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Spellbook of Judgment
- #LTGY-EN063 

During the End Phase of the turn this card was activated, add "Spellbook" Spell Cards from your Deck to your hand, except "Spellbook of Judgment", up to the number of Spell Cards activated after this card's resolution, then, you can Special Summon from your Deck 1 Spellcaster-Type monster whose Level is less than or equal to the number of cards added to your hand by this effect. You can only activate 1 "Spellbook of Judgment" per turn.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 4.67
Advanced: Banned 

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


Date Reviewed - August 26, 2013

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Dark

Paladin

Hear that?  It's the sound of a new Ban List only a few days away!  Which means it's time to look at some of those cards who have changed positions on the new list, and discuss other important aspects.  Such as, the list that kicks into effect on September 1st is only in effect through the end of this year, instead of the normal six months, to March.  Word has (although not entirely official I believe) they want to start doing four Ban Lists a year, instead of just the current two.  Still leaving room for emergency changes, if necessary.  
 
This list had a lot of changes, in all departments.  It's more change than I've seen on a Ban List in a long time.  Maybe if this four rotation a year thing takes hold, the plan could be to change more, less often?  Opening Ban Week is Spellbook of Judgment, which went from Unlimited to Banned.  It's about the only piece of the Spellbook Arsenal that really got hit my list.  
 
Judgment was maybe the best Spellbook card the Deck had at its disposal.  If there's a silver lining here, it's that Judgment was a newly (reasonably) release card, and Spellbooks got along well without it.  It's a heavy loss to the Deck, but not a critical one.  It just means you're playing an extra of another you play.  Truly, I think the biggest thing holding Spellbook Decks back is Dark Magician of Chaos being Banned.  
 
Ratings:

Traditional:  4.5/5 
Advanced:  Banned 
Art:  5/5 

Leo
Kearon

Spellbook of Judgment
Quick-Play Spell
During the End Phase of the turn this card was activated, add "Spellbook" Spell Cards from your Deck to your hand, except "Spellbook of Judgment", up to the number of Spell Cards activated after this card's resolution, then, you can Special Summon from your Deck 1 Spellcaster-Type monster whose Level is less than or equal to the number of cards added to your hand by this effect. You can only activate 1 "Spellbook of Judgment" per turn.
September 2013 Status: Forbidden (From Unlimited)

It’s that time of the year, banned list time, so this week we will be looking at some of the cards that have been affected by September 2013’s Banned List. Fist of is Spellbook of Judgment which was Unlimited and has gone straight to Forbidden.

The main reason was its two powerful effects. The first effect allowed you to add Spellbooks from your hand equal to the number of spell cards that were activated after this card resolved. Given that it could be any spell card, it was very easily to replenish your hand with new spell cards. But then you could special summon a Spellcaster from your deck with a level equal to or less than the number of cards you added to your hand. So you could get a ton of new spell cards and a monster as a bonus from 1 card. The catch, you were only allowed to activate 1 of these per turn and it all happened during your end phase.

With those two effects it is not surprising this has been banned, it was a special summoner and searcher in one card with no cost and a half-hearted attempt of a condition.

Overall this change is going to hurt Spellcaster decks badly by taking away one of their most powerful support cards. Other decks might be glad it is gone.
Traditional: 4.5/5
Advanced: N/A (Forbidden)


Rikothe
FoxKid

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This week we begin our review on cards that had their positions changed by the September 2013 Forbidden/Limited List. This List in particular is a milestone in many ways; not only is it the first time that the TCG and OCG have had completely different lists, and not only is this the first one that’s only in effect for four months instead of six, but the TCG List has a whopping total of FIFTEEN new Forbidden cards! So, this week, all five of our cards are newly Forbidden Cards.

 

And we start with what is without a doubt the most poorly designed card of 2013: Spellbook of Judgment!

 

Quick-Play Spell Card

During the End Phase of the turn this card was activated, add "Spellbook" Spell Cards from your Deck to your hand, except "Spellbook of Judgment", up to the number of Spell Cards activated after this card's resolution, then, you can Special Summon from your Deck 1 Spellcaster-Type monster whose Level is less than or equal to the number of cards added to your hand by this effect. You can only activate 1 "Spellbook of Judgment" per turn.

 

This card is one of the few in the game (although that number has been increasing a lot in recent years) to go instantly from 3 to 0. And all you have to do is read it to realize just how screwed up this card is.

 

For every Spell Card activated after Spellbook of Judgment (including the opponent’s), you add that many Spellbooks to your hand during the End Phase, except Judgment itself.

 

The Prophecy Deck is known for being able to use a LOT of Spell Cards in one turn. It doesn’t help that they have a Spellbook that can search other Spellbooks and a Spellbook that can copy other Spellbooks to search again.

 

You hear about +1’s and +2’s when you enter a discussion about card advantage right? Well, this card could pretty easily be between a +5 and a +8. It’s more accurate to call it +Infinity, because it was so easy to search half of your Deck with this ONE CARD.

 

And that’s not even the end of it. You can also Special Summon a Spellcaster who’s Level is equal to or less than the number of cards you added to your hand. So, to add insult to injury, you also get a MONSTER to go with your massive hand advantage. In the early days of the format, this was generally Justice of Prophecy, which you would promptly banish to put High Priestess and another Spellbook of Judgment in hand, to start the process over again next turn. As Dragon Rulers slowly began to dominate the format, and Priestess fell out of favor, the summoned monster eventually became Jowgen the Spiritualist or Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer, in order to shut down the opponent while protecting them with endless backrow.

 

It being a Quick-Play can be either a blessing or a curse depending on how you look at it. On one hand, you can set it safely and activate it to prevent the opponent from activating a lot of Spells that turn. On the other hand, it is not a valid target for Spellbook of the Master (but frankly, two of these in one turn would be more ridiculous than one already is).

 

It’s almost as if the Konami R&D Department was playing a game of “How Much Can We Make One Card Do?” when they were making this one. To put into perspective how blatantly overpowered this card is, its release singlehandedly made Prophecy go from a solid Tier 2 Control Deck to what is arguably the second strongest Deck this game has ever seen (beaten out only by its competitor, the Dragon Rulers).

 

On a design perspective, it is the worst card of 2013, and arguably one of the worst of all time. It surely will NOT be missed by a majority of the playerbase.

 

Traditional: 5/5

Advanced: BANNED (But 5/5 when it was legal)

 

Art: 4/5 (It’s pretty cool looking, but it doesn’t really look like a book)

 

Trivia: This thing was COMMON in Japan! A COMMON!!!!

 

Tomorrow: Prophecy wasn’t the only Deck that could +5.


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