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

Sage’s Stone
Rare

You can only activate this card when there is a face-up "Dark Magician Girl" on your side of the field. Special Summon 1 "Dark Magician" from your hand or Deck.

Type - Spell
Card Number - ROD-EN003

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.83
Advanced: 2

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


Date Reviewed - 07.11.05

 

Lord
Tranorix
Sage’s Stone

With the release of the penultimate Harry Potter book looming ever nearer, someone decided it would be a good idea to do a Harry Potter-themed week, for some reason.

So today we’re reviewing Sage’s Stone, a card that apprently reminds people of the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone. You activate it when Dark Magician Girl’s on your side of the field and you get a Dark Magician from your hand or deck. It’s a good card, really; DMG only requires one tribute as opposed to Dark Magician’s two, so it’s fairly easy to get her onto the field. Playing this will get you the oft-needed Dark Magician that much faster.

Any Dark Magician Deck using Dark Magician Girl (few do, I should note) should run this card, as being able to summon a Dark Magician quickly with no cost is extremely valuable for DM Decks. Outside of them, of course, this is garbage; and even in them, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this card, as Dark Magician Girl just isn’t great.

Again though, if you run her, run this.

Traditional – CCCC: 1/5
Traditional – Dark Magician: 3.5/5
Advanced – CCWC: 1/5
Advanced – Dark Magician: 4/5
OVERALL RATING: 2.4/5
 

Coin Flip
This week is Harry Potter Week. I had a bunch of witty reviews set up for this week, but my computer finally stopped having fatal errors that caused me to lose my reviews and just up and crashed. :) Certainly made things easier. So, granted, these reviews will suck. Just fair warning.

The Sorcerer's Stone, also known as the Philosopher's Stone (but dumbened down for the sake of American children who didn't learn it from either Fullmetal Alchemist or the Aladdin cartoon) is a simple Normal Spell card that requires the presence of a Minerva McGonagall Magician Girl to tutor out 1 Dark Albus Dumbledore.

There really isn't much to be said here. Dark Magician Girl lacks in multiple aspects. She really isn't good. But throw in a Sage's Stone and suddenly you're swarming in a way that's stupid powerful.

The trouble with this is that you have one stupid component (which also doubles as a horrible topdeck) + 1 horrible topdeck to stop you from getting horrible topdecks from Dark Magician. Dark Magician has better tutors. Skilled Dark Magician comes to mind. Dark Magician decks aren't Tier 1. They won't be until we get Dimension Magic.

So we have a stupid component and a horrible topdeck meets a great tutor and a horrible topdeck. Horrid.

But then again, the other option is to run something even worse like Dark Magician Knight. Hurah. If you don't want to run the GOOD Spellcaster deck, but you want to run Dark Magicians and Spellcasters, then this might actually be a good option.

However, I won't go into further detail about how good the deck would be. I believe this will sum it up: 2-0'd most of the time. Yeah. It's not good.

Since you would ONLY play this in a Dark Magician deck, I can't really give it a rating elsewhere. In a Dark Magician deck:

Traditional: 2/5
Advanced: 3/5
 
Snapper Sage’s Stone

Welcome to a week of multiple themes! What themes exist this week? Well there’s the Never-Been-Reviewed-By-Snapper theme, the Never-Been-Reviewed-Ever theme, and most importantly of all the Hey-That-Card’s-Artwork-Is-Similar-To-Something-Of-Slight-Signifigance-In-One-Of-The-Harry-Potter-Books-And-Since-Harry-Potter-And-The-Half-Blood-Prince-Is-Coming-Out-This-Weekend-We-Should-Review-It
theme. I personally felt we needed to shorten the name of that last one, but Otaku was all like, “No; that’s fine.” So I’m all like, “Whatever.”

Today’s card is Sage’s Stone, a card that in many ways resembles the Sorcerer’s Stone, or for ye of British heritage, the Philosipher’s Stone, which spell check is telling me should be spelled “Philosopher’s Stone”. As you may recall, the Sorcerer’s Stone is the main focal point of the first book, and Harry and Co. spend a good portion of the book learning about it, finding out about it, stopping someone from stealing it, and stealing it themselves. It’s very anticlimactic when you think about it…

SS has a very simple and very not so useful effect. Firstly, it can only be activated when you have a Dark Magician Girl on you side of the field, which is basically something that won’t happen outside a pure Dark Magician Deck.
If, mayhaps, DMG had a higher original attack and Magician of Black Chaos were available in the TCG, the probability that you’d be able to use SS would be substantially higher due to more incentive. But she’s stuck at 2000 and MoBC’s fate is an enigma to the TCG.

Activation requirements aside, SS’s primary effect allows you to Special Summon a Dark Magician from your hand or Deck. Now, I personally would prefer using something like Skilled Dark Magician as a means of Special Summoning Dark Magcian, as it’s a nice beatstick and it’s a tad easier to use. Of course in a CC environment, effects with a narrow array of eligible targets are shunned, and are instead replaced by cookies. In the end, SS is a nice attempt at once again giving Dark Magician all the love Spellcasters as a whole could be getting, but it falls short when compared to more widely useful and/or generic cards.

Advanced (True DM Deck): 2.5/5. I’d think Skilled Dark Magician would suffice… Traditional (True DM Deck): 2/5. Urge… to dump DM with Painful Choice… and follow up with Monster Reborn… too strong… Overall (True DM Deck): 2.25/5.
Art: /5.
 
Dark Paladin Well, welcome to another week (this being the 2nd) of NO The Lost Millenium Cards. This week pending the upcoming release of the newest Harry Potter novel, welcome to Harry Potter week.

Today brings us Sage's Stone, a card most of you would probably think I'd like or give a good rating for, however...you are all horribly mistaken.

Sage's Stone allows you to summon a Dark Magician from your hand OR deck simply by having a Dark Magician Girl on the field. Play Sage's Stone and you get to summon Dark Magician for free. Not having to tribute 2 monsters is good, don't get me wrong, but there isn't reason for this card, even in a DM deck.

I run a Dark Magician/Paladin deck and I don't run DM Girl on accounts of it isn't necessary. I personally believe Skilled Dark Magician is a more reliable way to summon your Sage. I suppose, if you ARE running DM Girl in your DM deck, then *sigh*...run a Sage's Stone.

You still need two resources though, even though you aren't tributing 2 monsters for DM. You still need DM Girl and Sage's Stone.

Ratings:

1.5/5 across the board

3.5/5 across the board in a dedicated DM deck with DM Girl

Art: 3.0/5

You stay classy, Planet Earth :)
 

ExMinion OfDarkness
Sage's Stone

Hey, sorry for the delay, LOTS of stuff going on right now for me, so a theme week with only a couple playable cards, merely filling in time until the next set kinda took a lower priority than normal.

In order to run Sage's Stone, you need to not only play Dark Magician but his girlfriend as well. You get out DMG, you trade Sage's Stone for a DM. Not bad as far as swarming the field goes...but admittedly, Dark Magician decks as a whole are crap...and even worse, DM + DMG in the same deck will lead to a TON of dead draws. Yes, you can use a Dark Magician in your hand, but then you're giving up 2 cards in hand in addition to having to tribute something for DMG already, most likely.

A card that forces you to run ANOTHER sub-par card in order to work...

1/5.
 

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