Can the Best Blue Eyes White Dragon Deck Win in 2022?

It turns out that Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel provides among its starter deck options the inklings of a Blue Eyes White Dragon deck that can win in 2022!

Blue-Eyes White Dragon is easily the most recognizable of all monsters from the Yu-Gi-Oh Trading Card Game, besides perhaps Dark Magician. Both monsters have gained amazing amounts of support over the years, but in 2022, something wonderful happened: Konami released Master Duel on multiple platforms. After not playing Yu-Gi-Oh for almost ten years – albeit while still poking around on Duel Link – Master Duel brought me back to the card game that consumed me for years. So, when faced with my choice of starter deck, I chose the one that was most familiar to me: Blue Eyes White Dragon!

That choice didn’t seem to be the best from a competitive standpoint, according to deck building guides I perused. Can a Blue Eyes White Dragon Deck even win in 2022? It seemed completely possible to me, as Dragon Link was a pretty busted top tournament deck; yes, it was neutered by a new ban list and the pandemic did nothing to help competitive card games anywhere. But, the pieces still remain to now transform Blue-Eyes White Dragon decks into real contenders.

As it turns out, in my dabbling, I discovered that Rank 8 XYZ combo decks were the way to go. As someone who refuses to put money into any online game, it was a struggle but finally I came up with something that could work its way up the ladder in Master Duel. Unfortunately, due to my self-imposed budgetary restrictions, the deck has proven remarkably inconsistent. Fortunately for me, I had not crafted a bunch of necessary cards in vain. As it turns out, around the release of Master Duel, TCGPlayer Infinite writer Loukas Peterson had just the list I was looking for, literally the BEST Blue Eyes White Dragon Deck in Yu-Gi-Oh!

His article actually featured two lists. The first was a 50-card tuner-focused deck. It’s a neat strategy and interesting take, but as someone who refuses to play more than 42 cards in a Yu-Gi-Oh deck, it wasn’t for me. The second list is what struck me as the deck I would bring to an actual real-life tournament: a 40 card Rank 8 XYZ focused list. Sound familiar?

Let’s dig into Loukas’ tantalizing Rank 8 Blue-Eyes deck list:

Monsters (24)

  • 3 Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
  • 1 Blue-Eyes Abyss Dragon
  • 2 Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon
  • 1 Blue-Eyes Chaos Dragon
  • 3 Blue-Eyes White Dragon
  • 1 Chaos Dragon Levianeer
  • 1 Dragon Spirit of White
  • 2 Effect Veiler
  • 3 Nebula Dragon
  • 3 Sage with Eyes of Blue
  • 3 The White Stone of Ancients
  • 1 The White Stone of Legend

Spells (12)

  • 1 Chaos Form
  • 1 Monster Reborn
  • 1 Overdone Burial
  • 2 Return of the Dragon Lords
  • 3 The Melody of Awakening Dragon
  • 3 Trade-In
  • 1 World Legacy Succession

Traps (4)

  • 3 Infinite Impermanence
  • 1 Skill Drain

Extra Deck (15)

  • 1 Accesscode Talker
  • 1 Azure-Eyes Silver Dragon
  • 1 Black Rose Moonlight Dragon
  • 2 Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon
  • 1 Crystron Halqifibrax
  • 2 Hieratic Seal of the Heavenly Spheres
  • 1 Number 100: Numeron Dragon
  • 1 Number 38: Hope Harbinger Dragon Titanic Galaxy
  • 1 Number 90: Galaxy-Eyes Photon Lord
  • 1 Number 92: Heart-eartH Dragon
  • 1 Number 97: Draglubion
  • 1 Relinquished Anima
  • 1 Selene, Queen of the Master Magicians

Loukas explains the deck far better than I could, considering my near-decade absence from the competitive Yu-Gi-Oh game proper. Essentially, there are three ways to win. The first is one I greatly considered for Master Duel: win with the ritual monster Blue-Eyes Chaos Dragon; I will admit Chaos MAX Dragon is more fun but much more resource intensive. The second is a Link climb into Accesscode Talker, which it seems most decks can do these days, and I find that remarkably boring and dull.

The third is a strategy I already figured out on my own: using Number 97: Draglubion to bring out your other powerful Number Dragon monsters to pulverize your opponent. There’s also the one copy of Skill Drain, which if you draw it, makes a lot of other decks very, very sad. With Konami announcing a new banned and restricted list that unlimited Skill Drain, that route looks even more tantalizing. After all, you have Blue-Eyes White Dragon; what the heck do you need abilities for?

As for my “Blue Eyes Bash” list I’ve been toying around with on Master Duel, many of the cards are the same. Unfortunately, at this writing, I lack two of the Ash Blossoms and the two Effect Veilers, as well as a lot of the other Ultra Rare cards that I simply lack access to be a free-to-play junkie. I do, however, have both Draglubion and Heart-Earth Dragon. The other unfortunate thing is I have just a single copy of Melody of Awakening Dragon. It will be a heck of a grind to get just these cards, but knowing this deck list exists, I now have a blueprint to work towards.

It’s extremely exciting that despite how much Yu-Gi-Oh has changed from the early 2010’s going into the 2020’s, I can still play a deck that feels a lot like the old game. While it will take me time to finally play the best Blue-Eyes White Dragon deck in 2022, it’s good to know I was on the right track. It seems old timers like me who needed to get away from the absurdity that Magic the Gathering has become. Finally, I can find some solace in Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel, even if Yu-Gi-Oh in many ways is just as busted and frustrating, because in this game, you really never know what might happen.

Writing words, spreading love, Amelia Desertsong primarily writes creative nonfiction articles, as well as dabbling in baseball, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and whatever else tickles her fancy.
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