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Red-Eyes Guide

Overview

Red-eyes is a control-oriented deck that focuses on controlling the board with Red-Eyes Slash Dragon by sending equip cards to the graveyard to negate any targeting effects from your opponent. Its latest support was from the Return Of The Red Eyes structure deck released in May 2019, including very strong cards like Red-Eyes Fusion and Red-Eyes Archfiend of Lightning , as well as the Blazing Rose box that contains Black Metal Dragon which is used both as an equip card to your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon and a searcher for any Red-Eyes card.


Skills

  • Sealed Tombs: This skill became really strong for this deck after the release of Subterrors, and the increased popularity of Koa’ki Neos decks, it helps you attack into Subterror Behemoth Umastryx and negate its effect without Nemesis activating from the graveyard, and stop the protection Koa'kis get from Diamond Core of Koa'ki Meiru to destroy them if they target your cards. It’s also helpful in the mirror to stop them from summoning their Buster Blader from the grave.



Sample Decks

Luke Tyler, 1st Place Meta Weekly #76

Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Wyvern
Duel Links Card: Black%20Metal%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Black%20Metal%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Black%20Metal%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Retro%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Buster%20Blader
Duel Links Card: A/D%20Changer
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20B.%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20B.%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Fusion
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Fusion
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Fusion
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Insight
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Insight
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Insight
Duel Links Card: Power%20of%20the%20Guardians
Duel Links Card: Power%20of%20the%20Guardians
Duel Links Card: Power%20of%20the%20Guardians
Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Slash%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Slash%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Slash%20Dragon

Side Deck:

Duel Links Card: D.D.%20Warrior
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Collected%20Power

Buns, 1st Place FM Series 12

Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Slash%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Slash%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Slash%20Dragon
Side Deck:
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Widespread%20Ruin
Duel Links Card: Widespread%20Ruin

Kobayashi, Top 10 Japan 2019 World Championship Qualifiers

AndyTsang, Top 10 North America 2019 World Championship Qualifiers


Core Cards

Red-Eyes Slash Dragon (3x):

Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Slash%20Dragon

The boss monster of the deck. It’s the best target we have for Red-Eyes Fusion at the moment and its effect is really strong at negating the targeting from most meta decks right now.

Red-Eyes Fusion (3x):

Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Fusion

This is your key card to summoning your boss monster Red-Eyes Slash Dragon and It’s the main reason this deck became viable again. It has a drawback that you can’t normal summon the turn you use it (but you can still set) so you should remember this effect while playing this deck.

Red-Eyes Insight (2-3x):

Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Insight

One of the older Red-Eyes support cards we got during the Super Joey event over Two years ago, but can still be obtained through tickets. It allows you to search any Red-Eyes spell/trap by sending a Red-Eyes monster to the grave. It’s mainly used to send a Red-Eyes Wyvern to the grave then search out a Red-Eyes Fusion

Black Metal Dragon (2-3x):

Duel Links Card: Black%20Metal%20Dragon

This is a new support card that we received from the “Blazing Rose” box. It gives the deck a very powerful turn 1 by making your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon 3,400 attack bigger than any other boss monster while also giving your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon the ability to negate targeting cards. It also has another strong effect to search any Red-Eyes card when it’s sent from the field to the graveyard so if your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon dies you can search out another fusion.

Red-Eyes B. Dragon (2x):

Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20B.%20Dragon

The main reason for using this card is just to be fodder for Red-Eyes Fusion so you can summon your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon, you can also summon it with Return of the Red-Eyes.

Power of the Guardians(x2-3):

Duel Links Card: Power%20of%20the%20Guardians
This equip card is very strong with Red-Eyes Slash Dragon as it provides an attack/defense boost to get over boss monsters as well as giving you protection from destruction either by battle or card effect from cards such as Koa'ki Meiru Ice and Snipe Hunter

Buster Blader (0-1x):

Duel Links Card: Buster%20Blader

This card is really strong against the Blue-Eyes and Red-Eyes(Mirror) matchups as its attack gets really high against these Dragon-Heavy decks, it can be very strong against Koa’ki Meiru Neos if they summon Koa'ki Meiru Maximus.

A/D Changer (0-1x):

Duel Links Card: A/D%20Changer

This card can be really versatile as you can use it to switch your opponent’s monster to defense like Koa'ki Meiru Maximus to kill it with Red-Eyes Slash Dragon, and can also be used to flip your opponent’s defense monster face-up to do a lot of damage and put pressure on your opponent.

D.D. Assailant (0-1x):

Duel Links Card: D.D.%20Assailant

A really strong warrior card that you can use as fusion material and summon if your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon gets destroyed. It can help you deal with big boss monsters if your Slash destroyed by banishing them.

