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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh! Card of the Day
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 Amulet Dragon
- #DRLG-EN003

"Dark Magician" + 1 Dragon-Type monster Must be Fusion Summoned with the above Fusion Material Monsters or with "The Eye of Timaeus", and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. If this card is Special Summoned: Target any number of Spell Cards in any Graveyard(s) (min. 1); banish those targets, and if you do, this card gains 100 ATK for each card banished by this effect. If this card is destroyed: You can target 1 Spellcaster-Type monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.50
Advanced: 2.17 

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 is Horrible. 3 is Average. 5 is the highest rating.


Date Reviewed:
May 2, 2014

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Dark

Paladin

Anyone who has followed CotD long enough to know me should have known exactly what the card for today was. Amulet Dragon, like yesterday, is a Dark attributed, Dragon-type, Fusion Monster, who must be Special Summoned with Dark Magician and a Dragon-type Monster, or The Eye of Timaeus. Amulet Dragon is Level 8, as opposed to 7, with 2900 attack and 2500 defense, and also nerfed from the show considerably. Yugi's version received 300 attack per removing any number of Magic cards from your Graveyard from play. This one does the same but receives a paltry 100 attack per instead each. That's just insulting, must have been worried about it being too broken late game. I mean, say ten Magic cards, that's 3000 attack, to 5900 like that. But, for a much needed plus, when this card is destroyed, you can Special Summon a Spellcaster from your Graveyard. If you can sneak a Dark Magician (and I'd prefer Eye of Timaeus instead of a Dragon, unless you're running a Paladin hybrid) into your Spellcaster Deck, Amulet Dragon could pay off for you.

Ratings:

Traditional: 2/5
Advanced: 3.25/5
Art: 5/5

Leo
Kearon

Amulet Dragon
DARK/Dragon/Fusion/Effect/Level 8/2900/2500
"Dark Magician" + 1 Dragon-Type monster
Must be Fusion Summoned with the above Fusion Material Monsters or with "The Eye of Timaeus", and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. If this card is Special Summoned: Target any number of Spell Cards in any Graveyard(s) (min. 1); banish those targets, and if you do, this card gains 100 ATK for each card banished by this effect. If this card is destroyed: You can target 1 Spellcaster-Type monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target.

We looked at Dark magician Girl’s Timaeus Fusion and now we look at her master’s Timaeus Fusion; Amulet Dragon. Despite Dark Magician being Yugi’s Ace this monster only turned up once in the anime; mainly due to the fact that Dark magician Girl was an important character in Waking The Dragons.

Statwise it is a DARK/Dragon which is good with 2900 ATK and 2500 DEF both which are good for a level 8. It requires Dark Magician and any Dragon to fusion summon and of course a non-specific fusion material is always good.

Effectwise, as with Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight, Amulet Dragon has an alternate Summoning Condition and can be Fusion Summoned thanks to The Eye of Timaeus, but again it has that horrible “cannot be Special Summoned by other ways”.

Amulet Dragon’s First effect is a version of his anime effect, but instead of being forced to banish all your spell cards and gain 300 ATK for each one, Amulet Dragon reduces the ATK gain to 100 but allows you to banish spell cards from either graveyard. This turns Amulet Dragon into a version of White Horn Dragon. The boost isn’t massive, both it will still boost this over the 3000 ATK mark.

Amulet Dragon is a second effect; it didn’t have in the anime. If it is destroyed, you can special summon a Spellcaster from your graveyard. Chances are it will be a Dark Magician but it is still a really nice bonus effect.

Overall, some really nice effects, and could make an appearance in Dark Magician decks. But as with Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight, it will probably be mostly used in fun decks.

Traditional: 2/5
Advanced: 3/5


Kingof
Lullaby

Hello Pojo Fans,

We're finishing out the Dragons of Legend week on Pojo with essentially the counterpart to Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight: Amulet Dragon. Another monster I've been pumped about getting since seeing it in the series, Amulet Dragon is a lot like yesterdays card. A Dark Dragon-Type monster with 2900ATK/2500DEF, it needs a Dragon-Type monster and “Dark Magician”. It can only be Fusion Summoned and cannot be Special Summoned by any other ways. You can use “The Eye of Timaeus” to Fusion Summon this card as well. If this card is Special Summoned: Target any number of Spell Cards in any Graveyard(s) (min. 1); banish those targets, and if you do, this card gains 100 ATK for each card banished by this effect. If this card is destroyed: You can target 1 Spellcaster-Type monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target.

