Ultimate Guide: Blue-Eyes

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Last updated 2022-03-25:

  • Added Experimental Deck List section
  • Added HaltessiaGaming

This article covers the base Blue-Eyes archetype deck (which may contain Blue-Eyes fusion monsters). A dedicated article will be created for the Fusion and Ritual strategies where those approaches are given the proper level of exploration and detail.


Table of Contents


Archetype Summary

Exordio del Duelista did an amazing job with the following summary slides. Please check out the full video here which includes game play and how to pilot the deck.

Strengths

  • Big attack monsters in both Main and Extra Deck
  • Extra Deck monsters with diverse abilities (find the tool that solves the problem)
  • Surprise OTK

Weaknesses

  • Bricks (Blue-Eyes White Dragon is a vanilla level 8 that can get stuck in your hand)
    • Low consistency (low chance of finding the necessary cards in opening hand)
  • Brittle lines of play (interruptions stop combos immediate with non-threatening boards)
  • Most archetypal boss monsters are too difficult to summon for the value they provide

Win Conditions


Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon
Preventing multiple simultaneous summons (ie. Pendulum, Tri-Brigade Revolt, etc.) can win games.

Accesscode Talker
Clears difficult items from the field and can swing for 5300 ATK (when using the Crystron Halqifibrax sequence).

Number 100: Numeron Dragon
Number 97: Draglubion summons this with at least 9000 ATK, which can close out games.

Skill Drain
Flip this up and put a 3000 ATK monster on the field. Without monster effects, most decks can’t get over 3000 ATK. You are also likely sealing the Extra Deck (since most decks use monsters effects to setup the requisite conditions).

Impactful Cards

Archetype Internal


Blue-Eyes Tyrant Dragon
Unaffected by trap cards is a nice protection on top of a monster that can attack all your opponent’s monsters (which can steal games). Furthermore, during the Damage step (if this card battled), you can set ANY trap you have in your grave. You can pick counter traps or continuous traps. The icing on the cake, is that this fusion monster is fairly generic/easy to summon too!

Blue-Eyes Alternative Ultimate Dragon
Untargetable and can’t be destroyed by card effects (combined with 4500 Atk) makes this card very difficult to out. If Fusion summoned with Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon, you can destroy 3 cards your opponent controls each turn.

Dictator of D.
This is a superior starter (it can both be a starter or an extender). Sets up your grave and can put a Blue-Eyes monster on board with ease.

Sage with Eyes of Blue
Can search for your stones or Effect Veiler to interrupt your opponent. Works nicely with Crystron Halqifibrax and Selene, as well as can put a Blue-Eyes monster on the board. Very versatile.

Blue-Eyes Jet Dragon
Recurs itself with easy condition and protects your cards (not just monsters) from being destroyed. Its name synergizes with the archetype and it’s got 3000 ATK. Also, in combat it can bounce a card (not just monsters) to your opponent’s hand.

Blue-Eyes Abyss Dragon
Can search Polymerization or a Ritual Spell (typically Chaos Form) on summon under the right conditions, and it can search Chaos Dragon Levianeer. This is a popular target for The White Stone of Ancients‘ end phase effect.

Dragon Spirit of White
In archetype back row banish. Under reasonable circumstances can dodge being negation by tagging out.

True Light
Gets you the spell or trap card you need, or it puts a Blue-Eyes White Dragon (or Alternative) on field. This rolls advantage. The draw back of losing your field can be mitigated by Blue-Eyes Jet Dragon or Return of the Dragon Lords.

Archetype External


The Melody of Awakening Dragon
Gets necessary dragons into the grave (stones) and searches all your Blue-Eyes dragons, along with Chaos Dragon Levianeer or Chaos Emperor. This is a 1.5 card Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon summon.

Piri Reis Map
Increases consistency by searching out Sage with Eyes of Blue (which is one of your best starters).

Crystron Halqifibrax
Fairly easy to make, gets your stones in grave and is the crux of setting up a threatening board.

Nebula Dragon
Converts a brick (Blue-Eyes White Dragon) in hand, into a rank 8 Xyz. Rank 8 is access to your win-condition (Numeron Dragon), negate (Hope Harbinger), or outing a problem (Dingirsu)

Chaos Space
A strong extender. This should be played with the chaos dragons. Besides possibly putting stones in the grave, It puts bodies on board which can make your extra deck monsters more accessible (since Blue-Eyes decks struggle with extending boards). This is also a consistency piece, since it thins your deck through searching and drawing.

