First off, I
would like to say it is an honor to be a part of
the Card of the Day review team. I will do my
best to become a valued member of said team and
to provide you, the readers, with a quality
outlook on the cards at which we shall be
looking. Try to bear with me!
Now, with my
introduction in place, we shall take a look at
our Card of the Day. Today we will take a look
at Hate Buster, an interesting
defensive yet offensive Trap. Let us begin by
looking at what this card has to offer.
Activate only when a face-up Fiend-Type monster
you control is selected as an attack target.
Destroy the attacking monster and the attack
target monster, and inflict damage to your
opponent equal to the original ATK of the
Hate Buster's Effect
Not much to
explain here. The effect itself is fairly
straightforward. Sadly though, the effect is
not chainable, making it somewhat slow for the
hustle-and-bustle of today's meta.
Strategies using Hate Buster
this card is best run in a deck dedicated to
using Fiend-Type monsters. Knowing this, this
card shines in a Fiend-Type build that also
focuses on a burn strategy or uses Fiends that
benefit from the destruction effect. Fiends who
take full advantage of Hate Buster that quickly
come to mind are Sangan and Emissary of the
Afterlife. Perhaps it could be used in an
Exodia deck with an ulterior burn motive?
or either of its successors will not work well
with Hate Buster, since their effects will miss
the timing (but who would want to attack a Yubel..?).
could potentially be squeezed into other
Fiend-oriented strategies. Hate Buster works
with many decent Fiends, such as Snipe Hunter,
Phantom of Chaos, Dark Ruler Ha Des, The End of
Anubis, Darkworld monsters, and Evil Heroes. It
can also work with Doom Shaman, recycling
different Fiends for the Magic Cylinder-esque
effect. If you have a way to protect your set
Traps, try running it with the aforementioned
Magic Cylinder and Dimension Wall.
Keep in mind,
however, if the attacking monster is flipped
face-down or removed from the field, or if the
defending monster is not destroyed by Hate
Buster before its resolution, it will not
inflict damage to your opponent. Likewise, if
Hate Buster destroys an opponent's token, it
will not inflict damage, either.
Strategies against Hate Buster
busted you recently? Not to worry! A plethora
of ways exist to keep the hate at bay.
Like most all
non-chainable Traps, Hate Buster is quite
susceptible to basic Spell/Trap destruction and
negation. Nobleman of Extermination will
eliminate the copy targeted and every other copy
in the opponent's deck. Jinzo has seen quite
the increase in play recently, so it is also a
reliable counter. Needless to say, Royal Decree
will do the same.
Cards such as
Book of Moon (to flip your monster
face-down) and Enemy Controller (to tribute your
monster for the opponents) will put a halt to
Material Dragon completely shuts down Hate
Buster with both its negation effect and its
ability to make burn damage instead increase
lifepoints. Yesterday's card, Rainbow Life,
could also result in a large lifepoint payout
when timed correctly.
All in all,
not much needs to be done to avoid it.
Is this card
useless? Not necessarily. It is, however,
hindered by its lack of speed (especially being
non chainable), and speed is practically
everything in this format. Even within its
category, better options generally do exists
over Hate Buster. Despite this, I believe
a decent deck could be constructed using its
Traditional: 1.2 / 5
Sadly, it does not stand much of a chance here.
The speed and destruction capabilities in this
format are too overwhelming for busting hate.
Advanced: 2.3 / 5
Again, a little slow in this format. It would
work probably work best in a fun Exodia
hybrid deck, preferably with proper negation
It really speaks to me.
Dark Ruler Ha
Des: "How are you gentleman?"
King of the
Abyss: "Somebody set up us the bomb!"