Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day
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Date Reviewed - 11.26.04
Red-Eyes Black Dragon
Can a two-tribute 2400 attacker without an effect be
Even with the new support out there, I'm still not
Since the days of old, Red Eyes has learned a couple
of new tricks. Inferno Fire Blast allows a player
with a Red Eyes on the field to deal 2400 direct
damage in exchange for not attacking with REBD that
turn, and Red Eyes B. Chick helps get the Dragon
onto the field.
There's simply one word on one of the cards that
makes a Red Eyes Theme Deck fall just short of being
a Tier 2 tournament deck (one that wouldn't win each
week but may shock some people.) The word isn't even
on REBD -- it's on Inferno Fire Blast. That word is
"original" (see, I have a reason to be
If Inferno Fire Blast allowed a player to do direct
damage equal to the REBD's current attack then it'd
be a viable combination -- but it only does the
REBD's original damage -- 2400. If it DID deal its
current ATK score in damage, it would create another
one turn win combination -- REBD + attack boosting
cards + Inferno Fire Blast + Ring of Destruction.
Yes, it would take 5 cards, and there's no such
thing as a good 5 card combo because Exodia is the
best 5 card combo out there. But it would have at
least breathed some life into the Deck.
I understand trying to give attention to the
much-neglected Tribute monsters out there -- but
when a 2400 ATKer requires 2 tributes and 95% of the
other ones only require 1 for that same attack
score, I just don't see any way to make that card
playable, short of creating a "Skilled Dark
Magician"-type card for REBD.
1/5 in all formats.
Red-Eyes B(lack) Dragon
Our final card this week is Red-Eyes Black Dragon, a
monster that gained many more uses upon the release
Stats: With 2400 ATK and 2000 DEF, Red-Eyes Black
Dragon is made one of the worst two tribute monster
in the game. Itís a DARK monster, allowing you to
use it with Double Coston to make it a one tribute
monster. Itís also a Dragon (obviously), giving it a
good amount of support. Stats Ė Bad.
Effect: What effect?
Combos: Red-Eyes Black Dragon really only combos
with cards he was meant to combo with. Summon
Red-Eyes B(lack) Chick to allow you to Special
Summon Red-Eyes Black Dragon in the same turn. Use
Inferno Fire Blast to do an amazing 2400 damage to
your opponentís Life Points at the small price of
not letting a Red-Eyes attack during the same turn.
Then of course use Flute of Summoning Dragon while
Lord of D(ragons) is on the field to ignore the
whole two tribute thing.
Usability: Obviously Red-Eyes Black Dragon works
great in a Red-Eyes Black Dragon Deck, and could
work equally well in a Dragon Deck if you wanted to
use it. And if youíre bored, make a Joey Deck; that
could be fun.
In conclusion, has Red-Eyes Black Dragon increased
in playability? Yeah I guess, but only casually.
Advanced Format (Casual): 3/5. Could be successful.
Traditional Format (Casual): 3/5. Could be
Overall (Casual): 3/5.
Art: 4/5. Iím partial to the Shonen Jump version
And for the last card of the week, we have another
interesting addition from JAELOVE. Red-Eyes Black
Wow. Just wow. Such a useless card on its own.
There's nothing to speak of with this card. Nothing.
So what is nice about this card? Very little. It's
easier to get out with Red-Eyes B. Chick. And, um,
it's cool with Inferno Fireblast.
... I can't think of anything else. Sorry.
5/5 Red-Eyes B. Dragon deck.
1/5 Traditional overall
1/5 Championship overall
1261/5 Art. This thing has the best variant arts in
the GAME, and sick art on its own.
I really wish we could've ended the week with
something more interesting. All that's happened so
far is a sad attempt at making this card playable.
Dark Magician has loads of support in the Japanese
game, and even BEWD has Paladin of White Dragon and
Horobi no Burst Stream (Burst Stream of
Destruction), as well as its own version of Red-Eyes
B. Chick in Japan. This has 2 cards. 2. And a third
in Japan that can only be Special Summoned by its
own effect, by sacrificing a REBD on the field, and
only gets a meager attack boost.
~.~ I mean, I'd love to give this thing a high
rating. Playing Dark Magician and BEWD decks is fun,
but the support for REBD isn't even meager.
Red Eyes Black Dragon!
Rated For: Red Eyes Black Dragon
Friday brings us the return of the
great one, Red Eyes Black Dragon! Too bad they made
him a 2400 attack weakling, instead of a more
muscular 2700-2800 attack range huh!
Nevertheless, the release of certain
Soul of Duelist support cards (Inferno Fire Blast
and Red Eyes B. Chick) makes him almost playable!
Obviously you'll almost never want to
sacrifice two monsters for a 2400 attack weakling.
However, the chicks are highly searchable, you have
the Lord of D. route, and 2400 attack is still
nothing to scoff at. Throw in the fact you'll have
Red Eyes support cards doing 2400 attack per turn
and you have a mean go-getter. You don't even
want to consider creating this deck in the
Traditional format, so ignore that rating.
Best Draw for the Situation:
He's actually not bad if
you have some form of searchability for Chick, or
have Chick in hand. If you run 2 of these in your
deck (maybe 3), you'll have numerous options for
bringing him out onto the field. The Chick REALLY
makes this guy far more playable than otherwise.
First of all, he's puny and weak for
a 7 star monster. However, keep in mind that Red
Eyes Black Dragon has support cards that can
absolutely devastate your opponent, and 2400 attack
will dominate the field versus almost everything. He
also has numerous ways of bringing him out since
he's a dragon. Not bad for an LOB era geezer.
Two tribute monsters with no effect
would get almost a zero in this category. The chick
gives him about 3 points.
The Bottom Line:
Konami will have to introduce about
4-5 more REBD support cards to make this archetype
anything more than a gimmick.
Cards it functions well with:
Flute of Summoning Dragon,
Lord of D., Red Eyes B. Chick, Inferno Fire Blast,
Red-Eyes B. Dragon
Well, when REBD was released, he was worthless. A
two-tribute 2400 ATK monster had little to no use
anywhere, even in a Dragon Deck, since BEWD and
Tri-Horned Dragon were still superior.
And, more or less, this lack of use for REBD
continued through every single set. Until Soul of
the Duelist. Red-Eyes B. Chick and Inferno Fireblast
gave new life to Red-Eyes. Now, you can summon him
first-turn and blast your opponent for 2400 damage
(or 4800, or 7200, if you're lucky) before he even
has a chance to respond. Summon the Chick, sack it
for Red-Eyes, and Inferno Fireblast away.
A Dragon-Burner based around Red-Eyes is a very
viable deck-type now, especially in the Advanced
Format, where monsters tend to stay on the field a
little longer. Combined with a few other Burn cards,
a deck focused on using Inferno Fireblasts and/or
getting out Red-Eyes quickly to attack is very
Of course, without the right support cards, Red-Eyes
is still worthless a terrible draw, just a rentsy
card in your hand. But don't let that deter you from
giving him a try.
Traditional CCCC: 1.5/5
Traditional Dragon-Burn: 3/5
Advanced Dragon-Burn: 4/5