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

Enemy Controller
Ultra Rare

Select and activate 1 of the following effects:
• Change the Battle Position of 1 face-up monster on your opponent's side of the field.
• Offer 1 monster on your side of the field as a Tribute. Select 1 face-up monster on your opponent's side of the field. Take control of the selected card until the End Phase of the turn this card is activated.

Type - Spell Card
Card Number - AST-037

Card Ratings
Traditional: 3.83
Advanced: 4.2

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


Date Reviewed - 09.13.05

 

Lord
Tranorix
Enemy Controller

Enemy Controller’s a pretty rentsy card, certainly one of the more versatile Spells available in the game right now.

Being a Quickplay, it can be played from your hand at any point during your own turn (excluding the Damage Step) and from the field at any point during your opponent’s (…excluding the Damage Step). You also have a choice of effects.

The first is to change the Battle Position of a face-up monster on your opponent’s side of the field. If he attacks with BLS-EotB, switch it to DEF and you don’t have to worry about it for a turn. If he has Spirit Reaper, use Enemy Controller to kill it. If he has Berserk Gorilla, kill it with Controller. If he has some Sheep Tokens, switch one to ATK and it’s as good as attacking directly.

Or, you can sacrifice a monster on your side of the field to take control of an opponent’s face-up monster for the turn. So you can get rid of your Sinister Serpent or Sheep Tokens to take his Jinzo and use it against him, or to take his BLS-EotB and force it to remove itself. It’s nice with Cannon Soldier as well.

The beauty of this card is that even if you can’t or have no reason to use its control-grabbing effect, there’s another one to fall back on. That is versatility.

CCGCC: 4/5
Burn Deck: 4.5/5
 

ExMinion OfDarkness
Enemy Controller

Here's a card we might be seeing more of next month.

Enemy Controller used to be played in almost every tournament-worthy deck for the longest time -- at least 1. You had so many options for it -- you shift an attacker in to defense, you sacrifice a Scapegoat to take a real monster and then tribute it, you sacrifice a Scapegoat to take a BLS and make it remove itself or Morph it, or you pull a Goat into ATK mode and shoot through for the win.

Then the position change rule changes came along.

Suddenly, everyone was running mass Book of Moons. You could be giving up a monster (or token) to try to take a face-up monster that wouldn't be face-up when Controller resolved. Book comboed so well with Magician of Faith (which everyone ran 2 of anyway) that Controller fell by the wayside. Not only that, but with the new rules, your chaining Enemy Controller's first effect to a Heavy Storm, Dust Tornado, or anything but an attack did virtually 0.

Well, Book of Moon is getting restricted in October most likely, along with all the pieces of the Goat Control deck. Although this means you'll have less of a chance to give only a sheep token to take a real moster, it means there will be more times you need a quick-play spell to defend you -- especially with the perceived agreement the community has come to that aggro decks will be the next cookie-cutter.

It's something to look for in a month or so.

Traditional: 1/5
Current Advanced (before the position change rulings): 3.75/5
Current Advanced (after the rulings): 1.25/5
New Advanced (if we get the same list Oct. 1): 3.25/5
 
Snapper Enemy Controller

Today's card is Enemy Controller, a card that plummeted in usage after the rulings overhaul a few months ago, but is expected by some to rise in popularity again if the OCG Forbidden List is in anyway similar to our own.

Being a Quick-Play Spell with two effects to chose from, EC has many distinct uses, most of which would probably occur during the opponent's turn. As a first option, you can choose for EC to become a weakened Book of Moon, changing the position of 1 face-up monster under the opponent's control to Defense Position. At most, it's a replacement for Book of Moon, and should not be the effect that you ultimately aim for. While it is nice for "negating" attacks, it just fails in comparison to EC's second effect.

Should you decide to use the alternative effect, EC allows you to Tribute a monster on your side of the field in order to take control of an opponent's face-up monster until the end of the turn. For those of us who have not forgotten the modification of cardiac that was lost to those of we who play Advanced, this effect is remarkably similar to Change of Heart. For everyone else, it's just another card that can be abused with Scapegoat.

So, you've got a Sheep Token handy. Watcha gonna dew wit it? Use it to defend your Life Points? Pfft. Metamorphosis it? Hah! What you really should be doing is getting rid of that Scapegoat so as to borrow your opponent's Dark Necrofear for the turn. Not only can you "pwn" with an opponent's monster, but you can look good doing it too! Of course attacking isn't this particular effect's only usage; it can also serve as a way to stop attacks, though using it to attack would probably be more efficient. Your opponent is attacking that vulnerable Mask of Darkness whose uses have been utterly spent? No worries; sacrifice it, borrow the opponent's strongest monster for the turn, and you're safe from further attacks.

