Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day
Declare 1 card name. Look at your opponent's hand,
and if he/she has the declared card in his/her hand,
remove that 1 card from play. If he/she doesn't have
the declared card in his/her hand, remove 1 random
card in your hand from play.
- Normal Spell
are based on a 1 to 5 scale
the worst. 3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating
Date Reviewed - 4.12.04
Monday - D. D. Designator
Besides all the Chaos and Gorillas from Invasion of
Chaos, D. D. Designator was the "other" chase-card
from the set.
Several competitive cards have amazing synergy with
-Witch of the Black Forest (opposing)
-Sinister Serpent (opposing)
-The Forceful Sentry
-D. D. Designator
And of course, the card is removed, which means it's
a great metagame choice to deal with all the chaos,
Besides the draw-back of having to have at least one
card in your hand in order to play, the serious
disadvantage can be worked around. Keeping track of
what your opponent has played, by checking his or
her graveyard and/or removed from game pile can also
increase the odds in your favor. This usually only
applies to situations not concerning the above
listed cards, as they are what make the card a great
All in all, I find D. D. Designator to be a very
manipulative card, which is definitely a good thing.
There are several more ways to abuse D. D.
Designator when you are not certain your opponent
has a specific card. Playtest and see if you can
figure them out.
Constructed - 4/5
Limited - 1/5 (In such a random format, the odds are
truly against you...)
D.D Designator is already cool due to its art, which
is by far the coolest picture of D.D Warrior Lady
out of...wow, four cards I believe. However, D.D
Designator is an annoying strong card if played
correctly. Combine this with The Forceful Sentry,
Confiscation, or even Exchange and you'll be
removing the opponent's best cards before they have
the chance to use them. Or better yet, make your
opponent regret their search via Sangan or Witch of
the Black Forest when you declare the card they show
you. It has a lot of possibilities.
Almost no use in limited. You might be able to pair
this up with begone Knave or Gale Lizard, but that's
D.D. Designator… I consider this card to be the fourth
pre-negator. It is easy to play especially right
after The Forceful Sentry or Confiscation. My
favorite time to use it is when I play Raigeki and
destroy my opponents Witch or Sangan. When they
search, I usually remove what they just searched
for, its best when they search for Sinister Serpent.
This card can also save you, if your opponent knows
you have no monsters, and they try to yata lock you,
you can remove the bird from the game. Also, if a
card is removed from the game, it’s not likely
they’ll get it back…especially if it is a spell or
trap. The only downside I see to this card would be
topdecking it, then you wouldn’t even be able to
One upside is, you can play multiples of this card,
it won’t be restricted.
Constructed – 4/5
Limited – 1/5 – you will seldom see your opponents
hand in limited
Closing Line – attack with yata? Ok…..D.D. DESIGNATE
D. D. Designator
For those of us who have bought at least 20 or so
IoC packs, you're bound to have 1 or 2 of these. For
those of us with pocket scales, you've seen even
more (this thing weighs heavy for some reason, this
and Chaosrider...back to the point...)
Many people are talking about replacing their
Delinquent Duo with this should the USA succumb to
the Japanese Ban List at some point in time. It's
better than Confiscation or Forceful in that it has
no cost and removes the card, but it requires you to
either be a lucky guesser, really smart about
opponent's movements (I'll explain further in), or
suffer a HEFTY drawback.
Let's look at situations where this could be useful
more than not:
*Right after a Confiscation or Forceful Sentry. If
you know what's in their hand, then you know you'll
get another card.
*After you attack a Witch or Sangan, and your
opponent chooses a monster for their effect. Your
opponent probably had some plans for that monster
(taking Tribe-Infecting Virus when they can't
overpower what you have on the field, etc.)
*If you see your opponent checking their Graveyard,
and they don't usually do it all the time. Unless
they're checking for a Chaos monster summon, they
either have Monster Reborn, Premature Burial, or
Call of the Haunted...and if they check your
Graveyard, then you know what they have.
*If all else fails, pick one of the two cards that
are used in multiples of 3 in the common tournament
metagame: Mystical Space Typhoon and Waboku. If it's
your first turn, and you have no other hand
disruption, one of these is your best choice. Not a
move I'd always make, but one I'd consider.
I give this card a 3.75/5. If we didn't have Don and
the 3 Prenegators, we'd probably be packing these.
D.D. Designator is a normal Spell. Generally
this is the weakest of Spell cards. Due to the
nature of its effect (which I will come to in
the next section), I think it would be better
off as a Quick-Play.
Pretty simple-you name a card, and if the
opponent has one in hand, you get to remove that
card from play. If you name something that
isn’t there though, then you lose a random card
from your own hand, and it is removed from play
to boot. I think this card seems to punish the
player who uses it more than the opponent it
targets. It might help if it were a Quick-play
so that it could be chained to certain effects.
For example, one can use it after the opponents
Sangan or Witch of the Black Forest is
destroyed, and one knows a certain
monster is there. I guess it’s not so bad if
you run Dimension Summon in case it fails… well,
maybe it is. The only combo that really makes
it playable is using it after Dark Designator…
but Exchange could also be used, and tends to be
more effective in my opinion (take my Mystic
tomato, and I’ll take your Pot of Greed).
3/5-Useful for “coring” certain decks.
2/5-Same as above, but so unreliable and slow to
be very effective.
3/5-You have a better chance of guessing right,
since the card pool is… well… limited.
Why punish someone for using an “okay” card?