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Destroy all monsters your opponent controls.
Oct. 8, 2014
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We only reviewed this card once, all the way back in
It was given a 5/5 by everyone, on and off Pojo.
It was banned at around 2003, making it not
feasible to review.
But now it's legal at 1.
Which is totally fine by me.
If you check the forums, I totally called it
I've said many times that spell-based removal isn't
good, and Raigeki sure has a bunch of a new
weaknesses since it had been long resting in the
1) It's destruction based removal.
So many monsters today are immune to
destruction or they benefit from being destroyed.
You want to send monsters, return them to the
hand/deck and such, but not destroy them.
2) Decks have been getting solipsistic.
Most deck's engines contain destruction.
Why run a card for monster removal when you
can use a card to speed up your archetype so your
archetype cards can clear out threats for you?
3) Spell-based removal is slow.
Back then monsters didn't float like they did
When you cleared out Jinzo and D.D. Warrior Lady,
you were actually taking out threats.
Now you're just destroying empty husks of
monsters that already used their effect.
Torrential Tribute > Raigeki.
Torrential stops monsters before they can use their
ignition effects and attack.
Raigeki does not do that.
Still a good card to side or for aggro/OTK, but it's
not the staple it used to be.
Power -- 3
Versatility -- 3
Dependability -- 4
Advantage -- 4
Speed -- 2
Traditional – 2
Advanced – 3
truly did not expect to see this card return… Ever!
This has always been Dark Hole’s bigger and badder
brother, and once was considered to be in the group
of the most powerful cards in the game, sadly times
do change and as such it has allowed this card to
return, even though it could be considered to be a
While it is more powerful than Dark Hole, Dark Hole
itself is seeing less play even to the extent of not
even being included in many Decks, as a result I
would not expect to see Raigeki in every Deck
either. Although there will be an initial rush to
include it and try it out.
What it will see play in is Decks that require ways
to clear the opponent’s side of the field of
monsters, in which case, both Dark Hole and Raigeki
will be played alongside each other. And any Deck
that is OTK orientated, such as Hieratics I’d expect
to do this.
For those Decks that play Dark Hole, Raigeki may end
up being simply a straight swap, and for those that
are not playing it, because of it’s single sided
removal have more incentive to play it.
I’m not expecting this to make that much of an
impact, Dark Hole already isn’t.
Still expect to see this see quite a bit of play, at
least early on.
Traditional: 2. Clearing your opponents side of the
field while useful, doesn’t define this format.
Advanced: 3. It’ll have an average effect on the
game, hence an average score!
A surprise from the recent banlist is the return of
one of the game’s most powerful cards; Raigeki. Ever
since the banlist came into being this card has been
banned, however now it is back to one.
Raigeki’s effect is simply, it destroys all monsters
your opponent controls, no cost, no condition, just
the ability to destroy. This is what got Raigeki
onto the banlist in the first place. Of course the
question is; is one of the most powerful cards in
the game still a viable card to play.
On one hand, of course the ability to destroy all of
your opponent’s monsters with no cost is way too
good to ignore. Of course as with Dark Hole, the
game has changed. First of a lot of decks love
having monsters in the graveyard, so you could end
up helping your opponent. Also there are a lot of
monsters that benefit from going to the graveyard,
in the past when Raigeki was playable, the main
cards you had to be careful of where Sangan and
Witch of the Black Forest, now they are a lot more
monsters that have effects that activate when sent
to the graveyard via card effect; in fact there is a
Also these days there are a lot more cards that stop
Raigeki: destruction negation effects, Destruction
Protection effects, card that are immune to
destruction and of course the legion of spell
negation cards. These all weaken Raigeki’s
effectiveness but it is a chance you will have to
Overall, despite all the ways of fighting it, this
card is still extremely powerful but it is going to
need to be played a lot smarter.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Raigeki...the Thunderbolt from the heavens that
strikes down almost everything it comes in contact
with on your opponents side of the field. Destroying
all your opponents monsters regardless of position
while leaving yours intact is a step up from Dark
Hole. Draw it, play it when the time is right. Set
up an OTK with it, or clear your opponents field
right away and attack. There is rarely a negative to
playing this card. If your opponent has searchers
they will have to leave the field sometime. The only
negative to playing this card would be if you were
to top-deck this card when you need a monster, or if
its effect will somehow not work (Imperial Order in
Traditional and monsters immune to Spell cards).
Regardless of players saying they aren't playing
Torrential Tribute or Dark Hole, it's pretty hard
not to play this card. This article could've been
two words: PLAY THIS! “It's good against bad players
and bad against good players” was the dumbest thing
I've heard someone say in a long time in regards to
Raigeki. Play this. Swap out Torrential Tribute or
Dark Hole if you don't have a slot open, but play
this while you can.
In October 2004, several cards were added to the
first ever Forbidden List. Four of these cards
(possibly more; sources differ on this fact) have
stayed on the list since then: Yata-Garasu, Harpie’s
Feather Duster, Raigeki, and Imperial Order.
This changed when what is probably the most shocking
(no pun intended) change of all on the October 2014
list occurred: Raigeki went from Forbidden to
Limited. This card has not seen competitive play in
Raigeki needs absolutely no introduction: it is a
one-sided Dark Hole. It has all of the positive
aspects of Dark Hole (such as being able to mount a
comeback after an opposing swarm) with the added
benefit of also being able to be used when you’re
ahead to push further for game.
So, why is a card like this allowed to come back?
Well, look at Dark Hole: nobody uses it. Everything
in the current metagame floats: Shaddoll and Burning
Abyss get effects when they go to the Graveyard by
card effects, and Satellarknight gets a +1 on every
summon, making the destruction by Raigeki only a
minor concern. Is there even a point in running this
once broken card?
Well, I think so. At first glance, Raigeki is just a
glorified Dark Hole, but what sets it apart from the
latter is the fact that it is usable whether you are
winning or you are losing. Dark Hole doesn’t have
this benefit, as if you are winning you don’t want
to wipe out the board. But if you have Raigeki in
said situation you can use it to win faster.
Should the card have come back? I would argue no.
But it will be interesting to see how it plays out;
it’s not the monstrosity it was ten years ago, but I
certainly think the card will see some use.