D.D. Warrior (0-1x):

Duel Links Card: D.D.%20Warrior

This card is very similar to D.D. Assailant except it banishes through battle in general, it can be very good against Subterrors as they are kept in defense where D.D. Assailant can’t banish them.

Red-Eyes Retro Dragon (0-1x):

Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Retro%20Dragon

This card can be really strong at recovering your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon if it gets destroyed. It can also be fodder for Red-Eyes Insight in case you already sent a Red-Eyes Wyvern to the grave and need to search out a fusion.

Red-Eyes Wyvern (1x):

Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Wyvern

A good Red-Eyes monster that helps your recovery in case your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon is destroyed. It’s your main target to send with Red-Eyes Insight to help you re summon your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon


Tech Cards

Amazoness Queen:

Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Queen

This is an alternative warrior you use to equip Red-Eyes Slash Dragon so that can be very strong defensively as it can’t be destroyed by battle.

Sphere Kuriboh:

Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh

A very good handtrap that can be very strong against decks like Blue-Eyes or Koa'ki Meiru to protect your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon from their boss monsters while also allowing you to swing over them.

Red-Eyes Archfiend of Lightning:

Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Archfiend%20of%20Lightning

A very strong red-eyes monster that has a downside of being a gemini so you need to normal summon him first. It’s usually your best target to summon with Return of the Red-Eyes after sending it with Red-Eyes Insight

Cosmic Cyclone:

Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

A very strong card in the meta to deal with your opponent’s backrow as this deck doesn’t have any inherent backrow removal.

Forbidden Chalice:

Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Chalice

Forbidden Chalice is really helpful for Red-Eyes in the current meta, it stops Koa'ki Meiru Ice destruction effect, and also stops Subterror Nemesis Warrior from summoning a Subterror from the deck. It’s very useful vs Blue-Eyes as well to negate Cosmo Brain effect as well as boosting your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon attack over their monsters.

Offerings to the Doomed:

Duel Links Card: Offerings%20to%20the%20Doomed

This is an amazing card against Subterrors as you can respond to Subterror Nemesis Warrior effect by destroying it so it doesn’t summon an Subterror Behemoth Umastryx from the deck. It can be useful against other decks to kill their boss monsters as well and protect your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon.

Enemy Controller:

Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller

A very versatile card that can be useful defensively or offensively if you want to push for game, it’s very strong against Koa’ki Neos as you can take their Koa'ki Meiru Maximus and protect your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon.

Treacherous Trap Hole:

Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole

Another semi-limited card that can win duels on its own. You have to remember you can’t use this when you have other traps in the grave so don’t fill your deck with traps if you want to use this card.

Red-Eyes Spirit:

Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Spirit

A strong revival card that special summons any Red-Eyes monster from the grave that can be searched through Red-Eyes Insight. It can bring your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon back similar to Red-Eyes Retro Dragon in case it gets destroyed.

Return of the Red-Eyes:

Duel Links Card: Return%20of%20the%20Red-Eyes

A very strong revival trap that allows you to special summon a normal monster from your grave, it works really well with Red-Eyes Archfiend of Lightning after sending it to the grave with a Red-Eyes Insight.

Paleozoic Canadia:

Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia

A strong versatile card to deal with Koa'ki Meiru Maximus to protect your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon and It’s also good against Silent Magician so you can use Red-Eyes Fusion without getting negated.

Bad Aim:

Duel Links Card: Bad%20Aim

This card has gotten more popular lately mainly because of Subterrors as well as Spellbooks returning to the meta, it’s also a very strong card against Ancient Gears if they target their Geartown since you can chain Bad Aim on Geartown and make it miss timing. It’s very weak against Blue-Eyes though, so it’s better as a side deck card unless you’re struggling against these decks.

Mage Power:

Duel Links Card: Mage%20Power

Another strong equip as an alternative to Power of the Guardians. It helps the deck OTK as a Red-Eyes Slash Dragon equipped with a warrior and Mage Power has exactly 4000 attack.


General Tips:

If you’re fighting an Ishizu, you should always activate Sealed Tombs if you’re going first as decks like Koa’ki Meiru can OTK you before you get to put multiple equips on Red-Eyes Slash Dragon.

If you fight someone who opens Treacherous Trap Hole don’t try to equip Black Metal Dragon to your monster. If you have another fusion in hand you should just attack with Red-Eyes Slash Dragon and they’ll be forced to activate their Treacherous Trap Hole, if you don’t then it’s better to set your Black Metal Dragon to have follow-up for next turn.

A lot of decks have started siding Drowning Mirror Force lately, that’s why its essential to have Cosmic Cyclone in your side so you can wait until you draw Cosmic Cyclone and make a big push with your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon if you’re not under pressure, or you can wait till you can summon another monster and keep attacking with it while keeping your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon in defense.