Return of the Dragon Lords
Your dragons are often in the grave, this puts them on the field and can protect them from being destroyed.

Spicy Tech / Interesting Interactions


Starliege Seyfert
Can hand fix/search as well as put level 8 dragons from the grave back into your hand.

Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay
Hand sculpting helps reduce bricks and it provides targeted protection.

Fusion Deployment
At the cost of not summoning monsters from the extra deck that aren’t fusion, you can put a Blue-Eyes White Dragon on the field from deck.

Flawless Perfection of the Tenyi
Supports Blue-Eyes White Dragon specifically by making it unaffected by monsters effects and potentially drawing 2 cards.

Supernatural Danger Zone
Every time you summon Blue-Eyes White Dragon you can destroy a target card. If you opponent destroys this card you can summon a Blue-Eyes White Dragon from hand , grave, or deck.

Piercing the Darkness
Draw card for summoning Blue-Eyes White Dragon and protect your monsters from being run over

Fists of the Unrivaled Tenyi
counter trap speed omni-negate, if you have Blue-Eyes White Dragon on the field

Keeper of the Shrine
This monster keeps coming back to be used as material and block heavy hits.

Ruins of the Divine Dragon Lords
Due to timing and priority, this card effectively says negate your opponent’s monsters’ ignition effects the turn they are summoned (while you have a Blue-Eyes on field). Your opponent can still do on summon trigger effects unhindered. The dragon token generating effect and the add to your hand are nifty too.

Competitive Deck Lists

Blue-Eyes is both popular and fun, but it is not currently able to perform at a level to top a YCS. The largest challenges to competitive success are the inherent inconsistencies/bricks and brittle lines of play. This being said, the decks in this section are designed to embrace the archetype themes, reduce the draw backs, and optimize for tournament environments (the meta).

Team Samurai X1

TSX1 is currently the most successful yugi-tuber. He has successfully launched product lines that include custom art playmats, card sleeves, and deck boxes. He host live box breaks and has strong times to the community as a whole.

Aggressive

This deck creates the new standard opening board but tries to focus on draw power/hand size (5 draw 2 cards). This becomes important when you’re also trying to see those 6 hand traps and 3 floodgates. This deck is between combo and control, but still puts everything into its first turn.

2022-02-08

Yaccine656

Yaccine focuses on the most competitively viable strategies for decks/archetypes. He has topped YCSs and has provided TSX1 with combos and deck profiles on numerous occasions. He does not accept the common held beliefs and tests if they are genuinely true (ie. in archetype decks he often tests if you need 2 or 3 of the name-sake archetypical monster)

Combo-Lite

Note: this decklist is before the 02-07-2022 Forbidden & Limited List
This deck focuses on deeper combos into the Extra deck to squeeze out more interruptions slightly more consistently. By focusing on cards like Piri Reis Map and Chaos Space, the deck increases consistency and attempts to play through interruptions better at the cost of having no hand traps.

2022-01-27

Experimental Deck Lists

HaltessiaGaming

This channel explores all sorts of gaming from cards to video games. In the Yu-Gi-Oh! realm it explores popular archetype with unusually spicy techs.

Control

This deck focuses on winning via attrition. You don’t put up big negate boards, but you do constantly put out a 3000 attack normal monster backed by a floodgate or another 3000 attack monster that prevents destruction. You use your Blue-Eyes boss monsters to pressure your opponent, but the Blue-Eyes Tyrant Dragon recurs powerful resources. Dogmatika engine and Fusion Deployment help get your Blue-Eyes board setup quicker. Dragon Ravine is preferred over Dragon Shrine because its reusable and your goal is grind.

2022-03-18

Combos

2 Card

[2] Spirit Dragon, Barrone de Fleur, + 4 Hand

Starting: Dictator of D., Sage with Eyes of Blue

Ending: Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon, Barrone de Fleur + Blue-Eyes White Dragon, 1 Draw, 1 Polymerization / 1 Ritual Spell, Chaos Dragon Levianeer
Note: Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon is both a floodgate and 2 interactions (it can negate an effect in graveyard and tag out for Moonlight Rose Dragon – a bounce – or Azure Eyes and protect your dragons from being destroyed by effects).