Overall, EC is a very useful card that could easily find a use in any Side Deck or Deck that utilizes Scapegoats (or some other expendable monster [which means most Decks]). But due to more useful alternatives (IE. BoM and Snatch Steal to name a few) it's unlikely that EC will be if much use for the time being.

Advanced: 3.5/5. Not to shabby, especially with Scapegoats.
Traditional: 3/5. EC, meet Change of Heart; it's way better than you.
Overall: 3.25/5.
Art: 5/5. My video game infatuation may blind my judgment. Nevertheless, that controller doesn't look incredibly comfortable.
 

Dark Paladin
Enemy Controller is one of my favorite magic cards in the game. Aside from that, it's an excellent Advanced alternative for Change of Heart (even with Brain Control now available) This also will be seen more if we lose Book of Moon.

Enemy Controller has two effects, and both are pretty damn nice.
First, before the effects, EC is a Quickplay Spell which is always nice. As for the first effect, you can simply change the battle posistion of one opponent's monster. That is quite useful.

Or, you can use Enemy Controller to take control of one of your opponent's monsters for a turn. The only catch is that you have sacrifice one of your monsters, but no big deal...its a 1 for 1. (2 for 1 I know, you count EC too)

In short, if you have one of these, you should be using it, or AT LEAST side it.

Ratings:

Traditional: 4.0/5
Advanced: 4.6/5

Art: 4.5/5 A neat controller

You stay classy, Planet Earth :)
 

Coin Flip
I'm going to be brief; the only reason I'm choosing to review this card is so that I can go over the stupidity of replacing Book of Moon with this.

It has become apparent with the change of game mechanics in July that Book of Moon is terrific, where as this thing's uses are best described as terrible. However, due to an increasing presence of Royal Decree, Enemy Controller will be seen everywhere due to reluctance to play Trap protection. This is because people are morons.

Book of Moon is irreplacable. The utility and combo-ality of the card are both represented in a myriad of ways that I can't even list without falling short. Book of Moon was NOT a defensive card, it was offensive effect manipulation. It stopped Breaker and a really strong attack from a Jinzo, BLS, or Airknight, yeah, but it was used to manipulate effects. Getting hit by a 1900 with Trample isn't bad, but then seeing your opponent pick up another card that you have to fight against... That's brutal. Using Book of Moon to stop a Breaker isn't using Book of Moon to stop the monster, it's using Book of Moon to stop the effect. Book stops Jinzo's effect too, allowing you to Call out an Airknight Parshath or Jinzo or BLS of your own. It prevents Snatch Steal, Lightning Vortex, Mirror Force, Smashing Ground, Sakuretsu Armor, and Bottomless Trap Hole from going off. Book does a hell of a lot, and deserved a restriction of some sort just on its own (though I personally think Morph should have been banned and that Book should have gone to two).

So let's talk about what this card does do. The advantage this card had in its hey-day was the ability to tribute up Goat tokens and used-up Magician of Faiths to take control of a monster, making it a Pseudo-Metamorphosis or Change of Heart. If it didn't do those two, it blocked an attack or manipulated the "downside" effects of Spirit Reaper and Berserk Gorilla, or hit a monster into DEF position so that a Trampler could run over it. It was severely hyped up by people who probably still have no idea what they're talking about, and only a few players recognized the more powerful Book of Moon.

Opinions have since changed, and a metagame that has swung from unlimited control to a banlist that introduced aggro back to a banlist of control and now straight again to a banlist that revives aggressive play style. Will Enemy Controller be good?

Well, 1 for 0's rarely are. People looking to replace Book of Moon... You can't. Give up.

That does not mean this card won't be good. People who play Gorillas will run rampant, Zombies will be played more ubiquitiously than before, and Phoenix will see revived popularity as well. Enemy Controller doesn't have a niche in the game right now. Right now it's worthless in a meta where Book of Moon does so much better. Enemy Controller will come back, but DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REPLACE BOOK OF MOON WITH THIS. Enemy Controller is offensive manipulation, and Book of Moon is both offensive manipulation and offensive effect manipulation. If you play Enemy Controller, have a reason for doing so.

3.5 General

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