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

Deck Devastation Virus
Rarity

Tribute 1 DARK monster with an ATK of 2000 points or more on your side of the field. Check all monsters on your opponent's side of the field, your opponent's hand, and all cards he/she draws during your opponent's next 3 turns, and destroy all monsters with an ATK of 1500 or less.

Type - Trap
Card Number - FET-EN058

Card Ratings
Traditional: 3.45
Advanced: 3.8

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


Date Reviewed - 04.06.05

 
Coin Flip Deck Devastation Virus… Purely broken in concept, but is it really that good.

Generally, I love the Virus cards. I play the OCG on and off (using proxies, of course) and before the original Virus card (sacrifice monster with 1000 or less, destroy 1500 or more) was restricted, I ran an average of 1.7 per deck. 5 every 3 decks, then. Of course, Magic Removal Viral Cannon doesn't count – Noone knows why they would release a card that thins your opponent's deck while removing cards from your field. Especially since the Chaos monsters were already released.

ANYWAY, back to stuff the average reader cares about… DDV (and its brother Deck Destruction Virus of Death (DDVD)) are both associated with a DARK-heavy deck. The difference is how easy it is for DDVD to be activated. DDVD (Deck Destruction Virus of Death, remember) was hugely popular in Japan in the Japanese Spellcaster/Dark Magician deck before being restricted to one per deck. Apprentice Magician, Sangan, Cyber Jar and even Magical Scientist made it hugely effective at slowing down an opponent's beatdown deck. I mean, sacrificing a monster with 1000 ATK or less is not exactly a difficult task, and you can occasionally benefit from doing it. Putting a DARK in your graveyard is a good thing, especially if that DARK is a used up flip-effect monster or Sangan. The effect of killing any monster with over 1500 ATK on field or in hand at the time and any such cards drawn over the next three turns is also nice.

DDV is an inversion of the Crush Card – 2000 ATK or more for a DARK monster, so it has to be strong, and 1500 ATK or less for the destroyed monsters, so they have to be weak.

This kills goat tokens, really hurts Magicians (of Faith and
Apprentices) and stuff, and I don't imagine any Jar or D.D. Warrior Lady likes this too much. Don Zaloog and a few other Warriors won't like it while it's in hand, and if Lava Golem were a DARK monster, this would just laugh at burn decks in every way imaginable.

Of course, burn decks are already going to be incredibly useless pieces of doodoo pie after a common from next set comes out and 3 of it replace all other counters to burn (well, mainly Pikeru's Circle of Transformation, but this card is so much better it isn't even funny, and it's continuous.)

So this counters a few alternate win decks, warriors, the popular Apprentice Magician and Goat theme, and burn.

This doesn't affect monsters summoned after Virus' effect goes off.
After activation, you look at what they draw and that's it.

It's fairly stupid right now, in the English game. If this were pre-bannination, I'd actually think about running more than one as t3ch in a d3ck. But not likely. Saw no play at Shonen Jump, either.

Regardless, it is a Virus card, and if you kill two or more cards (which is quite likely) then you broke even.

Oh, the cost is annoying to meet unless you run Gravekeeper's or Skill Drainb (possibly Fiend too, but I'm talking commonly played stuff). It does nothing at all against Gravekeeper's, unlike what some people have been saying… A Spy in defense position will get the boost of Necrovalley if flipped up to be checked by DDV (only if Necrovalley is on the field, of course) so that sort of makes the whole thing rather pointless. If you discard from hand, hey look Rite of Spirit and that sure makes my Royal Tribute hurt a hell of a lot less. Skill Drain should be running Final Attack Orders for Scapegoats already, and seeing as how one other monster under 1500 hurts them (Exiled Force), so this is rather pointless.

General:
Traditional: 2/5. I realized I sort of ignore the 1.5-2.5 area, so I revised my rating system. Now a 4 actually means something, and a 3 is good. With no targets at all save for CED (whose effect is slightly better at killing your opponent's hand, hrmm?), the use of it means slightly less.
Advanced: 3.4/5 Here's where it shines. Someone might be sane enough to run Zombyra or Giant Orc in this format, so…

Gravekeeper's:
Traditional: 4.4/5 – hitting Donny Z, Witch, Sangan, Cyber Jar, Fiber Jar, Morphing Jar, and more cards banned in Advanced helps a lot, especially since a Geki + Don is less likely to happen.
Advanced: 3.8/5 Less to hit + loss of field presence = lower rating.
 
ExMinion OfDarkness

Deck Devastation Virus

 

This card gives one of the biggest payoffs we have in the game today for a single card effect.

