Let’s get rippin’!
- Guardian of the Throne Room
- Psychic Kappa
- The Reliable Guardian
- Tyhone #2
- Hiro's Shadow Scout (rare)
- Boar Soldier
- Sonic Bird
- Final Destiny
- Turtle Oath
By today’s standards, this pack looks like steaming garbage. But at the time, this was actually a halfway decent pack. Also, were we opening Spell Ruler, we’re probably making our money back if we only paid a few bucks for it. Let’s see why.
This is an interesting pack, because the rare isn’t the best card in the pack. That’s not to say Hiro’s Shadow Scout was a terrible card back in the day. While making your opponent draw 3 cards sounds horrible, you get to discard any Spell Cards among them to the Graveyard. That’s not bad, at all! Of course, it could backfire and you could give your opponent free cards. But the Scout was more of a sideboard sort of card that you would use against certain decks. Spell cards became really important in this set, of course. This is a $0.25 rare today.
The commons in this pack are actually pretty interesting. The first is Guardian of the Throne Room, a LIGHT Machine monster with 1650 ATK and 1600 DEF. Those are great stats for a Level 4 monster at the time! In fact, the Spell Ruler printing of this card is worth over $0.50! The funny thing about the Guardian of the Throne is his popularity today actually has more to do with the Duel Links game, in which it was still playable for quite some time. Back in the day, this was a good monster that people played. He was a good little Machine in the right deck. The Magic Ruler version isn’t worth much at all,though.
Psychic Kappa may not seem to be a monster we’re interested in, but at $0.50 market price (higher for Spell Ruler), there’s obviously some market for him! Turns out that he’s the “budget” replacement for Frog the Jam, a McDonald’s Promo Card worth close to $4 in some Frog decks. That’s because he’s a level 2 vanilla Aqua monster, meaning he’s actually playable in the right deck. If you told someone you know that this card had a trade value of $1 or so, they’d probably think you were dumb. They would be wrong.
The Reliable Guardian was a solid quick play Spell Card back in its day. It gave a face-up monster 700 extra DEF until the end of the turn. That’s definitely not nothing in old-school Yu-Gi-Oh! People who love the old school stuff have paid as much as $1 for the Spell Ruler version, but the Magic Ruler version is pretty worthless.
Tyhone #2 is worth $0.25 because… level 6 vanilla Dragon? I have no idea.
Boar Soldier is a 2000 ATK level 4 monster… as long as your opponent doesn’t control a monster. You can’t even Normal Summon him. He’s terrible. He wouldn’t be bad with Skill Drain in play, but by the time that awesome Trap Card was released, there were better options to play than this.
Sonic Bird is only worth $0.25 today, but this was an awesome card for a long time. It’s just been reprinted to death. When he’s normal summoned, the Bird searched out a Ritual Spell Card from your deck to your hand. That’s really good because Ritual Monsters were amazing back then. They’re still pretty good, actually, but there are better ways to search out those cards now. This is still an awesome Old School card, though. (I played it in my Pegasus Starter Deck, of course, for Black Illusion Ritual!)
Final Destiny isn’t worth much today and I don’t think it was back then, either. But you could discard 5 cards and blow up everything on the field. That’s such a crazy drawback, but in the rare situation that it was good, it was really good. Talk about a last ditch card!
The last card is Turtle Oath, and at $0.25 for the Magic Ruler version, you probably aren’t too excited. The Spell Ruler version is close to $0.75, though. That’s because this is the card that summoned Crab Turtle, a perfectly decent Level 8 Ritual Monster with 2550 ATK and 2500 DEF. That extra 50 ATK made a BIG difference against things like Summoned Skull and Dark Magician, monsters that were big in the game at the time. So, back in the day, you really wanted this card. Crab Turtle was a common, too, so he wasn’t hard to get! Had we gotten both in this pack, it would’ve been pretty cool.
So, what we’ve learned is that we want to open Spell Ruler more so than Magic Ruler! Pretty much everything is this pack is worth something if you open it from that set - except Psychic Kappa, which is just always worth something. Personally, I’d be trading the Psychic Kappa, since while Frogs are a cool deck, I wouldn’t be using it. I’d rather get a Goat Format staple for it.