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Dark Paladin's Yu-Gi-Oh! Dimension
Jinzo vs. Mobius--Which is better?
5.9.06

Hello again to Pojo and Yugioh fans one and all! For those of you awaiting my Magical Revolution set, worry not, I'll try to get it finished in the next week or two. 200+ cards is a lot to type up out of a notebook.

However, let me get to the point of today's article. People have been asking me, or anyone who will listen for that matter, which is a better card...Jinzo or Mobius the Frost Monarch. Which should I run as my tribute monster? Can I run both? Do you have to play the deck around the respective monster, or are they splashable?

Well, let's find out. Let's take a look at Jinzo

Jinzo
Dark/Machine/Effect
Level 6
2400-1500

As long as this card is face up on the field, Trap cards cannot be activated. All face up Trap cards on the field are negated.

vs.

Mobius the Frost Monarch
Water/Aqua/Effect
Level 6
2400-1000

When this card is Tribute Summoned successfully, destroy up to two Magic or Trap cards on the field.

Now, as I said, let us begin with Jinzo. Attack doesn't really factor in, as both Jinzo and Mobius have the standard solid 2400 attack for a one tribute monster. So, let's move on to defense. Jinzo has 1500.
1500 defense is a bit low and vulnerable to things like Breaker which we all use, right?

However, Mobius has a defense of only 1000. 1000 defense falls to more, like Don Zaloog, Maruading Captain, Command Knight, as well as most other Warriors commonly played, and still Breaker like Jinzo would. The biggest thing to worry about here is Tsukuyomi.

Tsuku has 1100 attack so if she flips Jinzo down, she alone won't be able to destroy him. However, Mobius if flipped down by Tsuku will fall, just barely, so the defense is an important factor.

Jinzo has a continuous effect. A continuous lockdown effect, but it hurts you as well. NEITHER player can use Traps. Odds are, if you are the one controlling Jinzo, you don't need to be relying on your Traps, but say you aren't drawing monsters but got that Call of the Haunted you needed for a finish.

Mobius uses his effect immediately when Tribute summoned successfully.
So, if your opponent has two or fewer Magic or Trap cards, Mobius gets the job done right away. Although the effect isn't continuous, like Jinzo, you still have a 2400 attack monster to help you control the field.

Remember, since Jinzo's effect IS continuous, if he were flipped face down by Tsuku or say Book of Moon, then his effect stops until he is flipped face up again, unless he is destroyed. Next, let's take a look at attributes and types.

Jinzo is a Dark monster, and also a Machine. Dark is very well supported, and feeds Chaos in advanced. Machine is also supported well, and makes him Limiterable, but if you're going to play him in a normal typical deck, the Dark is probably more important.

Mobius is a Water monster, and also an Aqua type. Water is a bit out there, as is Aqua, but it would make him a 2600 5 star monster in the Legendary Ocean deck (but that isn't competitive right now in the format anyway.)

However (un)important this point may be, keep this in mind: Jinzo IS restricted, while Mobius isn't. So, you can NOT run more than one Jinzo, but you can run anywhere up to three of Mobius. That is something important to remember.

So, what does this come down to? In the end, two things. One, what are you experiencing more in your meta? Are you finding lots of Traps and Trap heavy decks? If so, then probably stick with Jinzo.
Secondly, personal preference. Do you want to run Jinzo and ONLY Jinzo? Do you want Mobius? Or, do you want both?

I personally main a Jinzo and side two Mobius. That way, I'm ready for pretty much whatever I run into. If you play against lots of well balanced decks with a bit heavier lean toward Magic and Trap, go ahead and try one of each.

I hope I helped try to clear some of this up, and if I get enough positive feedback, I'll probably do more of these eventually. Well that does it for today, and I hope you enjoyed it. Please feel free to contact me with anything @ tsearcy@lssu.edu

You stay classy, Planet Earth :)

~Dark Paladin~


 


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