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"Blue-Eyes" (ブルーアイズ Burūaizu) is an archetype of LIGHT Dragon-Type monsters used by Seto Kaiba, Kaibaman, Paradox, and Roku. A mysterious woman named Kisara carries the spirit of the "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" as revealed in both the anime and manga.

Though members have existed since the Starter Box: Theatrical Release in 1999, it only received its first explicit support with the "With Eyes of Blue archetype.


Design

Most "Blue-Eyes" monsters closely resemble "Blue-Eyes White Dragon".

In the anime, it has been stated that "Blue-Eyes" represents power while "Red-Eyes" represents potential.[1]

Playing style

"Blue-Eyes" Decks aim for a field control strategy, usually by destroying opponent monsters. They can Synchro Summon monsters such as "Azure-Eyes Silver Dragon" to lock down the opponent's field or help Summon stronger monsters and set up a Fusion Summon for a finishing move.

After the "Dragon Rulers" were restricted to one, but Soul Charge was still at three, "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" and "The White Stone of Legend" were used as a Draw combo with "Cards of Consonance" and "Trade-In", and were used to Draw the four "Dragon Rulers", known unofficially as the "Dragon Draw" engine or "Egg Turbo" build.

"The Melody of Awakening Dragon" can search "Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon", off of the Spell Card's Discard effect as can "Dragon Shrine/Ravine", so that the Graveyard can be loaded with "Blue-Eyes" Monsters to be revived by "Silver's Cry" and "Return of the Dragon Lords".

"The White Stone of Legend" needs another effect to discard it and be able to use its Graveyard effect. Whereas both the Monster cards "Master" and "Sage with Eyes of Blue" have effects to Special Summon any "Blue-Eyes" Monster from the Main Deck by either "Shuffles itself from the Graveyard to the Main Deck" ('Spinning to Deck' for short) or Discards itself.

Structure Deck R: Revival of the Great Divine Dragon offers "Return of the Dragon Lords" and "Divine Dragon Lord Felgrand" for "Blue-Eyes" decks to have additional protection and revival effects and the combination off of "Dragon Shrine" to send "Arkbrave Dragon" with "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" or "Dragon Spirit of White" to the Graveyard and then revive the second mentioned. "Amorphage Goliath" can also be used but needs more than a one-card setup with just "Dragon Shrine".

Shining Victories includes a new monster, "Dragon Spirit of White", who has the ability to banish an opponent's Spell or Trap Card whenever it is Normal Summoned or Special Summoned. It is also treated as a Normal Monster while in the hand or Graveyard, granting it synergy with cards like "Ancient Rules" and "Silver's Cry".

"Dragon Spirit of White" also has a Synchro Monster counterpart called "Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon", who prevents both players from Special Summoning two or more monsters at the same time, locking down most Pendulum-based Decks. It also has the ability to negate any effect that would activate in the Graveyard once during either player's turn.

"Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon" can also can Tribute itself to Special Summon any LIGHT Dragon-Type Synchro Monster. The Synchro Monster must be used as a Material for another Summon or be able to protect itself to avoid being destroyed at the End Phase.

"Blue-Eyes Twin Burst Dragon" is a Fusion Monster that does not need a "Polymerization"-like card to be Fusion Summoned. It cannot be destroyed by battle, can attack monsters twice during the Battle Phase and banishes any monster that it failed to destroy by battle.

"Dragon's Mirror" is recommended for the Fusion Monster "Neo Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon". While it is the only face-up card you control, it can attack up to three times in the same turn by sending other copies of a "Blue-Eyes" Fusion Monster from the Extra Deck to the Graveyard. By sending extra copies of itself to the Graveyard, they will be there to protect any "Blue-Eyes" monster(s) from being targeted by effects by banishing themselves.

You can also use Trap and Spell cards that support LIGHT attribute monsters as virtually every Blue-Eyes monster is a LIGHT monster with a few exceptions. Spell cards such as "Shine Palace" can support LIGHT monsters beyond Blue-Eyes or Dragons. LIGHT monsters such as "Honest" can easily boost the ATK of your already powerful dragons. Cards such as "Beckoning Light" and "Light of Redemption" can return your destroyed or banished Blue-Eyes monsters to your hand.

Weaknesses

Since most Blue-Eyes monsters are LIGHT monsters and Dragons, be cautious if your opponent uses DARK attribute or Fiend type monsters that in general negatively affect LIGHT monsters, and to the worst extent, the anti-LIGHT "Ally of Justice". Light-Imprisoning Mirror can be devastating to a Blue-Eyes deck by negating their effects. Leeching the Light can destroy even your strongest monsters. Also be aware of opponents that use anti Dragon support decks. As this could curtail your entire summoning strategy, relying on your dragons for the bulk of your high ATK monsters can leave you defenseless so high ATK monsters other than Dragons and Blue-Eyes can help. Add to your deck LIGHT monsters that can benefit your dragons. Keep "Lord of Dragons" in your deck to protect against card effects on the field. Your opponent may also try to mill your deck via depriving you of your Blue-Eyes monsters before they can be summoned. Monsters like "Herald of Creation" can return banished Blue-Eyes monsters to your hand. Cards like "Dimension Fusion" can Special Summon Blue-Eyes monsters from the banished zone to the field.

Recommended cards

Recommended Cards
Egg Turbo
Blue-Eyes Shining

Example Decks

Official Blue-Eyes Deck[2]
Blue-Eyes Spotlight Deck[3]
2016 World Champion Blue-Eyes Deck[4]
V Jump Blue-Eyes White Dragon’s Kaiser Umiuma[5]

References

  1. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie
  2. YGOrganization Sample Post SHVI Blue-Eyes Deck List
  3. YGOrganization Blue Eyes Spotlight
  4. YGOrganization Hiyama Shunsuke’s Deck from Worlds 2016
  5. https://ygorganization.com/itsitsaballroomblitz/

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