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Red-Eyes Guide

Overview

Red-Eyes recently got new support in the New Structure Deck Return of The Red-Eyes getting some brand-new cards like Red-Eyes Archfiend of Lightning and Red-Eyes Fusion which is one of the best fusion spells we have in the game right now. The deck relies on controlling the board with Red-Eyes Slash Dragon that negates any targeting effects if you have any Equip cards. It also has access to swarming the field with the new trap we got Return of the Red-Eyes to summon normal monsters from the graveyard like Red-Eyes Archfiend of Lightning and Red-Eyes B. Dragon.


Skills




Sample Decks

SelectMaple Top 8 MCS #19

Duel Links Card: D.D.%20Assailant
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: Red-Eyes%20B.%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20B.%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Chalice
Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Chalice
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: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Buster%20Blader,%20the%20Dragon%20Destroyer%20Swordsman
Duel Links Card: Buster%20Blader,%20the%20Dragon%20Destroyer%20Swordsman
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: Sphere%20Kuriboh
Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Necro%20Fusion
Duel Links Card: Necro%20Fusion

Negative1 Top 8 MCS #19

Duel Links Card: D.D.%20Assailant
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: D.D.%20Warrior
Duel Links Card: A/D%20Changer
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20B.%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20B.%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
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: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Buster%20Blader,%20the%20Dragon%20Destroyer%20Swordsman
Duel Links Card: Buster%20Blader,%20the%20Dragon%20Destroyer%20Swordsman
Duel Links Card: Meteor%20B.%20Dragon
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: Sphere%20Kuriboh
Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh
Duel Links Card: Buster%20Blader
Duel Links Card: Necro%20Fusion
Duel Links Card: Necro%20Fusion

Arthur Top 8 MCS #19

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: Buster%20Blader
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20B.%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20B.%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Concentrating%20Current
Duel Links Card: Concentrating%20Current
Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller
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: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Buster%20Blader,%20the%20Dragon%20Destroyer%20Swordsman
Duel Links Card: Buster%20Blader,%20the%20Dragon%20Destroyer%20Swordsman
Duel Links Card: Buster%20Blader,%20the%20Dragon%20Destroyer%20Swordsman
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: Sphere%20Kuriboh
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Night%20Beam
Duel Links Card: Necro%20Fusion
Duel Links Card: Necro%20Fusion

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 (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.

Buster Blader (1-2x):

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 go for game by using Red-Eyes Fusion and setting 1 of your monsters then flipping it with A/D Changer.

D.D. Assailant (0-2x):

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 dies by banishing them.

D.D. Warrior (0-2x):

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 (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. It can be used offensively as well by swinging your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon into a Blue-Eyes White Dragon or Ancient Gear Reactor Dragon to then re-summon your slash and your equipped warrior.

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 dies. 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.

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 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.


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.


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.

Forbidden Chalice is strong against this deck to survive their big push by boosting your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon attack over any of their monsters, after that they don’t have a lot of options to get rid of the Slash Dragon or the Buster Blader special summoned if they managed to destroy it.

Since Treacherous Trap Hole 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.


Control Neos

A very favorable matchup. 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 Karakuri Ninja mdl 339 "Sazank".

The only concern is them running Lava Golem so you shouldn’t overextend unless you have guaranteed lethal, and try not to trigger their Destiny Draw as they can draw into a Miracle Fusion to kill your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon with Elemental HERO The Shining.


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 Dragon effect 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.

Red-Eyes Retro Dragon is key in this matchup, if you go first you want to fuse into Red-Eyes Slash Dragon and equip it with Black Metal Dragon, if they try and target you, you would send your equipped Black Metal Dragon to search Red-Eyes Retro Dragon and special summon it if they destroy your Slash, then you make a big push next turn with Sealed Tombs turning off their Bacon Saver and Neos Fusion protection.

It's very crucial when to use Sealed Tombs in this matchup, you shouldn’t use it early unless you went first without a Red-Eyes Fusion + Black Metal Dragon combo.


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 is a very strong card in the mirror as it makes your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon a lot bigger than theirs, so you want to equip it then Sealed Tombs to kill their Red-Eyes Slash Dragon while preventing them from summoning their equipped Buster Blader.

In terms of techs, Buster Blader is a very strong warrior to use as his attack gets to 3,600 after 1 Red-Eyes Fusion from your opponent (he also gains attack from Black Metal Dragon), as well Necro Fusion is also a good tech/side deck to summon Buster Blader, the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman which negates your opponent’s dragon effects.


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.

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.


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.


Subterrors

This matchup is very difficult because of Subterror Nemesis Warrior stopping your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon from negating subterrors’ flip effects by blocking, 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 effect and stop it from summoning Subterror Behemoth Umastryx.

Remember that if you have Treacherous Trap Hole and they summon Subterror Nemesis Warrior and use Masked Tribute they can’t special summon that turn so you can just use it to 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 Trap Hole except it can only destroy 1 face-up monster, that’s why if they use Subterror Nemesis Warrior effect while having a Subterror Final Battle facedown you should target their normal monster over Subterror Nemesis Warrior so they can’t flip it facedown and stop your Offerings to the Doomed play. Cosmic Cyclone is also very good in this matchup to deal with their Subterror Final Battle and Canadias.

Forbidden Chalice is also very good against Subterrors to disrupt their Subterror Nemesis Warrior play and it can boost your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon to 3,200 attack so you can kill the Nemesis Warrior through a Subterror Final Battle.

Bad Aim is popular in Subterrors so you should be careful around using Black Metal Dragon’s effect as they can chain Bad Aim to destroy your Red-Eyes Slash Dragon.


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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