2 Level 7 monsters
You can also Xyz Summon this card by using a Rank 6 Spellcaster-Type Xyz Monster you control as the Xyz Material. (Xyz Materials attached to that monster also become Xyz Materials on this card.) Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; Special Summon 1 Spellcaster-Type Normal Monster from your hand or Deck. When a Spellcaster-Type Normal Monster declares an attack: You can target 1 card your opponent controls; banish it. You can only use this effect of "Ebon Illusion Magician" once per turn.
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June 21, 2016
Ebon is an interesting monster indeed to review. He
was solely and unequivocally created for the Dark
Magician. And he is most definitely the premiere
extra deck monster to bring out with Dark Magicians.
With all the new support, Ebon is quite easy to
summon since getting any combination of Dark
Magician, Mahad, or Magician of Dark Illusion is a
cake walk. However that does not mean he has to only
be relegated to just one deck, especially in the
Ebon has a number of positive attributes. First off,
he’s a generic XYZ, which is extremely unusual for
Spellcasters. Of all the monsters types in the game,
Spellcaster Synchro and XYZ monsters are the hardest
to summon because they have the highest
concentration of non-generic monsters. The good ones
usually require spellcasters as material. But Ebon
only needs 2 level 7 monsters. Now, his subsequent
effects refer to spellcasters, but we’ll get back to
that in a bit. Second, he doesn’t specifically refer
to Dark Magician, even though he’s a Dark Magician
support card in every conceivable way. This is
important because he can get any level monster.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a wind type level 4
normal spellcaster in the game, because I would have
loved to try using Ebon in harpy decks. But this is
just an example of possible future potential.
His banishing effect doesn’t need embellishment.
It’s amazing in Dark Magician decks, especially when
Dark Magic Circle is out. But his middle effect to
be able to XYZ over a rank 6 spellcaster XYZ is
strange. Currently there’s only two in the entire
game: Magi Magi Magician Girl and Norito the Moral
Leader. And if you’re playing a deck that runs
either of those two monsters, you’re almost
assuredly not capable of including normal
spellcasters in your deck. I really can’t even
fathom why this effect was included. But, it’s an
additional effect and that’s always welcome.
Overall, Ebon is a solid monster that will be a
staple in Dark Magician decks that are getting a ton
of support and probably even more in the future.
Advanced: 4/5 (when Dark Magician support is
With the alternative summoning
requirement, it makes use of Dark Magician Girl, or
an actually decent LV6 like a Chaos Sorcerer that
just activated its effect. It can bring out a
Dark Magician from your deck, to give you two very
strong beaters. And you even get to banish a
card your opponent controls, which is really helpful
for dealing with Pendulum builds (so the Pendulums
don't return back to the Extra Deck), or against any
Since this is an Extra Deck card, and it's one
that's a staple in its deck type, this card suffers
from no draw probability issues and won't take away
Extra Deck space from more important cards ; as a
result, I'm awarding this card a high score.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Dark Magician support is on the horizon and I, along
with countless others are pumped! Ebon Illusion
Magician fits in with the upcoming support.
Rank 7, DARK, Spellcaster, good ATK/DEF. Having an
easier way of Xyz Summoning in addition to the
traditional way is always good, a Rank 6 Spellcaster
Xyz may be easier to come by. Trade a material for a
Normal Spellcaster from the hand or deck will thin
your deck in addition to giving you another monster
to use. While you could go from your hand, you will
likely always take from the deck.
Banishment of a card when a Normal Spellcaster
attacks is incredible. Big monsters don't stand a
chance, walls will fall, any card on your opponents
field isn't safe from Ebon. Attack, then banish the
monster you are attacking with a Normal Spellcaster,
making it into a direct attack. Pendulum Monsters
are targets to deal with without destroying them and
potentially activating effects.
Once the support comes, Ebon will be seeing a lot of
Dark Magician gets some help with this card first
released 2 years ago. Ebon Illusion Magician is a
Rank 7 Dark Spellcaster-type XYZ monster with 2500
Atk and 2100 Def. Why? Why can't we have nice
things? 2700 Atk would have been at least some
improvement. For the investment of 2 Level 7
monsters to Special Summon this, there should be
more bang for the buck. As it is he does nothing for
himself, but a good amount for Dark Magician, the
only Level 7 Spellcaster Normal Monster that
There is an alternate way to get Ebon Illusion
Magician onto the field legitimately. You can XYZ
Summon him on top of a Rank 6 Spellcaster-type XYZ
monster you control. Unfortunately, there are not
very many of those to chose. But, more options are
still nice to have. The only effect that costs 1
material can also only be activated once per turn.
Unless you have more than one Ebon Illusion Magician
with XYZ material, you can Special Summon 1 Level 7
or lower Spellcaster-type Normal monster from your
Hand or Deck. I'm glad they didn't specify Dark
Magician, but that's still the only real target
you'll be getting. If it had said graveyard, Gemini
monsters would be viable targets, but sadly no. The
last effect targets an opponent's monster after a
Spellcaster-type Normal monster declares an attack.
You can banish the opponent's monster. You can only
do that once per turn no matter how many Ebon
Illusion Magician's you have on the field. I wish it
didn't target, but banishing is better than
destroying against most decks. This card has a lot
of 'almost's. It's almost strong enough. The effects
are almost boss monster worthy. So it almost gets a
Score: 3/5 More potential later this year.
Art: 4/5 He seems very active in this picture.
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