  1. Normal summon Sage with Eyes of Blue
    1. Trigger Sage with Eyes of Blue, search The White Stone of Legend
  2. Activate Dictator of D. sending Blue-Eyes White Dragon to grave as cost, and special summoning Dictator of D..
  3. Activate Dictator of D. discarding The White Stone of Legend and special summoning Blue-Eyes White Dragon from grave
    1. Trigger The White Stone of Legend to add Blue-Eyes White Dragon from deck to hand
  4. Link summon Crystron Halqifibrax (Dictator of D., Sage with Eyes of Blue)
    1. Trigger Crystron Halqifibrax to special summon The White Stone of Ancients
  5. Synchro summon Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon (Blue-Eyes White Dragon, The White Stone of Ancients)
    ========== During Your End Phase ==========
  6. Trigger The White Stone of Ancients to special summon Blue-Eyes Abyss Dragon
    1. Trigger Blue-Eyes Abyss Dragon to add 1 Polymerization or 1 Ritual Spell to your hand from deck
  7. Activate Blue-Eyes Abyss Dragon to search Chaos Dragon Levianeer
    ========== During Your Opponent’s Main Phase ==========
  8. Activate Crystron Halqifibrax to special summon Formula Synchron
    1. Trigger Formula Synchron to draw 1 card
    2. Activate Formula Synchron effect to synchro summon Barrone de Fleur (Blue-Eyes Abyss Dragon, Formula Synchron)

3 Card

[3] Spirit Dragon, Barrone de Fleur, + 8 Hand

Starting: Sage with Eyes of Blue, The White Stone of Ancients, Chaos Space

Ending: Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon, Barrone de Fleur, Dragunity Knight Romulus + in hand (2 Blue-Eyes White Dragon, 2 Draw, 1 Polymerization / 1 Ritual Spell, Chaos Dragon Levianeer, Black Dragon Collapserpent)
Special thanks to Yaccine656 for this combo. It’s in his video here.

  1. Normal summon Sage with Eyes of Blue
    1. Trigger Sage with Eyes of Blue, search The White Stone of Legend
  2. Activate Chaos Space discarding the The White Stone of Legend to search Black Dragon Collapserpent
    1. Trigger The White Stone of Legend to add Blue-Eyes White Dragon from deck to hand
  3. Special summon Black Dragon Collapserpent by banishing The White Stone of Legend
  4. Link summon Crystron Halqifibrax (Black Dragon Collapserpent, Sage with Eyes of Blue)
    1. Trigger (chain link 1) Black Dragon Collapserpent to search for White Dragon Wyverburster
    2. Trigger (chain link 2) Crystron Halqifibrax to special summon The White Stone of Ancients
  5. Special summon White Dragon Wyverburster by banishing Black Dragon Collapserpent
  6. Activate Chaos Space to put the banished Black Dragon Collapserpent on the bottom of your deck and draw 1 card
  7. Link summon Striker Dragon (The White Stone of Ancients) to the bottom right arrow of Crystron Halqifibrax
  8. Link summon Guardragon Pisty (White Dragon Wyverburster) to the bottom left arrow of Crystron Halqifibrax
    1. Trigger White Dragon Wyverburster to search for Black Dragon Collapserpent
  9. Activate Guardragon Pisty to special summon the banished The White Stone of Legend to its arrow
  10. Link summon Dragunity Knight Romulus (Guardragon Pisty, Striker Dragon)
    1. Trigger Dragunity Knight Romulus search Dragon Ravine
  11. Activate Dragon Ravine discard The White Stone of Ancients to pitch Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon
  12. Activate The White Stone of Ancients by banishing itself to put Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon in hand
  13. Special summon Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon by revealing Blue-Eyes White Dragon
  14. Synchro summon Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon (Blue-Eyes White Dragon, The White Stone of Legend)
    1. Trigger The White Stone of Legend to add Blue-Eyes White Dragon from deck to hand
  15. ========== During Your End Phase ==========
  16. Trigger The White Stone of Ancients to special summon Blue-Eyes Abyss Dragon
    1. Trigger Blue-Eyes Abyss Dragon to add 1 Polymerization or 1 Ritual Spell to your hand from deck
  17. Activate Blue-Eyes Abyss Dragon to search Chaos Dragon Levianeer
    ========== During Your Opponent’s Main Phase ==========
  18. Activate Crystron Halqifibrax to special summon Formula Synchron
    1. Trigger Formula Synchron to draw 1 card
    2. Activate Formula Synchron effect to synchro summon Barrone de Fleur (Blue-Eyes Abyss Dragon, Formula Synchron)

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