The player with the lowest LP takes no damage. Once per turn, during the Main Phase: The turn player can pay 1000 LP, then activate 1 of these effects;
● Draw 1 card.
● Destroy this card.
● Your opponent gains 1000 LP.
Neither player can activate cards or effects in response to this effect's activation.
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 is Horrible.
3 is Average.
5 is the highest rating.
May 12, 2016
We continue our second banlist week with another
surprising hit: Chicken Game, which is now
This card’s primary use has been abuse in FTK Decks
to draw through your Deck really quickly, either to
pull off a Magical Explosion FTK or to draw into
Exodia. Monarch Explosion FTK actually gained some
traction, and was probably the reason this card got
hit (along with Upstart Goblin being Limited).
However, Chicken Game did have another notable use;
in Decks that relied on Field Spells, Chicken Game
allowed you to run multiple copies of Terraforming
while reducing the risk of becoming dead. The idea
was that if you drew multiples of Terraforming
and/or a Field Spell, you could use Terraforming to
search out Chicken Game, draw a card, then activate
the other Field Spell, effectively turning
Terraforming into Upstart Goblin. It gave Decks that
relied on Field Spells more consistency, and losing
that play actually kind of sucks.
I’m not entirely sure how to feel about Chicken
Game. While its design does unfortunately lend
itself to being abused, there are many other
(arguably better) ways to deal with FTK Decks, such
as banning Life Equalizer (which the OCG did) or
Royal Magical Library (which always sees use only in
FTK Decks), and outside of these FTK Decks and Decks
that rely on a Field Spell, the card is actually
rather subpar. I do feel like there was a better way
to deal with FTK Decks than this, but it was
admittedly an effective hit. It’s just a shame that
Field Spell-focused Decks took a hit as a result.
This card has an interesting
unique design mechanic, but I wouldn't call it a
healthy one. It's effectively an Upstart
Goblin with a life point price your opponent must as
well. In order to get rid of it without
minusing, the opponent must lose 1000 LP in order to
activate its second effect (and if they do that,
they won't get to draw from this card). If the
opponent does decide to draw from this card, they'll
always be a card behind the player who activated
Chicken Game. On top of that, the player can
use it as stall if their life points are lower.
This card deserves the ban, but on the bright side,
you'll want to use it in traditional matches.
Oh, how I LOVED using Chicken Game in my Monarchs...
And not for Magical Explosion OTK Monarchs, but
instead for the HUGE consistency boost that this
card provided to Monarchs.
Firstly, being a Field Spell meant that this could
be searched out via Terraforming, then, use Chicken
Game to Draw a card and then finally, Summon Ehther,
Special Summon Kuraz and "Pop" Chicken Game and
(lets say) Kuraz to Draw 2 cards... Meaning that
you've now just gained profit!
While many consider this opinion of mine a little
unpopular, using Terraforming to search out Chicken
Game, whom then Draws you a card, is akin to using
something like Pot of Greed... Now SURE, you only
get the one random card that Chicken Game searched
you, BUT it did mean that you've just reduced your
Deck by 2 cards, then if you Summon Kuraz, you are
able to remove Chicken Game, Draw 1 and prevent your
opponent from using its effect(s)... In Monarchs,
this is what made Chicken Game a far superior option
to that of Upstart Goblin, since you've used that
initial Terraforming to remove 3 cards in total from
your Deck (1 in grab CG, 1 in CG Draw and 1 in Kuraz
pop CG Draw).
Of course many people feared the potential of
leaving Chicken Game on the field allowing an
opponent to use it... Generally, in Monarchs this
rarely ever happened!
And while the Banning of Chicken Game hits Exodia
and Magical Explosion OTK's, the reality is that
what was really hurt by the Banning of this card
was/ is Monarchs... The card in my opinion was
borderline broken in the Deck since along with
Upstart Goblin and Pantheism, a player was able to
set up their Hand, Field, Graveyard and Banished
pile almost exactly as they'd like, first turn each
and every game... Which is what I see as the real
reason that this card was hit.
Still, surely Limiting this would have been
Rating: 4.25 Rarely is a Draw card Banned...
But when its searchable (Terraforming), can be
copied (Pseudo Space), can be Destroyed for
advantage (Kuraz) and can be used multiple times in
the same turn, most certainly is it going to attract
unwanted attention when it comes down to whether or
not its going onto the Banlist...
It's always fun to see a common card get banned.
Chicken Game is a generic draw card that is unique
as a Field Spell. We all know they hate generic draw
cards, and this one had an added bonus of protecting
the player who drew the card from life point damage.
They also hate OTK decks, and Chicken Game was an
excellent part of an Exodia build or the Magical
Explosion deck. Too many cons and not enough pros
(for them) means welcome to ban land, the true
Score: Banned/5 Game Over.
Art: 3/5 Still prefer the name Chicken Race
I’ve never been a fan of cards that let you
immediately draw 1 card. Eventually it becomes the
same thing as all the others, just an engine for
lowering deck counts or fueling OTK’s. Now, this
card at first glance is actually kind of
interesting, not because of the draw effect but
because of the protection effect. I tested Chicken
Game is a number of decks that take advantage of it,
such as Graydles, and it adds some flavor that can
be fun. Ramming a Graydle Alligator into a Blue Eyes
for no damage and then stealing it is hilarious. But
in the end, it became more of a detriment in the
long run, because allowing my opponent to draw for
free was more disadvantageous than its
Really I think this card would have been a lot more
fun if it only played around with the LP
gaining/subtracting effect and protection effect.
The draws led to its current demise, and now it’s
useful to no one.
Future Potential: 1.5/5
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