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Tribe-Infecting Virus

 Tribe-Infecting Virus
- #MFC-076

Discard 1 card from your hand and declare 1 type of monster to destroy all face-up monsters of the declared Type on both sides of the field.

Card Rating
Advanced: 3.6 

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Date Reviewed: August 29, 2017

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Very good for its time albeit overrated.  Should have been unbanned years ago.  This card may have been wild in DHERO format although Snipe Hunter was better in some ways.
In Goat format, cleared tokens and any other threat.  However it was a -1 or break-even without Sinister Serpent.  Airknight plays could be set up with the discard if you weren't going to summon it by tributing a floater.  Recommended for most builds in Goats although it being a non Light/Dark can be a liability to certain decks.  In some builds I use Exiled Force instead since it handles set.
All in all, its a Rogue Doll with an almost-as-good Lightning Vortex attached to it.

To my knowledge, Tribe-Infecting Virus has been banned for the better part of a decade, and for good reason. It was powerful back when it was released, and with the slow game state, it could be considered as overpowered. Now, I wonder if it can really stand up.
Tribe-Infecting Virus allows you to discard a card to declare a Type of monster and destroy all monsters of that Type on the field. This card will clearly suck in Mirror Matches as you don't want to destroy your own monsters, so you get a limited window to make use of this card. In certain match-ups as well, cards can just be immune to this or get an effect off you destroying it. 
The game has changed a lot since this card was banned, especially with Floating effects becoming more prominent and there are many more ways to out this and/or have a card immune to this. The card is still good, but nowhere near the power it once had when it was legal. Maybe it could come back and not make an impact, or you can add a Once per Turn clause to keep it safe.
Advanced Rating: 3.5/5


Todays banned card is Tribe-Infecting Virus, a level 4 water aqua monster with 1600 attack and 1000 defence. And back in the day, this monster truly was something to be feared.

Tribe-Infecting Virus had a very simple, yet devastating effect. By discarding a card and declaring a monster type, Tribe-Infecting Virus would destroy all face-up monsters of that type.

Tribe-Infecting Virus single-handedly turned games around. There wasn't very much effect negation, and priority still existed and because of it, this monster was a time-bomb waiting to go off. Nowadays though, Tribe-Infecting Virus is not a threat at all. Priority doesn't exist in the same form that it did when it got banned, there's so much more effect negation, cards that can just destroy it before it can acTribe-Infecting Virusate or even WANT Tribe-Infecting Virus to resolve its effect and take advantage of it.

A lot of cards on the banlist made sense at the time, but the game has evolved past those older choices being any meaningful threat anymore. Tribe-Infecting Virus these days is nothing more than a slight cold and nothing more. The game wouldn't suffer from having it at 1 or even unbanning it entirely.

Advanced 3/5

Alex Searcy
Tribe-Infecting Virus...that should take a lot of players back a ways.  Plenty of people playing now probably haven't even gotten to use this card in competitive play.  Back when, this card could be used and abused with Sinister Serpent.  Tribe can't win games, ON HIS OWN...but he's too good to come back.  If he could choose a Level OR Rank or something, instead of all of a type...it would be fun, but he's just too dangerous to bring back.  Plus, he can even hold his own and attack (at 1600) if he needs to.  

4.25/5 (if legal)
Art:  5/5

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