Nowadays anything that negates destroyed monster's effects is good. Kidmodo has become a major method of summoning dragons, and Blue Dragon summoner is good at adding. Treeborn Frog is evil. That Fire King destroys Phoenix in-hand. Gozuki and Wyvern have powerful GY effects. This card, the Baou Sword/Baou, and 3 of the Element monsters are the only way to stop these fiends.
By back in the day, you mean in the show? I loved Ha Des because of all his Cameo appearances. This card should have been in the game earlier like Summoned Skull its such an iconic card IMO (IMO stands for "In my Opinion")