This will be my first article on this blog about the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, which I discovered and came to like only very recently, having detested it for as long as I can think and always having thought it sucked compared to the grand M:tG. For more Yu-Gi-Oh related articles please check out my old, Yu-Gi-Oh focussed blog at http://casualyugiohwithandi.wordpress.com.
In this article, I will be giving you a brief review of the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! Structure Deck, which is all about one of my all-time favorite Monster, Blue-Eyes White Dragon…
…and will then be sharing with you a deck which I built including some of the cards contained in said Structure Deck.
First of all a word on Structure Decks in general: I think that the Structure Decks Konami is releasing for the Yu-Gi-Oh Trading Card Game are a great deal and well suited for both beginners and pros (like my humble self) and also for collectors, as they give you a complete 40+ cards deck which is playable right out of the box for beginners, while it gives you a great start to build a good deck on if you are an advanced player as well as containing some neat premium cards which may be interesting for collectors. Every now and then, I find myself buying up to 3 copies of some Structure Decks as some contain cards which would be more costly to buy seperately than to just grab a few copies of a Structure Deck they happen to be in.
Now the latest released Structure Deck is all about the most iconic, and probably most associated with the Yu-Gi-Oh TCG Monster Card of all times, the classic but, in my opinion, still highly playable Blue-Eyes White Dragon. Hence it is aptly named Saga of Blue-Eyes White Dragon.
So what do we get in this latest Structure Deck?
- 41 Cards including 4 Holo Cards – 2 Super Rares and 2 Utlra Rares.
- A Blue-Eyes White Dragon Playmat
- A Strategy Guide
- A Copy of the Yu-Gi-Oh Rulebook
The Deck contains the following four Super and Ultra Rares, which are all four in foil and very much playable:
- Blue-Eyes White Dragon
- Azure-Eyes Silver Dragon
- Maiden with Eyes of Blue
- Dragon Shrine
Notable cards contained in the Saga of Blue-Eyes White Dragon Structure Deck (For more info and the full card text I refer you to the Yu Gi Oh Wikia):
- Blue-Eyes White Dragon:
The Classic. A vanilla (Normal) 3000 ATK and 2500 DEF Monster. This is a premium card that comes in shiny foil in this Structure Deck.
- Azure-Eyes White Dragon:
A great, great Synchro version of good old Blue-Eyes White Dragon which has an awesome effect and goes well with any deck containing a significant number of Normal Monsters. Stats-wise Azure-Eyes is a bit weaker than his blue-eyed cousin, with 2500 ATK and 3000 DEF, but offers two great abilities. Firstly, when Azure-Eyes is summoned, Dragon type Monsters you control cannot be destroyed by card effects until the end of the next turn. And secondly, Azure-Eyes allows you to Special Summon one Normal Monster from your Graveyard each and every turn. The latter makes him an awesome addition to a Normal Monster Deck, a Deck Type which I am very fond of. What is really great is that you will be able to reanimte the Blue-Eyes White Dragon you sent to your Graveyard for Synchro Summoning Azure-Eyes Silver Dragon right away!
- Maiden with Eyes of Blue:
This one is a Level 1 Tuner, so she Synchro Summons into Azure-Eyes when combined with Blue-Eyes White Dragon. Also, the Maiden is a great support card to run along with Blue-Eyes White Dragon as becomes apparent when reading what she does. I’d rather have you take a look than writing it all down here:
- Alexandrite Dragon:
Along with Gene-Warped War Wolf, this is the best you will get from a Level 4 Monster when it comes to sheer ATK Power. 2000 in the case of Alexandrite Dragon.
- Flamvell Guard:
A Level 1 Dragon Type Tuner that is a Normal Monster as well.
- The White Stone of Legend:
Another Level 1 Dragon Type Tuner which has a great effect for a Blue-Eyes Deck. When it is put into your Graveyard, from anywhere and by any means, you can add a Blue-Eyes White Dragon from your Deck to your hand. Pretty handy I would say!
This one is kinda expensive if you had to buy it seperately so I am pleased to find a copy of Honest in this Structure Deck to add a second copy to my Lightsworn Deck.
- Dragon Shrine:
Sends a Dragon Type Monster from Deck to Graveyard and another one if the first one was a Normal Monster. I would vote for Blue-Eyes White Dragon and one of the Level 1 Tuners to revive both of them later for some Synchro action.
- Silver’s Cry:
A Spell that Special Summons any Dragon Type Normal Monster from your Graveyard. Great backup for the classic Monster Reborn!
Discard a Level 8 Monster (like Blue-Eyes White Dragon for instance) to draw 2 cards. A good way to draw some cards and dump a Blue-Eyes into your Graveyard where it may actually be more useful than in your hand.
- White Elephant’s Gift:
I always thought this card was kinda rare and hard to get so I am glad to see this in a Structure Deck. Also a good draw Spell which draws you 2 new cards for the cost of tributing one of your Normal Monsters.
- Monster Reborn:
THE classic reanimation Spell. Always good to have one of those in your deck!
As the last part of my review/article on the Saga of Blue Eyes White Dragon Structure Deck, I would like to share with you a deck list I have come up with, inspired by and running key cards from the Structure Deck, namely Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Azure-Eyes Silver Dragon and Dragon Shrine. Have a look at the deck:
Normal Dragons Unite!
3 x Flamvell Guard
3 x Hunter Dragon
3 x Luster Dragon
3 x Alexandrite Dragon
3 x Red-Eyes Black Dragon
3 x Blue Eyes White Dragon
3 x Summoner’s Art
3 x Ancient Rules
3 x Dragon Shirne
3 x Swing of Memories
2 x Heart of the Underdog
1 x Pot of Greed
1 x Graceful Charity
1 x Card Destruction
1 x Monster Reborn
1 x Burst Stream of Destruction
1 x Inferno Fire Blast
1 x Call of the Haunted
1 x Birthright
3 x Grenosaur
3 x Number 39: Utopia
3 x Red Dragon Archfiend
3 x Stardust Dragon
3 x Azure-Eyes Silver Dragon
How to Play the Deck:
This deck makes maximum use of the stats-wise very powerful Normal Monsters contained in it by means of various Normal Monster Support Cards while trying to Synchro- and XYZ-Summon early, often and consistently. Notably, all Normal Monsters in this deck are Dragon Type Monsters. The various Normal Monster support includes one of the most powerful draw engines (at least in a Normal Deck) that I know of: Heart of the Underdog. During your Draw Phase, you can draw another card if the first card drawn was a Normal Monster, and again if the second card was another Normal Monster and so on. With half the deck consisting of Normal Monsters, Heart of the Underdog can draw you a lot of additional cards over the course of a game. Summoner’s Art and Ancient Rules are a great combo, Summoner’s Art adding either Blue-Eyes White Dragon or Red-Eyes Black Dragon from your Deck to your hand and Ancient Rules putting them into play for free basically. Send Synchro Material to the Graveyard with Dragon Shrine and reanimate those Monsters with Swing of Memories, Monster Reborn, Call of the Haunted and Birthright to facilitate some easy Synchro- and XYZ-Summons. You should try to get out Azure-Eyes Silver Dragon as fast as possible, as he will allow you to reanimate any of your Monsters from your Graveyard on each of your turns, best starting with the Synchro Material you used to summon him.