solemn Scolding, a new counter trap to add to the Solemn series of Counter traps.

Solemn Scolding is trying to be a balanced version of the classic Solemn Judgement, and by balanced I mean awful. Yes Solemn Judgement is currently banned and it is slightly more powerful since it does also negate monster effects  but this is no way a replacement. The condition is awful, as this card be the only Set card you control, granted you can have face up cards but it is still leaves you vulnerable if this card just fail. Also 3000 LP as a cost is way too high, especially on a card with an awful condition and other cards can do similar effects but cheaper.

Overall, an awful condition and an overly expensive cost makes this a really bad card. Whoever designed this card ot approved its creation needs a Solemn Scolding.

Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 1/5


Hello Pojo Fans,
Players have been waiting for a new “Solemn” card to come out to replace their Judgment, and now they have it with Solemn Scolding. Different variation on the artwork, but this Counter Trap is parallel to it's predecessor. If the opponent activates anything, pay 3000LP to negate and destroy it. There is one catch though: this card has to be the only set s/t you have on the field. While you can have another set s/t and, through chaining still be able to activate this card, it's much easier just to set this and negate whatever your opponent tries to throw at you
Leaving this as the only card in your s/t zone set makes it an easy target for s/t destruction. Because of its restriction, Scolding is best played tactfully. If you know a big play is coming from your opponent, set this card and stop their move. The other downside is the cost. 3000LP is a pretty big cost. 2000LP from Solemn Warning was decently big, but it was manageable. If you fall below 3000LP then this card is nothing but a card that could be used as a bluff, hopeful to take up an opponents resource. Though it has the 3000LP cost and the restriction to it having to be the only set s/t you control, this card is a must to all duelist to have at least at their disposal. Test it out, see if it suits your deck, then go from there.
Traditional-3/5- Solemn Judgment can be activated at any time, so it's better
Advanced-4/5- No Judgment means this card is more playable
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