Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh! news, tips, strategies and more!


Card Game
Card of the Day
TCG Fan Tips
Top 10 Lists
Banned/Restricted List
Yu-Gi-Oh News
Tourney Reports
Duelist Interviews

Featured Writers
Baneful's Column
Anteaus on YGO
General Zorpa
Dark Paladin's Dimension
Retired Writers

Releases + Spoilers
Booster Sets (Original Series)
LOB | MRD | MRL | PSV
LON | LOD | PGD | MFC
DCR | IOC | AST | SOD
RDS | FET
Booster Sets (GX Series)
TLM | CRV | EEN | SOI
EOJ | POTD | CDIP | STON
FOTB | TAEV | GLAS | PTDN
LODT
Booster Sets (5D Series)
TDGS | CSOC | CRMS | RBGT
ANPR | SOVR | ABPF | TSHD
STBL | STOR | EXVC
Booster Sets (Zexal Series)
GENF | PHSW | ORCS | GAOV
REDU | ABYR | CBLZ | LTGY
NUMH | JOTL | SHSP | LVAL
PRIO

Starter Decks
Yugi | Kaiba
Joey | Pegasus
Yugi 2004 | Kaiba 2004
GX: 2006 | Jaden | Syrus
5D: 1 | 2 | Toolbox
Zexal: 2011 | 2012 | 2013
Yugi 2013 | Kaiba 2013

Structure Decks
Dragons Roar &
Zombie Madness
Blaze of Destruction &
Fury from the Deep
Warrior's Triumph
Spellcaster's Judgment
Lord of the Storm
Invincible Fortress
Dinosaurs Rage
Machine Revolt
Rise of Dragon Lords
Dark Emperor
Zombie World
Spellcaster Command
Warrior Strike
Machina Mayhem
Marik
Dragunity Legion
Lost Sanctuary
Underworld Gates
Samurai Warlord
Sea Emperor
Fire Kings
Saga of Blue-Eyes
Cyber Dragon

Promo Cards:
Promos Spoiler
Coll. Tins Spoiler
MP1 Spoiler
EP1 Spoiler

Tournament Packs:
TP1 / TP2 / TP3 / TP4
TP5 / TP6 / TP7 / TP8
Duelist Packs
Jaden | Chazz
Jaden #2 | Zane
Aster | Jaden #3
Jesse | Yusei
Yugi | Yusei #2
Kaiba | Yusei #3
Crow

Reprint Sets
Dark Beginnings
1 | 2
Dark Revelations
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Gold Series
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Dark Legends
DLG1
Retro Pack
1 | 2
Champion Pack
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
5 | 6 | 7 | 8
Turbo Pack
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
5 | 6 | 7

Hidden Arsenal:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
5 | 6 | 7

Checklists
Brawlermatrix 08
Evan T 08
X-Ref List
X-Ref List w/ Passcodes

Anime
Episode Guide
Character Bios
GX Character Bios

Video Games
Millennium Duels (2014)
Nighmare Troubadour (2005)
Destiny Board Traveler (2004)
Power of Chaos (2004)
Worldwide Edition (2003)
Dungeon Dice Monsters (2003)
Falsebound Kingdom (2003)
Eternal Duelist Soul (2002)
Forbidden Memories (2002)
Dark Duel Stories (2002)

Other
About Yu-Gi-Oh
Yu-Gi-Oh! Timeline
Yugi Polls
Pojo's YuGiOh Books
Apprentice Stuff
Life Point Calculators
DDM Starter Spoiler
DDM Dragonflame Spoiler
The DungeonMaster
Millennium Board Game

Magic
DBZ
Pokemon
Yu Yu Hakusho
NeoPets
HeroClix
Harry Potter
Anime
Vs. System
Megaman

This Space
For Rent

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

Skill Drain
#DCR-EN049

Pay 1000 Life Points. The effects of all face-up Effect Monsters are negated.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.50
Advanced: 3.50 

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


Date Reviewed - April 27, 2011

Back to the main COTD Page

 

Dark Paladin
Wednesday
 
Skill Drain lets you negate the effects of ALL effect monsters, by paying 1000 Lifepoints.  This effects all of them, yours and your opponent's.  I think your Deck would have to be partially created for, or even against, Skill Drain, if you wanted to use it.  Using powerful Level 4 monsters, like Goblin Attack Force, Giant Orc, Zombyra the Dark, for starters, with high attack would be interesting.  The first two wouldn't switch to defense after attacking, and Zombyra wouldn't decrease in attack from 2100.  I don't really see why you would want to use more than one, if you wanted to use it at all.  The fact is, Magic and Trap cards are fairly easy to destroy as is, especially those like Skill Drain that are continuous.
 
Ratings:

3/5 both formats, at least in potential
Art:  5/5
 

Skill Drain has always been one of the best control and disruption cards in the game. Now bumped back to three, it can confuse people with rulings once again.

Most commonly, you'll see this in any of the Gemini Hero variants floating around. Much of their strategy still works with a Skill Drain up, especially since monsters like Neos Alius or Absolute Zero don't even have important on-field effects. You're also likely to see Skill Drain in Malefic decks, since it is a method of keeping their Malefic monsters in play without a Field Spell, while also resetting the stats of Fusilier and Beast King Barbaros.

Skill Drain isn't quite as useful as it used to be though. That 1000 life point payment never used to be so bad, but that was before every deck practically required two Solemn Warnings, a Solemn Judgment, and a handful of Seven Tools of the Bandit. It's getting more and more likely you won't be able or won't want to use your Skill Drain when you draw it.

Traditional:2/5 Could possibly be useful sided in a sort of anti-meta deck, since it shuts down many OTKs.

Advanced: 4/5 There's still no other card like Skill Drain. It's very unique and powerful at what it does.


Copyrightę 1998-2011 pojo.com
This site is not sponsored, endorsed, or otherwise affiliated with any of the companies or products featured on this site. This is not an Official Site.