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Storming Mirror Force
When an opponent's monster declares an attack: Return all face-up Attack Position monsters your opponent controls to the hand.
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 is Horrible.
3 is Average.
5 is the highest rating.
August 12, 2015
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Storming Mirror Force
There's a lot worse trap cards out there, but most
of the time, this is going to be a weaker version of
Mirror Force, unless you're dealing with an Extra
Deck monster that's immune to destruction.
Otherwise, returning cards to the opponent's hand
would just allow them to reuse it. On the plus
side, it'll be a great addition to a Degenerate
Circuit deck, which must by now be at tier 574.
There are variants of Mirror Force that are
crap...Radiant, Dark, Mirror Gate (also there's
Blazing Mirror Force which actually IS pretty legit
but only Japanese still if I'm not mistaken) and
today, we expand the group a bit with Storming
Mirror Force. As has been said by myself and
numerous others countless times, it is ALMOST always
better to destroy than not. But Storming
Mirror Force adds a very interesting bounce twist to
what we know Mirror Force (even variants) to do.
As opposed to destroying whatever various position
or random stipulation required etc etc, SMF lets you
return ALL attack position Monsters your opponent
controls to their Hand after they declare an attack.
Why might this be better...it's easier to revive
from the Graveyard, than return to the Field from
the Hand, and the options for a Special Summon from
the Hand are much less than from the Graveyard also.
Second, you know all these cards are back in the
Hand, so you can at least (attempt one would think)
to prepare for them. This Trap IS good, almost
worthy of having Mirror Force in its title. I
kind of see it as Techy, but maybe not. Mirror
Force sits at about 4.25/5 at present, so this card
has to fall lower than that. Still good
||Storming Mirror Force
Essentially this card is a combination of both
Mirror Force and Compulsory Evacuation Device.
And quite simply, the above observation almost
totally explains what this card does, your opponent
attacks, you return all their ATK position monsters
to their hand.
This card will mostly shine when it is able to be
used against Extra Deck monsters or monsters that
cannot be Destroyed or otherwise take some sort of
an effort to actually Summon.
Rating: 3. While potentially useful enough, the fact
that it may be less effective against Decks that
don’t Summon from the Extra Deck makes this card a
little random in how effective it may well actually
Storming Mirror Force is a card that sets itself
apart from its regular Mirror Force counterpart.
While Mirror Force destroys all of your opponents
ATK position monsters, Storming Mirror Force returns
them to their owner's hand. This really, really
hurts decks that rely upon the extra deck. XYZs,
Fusion and Synchro monsters most likely wont get any
effects by this happening and XYZs will lose their
materials, and all the mentioned will go back to the
extra deck. Even Ritual monsters are damaged by
Storming Mirror Force as your opponent will have to
waste resources to summon that monster again. Played
smartly, this card can be just as destructive as
Mirror Force. But like Mirror Force, it's a regular
Trap card that can be negated through means of
counter traps and monster effects. It's also
vulnerable to Mystical Space Typhoon and others
cards that destroy/send it back to the hand before
you can use it. Still, that should not stop you from
using this card. It's really good.
Continuing with the theme for this week, we have
another secret rare card from Clash of Rebellions.
Storming Mirror Force. This card is a fusion of two
older cards, Mirror Force and Compulsory Evacuation
Device. Mirror Force has the same activation
requirements and specifically does NOT target all
attack position monsters on your opponent's side of
the field, just like this card. Compulse sends
monsters back to the hand. SMF does a great job of
clearing an opponent's board when it's full of Extra
Deck Monsters. However, Nekroz monsters love being
in the hand, and a clear board for them mean more
spells being banished from the grave and added to
their hand. This card (like Mirror Force) does
nothing to the new Red-Eyes boss fusion or monsters
like Armades and Star Eater.
Does anyone remember when Penguin Soldier was
everywhere? Bouncing cards back to the hand was huge
because graveyard revival was so easy. Now, there
are many more decks that gain advantage from a
variety of locations. I feel that this card would
have scored higher if Nekroz wasn't so popular.
Also, regular mirror force has gained utility
because of Mirror Force Dragon.
Finally, conditional trap cards are not chainable.
Compulse is. Denko (and Jinzo) still laugh at set
traps. I love that it doesn't target multiple
monsters or destroy, but it's not perfect.
Score: 3/5 It's good, but only as good as your
opponent attacking into it.
Art: 1/5 If it's a "storm" I want some lightning
bolts or something.
Why destroy your opponent's monsters when you can
simply bounce them back to the hand? ….Wait. That
doesn't sound very productive. Isn't the objective
of the game to take away your opponent's cards? Why
set him/her up for a comeback next turn?
Unless you're bouncing back Fusions, Synchros or XYZ
Monsters, I really don't see the potential for this
card. It looks pretty, yes, but “bounce” cards are
in my opinion just a way of you prolonging the
inevitable. But hey, I'm a “go for the kill” kind of
player, so what do I know? Knock yourself out. If
Final Score: 2/5