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

Apprentice Magician
Rare

WHEN THIS CARD IS SUCCESSFULLY NORMAL SUMMONED, FLIP SUMMONED OR SPECIAL SUMMONED, PUT 1 SPELL COUNTER ON A FACE UP CARD ON THE FIELD THAT YOU CAN PUT A SPELL COUNTER ON. IF THIS CARD ID DESTROYED IN BATTLE, YOU CAN SELECT 1 SPELLCASTER-TYPE MONSTER LEVEL 2 OR LOWER FROM YOUR DECK AND SPECIAL SUMMON IT ON THE FIELD IN FACE-DOWN DEFENCE POSTION.

Type - SpellCaster/Effect
Card Number - DR1-EN121

Card Ratings
Traditional: 3.2
Advanced: 3.68

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


Date Reviewed - 07.22.05

 

Lord
Tranorix
Apprentice Magician

Apprentice Magician saw a lot of play when Nephthys was released but as fewer and fewer people are running the Phoenix, fewer are running Apprentice Magician.

This is a good monster. The stats are bad and being Level 2, it can’t Metamorphose into anything; but it’s DARK, which is always good, and it has a very nice effect. If this is destroyed on battle, you get to Special Summon – face-down (a rarity in this game) – a Level 2 or lower Spellcaster.

The most popular is obviously Magician of Faith, but often people will summon another Apprentice Magician (to keep the field presence, I imagine) or Hand of Nephthys (probably to bring out Sacred Phoenix more quickly). I’ve also seen it used with Old Vindictive Magician, though not as often.

I suppose if you were feeling very rentsy you could use Apprentice Magician to bring out Time Wizard or an Exodia limb, but…nobody’s THAT rentsy.

So…this isn’t necessarily better for Spellcaster Decks than Phoenix Decks, actually, despite that little “Flip Summon and put a Spell Counter on something” effect (which works with Breaker, along with Skilled Dark Magician). After all, Hand of Nephthys is more of an asset to a Phoenix Deck than Old Vindictive Magician or Time Wizard are to a Spellcaster Deck.

Oh, and a fun fact: if this is on your opponent’s side of the field, even if it’s your monster, your opponent will get the effect if you destroy it in battle. This is because Apprentice Magician does NOT need to be sent to the Graveyard for her effect to activate, unlike Mystic Tomato and co.

Traditional – CCCC: 3/5
Traditional – Phoenix Deck: 4.5/5
Advanced – CCWC: 3.5/5
Advanced – Phoenix Deck: 5/5
OVERALL RATING: 4/5
 

Coin Flip
Apprentice Magician is seeing severely less play. Why? Hand of Nephthys is seeing severely less play. Why? Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys is seeing severely less play.

So it's not really that great a choice in Cookie Cutter (mostly because Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys isn't). In Spellcasters or Dark Magician, however, it boosts both Skilled Dark Magician and Breaker the Magical Warrior. Important? Sorta. It searches out monsters, ensuring trib. fodd., and searches out quite a few good monsters. Important? Yeah.

There really isn't much to say here. If I had RONIN on this PC, I would just give you a list of every level two or lower Spellcaster in the game, but I don't. So here are some:

Magician of Faith
Hand of Nephthys
Old Vindictive Magician
zomg I'm done.

Not really that versatile. I like versatile stuff.

Oh, and before I forget, this cannot search out Relinquished. Attempt to and I will show you a variety of things that can be done with chicken wire and a blowtorch.

General:
Traditional: 2.6/5
Advanced: 3.1/5

Dark Magician feat LV2 or lower Spellcasters:
Traditional: 3/5
Advanced: 3.5/5
 
Snapper Apprentice Magician

Our final card this week is in no way related to Dark Magician; it’s Apprentice Magician.

AM can be thought of as most Flip Effect monsters, meaning it’s not something you’d want to attack or defend your Life Points with. As such, I shall pretend AM has no stats because they are obviously not worth mentioning. AM’s first effect allows you to put a Spell Counter on any monster that can take a Spell Counter when AM is summoned.

The most common example of a monster that takes Spell Counters is of course Breaker, but there a few other monsters that may interest you. Breaker of course would benefit the most from this effect, as it cannot make Spell Counters for itself, thereby allowing you to use its onetime wonder of an effect more than one time.

