Dark Magician budjet friendly

Deck Information
Deck Type: Meta Decks
Deck Master: Dark Magician
Submission Date: October 28th 2019
Author: zabimaroux
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I'm going to assume you know the basics of how a dark magician deck works and just say why and how i use some cards:


Obvious cards no explanation:

3 dark magicians, 3 Magician rod, 3 dark  magical circle 1 dark magic attack

Obvious cards with explanation on why this ammount:

*3 apprentice illusions magician: she is core to the deck, helps you search DM and protect them from stronger foes by adding 2k dmg to your monsters, if you have 2 in hand always nice to keep 1 in hand just incase, but making norito could be an other option, situational. some people debate on only using 2 but i say 3 is better since its not a bricky card, it allows you to get your DMs and works very well with navigation.

*1 illusion magic: good to search if you have navigation or ethernal sould already, if all your DM are in field or grave but you still have navigation on field and need them in your hand, but mainly because it protects your magician rod from handtraps, hence why some people like to use 2 to increase chances of having it in hand to protect. but i find it very bricky since it's a dead card in many situations. But need 1 minimum

*3 magician navigation: another card where people debate to put 3 or 2 but i say 3 is still better since it's effect is so good and works well with illusion aprentice and super poly(if you have no DM on hand, for discard purpose) and it's grave effect is god tear. i will ofter go search for this intead of ethernal soul, unless i have 1 already.

2 ethernal souls: most people use 3 but i rather just have 2 and use dark magic inheritance as a replacement, i find myself wanting more navigation than soul but with inheritance it gives more option. but you can use 3 instead of inheritance. i just find 2 and 1 works better.

Very reccomended but optional:

*2-3 ash blossom& joyous spring with 2-3 called by the grave: i use 3 and 2 of this combo, it's on what you prefer, if you'd rather protect your searches go for grave but if you prefer to stop ememy plays then go ash, but not that impermanece counters grave and ash can only be used once per turn,  depending on situation and first game, i might remove them and switch for side deck on second game

*some sort of draw engine, 2 draw engine is optimal. i use 3 pot of duality since most of my special summons happen on oponent turns.specially in the early stages. then i also use the spell book engine, 1 of each because i can't manage to remove other cards to run 1 boy and 2 and 2 books, so i just use one of ea. if you have extravagance, it's also a good option but you would need to modifie the extra deck to have more pairs and at that point may wan to remove a super poly or 2  since you won't be able to relly on it as much. i don't recomend pot of desires since to risky

*3 solemn judgment since it counters anything, really strong and destroys all pendulum summon, only counter is supper poly, and onlike strike, if your hp is low, you can still use it.

*1 skill drain: if you have this card it's pretty much gg if you have your DM engine on bord.  also if you use magician rod and illusion magic, you can still use rods effect.

*3 super poly: saves me so many time, but also a good side deck switch option for when you face things like skystriker since its useless, i'd keep 1 just to posible be able to special summon the dark magician dragon with imduk.

optional card:

dark magic veil: just a solid good card that allows you to summon from graves or hand, works well if illusion apprentice and dark magician if you have circle on feild.

magician of dark illusion works well but wouldn't use more than 1

good supper poly targets:

*mudragon: for when they don't have dark monsters

*starving venom: goto dark super poly target

*guardragon almarduke: doesn't happen often but if they ever have 3 link on field, it can break their board. specialy if no dark monsters

*predaplant dragostapelia: used if they have a fusion monster and you or him have a dark monster,

*dark magician dragon knight: in rare case if they have a dragon, but more often you will use your dark magician with either imduk or whomeever reprodocus is pointing 2.

the 3 xyz monsters are good solid cards to have

good link monsters:

beatcop to protect you ethernal soul, link spider for when you only have 1 darkmagician to circle around with, imduk does the same and is a poly target for you dragon knight but he points to enemy side, so risky sometimes, reproducus for when i only have 1 DM but  multple monster on field so i can turn 1 to dragon and poly with  the DM for dragon knight,(doesn't happen often, mainly use imduk.

