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

Skull Meister
#STBL-EN081 

During either player's turn, when a card effect is activated in your opponent's Graveyard, you can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard to negate the effect.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.50
Advanced: 2.50 

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


Date Reviewed - Dec. 1, 2010

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Dark Paladin
Wednesday
 
Skull Meister is a very interesting, very useful card, that you should certainly be side-decking.  We have a Dark, Fiend monster, Level 4, with 1700 attack and 400 defense, but past that, during either player's turn, you can send this card from your Hand to the Graveyard to negate the effect of a card when activated in your opponent's Graveyard.
 
First, the ability to negate an effect in the Graveyard is awesome.  The ability to do it during either players turn is equally awesome.  Now, what does this stop?  Synchros that can Summon from the Graveyard, most noticably with Blackwings.  It's versatile, and I like it, a lot.
 
Ratings:
 
Traditional:  3/5 
Advanced:     4/5 
Art:  5/5  Again looks like something out of a Japanese anime, not sure which one though.

Freeza

Skull Meister ...
 
Well if there are 2 things Freeza loves – it’s Fiends and Simple effects. Skull Meister has the 1st one down pat, but the 2nd one? … well that’s the trick with him …
 
1st off – this card just LOOKS straight up badd-assss! One of the coolest Fiend pics they’ve ever made in Yu-gi oh, so u KNOW I’ll give it extra points for that. It’s Dark – (duh and awesome), 4 stars – good, and a respectable enough 1700 ATK. But then it’s effect – could either be awesome or just – bleh. It SEEMS simple enough. Opponent activates a graveyard effect – Skull Meister knocks it out. Perfect. …. Or IS it? … In theory it should stop Sangans and Dandylions and all that crap …. But there are just a whole host of other cards with dubious wording and questionable rulings, that only the most dedicated level 99 Judges will be able to properly convey to the poor sap that just dropped his Skull Meister trying to snuff a Treeborn Frog. It starts to become ‘not worth it’, when u find out all the things that it can’t do. And then the sheer idea of holding a card just for the sole purpose of having a clever response to your opponent’s action? Waiting for your opponent to get momentum is NOT the best play strategy in Yu-gi oh. Had Skull Meister given u anything ELSE after dropping to negate the effect? – like Special summoning himself afterwards? – maybe we could talk. But … nope.
 
One of those cards that u really WANT to like and it can do a little bit … but just doesn’t do enough.
 
Traditional: 2/5
Advanced: 2.5/5
 
- FREEZA


Mark
Howard
Skull Meister is--*laughs* . . . Okay, sorry, I'm just having trouble to believe that this badass Skull card has been labeled a "meister", which, at least in my world, translates to old man at the park who likes to feed bread to birds and recount tales of his youth. But enough about that.

He's the D.D. Crow for Sangan, GK Recruiter, normal recruiter, Darksoul, bla bla bla . . . But is he that great? Well, if X-Sabers and Gravekeepers are getting all up in your meta, you could side this. In a normal duel, you might not get to use him. Sure, you could summon him as a 1700 vanilla, but that probably won't help you. You should, again, stick with D.D. Crow, as it will do more to more decks.

3/5
Art: Your emo friend would pay, like, five razors for this thing.
Fun Fact: Golden Sun.
Tomorrow: Tone-deaf people use this.

Pheano

Hey Pojo, Pheano here with another Card Of The Day For you.
 
Today we will be taking a look at another Secret Rare TCG exclusive from Starstrike Blast, Skull Meister. Skull Meister is a Level four Dark Fiend type Monster. During either player's turn, when a card effect is activated in your opponent's Graveyard, you can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard to negate the effect.
 
How many people will look at this card will be that this is just a bigger D.D. Crow but with a worse Effect but they would be misjudging this card. It has some of the same merits as D.D. Crow in its ability to stop Graveyard based combos but this card is able to stop different cards than D.D. Crow. One of the great parts of this card is the fact that, unlike D.D. Crow, this card can activate during the Damage Step making it a great choice against cards like Sangan, XX-Saber Darksoul, Mystic Tomato and XX-Saber Emmersblade. To date there are only been two other cards that could effectively do that; Divine Wrath and Swallow Flip. Unlike those though this has the benefit of being able to work in the damage step. Two other notable cards that is can stop would be a Wulf, Lightsworn Beast and Dandylion when milled off of a Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter but in that scenario I would rather have a Swallow Flip since it would stop the Effect of Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter completely but Skull Meister can stop them outside of the Damage Step too. So this card ends up being a mix between D.D. Crow and Swallow Flip, it hits less cards than D.D. Crow but can activate in the Damage Step and it hits less than Swallow Flip but can work outside of the Damage Step. What you end up getting is a card that is more versatile than either of those two cards. I personally will be sticking with D.D. Crow just because it has more Synergy in my own deck. But I would consider this over Effect Veiler against XX-Sabers since Effect Veiler is there to stop their late game but Skull Meister can stop them from getting to their late game by controlling their early game.
 
In the Traditional Format this card its ok but it only really stops Sangan and Witch Of The Black Forest, you are better off using Effect Veiler to stop FTK’s.
 
A side note: Konami is in the middle of 1.1 rules for Starstrike Blast and the word is that this will no longer activate in the Damage Step, if that becomes the case then this card does just become a mediocre D.D. Crow.
 
Bottom line:
This is the child of Swallow Flip and D.D. Crow and its is going to go places.
Advanced: 3/5
Traditional: 2/5
 
Hit me up on Pojo or Youtube (pheanoblack) if you have any comments or questions, I’m always open to constructive criticism.


Assailant
The Legion

Let me introduce you to Skull Meister, or as I like to call him, D.D. Crow with stats. That’s almost all she is. Skull Meister is a Dark, 4-star Fiend, with 1700 ATK and 400 DEF. He has an effect most will find very similar to D.D. Crow: if an effect is activated in the grave, you can discard it to negate said effect. D.D. Crow only removes a monster from play, though, so it’s only useful when your opponent targets something in the graveyard, while Skull Meister can negate ANY effect that activates in the graveyard. Darksoul, Recruiter, Emmersblade, the whole nine yards. So, she gets some advantage there. Plus 1700 ATK isn’t too shabby, and this card may be rather useful with the Fabled archetype.

One thing that I must note, though, is this: As far as I can tell, there is no ruling yet saying that he can activate during the Damage Step. I spent quite a while chasing this down to find…wait for it…nothing. If Konami does not make said ruling to allow this card activate then, the value of this card plummets. So, we wait.
 
Traditional: 3 (Negating an effect and a free Dark to the grave? Yes, please.)
Advanced: 2.5
Art: Um.. Is this thing a guy or a girl? I mean seriously, Effect Veiler and now this!? What’s Konami Trying to do to us?


The
Crowing

Today we have for you Skull Meister. He is a DARK Fiend with 1700 attack and 400 defense. Stats are ok for a level 4 and attribute it great. Type is horrible.

His effect is whenever an opponent activates an effect that happens in your opponents graveyard (Stardust Dragon, Plaguespreader,etc) you can discard this card from your hand to negate it. So its like a graveyard effect veiler. His effect is ok...but D.D crow does his job better, as with most cards that happen in the grave, you can remove the target from play. the only exception is Magical Stone Excavation or Mask of Darkness, which target spells and traps respectively, which D.D Crow cant stop but Skull Meiser can, But no one uses the mentioned cards, so the point is moot.

Traditional 1/5
Advanced-2/5
Art-  Looks more like a Zombie or Warrior then a fiend.


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