So I remember when Dark Magician of Chaos was
teaming up with this card to do crazy things, and
then Diamond Dude, but is the only difference now
between this spell and Soul Charge really the battle
phase and lifepoint cost? If so, just errata this
card and bring it back, because everybody banishes
these days. Giving your opponent a bunch of his
monsters is really unappealing and would most likely
keep people from maining it just for the sake of it,
especially in this ABC format. I’m not saying it
wouldn’t be used. I’m sure it would be played for
all sorts of shenanigans, but any card at 1 is
hardly scary unless it’s highly searchable (a la
Of the five cards we review this week, this is the
card I would say could come back the easiest, or
would make the smallest impact. It’s easy to forget
this card is dead weight if the opponent doesn’t
have a banished card as well. Bring it back, Konami.
Actually, this card didn't have much of a history.
It lasted for maybe 2 formats at most. It was
a very powerful card that was a near-staple, but it
got released at an inconvenient time. It got
released during the Chaos Emperor Dragon era in
Invasion of Chaos. That era was so imbalanced
that Konami/UDE decided to start banning cards.
Dimension Fusion was one of the earlier cards to get
banned. Had it been released at an earlier
time, it may have have been a permitted powerhouse
(like Delinquent Duo) for a while. At a later
time, with Chaos out of the way, it may have had a
meta to itself (like Return to a Different
Dimension). But this card was made to be used
with monsters like Dark Magician of Chaos, so it was
a two-edged sword.
Why It Got Banned:
Plain simple, it's crazy powerful. You can
summon a bunch of your banished monsters, strong or
weak. It's like a Monster Reborn on steroids,
except you can summon more than 1 monster. You
can refill your graveyard for more Chaos. It
lacked meaningful restrictions. Yes, you paid
2000 LP, but you gain a massive amount of card
advantage. You can OTK the opponent for much
more damage than that (with a revived swarm).
Yes, the opponent gets the monsters too, but the
player can simply choose to use it when they know
they'll benefit much more. Plus, you can just
destroy those monsters in battle with your monsters
(or via card effects.
today, this card is great. Not every deck will
use it. Some don't banish much. But the
ones that do banish a lot can abuse this. It
can also be tech against decks that banish your
cards. It doesn't have much of a legacy right
now. It's sad that this card was released in
such a chaotic era (pun intended). In a calmer
time, this would've been more than a footnote in
Advanced: 5/5 (hypothetical)
Here's a more balanced version of this card that I
Pay 1500 life points ; Special Summon 1 of your
banished monsters. If your opponent has
banished monster(s) of the same Type or Attribute,
they can Special Summon 1 of them. You cannot
attack directly during this turn.
Dimension Fusion is the most recent card by
release date, from Invasion of Chaos, of this week's
nostalgia week to be banned. It is a Normal Spell
that costs 2000 Life Points to let both player's
Special Summon as many banished monsters as the can.
No options other than if there are more than 5
eligible monsters, you get to pick the 5 on a clear
monster board. Why is this still banned? There are
on summon effects that might activate on either
side. Pendulum Summoning and Soul Charge can provide
similar advantage. This card is also useless if you
have less than 2000 Life Points. Sure it can be
searched by some random stuff that search the term
Fusion, but that is not why this is banned. They
tested Snatch Steal coming back, so I think we could
try a format with this non-nerfed card.
Yesterday I spoke about how I felt a return
sometime of Graceful Charity I could live with.
I feel quite differently about Dimension Fusion.
Like most Banned cards, it is more powerful in
Traditional, if only because it has more to work
with, ignoring the ban in Advanced, if only for a
moment. Dimension Fusion should stay banned
forever. (Along with Pot, Snatch Steal, and
Change of Heart). 2000 Lifepoints is a bargain
for a card that can generate as much advantage as
this can. It falls in the category of cards
that can turn a seemingly sure loss into a victory.
Advanced: Would be 4.5/5
This review is about the Forbidden Spell Card. If
you are looking for the goal of the main antagonist
of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, look up Arc Area Project.
Dimension Fusion was used occasionally in the anime,
mainly by Kaiba who would use it to bring back his
pieces of XYZ-Dragon Cannon after banishing them to
summon it. At the cost of 2000 LP, you allow both
players to summon as many of their banished monsters
back to the field as possible.
That seems fair, right? After all it helps both
players. But what happens when one player doesn’t
utilize the banish pile as much as the other?
It becomes insanely broken.
This card’s first most notable use, if I’m not
mistaken, was in Airblade Turbo, which utilized
Reasoning and Monster Gate to quickly turbo into
multiple copies of Elemental HERO Stratos. You then
used Divine Sword – Phoenix Blade to banish Warriors
from your Graveyard, which you then revived with
Dimension Fusion to easily put 8000 damage on the
board (while also wiping out opposing backrow thanks
to that other effect Stratos has that tends to be
ignored). The best part was that this Deck could do
this multiple times throughout the Duel, so even if
it got stopped, it would just do it again. This
Deck, if I’m not mistaken, dominated a good portion
of the format in the OCG, but didn’t have the same
luxury in the TCG, with Stratos not being released
until a month before it was ultimately Limited.
Dimension Fusion’s next most notable use, again, if
I’m not mistaken, was in Dark Armed Return. I was
just starting to get into competitive play when this
Deck was around, so forgive me if my details are
off, as Dark Armed Return was around for such a
short time that it tends to get overshadowed by what
eventually followed it (TeleDAD). But if I
understand correctly, Dark Armed Return made use of
the Destiny HERO engine (which only had 2 Malicious
at the time, but also had Disk Commander) and other
cards to turbo into Dark Armed Dragon, who banished
3 DARKs to destroy 3 cards. You then used either
Dimension Fusion or Return from the Different
Dimension (which does the same thing but is one
sided, temporary, and a Trap Card) to bring all of
those monsters back in order to make a push for
game. Allure of Darkness further fueled this
strategy by banishing DARKs from your hand.
This Deck was so powerful and centralizing that a
mere 3 months after its release, Upper Deck
to run this game) made emergency changes to the
banlist that banned Dimension Fusion, Limited RftDD,
and Semi-Limited Allure of Darkness. To put this in
perspective, this was only the second emergency
banlist change since the December 2006 banning of
Cyber-Stein, and not counting the immediate banning
of Temple of the Kings upon its release, we wouldn’t
see another emergency update to the banlist until
the Adjusted List in 2016 neutered Performage
Performapal, almost 8 years later.
And thus was the last we ever saw of Dimension
Fusion. Return from the Different Dimension was also
eventually banned, with its final hurrah being in
Dragon Rulers. Should either of these come back?
No. Even with the Rulers gone and the DAD Return and
Airblade strategies both severely weakened by time,
many Decks still make good use of the banish pile,
and would simply jump at either of these cards
coming back; Kozmo comes to mind for me.
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