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

Magician of Faith
Rare

FLIP. Select 1 Spell Card from your Graveyard. Add the selected card to your hand.

Type - Spellcaster/Effect
Card Number - DB1-EN163

Card Ratings
Traditional: 4.8
Advanced: 4.5

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


Date Reviewed - 10.05.05

 

Lord
Tranorix
Magician of Faith

I’m a little ambivalent toward MoF. On the one hand, she’s obviously not nearly as powerful now that Pot, Graceful and Duo are all banned. On the other, she can now fetch Dark Hole, and getting Metamorphosis, Scapegoat and/or Nobleman of Crossout back is more important than ever.

She still Metamorphoses into Thousand-Eyes Restrict, still gets any Spell back; the only problem is that you can only run one. Is she still worth running? Almost definitely.

Where does she work best? Decks that have a lot of Spells, I guess. I’m just going to say she fits best into Sacred Phoenix Decks because those just happen to run Apprentice Magician, who works very well with MoF.

Phoenix Deck: 5/5
 

ExMinion OfDarkness
Magician of Faith

*THIS WAS AN UPPER DECK CHANGE TO THE BAN LIST*

We all dreaded seeing Magician of Faith in 2's and 3's agianst us in Trinity Format. The opponent played their Pot of Greed for the 7th time thanks to their Tsukuyomi, finally drew the Heavy Storm and played it, Nobleman'd your other face-down, summoned BLS, snatch stole your monster, tributed for Jinzo, and attacked for game. It was utter crap. Whoever got the best spells first won.

How good is Magician of Faith now?

Good, but not great enough to restrict to 1, in my opinion. All those "best spells" are gone. We already lost Graceful and Duo; UDE took Pot from us as well (how much for a one way ticket to Japan?) True, we still have Dark Hole and Heavy Storm, but if your opponent SEES you get those back, they know exactly well how to prepare. If my opponent has already used Heavy Storm and sets a monster, I'm fairly sure I won't be setting any more M/Ts unless one of them is Ceasefire.

If Pot of Greed hadn't gotten banned, then I could see the sense in this, as retrieving it so many times would just be sick. But there's no card that generates so much of an instant advantage we need to drop MoF to 1.

Additionally, some players will have their decks be SO aggressive with attacking monsters that they don't have the TIME to set MoF as they're summoning and attacking every turn. I still see the lone MoF showing up in most decks but it's not nearly as good as it was with the trinity.

1/5 for Upper Deck
5/5 for the lone MoF.
 

Coin Flip
Magician of Faith has arguably lost most of her use. She's highly dependent on a weak arsenal of Magic cards in the hand or deck... Due to all of the best cards having been used already. Dark Hole, Heavy Storm, Brain Control and Snatch Steal are, arguably, the best cards of the format to retrieve, though Scapegoat is higher on the list due to its crucial role in preventing quick beatdowns.

But with only one Magician of Faith and one Morph, her role is ENTIRELY Magic recursion. Without the reliability of multiple Morphs, multiple Magicians, multiple Scapegoats, and Sinister Serpent, Morph is deadwood. Without the powerhouse of BLS, chaos doesn't gain from her... So all we really have from her is the opportunity to get a Magic, and with Book of Moon or Tsukuyomi, to get multiple Magics.

But again, the current hot cards are nowhere near as abusable. Magician of Faith's true strength, then, comes from her ability to get you one specific card you need another copy of. In an aggro-heavy environment, this equates to Heavy Storm, Snatch Steal, or Dark Hole. Granted, you will want to get back Scapegoat and Nobleman of Crossout every so often, and Book of Moon is just awesome, but this little girl has been weakened with the arsenal of Magic cards available. I'm sorry, but she's no longer the brave heroine she once was. She has died and become a Saint (OCG players, you get the pun).

General: 3.8/5
 
dawnyoshi Magician of Faith screams “CARD ADVANTAGE”, and most of you should know why due to the horrors of the last advanced format. Now, she can re-use Dark Hole. She can still recycle Swords of Revealing Light, and she’s now able to recycle cards like Confiscation instead of Delinquent Duo.

She’s slightly lower in power without the trinity to abuse, but Magician of Faith is still insane. Recycling Dark Hole…man, that’s so cruel. In traditional, Change of Heart makes Magician of Faith look bad. However, odds that they’ll draw it in their opening six cards are around 12-15%. She still packs a punch.

