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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day

Heavy Storm
Super Rare

Destroys all Spell and Trap Cards on the field.

Type - Normal Spell
Card Number
- MRD-142

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being 
the worst.  3 ... average.  5 is the highest rating

Date Reviewed - 6.10.04

ExMinion OfDarkness Thursday:
Heavy Storm

Here we have another card that would fit well in ALMOST any deck. This is one of the four major "Field Clears" we have in this game -- Harpie's Feather Duster, this, Raigeki, and Dark Hole.

This, paired with HFD, are the reasons why so many people make their Trap cards chainable. Waboku is seeing more play than Torrential Tribute simply because Waboku laughs in Heavy Storm's face and kicks it in the groin.

Still, this card should be used. And often. Heavy Storm offers you a possibility of a 2-for-1, 3-for-1, up to a 5-for-1 yield of advantage. However, the more cards your opponent has down, the better the odds that they will (A) block the card with Imperial Order or (B) chain half of their M/Ts to this card (Waboku, Ring of Destruction, Call of the Haunted targeting a Jinzo/Sangan/Witch...)

Most of the time you would play this card, you have 0 or 1 Magic/Traps down, and if you have more than this, you're most likely only playing this card because you know you'll win if it goes through un-chained to.

This card rightfully belongs in the 5 or 6 cards everyone uses to kill Magic or Traps (HFD/Heavy Storm/3x Mystical Space Typhoon/Breaker the Magical Warrior).

This card, like Jinzo, earns a 4.95/5, the .05 deduction this time taken because Burn/Stall decks rely on keeping Traps and Magics on the field and this card would not help them. 
Tranorix Thursday: Heavy Storm

Heavy Storm, a Super Rare from MRD, is what I like to call the Lost Staple.
We all know the seven (Graceful Charity, Pot of Greed, Dark Hole, Raigeki, Harpie's Feather Duster, Change of Heart, Monster Reborn) Magic cards that are included in nearly all decks as "Staples", cards without which no deck should be. Well, the controversy is that Heavy Storm, logically, should be on the list. Why?

Raigeki : Dark Hole :: Harpie's Feather Duster : Heavy Storm.

Yet Storm isn't on there. Is it that destroying one's own M/T isn't desirable whereas destroying monsters might be? Is it that we have enough M/T removal/negation (in MST and Jinzo and Breaker) that Heavy Storm isn't needed as much as Dark Holee?

Regardless of the reason, Heavy Storm is not, in my opinion, a Staple (though it was when it was initially released). Destroying all M/T is a powerful effect, but it isn't a card needed for all decks, especially now with MST's running rampant.

Run it by all means; there's no real reason not to. It is restricted. But don't feel as though you need Heavy Storm in your deck in order to win. After the bans come, however, its playability will increase; without Duster people will crave a bit more removal.

Typical tournament deck: 4/5
Post-ban: 4.5/5
OVERALL RATING: 4.3/5 
Omega Heavy storm is, a simple name for a simple effect. There wonít be any questioning of what this card does; itís simply destroy all Spell and Traps on your opponents side of the field.

The smartest time youíll want to use this card, is right before a big combo move, or a critical attack on your opponent, because why risk using some of your best cards only to have them countered if you didnít have to.

What more is there to say about this card? Besides itís run in just about every deck made.

Heavy Storm earns a respective 4.5/5. Its only downside is your field gets wiped out as well. 
Tony Heavy Storm...this is one of those cards that are good 1st turn (like Nobleman of Crossout) --- do you see the pattern of my COTD? ----

This is basically a Dark Hole for Magic/Traps...When Heavy Storm baits out a Imperial Order, Waboku, and even Jar of Greed, if you can kill at least 2 Magic/Traps with this card, then it did it's job. Also, this is like a Nobleman of Crossout. One of the most set cards in the game! How many times have we set this card? How many times have we activated it from the M/T zone?

This is one of the biggest debates in running a Yu Gi Oh Deck...Making a 40 card deck is hard enough but to decide which M/T removal to use is tough. Most people use Jinzo, Breaker the Magical Warrior, Harpie's Feather Duster, and 3 Mystical Space Typhoon. Heavy Storm and Royal Decree are the extra removal most duelist's use. --- notice the pattern once more? ---

Heavy Storm (once again) is like a Dark Hole. One of my friends who has won a regionals gave me this explanation on this card: "If you are always going to play Raigeki and Dark Hole, wouldn't it make sense to play Harpie's Feather Duster and Heavy Storm?" True right? Most of the time, yes. But once again, going back to Nobleman of Crossout, you lose soo many games because this card does NOT do anything. This is one of those cards that are in a deck but gets Painful Choiced to "thin out the deck."

Soo how good is this card? Have you Mystical Space Typhooned your opponent's Mirage of Nightmare and then Heavy Stormed? It's amazing. Have you ever got rid of a Mirror Force/Ring of Destruction/Torrential Tribute ALL in one Storm? Have you baited out a Scapegoat and then Raigekied his goats? Yes this card is a very close staple but realize that running this card means that your top decks WILL become worse in the late game. Running Nobleman of Crossout, same thing. Running these "very good in the first hand but not so good in the later games" cards will have it's negatives as well as positives.

I say Heavy Storm is a STAPLE in Beatdown, Chaos, and Hand Control Decks. Other decks such as Creature Control, Combo, and just normal Tomato Control decks do not need it. If you depended on this card, try running Royal Decree over it. Try running both of them. (( For the record, Royal Decree is one of my FAVORITE cards in the game )) See if Heavy Storm IS your Dark Hole or if Heavy Storm is another Fissure.

Ratings
Constructed: 8/10 (( only a staple in some decks ))
Limited: 9/10 (( DUH! people set ALL sorts of stupid stuff )) 

 

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