Day 3 of Classic Week. Today, Graceful
Charity. It came in the Pegasus Starter Deck,
even though he never used it in the original anime.
Most of the cards in that deck were bad (worse than
the Joey deck) , so they had to put something in
there to get everyone to buy it. There were
plenty of cards Pegasus actually used in the anime
which weren't released yet, but that's beside the
Considering the fact that Pot of Greed was legal at
the time and it was an easy +1, Graceful Charity
seemed like a more balanced draw option. You
drew 3 cards but you also lost 2 cards plus Graceful
itself. It was a +0, revenue neutral.
But there was a way to +1 on it. Many players
held Graceful in their hand and waited until they
drew Sinister Serpent (or searched it out via Sangan),
so they can discard a floater instead of a card they
Why It Got Banned:
We always knew it was a very powerful card, but
during the early stages of the game, we needed it.
There wasn't a lot of draw power nor many quality
graveyard dumping cards. Archetypes didn't
have much exclusive draw support. But as the
game progressed, the card pool increased and we
needed to make more room for new cards rather than
let the old guard stay in power forever.
Graceful was seen as the most balanced member of the
card advantage trinity (Pot of Greed and Delinquent
Duo were much worse). But with those gone,
Graceful stuck out like a sore thumb. More
graveyard based effects came out (such as Dark
Worlds at the time) and more revival options for
archetypes came out.
It was a catch 22. As the game got faster,
Graceful was needed less. And when the game
was slow, it was too overpowered.
This card is every bit as good as it's ever been.
There's no reason why one wouldn't use the card.
It has no costs or real downsides. You get to
draw before you discard, so you ultimately pick out
your best possible hand. It speeds up your
deck, helps fill your graveyard. I'm not sure,
at any point, that there would be a time when people
wouldn't want to use this banned staple again.
How to Balance It.
The game could certainly use more balanced draw
options, even in vein of Graceful. Many of the
"Graceful" cards released later on have not been
good. There are possible things they could do
to fix it. Put a restriction on the card.
Prevent graveyard abuse (since it was meant in the
time when graveyard effects, as well as reviving,
weren't as common).
Advanced: 5/5 (hypothetical)
Traditional: 5/5 (i'd give it a 10/5 if I could)
As for my balanced version, I would make something
Pay 1000 life points. Draw 3 cards.
Then, return 2 cards from your hand to the bottom of
your deck in either order. You can only
activate this card during the start of your Main
Phase 1, and then you cannot activate any more Spell
or Trap Cards for the remainder of the turn.