Mega-Tin Promos: More Useful Than You Think?

Doug Zeeff

8/29/2017 11:00:00 AM
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The Mega-Tins quickly became one of the most anticipated annual products in Yu-Gi-Oh! after they first appeared in 2014. If you haven't been in the game that long, you might not know that Yu-Gi-Oh! tins used to be very different. There was a cover card and a few promos – usually viable but expensive cards like Wind-Up Zenmaines, Solemn Warning, Pot of Duality, or Maxx “C”. The packs inside were a hand-picked assortment of recent sets, so the main attraction was the promo cards.

Flash forward to the Mega-Tins in 2014, and the story was quite different. While the promos are sometimes relevant, like Elder Entity Norden, it seems like Konami hasn't pinpointed what exactly the promos are meant to be. Look at the 2014 Mega-Tins: one of them printed some Bujin stuff in higher rarity, while one of them printed some Fire Fist stuff in higher rarity.

In short, outside of Norden almost all of the chase cards of the Mega-Tins were historically found in the Mega Packs, not the promos themselves.

One of the things that makes the 2017 Mega-Tins so interesting is that pound for pound, I believe they have the best promos of any Mega-Tin. While none of the cards are as individually impactful as the now-Forbidden Elder Entity Norden, they're a lot more evenly weighted and - for the most part - have some potential for success. Today I want to break down all of the promos in both versions of the Mega-Tin, giving each one some attention just in case you threw them to the side to dig straight into your Mega Packs.

 Dark Magical Circle
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Dark Magical Circle141491
Set 2017 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP17-EN100
Type Continuous Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

When this card is activated: Look at the top 3 cards of your Deck, then you can reveal 1 "Dark Magician" or 1 Spell/Trap Card that specifically lists the card "Dark Magician", among them, and add it to your hand, also place the remaining cards on top of your Deck in any order. If "Dark Magician" is Normal or Special Summoned to your field (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 card your opponent controls; banish it. You can only use each effect of "Dark Magical Circle" once per turn.


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In a slightly odd choice, Konami's continued the Kaiba and Yugi nostalgia train into a second year, featuring their ace monsters on the front of the new tins. The past year has been crazy for fans of the original series: both Dark Magician and Blue-Eyes White Dragon received a ton of support, propelling the latter into top deck status for months. Even right now, both decks are completely playable as rogue choices for Regional Qualifiers.

Another thing to note with these choices is that a lot of the older expensive cards for those two decks are now affordable. Sage with Eyes of Blue got reprinted earlier this summer in the Battles of Legend set, and the questionably pricey Blue-Eyes Twin Burst Dragon is right here in the Mega-Tins.

On the Dark Magician side of things, Magician Navigation and Dark Magical Circle are both in the Mega Packs. If you've been following the Dark Magician stuff the past couple months you might've noticed that it's been insanely expensive all things considered. Sure, Dark Magician decks had a few successful runs at Regional Qualifiers, but the real price-driver is all the old school duelists picking up the cards. Hopefully the Mega-Tins will stabilize those prices.

All in all, it's still strange that we're getting two years of Kaiba and Yugi-themed Mega-Tins, but it sort of makes sense. Maybe next year we can see a GX or 5D's themed tin?

 Pot of Desires
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Pot of Desires141277
Set 2017 Mega-Tins
Number CT14-EN004
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Banish 10 cards from the top of your Deck, face-down; draw 2 cards. You can only activate 1 "Pot of Desires" per turn.


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Perhaps the most controversial card of the 2016-2017 season, Pot of Desires makes its debut reprint not in the Mega Packs, but rather as an Ultra Rare promo. When it first came out, droves of casual players remained skeptical of its power. However, most competitive players pinned that skepticism on the price: selling for more than $250 a playset at its peak, Pot of Desires was absolutely not budget friendly.

