Continuing our journey, we come to Joey Wheeler's
signature card, Red Eyes Black Dragon. Red
Eyes is another card that you're not likely to see
in a competitive Deck, though I wouldn't fault
anyone for playing one in a Red Eyes Darkness Metal
Dragon Deck. It has plenty of support, not the
outrageous amount say Dark Magician has, but support
nonetheless. Red Eyes Darkness (and the
aforementioned Darkness Metal) Dragons come to mind.
Red Eyes B. Chick is a faster way to get Red Eyes
out, and the Magic card Ancient Rules can help.
Red Eyes Wyvern is another decent support Monster to
help bring him out. You might have a place for
Red Eyes in a Hieratic Deck. He himself has
Inferno Fire Blast for support, and can Synchro into
some useful Monsters, say Stardust, Trident, and
things of that nature. It's Dark so you can
get around needed two tributes using Double Coston,
if only as an option. If you want to play it
badly enough, you can most definitely find a use for
Nostalgia Corner: "All right bozo brothers!
Try this on for size! The Red Eyes Black
Dragon!"--Joey Wheeler from Double Trouble
Before we talk about today’s card, I would like
to make a correction on yesterday’s card; Dark
Magician Girl. Apparently she is far worse than I
made her out to be. First, she only gets the 300
attack points for the cards that are specified in
her text and not any “Dark Magician” monster. Also,
she can not use support cards that use “Dark
Magician” as their requirement. That drops her to
about .5 in both my ratings. Thanks go out to
PhilosophicalPsycho for pointing this out to me.
Maybe Konami will reprint her with better text in
the future to help revive her. One can only hope.
Now on to today’s card. Red-Eyes B. Dragon is Joey’s
favorite card. The B. stands for Black. I am not
sure why they did not print Black on the card. One
interesting thing to note is that on the original
printed cards, Red-Eyes had 3 claws while the later
cards have 4 claws. I guess they just wanted it to
look more terrifying. Red-Eyes B. Dragon is also one
of the first Red-Eyes monsters to come out as it was
printed in the first set; LOB. Sense then, seven
more Red-Eyes monsters have been printed with
several of them being run in top tier Dragon decks.
You will not find Red-Eyes B. Dragon in a top tier
deck however, unless Hieratic decks can find a way
to use it. Even then, Hieratics only have one
monster with level 7 and that is Hieratic Dragon of
Asar. Then, if you want to summon a rank 7 monster
you only have 3 choices in Gaia Dragon, Big Eye, or
Lucky Straight. Hieratic decks are all about rank 5,
6 or 8 so it is doubtful you will find Red-Eyes B.
Dragon in it.
Red Eyes B. Dragon also has a rather large level
that requires two tributes. It has no effect and a
low attack for a high level monster. As far as a
playable card in this day and age goes it is a
resounding – “NOT”. As far as a being a big part of
the game and a ferocious monster on the original TV
show, it was a force to be reckoned with.
All time great monsters: 4/5
We're looking at our 2,501 card review today.
It's the ace card of Joey "Brooklyn Rage" Wheeler,
Red Eyes Black Dragon. A DARK/Dragon of the Normal
variety, all three of those are heavily supported.
But what about Red Eyes himself? He has his own set
of toys as well. Red Eyes Wyvern, Darkness Dragon,
Black Chick, Darkness Metal Dragon are a few
monsters. Even cards like Double Coston, Tribute
Doll, and Fires of Doomsday can work with Red Eyes.
But my favorite cards to use are Deck Devastation
Virus, Allure of Darkness, Ancient Rules and an
interesting card for this Solemn Brigade filled
format, Inferno Fire Blast. Red Eyes Black Dragon
itself may not seem like much, but it has a wide
array of tools at its disposal, and making it a fun
deck to play.....maybe even a competitive one if one
tried hard enough. One of my most treasured cards is
my Red Eyes from the LOB set signed by Wayne
Grayson. Some cards you can't put a price on.
Red Eyes Deck: 5 (Triple Inferno Fire Blast FTW)
Reddo-Aizu Burakku Doragon. Dark Mega Flare
I won't sugarcoat how barely playable REBD is.
Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon is almost worse than the
original Dragon; Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon IS
worse for sure.
I own one Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon, two Red-Eyes B.
