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A Deck built around either "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon" or "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon" focuses on "Graveyard Dragon Power" to boost the ATK of these Dragons. Both "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon" and "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon" gain 300 ATK for each Dragon-Type monster in your Graveyard.
While "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon" is often considered superior to "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon" (Its base ATK is 3000, and it can negate card effects that target it), "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon" is normally easier to summon to the field (You will need to Tribute "Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon"—a Fusion Monster—for "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon", while you can Tribute "Red-Eyes B. Dragon", a Normal Monster and one that is fairly easier to summon, for "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon"). By the time you summon it, you may have more dragons in your Graveyard than your opponent, if they are using "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon".
"Last Turn"(Traditional Format) goes hand in hand with either Monster, since any remaining Dragons will be sent to the Graveyard, and your opponent's Monster will likely be unable to stand up to the ATK of yours. Even then, there are a handful of Dragons that work well with this Trap. "Exploder Dragon" wipes out the Monster that destroyed it in battle. "Kaiser Glider" will return a Monster your opponent controls to the hand. "Archfiend Black Skull Dragon" prevents your opponent from activating cards or effects during battle, and damages your opponent if it was Fusion Summoned and damage calculation was applied. "Mirror Force Dragon" and "Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon" can destroy the opponent's Monster before damage calculation("Crystal Wing" can only do so if the Monster your opponent chooses is Level 5 or higher, however). A Dragon Ritual Summoned using "Djinn Releaser of Rituals" will prevent your opponent from picking a Monster at all, winning you the Duel.
It is recommended that you focus on either "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon" or "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon", as there will most likely not be enough room in your Deck to include support for both, however if you manage to include both "BESD" and "REDD" it may be a good idea to include some elements of "Chaos" decks as "Blue-Eyes" are LIGHT and "Red-Eyes" monsters are DARK.
Both decks should include monsters which can summon another copy of itself upon destruction, such as "Masked Dragon" and "Troop Dragon". "Masked Dragon", as well as "Dread Dragon", can search for "The Black Stone of Legend"/"The White Stone of Ancients" along with many other useful cards including Exploder Dragon, Decoy Dragon, Troop Dragon Armed Dragon LV3, or even another Masked Dragon or Dread Dragon. Adding "Black Stone" to the hand with Dread Dragon also sets up the hand for Allure of Darkness. Armed Dragon LV3 is very useful with Masked Dragon because you can activate its effect to Special Summon Armed Dragon LV5 on the first turn you control it. If you have "King Dragun" in your extra deck (which is especially useful with REDD based decks as you can use it to protect your dragons from card effects) you can use Masked Dragon's effect to search out "Divine Dragon Ragnarok" which is one of it's fusion material monsters. Another good Fusion Monster to use is "Starving Venom Fusion Dragon". It is able to copy the abilities of one of your opponent's Level 5 or higher Monsters. Also, if it is destroyed after being Fusion Summoned, it will take your opponent's Special Summoned Monsters with it. "Solidarity," "Dragon's Rage," and "Fairy Meteor Crush" are decent support cards to add to the Deck, as they will help maximize the boosted power of your main monsters.
The remainder of the deck should be made up of cards which can discard or send monsters to the Graveyard, i.e. "Armed Dragons", "Foolish Burial", "Lightning Vortex", and "Raigeki Break". Dragon Ravine is a Field Spell Card carrying a lot of synergy not only for Dragunity, but for many Dragon decks in general, including this one. "Forbidden Graveyard" is quite useful, because it counters Monsters like "Electromagnetic Turtle", "Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World", "Elemental HERO Absolute Zero", etc.
If playing in Traditional Format, Chaos Emperor Dragon - Envoy of the End is an incredibly useful card, because it is a Dragon-type monster whose effect can send other dragons to the Graveyard easily. Future Fusion is another powerful card that can send up to five dragons to the Graveyard when Five-Headed Dragon is selected.
Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon
A "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon" Deck should begin focus on Special Summoning "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" then Fusion Summoning "Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon". If you decide to use cards like "Cyber-Stein" to Summon it, make sure you already have the three copies of "Blue-Eyes" in your Graveyard. Also, "Dragon's Mirror" can be used, but is not recommended because it removes the Fusion Material Monsters from play. In that case, use "Burial from a Different Dimension" to return them to the Graveyard.
