Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh! news, tips, strategies and more!


Card Game
Card of the Day
TCG Fan Tips
Top 10 Lists
Banned/Restricted List
Yu-Gi-Oh News
Tourney Reports
Duelist Interviews

Featured Writers
Baneful's Column
Anteaus on YGO
General Zorpa
Dark Paladin's Dimension
Retired Writers

Releases + Spoilers
Booster Sets (Original Series)
LOB | MRD | MRL | PSV
LON | LOD | PGD | MFC
DCR | IOC | AST | SOD
RDS | FET
Booster Sets (GX Series)
TLM | CRV | EEN | SOI
EOJ | POTD | CDIP | STON
FOTB | TAEV | GLAS | PTDN
LODT
Booster Sets (5D Series)
TDGS | CSOC | CRMS | RBGT
ANPR | SOVR | ABPF | TSHD
STBL | STOR | EXVC
Booster Sets (Zexal Series)
GENF | PHSW | ORCS | GAOV
REDU | ABYR | CBLZ | LTGY
NUMH | JOTL | SHSP | LVAL
PRIO

Starter Decks
Yugi | Kaiba
Joey | Pegasus
Yugi 2004 | Kaiba 2004
GX: 2006 | Jaden | Syrus
5D: 1 | 2 | Toolbox
Zexal: 2011 | 2012 | 2013
Yugi 2013 | Kaiba 2013

Structure Decks
Dragons Roar &
Zombie Madness
Blaze of Destruction &
Fury from the Deep
Warrior's Triumph
Spellcaster's Judgment
Lord of the Storm
Invincible Fortress
Dinosaurs Rage
Machine Revolt
Rise of Dragon Lords
Dark Emperor
Zombie World
Spellcaster Command
Warrior Strike
Machina Mayhem
Marik
Dragunity Legion
Lost Sanctuary
Underworld Gates
Samurai Warlord
Sea Emperor
Fire Kings
Saga of Blue-Eyes
Cyber Dragon

Promo Cards:
Promos Spoiler
Coll. Tins Spoiler
MP1 Spoiler
EP1 Spoiler

Tournament Packs:
TP1 / TP2 / TP3 / TP4
TP5 / TP6 / TP7 / TP8
Duelist Packs
Jaden | Chazz
Jaden #2 | Zane
Aster | Jaden #3
Jesse | Yusei
Yugi | Yusei #2
Kaiba | Yusei #3
Crow

Reprint Sets
Dark Beginnings
1 | 2
Dark Revelations
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Gold Series
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Dark Legends
DLG1
Retro Pack
1 | 2
Champion Pack
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
5 | 6 | 7 | 8
Turbo Pack
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
5 | 6 | 7

Hidden Arsenal:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
5 | 6 | 7

Checklists
Brawlermatrix 08
Evan T 08
X-Ref List
X-Ref List w/ Passcodes

Anime
Episode Guide
Character Bios
GX Character Bios

Video Games
Millennium Duels (2014)
Nighmare Troubadour (2005)
Destiny Board Traveler (2004)
Power of Chaos (2004)
Worldwide Edition (2003)
Dungeon Dice Monsters (2003)
Falsebound Kingdom (2003)
Eternal Duelist Soul (2002)
Forbidden Memories (2002)
Dark Duel Stories (2002)

Other
About Yu-Gi-Oh
Yu-Gi-Oh! Timeline
Yugi Polls
Pojo's YuGiOh Books
Apprentice Stuff
Life Point Calculators
DDM Starter Spoiler
DDM Dragonflame Spoiler
The DungeonMaster
Millennium Board Game

Magic
DBZ
Pokemon
Yu Yu Hakusho
NeoPets
HeroClix
Harry Potter
Anime
Vs. System
Megaman

This Space
For Rent

Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh! Card of the Day
Daily Since 2002!

 Butterfly Dagger - Elma
-
DCR-032

The equipped monster gains 300 ATK. When this card is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard while equipped: You can return this card to the hand.

Card Rating
Advanced: See Below 


Date Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2016

Back to the main COTD Page

 

RCG

Butterfly Dagger – Elma

 

Seriously, just errata this bad card, Konami. I don’t know if I’m just defending the righteousness of the banned list, but I don’t like Elma’s presence, solely because I know it’s a terrible card, except for the fact it can be used in conjunction with other cards for OTK’s. I won’t lie to you. Once upon a time, many years ago, I partook in Elma decks. I used it on unsuspecting fools, dropping Gearfried and Spell Absorption and then claiming to have “infinite lifepoints.” It was fun… and it was dumb.

