Are the 2016 Mega Tins worth it?

It’s that time again. A new set just released with new cards. I disagree with new cards being introduced to the main competitive format in something other than sets and stuff like structure decks, but you could do worse than regular print run tins. Like prize cards and books. Those are worse than tins. I have a lot of readers from the U.K., Germany, Australia and Italy. None of them can use Utopia the Lightning. Regardless, the new stuff is in a tin and is legal in all of the TCG. What’s in it? Is it worth the $19.99 that Konami is asking?


You get the tin itself, three mega packs with 16 cards each and a promo pack with a secret rare, two ultra rares and three super rares. There’s a little plastic insert, but you’re going to throw that away along with the shrink wrapping. Obviously, the Kaiba/Obelisk tin and the Yugi/Slifer tin have different artwork from each other but the packs are the same. The promo pack, however, is not.

What’s in the Yugi promo pack?

CT13-EN001 Slifer the Sky Dragon – Secret Rare

SlifertheSkyDragon-BP02-EN-MSR-1ESlifer has the original artwork, which I like the best. Slifer isn’t really competitively viable, so you’ll have it because you want a secret rare Slifer. Not that you can’t play it, it’s just not the most competitive card.

CT13-EN003 Dark Magician – Ultra Rare

DarkMagician-SDY-NA-UR-1EAnother reprint with old art. This isn’t my favorite art, but it’s still a good one. Again, Dark Magician isn’t the best card, but it’s fine in a Dark Magician deck. Just know that it’s not the most competitive deck. Otherwise, enjoy your 23,495th copy of Dark Magician.

CT13-EN004 Ebon High Magician – Ultra Rare

EbonHighMagician-TDIL-EN-SR-1EI already talked about Ebon High Magician in my TDIL set review. It’s a fine card, but not one you’ll be summoning often. If you didn’t have one before, this would be a good time to pick it up, either directly from the tin or trade/buy the single.

CT13-EN005 D/D/D Flame King Genghis – Super Rare

DDDFlameKingGenghis-CT13-FR-SR-LEThis is one of the new cards. I’m sorry I have the French version. Here’s English text.

“2 “D/D” monsters
If another “D/D” monster(s) is Special Summoned to your field, while you control this face-up card (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 “D/D” monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it. You can only use this effect of “D/D/D Flame King Genghis” once per turn. If this card is destroyed by battle, or if this card in its owner’s possession is destroyed by an opponent’s card effect: You can target 1 “Dark Contract” card in your Graveyard; add it to your hand.”

It’s a good card if you’re using D/Ds, but unfortunately for anyone who likes D/Ds, the deck isn’t competitive. I don’t think it ever will be in the TCG, but maybe one day. It’s nice that it’s out now.

CT13-EN006 Dragonox, the Empowered Warrior – Super Rare

DragonoxtheEmpoweredWarrior-CT13-DE-SR-LEThis time, the best picture was German. Here’s English text.

Pendulum Effect:
“When an opponent’s monster declares an attack: You can destroy this card, then end the Battle Phase.”
Monster Effect:
“Once per turn: You can discard 1 card, then target 1Warrior or Spellcaster-Type monster with 2000 or less ATK in yourGraveyard; Special Summon it in face-down Defense Position.”

It itself is also a warrior. It’s a generic Scale 7, which is great that it can help keep you alive. It’s an Empowered Warrior, which matters. Also, it summons things back from your Graveyard. All around a great card. Empowered Warriors might be the next step in our meta. This is a card worth getting.

CT13-EN007 Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer – Super Rare

PerformapalPendulumSorcerer-CT13-DE-SR-LEThis is a card everyone knows about. I’m glad it got a reprint for those that didn’t have it. This is a good relevant reprint. I don’t think anyone who wanted them didn’t have them, but I can’t be certain.

Four reprints and two new cards. I’d like to have seen Dark Magician and Ebon High be relevant reprints to the meta, like Terrortop, Break Sword or Daigusto Emeral. At least we got Pendulum Sorcerer.

What’s in the Kaiba tin?

CT13-EN002 Obelisk the Tormentor – Secret Rare

ObelisktheTormentor-BP02-EN-MSR-UELike Slifer, this is the original art. Unlike Slifer, Obelisk sometimes sees play. It’s a three tribute monster that can’t be targeted and has 4000 ATK. It’s pretty good. Secret rare is nice, too.

CT13-EN008 Blue-Eyes White Dragon – Ultra Rare

BlueEyesWhiteDragon-CT13-FR-UR-LEAnother reprint. It wasn’t needed, but it’s better than the Dark Magician reprint and it mirrors the Kaiba v Yugi theme.

CT13-EN009 Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon – Ultra Rare

SHVI-EN052Possibly a meta relevant reprint. This is a good reprint. So far, everything in the Kaiba tin is better than the Yugi tin as a whole.

CT13-EN010 D/D/D Gust King Alexander – Super Rare

DDDGustKingAlexander-CT13-DE-SR-LEOh, another meh new D/D/D. Neat if you want it, but I’m uninterested.