Like yesterday, this card belongs in a deck that revolves around getting it out. Elemental Hero Prisma, Phantom of Chaos, Dragons Mirror, and The Eye of Timaeus are all good ways of advancing that process. The ATK boost from removing Spell Cards from either players Graveyard (min. 1) and from only one grave is a nifty feature. The best effect that Amulet Dragon has though is its Special Summon effect of a Spellcaster-Type monster if Amulet Dragon is destroyed. Any way of destruction will activate this effect (even if the card doesn't hit the Graveyard). You are likely going to have a Spellcaster in the Graveyard (even if it is only Magician of Faith or Effect Veiler), so getting a 1 for 1 trade is nice. Its stats are pretty good, 2900ATK is nothing to scoff at, and it could get higher depending on if its effect hits. Spellbooks could see their grave drained of resources and be facing down a beefed-up Amulet Dragon.

And just like yesterday's card, Fusion monsters aren't popular. You'll need to play Dark Magician, or a substitute for it (but then you won't be playing Prisma or Eye of Timaeus). Not being able to be Special Summoned in any other fashion really drops the playability of Amulet Dragon, as well as DMG the Dragon Knight. If either could be Special Summoned after being properly Fusion Summoned it would drastically raise their playability (Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon, Lightpulsar Dragon, etc.). Fun deck involving both of the past two days monsters, and a fun deck can be competitive if built correctly.

Traditional-1.5/5
Advanced-2.5/5
Art-5/5-Dark Magician has given the order “Shit is about to go down!”

Until Next Time


Baneful
Amulet Dragon
 
Yesterday we reviewed Dark Magician Girl + a dragon, fused together.  Today, this is what Dark Magician and a dragon would be like. 
 
With an already strong 2900 ATK, it's ability for you to banish your spells and gain a little bit more ATK is largely superfluous.  It's still vulnerable to basic removal despite the inherent nature of Fusion monsters being -2's to summon.  It's a big investment with little reward.  The effect of reviving a Spellcaster monster is nice, but is passive and slow whereas DMG the Dragon Knight is quicker and can be more aggressive by destroying an opponent's monster clearing the way for an attack.  This card sits and waits, in comparison.
 
I would argue that this is a step down from DMG the Dragon Knight.  It's slightly stronger, but it's way slower and less dangerous.  And if I wanted to revive a monster, why don't I just run Call of the Haunted.  It would save the headache.
 
Traditional: 1.0
Advanced: 1.0
Terrorking And to finish the week, we come to yet another bad, nostalgia cad. And we started so strongly too, my beauties. Worry not, I shall make this somewhat entertaining for you, as I always do.
 
Amulet Dragon is a card even worse than yesterday's. Generally, when you Fusion Summon you're doing so because the Fusion monster is better than its individual parts... so Amulet dragon reviving the Dark Magician you discarded to make it is rather awful. You know, considering 2500 ATK is downright laughable these days, and non-dragon-type normal monsters are a cruel joke, Dark Magician is not something you should even be considering. 
 
But I got ahead of myself, talking about its revival effect before addressing its main one. This card can banish any amount of Spells from the Graveyard whenever it's summoned, and it gains 100 ATK for each. Earlier I said 2500 ATK is laughable... the truth is all ATK is laughable without some kind of protection behind it. This will be coming out at 3000+ ATK mostly, but without built-in protection, you'll just be stuck with some awful 2500 ATK vanilla monster after you summon this (and that's assuming Number 101 isn't involved). 
 
Can I say this is in the spirit of the original card from the anime? I don't know. That card didn't do much against Raphael in the second duel... in fact, it was almost an after thought.
 
Advanced: 1/5
Traditional: 1/5

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