Alright, a blast from the past, the classic Dark magician. It has 2500 attack points, 2100 defense points. It's a level 7 card and it's a spell caster. If you were to watch the t.v show you would know that there are many cards specifically made just for him, but there's even more out there.
Dark magician may not seem as amazing as it truly is, it is after all only a level 7, it requires two tributes for it's 2500 attack with zero abilities. Don't stop reading here thinking it's a horrible card however. The Dark magician is a fantastic addition to any spell caster deck and can be used to summon some very strong monsters. Tribute the Dark Magician to summon Dark Eradicator Warlock, who's ability to inflict 1000 points of damage each time a normal spell card is activated is not to be taken lightly. You also can summon Buster Blader with him and with a simple polymerization, you have Dark Paladin! Dark paladin has 2900 attack and the ability to destroy spell cards, not to mention the nice 500 point bonus for each dragon type monster on the field and in each player's graveyard. This ability also gives the opportunity for the Dark magician to be included in Dinosaur styled decks.
Strategies and game play:
Other than the monster's he can help to summon(as mentioned above under uses) he is an old classic from the t.v show. This means that they literally created cards just for him! Cards such as magical blast, magical hats, magic cylinder...coincidence? nope. These cards were literally created just to make him a better monster(he was after all the favorite card of Yugi). I won't repeat myself in this section, for 'strategy and game play' look at 'uses' and 'card combos'.
Combos with other cards:
fast summoning: Use ancient rules! Ancient rules allows you to special summon any level 5 or higher monster from your hand. If you have a Dark Magician Girl on the field use Sage's stone to special summon him! You can also use Dark Magic Curtain. This is a more desperate and costly way to summon him, but it is a possiblility for a quick summon. To use Dark Magic Curtain you must sacrifice the oppertunity to summon that turn AND half of your life points in order to Special summon Dark Magician from your deck.
Combos with other monsters:
The most obvious choice is to use the Dark magician with cards such as Dark Magician Girl(who gets a 300 attack bonus, not to mention they make a good pair of monsters) or other spell casters. That however does not have to be all he's good for. If combined with Buster Blader using polymerization, he makes a formidable addition to a dragon user's deck. With Dark Eradicator Warlock's ability you can do about 2400 damage when you activate the card Ookazi.
Offence and quick damage:With a spell caster deck it's good to summon as many spell casters as you can to the field. Then when you have four or five on the field activate the spell magical blast! It'll do damage to your opponents life points, 200 for each spell caster! With a full field you can cause 1000 points of damage.The twins swords of flashing light-trice will decrease his attack by 500, but allow him to attack twice a turn. A simple dark pendent will allow him to return to his original attack points. Magic formula gives him a bonus of 700 attack and when the card is destroyed you gain 1000 life points.
Protection from Attacks, Spells, and Traps:Tthere are many cards that Yugi himself used! Magic cylinder will protect it from attacks and cause your opponent direct damage! Magical hats has a similar affect and will keep dark magician safe! Use dark magic attack to take care of any traps and spells your opponent has waiting for you! Thousand knives is another card created just for the dark magician. Using this card allows you to destroy one monster on the field as long as you have one face up Dark Magician.
Potential way to turn the game around: I bet some of you would love to know a truly killer combo. You ever not like the dark magician because it's 7 stars? Hate no longer. Use the card called Diffusion wave motion with the Dark magician. The effect of this card is this: Pay 1000 Life Points. Select 1 level 7 or higher Spell caster-Type monster on your side of the field. During this turn, only the selected monster can attack and it attacks all monsters on your opponents side of the field once each. The effects of Effect Monster destroyed by this attack(s) are not activated. Is that good enough for you "modern duelists"?
Ways to counteract it:
It's hard to beat when it's used with an experienced spell caster deck user. I recommend using a blue-eyes, red-eyes, and various traps(watch out for dark magic attack!). One thing to also keep in mind is that he is a dark attribute monster, there are a couple cards out there that can weaken him *hint hint* there may be a field card out there..
It's very powerful! Not only that it's a great addition to any spell caster deck, it's also very easy to power up! With patience and careful play this card can turn into any deck's most powerful card It's no god card, it's no blackwing, it's no tuner, it's from the old days of yugioh. But old doesn't mean outdated or worthless. With the right player, with someone who "believes in the heart of the cards" this can be an amazing addition to ANY deck, if given the chance.
use to summon Dark Eradicator Warlock!
Use to summon Dark paladin
Use with Time wizard to summon dark sage!
When you sacrifice dark magician while using Dedication Through Light and Dark you can summon Magician of Chaos from your hand!
Even though it would mostly be a waste of time to summon, there is the possibility of summoning Dark Flare Knight
It is a level 7 monster, so it is obviously harder to summon.
For the most part it is printed in English and Japanese, and has a few different artwork, but it's the same.
Artwork and aesthetics:
I love the artwork, it shows a powerful dark magician that's simple, yet affective. It's awesome artwork of epic proportions!!!! It's been two years since I last wrote this, yet my thoughts are the same, this card is amazing. period.
Overall rating: This card has very little weaknesses when used right and it's my favorite card, so for the first and probably last time ever, I'm giving a card a 10 out of 10!
I have a question for you duelists. I want this to be the best dark magician card review i can make it due to my great love of this monster. Now i want to know if anyone can tell me of any combo's or monsters they believe will make this monster better. If you would explain to me in a comment or pm any possible combos or anything, i would happily add it and put a section thanking all the people who helped me with this review.
Special thanks: I'd also like to thank those who noticed when that loser copied my card review and said he created it. It was wrong of him, but in a way I'm happy. I got to go back and fix the many mistakes and grammar issues I had in here. I also find it kind of funny, I first made the card review(which he copied and pasted) when i was 12 years old!!! I still put my heart and soul into it, but still!! He copied the work of a 12 year old!! I'm 14 now, and I'm really proud of the changes I made. To see the one he completely copied and pasted: here
Credit:I'd also like to take the time to give credit to lovingtoushi, who I unfortunately could not talk to. His card review gave me the ideas of using: thousand knives, dedication through light and darkness, and diffuse wave motion. His review can be found here I could not ask his permission to use this information because he is a canceled user, but I give him complete credit for the ideas mentioned. Some credit also goes to beachboii, who wasn't afraid to tell me his oppinion and helped me make the review look better. Some credit also goes to user mymaster, who told me about Dark Eradicator Warlock's ability when used with Ookazi, an awesome combo!!