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Dark Paladin's Yu-Gi-Oh! Dimension
Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon!

7.15.05

Hello again to Pojo and Yugioh fans one and all!

I've been busy in the forums lately, and I've decided to review each individual set as a whole, similar to how we review single cards for the Card of the Day section, due to popular demand.

In short, I'll be reviewing the sets as a whole. I'll break the cards up into sections, the Secrets, Ultras, Supers, Rares, and Commons. Ultimate Rares instead of Secrets of course when I come to Soul of the Duelist. I may even do promo cards from Video games in sets, we'll see.

First up is the set Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon!

As a brief introduction to this set, obviously, Legend of BEWD brought us many character cards from the anime and some other very important staple cards.

Secret Rares:

Tri-Horned Dragon
Gaia the Dragon Champion

As for Secret Rares, these two cards essentially stink. Legend of BEWD is hurt in the Secret Rare category. No one for any reason would play Gaia the Dragon Champion, even though Yugi frequently did in Duelist Kingdom. I don't believe we've EVER seen anyone use Tri-Horned Dragon but it IS better than Gaia the Dragon Champion.

Ratings:

Tri-Horned Dragon: 2.0/5 You could at least use one in a Dragon deck, he isn't awful.

Gaia the Dragon Champion: 1.0/5 No reason to use him ever, just don't.

Secret Rare average: 1.5/5

Ultra Rares:

Blue Eyes White Dragon
Dark Magician
Gaia the Fierce Knight
Red Eyes Black Dragon
Monster Reborn
Exodia the Forbidden One + Limbs

Well, BEWD, Dark Magician, Gaia, and REBD are all character staple cards for Yugi, Joey, or Kaiba. Monster Reborn is a universal staple, except in Advanced where it is banned.

Exodia decks are played few and far apart anymore, but we see seldom in the anime.

Ratings:

BEWD: 3000 attack is the highest two tribute normal attack monster in the game currently. Go ahead and use one in a Dragon deck, simply for power if you want.

3.0/5 (generous, I know)

Dark Magician: I just did a review on him a few months ago in the CotD section.

2.0/5 due to the fact we don't have HALF of his GOOD support

Gaia the Fierce Knight Yuck, just yuck.

1.0/5

Red Eyes Black Dragon: Almost as bad as Gaia, but stronger. He is even getting some support.

2.0/5 due to the limited craptacular support he has

Monster Reborn

5.0/5 obviously (banned in Advanced as you know)

Exodia (as a whole, not analyzing individual pieces)

4.5/5 What's not to like about an instant win.

Ultra Rare average rating: 2.92/5

Super Rares:

Flame Swordsman
Celtic Guardian
Dark Hole
Raigeki
Trap Hole
Polymerization
Mystical Elf
Curse of Dragon
Swords of Revealing Light
Man Eater Bug

Ratings:

Flame Swordsman: Yuck, just yuck AGAIN!

Rating: 1.0/5

Celtic Guardian: Mehyuck!

Rating: 1.0/5

Dark Hole: Banned in Advance but such raw power. Can hurt you a bit too though.

Rating: 4.5/5

Raigeki:

Rating: 5.0/5 DUH!

Trap Hole: Not terrible, but owned by better cards, say Bottomless Trap Hole?

Rating: 1.5/5

Polymerization: It has been officially obselete except for Dark Paladin thanks to Metamorphasis and even Magical Scientist.

Rating: 1.5/5

Mystical Elf: Yay, Level 4 2000 defense and NO effect.

Rating: 1.5/5

Curse of Dragon: Just no.

Rating: 1.0/5

Swords of Revealing Light: Still a card seen today, and not terrible!

Rating: 3.0/5

Man Eater Bug: At least as good as SoRL, right?

Rating: 3.0/5

Super Rare Average Rating: 2.3/5

Rare Cards:

Charubin the Fire Knight
Darkfire Dragon
Fusionist
Aqua Madoor
Flame Ghost
Dragon Capture Jar
Fissure
Two Pronged Attack
Gravedigger Ghoul
Giant Soldier of Stone
Karbonala Warrior
Reaper of the Cards
Spirit of the Harp
Dragoness the Wicked Knight
Stop Defense
Goblin's Secret Remedy
Final Flame
Metal Dragon
Armed Nina
Flower Wolf
Hane-Hane
Pot of Greed

Ok, we see a few more anime character cards in here, but most of these are utter garbage. I'll review the few that do NOT deserve a 1/5 for obvious reasons.

Fissure: At the right time, it could be OK, but not really worth playing.

Rating: 2.0/5 (generous)

Stop Defense: Could win the game for you if drawn at the right time, a nice finisher or even for some damage.

Rating: 2.0/5 (generous)

Hane-Hane: Good for a bounce deck.

Rating: 4.0/5 (bounce) 2.5/5 elsewhere

Pot of Greed:

Rating: 5.0/5 DUH!

Rare Average Rating: 1.41/5

Average Set Rating: 2.10/5

In conclusion, this set did indeed bring us some very essential cards (Monster Reborn, Raigeki, Dark Hole, Pot of Greed, etc.) but as a whole, this set isn't very good. 2.5/5 would represent average, so this set is just below average, but it did score above an average 2 so it isn't terrible.

4.6-5.0 = A

4.1-4.5 = A-

3.6-4.0 = B+

3.1-3.5 = B-

2.6-3.0 = C+

2.1-2.5 = C-

1.6-2.0 = D+

1.1-1.5 = D-

1.0 or lower = uh-oh

That does it for this article, and I welcome comments on how this was done, and how you'd like to see it done in the future. I realize it was brief, but I hope it effectively gave the idea of what I was trying to do!

Please feel free to contact me with anything @ tsearcy@lssu.edu

You stay classy, Planet Earth :)

~Dark Paladin~


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