I took a look in the past with Yugi Evolution. It was released alongside Starter Deck Kaiba Evolution in 2004. It was one of the decks that I purchased during my teenage years. I was very excited for this deck. The starter deck was the first official release of Black Luster Soldier. Yugi Evolution was the second starter deck based on Yugi's deck. The ultra rare card is the original Black Luster Soldier. This would not be a starter deck for Yugi without the Dark Magician! Dark Magician and Black Luster Ritual are the starter deck's two super rare cards.
The Original Black Luster Soldier
Blaster Lust Soldier is a level eight Ritual Monster. He requires Black Luster Ritual and any amount of monsters with a total level of 8 or more to be used as tributes from your field or hand. I wanted Black Luster Soldier in my deck after I saw Yugi summon him in his duel against Mai Valentine. He can be useful in the new Black Luster Soldier decks. I have seen a few deck profiles for the new Black Luster Soldier cards with the original Black Luster Soldier in the decks.
The majority of these cards are not very good. You will not see them in today's competitive decks. Beaver Warrior and Celtic Guardian are two of Yugi's weakest monsters, but they were fun to watching the anime. I particularly like Celtic Guardian's artwork. He reminds me of Link of The Legend of Zelda series. He is an elf like Link and also wears a green tunic.
Pot of Greed and Monster Reborn were two of the best cards. Pot of Greed helped players set up their field. Players were able to draw two additional cards in a single turn. They were able to quickly draw their best cards. Monster Reborn gave players access to both player's graveyards and can revive almost any monster from the graveyard for free. Both cards are now on the ban list. It does not appear either card will be released from the forbidden list soon. There is the possibility of Konami editing the cards' original texts and legalizing the cards in the advance format.
Dark Magician and Mystical Space Typhoon are the only active cards in today's game. Most decks have at least one copy of Mystical Space Typhoon. It is one of the best Spell and Trap card removals in the game. I always have at least two copies in every deck. Dark Magician is getting new support in the upcoming movie. Yugi's ace monster will continue to get support over time. The series's main protagonist's cards will always get new support.
The Final Word
Overall, Yugi Evolution was a cool deck during its day. I strongly recommend Yugi Evolution to collectors and veterans. You will want to add this deck to your collection. Yugi Evolution is a memorable deck from the original series. Black Luster Soldier and Dark Magician are the only monster cards in modern decks. Both classic cards received new cards last year and this year. The most commonly played card from the deck is Mystical Space Typhoon. It's time to duel!
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5