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The True Name
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Declare 1 card name; excavate the top card of your Deck, and if it is the declared card, add it to your hand, then you can add to your hand, or Special Summon, 1 DIVINE monster from your Deck. Otherwise, send it to the Graveyard. You can only activate 1 "The True Name" per turn.

Card Rating
Advanced: 2.5 

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Date Reviewed:
April 27, 2016

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The True Name


When this was first released in Japan, I was excited, because The True Name is a very unique card with limitless future possibilities. I’ve seen it tested in decks ranging from Sylvan, Dark Magician, and Zombies to God Card decks themselves. Any deck that makes prominent use of placing cards back on the top of the deck should look at this spell.


At the moment, there’s nothing that consistently does this, however, so The True Name isn’t finding room in many decks outside of Sylvan, but there are not only future possibilities, but current ones as well. Cards that are a small amount of better support away from making really good use of it. Cards that jump out at me are Field-Commander Rahz, Deep Diver, Gishki Avance (remember Zielgigas and the God Cards are all level 10!), and Oracle of Zefra, which is seeing a lot of play right now. And while this is just a handful of possibilities available right now, there are some cards that you just read and know it can be great one day.


The True Name can be read like this in the right circumstances: “Draw a card and summon a God Card from your deck.” That’s broken. All it takes is the right support.


Advanced: 1.5/5

Future Potential: 4.5/5


Hello Pojo Fans, 

The True Name is the card those wanting to play a pure Egyptian God deck have wanted: a direct searcher for one of the Egyptian Gods.  

There are several ways to manipulate your deck so you are able to know what your next card is. Classic monsters like A Cat of Ill Omen and Big Eye can do this, as well as newer cards from the Sylvan archetype. Use one of them and make sure you remember the name correctly. Play this card, declare that name, excavate that card. You called it right so you get that card to your hand and then Special Summon a DIVINE of your choice from your deck. You do have the option of not call the card correctly and instead merely excavate the given card to the graveyard.  

Those who wish to Special Summon Obelisk and Slifer using this card need two cards along with this card: Foolish Burial and Plaguespreader Zombie. Foolish Plague, stack on top any card from your hand, play The True Name and call the card stacked on top. The card allows you to Special Summon two of the few choices for a DIVINE monster in the TCG right now, however not all of them. Winged Dragon of Ra and its other forms are left on the outside looking in. The card is good, and easily combo'd to get you either of the previously stated Egyptian Gods, but had it included the text “ignoring the Summoning restrictions” it would have been a much better card. 

Still gets you what you want with relative ease, but they will still be sent to the graveyard at the end of the turn.  


Art-4/5- “In the name of the Pharaoh!”


Here we have the beginnings of what can make any deck viable, that being searchability. Divine monsters usually are not searchable, but The True Name can search them or Special Summon them. It is a Normal Spell Card that, if you can predict the top card of your Deck, lets you add that top card to your hand. Then you can search or Special Summon a Divine monster, but if you don't predict correctly, you send the card to the Graveyard. There are many cards that place themselves on top of the deck or rearrange the deck so you know what's coming. Then you get that free draw and an optional Divine monster. You can only activate The True Name once per turn, but it can potentially add 2 cards to your hand for free, or 1 card and one huge Special Summon. If you run a deck that let's you consistently know what's coming next, run 3 of these as your replacement for Upstart Goblin. 
Score: 4/5 Huge Potential.
Art: 3/5 Nice reference, I just don't know to what.

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