I was advised to not “mine at night” so lets do it
right now. That's right, were going mining with
Magical Stone Excavation. A Normal Spell card, this
card lets you discard two cards to get a Spell Card
back to your hand.
A card that drops two from your hand in return for
one (a minus 2 in all) wouldn't be a very good card.
This card can't be played in every deck, nor would
you really want to. The only decks that will be
playing this card are decks that can really gain an
advantage from playing it. Decks that fill the grave
like Zombie, Destiny Hero, Dragons, and Lightsworn
could play this card (but may choose not to).
Dumping monsters like Treeborn Frog and Dandylion
are best for this card to attempt to break even off
its negative. I've seen the card played in a Diamond
Dude Turbo years ago, but I don't Magical Stone
Excavation being played much nowadays. Infernities
could potentially play it, as could Fables, but I've
never came across an Infernity or Fabled deck using
it. There are better cards to play in both formats
to return a Spell Card to your hand from the
Graveyard that won't cost you two cards. Destiny
Hero decks could still use it and hope Diamond Dude
hits it with his effect, avoiding the discarding.
With Monster Reborn gone this card lost a lot of
support for playing it. If you play it, you'd better
be getting back a game-changing card like Dark Hole.
Traditional- 4/5- a lot more options to choose from,
deck possibilities, etc.
There were times when this card has been given
lavish praise and I never understood what the hype
was about. It's literally a -2. No Spell Card is
worth that cost. And for only 1 discard, Monster
Reincarnation gives you a monster. Monsters are more
powerful than Spells, right now. Even getting Pot of
Greed would make this card a -1, unless you
discarded 1 or 2 graveyard floaters. Even then,
sounds dubious to me.
While in Traditional Format, there are some Spell
Cards you might want to bring back (ehh...), in
Advanced, no Spell Card is not worth the cost. Dark
Hole? MST? Pot of Duality? Book of Moon? For two
cards, no thanks.
Hello my lovelies, and welcome to your hero's [my]
review of Magical Stone Excavation.
Card's outdated and junk by today's standards. The
real powerful spells you'd want to bring back with
this card aren't exactly legal for play right now,
so dumping three cards just to get back one spell
card is not a very attractive position. In the past
this card was part of some first turn kill with
Kuraz and Magical Explosion, but Explosion's
limited. Also, a nearly identical card in Spell
Reproduction has always been a thing and has never
made any kind of splash. This card's not very good.
Traditional: 2.5/5 (WHAT? A CARD BEING BETTER IN
TRADITIONAL?! SAY IT ISN'T SO!"
Trivia: This card was first played by Yami Marik in
the original Yu-Gi-Oh anime.
Magical Stone Excavation has a good effect, but
the cost is so exorbitant that the card is generally
terrible. For the cost of 3 cards, you get to
re-use one of the spells in your grave. For this to
be worth it, the spell would have to allow you to go
at least plus 2. Spells that broken (think
Dimension Fusion, Gateway of the Six, Harpie's
Feather Duster, etc) simply aren't legal anymore.
The spell would have to be on that level of
brokenness to consider the cost to be worth it.
Now there are ways to circumvent the cost. The
primary example of this is Diamond Dude. Diamond
Dude Turbo is the reason the card was limited in the
first place. Of course, that deck is not even close
to an issue anymore. Keeping Magical Stone
Excavation on the list because of Diamond Dude
really doesn't make any sense. I doubt the deck
would even play the card anymore with all of the
power spells forbidden.
Rating: 1.5/5 (Very Bad)
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