AM’s second effect is the main reason it was used a few months ago, as it functioned with two popular monsters at the time. When destroyed in battle, AM can Special Summon a Level 2 or lower Spellcatser from the Deck in face-down Defense Position. Now as has already been said, AM was popular for summoning two monsters: Magician of Faith and Hand of Nephthys. If you don’t know why you’d want to summon those monsters than I feel sorry for you.

Other usable summonable monsters include the Exodia limbs, Magical Scientist, Old Vindictive Magician, and White Magician Pikeru. Of course none of these monster are quite as useful to summon in this method as MoF and Hand are, but they have there moments.

Overall, AM is a useful monster in a Deck with a large amount of Spellcatsers that are down in the weenie department. Most Decks however would probably do well to stick with something a little more all around beneficial.

Advanced: 3.5/5. MoF are mega useful, and so is AM.
Traditional: 3/5. I don’t know much about what’s be used in Traditional, so I’ll say AM’d do okay.
Overall: 3.25/5.
Art: 2/5. That Magician has haircut similar to my moms (that’s not a compliment).
 

Dark Paladin
As Dark Magician Support week comes to a close, I decided to review a card that hadn't been reviewed in like 2 years, and not ONLY for it's purpose in a Dark Magician deck.

Apprentice Magician is our card for today, and a Damn fine card it is.
Seriously, if you aren't maining one of these, which everyone should be, you should side at least one. A restriction would also be a great thing for this card.

First, let's go over Apprentices neediness in the Dark Magician deck. Each time the card is summoned (including flip and special) you may place ONE spell counter on an appropriate target. That gives you an extra and much easier counter for Skilled Dark and/or While Magicians. Plus, as an added Bonus, it gives you another counter for Breaker with another attack bonus, assuming you've used his counter already. Plus this thing is summoned by Mystic Tomato (as well as itself)

Now, if that weren't enough, when Apprentice meets death, you can special another Level 2 or lower Spellcaster from your deck. Finally, if THAT weren't enough, you summon your choice in face down defense posistion. I seriously wish more people would use this card, and then use it to it's potential.
Apprentice Magician is practically screaming to be abused.

With the final effect, you can Special summon another Apprentice Magician (which could power Breaker AGAIN, or add a counter to Skilled Dark/White
AGAIN) or let's think a bit larger. What other Level 2 or Lower Spellcasters are there?
MAGICIAN of FAITH! Retrieve your second Apprentice when the first one dies, and your Magician of Faith the second time. Also, on the Spellcaster note, this card can help add counters to Legendary Flame Lord or even Pitch Black Power Stone. Furthermore, Old Vindictive Magician can be fetched along with Magical Scientist (Traditional) just to name a couple important monsters.

Two of these cards really are all you need, a third is necessary in the Dark Magician deck, but only really if you run Dark Magician (more than one) or DM and Buster Blader instead one and King of the Swamp. Miracle Restoring is helped by this card, if anyone uses that.

So, a restriction as I said earlier, would be necessary if everyone would use this as they should. Who DOESN'T use Magician of Faith? On a haunting note, Dawn Yoshi was right about Tsukuyomi, I could be right about this.
However, I'm not, none of you will listen to me, and I just did possibly my best review ever to be dismissed as sh*t. Oh, well *sighs* I just tried to be thorough.

Ratings:

Traditional: 4.2/5
Traditional Dark Magician: 4.8/5
Traditional Side Deck: 4.4/5

Advanced: 4.6/5
Advanced Dark Magician: 5.0/5
Advanced Side Deck: 4.8/5

Art: 3.5/5 Quite evil

You stay classy, Planet Earth :)
 

ExMinion OfDarkness
Apprentice Magician

THIS is probably the TRUE backbone of any decent Magician deck, if comboed with MoF.

It's consistency, it's not a bad penalty if it gets Nobleman'd (you don't lose the other two), and in a pinch, it lets Breaker kill another M/T. Not too shabby.

ANY deck can win if it can reuse Pot of Greed, Graceful Charity, or Delinquent Duo (I'd know this from experience, on both ends.) Given that it actually has extra benefits in a DM deck, it's a no-brainer.

5/5 in a Spellcaster deck
4/5 in any other deck running 2 Magician of Faith
 

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