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Vanity's Emptiness
- #STBL-EN076 

Neither player can Special Summon monsters. Destroy this card when a card is sent from the Deck or the field to your Graveyard.

Card Ratings
Advanced: 4.32 

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Date Reviewed:
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Baneful

Vanity’s Emptiness

For a while, this was arguably the best splashable card in the game.  Now, it’s limited to 1.  While you now have to rely on this card much less, it’s still a very good card since you negate an opponent’s card before this card self-destructs.  Granted, we’re in a trap-light format but Special Summoning is still very prevalent.

4/5


Dark

Paladin

I love cards like Vanity's Emptiness...the effect is crazy powerful, but balanced, in the fact that neither player can Special Summon Monsters.  However, with great power, comes equally balanced weakness...as soon as a card leaves the Field or your Deck and ends up in your Graveyard.  It's fun too, because sure, you could certainly construct a Deck around this premise.  Or at least before when you were able to use more than one.  Now you could still perhaps, but I digress.  If you keep this thing on the Field for even just a couple of turns, and can accomplish enough, it can very well win you a game.  But on the flip side, being you can only have the one (not that you needed more than one to begin with per say) do you waste 1 of 40 spots just for this, just for a couple turns?  It shouldn't ever really be a dead draw, but the earlier you get it, the better it's going to be for you, which factors in as well.  
 
Rating:  3.25/5  It's going to be great, and it's going to not be great, but it is better than average, so it had to get above a 3.
 
Art:  4.5/5


Rikothe
FoxKid
YouTube

After dodging quite a few banlists, Vanity’s Emptiness finally go the Limit it so very much deserved. This card didn’t see play initially upon its release, and in fact only first saw widespread use during the original Dragon Ruler format, where it proved to be a blowout card. Since then, the card has more or less been a mainstay of each format following, with how useful it actually was fluctuating depending on the meta. Regardless, it stayed useful.
 
Vanity’s Emptiness is, for all intents and purposes, Royal Oppression lite; it fulfills the exact same role of locking out Special Summons, but not to quite as powerful a degree and also with a downside that makes dealing with it easier. However, Emptiness was abused in the same way in that it could lock out Special Summons after someone had established a board. Having an Emptiness go up after a board has been built could often spell game for whoever was on the receiving end of it.
 
It is one of the two most powerful legal floodgates in the game (along with Skill Drain), if not the most powerful. The card has been a meta defining card many times since its popularity first spiked, and it is really quite a surprise that it took this long to get hit; quite frankly, it was deserved as early as October, if not earlier.
 
It is quite unfortunate timing, however, since Emptiness was one of the best answers to Nekroz, which, with Qliphort now out of the way, will almost definitely carve itself as the single best Deck of the format again. You’ll probably see Vanity’s being used moreso now than it was before the hit because the one Deck it was useless against is no longer a major threat.
 
Ultimately that doesn’t change how blatantly overpowered this card is. Hopefully we’ll soon see it join its brother Royal Oppression on the banlist.
 
Rating: 5/5


Electric
Soldier

I would like to apologize again for not writing as much as I'd like to, so I figured I would give my thoughts on a card that has had such a giant impact over the last few years, and yet, was relatively unknown before then(pretty weird right?So here we have it, Royal Oppression 2.0, Vanity's Emptiness.
 
It's a very, very simple card, and being a continuous trap means it is chainabe. It prevents all special summons, and self-destructs if anything is sent from the field or deck to YOUR(YOUR) graveyard. 
 
As for what this works against, it would be easier to say what it doesn't work against. It is such an insanely versatile card that the only decks that don't mind it are decks that don't really rely on special summoning that much, but even then they are still hurt by it. A quick overview of this card's history and usage:
 
Starting from the 2013 Dragon Ruler format, this was used after the Dragon Ruler player set up his field, so that the opponent couldn't do anything in response, due to Dragon Rulers being so reliant on special summoning. It was then that this card was "discovered" for the first time. Evilswarms also utilized Key Beetle to protect this card, and Spellbooks used their own Vanity's(Jowgen). In the second ruler format, it had pretty much the same usage as the first.
 
In 2014's formats, before Duelist Alliance, it was mostly relegated to side decks, with Sylvans and Mythic Rulers maining copies, due to the fact that they had less backrow, and therefore needed their backrow to be impactful. After Duelist Alliance dropped, most decks found themselves using Vanity's, as it had become a special summon heavy format again. Once Qliphorts dropped, it was one of the deck's two main floodgates, alongside Skill Drain.
 
2015's usage was about the same, but Yosenju abused it as well, and Nekroz players both hated and used this card. But now it's at 1, so all of these things are less consistent.
 
Overall though, an insanely powerful card that has certainly shaped more than 1 format. "He who special summons first, special summons last"
 
Advanced:5/5


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