Dragun of Red-Eyes - Tier 0 Fusion Monster!

Dragun of Red-Eyes - Tier 0 Fusion Monster!
In the OCG scene, you might have looked into some deck list with this card on the Extra Deck, “Dragun of Red-Eyes”. This is the new ace monster that was released for the Dark Magician and Red-Eyes archetype. It can be found on the “Legendary Gold Box” that was released on December 21, 2020. The “Legendary Gold Box” contains most of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Protagonists’ ace monsters’ new form, as well as some support cards in their respective archetypes.

For this article, let’s focus on the one in particular, Yugi Moto’s (or Joey Wheeler’s) Dragun of Red-Eyes. What makes this one stand out among the rest of the featured cards in “Legendary Gold Box”? Let’s take a look here:

Name: Dragun of Red-Eyes
Card Type: Fusion Monster
Attribute: Dark
Level: 8
Monster Type: Spellcaster
Attack: 3000
Defense: 2500
Fusion Material: Dark Magician + Red-Eyes B. Dragon or 1 Dragon Effect Monster
Effect:
Neither player can target or destroy this card with card effects. During your Main Phase: You can destroy 1 monster your opponent controls, and if you do, inflict damage to your opponent equal to that monster's original ATK. You can use this effect a number of times per turn, up to the number of Normal Monsters used as Fusion Material for this card's Summon. Once per turn, when a card or effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can discard 1 card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card, and if you do that, this card gains 1000 ATK.



Overpowering Mercilessly
Let’s break down the effect:. First, immunity from targeting cards, as well as, sweeper cards. Forget about “Evilswarm Exciton Knight”, “Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer” or even “Raigeki”. The common removal or sweeper cards that are found in most decks doesn't work on this creature.



Second, destructive effect with a massive burn. His destructive and burn effect puts “Destiny End Dragoon” into shame. He can destroy a monster and deal direct damage equal to the monster he destroyed. “Destroy and Burn” isn’t new in yugioh but back then, this was from monsters with difficult summoning conditions or weaker attack power like “Elemental Hero Flame Wingman” and “Yubel”.



Third, negation effect muscle boost. Just when you thought the first and second effects are already too much for this card, here comes cherry on the top, it can negate card and effect activation by discarding one card once per turn. Not only that, it boosts its attack by power by 1000.

One Card Victory
Among all of the new ace monsters in the “Legendary Gold Box”, Dragun of Red-Eyes is probably the one who is very easy to summon. Thanks for “Red-Eyes Insight” and “Red-Eyes Fusion”. Red-Eyes Insight adds the fusion spell to fusion summon Dragun of Red-Eyes and Red-Eyes Fusion doesn’t require that the fusion materials be in the hand or field. It dumps the materials from the deck to the graveyard.

Arrow to the Knee
Dragun of Red-Eyes maybe the overpower but he still has some weakness that players can work around to defeat him. For example, negating the fusion spell with the likes of “Solemn Judgment” is first preventive measures to stop him from being summoned. If ever he is already on the field, players can resort to special summoning “Kaiju” monsters like “Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju” to the opponent's field by tributing his/her Dragun of Red-Eyes. Using “Super Polymerization” is also a good card against Dragun of Red-Eyes since he cannot negate its activation.



What are your thoughts about “Dragun of Red-Eyes”? Should he be banned immediately? Let us know down in the comments.
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