 

The requirement is really easy to fulfill for the right decks -- Chaos decks that use the Sorcerer can get dual advantage from summoning him -- he comes out, RFGs, then gets sacrificed for DDV.  Warrior decks can put Zombyra the Dark in to help -- Zombyra's a great opener (no steal-attack), searchable by Reinforcements of the Army, and doesn't require a Tribute or any other cost.

 

Let's look at the effect -- any monsters on the field at the time that are 1500 or less die; anything in their hand that's 1500 or less dies; anything they draw for the next 3 turns that's 1500 or less dies.  The beautiful thing about this is that you get to see their hand at the time of activation and you see their draws for 3 whole turns -- that's one heck of a continual Forceful Sentry!  Even if you don't kill a single monster (which is rare), you'll be well-prepared for anything your opponent is going to do.

 

There are a few ways around the effect though; if this thing kills a Sinister Serpent, it comes back in the Standby Phase.  Also, monsters can still be revived (Premature/Call/Creator/whatever)...that destroying monsters on the field thing only happens ONCE.

 

This didn't see much play at the most recent Shonen Jump Championship, but if people start playing Warriors, expect Zombyra and this to start showing up a bit more.

 

3.75/5
 

Tranorix Deck Devastation Virus

This is not Crush Card. That’s the first thing I need to make clear. This is, however, quite a good card. First off, it’s a Normal Trap, meaning it’s chainable – secondly, if you play this correctly, you could do massive damage to your opponent’s options.

The cost hurts this somewhat; there aren’t too many 2000 ATK+ DARK monsters you’d want to sacrifice. Zombyra will do, as will Giant Orc, however, as both of those are easy to summon.

Afterward, you get to look at your opponent’s hand. You get to look at all the monsters on your opponent’s field. AND you get to see every card your opponent draws for the next several turns. Any and all monsters with 1500 or less ATK will die. If he has a Sangan, Magician of Faith and Cyber Jar in his hand when you activate this, they’ll all go bye-bye. It’s very nice.

This also, of course, works well with cards like D.D. Designator and Mind Crush; after all, if you know what’s in your opponent’s hand, the risk of using them is greatly diminished. This card could be very effective in the right deck, extraordinarily rentsy.

Traditional – CCCC: 3/5
Traditional – Control: 3.5/5
Advanced – CCWC: 4/5
Advanced – Control: 4.5/5
OVERALL RATING: 3.8/5
 
Snapper Deck Devastation Virus

As FET Week progresses we are required to review Deck Devastation Virus, Japan’s way of teasing us for not having Deck Destruction Virus.

To activate DDV you need to Tribute a DARK monster with 2000 ATK or more.
That shouldn’t be to bad; Zombyra the Dark and Giant Orc are two Level 4 monsters with more than 2000 ATK, and if you don’t have those you could give Don Zaloog a Malevolent Nuzzler or Mad Dog of Darkness a Black Pendant.
They’re unconventional methods of getting a DARK beatstick, but they get the job done. Once active, DDV allows you to check all monsters on the opponent’s field, all cards in their hand, and all cards that they Draw over their next 3 turns for monsters with, drum roll please, an ATK of 1500 or less. Wow. What began as a card that simply had a slightly difficult to come by cost has turned into a card that will be getting rid your opponent’s weakest monsters. Wow again.

Now the effect isn’t so bad I suppose; you get to see what your opponent’s face-down monsters are, what the cards are in their hand, and what they draw for the next few turns. You’ll also be destroying your opponent’s Sangans, DDWLs, Zaloogs, ums, and etceteras. The only real downside to the card is that you’re giving up a beatstick so that your opponent can’t have any pushovers for a while. Sounds like an unequal trade to me. You could use DDV in a DARK Beatdown I suppose, but I’d just wait for the REAL DDV to be released, which may happen before the end…

Advanced: 3.5/5. Jinzo will be the best monster to use to activate DDV, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
Traditional: 3.5/5. See Advanced.
Overall: 3.5/5.
Art: 1.5/5. It looks like green pollen, which shall lead me to from this point further to call Deck Devastation Virus Deck Devastation Asthma.
 
dawnyoshi Deck Devastation Virus is, sadly, the first of the two viral trap cards released in America. The other one is Deck DESTRUCTION Virus, which would basically say "you all suck" to the kycoo/assailant/BLS loving environment. ;P

With that said, by looking at the text of this trap card, you know that you're getting your tribute's worth with the effect. You have the potential for more than a 2 for 2 trade-off after the three turns, you see ALL of your opponent's face-down monsters, and you get to see your opponent's hand. All of that for tributing a 2000 ATK or higher dark monster, which can be easily fulfilled. Look at Zombyra, Vampire Lord, Ryu Kokki, Giant Orc, Dark Elf...plenty of options there.