A small final tip is that you can still set monsters the turn you use Red-Eyes Fusion, so you can set a Black Metal Dragon then activate Treacherous Trap Hole on your monster and theirs to search out a Red-Eyes Fusion and summon your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon.


Matchups

Ancient Gears

This matchup is usually favorable with Black Metal Dragon as it makes your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon bigger than their Ancient Gear Reactor Dragon, Cosmic Cyclone is also very good as you can banish their Geartown if they try to destroy it with Galaxy Cyclone and stop them from summoning any Ancient Gear monster.

You also have to watch out for Drowning Mirror Force as it has picked up use in Ancient Gears lately, so you can wait for Cosmic Cyclone if you want to go for a direct attack or a Slash Dragon in defense and attack with your other monsters.

Side Deck/Tech Choices:

Duel Links Card: Skull%20Meister
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Offerings%20to%20the%20Doomed
Duel Links Card: System%20Down
Duel Links Card: Bad%20Aim
Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole

Blue-Eyes

Another good matchup where Black Metal Dragon is very useful to boost your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon and protect from their destruction cards such as Treacherous Trap Hole and Snipe Hunter.

Power of the Guardians is very strong in this matchup as it boosts your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon over all of their monsters and protects you from battle/effect destruction. Since treacherous is very popular in blue-eyes you should be careful when to equip your Black Metal Dragon to Red-Eyes Slash Dragon as sometimes you want to force their Treacherous Trap Hole first.

Remember that Sealed Tombs stops you from summoning the equipped warrior so don’t try to crash Red-Eyes Slash Dragon with Blue-Eyes White Dragon to summon Buster Blader under Sealed Tombs.

Side Deck/Tech Choices:

Duel Links Card: Ally%20of%20Justice%20Cycle%20Reader
Duel Links Card: Skull%20Meister
Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Chalice
Duel Links Card: Light-Imprisoning%20Mirror
Duel Links Card: Necro%20Fusion
Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole

Control Neos

This matchup can be rather annoying since neos decks started using Creature Seizure with the Masked Tribute skill. Neos uses a lot of targeting effects that can be negated by your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon such as Gale Lizard, A/D Changer and Enemy Controller. The biggest threats from neos decks are Lava Golem and Creature Seizure, you shouldn’t summon another monster alongside your so you don’t get hit by golem, as for Creature Seizure the best way to counter it is using Offerings to the Doomed or Treacherous Trap Hole on the tiki monster to stop seizure’s effect as they don’t have a normal monster to give after that.

Side Deck/Tech Choices:

Duel Links Card: Offerings%20to%20the%20Doomed
Duel Links Card: Mask%20of%20Restrict
Duel Links Card: Cursed%20Seal%20of%20the%20Forbidden%20Spell
Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole

Koa'ki Meiru Neos

This matchup can be very difficult as Diamond Core of Koa'ki Meiru protects their Koa'ki Meiru Ice and Koa'ki Meiru Maximus from being destroyed by Red-Eyes Slash Dragoneffect when they target it, and since Koa’kis use the neos engine they have a lot of built in protection to help them stall for their diamond core.

Power of the Guardians makes this matchup quite easy since it protects your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon from getting destroyed by card effects as long as you have counters on it, so if they target you with a protected Koa'ki Meiru Ice you would just remove counters from your Power of the Guardians instead of sending an equip to the graveyard.

Side Deck/Tech Choices:

Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh
Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Chalice
Duel Links Card: Drowning%20Mirror%20Force
Duel Links Card: Dimensional%20Prison
Duel Links Card: Skill%20Prisoner

Magnets:

Magnets rely on tributing their electromagnets on the opponent’s turn to summon Delta The Magnet Warrior from their deck and filling their graveyard quickly to summon either of their boss monsters: Berserkion the Electromagna Warrior or Valkyrion the Magna Warrior You should use Sealed Tombs if they have enough magnets to summon Berserkion the Electromagna Warrior to shut them down for that turn and gain more board advantage before they have a chance to summon him.

All the electromagnets can only use their tribute effect on your turn so if you have destruction cards such as Treacherous Trap Hole you should use it on their turn so they cant tribute themselves for Delta The Magnet Warrior, and remember that Sealed Tombs stops delta’s effect from summoning Valkyrion the Magna Warrior as well. Another important note is that Berserkion the Electromagna Warrior would summon the 3 electromagnets: Alpha The Electromagnet Warrior, Beta The Electromagnet Warrior and Gamma The Electromagnet Warrior if it’s destroyed by battle or card effect, so if your opponent has another monster on the field with beserkion he can’t use its effect if it gets destroyed.

Cosmic Cyclone is very good against magnets to get rid of their backrow. You can chain it to Powerful Rebirth to stop them from summoning a magnet from their graveyard. And if they use Storm you can banish their other spell/trap(s) so they can’t destroy your equips.