"The White Stone of Ancients" is extremely useful, because not only does it search for "Blue-Eyes" monsters during the End Phase of the turn is was sent to the Graveyard, but it will also later serve as extra power for "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon". "Paladin of White Dragon" can also be useful to quickly summon "Blue-Eyes White Drago"and as an extra Dragon in the graveyard. "Burst Stream of Destruction" is a good choice if you activate it when BEWD is on the field, as it will clear your opponent's side of the field ready for BESD, possibly achieving an OTK. As "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" is a Normal Monster, "Silver's Cry" is a good choice to Special Summon it from the Graveyard after your monster is sent there.
Another useful strategy involves "Five-Headed Dragon" and "Future Fusion". This will help send more Dragons to the Graveyard. Use 3 of "The White Stone of Legend" as Fusion Material Monsters, and you can also add 3 "Blue-Eyes White Dragons" to your hand. If "Polymerization" is also in your hand, "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon" will be a Fusion Summon and a Tribute away.
Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon
"The Black Stone of Legend" (to Summon "Red-Eyes B. Dragon"), and "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon" can lead to a rapid combo in just one turn. Cards like "The Dragon's Bead" (for Traps that target) and the Horus LV series (to destroy your opponent's Spells) could be added to protect "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon". Champion's Vigilance is a powerful Counter Trap Card with an effect similar to Solemn Judgment. However, you are required to only have a Level 7 or higher Normal Monster Face-up on the field, and do not have to pay any risky Cost to activate this card. Red-Eyes Wyvern and Red-Eyes Spirit are especially useful because they can be used to summon both Red-Eyes B. Dragon and Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon; two of the most important Monsters in the Deck.
Like its lesser counterpart, "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon" sacrifices power for potential and flexibility. If Horus Lockdown is incorporated, try to avoid including "Royal Decree", as "Dragon's Rage" will have its effects negated. As an alternate strategy, you can combine "Tyrant's Temper" and "Tyrant's Tirade" with "Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV8's" effect. Alternatively, Safe Zone can be used to protect Horus. You can use "DNA Surgery" to transform all Monsters on the field into Dragons while you control "King Dragun" to prevent your opponent from targeting Monsters with card effects. "Lady of D.", when paired with said combo, will assure that REDD will be near unassailable. "Rescue Rabbit" can bring out "Queen Dragun Djinn" to protect "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon" from battle. "Meteor Dragon Red-Eyes Impact" is a great addition to a REDD deck, as it protects your other "Red-Eyes" Monsters from destruction when it becomes an Effect Monster.
It is also possible to use a Hieratic engine to summon Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon, since they can easily summon Red-Eyes B. Dragon from the deck with their effects. In addition, the effects of Hieratic Dragons activate when tributed; setting up the Graveyard to power up REDD. Use Inferno Fire Blast after summoning Red-Eyes B. Dragon to inflict even more Damage, then summon REDD for an all out attack to either OTK or inflict a crippling amount of Damage. Considering Red-Eyes B. Dragon is a Level 7 Monster, it would be wise to include a few Rank 7 Xyz Monsters like Number 11: Big Eye, and of course Gaia Dragon, the Thunder Charger. A few Chaos elements could also be included given the presence of LIGHT and DARK Attribute Monsters, but don't go overboard since you will need Dragons in the Graveyard.
This card can also be used in a Virus Control Deck with ease, as many Dragon-type Monsters are DARK, especially those of the "Red-Eyes" Archetype. The cost of the Viruses are a good way to send them to the Graveyard, and they have the added benefit of wiping out the opponent's cards. It is also wise to use them with cards that force your opponent to draw to destroy as many of their cards as possible. It's recommended that you use cards that force them to draw and discard, sending more of their cards to the Graveyard. If multiple Viruses are in effect when this happens, your opponent's new hand may be destroyed altogether, and they may have to rely on Top-Decking. If you can't defeat your opponent with REDD, inducing a Deck Out will serve as a backup plan. "Doom Virus Dragon" is a good addition to this Deck, as it doesn't need to be in the Graveyard to be a threat. If it is Summoned at all, the opponent will lose their high-ATK Monsters for their next three turns.
A Cyberdarkness Deck is based around a similar strategy, only including the Cyberdark series alongside "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon" or "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon". The effect of "Cyberdark Dragon" is similar to that of Darkness Dragons. As the Deck will have somewhat an emphasis on Cyberdarks, adding "Hunter Dragon" will help maximize their use, as it has the highest ATK for any Level 3 or lower Dragon-Type Monster.
