We last reviewed Mirror
Force in July. This is a card that really goes in
and out in terms of usage these days, and at the
time we reviewed it last, it was not popular by any
means; the existence of the Hands meant Dimensional
Prison was a better card, and the metagame that
followed consisted of the likes of Shaddoll and
Burning Abyss, both of which did not take a heavy
loss from having their monsters destroyed. The
release of Qliphort breathed new life into Mirror
Force as a way to prevent them from OTK’ing you, but
it was mainly relegated to the Side Deck for this,
and eventually started to fall to the wayside as the
Deck started to main more backrow hate.
The release of Nekroz, however, has shoved Mirror
Force right back into the limelight as one of the
major MVP Traps of the format (along with Vanity’s
Emptiness and Mind Crush, yesterday’s card). This
card is simply a blowout against Nekroz when used
properly; in most cases their backrow hate gets
saved for the floodgates that will prevent them from
playing, so oftentimes they get caught by a Mirror
Force after establishing a board, losing a large
amount of their setup and advantage.
Unfortunately, Mirror Force, much like other battle
traps, suffers from being a “flavor of the month.”
That is, it is very powerful when it isn’t expected,
but then it catches on and people prepare for it and
play around it, reducing its usefulness. It then
gets dropped from Decks, and people stop preparing
for it, causing a loop as the metagame progresses.
Cards like Mirror Force go in and out of this cycle.
If used when your opponent doesn’t expect it though,
Mirror Force will steal games for you. It’s another
one of those timeless cards that may not be popular
at a given point, but will definitely come back for
a little bit to make an impact (I said a similar
thing about Dark Hole as it was on its way out of
the metagame around the same time, and now it too is
starting to make a comeback).
Mirror Force is hardly something people
aren't/shouldn't be familiar with, but it's an old
card, as I'm sure you're aware. Although
reviewed less than a year ago, as it tends to move
on/off/up/down the Ban List frequently, it's
usefulness depends on the Format, and other cards
available...or not. Mirror Force is good,
hell, sometimes it's phenomenal. It's a card
that can and has won many a game. People
switch to more or less specific cards, cards that
may or may not target, but for widespread
destruction (pun for Widespread Ruin) Mirror Force
is the best at what it does. Period. Now
I would never fault a pro nor a novice for (or not
for ) using Mirror Force. The thing that sucks
for Mirror Force is that with SOOOOOO many options
these days for protection, destruction, etc, it just
doesn't have to be played. I'd run one in your
side deck if you have room. Just cause you
4.25/5 A little high, maybe in the now. But
nostalgia probably kicks that up .25 a point or so
This card has seen a surprising resurgence recently,
and this is because of a few contributing factors.
Monsters have more immunity to being Targeted.
Some Decks can Special Summon numerous cards at once
without all that much effort.
Mystical Space Typhoon cannot be wasted on a “Blind
Since many monsters cannot be targeted, removing
them via Compulsory Evacuation Device or Dimensional
Prison is not an option.
While it is true that some monsters also have
protection against destruction the advantages gained
by protecting your monsters far outweighs the
Nekroz and Qliphort can spit out numerous monsters
at the same time and cannot always clear your
Backrow even though they have done so.
Relistically though, Mirror Force will be used to
remove 1-2 monsters at the most, rarely will an
opponent lose more than this.
Realistically, Mirror Force serves as far more of a
deterrent to large amounts of Summons once your
opponent knows that you are using it.
If nothing else, it will make them fearful of any
backrow that they cannot remove and can ensure that
you survive an extra turn or even two, giving you
more of an opportunity to turn the Duel in your
Because of the simple fact that Mystical Space
Typhoon in many instances MUST be saved for use
against Vanity’s Emptiness and at least Snatch Steal
as well, wasting Mystical Space Typhoon on a card
that may otherwise not actually hurt you is a risk
that really you cannot afford to take, as such
Mirror Force has far more chance of surviving
unscathed, and thus, becomes more effective as a
Very useful card, and is seeing play in numerous
Decks for good reason.
Three’s not being an uncommon amount to be included
in some Decks, especially Masked Hero’s!
Rating: 4. Because it is a Battle Phase and thus non
chainable Trap its score is diminished, but against
Nekroz this is at times a very handy card to have on
And actually, any Lower Tier Deck or Deck that is
just a little slower to start off can very
effectively include Mirror Force.
Deserves consideration in many Decks, especially
Backrow heavier Decks.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Throughout the years the name may have lost its
importance, but the nostalgia will never fade for
Mirror Force. One of the most sought-after cards
when released (and even after subsequent reprints),
people maintain to desire at least a copy of an MRD
Mirror Force for collection purposes, if not a use
in a deck.
It has gone through some errataing, the card still
has the power to swing the momentum of a game.When an opponent's monster declares an
attack: Destroy all Attack Position monsters your
opponent controls. Simple and destructive. It no
longer negates an attack, which works in its favor.
You can chain cards like Magic Cylinder alongside
Mirror Force to create even more damage to your
opponent while still wiping their board clean of
attack position monsters. Its non-targeting ability
helps encompass monsters that are protected against
With the format having been weighted heavily on
offense the past few formats, and swarming at a
premium, Mirror Force is a for-sure Side Deck
choice. While monsters benefit from hitting the
graveyard like Burning Abyss and Shaddoll, the
ability to clear the board of danger outweighs your
opponent gaining their effects once they get there.
I run one always in any deck that I use (MRD Magic
Jammer for MRD Mirror Force nearly a decade ago) and
I would think about running a second in my Side Deck
if room could be found.
Until Next Time
Mirror Force hails from the school of old. It's
been around since the days of Metal Raiders (Google
it) and it's always been involved in almost every
format. Mirror Force is a simple yet powerful Trap
card. It can wipe away your opponent's entire field
of monsters if they are reckless, and allow you to
live for another turn to try to capitalize on them
walking smack into this card. Its only weak point is
that it can only be activated when your opponent
declares an attack, so it may get destroyed by
either Mystical Space Typhoon or a bunch of other
cards that wreck Spell/Trap cards during the main
phase. Some players may overlook Mirror Force these
days, but it is still a great way to punish an over
extending player that decided to go all out.
Fun Fact: Mirror Force is one of the few cards to
appear in all five Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series.
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