 

It really is fascinating for such a mediocre card to stay in the public conscious for so long simply because of its relation to another mediocre card. By themselves, Gearfried and Elma are dreadful and new players would never be able to tell you what they are or what they do, but because of what they do together, they remain infamous. Like Romeo and Juliet, but written and directed by Kevin Smith. So let’s just all end the dream. Or not. Whatever.

 

Advanced: 1/5

Future Potential: 0/5


Baneful

And we conclude Classic Week with a notorious card that saw more abuse in rogue play than use in meta play.   

History: This card was released in Dark Crisis for Guardians.  Except, the monster Elma was bad and Guardians were bad in general, so thankfully, this card was a generic equip.  For regular beatdown decks, it wasn't quite a staple.  To be fair, there were lots of more broken Spell Cards that were legal at the time (like Pot of Greed, Painful Choice and such), so this card often took a back seat since a 300 point boost wasn't seen as substantial.  However, after the initial ban list, if this card were allowed to survive (without broken loops), this card would've gotten more attention in the slower GX era which would've seen a small but repeating attack bonus as a plus.  Warrior decks were using the Phoenix Blade card which was inferior to this. 

Why It Got Banned: You can use this card an unlimited amount of times per turn, if you found a way to constantly destroy it without costing you resources.  This resulted in combos with Gearfried the Iron Knight, Woodland Sprite and such.  With the banned cards they errata'd, I'm surprised that Konami didn't just give this one a hard "Once Per Turn" clause and let it free.  They could have done that 10 years ago even. 

Current: I'm not sure how it would fare today.  Without a hard OPT clause, it would still be degenerate.  But with one, could it be a practical choice for many decks?  Since it must be equipped, its infiniteness can't be used as bluff bait nor discard fodder.  It would be a straight up equip card that would give you a 300 ATK buff for the rest of the game, except that now we have more ways than ever to eliminate threats without destroying them per se.  But this bonus, while residual, is way too slow to justify a card early game.  The best era for this would've been the mid 2000's, but it missed that boat.


Warlockblitz
YouTube

So let's get this out of the way. Butterfly Dagger - Elma is not a poorly designed Equip Spell Card. 300 Atk boost for any monster is nothing. The problem is that if it is destroyed by anything while equipped to a monster, it returns to the Hand for reuse. All this card would need is to have a limit of twice per turn and then it would be over. The third time it's destroyed, it would go to the grave and never be seen again. Oh well. Instead this component of OTK loops is banned and will stay banned. "If only I had 300 more Atk on my monsters, I'd win all the time" said no one. 
 
Score: Banned/5
Art: 4/5
 
Stay Safe Out There!
-WarlockBlitz


Riko
YouTube

Our last card this week isn’t as impressive as the other four to be honest.
 
Butterfly Dagger – Elma is an Equip Spell Card that gives the equipped monster 300 ATK. That’s actually pretty pitiful. What broke this card, however, was its second effect; if it’s destroyed and sent to the Graveyard while equipped, it could be returned to the owner’s hand.
 
This created a loop with Gearfried the Iron Knight and either Royal Magical Library or Fire Princess and Spell Absorption. If used with the former, you could constantly equip Butterfly Dagger – Elma to Gearfried (who would continuously destroy it with his own effect, thus returning it to your hand) and gain an infinite number of Spell Counters on Library, allowing you to draw out your entire Deck and win with Exodia. If used with Flame Princess, you would instead burn your opponent for game.
 
With that being said, both of these loops would be outright terrible in today’s game; ignoring the fact that Royal Magical Library is arguably banworthy anyway, this loop is a 3 card combo that requires you to have 2 monsters that are only easily put into play by being Normal Summoned. It’s too slow to ever be truly effective.
 
The only way I could see this card being abused is in Inzektor, since they generate advantage off of popping their own cards with Hornet. But they already have their own ways of generating advantage with Giga-Mantis and Zektkalibur.
 
This card is bad, and of the five cards we’ve reviewed this week, it’s the only one that I would have absolutely no issue with being unbanned.
 
Rating: 1/5


Copyrightę 1998-2016 pojo.com
This site is not sponsored, endorsed, or otherwise affiliated with any of the companies or products featured on this site. This is not an Official Site.