“1 “D/D” Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
If another “D/D” monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned to your field, while you control this face-up card (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 Level 4 or lower “D/D” monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it. You can only use this effect of “D/D/D Gust King Alexander” once per turn.”

CT13-EN011 Aether, the Evil Empowering Dragon – Super Rare

AethertheEvilEmpoweringDragon-CT13-DE-SR-LEPendulum Effect:
“Once per turn: You can banish 1 “Empowered Warrior” monster from your Graveyard, then target 1 card on the field; destroy it.”
Monster Effect:
“When this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can target 1monster on the field; banish it.”

This card is good. It’s very good. Scale 4 is meh, but repeatable banishing is great. Banish Cir, banish Beatrice, banish Dante, banish Blue-Eyes, then attack for 2300.

CT13-EN012 Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit – Super Rare

GhostOgreSnowRabbit-CROS-EN-ScR-1EI don’t know who doesn’t have Ghost Ogre that wanted them, but this is a much better reprint in the long run than Pendulum Sorcerer is.

So based on the promos, the Kaiba tin seems better for the current meta. The most important new cards are the Empowered guys. If you got the tin and those six promos for twenty dollars, it seems like a decent deal. Historically, most of the tin promos have been three to five dollars each. However, Obelisk, Slifer, Blue-Eyes and Dark Magician will probably only be a dollar or two.

As for the mega packs, each pack contains 16 cards with one of each secret, ultra, super and rare and 12 commons. All of the reprints are in the same rarity that they originally were. I’ll list the most notable reprints, but you can peruse the list yourself.

Galaxy Cyclone
Lose 1 Turn
Solemn Strike
Cyber Dragon Infinity
Traptrix Rafflesia

So, with all of that said, I think the tins are a pretty good deal. They’re always fun to open. If I wanted to save money, I wouldn’t buy the tins, but rather just buy the singles I want because that’s always cheaper. If you can’t wait, don’t care about saving money or just want the tins, go ahead and buy them. The tins are cool. And, I’m on vacation. Kind of sorry for the short post, but hopefully I’ll have something substantial on Wednesday. You can still leave comments and interact with me on social media. I’ll get back to you when I can.


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4 thoughts on “Are the 2016 Mega Tins worth it?”

  1. Thanks a bunch! I did go read the Budget for BA, and I might give it a go sometime, but all in all I think I’m going to keep trying for one of my deck choices for now, as I’m more of a casual player so bad for meta doesn’t bother me. I have made a couple changes based on some of the articles you’ve put up, and so far the changes have been good. I hadn’t thought about asking for store credit or just trading packs, but those are great ideas. Thanks for the help, looking forward to seeing more great posts!

    1. I’m with you there. The main reason I would personally buy the tins is because I want to create a D/D deck. The deck however will not be complete until 2017 though, because some other cards from the anime will be released in the Structure Deck: Pendulum Domination. I also asked a friend if they could also buy a tin, this way, since he is now starting to duel, will have some good cards. I guess I could also want to go with the Odd-Eyes cards but I mainly want to summon rapid fire, even if it costs me.

  2. Thanks for another good post! I’d been wondering about the tins, and it’s good to see what’s in them without buying the wrong one and realizing too late. I was wondering if you would happen to know if the Gold Series Infinite Gold set is worth my money as my eventual plan is to be a full-on HERO/Ancient Gear/Charmer/Agents/Ghostrick player. I’m aware that none of those are particularly good in current meta but I don’t particularly care. I got one box of the set and got a couple cards that I thought were ok like Storming Mirror Force, Red-eyes Flare Metal and Black Horn of Heaven, but then a bunch of cards I personally will never use like Mistaken Arrest(definitely not a HERO helper) or Virgil or Phantasmal Lord Ultimate Bishbaalkin. Does the set have a lot of cards I can trade to league players for cards from the five Archetypes I mentioned? I know HERO cards are relatively easy to find post-HERO Strike, but I’m really aiming for getting people to let go of their rare old Ancient Gears. I know Burning Abyss is supposed to be good but I’ve only pulled an Alich, a Virgil and Terminus. Would I be able to get good trades from the cards in the set or would I be better off looking elsewhere? I know you’ve mentioned before that it’s a good idea to just buy singles but I’m kind of locked down to just buying packs and trading stuff to other players in my league. If you could help me find a good set for easy trades that would be great. Thanks again for the post, looking forward to your next one!

    1. Everything in every set can be found both on the wikia and the database. I can’t recommend buying packs, but if you have to, try to get packs that can’t be scaled (pretty much all of them now) and trade/sell the packs at less than MSRP. If you can, see if you can get store credit at your league instead of packs for winning and use that to ‘buy’ cards from the store and other people.

      I can’t in good conscience recommend you play any of the decks you mentioned but if you want to, I want to encourage you to check out If you’re interested in Burning Abyss, I wrote about a budget build that should be pretty easy to pick up from local people.

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