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A Chaos Dragon deck utilizes a combination of Chaos monsters and "Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon." This build focuses on getting out "Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon", "Lightpulsar Dragon", and "Chaos Sorcerer"/"Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning". You can use ""Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn", "Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress", "Card Trooper" and "Darkflare Dragon" to send monsters to the Graveyard to summon "Lightpulsar Dragon", or to speed up the setups for summoning both "Dark Armed Dragon" and "Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning". If played correctly, this deck is capable of special summoning its most powerful monsters within a few turns.
This deck relies heavily on special summoning powerful monsters with devastating effects in order to overpower and OTK the opponent. The deck can also create level 8 Synchro monsters consistently due to the synergy of White Dragon Wyverburster, Black Dragon Collapserpent, and Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn. Lightpulsar Dragon, Caius the Shadow Monarch, and Chaos Sorcerer also open up Rank 6 plays after their effects are used.
Milling, which is used early to mid game, sets up the graveyard in order to banish light and dark monsters to special summon the Chaos monsters. Darkflare Dragon, Card Trooper, Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn, Charge of the Light Brigade, and Solar Recharge are used for this strategy. Tour Guide from the Underworld into Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss was also used but the limiting of "Tour Guide" in April 2015 has made this option unreliable.
Structure Deck: Dragons Collide contains many of the cards used in this Deck, thus making it easier to build. Many of the cards required that are not found in Dragons Collide have been reprinted, thus making this deck an affordable but formidable option for duelists.
Chaos Dragons' origins go all the way back to 2004’s Invasion of Chaos and the introduction of the original three Chaos Monsters. Immediately, it was clear that these were some of the most powerful monsters in all of Duel Monsters. Chaos Emperor Dragon - Envoy of the End, Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of The Beginning, and Chaos Sorcerer brought forth powerful effects and attack power all for the simple summoning condition of removing/banishing 1 light and 1 dark monster from your graveyard.
The idea and theme of Chaos and the battle of light vs dark was introduced which led to one of the most consistent card themes in the history of Yu-Gi-Oh that still shapes the game today.
February and May of 2008 saw the release of Phantom Darkness and Light of Destruction respectively. These two sets would further the theme of the struggle between light and darkness, reinforce the notion of Chaos in dark and light summoning conditions, and introduce some of the most powerful monsters to date in Dark Armed Dragon and Judgment Dragon. Both cards would shape the meta drastically as Tele-DAD would wreck havoc and Dark Armed Dragon would reach a staggering $250 price point. Lightsworns had several cards appear on the limited list as well as both Dark Armed and Judgment Dragon. The end of 2008 saw the release of one of the most powerful dragon specific cards in Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon.
The Lightsworn archetype in Light of Destruction revolved around “milling” which means sending cards from the top of your deck to the graveyard. This random milling allowed you to fill your graveyard with monsters rather quickly to fulfill the summoning condition of Judgment Dragon while triggering monster effects along the way. Card Trooper was already a great part of this strategy and Lightsworns reinforced it tremendously. This mechanic would become important to the future of Chaos and its new incarnation.
In March 2009, Chaos Sorcerer became limited to 1 after 2 ½ years on the Forbidden list. Chaos Sorcerer would flip flop from 1 to 2 to 1 to 3 to 2 for the next few years as it continued to find its sweet spot. In September 2011, Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning became limited to 1 after 6 years on the Forbidden List where it has stayed ever since.
Chaos had returned. But it would take a structure deck in February of 2012 to give Chaos its true form.
Dragons Collide hit the scene as one of the best structure decks to date. This structure deck introduced two new Chaos monsters in the forms of Darkflare Dragon and Lightpulsar Dragon. Both had the original summoning condition and their own unique effects. Darkflare allows you to discard a dragon and send a dragon from your deck to the graveyard to banish a card in either graveyard. Lightpulsar allows you to summon him from the graveyard by sending a light and dark from your hand to the graveyard. It also special summons a level 5 or higher dark dragon from the graveyard when it is sent from the field to the graveyard. Its synergy with Darkflare and more importantly Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon made these dragons an excellent addition to disaster dragons.
The third unique card was Eclipse Wyvern. When it is sent to the graveyard, (by any means or from anywhere) you can banish a level 7 or higher dark or light dragon from your deck. When Wyvern is banished, you can add the dragon banished by Eclipse to your hand. Its synergy with Darkflare Dragon and milling created a viable engine for this new deck.
Black Dragon Collapserpent and White Dragon Wyverburster continued the theme of light and dark while working together. Each monster required the player to banish 1 of the opposite attribute in order to special summon them. Each monster also searched a copy of each other when they were sent to the graveyard giving Chaos Dragon a bit of consistency and field presence without losing advantage. Their effects do not miss timing so tributing or synchro summoning would allow you to search a copy of the opposite dragon. These dragons would become essential to Chaos Dragons and the form it has taken today.
The “mini dragons” would be some of the last “Chaos” support the deck has gotten to date. This would require the deck to look elsewhere for support and strength.
Standard Chaos Dragon
Chaos Dragons relies on a high speed play style in both filling the graveyard and special summoning monsters, making them susceptible to Macro decks. Also, the deck shares a weakness with most of the meta decks: Anti-Special Summon cards such as "Archlord Kristya" and "Evilswarm Ophion" can easily cripple this deck. "Necrovalley" can prevent banishing or access to Graveyards, making any attempts to Summon Chaos monsters impossible. "Imperial Iron Wall" can also prevent the effects of most Chaos monsters, including "Eclipse Wyvern" and "Darkflare Dragon". Cards like "Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror" and "Light-Imprisoning Mirror" prevents the Trigger effects of light and dark monsters such as "Lightpulsar Dragon", "Night Assailant" and "Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter". Vanity's Emptiness and Skill Drain can heavily distrupt and stop this deck although, as of April 2015, these two cards are now limited to 1.
Despite having originated from the same Dragon deck type origins; the Disaster Dragon deck can, ironically, also stop this deck dead in its tracks, due to it having access to "Koa'ki Meiru Drago" (which can torpedo the summoning of any Chaos monsters). It is also able to utilize a wider array of Side Deck options such as "Electric Virus", "Chaos Trap Hole", "Rivalry of Warlords" (which ensure that any non-Dragon Chaos monsters cannot interfere) and "Light and Darkness Dragon," making it harder for Chaos Dragons to contend. Despite this, several different side deck combinations can be used to contend with its counters.