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Top 10 New YuGiOh Cards of 2015

#3 - Kozmo Dark Destroyer
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Card Ratings
Advanced: 4.90 

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


Date Reviewed:
Dec. 29, 2015

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Riko
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We’ve now reached #3 on our Top 10 Countdown: Kozmo Dark Destroyer!
 
Position on my list: N/A
 
I ignored Dark Destroyer altogether because I wanted to keep archetype-specific cards down to one per archetype, if I included them at all. I personally feel Farmgirl is a much more important card to Kozmo than Dark Destroyer, but you still can’t ignore just how powerful this ship is.
 
3000 ATK is, thirteen years after the game’s release, still very difficult to even match; most monsters are lucky if they hit 2800. Tack on an immunity to targeting and you have a huge nuisance on your hands. To make matters worse, Dark Destroyer, being a Kozmo ship, will replace itself with a lower-Leveled Kozmo if destroyed, so your only way of permanently dealing with it is through non-targeting, non-destroying removal (or through destruction + Abyss Dweller).
 
Granted, this current format has many ways to do that, the most notable examples being Ignister Prominence and Chimeratech Fortress Dragon. However, something to note is that this card’s existence is part of the reason such removal became so popular (aside from also being the best form of removal anyway). While the Kozmo archetype has ended up (in my opinion) being vastly overrated, you can’t deny the impact it (and by extension, Dark Destroyer) had on the metagame.
 
Rating: 5/5


Baneful

#3 on Pojo's list ; #6 on mine.  My assessment of him remains exactly the same as it was 2 months ago: 

Aside from (perhaps) Farmgirl, Dark Destroyer is the best Kozmo monster out right now.  Essential.  Staple card.  Every Kozmo deck needs to run 3.  
 
Forerunner was already an amazing card, but this takes everything to the next level.  Instead of 2800 ATK, you get 3000.  Instead of a passive LP gain effect, you can immediately destroy a monster (negging your opponent and opening the field up for an OTK).  The fact that Goodwitch/Farmgirl/Strawman/Wickedwitch allow you to summon this card from your hand at any time makes it even deadlier, since you can use Dark Destroyer's destruction effect as a way to disrupt a combo during the opponent's turn.  And, it replaces itself with a LV7 or lower monster (instead of a LV6 or lower).  This means you can summon Dark Destroyer, then replace it with a Forerunner, and then replace that Forerunner with a Sliprider, and you have a practically endless army of powerful monsters.  
 
But don't think for a second that this makes Forerunner in anyway obsolete (I'll still be copies of him too).  Since, as said earlier, you can use this card to summon Forerunner (and it's always nice to have some LP gaining in a Psychic deck as well).  If you thought 3 massive powerhouses that are difficult to take down and easy to OTK with were powerful enough, Dark Destroyer just takes the deck to the next level.
 
5/5


Kingof
Lullaby

Hello Pojo Fans,
 
From the moment it was released, it was a certainty that Kozmo Dark Destroyer was going to make it onto the Top 10 of 2015 list. The strongest card so far in the “Kozmo” archetype in terms of ATK, Dark Destroyer has an insane amount of positives going for it.
 
High stats, Attribute and Type support aside, monster removal upon any form of summoning itself is great. Any non-Machine Kozmo has the potential to Special Summon Dark Destroyer from the hand. If the opponent has only 1 monster on the field, Dark Destroyer's appearance is an almost guaranteed 3000 damage. Protection against being targeted by your opponent eliminates things like Compulse and Book from stopping your attacks. Finally, a 1-for-1 trade option combined involving your deck upon destruction and being sent to the graveyard finishes off this monsters overpowering presence. It was bad enough that it has tremendous stats and support behind it, got worse that it protects itself from targeting effects, but then like all Machine-Type “Kozmo” monsters it has the power to replace itself with a different “Kozmo” once it hits the grave upon destruction.
 
Dark Destroyer is a boss monster if there ever was one for a deck. Even once Kozmo Dark Eclipser is released into the TCG, Dark Destroyer will continue to be a driving force in the Kozmo deck.
 
Advanced-4/5
Art-4/5
 
Until Next Time
KingofLullaby

Warlockblitz

We're getting close to the end. Kozmo Dark Destroyer received a very high score of 4.5/5 when we reviewed it oh so recently. The reason it scored so high was because the card and its deck were very powerful. Only the deck has decreased in power. The card is still one of the best best monsters for an archetype. Dark Destroyer has high Atk, self protection, ease of summoning, a Graveyard replenishment effect, and no cost destruction. Similar to yesterday, I might have combined Farmgirl and Dark Destroyer into one day to place Kozmo higher on the list, but 6th and 3rd are plenty high. 
 
Score: 4.5/5
Art: 5/5 I sold mine for $100. I'm glad I did before the price dropped. 
 
-WarlockBlitz

Snodin

Kozmo Dark Destroyer

I'll do my best not to repeat myself from before. Basically, this is the “I Win” card of the Kozmo theme. It's a powerhouse of 3000-ATK points, it insta-kills a monster upon being summoned, AND, it cannot be targeted by an opponent's card effects. And it isn't without backup; should it be destroyed and sent to the Graveyard, you can special summon a lower-level Kozmo monster, straight from the deck. Not the hand, the DECK. You do realize how tricky it is to pull that one game-winning card from a deck of forty-plus, right? And while it can't grab a copy of itself (level 8), its smaller companions pack a punch too, so if you ever happen to pull one of these bad boys from a set, you should consider making your own Kozmo deck- for fun, at the very least.

Score: 5/5 (Kozmo only)


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