Dragon Synchro Deck
Since Graveyard Dragon Power decks already use some tuner monsters and most of the monsters that don't need tributes are Level 3 or lower giving you control of what Synchro Monster you are summoning it might make sense to include a few Synchro Monsters in your Extra Deck. Tuner monsters you could use include Dread Dragon and Magna Drago. You can use one of them alongside a Level 4 monster card to Synchro Summon Iron Chain Dragon. Another way of summoning Iron Chain Dragon is to Normal Summon Debris Dragon and use it's effect to Special Summon from the Graveyard a Level 2 Monster Card with 500 or less attack points (such as Decoy Dragon) and Synchro Summon Iron Chain Dragon. You can use Iron Chain Dragon as a bridge to Stardust Dragon or Red Dragon Archfiend depending on the circumstances. Delta Flyer is one of the most versatile Tuner Monsters in the game. You can play this alongside a Level 2 monster like Totem Dragon to Summon a Rank 3 Xyz Monster, or a Level 5 or 6 Synchro Monsterc or a Level 4 monster to Synchro Summon either a Level 7 or 8 Monster, and beside a Level 6 Monster, it can summon the Level 10 Trident Dragion.
If you have Level 1 non-tuners in your deck you can use one of them and The White Stone of Legend to Synchro Summon Formula Synchron and use use it with Stardust Dragon to Synchro Summon Shooting Star Dragon. Using Red Dragon Archfiend and Red Nova Dragon makes more sense though since you don't have to clutter your deck with as many cards only used for their summoning and Formula Synchron would make your deck not be pure Dragon Type and render Solidarity useless. Additionally Red Nova Dragon is a Graveyard power Monster and is simply stronger. Its attack points will be at least 5000 from the tuners it took to summon it and probably more from tuners that would be in the Graveyard anyway because they support this deck, such as The White Stone of Legend and Dread Dragon, Shooting Star Dragon only has 3300 attack points. Also Shooting Star Dragon can only negate an effect once per turn, Red Nova Dragon can do it as many times as you want. The summoning of Red Nova Dragon may be more difficult, however because most tuners aren't suited for attacking and Red Dragon Archfiend destroys your monsters that do not attack. Luckily there is a way around this. You can use Book of Moon before the end phase when Red Dragon Archfiend's effect activates so your monsters aren't destroyed.
- Cards such as "Soul Release" which can remove monsters from the graveyard could be a major problem for this deck, so side decking cards like "Cursed Seal of the Forbidden Spell" (or, to a higher extent, "Imperial Iron Wall") can help to solve this problem.
- "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon" is more vulnerable to card effects than "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon" is. However, a well built deck should be able to overcome this issue.
- Buster Blader monsters and "Dark Paladin" will have very high attack power against your monsters. "Buster Blader, the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman" will also force your Dragons into Defense Position and prevent their effects from activating. Despite the goal of your own deck, "Zombie World" can counter this and allow your Dragons to overpower any "Buster Blader" monster or "Dark Paladin". With the strongest "Buster Blader" monster having 2800 ATK, "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon" would become more than a match thanks to "Zombie World" (which can also be destroyed with your own cards, like "Twin Twisters", later).
- Ironically, REDD or BESD Decks can use "Destruction Sword" and "Buster Blader" cards as support, since they contain a good amount of Dragons.
- "Chaos Sorcerer" and "Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning" both can be devastating because of their potential to banish several of your monsters, which can interrupt summoning combos (i.e. LV series dragons or fusion summoning combos involving cards such as "Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon" or "King Dragun"). If your opponent has these card, make sure to destroy it before it does significant damage or use cards like "King Dragun" and "Imperial Iron Wall" that can prevent their effects from being used.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Traditional Format only.
- ↑ Only if using "The Fang of Critias", use it to search "Mirror Force", "Tyrant Wing", or "Crush Card Virus".
- ↑ Use with DNA Surgery to prevent all of your monsters from being attacked.
- ↑ Only if using "Five-Headed Dragon" or Timaeus fusions with Fusion Substitutes.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 If not using Fusion Substitutes.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 Especially useful with Hieratic Dragons.
- ↑ Especially useful if using Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon
- ↑ If using Cyberdarks.
- ↑ If using Synchro Strategies.
- ↑ Searches Polymerization.
- ↑ If using "Cyber Dragon", against Machine-Type decks only.
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 Only if using "The Fang of Critias".
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Only if using "Curse of Dragonfire" and a fusion substitute monster.
- ↑ If using Red Dragon Archfiend.
- ↑ If using Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon and/or Cyberdarks.
- ↑ If the deck is pure Dragon-Type.
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 If using Azure-Eyes Silver Dragon.
- ↑ Use with Hieratic Dragon of Tefnuit for best results.
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 Use only as a last resort counter to Dark Paladin or Buster Blader monsters.
- ↑ Use to counter cards such as Dark Paladin or Buster Blader.