*black luster soldier  is really good but to expesive for me but if you have it, use it, its really good with you DM since its 7 star.

*berserker of tenyi: not that great, but is easy to summon with the trap card fists of the unrivaled tenyi trap card. but if you rather have extra imduk just incase, that works 2


My side deck

this depends on the people deck at you casuals, but i find what i have to be pretty good to counter most decks, i'd say soul drain and summon limit and storming mirrors are very solid picks, and the rest change as you please


the deck is around 150-200$ (not counting black luster soldier) depending on the rarities you go for.

the expensive cards are (but not really if you compare other type of deck):

apprentice illusion:10-20$ (need 2-3)

magician navigation:10-15$ (need 2-3)

predaplant triphyovertum:5-10$

ebon illusion:10-20$

(luster if you want it: 70-90$)

rest is arroun 1-5$ cards

i won't add side deck since thats more situational

but other good choice would be nibiru and dinowrestler pankrtops

final notes:

i tries eye of timaeus but i find it to bricky since you need a DM and you can't search it, you wouldnt want more than 1 or maybe 2 if desperate but it's a dead card, while super poly can be used for multiple different uses.

another fun way is to add 2 dragon keeper and trade 1 super poly for 1 ultra poly so you can search. but as fun as it is , its easy to counter, but its fun.

Toggle Deck List
MonsterDark Magician x3
Magician of Dark Illusion x1
Apprentice Illusion Magician x3
Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring x3
Magician's Rod x3
Spellbook Magician of Prophecy x1
SpellsDark Magic Attack x1
Dark Magic Veil x1
Pot of Duality x3
Spellbook of Knowledge x1
Spellbook of Secrets x1
Dark Magical Circle x3
Called by the Grave x2
Dark Magic Inheritance x1
Illusion Magic x1
Super Polymerization x3
TrapsMagician Navigation x3
Eternal Soul x2
Skill Drain x1
Solemn Judgment x3
ExtraPredaplant Triphyoverutum x1
World Chalice Guardragon Almarduke x1
Dark Magician the Dragon Knight x1
Predaplant Dragostapelia x1
Starving Venom Fusion Dragon x1
Mudragon of the Swamp x1
Ebon Illusion Magician x1
Number 11: Big Eye x1
Norito the Moral Leader x1
Beat Cop from the Underworld x1
Berserker of the Tenyi x1
Black Luster Soldier - Soldier of Chaos x1
Imduk the World Chalice Dragon x1
Link Spider x1
Reprodocus x1
SideGameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju x2
Dark Ruler No More x2
Secret Village of the Spellcasters x2
Different Dimension Ground x2
Storming Mirror Force x2
Soul Drain x1
Summon Limit x2
Fists of the Unrivaled Tenyi x2
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5 thoughts on “Dark Magician budjet friendly

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    October 28, 2019 at 9:44 pm



    not sure why if gives weird links to these cards but igore the link,
    “3 dark magicians, 3 Magician rod, 3 dark magical circle 1 dark magic attack”
    just read as is without links

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    November 12, 2019 at 7:11 am



    Nice deck profile bro. You explained every card in details.
    I know it will be outdated in TCG next year but it’s still a viable deck this year

    Hope I can see your 2020 DM deck profile soon

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    November 19, 2019 at 4:27 pm



    Thanks namonaki, appreciate it ha, took a while to do,
    Yeah this is just until January but still works pretty well.

    Yeah I’ll need to do a lot of testing with the new cards

    Currently working on dark magician and mystic mine. Its pretty fun and secret op, i just need to figure how to protect my back row better ha

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    November 20, 2019 at 4:03 pm



    World Chalice Guardragon Almarduke isn’t a super poly target lol

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    November 24, 2019 at 9:42 pm



    yes he is, if they have 3 link monsters,(says either fusion summon or ) very situational but i’ve used it a few times, works on dueling nexus and at casuals some people thought the same but the judge said it works, can’t remember what he said though

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