In limited, it all depends on what spells you end up with or draft. If you get something remotely useful, such as a solid form of monster removal or card draw (drafting Dark Beginnings 1 sucks anyway), you run her if she came in a pack as well.

Traditional: 4/5
Advanced: 4.5/5
Limited: 3/5
 

Otaku

Magician of Faith has led an interesting “life”.  When she first came out, you’d usually want to run at least to and many times three copies of her.  Why?  Because then, just like now, there were many, many Spells that were quite good that are Restricted or Semi-Restricted.  Then came Jinzo and Nobleman of Crossout.  These really hurt flip effects: the classic strategy was to use a protective Trap to allow you to get the Flip Effect without losing the Monster that gave it to you, then make use of the reclaimed Spell and unless it was Dark Hole, use Magician of Faith to pay for Summoned Skull’s Summon.  A simple combo that often culminated in the opponent losing at least 2500 Life Points.  Eventually though, Flip Effects were come to be seen as too slow for the game, and largely were.  Magician of Faith use plummeted, waning and waxing opposite Nobleman of Crossout use.  With Metamorphosis use on the rise, as well as several potent but Restricted/Semi-Restricted Spells filling decks, Magician of Faith came to be in most decks irregardless of the prominence of Nobleman of Crossout.  After all, now not only could she get a precious Spell back, but she could also be flipped back down with Book of Moon or ‘morphed into Thousand-Eyes Restrict.  Hitting your opponent with a double Delinquent Duo or using a double Pot of Greed was fantastic.  Additionally, there were enough other Monsters being set that Nobleman of Crossout could scarcely keep up.

 

Perhaps the biggest help was Change of Heart being banned.  One of the worst things that could happen to a Magician of Faith was having your opponent gain control of it, Flip Summon it and get Change of Heart back (free temporary Monster Removal/Flip Effect negation from their perspective) or a better Spell.  When they were done, you got a used of Magician of Faith if you survived.  Not happy.  That is gone now, though you may need to worry about the occasional Creature Swap.

 

Ratings

 

Traditional       : 2/5-Much riskier here.  Change of Heart and plenty of true Monster removal.

 

Advanced        : 3.85/5-A great card you’ll be hard pressed to find a reason to avoid.

 

Limited            : 4/5-Whatever great Spell you pulled; you essentially got a second copy.

 

Summary

Simply put, Magician of Faith easily fits into almost any competitive deck, unless it is very, very speed oriented (and even then it becomes a hard call).  I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: cards that are easy to run in any deck eventually accumulate to the point where all of the sudden I can get 40 of them spread nicely across Monsters, Spells, and Traps, allowing me to build a strong “generic” deck out of them.  That was how Beatdown started in Yu-Gi-Oh, after all.  So maybe Magician of Faith may need banning someday, even though completely on her own, she’s a waste (you always need at least one other card to make good use of her, even if said card is a Spell already in the Graveyard).  Such generic cards only work when they trade of potency in order to be generic.  A good example would be Spell Reproduction: it’s a generic Spell in that any deck can use it to retrieve a spent Spell, but it requires you discard two other Spells to pay for it.  This means a generic deck could use it, but instead of ending up with a “better than average deck” with no real weakness, you end up with something with neither strengths nor weaknesses.

 


Dark Paladin
As this week of reviewing newly restricted cards progresses, we come to Magician of Faith, a card that Dark Hole coming back warranted a restriction, in my opinion.

Here's a quick note though, in Advanced MoF IS Limited, but in Traditional, it isn't...keep that in mind while reading my review.

Anyway, Pot of Greed is gone. Graceful is gone. Delinquent Duo is gone. Book of Moon, Limiter Removal, Nobleman of Crossout, and Book of Taiyou are all restricted now.

It seems that many of our "game-breaking" Spell cards were restricted, but, so was Magician of Faith, which I believe to be an excellent move.
However, Magician of Faith is still powerful. Just because we have fewer Spells to retrieve, doesn't take away from her power, I feel it strengthens it.

Now, you have to choose, and odds are, you will only get to choose once, so it has to be good, unless you are able to use her effect more than once.

Ratings:

Traditional: 4.8/5 Why so high? No banned Spells in Traditional, and she isn't restricted. She will be way too powerful here.

Advanced: 4.5/5 Still good, but only one, and fewer Spells.

Art: 3.5/5 She is awfully nice looking :)

You stay classy, Planet Earth :)
 

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