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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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some dude.. 28days ago
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.

Anoymous 29days ago
Does it work against harpie hunting ground?
dead meme 30days ago
this card is way better than seven out of ten id give it a 8.5 /10
7/10 ? good one
I need help to decide which one is better: 2 mirror wall or 2 magic drain?
<< Anonymous
Imma Richboi Reply
Why not both? :)
<< Anonymous
Anoymous Reply
i'd say choose both and 1 each. Usually when you use Mirror Wall, you destroy 1 of your opponents strongest monster and prevent a 2nd attack. This USUALLY turns the tides of a duel to your favor. IMO, not a lot of spell cards are game changers. Compared to availability of trap cards, some game changers are: Soul Exchange, Riryoku, maybe OTC, Wonder Ballons and that's it.
<< Anonymous
Anoymous Reply
You forgot ECon, which is still one of the best and most versatile cards in the game. Some people farm the crap out of Kaiba just to get 3 of those, so being able to shut it down is huge (especially if they used the 2nd effect and had to tribute a monster).
OK need help. Was using in facedown, i attacked opponent, they used e-con, but wouldn't allow me to play magic drain! This I checked out multiple times against friends. Can someone explain why it's not working?
<< Anonymous
Anoymous Reply
That's because you probably set the Magic Drain and then attacked him. You gotta wait a turn before you can activate traps after you set them. Pretty basic rules...
This card is better then magic jammer because you have to discard one of your own cards in your hand. This card makes your oppenent use one of theirs
<< Anonymous
Anoymous Reply
yea, say ur opponent has 2 OTC/ritual spell or wtever game changing spell card in their hand and gets countered by magic drain, whether or not he chooses to discard, the outcome is the same: he will have to use both copies to activate OTC/ritual. mean while, using magic drain is a -1 card for the player while magic jammer means -2. so i would say that in most situations magic drain> jammer.
<< Anonymous
Anoymous Reply
if ur opponent only has 1 spell card in their hand, you will be able to stop them using either magic jammer or drain. if ur opponent has 2+ spell cards, they will be able to activate at least one spell card even if you have magic jammer. therefore in both situations, drain is still better in terms of card advantage.
The best card in the pack no doubt, Especially for duel links format. you should run of these in platinum rank
this card is versatile...discarding another spell in order to cancel magic drain can be painful. eg. the top tier relinquished deck listed here runs 5/20 spell cards and will be destroyed if relinquished cannot be summoned. a venus deck that runs 6-7/20 spell cards will have a difficult time gaining card advantage using OTC+white elephant gift+ mystic shineball.
Magic drain sucks then and still sucks. The fact that you hold your spells in your hands will cancel this card out easily. Best card in the set is 7 tools. Magic drain is a rare in real
Yugioh for a reason. It's sucks no matter what you say.
<< Anonymous
kairyu Reply
Definitely still a solid card because even if your opponent does have an extra spell card in his hand it might not be smart for him to discard it. sometimes ur opponent wont even have any spell cards to discard. sure it wasnt as OP as cards like raigeki and heavy storm but no matter what you say, this card and many other 1 for 1 cards were staples in the OCG metagame back in 2002.
<< Anonymous
Anoymous Reply
still a better card compared to 7 tools
<< Anonymous
Anoymous Reply
I can agree with what I've seen a lot of people saying, which is that a majority of the meta traps are activated during the battle phase. Therefore it's better to just run trap jammer instead of paying 1000 for 7 tools.
hopefully this card will make relinquished and orders to charge less OP
<< Anonymous
Anoymous Reply
Order to Charge will be completely hammered by this. Your opponent will tribute a monster and needs to negate the effect or discard a precious spell, without you paying any cost, unlike Magic Jammer.
anyone who has played the OCG yugioh 10+ years ago would realize how good this card is. you either negate the spell activation one for one or you force your opponent to discard an extra card. i remember all the competitive players back then used to play 2-3 copies of this.
<< Anonymous(kairyu)
Anoymous Reply
and given that this is a 20 card format, there is a much greater opportunity cost in having to discard an extra spell card.
<< Anonymous(kairyu)
Anoymous Reply
I agree with you. 20 cards format makes it almost impossible to build a good competitive deck with excessive Spell Card to be discarded. Each and every Spell Card in the deck will be of great value.

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