Demise--King of Armageddon, remember him? Well if
you weren't playing the game 3-4 years ago, you
might not ever know who he is. Demise is a Level 8
Ritual monster, who destroys everyone and everything
on the Field but himself, for the cost of 2000
Lifepoints. Then you get at least a free 2400
attack shot. Demise is actually still one hell of a
card, but the huge and obvious problem is his being
a Ritual. With the Synchros running the show, the
Ritual would have to be a lot better than this, and
he could arguably be the best out there. A Ritual
is just too slow, and they were slow before.
Everyone remembers the Demise OTK, which kicked
off the Shadow of Infinity release. By using
Advanced Ritual Art to dump two Insect Knights and
summon Demise, you could nuke the field and use
those Knights to summon Doom Doser. A Megamorph
would end the game.
But with ARA at one and these cards useless by
themselves, the OTK is pretty much dead. Cards like
Brionac (and many other Synchros) punish Rituals,
even through their new support. With cards like
Solemn Warning running around, Ritual summoning has
gotten worse and worse, and the new Ritual support
cards can't do much about that.
Art: Matches Ruin, Queen of Oblivion.
Fun Fact: Also matches Garlandolf and Northwemko!
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Oh, how the mighty have fallen... Demise, King of
Armageddon used to be a format defining card. He had
his own deck dedicated to having him assist in
OTKing the opponent. He's practically the sole
reason Advanced Ritual Art ever was restricted, too,
although Demise himself was only limited several
formats after his reign of terror.
Now he's returned to unlimited status, and nobody
seems to care. Some fun decks may be able to abuse
him once again, but his effect is just too
underwhelming now. With cards like Judgment Dragon
or Black Rose Dragon having similar effects with
lower costs and easier summoning conditions, why use
Demise? Even all the recent ritual support like the
Djinns doesn't do much to help Demise. Those are
better suited to control cards like Relinquished.
I don't mean to say Demise is terrible, because he's
not. He's simply outclassed.
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