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Magic Drain

Magic Drain
TypeTrap Card
Card Effect TypeActivation requirement / Card effect


When your opponent activates a Spell Card: They can discard 1 Spell Card to negate this card's effect, otherwise negate the activation of their Spell Card, and if you do, destroy it.

How to get / Rarity

PackChaotic Compliance [UR]
Level-up reward--
Victory against--
Card trader--




  • It's either negate the spell card or decrease your opponent's card by 1.


  • Enemy can still activate their spell card if they discard a spell card.


  • If you want to simply negate a spell card, it's better to use Magic Jammer.
  • This card is more effective if you use more than once. The first time you use it, they can maybe discard a spell, but they have less cards to counter a second or third use.
  • While you can't use it in a chain, you can also bring Terrible Deal in a deck destruction deck.
  • Since spell cards are often used, this has a high chance of being used, making it really good to get Dark Voltanis out. Regardless if they negate it or not, voltanis can be special summoned (if you have a dark monster on the field) and you can then choose any card on the field to destroy.

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ActionsYour opponent discards / Discards for effect
Monster/Spell/Trap categoriesNegates itself / Negates the activation of your opponent's Spell Cards / Destroys your opponent's Spell Cards

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With the new counter faerie support my 3 Magic Drain will finally be usefull
Why does this card work against the 2nd effect of Econ but not against the 1st effect?
If they discard a spell, does Van Dalgon still go off or no?
Is nobody gonna talk about that weird 🔥 artwork?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
welcome to yugioh
The best card in the pack no doubt, Especially for duel links format. you should run of these in platinum rank
<< Anonymous
Some guy Reply
You can say that again. This is hands down, the best card in the pack. Although gunsblazing was most likely just joking around when he calls most of the cards gar-bage. He is actually right. Other than Magic drain, crystal seer and a few other cards (gemini cards).. most of the cards in this pack are pathetic. If i didn't want magic drain, I'd just forget this pack altogether.
<< Anonymous(Some guy)
Anonymous Reply
Double summon for 3SD, Gateway to chaos for dkayed balance handless beatdown, Master of oz and gift of the martyr for farming, are you kidding me?this pack is not top priority but its not pathetic.
<< Anonymous(Some guy)
Anonymous Reply
Shut the 🔥 up pleb, psychic just got boosted and brain research lab becoming more relevant. Planet pathfinder for searching toon kingdom and legendary ocean. Jowls combined with dimension gate. Black luster soldier with super soldier synthesis and darkflare dragon, so many card you sleeping on.
<< Anonymous
Some guy Reply
Ok, correction. This pack isn't entirely worthless, but as you said also, it's not top priority. I found valkyrie rage and crimson kingdom to be more worthwhile than this pack overall.
Other "anoymous" You don't know what a "pleb" is because you might as well be calling yourself that. psychics got boosted, but still hardly of much use. They got buffed cos they were underused.
man this card is so underrated here.. maybe it feels underwhelming when you only use one copy but i can definitely see it being an effective counter to many top threats in the current meta (especially econ)
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
i guess this card is just not for every deck, eg. kaibaman decks can use 3 champions vigilance instead. but this may be a good card to use if you have extra space
<< Anonymous
Anonymous. Reply
" Anoymous 25days ago
man this card is so underrated here.. maybe it feels underwhelming"
It's not "underrated" you 🔥ing idiot.
Underrated implies that many people think that it's not as good as it really is and doesn't give it the credit it deserves, which is wrong! Just about everyone KNOWS how useful and effective it is. Hardly underrated at all.
"Regardless if they negate it or not, voltanis can be special summoned (if you have a dark monster on the field) and you can then choose any card on the field to destroy" this doesn't seem to be true, as the official card ruling say that it can't be special summoned when they discard a spell
Does it negate hhg?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Sure why not anyway lmao
Although people say it is better than "magic jammer", I always happy when I face this card more than "magic jammer". Because I often can play game-breaking spell with just discard.
some dude..
This is a great card and way better than "magic jammer" from Ultimate Rising.

Magic jammer, you must discard 1 card of yours to activate it. Magic Drain forces your opponent to discard their spell card - and if they don't have another spell card anyway, they can't cancel it's effect.

Does it work against harpie hunting ground?
dead meme
this card is way better than seven out of ten id give it a 8.5 /10

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or how the heck is that pic still used for this article when there are much better pics available...
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