(This is during Duellist Kingdom, where high-level monsters do not require tributes.)

In Episode 033, Yugi has Gaia the Dragon Champion on his field, and Jounouchi has in his hand Red-Eyes Black Dragon, Graverobber, and Kunai with Chain. He thinks it's hopeless, since even if he summons Red-Eyes, Gaia still has greater strength. But he draws Copycat, inspiring a strategy: He summons Red-Eyes, then activates Graverobber from his hand as a Spell Card, stealing Yugi's Summoned Skull. Next he uses Copycat as a Spell Card, which apparently allows him to mimic any card which Yugi has used; he chooses Polymerization, and with it he fuses Summoned Skull and Red-Eyes to summon Black Skull Dragon, a monster that can overpower Gaia.

Meanwhile, I think: Wouldn't it have been simpler to use Kunai with Chain? Red-Eyes has 2400 ATK, and Gaia has 2600. The Trap Card Kunai with Chain can add 500 additional ATK to a monster. If he had summoned Red-Eyes and allowed Yugi to attack with Gaia, he could have activated Kunai with Chain and defeated Gaia without his original needlessly complex strategy, saving several cards that could be useful later. While Kunai with Chain did end up being useful later itself, Graverobber and Copycat, I think, are more worth saving.

  • Problem is the cards in the anime can have different effect than in the game. Copycat in the game cannot copy spell cards. It can only copy monsters. Kunai with Chain might have additional side effect in the anime. Not that I watch the anime though. – 絢瀬絵里 Aug 30 '16 at 19:06
  • @Ayase Eri I think the op is just talking in terms of the anime here. Regardless of how it works in the game, the anime had established that this was the way these cards worked in the anime. So it is a bit confusing why he didn't pick the easier option. Though I guess we can just think that maybe he was worried Yugi would have a counter or stronger monster by the next turn. – M Davies Sep 2 '16 at 12:42
  • If he suspects that Yugi have counter ready then having more cards in your hand would be the better choice in most case. It gives flexibility. Which is why I suspect that perhaps the effect of Kunai with Chain is slightly different in the anime compared to the game. Perhaps OP can specify which episode this happened in so we can make a better observation of the situation? – 絢瀬絵里 Sep 6 '16 at 4:39

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