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Non-Dragunity cards for your Dragunity Deck!

March 14th, 2011

With all the great new monsters and Spells in Structure Deck: Dragunity Legion, it’s easy to forget that some of the best cards for Dragunity Decks aren’t Dragunity cards!  Today we’ll look at some of the best off-theme cards for your Dragunity Deck, and talk about how Dragunity Duelists can play them in ways other Duelists can’t.

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One of the big strengths of the Dragunity Deck is that it packs a lot of search and draw power.  Dragon Ravine’s search effects are huge, and when you play Ravine alongside Pot of Duality and Cards of Consonance, you get a really fast Deck that sees lots of cards. That means consistent draws, and plenty of options.  Remember, if you play Dragunity Phalanx, Dragunity Brandistock, and Dragunity Aklys, you’ll have 5 or 6 cards to discard for Consonance.  You can even use Dragon Ravine to search one out when you need it.

Pot of Avarice is great, too. It lets you draw 2 cards, but has no cost!  Unlike Cards of Consonance, you don’t have to discard anything: you just have to be able to shuffle 5 monsters from your Graveyard back into your Deck.  Thanks to Dragon Ravine and the Dux/Phalanx/Vajrayana combo, it’s really easy for a Dragunity Duelist to get lots of monsters into the Graveyard; and while you don’t want to shuffle back your Dragunity Tuners if you can avoid it, it’s great to reuse copies of Dux.

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These cards all keep your monsters safe from your opponent’s effects.  If you Summon Dragunity Dux and your opponent tries to destroy it with Torrential Tribute, you can Chain Forbidden Lance to keep Dux on the field.  Or, you can Chain Enemy Controller to keep Dux from being removed from the game with Bottomless Trap Hole, and take an opposing monster for an attack.  Enemy Controller works nicely with Dragunity Legionnaire, too: once you use its equipped Dragunity to destroy a monster, you can Tribute Legionnaire to take control of another.

When you make a strong opening with Stardust Dragon on turn 1, there are very few cards that can break apart your set-up.  Most of them are Effect Monsters like Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier and Caius the Shadow Monarch.  To make sure you stay dominant, you’ll want to play Effect Veiler.  With Veiler to stop monster effects, and simple removal cards like Bottomless Trap Hole and Solemn Warning to get rid of big attackers, you’ll have total command of the Duel.

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These Trap Cards all let you Tribute or discard extra monsters you don’t need to pay for powerful effects.  Icarus Attack is a must: like Enemy Controller, it lets you Tribute a used-up Dragunity Legionnaire so that it doesn’t just get run over in battle.  With Legionnaire and Icarus Attack on the field, plus Dragunity Aklys in your Graveyard, you can destroy up to 4 of your opponent’s cards for just 2 of your own.  Icarus is a great way to stop Synchro Summons; destroy defensive cards so you can pull off your big combos; and eliminate problems like Royal Oppression and Vanity’s Fiend.

Phoenix Wing Wind Blast and Divine Wrath can both help you load your Graveyard with Dragunity Tuners or Dragunity Arma Leyvaten, while bringing your opponent’s strategy to a screeching halt.  Wind Blast is great because it can remove back row cards or monsters, and since it forces your opponent to draw the card you target next turn, they can’t make any real progress.  Spinning away your opponent’s Tuner is a great way to stop Synchro Summons, and Divine Wrath is another strong answer to Synchros like Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier and XX-Saber Hyunlei.  You don’t want to play too many cards with discard costs, but 1 or 2 can make your Deck unpredictable and tough to play against.

By adding the right non-Dragunity cards, you can make your Dragunity Deck into a tournament-winning Deck.  Experiment with different options and see what works best for you!