Playing the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game is one of my favorite pastimes if you didn’t know. I love playing it with my friends and especially my cousin Romeo (he’s not actually my cousin, but I wish he was). To me, Yu-Gi-Oh! is one of the most imaginative card games out there. Since 2014, I’ve been collecting cards and will continue to do so until I have enough to trade them for an old man’s Blue-Eyes White Dragon card. Today, I’d like to go over one of my two decks and some of the highlights regarding it. Oh and for the record, I don’t play in tournaments anymore so I don’t give a crap about the banned list. With that said, here’s the list!
6. Ebon Magician Curran
Okay, okay, I’ll admit, Ebon Magician Curran is only on this list because she’s my favorite card. She’s an adorable little monster which becomes more dangerous the more monsters my opponent controls. At the start of the turn, Curran will at least punish the opponent by dealing 300 damage for each monster on their field. She was made at a time when a good chunk of strategies focused on swarming the field with monsters and setting up summoning stuff from the Extra Deck.
Even though she has a great burn effect, she’s pretty much a sitting duck on her own which is why I usually summon her when The Seal of Orichalcos is on the field or if I can equip her with Axe of Despair or Mist Body. Those type of cards can prevent her from being destroyed by battle and keep the ball rolling regarding her effect.
5. Prometheus, King of the Shadows
Besides having bad ass art, Prometheus has a versatile effect that helps me summon a special monster (which will appear later on this list). One of the goals of my dark deck is to have a lot of my monsters in the graveyard and usually by the time I summon him, there’s at least 5 monsters so he’ll have a 2k attack boost.
I like to combo this card with the Trap cards Escape from the Dark Dimension or Return from the Different Dimension. They both help me special summon even more monsters, for more battle damage. I am a little bummed by the fact Prometheus‘ effect isn’t permanent, but if he’s destroyed by battle, he can then be used for the effect of two monsters in my deck.
4. Spirit Reaper
This ghoulish monster works great in my deck because of its strong offensive and defensive effect, and I don’t even need a tribute to summon him.
If you look at Spirit Reaper’s stats you’re probably thinking, “What’s so great about its attack and defense? Are you mad?”. Maybe, but if you look at the card’s effect you’ll see it provides a wall since it can’t be destroyed by battle. Once the field is clear, I can change this monster to attack position and hit my opponent. Thanks to Reaper’s second effect, they must discard a card when Reaper lands a direct attack.
3. Cyber Jar
Spammy card is spammy. I love all of the Jar monsters because they have devastating effects. This particular jar grants each player up to five new cards to the hand, but there’s much more besides that. Instead of discarding the players’ hands, it wipes out the entire field once flipped. And if the players draw Level 4 or lower monsters by Cyber Jar‘s effect, they will be special summoned. This is still a pretty risky move though so I try not to play it unless it’s absolutely necessary. It’s able to clean the field with new creatures, giving me new cards to combine with the others I already have, and also the chance to completely ruin the opponent’s field.
The worst case scenario with Cyber Jar is if my opponent attacks and even with this effect, I’m still unable to special summon at least one monster. This means my opponent can have a field day with my life points. This has yet to happen to me, since my deck has more monsters. I love this card because it can change the flow of the game in my favor in the matter of a turn.
2. Dark Armed Dragon
Easily one of the most feared monsters in my dark deck (Romeo can attest to that) and for good reason. Being able to summon Dark Armed Dragon is far too easy thanks to working around dark monsters. Having a Dark Grepher or Armageddon Knight can make having exactly three dark monsters in the graveyard possible in the first turn. It brings an incredible offense, as combined with its high attack allows me to banish a dark monster in the graveyard to destroy any card on the field. With several methods to have exactly three dark monsters in the graveyard, it’s not a chore to summon it even later in the duel.
Once it is out on the field, I will most likely clear the opponent’s field. The main objective with this card is to bring destruction, and it’s no difficult task. Its removal effect has no restrictions whatsoever, so I can either remove up to three cards in a single turn or dump more dark monsters in the graveyard after its summon to wipe out the entire field. Its high ATK can easily overcome many monsters, and in the best scenario, it can declare a direct attack for solid damage. Banishing several dark monsters might be a risk later in the duel, but with cards like Escape from the Dark Dimension and Return from the Different Dimension it shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
1. Rainbow Dark Dragon
What other monster can it be? My dark deck centers around summoning this special card. It might seem expensive to summon since there needs to be 7 dark monsters (and with different names no less) in the graveyard to be removed from play. Thankfully, one of my other goals for my dark deck is to fill the graveyard due to effects and card costs. Armageddon Knight directly sends a monster to the graveyard from the deck just for being summoned, Mystic Tomato and Giant Germ also help by sending copies of themselves to the graveyard for an attack boost once this is summoned.
Unlike other powerful dark monsters in my deck like Dark Armed Dragon, Dark Magician of Chaos, The Dark Creator, etc. Rainbow Dark Dragon needs an entire deck built around it to be played. Also, unlike Dark Armed Dragon, this dragon will most likely be played late. This can be both a good and bad thing because it’s possible to set up one turn kills. On the other hand, its costly summon gives me one shot to do damage on the field, so I need to make sure to have a plan b in case this card gets destroyed.
That’s my list! Obviously, this isn’t all of my cards, but I hope you got an idea on what I like to play. If you play Yu-Gi-Oh! too and want to play me, we can do that. I’ve dueled people over video chats and they’ve always been fun. Anyway, make sure to have fun when playing Yu-Gi-Oh!, I mean, it is just a children’s card game after all! 😉