How Blackwing Decks Work – Part 1
If you’ve ever seen Crow Duel on Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, you know that a Blackwing Deck can Special Summon lots of powerful monsters really fast. Powerful Blackwing cards like “Blackwing Armor Master” and “Delta Crow – Anti Reverse” can swing Duels in your favor, but there are lots of other things the Deck can do too. If you’re thinking of trying out a Blackwing Deck for yourself, here are some tips to get you started.
The main thing that Blackwings do best is get lots of free monsters with cards like “Black Whirlwind” and “Blackwing – Blizzard the Far North.” With the Continuous Spell Card “Black Whirlwind” in play, each time you Normal Summon a “Blackwing” monster, you can add another Blackwing from your Deck to your hand, as long as it’s got less ATK than the monster you just Summoned.
So if you Summon “Blackwing – Shura the Blue Flame” (with 1800 ATK), you could search for “Blackwing – Bora the Spear” (which has 1700 ATK), and use Bora’s effect to Special Summon it to the field right away. Or if you want to Synchro Summon right away, you can search for “Blackwing – Gale the Whirlwind” instead. It has an effect like Bora that lets you Special Summon it from your hand. Gale is also a Tuner, so you can Synchro Summon “Blackwing Armor Master” if you combine it with Shura.
“Black Whirlwind” gets even better if you have more than 1 copy of “Black Whirlwind” on the field. This is because you can search for a “Blackwing” monster with each of them when you Normal Summon a “Blackwing” monster! Let’s say you Normal Summon “Blackwing – Shura the Blue Flame” again, but this time you’ve got 2 “Black Whirlwinds” on the field. You could search for 2 Boras and Special Summon them right away and attack for over 5000 Life Points. If you want to protect your Shura, you could search for 2 “Blackwing – Kalut the Moonshadow,” and use them to destroy bigger monsters in battle. You can mix and match too, by searching for different Blackwings with each Whirlwind, so you can get a Gale to let you Synchro Summon your Armor Master, while also getting a Kalut to give it an ATK boost whenever you need it!
Some of your monsters also have effects that get you more Blackwings. “Blackwing – Blizzard the Far North” can Special Summon a Level 4 or lower “Blackwing” from your Graveyard whenever it’s Normal Summoned. You can use that ‘free monster’ for a Synchro Summon with Blizzard since Blizzard is a Tuner monster. “Blackwing – Bora the Spear” and “Blackwing – Gale the Whirlwind” also have effects of their own that let you Special Summon them from your hand if you control another Blackwing on the field already. If you’ve got a Blizzard, Gale and a Bora in your hand, you could be Summoning up to 4 monsters this turn!
You can also get more Blackwings for free with “Blackwing – Shura the Blue Flame.” Whenever Shura destroys a monster in battle and sends it to the Graveyard, you can Special Summon another “Blackwing” monster from your Deck with 1500ATK or less. If you bring your free monster out in Attack Position, it can attack right away, and if it’s a Tuner you can combine it with Shura for a Synchro Summon in Main Phase 2! Shura also makes a great combo with “Blackwing – Vayu the Emblem of Honor.” You can find out more about Shura/Vayu tricks in the article here.
Crow’s signature Synchros.
The most powerful monsters in a Blackwing Deck are usually the Synchro Monsters that you see Crow using on TV. His signature monster is “Blackwing Armor Master,” a Level 7 Synchro that can’t be destroyed in battle. It also has 2500 ATK, and you take no Battle Damage when a stronger monster attacks it. Armor Master can also reduce your opponent’s monsters’ ATK and DEF to 0 with its other effect, letting him take down anything in battle no matter how strong it is.
Besides “Blackwing Armor Master,” you can also Summon “Blackwing Armed Wing,” the Level 6 Synchro that inflicts piercing damage when it attacks a Defense Position monster. Armed Wing also gains 500 ATK when it does this, so you get to do even more damage to your opponent. The final “Blackwing” Synchro you can Summon is “Blackwing – Silverwind the Ascendant,” a Level 8 monster that needs 3 monsters to be Summoned. When Silverwind is Synchro Summoned, you can destroy up to 2 monsters on the field with DEF lower than its ATK, and with 2800ATK there are very few monsters that will be left standing! “Blackwing – Silverwind the Ascendant” can also protect your other “Blackwings” from the next attack your opponent makes, but you only get this effect once.
Check back tomorrow for more tips on building your own Blackwing Deck! We’ll also give you a list of where you can watch some of Crow’s best Duels online.