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card review Dorballom, Lord of Demons: Destruction at it's best!

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Dorballom, Lord of Demons

Card text:

Evolution: Put on one of your Demon Command.
When you put this creature into the battle zone, destroy all creatures except darkness creatures. Afterwards, both players put all cards in their mana zone into their graveyard except darkness cards.
Triple Breaker

  • Collector Number: 1
  • Rarity: Super Rare
  • Type: Evolution Creature
  • Race: Demon Command
  • Power: 13000
  • Cost: 10
  • Civilization: Darkness
  • Artist: Ittoku
Dorballom, Lord of Demons
Destruction at it's best!

written by tudordan LV8
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Before we start I have to say that my english is my 2nd language,so I might've done some mistakes so far,if you found some grammatical mistakes then say it in a comment.Don't forget to rate this too.



Let me tell you my story:




It all started in a cold,dark place called The Darkness Civilization.It is said that right after you meet the gates that separate this horrible world from Earth you will see this message:

Abandon all hope,ye who enter here!


And it was really like this!Anyone who dares to enter are all damned,by either being killed by darkness creatures (with their bones used as armor) OR by foolishly trying to survive only to find out that there's no way.Darkness creatures we're all in a state of panic,chaos,war because they had noone to depend on.They tried to lengthen their lives,but that was nothing more than even more contamination.They are also trying to reach immortality by running various experiments.This was all madness.........

Until one day!


The day that Ballom,Master of Death came to life.He restored order and rulled with an iron fist over the dark realm.Since the darkness creatures we're always in war,they decided to focus on their ancient enemies:the light creatures!The war raged on,day after day,week after week,year after year...
Unfortunately,miracle,hope and strenght we're on Alcadeias,Lord of Spirit's side,and with that,he won the war and sealed Ballom,Master of Death in a coffin,at the cost of his Heaven almost destroyed.
After light creatures won the war,they shout out:

Ballom is gone!Heaven wins once again!Long live Alcadeias and his angelic companions!!


Because they lost their ruler,darkness realm was again in a state of panic and chaos,just like before.However,dark priests have found a way to revive and open Ballom's coffin.But what they witnessed was something unbelievable.Ballom,Master of Death was released in a new form,he's no longer known as Ballom,he's now named Demon Lord Dorballom!His "welcome" shout was something like:

After a millenia,I AM FREE!


This shout was so powerfull,it reached even the Heavens,while Alcadeias,Lord of Spirits suddenly died in his throne.Ballom is now reborn from his ashes,like a Phoenix.

Me,myself and I:


Here is the entire ballom family: (from oldest to newest)



I am the supreme king of evil! -Ballom,Master of Death

Ballom,Master of death,is the oldest Ballom member.Kokujo in his episodes used to build his decks around Ballom and his brothers.That alone is the reason why this Demon Command,along with his upgrades,is awesome.



I won't forgive Alcadeias,Lord of Spirits for what he has done to my people and this realm! -Demon Lord Dorballom

Demon Lord Dorballom is Ballom's "upgrade",and the card that we're talking about.He is my definition of an annihilator card.Also the most biggest threat from Ballom family,for obvious reasons.



I love the smell of a fresh war. -Ballom Emperor,Lord of Demons

Ballom Emperor,along with Ballom Monarch,are the most cheapest Balloms you can find.(when it comes to mana cost)
However,Ballom Emperor is the most weakest Ballom you can find,having only 9000 power and Ballom,Master of Death's abilities.




Meet my Reaper brother,Alcadeias. -Dorballom,after summoning Ballom Monarch

The Reaper version of Ballom.This creature is the most different Ballom you can find,because instead of destroying everything,he brings creature from graveyard to battlefield.Very powerfull!



