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

Card Trader
Magic - Continuous

You can add a card from your hand and shuffle it into your deck during your Standby Phase, then draw a card from your deck. This effect can only be activated once per turn.
Super/Ultimate Rare

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.67
Advanced: 3.20

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


Date Reviewed - 03.13.0
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Creator
OfThePoint
System
Tuesday:
Card Trader

Card Trader...I don't see why this is getting so much hype. It can help balance your hand, but you're giving up a card to get that started -- the Trader itself. I can see it being a big help in combo decks, or decks that generate free cards (Gadgets, maybe?) but your average, run-of-the-mill deck won't use this. Good for the decks that can use it, but worth nowhere near what I heard people asking for it at Regionals a week or so ago!

3/5

Dark Paladin
Tuesday

A quite interesting Super Rare. Card Trader is sort of like Magical Mallet...only not.

Once per turn, you can add a card from your Hand during your Stand by Phase and add it back to your deck. Note the word can...so it's even
optional. Then, you can draw a new card from your Deck. The effect
can only be used once per turn.

In my opinion, this is better than Pot of Avarice. With the horrid lack of draw options currently available in Advanced format, I would expect to see this teched and used widely. This is one of the best draw cards to come out in a while, and folks, it isn't bad.

Of course, you obviously can't use it if you have no hand, but you should if you need to since you activate this in the Standby phase, after you Draw. It is a Continuous Magic card, but we won't hold that against it.

Ratings:

Traditional: 1.5/5 Not needed
Advanced: 4/5 A solid draw card.

Art: 5/5 I love that picture.

Ryoga
Card Trader

Card Trader is an interesting idea. Basically it lets you cycle through your deck, which can never be a bad thing. The question is, will people ever be willing to give over the deck space? It's never really bad, and does attract s/t destruction away from more useful cards. I'd say its great in casual, though. Fusion, Ritual, Exodia all benefit hugely.

Card Trader-
Traditional: 2.5/5
Advanced: 3.5/5
Combo Deck: 4.5/5

Share and enjoy,
Ryoga
 

Rj
Card Trader

What a neat card :D.

Could have a spot in Combo decks and/or OTK decks, otherwise shouldn't really see play. I guess it could help you out if you're….I don't know, running gadgets and draw a lot of gadgets in your opening hand? Who am I kidding, this is pretty useless in anything besides jank combo decks.

Tebezu
Card Trader

This card is only for combo orientated decks. Exodia, otk, ETC. Outside of that I think jar of greed serves more purpose. This may be one of the cards that allow Hamon to be playable though? (Especially if we get the gem beast)
Turkeyspit Card Trader

One of the better cards that won't be played because of Mobius the Frost Monarch.

One of the difficulties in building a competitive Yu-Gi-Oh deck is to use mostly cards that have high 'utility', while keeping those with 'situational' effects to a minimum. This is done to avoid dead hands and bad topdecks, both of which can spell disaster for a duelist. This is why you tend to see duelists looking more towards generic or splashable cards, and avoiding 'combo' cards whenever possible.

Card Trader essentially allows a deck to contain several 'bad topdeck' cards, without fear of getting them stuck in your hand. The only problem though, is keeping Card Trader on the field for at least 1 turn to gain benefit from its effect.

So what decks should run Card Trader?

- Exodia
- Dark World
- Recruiter
- Six Samurai
- Gadget
- Elemental Hero

and that's just off the top of my head. I honestly feel that any deck can benefit from Card Trader, if only they have the room to squeeze it in.

But since Mobius the Frost Monarch has become a common sight in most maindecks/sidedecks, and that Card Trader gets in the way of Treeborn Frog, I doubt you will see this card played in great numbers. I look forward though, to one day seeing an Exodia player exchange 1 card from their hand to their deck for the missing limb they needed to win.

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Traditional:

1/5 - too slow a card to be competitive. Do Traditional decks even have such things as 'bad topdecks'?

Advanced:

3/5 - best suited for combo decks, although any deck could reap benefits from playing this card.

Card Art:

3/5 - the Phantom of the Opera was a Rare Hunter?!?

Lonely Wolf
March 13

Card Trader
Continuous Spell
You can add a card from your hand and shuffle it into your deck during your Standby Phase, then draw a card from your deck. This effect can only be activated once per turn.

Okay, so it’s a continuous spell. That’s not too good. It doesn’t even activate til your next stand-by phase, so you have to hope it survives the coming turn.

So, what makes this card any good? Well, decks with Nomi monsters like this card. The last thing a Nomi monster player wants to draw is that nomi monster, when it can be searched out from the deck later. So, you drop this down and trade in your nomi monster for something better….hopefully. Decks that center around a particular card, but only need one of them at a time might like this card too.

Not much else to say about this card. If you run a lot of nomis, run a deck with a theme card that you don’t need more than one of, or are sick and tired of draw 2 or 3 hydrogeddons in your opening hand, then you might want to give this a shot.

Traditional: 1.5/5
Advanced: 2.5/5
Art: 3/5
Deathjester

Card Trader

 

Card Trader is awesome card. Period. It’s not your typical hand-cycle card and it’s definitely something YGO players aren’t used to. It’s nothing compared to absurdity of Mirage of Nightmare, but it does the job. Magic: The Gathering players may be more akin to hand-cycle cards and understand their value a bit more (I’ve been a MTG player for years, not actively anymore though).

 

Card Trader is best used in decks that need it: Complex combo decks, Dark World, decks with Tribute monsters that are generally un-wieldy, etc. Card Trader on its own is very good. One copy of it on the board is pretty good. Two copies is ridiculous and three copies on the board means your opponent is now cheating you out of a win. ^_^

 

Last Word: It’s a fantastic card and it takes some getting used to. If you haven’t got much experience with hand cycle cards and don’t know why they are completely busted, start getting some practice with this card.

 

Ratings:

 

Traditional: 3/5 (Mirage is better)

Advanced: 5/5


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