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Dark Paladin's Yu-Gi-Oh! Dimension
Labyrinth of Nightmare--Enter if you dare!

8.15.05

Hello again to Yugioh and Pojo fans one and all! I again apologize for my long absence, I've been busy with work and my sophomore year of college is just around the corner. Today, I bring you the set review for Labyrinth of Nightmare, and I think (or hope) the pun in the title doesn't suck.

Also, please keep in mind I try to do these articles on set reviews very well and they do take TIME.

As always, we'll start with the Secret Rares.

Gemini Elf
Magic Cylinder

Gemini Elf was our first 4 star monster with 1900 attack points who benefited from the bonus of not having a negative drawback.

Rating (then): 5.0/5 and with good reason
Rating (now): 3.0/5

Magic Cylinder was possibly the most anticipated trap since Mirror Force also with good reason. Used and abused before, but few and far apart now.

Rating (then): 4.5/5 Not quite as good as Gemini Elf but still awesome.

Rating (now): 3.5/5 Better, however marginally, than Gemini Elf now.

Secret Rare Average (then): 4.25/5
Secret Rare Average (now): 3.25/5

Secret Rare Average: 3.75/5

Ultra Rares

The Masked Beast
Mask of Restrict
Torrential Tribute
Card of Safe Return
United We Stand
Mage Power
Dark Necrofear
The Last Warrior From Another Planet
Royal Command
Destiny Board

The Masked Beast was a great monster for the time with 3200 attack points. The most powerful Ritual monster released at the time.

Rating (then): 4.5/5 Decks were made...
Rating (now): 3.0/5 We still see SOME decks

Mask of Restrict never really saw the play it deserved, except of course in the stall deck. Can be quite the annoying asset eliminating all tribute.

Rating: 4.5/5 (stall)

Torrential Tribute is one of our field clear staples today in Advanced with Dark Hole gone and this thing was throw in decks upon release right with Dark Hole.

Rating (then): 4.5/5
Rating (now): 5.0/5 No Dark Hole, remember...

Card of Safe Return is one of those "not really worthy of an Ultra Spot on accounts of it's garbage..." cards, but that could be me. Outside of possible a Zombie deck, send me a GOOD reason to use it.

Rating: 1.5/5 (both formats)

United We Stand was quitely anticipated upon its release with great power for giving 800 attack points extra per monster though I prefer Mage Power...

Rating (then): 4.5/5
Rating (now): 3.5/5

Mage Power was used more upon release and is still in use today as a much better equip, yet worked better in multiples.

Rating (then): 4.5/5
Rating (now): 4.0/5

Dark Necrofear was successful in spawning it's own deck as it was supposed to do. It works very well with the Fiends so any monster who can successfully work in its own deck gets a solid 4.5/5 both formats

The Last Warrior From Another Planet is really more trouble than he's worth, as far as I'm concerned...however, he isn't bad and you CAN build a decent deck around him.

Rating: 3.0/5 (both formats)

Royal Command is an excellent trap negating ALL flip effects. I wish it were used more, but it never seemed to catch on upon release or today. Despite that, it CAN do stuff.

Rating: 4.0/5 (both formats)

Destiny Board...*sighs, I don't wanna explain*

Rating: 2.5/5 (generous for both) even the deck doesn't work

Ultra Rare Average (then): 3.8/5
Ultra Rare Average (now): 3.5/5

Ultra Rare Average: 3.65/5

Super Rares

Revival Jam
Mask of Dispel
Mask of the Acursed
Fire Princess
Jar of Greed
Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer
Bazoo the Soul-Eater
Dark Spirit of the Silent
Riryoku Field
De-Fusion

Ok, as a little side note, most of the super rares here deserve straight 1/5. If only Revival Jam worked as it did on the anime. I'll go over a few that don't down right suck.

Fire Princess like Dark Necrofear got her own decktype built around her earning her almost the same score as Necrofear decks are more successful.

Rating: 4.0/5 (both formats)

Jar of Greed is an excellent draw option, especially for Exodia decks despite the drawback (or one would think) of being a trap card.

Rating: 3.5/5 (both formats) 4.5/5 Exodia

Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer...for what you need here, check me recent review of Kycoo in the CotD section.

Rating: 4.0/5 (both formats)

Super Rare Average: 3.8/5

Rares/Commons/Short Prints worth mentioning

Well, we got Zombyra the Dark, Tornado Bird, Gilasaurus, Summoner of Illusions, and stall got a few 2000 defenders but the set sort of falls short here as well.

You can be the judge of this part.

Collectively, I can give the above cards an average of 3/5

Set Average (then): 3.7/5
Set Average (now): 3.5/5
Set Average: 3.6/5

As a reference... :)

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

On a quick Recap:

Legend of BEWD set: 2.10/5 = C-
Metal Raiders set: 2.60/5 = C+
Magic Rulers set: 2.70/5 = C+
Pharoh's Servant set: 3.60/5 = B+
Labyrinth of Nighmare set: 3.60/5 = B+

As always, please feel free to contact me at tsearcy@lssu.edu about anything.

I hope to keep in touch more often, but school is coming...

You stay classy, Planet Earth :)

~Dark Paladin~

 


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