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Book of Moon

Book of Moon
#PGD-035

Target 1 face-up monster on the field; change that target to face-down Defense Position.

Card Rating
Advanced: 3.33 

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


Date Reviewed: August 18, 2017

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Baneful

Book of Moon

But it wouldn't be solar eclipse week without a moon, as well as a sun.

What can I say about this card... Since it's release in 2003, it was used in competitive decks very often for an entire decade. Some players even use it now. While many cards from 2003 have become super broken or obsolete, Book of Moon has always been categorically balanced.

I'll go on the record saying that Book of Moon is the single most well-designed card in the game. Why?

1) It's very minimalist. It doesn't have a bunch of irrelevant effects and needlessly long card text. For a card with such a short effect, it manages to have so many possible uses: block against battle, re-use a flip effect (back when they were good), protect a monster from face-up removal, prevent an attack, block a combo, negate a floodgate monster.

2) It's never broken. It's almost to plus off of this card because it's a -1 before anything is said and done. It doesn't destroy anything or draw you cards. However, the ability to undermine the opponent's field or improve yours, depending on the situation, can advance your overall game state.

3) It never had any negative baggage which could make it obsolete. Usually, many cards which get obsolete are too slow, a cost which is too high (discard/payment/graveyard) or only work well with a specific archetype. But nothing inherently prevents a deck from using this card.

4) The terms of this card are broad. For example, beatdown monsters means a lot to some formats (and very little to others). Battle traps can be defensive in some formats but slow in others. Also, certain cards/trends are hot at certain moments. But with Book of Moon, something as basic as face-up/face-down position has kind of always been important. Especially considering how monsters always need to be face-up in order to activate their effects and attack (and that's how you win in Yugioh).


Kingof
Lullaby

Hello Pojo Fans,
 
Book of Moon has survived countless formats, going back and forth between the amount you could use.
 
Flip any monster on the field face-down. Easy, simple, use it on any turn on any monster. Flip your own down to get another use out of a Normal Summon/Flip effect, protect yourself from an attacking monster, stop your opponent from activating a monster effect, Book of Moon does a lot for a single target. While swarming is rampant in the meta, this card still sees play. I have always used one. I see this card lasting in the game.
 
If it works for you, use it.
 
Advanced-3.5/5
Art-4/5
 
Until Next Time


Crunch$G

We end this week off with our third Book card in a row, and the only one that is Limited, Book of Moon.

Book of Moon allows you to target a face-up monster on the field and change it to face-down Defense Position. This is actually a pretty neat card that can still see play today from time to time. Got a Flip Monster you want to trigger? Book of Moon! Got a monster you want to change position so your opponent cannot get the little damage they need left to win? Book of Moon! Want to set a threat your opponent has and try to take advantage of its low Defense? Book of Moon! This is a neat little card because of the versatility it has. Some say it is the best minus one in the game, and I can see why.

It is a great card, worth considering playing, but I still believe it can come back to 3. It is amazing, but I don't think it will break the meta at 3 since the Morphing Jar shenanigans are done (see the FTK I mentioned yesterday).

Advanced Rating: 4/5

T-REX

Book of Moon

I really wonder why this card sits at 1, to me it feels like one of those cards that are on the Banlist, but even if they weren't, the amount that this would be played at would still be rather low, as is very few Decks actually play the one that they are allowed to run, and that is pretty indicative of how much it really does. Plus, it doesn't really help this cards cause when Fairy Tail - Snow essentially does what BoM does but also simply better.

The problem with Book of Moon is that it Targets, and Targets only one AND with the "Big" monsters that it would hope to hurt (Drident, Master Peace, Toadally (not) Awesome) all having Quick effects (and (possibly) immunity/ the ability to negate), the only real time that BoM is good is if you are able to use it to prevent the Summoning of those monsters in the first place... Or on those occasions where you instead use BoM to save your own monster from some sort of gruesome death or protect the effect from Negation from the likes of Effect Veiler.

Otherwise, the real sad thing is that this card really does too little too often and has been by far outpaced by the speed of the game... Even with the allegedly slower game under Link format.

Rating: 2.5. So sad to see that this card has now fell to the depths of being an average card. The real problem is that in many cases using this card is essentially like giving yourself a -1... And -1's in this game invariably lead to game loss.


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