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Deck Profile: Jeffrey Daniels’ Blackwing Deck

May 16th, 2010

Jeffrey Daniels finished Day 1 of the YCS in 34th place using his Blackwing Deck, using a copy of the latest Blackwing tech from The Shining Darkness: Blackwing – Breeze the Zephyr. He’s running a solid build, teched out with cards to counter the Decks he expected to face. Check out his list:

Monsters: 19

3 Blackwing – Sirocco the Dawn

3 Blackwing – Shura the Blue Flame

3 Blackwing – Kalut the Moon Shadow

2 Blackwing – Blizzard the Far North

2 Blackwing – Bora the Spear

1 Blackwing – Vayu the Emblem of Honor

1 Blackwing – Gale the Whirlwind

1 Blackwing – Breeze the Zephyr

1 Dark Armed Dragon

2 D.D. Crow

Spells: 9

2 Book of Moon

2 Black Whirlwind

1 Heavy Storm

1 Mystical Space Typhoon

1 Brain Control

1 Allure of Darkness

1 Smashing Ground

Traps: 12

3 Icarus Attack

2 Bottomless Trap Hole

2 Royal Oppression

2 Dust Tornado

1 Starlight Road

1 Torrential Tribute

1 Solemn Judgment

Daniels’s Deck runs all of the Blackwing monsters that make Blackwing Decks so strong. He maxed out his copies of Blackwing – Sirocco the Dawn, Blackwing – Shura the Blue Flame, and Blackwing – Kalut the Moon Shadow, and used 2 copies each of Blackwing – Blizzard the Far North and Blackwing – Bora the Spear. He also plays Blackwing – Vayu the Emblem of Honor, Blackwing – Gale the Whirlwind, and Blackwing – Breeze the Zephyr in his Deck. With such a great variety of Blackwing monsters, Daniels can search out the Blackwing he needs, when he needs it, using Black Whirlwind.

He also has a bunch of options to Special Summon with Shura, including Kalut, Vayu, and Breeze. With Breeze in his Deck, Daniels doesn’t need to use up his 1 copy of Gale when he wants to Synchro Summon Blackwing Armor Master after destroying an opponent’s monster with Shura. Instead of Special Summoning Gale from his Deck and Tuning it with Shura, he can grab his copy of Breeze and do the same thing. Then, he’ll still be able to use his Gale later in the Duel to halve the ATK and DEF of an opponent’s monster when he needs to do it the most.

Daniels also maxed out on Icarus Attack in his Deck. With so many Decks, including Infernities and X-Sabers, trying to flood the field with cards, the ability for Icarus Attack to destroy those cards 2 at a time is stronger than ever before. Similarly, Daniels’s 2 copies of Royal Oppression work amazingly against his many opponents that try to beat him by swarming the field with Special Summoned monsters. Royal Oppression shuts down all Special Summons, but since Daniels’s Blackwing Deck runs a lot of strong monsters that can be Normal Summoned, like Shura and Sirocco, as well as cards like Kalut to boost his weaker Blackwings, he’ll usually come out ahead after Royal Oppression gets flipped up.

Daniels is also using some cool tech choices like D.D. Crow in his Deck. D.D. Crow can be used to counter popular cards like Gottoms’ Emergency Call and Pot of Avarice, or even be used against Infernities to remove one of the monsters your opponent targets with Infernity Launcher or Infernity Mirage. Since it’s a Winged Beast, Daniels can Tribute it with Icarus Attack too. Although he’s not Main Decking it, Blackwing Decks also have access to Delta Crow – Anti Reverse, which can be a strong choice against Decks like Infernities that rely on setting several cards to their Spell and Trap Card Zone.

Jeffrey Daniels made a lot of strong Deck choices for this YCS and if he performs well today, he’ll pilot his Blackwing Deck to a Top 32 finish. Daniels’s Deck is a good model of what a solid Blackwing Deck looks like, but there’s still plenty of room for experimentation. Few Duelists have tried out Cards for Black Feathers, and those who do may find it to be an indispensible card.