Yu-Gi-Oh!: The 10 Most Iconic Cards In The 25th Anniversary Legendary Collection
Yu-Gi-Oh's 25th Anniversary Legendary Collection includes unforgettable cards within its booster packs, and these are the most iconic of the set.
To celebrate 25 years of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Konami released a special box consisting of six booster packs of the most iconic sets of the early days of the game. These sets include Legend Of Blue Eyes White Dragon, Metal Raiders, Spell Ruler, Pharaoh's Servant, Dark Crisis, and Invasion Of Chaos.
These sets clearly include some of the most iconic cards from the entire history of the game. From powerful monster cards to spell cards so good they had to be banned, the 25th Legendary Collection has a little bit of everything. It's a nostalgia-filled product that takes you back in time to the early days of Yu-Gi-Oh!
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10. Chaos Emperor Dragon - Envoy Of The End
Chaos Emperor Dragon - Envoy Of The End is the main reason the Yu-Gi-Oh! banlist exists. It was that powerful. The card would destroy the entire field and hands and then use Yata-Garasu to lock your opponent from drawing any more cards. This combo was amazing and the banlist was created to make sure it wouldn't continue to dominate the early metagame.
Chaos Emperor Dragon was easy to summon and had phenomenal stats as well. For competitive players, Chaos Emperor Dragon is one of the most iconic cards in the game's history for how meta-defining it was.
9. The Winged Dragon Of Ra
Of the three Egyptian God cards, The Winged Dragon Of Ra takes the title of most iconic. It was the one used by Marik in the original animal during its most popular arc (Battle City) while also seeing niche play in the competitive game.
The Winged Dragon Of Ra has the most variants that can be used which give it the edge over its other Egyptian God brethren in terms of iconic-ness. The Winged Dragon Of Ra can easily destroy monsters on the field while being a threat on its own with a massive attack.
8. Solemn Judgment
The most iconic counter trap of all time, Solemn Judgment is the original "no" card. It can negate almost every kind of card and since it's a counter trap only other counter traps can respond to it.
Solemn Judgment is a staple of trap-based control decks. The card saw little play when it first came out before it was discovered just how good it was (and even was banned for multiple years). The card is fully unrestricted and remains one of the most played trap cards in the entire game.
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7. Mystical Space Typhoon
Mystical Space Typhoon is the most well-known backrow removal card in the game. Its effect is simple but powerful. Spell and trap cards can completely shut down a key play you are about to do so a card like Mystical Space Typhoon was the perfect answer.
Although the card has been power-crept, Mystical Space Typhoon cemented its place in Yu-Gi-Oh!'s history. It was even limited on the banlist for some time because of how good it was. In formats that only use older sets like Goat Format it remains a format staple.
At one point in time, Jinzo was the best one-tribute monster you could be summoning. It floodgates all trap cards from being able to be activated. While trap cards are rarely played in the modern game, for old-school formats Jinzo remains a menace.
Trap cards were one of the main ways to deal with other monsters, so a monster like Jinzo that can completely negate trap cards is fantastic. Even in the modern game it's niche playable if you can get it out onto the field against a trap-heavy deck like Traptrix or Altergeist.
5. Man-Eater Bug
Back in the day, if you saw a facedown monster, you would think twice about attacking into it for fear of a Man-Eater Bug being that monster. Its effect was simple, Man-Eater Bug could destroy any monster on the field with its flip effect.
This effect has been power-crept out of the game but remains solid in older formats like Goat Format or the select few limited formats Yu-Gi-Oh! has to offer. Man-Eater Bug cemented its place as the schoolyard menace that many players learned to hate (or love if you were the one using it).
4. Blue-Eyes White Dragon
The ace monster of Kaiba, Blue-Eyes White Dragon is one of the most iconic monsters in the entire game. Its popularity is even higher than Dark Magician. Blue-Eyes White Dragon even saw competitive success and was the winning deck of 2016's Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships.
Despite being around since the very first set of the game, Blue-Eyes White Dragon continues to see play in the modern game as a rogue deck. Blue-Eyes continues to see a ton of support released for it on a near-yearly basis to keep it in the forefront of every duelist's mind.
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3. Swords Of Revealing Light
Swords Of Revealing Light was one of the most popular spell cards of the early days of the game. It was an incredibly popular stall card that prevented your opponent from attacking for three turns. Unless they had a way to remove it, there was nothing your opponent could do against Swords Of Revealing Light.
The card was so strong, it was even limited to one copy per deck for some time until becoming unrestricted in 2012. While its power has fallen off as more backrow removal cards have entered into the game, Swords Of Revealing Light sealed its position in Yu-Gi-Oh!'s history.
2. Mirror Force
A trap card that instilled fear in many duelists, Mirror Force is one of the most iconic cards in the entire game. If there was a set card in the backrow you always had to be worried that it was a Mirror Force and an attack would lead to all of your monsters dying.
Just the threat of Mirror Force made duelists have to play more conservatively by purposely putting monsters in defense position to keep them safe. Mirror Force was even banned for a brief period but is fully unrestricted now as battle traps have drastically fallen out of favor.
1. Pot Of Greed
"What does Pot Of Greed do?" A joke that has been heard hundreds of times even from those who don't play Yu-Gi-Oh! Pot Of Greed is that much of an iconic card that even those with very passive knowledge about Yu-Gi-Oh! knows it.
It's one of the best cards ever printed despite its simple effect. Card advantage is incredibly important in Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pot Of Greed lets you essentially play a smaller deck as it would just replace itself with two cards from the deck since there is no cost to use a card. The card has been banned since 2005 and is unlikely to ever be unbanned.
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