When this card is Normal Summoned or Special
Summoned successfully, you can add 1 Spell Card from
your Graveyard to your hand. A monster that is
destroyed by this monster as a result of battle is
removed from play instead of going to the Graveyard.
When this card is destroyed or removed from the
field, it is removed from play.
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 is Horrible.
3 is Average.
5 is the highest rating.
May 12, 2016
We finish off our banlist weeks with the other card
that has been unbanned: Dark Magician of Chaos has
now moved from Forbidden straight to Unlimited,
probably thanks to its new errata from
The errata was rather simple, actually. Instead of
DMoC adding a Spell Card to your hand when he’s
summoned, he now adds it at the End Phase. This
prevents him from being abused as he was in the past
in Decks like Perfect Circle, Dark Armed Return, and
I would say that this errata killed any use that
DMoC had, but realistically, he wasn’t good anyway,
and could have been Unlimited without an errata.
He’s way too slow to be effective, and has been for
quite a long time. The errata means he probably
won’t ever be a problem in the future, which is
good, but it also probably killed any chance of him
being good too.
This is another card that I've
been saying could be unbanned for a while. It
should have been unbanned a few years ago.
Now, it's at 3. But, the downside is that this
card got a nerf. You get the Spell Card during the
End Phase rather than immediately. This nerf
was unnecessary considering that this card would not
have been overpowered even if were taken off the
forbidden list with its original effect in tact.
It's also not as broken as it once was. During
the heyday of the Chaos era, Spells like Pot of
Greed, Delinquent Duo, Graceful Charity and
Metamorphosis dominated the game. They're all
currently banned. Now, although some
archetypes rely on strong spells, we've largely
shifted to an time period (in the past 7 years) in
which monsters have the most powerful effects - and
not Spells. , On the bright side, it has strong ATK,
banishes monsters destroyed in battle (which can
hurt Pendulums). Although times have gotten
more competitive, there are more ways to Special
Summon this card (like Pendulum, if you got a 9+
scale) than ever. Having to wait for your
Spell Card is an unfortunate restriction, but it
doesn't affect the overall card advantage of this
card. If we're looking at generic LV8
monsters, DMOC is still one of the better ones.
And for the next ban list,
here's a list of cards I'd like to see some of which
unbanned (as is): Elemental Hero Stratos, Redox
Dragon Ruler of Boulders, Sangan, Tribe-Infecting
Virus, El Shaddoll Construct and Time Seal.
The following cards can also be unbanned with hard
"Once Per Turn" clauses: Ultimate Offering, Mass
Driver, Butterfly Dagger Elma, Substitoad, Mind
Master, Makyura the Destructor, Magical Scientist,
Dark Magician of Chaos
Sadly, sadly, this card has turned from decent, to
borderline junk... Hence why its gone straight from
being Banned to a 3 of card.
DMoC looks almost exactly the same as it did when it
was first released, BUT, there is one slight, teeny
little difference... It now MUST remain face-up
until the End Phase of the turn in which it was
Summoned, otherwise, you will be unable to gain any
Spell cards at all via its effect, leaving it
vulnerable to removal as well as Negation... Since
not being there on the field will essentially mean
that its Negated. And so just like MST "Negates" as
per the joke, when it comes to DMoC, Compulsory
Evacuation Device Negates could be the joke instead.
Furthermore, since it doesn't add the card to hand
until the End Phase, unless you are adding a
Quickplay, you'll not have any opportunity to
utilise it until your next turn... Assuming that it
Disappointing Errata to a card that not only really
didn't need it to begin with, but that shouldn't
realistically have been Banned for as long as it
should have been.
Rating: 2 Play this for fun, collect it for
memory sake... But for a Level 8 2 Tribute monster,
there are BETTER options... Ones that don't have to
wait until the End Phase and that cannot be
"Negated" by BTH or CED, perhaps!!!
Hello Pojo Fans,
Errata strikes again! This time it is one of the
best Spellcaster-Type monsters ever: Dark Magician
Same effect as before, except you'll be adding a
spell from your grave during your End Phase instead
of immediately. Also, DMoC's effect can only be used
once per turn. That last part matters now because he
is unlimited. As a Spellcaster player since the
beginning, I love seeing this beast return. While
some hate on this card for not being as good as
before, I see it more as a need for instant
gratification vs being patient. So you have to wait
to use the spell you brought back to your hand
rather than getting to play it right away. You still
likely are to have a 2800ATK monster with removal
powers upon attacking. Yang Zings hate this guy, as
well as several searchers. So many ways to Special
Summon this guy, he works great with Trade-In and
Allure of Darkness, and you can now run three of
The card is still a great card to use if it fits
your strategy. Is he still as good as he used to be?
No. The game changes, cards get changed, but you
will still get that spell and have it for next turn.
Advanced-4/5- 3 gives you more flex with draw power
and removal of this guy
DMOC is back! Dark Magician of Chaos has his own
QuickPlay Spell Card to Special Summon him from the
Hand, Field, or Graveyard. Then he can get any Spell
in your grave back to your hand, but only during the
End Phase and only once per turn. I believe that if
you get a QuickPlay Spell, you could activate it
before the end of your turn. Then, any monster this
card destroys gets banished. That effect hasn't
changed at all. His final effect hasn't changed
either. When Dark Magician of Chaos leaves the
field, he banishes himself. In short, this monster
is still a great boss for Dark Magicians. He gets
all the generic Spellcaster support as well. Have
fun with your nostalgia deck and Happy Friday!
Dark Magician of Chaos
The return of the original spellcaster god marks a
new era that has only scratched the surface. I can’t
tell you how surprised I was to see DMOC return
right to 3 instead of just 1, even after the modest
errata. And that’s because there are a surprising
number of cards that can special summon him straight
from the deck. Besides the current cards of Dark
Renewal, Dedication through Light and Dark,
Temperance of Prophesy, Reaper of Prophesy, and Fool
of Prophesy, there are other cards coming soon that
also allow his summon straight from the deck: Dark
Horizon and Ebon Void Magician. And this isn’t to
mention cards that will easily summon him from the
hand (Magical Dimension, Lemon Magician Girl), grave
(Dark Magic Veil, Choco Magician Girl), or even the
banished pile (Escape from the Dark Dimension.)
There aren’t many monsters that can do that! I just
got finished complaining about how overpowered
Emergency Teleport was during Wednesday’s review.
Straight from the deck is desirable.
The only thing that keeps Dark Magician of Chaos
from retaining his dominance of old isn’t his
errata, but his lack of consistent ways to restore
him from the banished pile. In the days of Dimension
Fusion and Return from the Different Dimension, DMOC
all but forced himself onto the ban list for a
decade simply because his combos were unbeatable.
Any card that lets you add multiple spell cards to
your hand instantly is just insane. (Spellbook of
Judgment anyone?) But now, unless you are running
Escape from the Dark Dimension and happen to draw
it, once DMOC is gone, he’s gone.
But this won’t last forever. I wholeheartedly
believe that the reason old cards are finally
getting errata is because those ancient banned cards
are still symbols of the game. Summoning Dark
Magician of Chaos is a joy. Now, it’s a shame that
certain cards were hit too hard (poor Crush Card
Virus.) But it appears Konami has learned its
lesson, because DMOC and Sangan, among others, will
enjoy playing time once again. Their revised effects
only balance them. And I’m sure future support will
be released that will allow Dark Magician of Chaos
to thrive once more. He’s a Dark Magician at heart.
Future Potential: 4.5/5
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