When this monster
is destroyed as a result of battle and sent to the
Graveyard, by paying 1500 Life Points, look at your
opponent's hand and select 1 Monster Card from it.
Add the selected card to your hand, and you can use
it in this Duel. (When the card is sent to the
Graveyard, it is sent to the Graveyard of the
Type - Effect/Monster
Card Number - SP1-EN002
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 05.30.05
Amazoness Chain Master is a rentsy monster that
might see some play but probably won’t see much.
With 1500 ATK, it’s not that great for a Level 4,
though being EARTH and Warrior are both big plusses,
and it can also be Special Summoned by Giant Rat.
Of course, the effect is what makes this card so
rentsy. When Amazoness Chain Master is destroyed in
battle, you can opt to pay 1500 Life Points to take
a look at your opponent’s hand and steal one of his
monsters. If you somehow know that your opponent is
holding a BLS-EotB, bam: 1500 LP and it’s yours.
There are risks, however. In addition to the obvious
one of paying 1500 LP only to find that your
opponent has no monsters, he also may just not have
any monsters worth taking, in which case you’ll
still have wasted all those Life Points.
For that reason I’d advocate using Amazoness Chain
Master in a deck where you have a pretty good idea
what’s in your opponent’s hand, be that through D.D.
Designator/Mind Crush, Mind Haxorz, or even
something like Mind on Air or Ceremonial Bell.
Having this card in a deck like that would really
add an element of surprise, but in a normal deck,
this card’s a bit too risky.
Traditional – CCCC: 2.5/5
Traditional – Extreme Hand Control: 3.5/5
Advanced – CCWC: 3/5
Advanced – Extreme Hand Control: 4/5
OVERALL RATING: 3.3/5
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Stats :Amazoness Chain Master is a Level 4
Earth/Warrior. Pretty solid foundation: all
thought not “Chaos-compliant”, Earth is
still a solid Attribute that a deck can be
easily based around, as is Warrior a solid
Type. The two together are quite fearsome,
counting several potent cards in their ranks.
The name itself, Amazoness, also opens up
some theme options, and of course, being a Level
4 makes it easy to summon and only a few
annoyances from cards like Level Limit-Area B.
The attack is just low enough that you can fetch
this card with all appropriate search cards:
Giant Rat (Attribute Searcher), Sangan
(generic searcher), and Last Will (generic
searcher). The DEF of 1200 is low enough that
Witch of the Black Forest can search her
out… well, in Traditional. Otherwise, while
small, the stats are adequate so long as the
effect is useful in at least some reasonable
The good? This card allows you to snag a card
from your opponent’s hand for you to then add to
your own. The bad news (in order of least
significant to most) is a) it costs 1500 LP, b)
it requires that Amazoness Chain Master
die in battle, and c) it only lets you snag a
Monster. The LP payment is high enough to
discourage reliance upon the effect, but it is
optional, so it’s more useful than Delinquent
Duo, for example, when you can’t spare the
LP for the effect. Generally, 1000 or less for
the cost is negligible unless you are running
like 10 cards like that, and anything over 1000
but no more than 2000 requires a little
forethought. Dying in battle hurts, but isn’t
impossible to accomplish. It is the restriction
of having to choose a Monster that really makes
the effect more a novelty than a devastating
addition to hand control. Most decks are made
up of about 1/3 to 1/2 Monsters. So, if they
have 1 card in hand… that’s pretty expensive for
what is most likely a 50% shot at gaining
control of their last card in hand. Still
devastating, but expensive. Over all, it
becomes a passable effect.
It works reasonably well with the assorted
Amazoness, Warrior, and Earth Support.
Gaia Power turns this into a 2000 ATK
beatstick… just watch out for opposing
Berserk Gorilla and D.D. Assailants,
who are also boosted and thus still top you.
Such a deck might be worth considering given the
amount of non-Earth Monsters in the average deck
is still pretty low outside the two I
mentioned. You can add in some other useful
Earth/Warriors as well, like Marauding
Captain, Exiled Force, and Goblin
It might be worth considering for a hand control
deck. It will let you see the opponent’s hand
after all, something much harder to do lately,
and if there is a Monster there, all the better.
