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Reduce the Levels of all monsters your opponent controls by 1.
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 is Horrible.
3 is Average.
5 is the highest rating.
Oct. 27, 2014
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Been watching Vendetta, my Satellarknight playing
friend, side this card in and it is quite potent
stuff. Inspired me to try it out myself and I
really like it. Of course, with a
resource-rich meta, not every player will find room
for it. But it can wreck stuff.
Most players are focused on the ranks they want to
summon. Burning Abyss runs lots of rank-3's
(and some rank-5's for their Astral spell).
Satellars run mostly rank-4 monsters. Nobody
thinks to run a lower rank monster to get through
Dirge. Then again it might be more economical
to not assume the worst case rogue scenario.
In any event, it will shut a lot of **** down.
This especially hurts if the opponent relies on
their XYZ options like Castel to clear spells.
The downside is draw probability. If you draw
this too late, it won't do much for you. Like
Keynes said, "in the long run, we're all dead".
But isn't that the case for EVERY side deck card?
On the upside, its a floodgate that only affects
your opponent and not you. Have fun
floodgating away without consqeuence. Solid
side deck material!
Power -- 5
Versatility -- 1
Dependability -- 2
Advantage -- 4
Speed – 4
Traditional – 1
Advanced – 3.5
Stygian Dirge - I see this card as the poor mans
Vanity's Emptiness. This card often shows up in the
beginning of a format and catches players off guard
when they need to make key XYZ plays. The issue is
the longer this card is in the format people will
begin to make counter extra deck plays for it. It is
only trully good as a one time shock factor.
Stygian Dige, a Continuous Trap, is interesting
enough. The Level of all Monsters your
opponent controls is reduced by 1. That may
not seem very significant, but if your opponent's
Extra Deck is specifically geared for XYZ Monsters
of specific Ranks, it could very quickly become
significant. Honestly, the Continuous aspect
hurts, but it's not enough to kill this card.
It's a hard one to say stick in the Side-Deck
because it may only work for you one time. The
opponent can change their Extra Deck to work around
it...or just destroy it. I like the premise
(honestly I'd like it more if it were reduced by say
2 or even more) but it's not bad.
I remember the very first time that I had this card
used against me, I was playing Plant “Something” and
my opponent was playing X-Sabers.
I felt quite happy when I Summoned my Debris Dragon,
Summoned my Dandylion and only had to face just the
1 backrow card. I asked “Anything”… Response, “Oh,
nothing much, except for just this”…
Uhm, urh, ahhh!!!
That is an indication as to how far my jaw dropped
as my visions of field clearing, and then marching
home towards victory quickly “Poofed.”
Needless to say, I lost… Just in case you hadn’t of
Sygian Dirge is an extremely powerful card, even
more especially because currently the focus of cards
in the Extra Deck has switched from Synchro’s to
With Synchro’s it was possible even if with great
difficulty to work around Stygian Dirge, however
when playing Xyz’s, a Decks focus is generally on a
specific Rank, such as 3 or 4 most commonly. And of
course this can just as easily disrupt Synchro Decks
While this certainly isn’t played in every Side
Deck, it is most certainly one of only a small bunch
of cards that is considered worthy of being in
there… Space as always invariably being an issue as
to whether something does or doesn’t finally fit in,
as well of course exactly what Deck you are playing.
Stygian Dirge is a very powerful card to use against
your opponent as it has no detrimental effect to you
at all, and this is what makes it so good.
Since it’s level altering effect can essentially
destroy your opponents use of the Extra Deck, and of
course your’s if used against you, having a card
handy to deal with such a problem card as this is
always a good idea.
And that this is so good at the moment goes to show
how truly dependant on the Extra Deck the Game is
Also in some instances this card could be considered
to be a “Poor mans” alternative to Vanity’s
Traditional: 2. Being a Continuous card does let it
down greatly, and for the most part it’s not going
to see play, BUT it can be extremely effective, but
ONLY if you can protect it!
Advanced: 3.75. Brutal against many Decks, but then
again normally only Side Deck material. And it is
useless against some Decks, such as Shaddoll’s for
example. Plus it only effects Levels, not Ranks or
effects in any way. It is a good accompaniment card
to fit in the Extra Deck if you cannot run both of
the Imprisoning Mirror’s however.
Side Deck week at Pojo.com and CoTD, starting
this week off with Stygian Dirge. A Continuous Trap
card that reduces the level of all face-up monsters
your opponent control by 1, this card is perfect to
use against players that are Xyz heavy around a
The most popular Ranks to Xyz Summon are 4 and 3.
That being said, if you play this card against any
player, you will be able to reduce their options as
long as this card is on the field. 4's become 3's
and eliminate the possibility of Rank 4's, and if
3's are the goal of the opponent their options are
reduced along with the level of the level 3's.
Synchros can also be affected by this card. A
possible Goyo Guardian turns into a Catastor, or an
attempted Stardust Dragon changes into a level 7
Most players Xyz, so this cards reach is far, but it
doesn't completely stop the opponent from advancing
their plays. Rank 3's are popular and can be more
problematic than Rank 4's. Xyz Encore may be a
better choice than this card as it cannot be
Until Next Time