The miracle happened,the impossible is possible,Alcadeias and Ballom united under the name of Ballcadeias,Lord of Demon Kings! -Darkness and Light soldiers

Ballcadeias,Lord of Demon Kings is also known as Ballcadeias,Overlord of Demons.He is the 2nd biggest threat because,even tho he doesn't have Dorballom's devastation,he took Ballom's destruction along with Alcadeias's restriction and upgraded them.He's the most strongest Ballom you can find too,with a devastating 14500 power (Almost as much as Billion Degree Dragon)



Ballom was tired of rulling,so he decided to hunt his enemies down until his vengeance ended. -Schuka,Duke of Amnesia

The Hunter version of Ballom,also the most newest Ballom you can find.He destroys everyone except Hunters,so darkness creatures are sent into graveyard too.

How to become a ruler like me:


Ballom is usually used as a finisher,as a battlefield controller or in hopeless situations.The reason for all of these is because he has powerfull abilities that will give an unfair advantage over your opponent.Destroying all non-darkness creatures while destroying all non-darkness mana cards is the reason why Dorballom has "Devastation and End of All Hope" written all over him.

How to rule a war as a Lord:


Using Dorballom is easy.Supporting/protecting his evolution bait and him is,however, challenging.Demon Commands are easy to come since most of them have,on average, high power,so they can't be destroyed that easily with just creatures.But be carefull,spells such as Hopeless Vortex or Death Smoke will be used against your Demon Commands.
Dorballom can be supported by many creatures and has an incredible synergy with many creatures,including Ballcadeias,Lord of Demon Kings! (it is HIGHLY advised that you summon Ballcadeias first,because if you leave him for last,then you just killed your Dorballom)

My allies:




Gregoria,Princess of War,guide us to our victory! -Darkness soldiers in the Angel VS Demon war

She gives +2000 power and "blocker" to any Demon Command in battlefield.+2000 power is meh,Dorballom has the 2nd biggest power from Ballom family anyway,and +2000 would make him a Billion Degree Dragon with some more effects.But BLOCKER?Are you kidding me?OF COURSE I would make Dorballom a blocker,nothing is more satisfying to see your opponent struggling at reaching you only to be blocked (eventually destroyed) by Dorballom and his Demon Commands.This also brings some side effects too:
1.ANY Demon Command gets these effects,this means opponent's Demon Commands too,and since Demon Commands are usually darkness creatures (along with some other civilization),Dorballom can't destroy them with just his effects.
2."Blocker" status will leave him vulnerable to creatures like
Genji XX,Blastdragon.



No mercy for the weak -Auzesu,the Demonic Holy spirit

Imagine a scenario like this:
You are in a state of panic,chaos, you fear that your opponent might be winning because you have ONLY 1 shield.You have only Dorballom and 2 other Demon Commands along with Gregoria.You put a light card in your mana zone and try to destroy your opponent's shield.Unfortunately,
Holy Awe was in his shields and all your creatures we're tapped.Now is your opponent's turn.He had a nature card in mana zone put already as 5 of his mana cards we're darkness cards,so now he puts a fire card and summons 4 Bolbalzak X.(for everyone who thinks that this is impossible,Bolbalzak can untap your whole mana,allowing you to use it again)One of these Bolbalzak starts to destroy your last shield.Right when your opponent was about to say "TOTOMEDA",your last shield was DNA Spark ,you use it and tap all his bolbalzaks,along with putting your top card as a shield.Opponent starts to fell nervous because he was almost ready to end you.
It is your turn.You put a darkness card in mana zone and summon
Auzesu,the Demonic Holy Spirit .You Attack with Dorballom your opponent's shield and destroy 1 bolbalzak,then attack with your other Demon Commands and destroy 2 more Bolbalzak X while dealing the finishing move with Gregoria.
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This is where Auzesu and Dorballom can make a difference,even if the chance of an scenario like this is low.




Try that again! -Parole,the Life Saving Puppet

Enemy was lucky enough to have Terror Pit in his shield zone?Use a Saver: Demon Command like Parole and laugh in his face.This card is cheap and easy to get,even tho it is weak (1000 power).