But now everyone can have it, and I've noticed that the same people complaining about how it wasn't good a year ago are now silently picking up their playset…

Some people have remarked that the Mega-Tins aren't as good as recent releases. There really aren't any chase cards in the main set: Dimensional Barrier isn't impressive against Link Monsters, and all the Zoodiacs are likely going to get hit on the next Forbidden & Limited List. In the history of the Mega-Tins, there have only been two cards that maintained a value over $25: Evilswarm Exciton Knight and Solemn Strike. I firmly believe Pot of Desires would have been the third if it wasn't given to everyone that purchased a Mega-Tin.

Of course, Pot of Desires is a lot weaker now than when it first debuted. The big factor here is Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring, by far the best counter to Pot of Desires. You might get Pot of Desires cheaper than all of us that bought it originally, but it's not nearly as “free” as it used to be.

 Proxy Dragon
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Proxy Dragon141276
Set 2017 Mega-Tins
Number CT14-EN003
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Cyberse
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1400 /
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

2 monsters
If a card(s) you control would be destroyed by battle or card effect, you can destroy 1 of your monsters this card points to, instead.


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The other promo card that comes in both variants of the Mega-Tins, Proxy Dragon's probably one of the top three Link Monsters we currently have. Missus Radiant's by far the best, with Decode Talker and now Proxy Dragon slightly behind it. I like Proxy Dragon a lot. It's a generic Link 2 with no dumb restrictions, and it packs a defensive effect to protect your boards.

What's cool about Proxy Dragon is that it encourages Link Summons. By having arrows that only point horizontally, it's a fantastic go-to as your second Link Summon, but not your first. That might seem small right now, but it shows a good design direction for future Link Monsters. Right now Missus Radiant's the best Link Monster because it lets you sort of play pre-Link Yu-Gi-Oh! when you make it, but I can't say it encourages you to summon more Link Monsters. Proxy Dragon's even easier to make, and rewards you for branching out into the new mechanic.

If all Link Monsters were as well-made as Proxy Dragon, maybe people wouldn't hate them so much.

 Number 71: Rebarian Shark
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Number 71: Rebarian Shark141269
Set 2017 Mega-Tins
Number CT14-EN005
Level 3
Type Xyz/Effect Monster
Monster Dragon
Attribute WATER 
A / D 0 / 2000
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

2 Level 3 monsters
Once per turn: You can target 1 "Number" Xyz Monster in your GY, except "Number 71: Rebarian Shark"; Special Summon it, and if you do, attach 1 material from this card to it. If this card is sent to the GY: You can choose 1 "Rank-Up-Magic" Spell from your Deck and place it on top of your Deck.


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By far the worst promo of the bunch, Number 71: Rebarian Shark is too little, too late. It's one of the two Yugi-exclusive promo cards, but it doesn't do much with Link Summoning in the mix. There might be a few silly combos that use it, but it's pretty lackluster overall.

 Dreamland
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Dreamland141270
Set 2017 Mega-Tins
Number CT14-EN006
Type Field Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

This card can activate these effects depending on the monster card types on the field.
• Fusion: Once per turn, if a monster(s) is sent from your hand or field to the GY by a card effect (except during the Damage Step): You can draw 1 card.
• Synchro: When a monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned (except during the Damage Step): You can increase their Levels by 1.
• Xyz: Once per turn, during your End Phase: Destroy the monster(s) on the field with the highest Level.
•You can only activate 1 "Dreamland" per turn.


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Dreamland's the type of card that begs people to build a deck around it. It's stylish and actually pretty useful for the right strategy. It basically rewards you for playing different types of Extra Deck monsters, the best two bonuses coming from Synchro and Fusion monsters.

If you have a Fusion Monster and a card's sent to the graveyard from your hand or field, you get a free draw. Obviously you're meant to do that after performing a second Fusion Summon, but pretty much anything will set it off. Hand traps, Foolish Burial effects, and running over your own Kaijus are all unconventional options that will work too.

