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Drowning Mirror Force
- #SHVI-EN075

When an opponent's monster declares a direct attack: Shuffle all Attack Position monsters your opponent controls into the Deck.

Card Rating
Advanced: 3.85

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 is Horrible. 3 is Average. 5 is the highest rating.

Date Reviewed:
May 26, 2016

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Drowning Mirror Force
Here we have the next installment in the Mirror Force series, and this one is sure to have some opponent's all washed up!
While not all Decks will be able to benefit or properly utilise this card, Decks like Yosenju's and Kaiju's along with Greydles or Artifacts I'd suspect, which can also quite commonly not have any monsters on the field could actually hope to make good use of this card since the activation requirement should for them be less of a realistic hinderance.
If you are able to effectively utilise this card though, its effect is very powerful since returning monsters to the Deck quite often is the hardest effect to recover from since nowadays, since both of the Hand and Graveyard are highly able to be abused.
Drowning Mirror Force doesn't Target either, meaning that only the fewest of monsters aren't able to be touched by this effect.
For those Decks that do run it to its full potential, just resolving this once could well be more than enough to ensure the Game, but for those Decks that plan on keeping a monster(s) on the field, this will be for the most part very situational at best. And that's a good thing, it hurts Meta/ Tier Decks while actually providing a boost to Lower Tier type Decks.
Rating: 3.25. Its a Battle Trap that is only useful if you control no monsters, very few Decks can effectively run like this, due to this fact, regardless of how good its effect is, and its actually very good, it can never truly be a very useful card and thus will only see very limited play.


Drowning Mirror Force


Don’t ask me how the translators got from Rippling Barrier Mirror Force to Drowning Mirror Force. In the same vein of incredulous translations like Jinzo and Mystical Space Typhoon, this one is equally baffling.


The card is excellent though, the best of the lot in my opinion. If it wasn’t limited to direct attacks, I honestly believe every deck would run 2 to 3. However, this is probably the top tech trap at the moment. Outside of the staple Solemn Four and the mostly staple Vanity’s Emptiness, there are a handful of acceptable standard traps people will throw in if they feel their particular decks need trap protection. A few of the Trap Holes, a couple of the other Mirror Force Variants, a couple of the best floodgates, etc. This one takes the cake. It doesn’t target and returns to the deck, and those two aspects rule the current format. It’s still slow and doesn’t prevent attacks on monsters, but that’s just necessary balance. What is apparent to me, however, is that this variation is an excellent next-gen Mirror Force that, like its predecessor, should stay relevant for a long time, perhaps another decade. In fact, if I had to make a prediction about it, I’d say this card will only get run more and more as the game gets even faster and moves away from spell and trap removal in favor of all out deck-harmony for OTK potential.


There’s nothing wrong at all with running this trap in any legit deck in the current format, especially in local tournaments. And if your opponent has good memory, Drowning Mirror Force provides another aspect that is favorable to you: fear. Any opponent who knows Drowning might be there, even if it’s not, might hold back. And that, in itself, is an advantage to manipulate.


Advanced: 4/5

Future Potential: 4/5


Hello Pojo Fans,
Another Mirror Force-based card, another good one to use in the main deck.
Drowning Mirror Force will sweep all your opponents attack position monsters back into their deck after a direct attack is declared. Avoiding triggering effects off of going to the graveyard is a great effect and will eliminate your opponent from gathering resources or furthering their position on the field by using their graveyard.
The only downside to this card versus those like it is that it has to be a direct attack. While others could be activated off of any attack, this one has to be when you are wide open. It makes for a great topdeck, and eventually most players find themselves open, but there are other Mirror Force-themed cards that can be activated regardless of direct attack or not.
Still a great trap to use in place of Mirror Force, may be worth running one in a deck if you have the space.
Until Next Time


So that should be it for all the Mirror Forces. Radiant, Dark, Storming, Blazing, Quaking, and now Drowning. Drowning Mirror Force is a Normal Trap Card that can only activate when your opponent declares a Direct Attack. Then you can send all your opponent's attack position monsters back to the deck to be shuffled. It would have been the best one if only it didn't say Direct Attack. It's still great, but you either have to be running a deck that constantly has no monsters on the Field (Spirits, Yosenjus, Psy-Frames) or losing. Try to combine this with Torrential Tribute and anything immune to destruction will attack and be sent back to the deck. 
Score: 4/5 In certain decks. 
Art: 3/5 I guess blue equals water. 

Snodin How many more Mirror Forces do we need, Konami. How. Many. More?

That little tidbit aside, Drowning Mirror Force is quite possibly one of the best versions of this card I've seen ever; instead of killing all opposing monsters during the battle phase, it recycles them into the deck. Not the hand, the DECK. This is especially useful when we're talking about high-level monsters that took the opponent a lot of hard work to get onto the field, not to mention bouncing Synchros and Exeeds back into their Extra Deck as well (I'm pretty sure that's how it works). So unless your opponent manages to cancel or nuke this before battle, you could potentially force him to start from scratch while leaving him wide open next turn. Finally, a Mirror Force I can get behind..... besides the original one.

Final Score: 5/5

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