Goyo Guardian, Dark Bribe, Monster Reborn, these are some of the several cards that duelists consider to be “top-notch.” Then there are cards like Cockroach Knight, Destructive Draw, and Mooyan Curry that make you wonder, “Why were these cards ever made?” However, what I love about Yugioh is that, although there’s a large population of cards everyone has to watch out for and cards people don’t even have to give a second glance, there is also a big population of less popular cards that are actually very helpful. These cards are essential to have in a good deck because they can just come out and bite the opponent; underrated cards.
If something is underrated, it’s not as bad as it is depicted to be. However, being underrated doesn’tÂ necessarilyÂ mean you’re top-notch material also, which isÂ commonly seen in sports. In Yugioh though, most underrated cards are actually really powerful. One of the cards I think deserves to be more commonly used and should be acknowledged is Magic Drain, which negates the activation of a spell card and destroys. Magic Drain’s effect can be negated if you’re opponent discards a card, so either, a spell card is going to the grave. That can be huge, especially in this generation of Yugioh, where level-controlling and tuner summoning cards are big.
Another card that isn’t very well known is Cold Wave. Those who have heard of it know its power, but not a lot of people seem to know of it. Cold Wave is a great spell to have especially if you play a beatdown deck. It “freezes” your and your opponent’s spell & trap card zone (can’t set or activate any spells and traps) starting form your Main Phase 1 to your next Main Phase 1. This is big because if your opponent can’t use their biggest defensive asset (traps, sometimes even spells) even for one turn, they are in trouble. It’s an average card to have in regular decks, but if you play a deck with lots of high attack monsters, Cold Wave is generates a lot of offensive opportunities.
There many cards that underrated but can provide great support for a deck. I think it’s incumbent for a good duelist to be able to classify less popular cards asÂ efficientÂ and not let them go to waste.