You better be ready,my Demon companions heard my call. -Bell Hell De Gaul,Footprint of the Reaper

This card is pure awesomeness.Not only it is a Demon Command himself (evolution bait),he can also bring even more Demon Commands in case he gets destroyed,to make summoning Dorballom easier for you.Even with his high cost (7),he has 6000 power,so opponents can't get him that easily unless he uses a spell like Terror Pit.



Let's do it Dorballom. -Bell Hell Del Jackson,Monstruous Reaper

Destroying one of your creatures is a decent restriction,but seriously,searching deck for an evolution Demon Command?This card was MADE for Dorballom!!Combine him with his brother,Bell Hell De Gaul,and you get an easy summon.



Every prisoner or traitor was thrown into Arena to fight for his own freedom.Everyone,including Dorballom,laughted at the struggling fighters who we're either dying because of fighting or eaten alive by the Ashliger - Unknown

Ashliger for Angel/Demon Commands is Cocco Lupia for Dragons.He reduces the cost of any Angel/Demon Command by 2,making summoning Dorballom faster for you and his Evolution bait.A couple of Ashliger combined with Bell Hell De Gaul and Bell Hell Del Jackson will make summoning Dorballom a walk in the park.

My enemies:




Fight darkness with darkness!!! -Unknown

Dorballom has a high chance of pro'ing a shield trigger with his triple breaker ability.But that's the reason why you have Parole,the Life Saving Puppet.



Just because you are my king does not mean I can't kill you and take the throne for myself! -Thunder Blade,Raging Beast

Any creature which destroys a creature can be effective against Dorballom,especially if our Demon Lord is alone.Otherwise,this creature would be crushed.



Dorballom,begone,you with your heretic magic! -Alphadios,Lord of Spirits

Remember episode 49 from Duel Masters Charge,when Kokujo duelled Hakuoh?(who called himself "White" at that duel).If it wasn't for Grand Cross Catastrophe,Hakuoh would be gone for good,and Kokujo would destroy him.
Anyway,just by looking at that episode I started to hate Alphadios whenever I used Dorballom.But Alphadios has 10 mana cost and is an Evo Angel Command,so he needs as much support as Dorballom.In the end,it would be more like "the one who has the most Ashliger,Holy Dark Beasts in battlefield,wins".




Dorballom was killed................by a weakling. -Schuka,Duke of Amnesia

Blockers with "Slayer" work wonders too.Since most slayers are from Darkness Civilization,Dorballom can't kill them with just his effect,so it would be advised to cross him with something such as Invisible Suit.



You are not Dorballom! You are nothing more than a false lord! -Ballcadeias,Overlord of Demons

This is very funny,Dorballom is countered by one of his brothers.I know that you are all shocked when you see him,but listen out.Ballcadeias might not be as devastating as Dorballom,but he is still a walking bomb waiting to explode.When he's in the battlefield,ANYONE is destroyed while you can't cast any spell.So he has 1 way of dealing with Dorballom. Another way is by just attacking him.Ballcadeias has 14500 power.What is even more worse is that Dorballom can't kill Ballcadeias with just his effect,because he's a Light/Darkness creature.



Are you ready for surfing Dorballom? -Aqua Surfer

Aqua Surfer is arguably worse than Spiral gate for 3 reasons:
1.It is not restricted,so you can have 4 Aqua Surfers while you will have only 1 Spiral gate.(Why is Spiral Gate restricted I have no idea)
2.It is a creature,while Spiral gate is a spell.By being a creature,he can stay in the battlefield and deal the finishing blow while you can't do nothing against it.
3.
Ballcadeias can't lock him because he is a CREATURE,not a SPELL unlike Spiral Gate.



Witness the heavenly light!Witness it!! -Alcadeias and his soldiers

Not only these 3 spells will tap all your creatures,they will also leave Dorballom and his other allies vulnerable to opponent's powerfull creatures.
-Holy Awe is here since Base set (DM-01) was here,so it's older than
Ballom,Master of Death.
-Super Spark is just Holy Awe with 5 mana instead of 6,nothing special.
-DNA Spark is arguably worse than both,since it also adds a shield face down if the owner has 2 or less shields.

