1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters.
Whenever you would take damage from a card effect, place 1 Black Feather Counter on this card instead. This card loses 700 ATK for each Black Feather Counter on it. Once per turn, you can remove all Black Feather Counters on this card to have 1 face-up monster your opponent controls lose 700 ATK for each Black Feather Counter, and inflict damage to your opponent equal to the ATK lost by that monster because of this effect.
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Date Reviewed - May 21, 2010
Black-Winged Dragon closes my week, the Big Daddy
of Synchro monsters in this set. We have a Level 8,
Dark attributed, Dragon type Synchro, who is Synchro
Summoned simply with a Tuner and one or more
non-Tuner monsters, who has 2800 attack and 1600
Whenever you would take Damage from a card
effect, place one Black Feather counter on this card
instead. This card loses 700 attack for each counter
on it. Now, while that attack loss isn't ideal, by
removing the counters, which you can once per turn,
you can have a monster your opponent controls lose
700 attack for each counter removed...
Just as your monster here did, but the beautiful
part here is that you inflict damage equal to your
opponent for all the attack lost by that monster as
a result of the effect of Black-Winged Dragon. Not
to mention this is ridiculously easy to Synchro
Black Winged Dragon
So this is the big bruiser of the set. The last
of the 5 Dragons and the ultimate form of the
Blackwing Synchro. He starst of nicely with being a
generic Synchro with 2800 ATK and 1600 DEF on a DARK
level 8 Dragon. The stats are nice, but if it had
been a w=Winged Beast it would have been better.
The effect boils down to this. If you would take
effect damage, you put a Feather COunter on it and
stop the damage. It loses 700 ATK for each feather
counter on it. Then you can remove a Feather COunter
to have an opponents monster lose 700 ATK and
inflict 700 damage to your opponent.
There are no burn decks, so it is not very
practical. However, it can cobo with Against the
Wind very nicely, stopping you from taking damage,
getting you precious Blackwings form the graveyard
and weakening your opponent.
The problem is that Blackwing Decks do not make
level 8 Synchros very often, relying on 7 and 5 to
get the job done. As of right now, this is the
weakest of the 5D's Dragons, but is by no means bad,
just not in it's element right now.
Black-Winged Dragon …
This is a weird monster here … and not “weird” in
a good way …
For starters it’s not a “Blackwing” monster, even
though it might have u thinking that it is … (check
the type and spelling), also for the fact that it’s
a Dragon and not a Winged Beast. Fail right there.
So does it have anything else worthwhile going
for it? – 2800 ATK aint nothin’ to scoff at. It’s
Dark. That’s nice. No weird Synchro requirements.
But why the heck play this over say … ANYTHING
else?!?! – 1 reason – Anti-burn. Not that u come
upon many burn decks these days, but if u did – The
BW Dragon would be your very best friend. It can add
up feather counters for each time u get hit with a
burn, and instead of u feeling the damage, BWD loses
700 ATK each time. Now assuming your opponent
doesn’t have many strong ATK monsters, as most Burn
decks won’t, they still shouldn’t be able to fight
over BWD any time soon, unless they burn you more
than twice in the same turn. So next turn, if this
Dragon is still alive, u can drop the counters
(sending its ATK back to 2800) and reduce one of
your opponents monster’s ATK by how many ever
counters X 700. Of course, again, your opponent
probably won’t have any or many strong monsters on
the field anyway, so you won’t get that much of a
diminish, and their monster’s ATK will just fall to
ZERO. Thusly, your opponent won’t ever feel that
heavy of BWD’s reflect burn, but the good news is –
after the burn – they will also have a 0 ATK monster
on the field. Ideally, for whatever reason, it is
now in ATK mode, so you can now attack through them
with your 2800.
Yeah … I know what ur thinking … a whole lot of
“ifs” and “maybes” and “ideal situations” going on
with this guy … and u are right. He’s just way too
dependent on an optimal situation to be useful, and
that can never make for a good card. Siding against
burn might even be a bit of a stretch …
N o V a
Finally, we get to the cover card for The Shining
Darkness booster, Black-Winged Dragon. This card
gets a lot of bad wrap so to speak, people say its
bad, that it isn't worth running. Im here to say at
least 1 is worth running. It is technically a part
of the Blackwing series, but notice that you don't
need a Blackwing tuner or a Blackwing non-tuner for
its summoning requirements. This means that it can
be used with any tuner and any non-tuner(s). This
cards effect however may seem rather lame. Whenever
you would take damage, from a cards effect, a Black
Feather Counter is placed on Black-Winged Dragon
instead. It loses 700 attack for each counter, and
by removing all the counters, a face up monster the
opponent controls loses 700 attack for each counter
and inflict damage to the opponent equal to the
attack lost by that monster because of Black-Winged
Dragons effect. Back when Dark Strike Fighter was
running around, this card probably would've helped
some. But right now, aside from it not needing
anything Blackwing related, its effect doesn't help
much right now, and the main good thing about it is
its a easy to summon level 8 with a decent 2800
attack. If you want you can use Red Dragon Archfiend
or more Colossal Fighters, since most people would
prefer them over Black-Winged Dragon.
I'm not real sure what the purpose of this card
is. Sure it blocks burn damage, but other than
Caius, who's running anything that burns their
opponent anymore? Would have been nice to get this
card back when DSF was out, but that's a long-gone
threat. So in reality, you are most likely never
going to use his effect... which gives us a 2800 atk,
8 star, vanilla beatstick with no synchro
requirements. I guess thats cool, but there are
better choices for an 8 start slot in the extra
deck. Unless there is some sort of burn combo coming
out soon that I haven't heard about, this card seems
like a waste to me. STOP MAKING ANTI BURN CARDS!
There are enough out there already, and too few
people play burn anyway!
Black-Winged Dragon is supposedly the 5th and final
Signer Dragon because 5D's is really choppy and
thrown together. Furthermore, this card isn't a
Blackwing and has nothing to do with the Blackwing
archetype. If you're going to take damage from a
card effect, Black-Winged Dragon will suck up the
damage for you and lose 700 attack, which eventually
means Burn decks will be able to kill him unless you
stick him in DEF and the battle goes nowhere.
You can also unload those counters for some quick
damage and a strike at a card's stats, which will do
nothing because you'll only get this effect against
Burn. Use that against any other deck and
Black-Winged Dragon will be taken out by an
opponent. It's not worth running and it's not even
worth siding. An extremely disappointing Ghost Rare,
but then again we've gotten used to that by now.
Fun Fact: The Infernity Destroyer kid also pulled
this as a ghost -_-
Unfortunately Extra decks have grown quite big (to
the point where people can't fit certain Synchros in
their Extra deck any more). Black-Winged Dragon is a
terrible Synchro monster. I have no idea what they
were doing when designing it. I can imagine it
seeing some play when Burn becomes popular. However,
at this moment I can't think of a single commonly
played burn effect (outside of Burn).
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