Apprentice Magician; Saturday September 23, 2006

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Kos4Evr

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#1
I am suprised this card hasn't had a review yet. Well I was looking for a card to review and decided upon this one.



Apprentice Magician
**
Dark/Spellcaster
Atk/Def 400/800
Effect
When this card is successfully Normal Summoned, Flip Summoned, or Special Summoned, put 1 Spell Counter on a face-up card on the field that you can put a Spell Counter on. If this card is destroyed in battle, you can select 1 Level 2 or lower Spellcaster-Type monster from your Deck and Special Summon it to the field in face-down Defense Position.
This card is useful for several reasons. First it is support for Spell Counter monsters such as Breaker the Magical Warrior. Second and most importantly is the search effect. With this you can search out and special summon spellcasters level 2 or lower from your deck facedown defense position. Now this list is not a long one, but there are some long time favorites such as Magician of Faith as well as Old Vendictive Magician, White Magician Pikeru and the Hand of Nephtis. The best part about the search effect is Apprentice Magician can search regardless of whether or not it hits the grave as long as it is destroyed in battle. This makes monsters that negate the effects of monsters destroyed in battle a serious threat. These monsters include Dark Ruler Hades, Dark Balter the Terrible, Ancient Gear Beast, any element monsters with the earth element effect while an earth monster is on the field and a few others.

This monster is versatile in its usefullness even though the list of monsters it can search out is relatively small. It is a neccessecity in a Sacred Phoenix of Nephtis deck to search out the Hand of Nephtis to then search out and summon the Sacred Phoenix itself. Any deck that runs Magician of Faith can use this with a Old Vindictive Magician and you have a searchable means of monster removal as well as searching out a way to reuse spells. You can use this card with Breaker the Magical Warrior after you have used Breaker's spell counter to add another spell counter to Breaker the Magical Warrior. In spell counter themed decks you can use Apprentice Magician to search out Magical Plant Madragora as a means to add spell counters to every card on your side of the field that can hold them. Other monsters that Apprentice Magician can search out for you include Ebon Magician Curran, the Exodia pieces, Witch Doctor of Chaos, Witch's Apprentice, Time Wizard, as well as Thousand Eyes Idol (Thousand Eyes Restrict is banned, however) and Magical Scientist (also on the banned list).

In a deck that runs cards that need to be searched out Apprentice Magician gets a 5/5

In a deck that runs Magician of Faith and an Old Vindictive Magician Apprentice Magician gets a 4/5

Otherwise you shouldn't use Apprentice Magician.
 

Turbo

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Appy should be seeing a rebirth with Phoenix soon since Chaos has become extinct. 2 of these with 2 OVM, 1 MOF, and 2 Hand of Nephthys makes a Phoenix/Monarch build highly plausible in todays metagame.
 

lavoidgaskins

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TurboniumNY said:
Appy should be seeing a rebirth with Phoenix soon since Chaos has become extinct. 2 of these with 2 OVM, 1 MOF, and 2 Hand of Nephthys makes a Phoenix/Monarch build highly plausible in todays metagame.
Acctually it doesn't.


Apprentice Magician is one of the best searchers. Once UDE and Koonami made the changing to it's rulings it simply got better. There really isn't any thing I can say but, look at it. If you haven't noticed it has had a very strong impact on past SJC. May be it'll have more later on in the future. Only time will tell.

Traditional: 2-5
Advanced: 2.5-5
 
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