Finally, it might work for Suicide Beatdown,
where lowering your LP will often be a benefit.
1.5/5-Amazoness decks aren’t something to
run here and expect to win. Hand control has
much better options, and so does Suicide
3.15/5-Here, she fits a niche. The rating is
for general play, mainly because it is roughly
average in a few decks, and pretty good for
4/5-Didn’t think you could use this kind of
promo here. So why the high score? Assuming
this card is released, it is actually quite
nice. Just strong enough to be a weak
“beatstick” in this format, it also will almost
certainly get the effect off here, where decks
tend to be monster heavy.
This is a very solid addition to Amazoness
decks and an interesting possibility for several
others. It is hurt by too many restrictions on
an interesting effect, but not to the point of
being unplayable. A quick note though: I wish
the art was better. I don’t have a clue as to
whether or not it was altered, but the whole fur
bikini thing? It’s just so cliché… and I think
a few other Amazoness cards also have it, making
it seem repetitive. The shoulders seem a tad
broad as well, giving the character a very
Effect: When this card is sent to the graveyard as a
result of battle, by paying 1500 lifepoints, you may
look at your opponents hand and take one monster
card. You may then use the monster card as your own
during this duel.
The card returns to the owners graveyard after use.
Well, for those of you who have attended a sneak
preview for The Lost Millenium, such as I did, then
you have one of these bad girls. I'll start by
saying that I wish we had more Amazon cards because
seeing a competitive deck for Amazons would be
Now, for the actual card, let's take a look here.
Earth is good
Warrior is good
1500 attack is meh but can be Sanganed if you really
want Can take any monster in your opponents hand IF
destroyed by battle
This card, in my opinion, is NOT as glorified as
everyone hyped it up to be.
Why? Well, you should probably have an idea of
what's in your opponent's hand at the time the card
goes to the graveyard. You could use Exchange or
even Mind Haxorv to get an idea for a little while.
Though, the effect, at least the way it's on the
card, does sound optional.
Plus, let's see for a minute. You have to pay 1500
lifepoints just for a card.
Granted, if you're taking the RIGHT card (or wrong
from your opponent's point of view) then it could be
worth while. Taking your opponent's Phoenix, DD
Warrior Lady, or even BLS could make it all worth
I really believe more decks will find they don't
really need this card and the cost outweights the
benefits, but it's up to you.
Traditional Warrior: 3.0/5 It is still Earth and
Warrior so it does have a place there if you so
Traditional Amazon: 4.0/5 One of the better if not
the BEST Amazon out to date.
Traditional (general): 4.5/5 Why so high you may
ask? Here you could still take your opponent's Yata
or Chaos Emperor Dragon or something you couldn't
steal in Advanced.
Advanced Warrior: 3.3/5 (See Traditional)
Advanced Amazon: 4.4/5 (See Traditional)
Advanced (general): 4.0/5 With fewer good cards to
take, as I said it may not be worth it, but taking
one card, if the right one could ruin your
opponent's entire strategy.
Overall rating: 4.0/5
You stay classy, Planet Earth :)
Amazoness Chain Master
This week, we start off with the new promo card from
last weekend's Sneak Preview.
Amazoness Chain Master should see play in many
cookie-cutter decks. The ATK is the highest
searchable by Sangan; the Defense is not too low,
but low enough to get it killed (and let it get its
effect), and as always, that beautiful Warrior-type
opens it up to Reinforcement of the Army.
1500 LP is a LOT to pay for 1 card effect; however,
we're already paying 1,000 LP for Delinquent Duo,
which is a +1 card advantage. Amazoness Chain
Master's effect is a 1+ You're giving up her and
1,500 LP (1 card) to get one monster out of your
opponent's hand (-1 them) and use it yourself (+1
you). So that's a 2 for 1 + life trade (just like
Duo is), AND you know what's in your opponent's
Not much could be more devastating than not only
getting a BLS or key Tribute monster out of an
opponent's hand. For more fun, take an opponent's
DDWL or DDA and ram it into another strong monster
of theirs. Their monsters get RFGed but yours are
still around. Warrior decks NEED to run one copy of
this; other decks will splash it in as necessary.