Chicks, and three of the Dragon itself. Despite such
meager support, it still functioned rather...ok-ish.
Now, don't get me wrong: Dark Dragon is perhaps the
single most supported Attribute/Type combination in
the game, and of course REBD gets all the normal
Normal support. So...why even bother using REBD?
Well, by using Mystic Tomato or Masked Dragon, you
can easily summon Red-Eyes B. Chick (which is in
itself the highest-ATK Level 1 monster) and
instantly sacrifice it to summon REBD out of your
hand. Perhaps if you could Creature Swap a Tomato or
Masked Dragon, attack it and summon Chick from your
deck, and then summon REBD over Chick, you can play
triple of Inferno Fire Blast (a Spell that deals
2400 damage, assuming you did not attack with REBD).
That deals at least 8000 damage, but it's just being
extremely fanciful to be lucky enough to get that
More recently, new Red-Eyes support cards have been
introduced. Red-Eyes Wyvern effectively acts as a
Monster Reborn on any Red-Eyes monster (although
Wyvern is most commonly used with Red-Eyes Darkness
Metal Dragon, something that is easier to summon
than REBD, stronger than REBD, and not only has an
effect but an insanely useful one). I suppose a deck
could be built around the Wyvern/REDMD revival
engine, but Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon AND Red-Eyes
Darkness Dragon cannot be revived, and Red-Eyes
Zombie Dragon is just worthless to use in a Dragon
Finally, there's Malefic Red-Eyes B. Dragon, a 2400
ATK monster that's played right out of your hand
assuming you have a REBD in your deck. That would be
highly useful for Synchros and Xyzs, and is also a
possible (although strange) inclusion in a generic
When actually trying to go for a serious Red-Eyes
theme, focus should be placed on summoning the
incredibly powerful Fusions: Black Skull Dragon and
Meteor Black Dragon. You can go back to my Meteor B.
Dragon review a few months back for more details. Of
course, generic Dark and Dragon support works too.
Typical cards in an REBD Deck also have a tendency
to banish their monsters (Red-Eyes Wyvern, REDMD,
Dark Armed Dragon, Malefic REBD, Dragon's Mirror,
Darkflare and Lightpulsar Dragon), so it could help
to include cards like Burial from the Different
Dimension and especially Escape from the Dark
Dimension. You start to take a dangerous leap from
including splashables in your REBD Deck to splashing
REBD to a Dragon Deck, though.
Funny story... Once I was playing a friend and I
went first; I couldn't play any monsters and I think
the only thing I could do was set MST, I think. On
my opponent's first turn, he used Polymerization
with the REBD and Summoned Skull. He then used two
revival Spells to summon those same monsters. Total
damage was 8200. Five cards were used. Five cards
with Chick, REBD, and three Inferno Fire Blasts also
deal only 7200. But I'd rather have five cards that
win me the game right when I draw them...
Trad: 1/5 (lolwhat)
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5 Blue-Eyes' younger sibling
is a rather generic-looking "ferocious dragon with a
vicious attack," it's still an awesome archetype
that deserves more support, given the spotlight it
was given in the anime. Blue-Eyes has power and
Red-Eyes is supposed to have
potential...but...Blue-Eyes has even more support
cards. I also find it funny how the English
department changed the Black Magician to the Dark
Magician but just abbreviated "Black" on this card.
It's so random... There are five different artworks
of this monster. The first one, the one Joey uses,
is flying, has a very nice luster on its ebony hide,
and displays its ferociousness best. There's a
second very-cool looking one made shortly thereafter
that never made it to English, but appearance-wise
it looks like a cross between Skarmory and Red-Eyes
Black Metal Dragon. Two of the artworks are the
same: REBD standing and preparing to launch a
fireball. The only difference is that one background
is black whilst the other is green; I don't think
the actual dragon very much, as it looks rather
wrinkly. The final one is simultaneously both the
creepiest and most majestic, as a skeletal-looking
dragon is standing atop a crumbling ground, fire
streaming from its maw.
Philosophy Corner: Everyone probably missed this,
but back for my Gusto Squirro review last Thursday,
it should be updated with a whole paragraph
explaining "missing the timing." Experienced players
should know all about this, but for those who don't
know, it's an important game mechanic that sometimes
prevents a monster from using its effect. If you
don't know how it works, I suggest you read it.
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