Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Card Discussion: Dark Magician of Chaos

When this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can target 1 Spell Card in your Graveyard; add that target to your hand. Banish any monster destroyed by battle with this card. If this face-up card would leave the field, banish it instead.
Dark Magician of Chaos was once one of the most feared monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh! He was one of the top headliners in the Chaos Era. Players took advantage of his powerful ability to add a Monster Reborn or Heavy Storm from the graveyard to the hand. He was banned and has not returned to game since. I think he should return to the game because he is no longer the game changer he once was during his prime.

Dark Magician of Chaos is no longer a threat with Monster Reborn and Heavy Storm banned. He has a good case to return to the game. He does not have generic targets for most decks. In fact, he does not fit in with today's top decks. Dark Magician of Chaos does not work in Fire Fist, Mermail, Madolche, etc. He does not give many decks an advantage.

However, there is the argument about Dark Magician of Chaos giving Prophecy and Spellbook decks a huge boost. However, Dark Magician of Chaos does not give a huge boost to Prophecy and Spellbook decks. He can return Spellbook of Fate to the hand from the graveyard, and that he is only good target besides drawing a Spellbook of Secrets to use to get a Spellbook of Fate from the deck.

Furthermore, World of Prophecy is a far superior card than Dark Magician of Chaos and World of Prophecy is legal at three copies per deck. World of Prophecy destroys the entire field excluding herself and she draws two Spellbook spell cards from the graveyard. Two cards are always better than one!

Finally, his ability to banished monsters destroyed by battle is simply amazing. He prevents monsters with graveyard effects from activating. This can cripple decks who rely on graveyard effects such as Dark World. However, he will also be banished once he is destroyed by battle and destroying a monster with 2800 ATK is not difficult in today's game.

In conclusion, Dark Magician of Chaos is not the threat he once was in the game. It is safe to limit Dark Magician of Chaos to one per deck because he is passed his prime. He does not fit in with most decks. Spellbooks, Prophecy, and Chaos are the only decks who can use him to a limited degree.

Card Rating: 5 out of 5