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Neither player can Special Summon monsters. Destroy this card when a card is sent from the Deck or the field to your Graveyard.
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 is Horrible.
3 is Average.
5 is the highest rating.
April xx, 2015
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For a while, this was arguably
the best splashable card in the game.
Now, it’s limited to 1.
While you now have to rely on this card much
less, it’s still a very good card since you negate
an opponent’s card before this card self-destructs.
Granted, we’re in a trap-light format but
Special Summoning is still very prevalent.
I love cards like Vanity's Emptiness...the effect
is crazy powerful, but balanced, in the fact that
neither player can Special Summon Monsters.
However, with great power, comes equally balanced
weakness...as soon as a card leaves the Field or
your Deck and ends up in your Graveyard. It's
fun too, because sure, you could certainly construct
a Deck around this premise. Or at least before
when you were able to use more than one. Now
you could still perhaps, but I digress. If you
keep this thing on the Field for even just a couple
of turns, and can accomplish enough, it can very
well win you a game. But on the flip side,
being you can only have the one (not that you needed
more than one to begin with per say) do you waste 1
of 40 spots just for this, just for a couple turns?
It shouldn't ever really be a dead draw, but the
earlier you get it, the better it's going to be for
you, which factors in as well.
Rating: 3.25/5 It's going to be great, and
it's going to not be great, but it is better than
average, so it had to get above a 3.
After dodging quite a few banlists, Vanity’s
Emptiness finally go the Limit it so very much
deserved. This card didn’t see play initially upon
its release, and in fact only first saw widespread
use during the original Dragon Ruler format, where
it proved to be a blowout card. Since then, the card
has more or less been a mainstay of each format
following, with how useful it actually was
fluctuating depending on the meta. Regardless, it
Vanity’s Emptiness is, for all intents and purposes,
Royal Oppression lite; it fulfills the exact same
role of locking out Special Summons, but not to
quite as powerful a degree and also with a downside
that makes dealing with it easier. However,
Emptiness was abused in the same way in that it
could lock out Special Summons after someone had
established a board. Having an Emptiness go up after
a board has been built could often spell game for
whoever was on the receiving end of it.
It is one of the two most powerful legal floodgates
in the game (along with Skill Drain), if not the
most powerful. The card has been a meta defining
card many times since its popularity first spiked,
and it is really quite a surprise that it took this
long to get hit; quite frankly, it was deserved as
early as October, if not earlier.
It is quite unfortunate timing, however, since
Emptiness was one of the best answers to Nekroz,
which, with Qliphort now out of the way, will almost
definitely carve itself as the single best Deck of
the format again. You’ll probably see Vanity’s being
used moreso now than it was before the hit because
the one Deck it was useless against is no longer a
Ultimately that doesn’t change how blatantly
overpowered this card is. Hopefully we’ll soon see
it join its brother Royal Oppression on the banlist.
I would like to apologize again for not writing
as much as I'd like to, so I figured I would give my
thoughts on a card that has had such a giant impact
over the last few years, and yet, was relatively
unknown before then(pretty weird right?So here we
have it, Royal Oppression 2.0, Vanity's Emptiness.
It's a very, very simple card, and being a
continuous trap means it is chainabe. It prevents
all special summons, and self-destructs if anything
is sent from the field or deck to YOUR(YOUR)
As for what this works against, it would be easier
to say what it doesn't work against. It is such an
insanely versatile card that the only decks that
don't mind it are decks that don't really rely on
special summoning that much, but even then they are
still hurt by it. A quick overview of this card's
history and usage:
Starting from the 2013 Dragon Ruler format, this was
used after the Dragon Ruler player set up his field,
so that the opponent couldn't do anything in
response, due to Dragon Rulers being so reliant on
special summoning. It was then that this card was
"discovered" for the first time. Evilswarms also
utilized Key Beetle to protect this card, and
Spellbooks used their own Vanity's(Jowgen). In the
second ruler format, it had pretty much the same
usage as the first.
In 2014's formats, before Duelist Alliance, it was
mostly relegated to side decks, with Sylvans and
Mythic Rulers maining copies, due to the fact that
they had less backrow, and therefore needed their
backrow to be impactful. After Duelist Alliance
dropped, most decks found themselves using Vanity's,
as it had become a special summon heavy format
again. Once Qliphorts dropped, it was one of the
deck's two main floodgates, alongside Skill Drain.
2015's usage was about the same, but Yosenju abused
it as well, and Nekroz players both hated and used
this card. But now it's at 1, so all of these things
are less consistent.
Overall though, an insanely powerful card that has
certainly shaped more than 1 format. "He who special
summons first, special summons last"