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Date Reviewed - 06.15.07
Sword of Dark Rites
I'm not a fan of equip spells that boost ATK...and
even less so against ones that have to be on a
specific type of monster. In my opinion, it takes a
LOT to warrant playing an ATK-boost Equip card. This
one comes back if you Tribute the Dark-type monster
this is attached to...but that leaves a few big
*You still lose it if your opponent plays an effect
that destroys the monster outright, or attacks over
your monster and kills it.
*It's only 400 ATK.
*If you're playing Dark-type monsters, you're
probably not using the best Tributes available --
there's no Dark Monarch out there yet, and no Dark
monsters other than Dark Ruler Ha Des I'd want to
tribute for most of the time...and he can hold his
own on the battlefield.
Basically, they were scared of making the next
Butterfly Dagger - Elma when they made this card,
and it shows. Big time.
Closing the week, we look at an Equipment Magic
card, Sword of Dark Rites. There's a big part of me
that wants to say "Crap, Crap, Mega Crap" and ask
you to tell me what movie that's from and go home,
but I won't.
Let's see, an Equip Magic that can do the
a) ONLY be equipped to a Dark monster
b) only gives you 400 attack point boost
c) can return to your Hand
c) Only returns to your Hand when the equipped
monster is TRIBUTED...not DESTROYED, but TRIBUTED!
Wow, I'm sorry, I don't really see a use for
Sword of Dark Rites :
A wonderfully old-school effect. They haven't made
straightforward cards in ages. Oh, they still
Though the indication that the designers are willing
to make equip cards less disadvantageous to play
from a numbers point of view, how often do you
actually tribute something you thought worthy of
giving a sword? The extra damage is nice, but I
stand by the idea that effects solely giving ATK
aren't really worth it.
Share and enjoy,
Sword of Dark Rites
Why would they make this a secret??????
B/C it decreases your chances of pulling it in a
Thank UDE for making such a smart decision.
Honestly, an equip better offer a powerful effect.
An equip should never limit itself and should do
something beside stat boost for less than a 500.
The back to the hand effect is useless too. United
We Stand, Ax of Despair, etc. are the only true
equip stat boosters that deserve to see play and
Sword of Dark Rites
Equip Spells that boost the ATK Value of a monster
are rarely regarded as being competitve, with the
exceptions of United We Stand and Mage Power. But,
just like Phoenix Blade serves to fuel the RFG pile
for Diamond Dude Turbo decks, so does Sword of Dark
Rites serve a purpose other then inflicting more
damage to your opponent.
- Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer
- D.D. Survivor
- Breaker the Magical Warrior
- Pitch-Black Warwolf
- Emissary of the Afterlife
- Beiige, Vanguard of Dark World
- Exarion Universe
- Regenerating Mummy
These monsters all have one thing in common, and
that is that they are all competitive cards that
fall below the 2000 ATK requirement for Deck
I've seen some decks try to overcome this with the
use of Rush Recklessly, but that means by the time
DDV has resolved, you have spent 3 cards, and you
would need to destroy at least 4 of your opponent's
monsters just to earn a +1.
Sword of Dark Rites makes the above transaction a
little less expensive because the eqiup spell will
return back to your hand, so long as the monster it
was equipped to was "tributed". This is great for
Deck Devastation Virus, as well as if the monster
equipped with this spell is tributed by your
opponent with the effect of "Soul Exchange".
The use of this card is somewhat limited to a Virus
Control deck, but anything to help DDV meet it's
requirements with a non-tribute monster is helpful.
1/5 - There once was a man from Nantucket...
2/5 - Limited to a Virus deck, this card could be of
use, but I think Plague Wolf is just way better.
3/5 - Hot!
Program Note: by the time you read this, I will be
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Canadian Nationals Tournament. Good luck to all
competitors, and unlike the Stanley Cup, a Canadian
IS going to win this one!
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Sword of Dark Rites
Equip Spell Card
Equip only to a DARK monster. It gains 400 ATK. When
the equipped monster is Tributed and this card is
sent to the Graveyard, return this card to your
I can see this card having a lot more potential now
than before. With more and more Dark monsters out
there, this card is viable, but 400 ATK isn't always
great unless you're going to be able to get over a
Cyber Dragon, Monarch or Gravekeeper's Spy. If you
are going with a DARK deck, then this card can
really help. Though I wouldn't think of running more
then one of this in a DARK deck. Not only does it
boost ATK points but it can feed Snipe Hunter later
on with how it comes back when the equipped monster
was tributed. This can also help with Deck
Devastation Virus, to get that monster to 2000 or
more and be able to get Sword of Dark Rites back can
really shift the game to your advantage in some Dark
World builds because you can easily discard the
Sword later with Dark World Lightning.
But otherwise it isn't really that good of a card,
if being only for DARK wasn't bad enough, no one
really plays equip cards other than Snatch Steal,
Premature Burial, and the occasional Megamorph. If
this card could be equipped to any monster, then it
would be better, but with the DARK setback, then it
isn't as good.
Traditional: 1.5/5 Many DARK monsters here, it can
work, but usually not.
Advanced: 2.5/5 More DARK support out there, so it
can potentially do wonders for dark decks out there
and maybe Dark World or decks with Deck Devastation
- Tomas Mijares
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