If there's a Synchro Monster on the field, you can increase the Level of a Normal or Special Summoned monster by one when it hits the field. That's a great way to disrupt standard Xyz or Synchro plays, and what's really cool is that the effect's not limited to one use per turn. If you control a Synchro Monster, you can essentially lock your opponent out of Xyz Summons for the whole game unless they have an out to Dreamland. That might not seem great with Zoodiacs able to bypass that effect, but in the future it could be a niche Side Deck pick under the right circumstances.

 Elder Entity N'tss
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Elder Entity N'tss141275
Set 2017 Mega-Tins
Number CT14-EN009
Level 4
Type Fusion/Effect Monster
Monster Fairy
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 2500 / 1200
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

1 Synchro Monster + 1 Xyz Monster
Must be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by sending the above cards you control to the GY. (You do not use "Polymerization".) Once per turn: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 monster from your hand. If this card is sent to the GY: You can target 1 card on the field; destroy it. You can only Special Summon "Elder Entity N'tss(s)" once per turn.


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While many duelists believe we're getting Elder Entity N'tss too late, I think it could still find its way into the competitive scene. You can summon the first Kaiba promo from the Extra Deck by sending a Synchro and Xyz Monster to the graveyard, although it carries the restriction that prevents you from using Instant Fusion for it.

Once per turn you can Special Summon a Level 4 monster from your hand for free, which is great if you're going to use it with N'tss to Link Summon. If you don't think that's an amazing effect, just remember all the shenanigans that Ancient Fairy Dragon caused over the years with a worse version of that ability.

Lastly, when Elder Entity N'tss is sent to the graveyard for any reason, you get to blow up a card on the field. While the most straightforward way to trigger that is to use N'tss for a Link Summon, there are a variety of cheesy ways, too. For example, you can use Infernoid Terra to get rid of a bunch of copies, blowing up your opponent's field. Nekroz Kaleidoscope and Zaborg the Mega Monarch can do it too. N'tss is a solid, versatile monster that's too good to just disappear; expect it to pop up in some deck down the line.

 Number 68: Sanaphond the Sky Prison
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Number 68: Sanaphond the Sky Prison141274
Set 2017 Mega-Tins
Number CT14-EN008
Level 8
Type Xyz/Effect Monster
Monster Rock
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2100 / 2700
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

2 Level 8 monsters
Gains 100 ATK and DEF for each monster in the GYs. Once per turn: You can detach 1 material from this card; until the end of your opponent's turn, this card cannot be destroyed by card effects, also neither player can Special Summon monsters from the GYs.


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The second Kaiba promo and the last one we're talking about is a surprisingly decent Rank 8 monster. Number 68: Sanaphond the Sky Prison jumps from a meager 2100 ATK to huge numbers because it gains 100 ATK for every monster in each player's graveyard.

More importantly, you can detach a material to not only prevent it from being destroyed by battle or card effects until the end of your opponent's next turn, but also stop them from summoning monsters from the graveyard! No Zoodiac Chakanine, Soul Charge, or True King's Return. Considering that Konami's already nudging us to pick up Blue-Eyes again, Number 68 seems like the final “here have this great card” moment to really get players on board.

And that's it! The Kaiba tin's exclusive promos are clearly the best of the bunch, although Proxy Dragon and Pot of Desires are luckily in both. There's a lot of competitive cards in the actual Mega Packs even if you won't necessarily “plus” off your pulls. I don't know how long Konami is going to keep doing the Mega-Tins, but it seems like the tradition is being carried on strong with this year's duo.

-Doug Zeeff


Doug Zeeff hails from Michigan and is currently an English major in college. When he's not found emailing Konami about why there's not a single walrus card in all of Yu-Gi-Oh! you can find him regularly posting unorthodox, unfiltered Yu-Gi-Oh! content on his Youtube channel, Dzeeff. In his spare time he enjoys eating cheese, Overwatch, and, of course, playing Yu-Gi-Oh.
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