oppent's monster and use it as a Tribute in place of
one of your own. You must skip your Battle Phase for
the turn in which this card is activated.
Type - Magic
Card Number - SDY-E037
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 04.13.05
Soul Exchange will confuse some people. I'm sure
someone else has already told you about a deck
called Soul Control run at SJCLA that placed top 8
(and, with the creativity curse of SJC's, lost 4th
tier) using Monarchs to gain advantage with this
card. That is very fun, in case you haven't noticed.
Yeah, some of you will say "but it doesn't work for
anything but Tribute Summons" since your cards say
"Offer 1 monster on your side of the field". The
deck (pioneer? Creator? I'll go with pioneer)
thought it couldn't be used with Metamorphosis or
Enemy Controller because of that annoying line.
Hahaha… Silly Evan could've placed 2nd had he known
that they just changed that text because people
chose to be stupid and assume that if the card
didn't say "Tribute 1 monster on your side of the
field" that they could Tribute monsters from the
opponent's side of the field. Both of these groups
of people are mistaken slightly, 1 less so than the
other, whom are in dire need of a slap to the
forehead. The proof is in the fact that older cards
have been errata'd to conform to this rule, and Soul
Exchange still works with Cannon Soldier, 1 such
Of course, I could be wrong, since common sense
never applies in this game, but if that argument
doesn't work, then just say this: Tributes have to
be offered from your side of the field anyway. If a
card allows you to offer it from the opponent's
side, then you are offering it as though it were
your own. Key difference there.
That said, this gives you 1 monster to tribute in
exchange for 1 card and your Battle Phase. You've
only lost your Battle Phase by playing this card and
Tributing that monster, since that's a standard
If you can gain card advantage from using this, then
you are winning Card advantage in an indirect way.
What monsters give you card advantage upon summon?
Oh yeah. Monarchs.
I can only guess how well this would work with stuff
like Blowback Dragon and the like – I imagine it
would rather suck to lose another card by Blowback's
effect. You could probably plug this into a Monster
Gate/Reasoning deck with no problem whatsoever.
In that regard, don't use this as t3ch. It is not
fun removal – losing your Battle Phase is bad if
you're getting out a Tribute Monster. If you're
honestly ready to run a few tributes that will help
you win advantage with this card, then go ahead – I
like Mobius and Thestalos for it. If not, go away.
Since it's sort of the heart of Soul Control, I'd
say 2 or 3 are staple there – 5/5. In
Reasoning/Monster Gate, however…
Traditional: 4/5. Battle phase becomes less and less
in this format.
If you get off a Monarch with this, or summon a
Jinzo and start hitting for heavy amounts, that's
cool. If not, meh.
Advanced: 4.2/5 Following the normal trend of
tacking on .3 for a card because we're not in
Traditional and have more open deck slots works
here, but losing your Battle Phase counts more here,
Yay for netdecking!
Today's card is Soul Exchange, which was used by
Evan Vargas at the Shonen Jump Championship to take
3rd/4th/9th (however you want to look at the
rankings given what happened), and Soul Control is
now being used by deck-copiers everywhere. I saw
someone running that deck at the 4-10 event and
ended up going 6-2.
Soul Exchange is simple -- the tribute doesn't have
to be IMMEDIATE, keep that in mind. You give up a
battle phase for a situation later in the turn where
you get to Tribute an opponent's monster for 1 thing
you would need a Tribute for.
Common things you'll see this comboed with:
*Thestalos the Firestorm Monarch -- as Evan put it,
"they lose a monster and a card in hand. It's like
Delinquent Duo all over again." Instead of paying
1,000 LP, you pay a battle phase.
*Mobius the Frost Monarch -- ESPECIALLY against
Burn. Using THEIR Stealth Bird as Tribute fodder for
a Mobius to destroy their attack-blocking M/Ts is
pretty sick -- given that you usually wouldn't be
doing battle had you not gotten rid of the M/Ts
anyway, that's a pretty good trade.
*Hand of Nephthys -- play Soul Exchange first, then
throw out Hand. Hand has Priority for his effect, so
he'd IMMEDIATELY be able to bring out the Phoenix.
Even though the opponent will now have one turn to
deal with the bird, in order to get rid of it for
good, they'll need to destroy it in battle or RFG
There are other smaller uses for the card, but these
are the ones you'll see from a Soul Control netdeck.
NETDECK EVAN VARGAS RIGHT
Traditional: 3/5 (assuming a Soul Control deck). Not
sure if it's needed given that all 3 of the original
pre-negators are still there, but it's worth trying
Advanced: 4.25/5 (assuming Soul Control). If you get
stuck without Tributes, it's a dead card; if you get
stuck without the Soul Exchange and have only
Tributes, you're in a real bind. However, a
well-built deck should be able to balance that out.
This is a card that, since its initial release, has
seen virtually no play – until recently. It’s
actually much better than people give it credit for,
and I expect it’ll start popping up in decks all
over the place soon enough.
First of all, some general information: If you use
this card, that basically means that at any point
during the turn, you can sacrifice an opponent’s
monster instead of yours. If you want to launch your
opponent’s Jinzo with your Cannon Soldier, you can
go right ahead and do it. If you want to tribute
your opponent’s BLS-EotB for your Mobius, go for it.