It's hard to say whether or not this should be a side deck card at this point. The environment for the advanced format is showing a lot of incredibly deadly monsters with low ATK...in traditional, this destroys scientist and is an available option, and it destroys the even more annoying Magician of Faith. I consider this card to be a main deck candidate for zombies and warriors easily, and at the very least a side deck option.

In limited, pass this card up quickly if you're only drafting FET. There's one natrual dark monster with 2000 ATK and above, and it's a fusion. Enough said. =/

Traditional: 2.5/5
Advanced: 3.5/5
Limited: 1/5
 
Otaku

Once again, classes necessitate that I be very brief with my reviews.  I wasn’t go to review at all, but there seems enough dissent in at least a few of the CotDs this week to warrant my participation (e.g. I disagree and can’t keep my mouth shut or fingers off the keyboard).  Besides, I really do need to shorten my average review length.

 

Wow.  Another way to almost completely ruin Gravekeepers.  Is there some über-unbeatable deck using them that the general dueling public is unaware of?  Seriously though, this cards effect is pretty good.  Yes, it is annoying to have to sack a Dark Monster with an ATK of 2000 or more to activate this Trap, but we do have some good options that can be added to almost any deck, like Zombyra the Dark Hero (a.k.a. Wannabe Spawn).  Destroying all opposing Monsters with 1500 (or less) ATK that your opponent has in play, in hand, or draws for the next three turns has potential for a huge reward.  Had this come out when the game was young, it wouldn’t have done much good.  Now, though, we have so many strong support Monsters with nasty effects but small ATK scores.  D.D. Warrior Lady, the Jars, most Attribute (and Type) searchers, and several theme-specific Monsters get trashed.  You do need to nail two to break even, but the potential return is staggering.

 

There are ways around this effect, though.  Cyber Jar, for example, “picks up” cards instead of drawing them, so those Monsters are safe.  Still, for depletion or control decks, this is a good choice to main deck (assuming you can adjust to meet the requirements to use), and for most decks, it’s a decent side deck candidate since it can mess up things like Weenie Rush and Gravekeepers.  Yes, I mentioned them again; only one Gravekeeper’s Monster has more than 1500 ATK, and they excel at swarming.  Just be careful with deck’s that feed off the Graveyard in some manner… like Chaos.  Somehow I think discarding their Don Zaloog and Shining Angel from hand will really upset those (and those are just random legal targets I’ve seen; if no serious deck uses them, insert the right cards XD).

 

Traditional: 4/5-This assumes a deck geared towards taking advantage of this… which to be fair, would qualify most decks that can add that 2000 ATK Dark Monster, since this is great for aiding in a Yata-Lock.  You might clear their hand a field in one shot!  It also could kill their copy of The Bird.

 

Advanced: 3.5/5-This is a general rating, so bear in mind it is still more useful here.  I think it makes a strong side deck candidate, again assuming you can meet the relatively simple requirement.  Two copies of this and three Zombyra might seem like a lot for, say, an ALO deck, and it is.  For Chaos and Warrior Chaos, though, it’s practically nothing.

 

Limited: 1/5-It’s possible I messed up, but I didn’t find any non-Fusion Monsters in this set that meet the Tribute requirement.  Be pretty nasty in a Starter deck (which usually adds one or two boosters) though.

 
Dark Paladin Deck Devestation Virus

YAY! I've waited for this card for a very long time and I'm so glad we finally have it in English. This card is single-handedly the MISTAKE for semi-restricting Vampire Lord since he fits EVERY criteria for this card.

Tribute your Vampire Lord and bam. You have crippled your opponent for 3 turns.
All their 1500 attack monsters or less are uselss for THREE turns. Yes folks, that INCLUDES their DD Warrior Lady. Unless they had other monsters on the field, your free to just chip away at their lifepoints for three turns.

It wouldn't hurt to have Jinzo on the field after using this though to protect yourself from potent Mirror Forces and Wabokus. This card is also cool in the fact you get to see the opponents 3 cards drawn due to this card. So, even if they aren't monsters, you got to SEE they drew their Mirror Force :)

Isn't this card evil? However, I don't believe this card is for every deck.
Obviously, it's best use is in a deck disruption/destruction deck, hence it's name. Go ahead and use it, if you have it. It could be crippling.

Conclusion: I look forward to pummling my opponent as they sit and WATCH!

Ratings:

Traditional: 4.0/5
Advanced: 4.6/5
Limited: 4.9/5 You could even use a Dark Magician or something here,
and
your opponent WILL be hurt.

You stay classy, Planet Earth :)
 

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