Side Deck/Tech Choices:

Duel Links Card: Chaos%20Hunter
Duel Links Card: D.D.%20Warrior
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Breath%20of%20Light
Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Floodgate%20Trap%20Hole

Red-Eyes (Mirror):

The Red-Eyes mirror relies a lot on having disruptive plays to their Red-Eyes Slash Dragon before they get to equip to it. Remember that if you attack with your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon into theirs you both get to equip a warrior from your graveyard.

Black Metal Dragon and Power of the Guardians are very strong cards in the mirror as the make your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon a lot bigger than theirs allowing you to swing over it after activating Sealed Tombs so they can’t summon a Buster Blader from their graveyard. D.D. Warrior can also be really helpful in the mirror if both players have Power of the Guardians equipped to banish your opponent’s Red-Eyes Slash Dragon

Side Deck/Tech Choices:

Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh
Duel Links Card: D.D.%20Warrior
Duel Links Card: Buster%20Blader
Duel Links Card: Offerings%20to%20the%20Doomed
Duel Links Card: Herald%20of%20the%20Abyss
Duel Links Card: Necro%20Fusion
Duel Links Card: Drowning%20Mirror%20Force
Duel Links Card: Widespread%20Ruin

Six Samurai

This matchup can be very annoying as Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En can negate your Red-Eyes Fusion. Treacherous Trap Hole is very good in this matchup to kill their Six Samurais before summoning Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En, and also to force Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En negate so you can use Red-Eyes Fusion.Offerings to the Doomed also does a similar job where you destroy their none tuner and interrupt their synchro summon.

Six Style - Dual Wield can return your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon before you get to equip so Black Metal Dragon can be very good to stop it, if you didn’t draw it don’t set any backrow before attacking with your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon so they can’t return it to the extra deck.

You can also use A/D Changer in this matchup to switch their six samurai monster to defense to turn off their Six-Style Dual Wield

Side Deck/Tech Choices:

Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Ninja%20mdl%20339%20%22Sazank%22
Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh
Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Chalice
Duel Links Card: Offerings%20to%20the%20Doomed
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole

Spellbooks

This is your hardest matchup in the meta. Silent Magician negating your Red-Eyes Fusion while also having Spellbook of Fate to banish your backrow stops you from making any plays. Best thing to do in this matchup is using Treacherous Trap Hole on your Black Metal Dragon and their Spellcaster before they tribute it for Silent Magician.

Sphere Kuriboh and Bad Aim are also very good cards in this matchup to disrupt their plays and switch their Silent Magician LV8 to defense. Another good play would be using Cosmic Cyclone on their Spellbook of Fate then swinging your D.D. Assailant / D.D. Warrior into their Silent Magician to banish it.

Side Deck/Tech Choices:

Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Ninja%20mdl%20339%20%22Sazank%22
Duel Links Card: D.D.%20Warrior
Duel Links Card: D.D.%20Assailant
Duel Links Card: Drowning%20Mirror%20Force
Duel Links Card: Dimensional%20Prison
Duel Links Card: DNA%20Surgery

Subterrors

This matchup is very difficult because of Subterror Nemesis Warrior stopping your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon from negating subterrors’ flip effects by blocking the chain (Chain Link 1 Subterror Behemoth-Chain Link 2 Nemesis-Slash can’t negate the targeting effect in chain link 1), as well as Subterror Final Battle boosting their subterrors attack/defense over your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon.

Treacherous Trap Hole is very strong against them as you can chain it to Subterror Nemesis Warrior’s effect and stop it from summoning Subterror Behemoth Umastryx. Remember that if they summon a Subterror Nemesis Warrior then use Masked Tribute that they can’t special summon that turn so you can use it to destroy their two monsters and they won’t have a chance to respond.

Offerings to the Doomed helps in a similar way to treacherous except it can only destroy 1 face-up monster, that’s why if they use Subterror Nemesis Warrior effect while having a final battle facedown you should target their normal monster over nemesis so they can’t flip it facedown and stop your offerings play. Cosmic Cyclone is also very good in this matchup to deal with their Subterror Final Battle and Paleozoic Canadia.

A/D Changer is a very good warrior to use in this matchup as you can flip your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon back up if they use Paleozoic Canadia or Floodgate Trap Hole on it.

Side Deck/Tech Choices:

Duel Links Card: D.D.%20Warrior
Duel Links Card: A/D%20Changer
Duel Links Card: Offerings%20to%20the%20Doomed
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Chalice
Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Skill%20Prisoner
Duel Links Card: Mask%20of%20Restrict
Duel Links Card: Royal%20Command

Final Thoughts

Red-eyes is a very strong deck with one of the best boss monsters we have right now, and can be very oppressive once it gets going with all the negation, revival and destruction cards. It has a big weakness to battle traps so backrow hate is crucial for this deck to have. Overall, this deck can still get a lot of good support cards to boost its strength even more.


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