All the time people ask if DV888 or Dark Magic II is best for an intermediate to advanced player or someone that wants a good budget metal yoyo. I started out with buying a Dark Magic II and then a couple months after that I bought a DV888. Here is the key difference between the two. The DV888 is a light, smooth yoyo that has some speed to it. One can easily build massive combos with it. The Dark Magic II is a heavier, slower yoyo. The Dark Magic II specializes in more slow tricks where one is trying to emphasize a trick like a whip or something.
So how do they actually compare statistically?
The DV888 weighs in at about 67 grams and has a large C bearing. The bearing allows the yoyo to spin much longer than most yoyos (Especially for the cost of the DV888) and can sustain body grinds fairly well. speaking of grinds, the weight makes body grinds almost perfect. I am truly blown away by the fact that such an advanced yoyo can be so cheap. The biggest issue with the DV888 is the size. The DV888 is much smaller in comparison to to the Dark Magic II with a diameter of 50.04 mm and a gap size of 4.67 mm. This means that the player needs to have a bit of experience with similar yoyos as the DV888 demands some accuracy. Overall, the DV888 is a relatively cheap yoyo that has amazing performance and spin time.
The Dark Magic II weighs in around 69 grams and also uses a large C bearing. The yoyo spins quite long as well and can sustain any combination of tricks without any regenerations. The dark magic II is much larger than the DV888 with a diameter of 56.13 mm and a gap size of 4.95 mm. This allows less experienced players to still be able to enjoy this yoyo. Additionally, the Dark Magic II comes with two separate bearings: one responsive, and one non-responsive. This allows players to even begin on this yoyo. The amazing part of the Dark Magic II is that any player can use it and use it all the way up to the more advanced tricks. The main issue with the Dark Magic II is how slow it is. It is difficult to do many speed-combos with this yoyo due to its weight. Overall, the Dark Magic II offers a place for the beginner player to the yoyo master. This yoyo deserves a place in the yoyo hall of fame.
So, which one is better?
It all really depends on preference when all is said and done. Personally, I like the DV888 better because of the speed and the option to do some more advanced tricks. Again, the DV888 is also more advanced of a yoyo. The Dark Magic II is a much heavier and beginner yoyo. So, if one is looking for a heavier and more controllable yoyo, go for the Dark Magic II. If a player is looking for a yoyo that can handle some advanced combos/tricks and is on a budget, go for the DV888.