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

Dark Hole
#LOB-EN052 

Destroy all monsters on the field.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 4.50
Advanced: 5.00 

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


Date Reviewed - Oct. 19, 2010

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Dark Paladin
Tuesday
 
Dark Hole changes from Banned to Restricted almost every list, if not sooner.  It happens so often that I don't care.  Letting cards come back from being Banned now and then is all right I suppose, to bring back some joyous memories of how fun it was to play said card.  Like yesterday, everyone and their mother will play it, simple as that.
 
Ratings:
 
Traditional:  4/5  You still have Raigeki, among other things in Traditional.
Advanced:   5/5
Art:  4/5

Mark
Howard
For the first time in 9001 years, Dark Hole is legal again. But you already knew that. Why Dark Hole and Monster Reborn are legal and Heavy Storm is banned, you may ask? Voldy took over the Ministry again. Or Konami. Whoever's running this thing...

Again, you use this in every deck you ever make, ever. For no cost whatsoever, you wipe all of your opponent's monsters off of the field. That's all there is to it. It's almost always Raigeki, and when it's not Raigeki, you don't need it.

While at first people may say that it takes skill, like Heavy Storm in any turn past 2, you can still use this through a Treeborn Frog, Sangan or a dancing pineapple. An adorable dancing pineapple...

5/5
Art: I know a thing or two about holes and that's a hole.
Fun Fact: Let's see how many other reviewers can avoid a certain Dark Hole pun!
Tomorrow: Moar magic!!!!!

Otaku

Today we look at Dark Hole, one of the many cards people have long tried to convince me is well balanced and good for the game.  Still not buying it, and I’ll explain why because it conveniently explains why this is a great, must-run card (when legal). 

This is a Normal Spell, making it one of the least difficult cards in the game to play.  Barring specific counters (e.g. Spell blocking effects) in order to be unable to play Dark Hole, there has to be no targets in play or your have to have every single one of your Spell and Trap Zones filled.  Otherwise, you can drop it and suck all the monsters into oblivion!  Now, due to the nature of Yu-Gi-Oh, when your Main Phase 1 rolls around you tend to either be controlling the field (your opponent is running scared and setting monsters or using other stall tactics) or your monster was bumped off on their turn.  So Dark Hole can often be a painless one-for-one.  If your opponent swarmed and didn’t finish you off in a single turn, it will level the literal playing field, but probably actually tilt it in your favor.  After all, most monsters are investments. 

Thing is, Dark Hole is great when you’re losing by a lot, but it can be great even when you are the one who has a field full of monsters.  How can that be?  If your opponent throws up a great blocker, and taking it out means any old beatstick can swing for game, you better believe people will inflict upwards of a “minus five” in card advantage. 

In short, it’s rarely a card you don’t want to see in your own hand.  I do dislike the name, though: in Japan it is Black Hole, which fits.  They also could have shown something being obliterated to jazz up the art. 

Ratings 

Traditional: 5/5 
Advanced:
5/5 
Aesthetic:
2.5/5  

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