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Old 07-20-2007, 07:10 AM   #1
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Default YGO COTD - July 23 - Diabolos, King of the Abyss FOTB-EN061

Card Name: DIABOLOS, KING OF THE ABYSS
Car Number: FOTB-EN061



FOTB-EN061
DIABOLOS, KING OF THE ABYSS
Dark
LV7
ATK/2800 DEF/1000
[Dragon/Effect]
This card cannot be Special Summoned. If you Tribute Summon this card, the Tributes must be DARK. This card cannot be Tributed by a card's effect. During your opponent's Draw Phase, before their draw, look at the top card of their Deck, then put that card on the top or bottom of their Deck.
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Traditional: 1.50
Advanced: 2.50

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Old 07-22-2007, 12:30 PM   #2
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After a little break I am back and ready for more reviewing! Today's card is a secret rare from the Force of the Breaker!

FOTB-EN061
DIABOLOS, KING OF THE ABYSS
Dark
LV7
ATK/2800 DEF/1000
[Dragon/Effect]
This card cannot be Special Summoned. If you Tribute Summon this card, the Tributes must be DARK. This card cannot be Tributed by a card's effect. During your opponent's Draw Phase, before their draw, look at the top card of their Deck, then put that card on the top or bottom of their Deck.
29424328
Secret Rare

So a 2-tribute 2800/1000 monster. So, it ties with DMoC, the only 2-tribute monster that normally sees play in today's format. That 1000 defense isn't very good, but just be happy that Tsukuyomi is not around anymore.

It can not be special summoned which elimates that common dump with Trooper, revive with Premature idea that many people use with DMoC. In addition, in order to Tribute summon it, the tributes must be dark. That could be a blessing however. In the Dark category we have Dark World monsters, Gravekeeper's Spy, Giant Germ, Mystic Tomato, Sangan, Repear, all of which in some shape or form help your field presence and give you tributes.

The next effect could come in handy, I suppose. Not being able to be tributed by card effect makes him immune to Soul Exchange which does see some play. But, at the same time, you can't Metamorph it into a a fusion as well.

Finally, we get to the effect that is quite unique. It lets you look at the card your opponent is about to draw before they draw it. If you like it, they draw it. If you don't, you can place it at the bottom of their deck and they draw your next card. Obvoiusly, this could be very good, or bad. It could save you by placing a vital card out of their reach, but what if the next card is a great card as well? Either way, the ability to look at a card before the opponent draws is amazing. Their is only one similar card in existence. Hino-Kagu-Tsuchi (sp?) who, after doing battle damage, makes the opponent discard his/her entire hand before they draw.

So, in short, I could see a deck made around this card, just make sure that you have ways of protecting it. If your opponent Snatch Steals it, or manages to kill it, you will likely be in trouble.

Traditional: 2/5 (It is Dark, but a 2-tribute here, plus the inability to be Special Summoned REALLY hurts it)
Advanced: 3.5/5
Art: 5/5 (SWEET!)
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Old 07-23-2007, 02:21 AM   #3
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DIABOLOS, KING OF THE ABYSS
Level 7
Dark
[Dragon/Effect]
This card cannot be Special Summoned. If you Tribute Summon this card, the Tributes must be DARK. This card cannot be Tributed by a card's effect. During your opponent's Draw Phase, before their draw, look at the top card of their Deck, then put that card on the top or bottom of their Deck.
2800/1000

This is such a really good and a really bad card. THe bad being two tributes and they have to be dark to make it worse. But then again his effect makes up for how hard it is to bring him out. Being able to pretty much decide the outcome of the game by choosing what your opponent draws is just mind boggling. Don't want your opponent to get that one outer or that game changing Snatch Steal? Well then don't let them. This card is really powerful, being 2800 ATK it stands up to a lot of monsters in the current meta and his effect makes him a lot better than most of the cards in the meta. Watch out for dark decks getting a lot stronger with this card. Who knows, those Giant Germs may have a really nice usage after all!

Traditional: 1.5/5 Darks run rampant here but 2 dark tributes is hard.
Advanced: 3/5 With how hard it is to bring out it gets a 3, but the effect is so good, try to make decks with this guy, it can pay off

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Old 07-23-2007, 09:51 AM   #4
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DIABOLOS, KING OF THE ABYSS
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Dark/Dragon/Effect
This card cannot be Special Summoned. If you Tribute Summon this card, the Tributes must be DARK. This card cannot be Tributed by a card's effect. During your opponent's Draw Phase, before their draw, look at the top card of their Deck, then put that card on the top or bottom of their Deck.
ATK/2800 DEF/ 1000


Starting off the week is a Secret Rare from the Force of the Breaker set. Diabolos is an awesome looking card with a good effect. To get this dragon out on the field you have to tribute 2 monsters that have to be Dark. Giant Germs and Mystic Tomatos come in real handy for field presence and tribute fodder. They can also speed up the deck by thinning it down to get cards like Snatch Steal or Heavy Storm. Also it will fil up your graveyard for Pot Avaice. On the other hand you can put in Double Coston as 1 tribute towards this guy to keep more resources. Mausoleum of the Emperor is another card in which you can summon Diabolos, by paying 2000 Life Points you can normal summon him onto the field.

This card can not be special summoned , so no Preamture Burial or Call of the Haunted will work.

Dibolos can be Tributed with something like Deck Devastation Virus or Metamorphosis.

His effect helps you plan on what the person may be trying to do that or a future turn. If they would draw something that would get control of Diabolos or destroy it, put it on the bottom to never be seen again until they draw another copy or they search through their deck. Diabolos also helps with cards like Mind Crush and D.D. Designator. Just call the card that you just looked at and your opponent will be discarding all copies of that card or removing it from play.

His 2800 ATK can only be tied with a few monsters in the current game. Dark Magician of Chaos and Diabolos collide right into the removed from play pile or Cyber Twin Dragon can't get his second attack through, unless if Limiter Removal was played. He can get over Monarchs and Jinzo with ease, but that's only if the Monarchs were there first. People usually play Raiza the Storm Monarch in threes and chances are they will summon a Cyber Dragon and tribute to put Diabolos back on top for your next draw. Then you will have to tribute 2 more Dark monster to get him out again.

With only a few cards that can switch monsters into defense mode, Diabolo's 1000 DEF is not really important when Book of Moon is one card out of 40 in a deck. If you can't stop a monster attack while this is face-down most likely its being sent to the grave this turn.

In the end, if you can get this guy out make sure he stays out to make his effect and attack worth something for summoning him to the field. The bigger the monster the more you have to protect it.

Traditional: 1.5/5 - There is only one Dark Dragon worth playing in here.
Advanced: 2.0/5 - With so many cards that can get monsters off the field he gets a 2.0, because any one could Exile, Smash, or Zaborg him right off the field.
Art: 4.5/5 - If Seto Kaiba would turn evil, I think he would use this dragon.

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Old 07-23-2007, 11:41 AM   #5
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"This card cannot be Special Summoned."

Any competitive duelist would stop reading right there. It's effect doesn't matter. It's stats don't matter. What does matter is that you will have to Tribute 2 Monsters for something that will either be flipped to the top of your deck, or taken with Brain Control on the following turn.

In any format other than the one we are playing in now, this card would be mediocre at best. In the current format, it's downright horrible.

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Traditional: 1/5
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