It has uses.
Of course, it also has drawbacks. If you topdeck
this, of course, it’s useless; and you also give up
your Battle Phase for the turn. But many decks in
which this card will do well don’t even NEED a
Battle Phase. If you’re running Cannon Soldier,
you’re likely running Burn, which doesn’t need to
attack. And of course, a rentsy new deck archetype
has just emerged that utilizes this card with a
bunch of Monarchs, who get their effects upon being
Tribute Summoned – so they don’t really need to
Run this if you think your deck can support it. If
not, you might want to reconsider.
Traditional – CCCC: 2.5/5
Traditional – Burn: 3/5
Advanced – CCWC: 3/5
Advanced – Burn: 3.5/5
OVERALL RATING: 3/5
As Shonen Jump week continues we come to Soul
Exchange, a card that proved to be much more useful
then some people once thought, and a card I
At the price of forfeiting your Battle Phase, Soul
Exchange allows you to select a monster on the
opponent’s side of the field and use it instead of
one of your monsters as a Tribute. Now until a few
minutes ago I was under the impression that you
could only use Soul Exchange to Tribute Summon a
Level 5 or 6 monster. That was it. I don’t now why I
thought that, but I’ve seen the errors of my minds.
Contrary to what I thought, Soul Exchange can be
used for many things. It can help out with any kind
of Tribute Summon, Ritual Summons, Cannon Soldier,
Enemy Controller, Metamorphosis, Hand of Nephthys,
and a few others (which I can’t think of) that may
also be worth mentioning.
At the recent Shonen Jump tournament, Soul Exchange
was used to take advantage of the effects of the
many Monarchs. Use it to summon Thestalos and your
opponent loses a monster, a card in their hand, and
maybe some Life Points. Use it with Mobius and your
opponent loses a monster and up to two S/Ts. It was
originality at its fullest. Overall, Soul Exchange
has proven its worth at one of the most competitive
tournaments in the one of the most competitive Meta
in the U.S. Use it in any Deck that requires
numerous Tributes or just copy SandTrap’s Soul
Control Deck. It got him 9th place!
Advanced: 3/5. I’m not really sure how to rate this
card. It CAN be very useful, but it can also be VERY
useless. You decide.
Traditional: 3/5. See Advanced.
Art: 2/5. Erm; wow? It’s pre-LOB, it’s pathetic by
Yes, my teammate qualified for SJC Top 8 with this
card. Evan Vargas aka SandTrap used this card along
with Thestalos the Firestorm Monarch to achieve one
of the most fundamental combos in this game, take a
monster, tribute that monster, and somehow achieve a
But is Soul Exchange any good? I mean Evan did only
run 2 Soul Exchanges main deck.
Well let's see, if you don't have a tribute monster,
what CAN you do with Soul Exchange?
1) Cannon Soldier: Play Cannon Soldier, play Soul
Exchange, and becomes a really bad removal
2) Metamorphosis: Play Soul Exchange and
Metamorphosis their creature. Once again, a really
3) Enemy Controller: Same thing as Metamorphosis.
Really bad removal card.
4) Hand of the Nephthys: Play HotN. Play Soul
Exchange, sacrifice both monsters to bring out
Sacred Pheonix in one shape or another (which is
actually REALLY good)
5) Basically, anything else with the word TRIBUTE as
the cost in it
hRmm...soo without a Monarch or a Tribute monster or
Hand of the Nephthys, it's not that good huh?
Your right, it isn't that good without a Monarch BUT
if you can take a DD Assailant, facedown Magician of
Faith, Apprentice Magician, Mask of Darkness, Cyber
Jar, etc... it becomes a really good removal.
It's a hard card to use and Evan's deck is one of
the harder decks to run in this format. It's a hard
card to play but when it is played right, it's a
Limited: 2/5 (because if you pick a tribute monster,
you win in drafts)
like to thank a person from an e-mail I got about
Bottomless Trap Hole yesterday. The art is cool, but
Hitotsu-Me Giant and Possessed Dark Soul would be
unaffected by the card. Yet, they're in the
picture...kinda makes you think, hmm?
Select one of your opponents monsters and offer it
as a tribute for one of your own. You must skip your
battle phase in turn you activate this card.
How old school is this card? If you EVER played this
with Change of Heart running about, you'd probably
being laughed at for days...
However, now that in Advanced Change of Heart is
gone, this becomes quite a viable option. Skipping
your battle phase can be a very hefty price, but is
it that big of a deal?
Not really, in my opinion. If you're using it for
Phoenix, or something else poewrful, a one turn
delay probably isn't going to hurt you as much as
you thought. I don't see it being that much of a
It would also be cool to take your opponent's only
monster and summon a Jinzo or something and leave
Traditional: 1.5/5 Why use this instead of Change of
Advanced: 3.9/5 We have Enemy Controller too, but
with no Change of
Limited: 2.0/5 Change of Heart can be found in
Art: 1/5 One of the single worst foil arts ever.
You stay classy, Planet Earth :)
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