Traditional: 3.75/5 (TWO Chaos monsters to
potentially nab here.)
Advanced: 4/5 (Suddenly, outside of Trap Dustshoot,
this is the only big "you see their hand" pre-negator
we still have.)
Amazoness Chain Master is completely broken in
principle. Her stats are completely search
friendly, though she is unlikely to kill anything on
her own outside of Don Zaloog or the rare Mystic
Swordsman LV2. I do not think Mystic Tomato and the
like count. Her effect is where she gets
In principle, this card is all three/four "prenegators"
rolled up into one. Heck, I'll throw in Trap
Dustshoot for the hell of it. It can only hit
monsters, much like Trap Dustshoot. That's a small
downside, but hey – RotA and Sangan still see
immense amounts of play, and if worse comes to
worse, you can go and hit 'em with a Compulsory
Evacuation Device. It allows a look at the hand,
much like Confiscation and Forceful Sentry. Like
Confiscation, the card will eventually go to the
graveyard, but it still offers a bit of Forceful
Sentry in that they cannot gain advantage from using
the card in the graveyard. Cool beans. And
finally, it is like Delinquent Duo in the fact that
you gain one card from using it. While you lost a
card in battle, your opponent lost a card from their
hand and you added one to your own, for +1 card
If you can use the effect well, then go ahead. But
there's been a bit of a trend lately to use fewer
and fewer monsters. This is less effective in this
format. In the previous Advanced format, this would
have been excellent. The focus was less about
reusing and reusing stuff like Pot of Greed, and
more and more about beatdown. While it's still
possible to use this effectively (I'd pop one or two
into a Warrior deck already using Compulsory
Evacuation Device, Blade Knight and Don Zaloog),
this format is not its best. It's a good card, but
its uses are now slightly limited.
Amazoness Chain Master
Welcome to Late Week! The name of the week has no
real relation to this week’s cards, but it wasn’t
until late Sunday that the cards to be reviewed were
decided. Anywho, today’s card is Amazoness Chain
Master, a monster given to everyone that attended
the TLM Sneak Peek this past weekend.
ACM has 1500 ATK, allowing her to contend with many
commonly used Level 4 or lower monsters, and quite
possibly win the battle. She’s also a Warrior,
allowing you to search for her with Reinforcements
of the Army and gain a power boost from Command
Knight. ACM is also an Amazoness, giving her no real
benefits save being able to fit in an Amazoness Deck
ACM has a very interesting effect; when she’s
destroyed in battle and sent to the Graveyard, you
can pay 1500 Life Points to examine your opponent’s
hand and choose a monster. After that, the monster
is added to your hand, and you use the monster for
the remainder of the Duel. The effect is, as I’ve
already said, interesting. There are very few cards
that allow you to take ownership of an opponent’s
card, and there are none (save ACM) that come in the
form of a monster.
The only true downside to the effect is the cost;
1500 Life Points is an expensive price for one to
pay. But in ACM’s case, I’d say the fee is worth the
outcome, at least if used at the right time. In
today’s dueling environment it is a popular trend
for a duelist to save a monster in their hand until
they’re sure they can get optimum use out of it.
This is where ACM gains it usefulness; whether she
dies at the hands of the opponent’s attack or you
force her to commit suicide, ACM’s effect will
activate. This is the time in which you use your
opponent’s conservative nature against them, and
hopefully take a D. D., TIV, BLS, or any other
monster that would be very beneficial to you.
If your opponent does not follow the trend of the
average duelist AND you have a good knowledge of
their Deck, you may want to want to try Dark
Designator. With it you can decide for yourself what
monster you’ll be taking through ACM, assuming you
can predict her demise within the next turn. All in
all, ACM is a very out of the ordinary and expensive
monster that could prove useful in an Amazoness or
Warrior Deck. It may prove useful elsewhere, but the
hefty Life Point price may not be as welcomed there.
Advanced: 3/5. It’s not a cheap effect so use it
Traditional: 3.5/5. The potential to take a CED AND
decrease the number of cards in the opponent’s hand
should be very enticing.
Art: 3/5. It’s my understanding that this artwork’s
been edited. I’ll need to find out why…