We gots a great card for you guys
today, the final day of your Sneek Peek at Stomp-a-trons.
Not that it matters much. The release is in a little
over a week. But how can you at all contain your
excitement. I use the PSP, but you…
That aside, our last card for Friday
is…Proclamation of Death.
Proclamation of Death
Mana Cost: 4
Ability: Shield Trigger
Your opponent destroys one of their
This for me is one of the 5 most
anticipated cards of the set. The others being comet
missile, Pyrofighter magnus, Choya, the Unheeding,
and the Invincible Family.
I’m waiting to get at least 3 of
these. I only have 1 so far…I need some luck if I
want to avoid buying a box or 2…
The Positive Side
If you look at the card, you almost
automatically think Terror Pit, just weaker and
cheaper. That’s really what it is. It’s truly no
different from Terror Pit except for one big
problem. You have no choice in what dies. For most
people, it really doesn’t matter. If your opponent
has only 1 monster, then who really gives a flying
squirrel which of the death cards you use…
Why is this good? When I see this
card, I see a dark version of the Rothus effect,
without the you-losing-a-monster bit. For people
like me, your decks are very deprived of shield
triggers. I only have 3 types, for a total of 11
cards. Terror Pit, Holy Awe, and Critical Blade.
With these guys, your deck goes up by 3-4. Now it’s
14-15. Look at the shield trigger average curve.
With 11, my curve is 4.09, meaning I get a shield
trigger every 4.09 cards. Now, with 15, it’s a solid
3. A hell of a lot better than 4.09. I gotta get out
of Statistics Class…
I see this card has one big
competition spell. Death Smoke. You know, Death
Smoke? The card that’s been with us for 5 sets now?
The question is, which is better? We need this
Jeopardy Champion guy to answer this one…
The edge this card has over Death
Smoke is the…shield trigger effect and the fact that
the monster can be tapped and be destroyed. Death
smoke is limited to untapped creatures and has no
shield trigger ability. I can’t count the times I
saw Death Smoke in the shields. It’s like seeing
Starbucks in a major city…
Those traits alone make this a very
playable card. Shield trigger only helps out
darkness more, especially since the card is very
decent in it’s ability.
The Negative Side
Is it truly better than Death Smoke?
I don’t know. Let’s do a card face-off…(why do I
keep adding these sections?)
Death Smoke vs. Proclamation of Death
DS is better than PoD
+ You get to select the monster
+ More game changing in your choice
+ Classic over New Age
PoD is better than DS
+ Shield Trigger
+ Not limited to untapped monsters
+ not that much different than DS
when 1 monster is on the field
+ Increases shield trigger
+ referred to as the “baby Terror
DS is not any different from PoD and
- both do the same thing when 1
monster is present
- same cost
- same civilization
- Both really do have their pluses
Final Verdict- PoD is better than DS
Why did I pick Proclamation of Death?
2 words. Light…Bulb…
Ok, really, it’s because it’s a
shield Trigger. Maybe I’m a little one-sided, but I
detest the sight of Death Smoke in the shields, and
I’m getting really sick of it.
In the big picture, PoD and DS both
get rid of one monster. The problem with PoD is
that, obviously, an opponent would be forced to lose
the weaker monster first. So if your opponent has a
Torcon and a Fighter Dual Fang on the field and they
hit this card…then your gonna see Torcon get an
early grave…or prove your opponent is a moron.
Another problem with the card is that
when you need a crazy last minute card to stop your
opponent with an attack, this doesn’t help. Think
about it. Let’s say I have no monsters, my opponent
has 3 attackers, and I have only 2 shields, let’s
say they’re both PoD. Now the first one attacks,
hits the first PoD. Guess which monster gets the
Correct! It’s the attacking monster.
Since it’s gonna be tapped, it has no more use for
your opponent at the final attack of the game, so in
that scenario, it is completely useless to have this
card in the shields, but most of the time, this card
should be helpful in the game. Having PoD in the
shields is a lot better than having a Death Smoke…
Finally…we really don’t need to do
“what else could you use?”. You know the argument.
Death Smoke or Proclamation of Death. Plus, I gave
you the face-off section already. Those are rare!
It’s like pulling 10 Ballom, Master of Death…in the
The Limited Side
Ok class. We all should know the
rules of Limited Play. Speed is amazingly
strong…Blockers are almost staples in saving
you…Fatties become a lot more playable…and Death
cards that get rid of your opponent’s monsters
become automatic staples that should be taken and
used. This card would only work wonders, as I see
it. Sure, your opponent gets to choose, but it’s
still one threat less than you had before.
Here’s the + and – Recap
+ Shield Trigger
+ Not limited to tapped monsters
+ More destruction to the darkness
- You have to chose which is better.
Death Smoke or This.
- You have no choice in what monster
gets the axe.
It’s gonna see a lot of play, especially by me and
my meta. It’s very playable. Can our veteran, Death
Smoke, out live his brother? It’s not looking good
Death cards are staples in limited. It takes out
those monsters that you can’t take out through
battle. However, this one isn’t as supreme as other
death cards, but still nice to have. Not that many
decent Shield triggers in existence.
I always thought Aqua Hulcus lived a nice life…
That’s it for the Proclamation of
Death. If anyone has any questions, comments,
concerns, or complaints, E-Mail me at:
Later Days…Back to PSP world…