My Strenght:


-"End of All Hope" that's how I call him for his destructive abilities.
- 13000 Power,not that easy to take down.
- Forces everyone to use darkness cards.

My Weakness:


-10 mana cost,which is massive,but that's what prevent's Dorballom from being overpowered.
-Prone to shield triggers (see above at his enemies)

My other faces:


Here are Dorballom's card versions:

Without foil:



DM-14 Generation Gear version.



DMC-42 CoroCoro Dream Pack 3 version.



DMC-60 Eternal Death version.

With foil:



DMC-38 Castle of Demon version.

And his original Artwork:



It is also a card written only in japanese (can't imagine a card like this in english DM anyway) and has no promotionals.

My art:


Dorballom's art and the above-mentioned pictures show that no matter how modified he would be,he would still rule.Ittoku really challenged himself when he started to draw Dorballom.

My judgement:


If he wasn't prone to shield triggers and didn't had 10 mana cost then I would give him more than just 10.But since this is an old card (gets owned by his new brother,see Ballom family) and has that many counters,while not so much weaknesses I will give him a 9/10.

 

Modified on May 10, 2013 03:26 am



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sekai
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Subject:    Posted: January 24, 2012 09:00 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

Dorballom is excellent as a powerful sweeper in my country, but now we all use many civilization decks. Dorballom and Demon Commands as a main focus of decks has disappeared a long time ago. As for usage, you forgot crest of mother and/or ka-san's sanctuary? Quite easy to pull off at a turn less than its cost. Ashliger is helpful as well
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Subject:    Posted: January 25, 2012 04:53 am Reply with quote Report content icon


quote from sekai:

Dorballom is excellent as a powerful sweeper in my country, but now we all use many civilization decks. Dorballom and Demon Commands as a main focus of decks has disappeared a long time ago. As for usage, you forgot crest of mother and/or ka-san's sanctuary? Quite easy to pull off at a turn less than its cost. Ashliger is helpful as well.


Ashliger is already there at his allies.
As I said in this review this is an OLD CARD so of course that he doesn't have his past glory anymore,because he's replaced with his better brother,Ballcadeias,Overlord of Demons.
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Subject:    Posted: January 26, 2012 03:48 am Reply with quote Report content icon

Ballalcadeias have other easier ways of summoning, even far more easy than the likes of Dorballom and Alphadios. The problem with each new versions of Ballom or Arcadeias, is they all have ways that are different to be used and synergies a like so don't include them all at once?

There are still many great old cards, many of them useful still.
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Subject:    Posted: January 26, 2012 06:36 am Reply with quote Report content icon


quote from sekai:

Ballalcadeias have other easier ways of summoning, even far more easy than the likes of Dorballom and Alphadios. The problem with each new versions of Ballom or Arcadeias, is they all have ways that are different to be used and synergies a like so don't include them all at once?

There are still many great old cards, many of them useful still.


Good point,since Ballcadeias can't be destroyed by Ballom or restricted by Alphadios.
However,I see almost no difference from Ballom family or Alcadeias family.(except Ballom Monarch,Ballcadeias and King Alcadeias)
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Subject:    Posted: January 26, 2012 09:48 am Reply with quote Report content icon

Ballalcadeias has two souls, and the Holy Soul can be triggered to be put into Battle Zone by another Holy Soul's evolution creature creature's death. Quite interesting combo, can put Ballcadeias into Battle Zone by T6.
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quote from sekai:

Ballalcadeias has two souls, and the Holy Soul can be triggered to be put into Battle Zone by another Holy Soul's evolution creature creature's death. Quite interesting combo, can put Ballcadeias into Battle Zone by T6.

I almost forgot about the "Soul" mechanism.I barely see someone putting this mechanism into action,I wonder why?
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Subject:    Posted: January 26, 2012 11:15 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

Problem with soul is range is too narrow, only affecting creatures of set dm-36-39. And the boost/support available for the souls are not very powerful. However it is possible to simply make decks on souls, and can be pretty powerful by itself.
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