Under-The-Radar Traps with Billy Brake

Hello Yugioh Community! I am back this week to talk about a few trap cards that are under-the-radar. At the start of any new Yugioh format there are always cards that seem to have a lot of potential, but until they see success at a major event, players don’t give them the credit they deserve. It’s important when building decks to test out option after option that way you can make sure you don’t miss any hidden gems that can give your deck the extra edge on the competition.

Question of the article: What is your favorite under-the-radar trap card?

Don’t forget to answer the question in the comments below!!

The first card I am going to take a look at is the least under-the-radar card out of the group. Many players have looked over it in the past, but recently it has become quite the hot card to pick up!

1.Fiendish Chain - “I’LL NEGATE THAT “

Continuous Trap Card
Select 1 face-up Effect Monster on the field. Its effect(s) is negated and it cannot attack. If it is destroyed, destroy this card.

This power-packed card might be the best continuous trap card since Imperial Order. The way the game has gone has made this card quite good. Most decks in today’s meta rely heavily on their monster’s effects and this card is the perfect answer. Not only will it stop a Tour Guide from the Underworld or an Evolsaur Dolkka, it also won’t let them attack you. This combination card can prove the difference in your opponent launching a major comeback and being shut down for good. This card will render any scarier boss monsters such as Master Hyperion, Black Luster Soldier-Envoy of the Beginning, and even the Infamous Dark Armed Dragon completely useless.

The downside to this card is the fact that Mystical Space Typhoon is at 3 and can be chained to the activation leaving you still vulnerable to their monsters destruction. One of the decks this card is best against is Dino-Rabbit leaving their Dolkka or Laggia useless, but at the same time they have an advantage. Since they main deck six normal monsters they will be able to run the Sabersuarus or Kabazuls beat down since you can’t activate Fiendish Chain on non-effect monsters.

This next card’s popularity has been picking up , but a lot of duelists out there don’t know about it!

2. Vanity’s Emptiness – “Emptiness can feel very lonely”

Continuous Trap Card
Neither player can Special Summon monsters. Destroy this card when a card is sent from the Deck or the field to your Graveyard.

As Yugioh always is, Special Summoning is a big part of most successful decks. So when a card says “neither player can special summon”, it will definitely catch your eye. For the longest time most player’s tossed this card aside because of how easily it is destroyed ( Just by the user playing a card), but now it is usually a one for one at the very minimum. This is one of the only cards that can be chained to a Rescue Rabbit or a Tour Guide from the Underworld and completely negate their effects. There is an endless list to all the cards that Vanity’s Emptiness can stop which is what makes it so good.

-If your opponent activates Monster Reborn, you chain Vanity’s Emptiness, and your opponent then chains a Mystical Space Typhoon to your other back row.

The chain will resolve backwards, Mystical Space Typhoon will destroy your other face-down, Vanity’s Emptiness will resolve, then Monster Reborn will try and resolve, but they won’t be able to special summon since Vanity’s Emptiness is still face-up on the field.

Moral of the Story: Vanity’s Emptiness’ destruction effect is only applied after the card has resolved so a chained Mystical Space Typhoon on another card you control will not trigger Vanity’s Emptiness own destruction effect.
This card is not without its own downsides. Just like Fiendish Chain Mystical can be chained to it and stop it from resolving. Also, since both player’s can’t special summon this could hold you back depending on what you have, most of the time you will be able to negate an opponent’s card then activate any card to get it off the field and go off on your opponent.

Next up on the list is a card I am not the biggest fan of and has been a fan favorite for may duelist through the years!

3. Compulsory Evacuation Device – “BOUNCE WITH ME! BOUNCE! BOUNCE!”

Trap Card
Return 1 monster on the field to its owner's hand.

This fan favorite has been finding its way into duelist decks ever since the release of Synchro Mosnters. Now that XYZ are in full force with Wind-Ups, Tour Guide from the Underworld, and Wind-Up Zenmaines being so popular, Compulsory will make his return to many player’s decks. If Wind-Up Zenmaines or Evolsaur Dolkka are giving you problems have no fear Compulsory is here! This is the one card out to any Synchro or XYZ monster in Yugioh. I like this card a lot because it can be used for defense as well as offense.

From the offensive stand point this card can help you with some tricky plays. Many duelist are maxing out on copies of Effect Veiler and Fiendish Chain, but luckily this card can help play around these cards. For Veiler and Chain to negate the monster’s effect, the monster must be on the field. Whenever they activate these cards to stop your monster’s effect, you can chain Compulsory Evacuation Device and your monster’s effect will be able to resolve and result in your opponent wasting a card.

Conclusion: With a new set being released the meta has been changed. Anytime there is a shift in what decks are the best is the perfect time for innovation. There are always cards out there that seem to fly under-the-radar and can make the difference between winning or losing. This week I focused on some of my favorite trap cards that I feel all duelists out there should look at when they are finishing up their decks. Fiendish Chain, Vanity’s Emptiness, and Compulsory Evacuation Device are on the top of my list to keep an eye out for. They can be splashed into most decks and will be able to counter a good part of the meta!

Thank you for reading, if there is anything you would like to see my write about in the future feel free to post a comment below! Don’t forget to answer the question of the article!

-Billy Brake
-YCS Toronto and Columbus Champion