Rerouting: Red-Eyes Toons
11/23/2017 11:00:00 AM
Toons are definitely a fan favorite strategy, and while I know many
duelists that claim
to love Toons, I could count the number of
Toon decks I've seen in real life on one hand even if I liked eating
fingers for fun.
No joke, I think I've only seen two people pilot the strategy ever, though that small number remains quite the mystery. I'd assume that with
all the love for the theme, the deck would take more spots at least at the
local and Regional level. Today's reader from Arlington, Texas writes…
Toons have always been one of my favorite themes, but making a Toon
deck is really hard. About half the Toon cards are just plain
awful, and the other half are just reimagined boss monsters that
don't do much outside of their original effects.
to play things like Toon Buster Blader, but why in the world would
I focused some on Rank 4 monsters, but I also tried to play to
Toons' strengths… then I realized that I might as well just have a
bunch of Toon cards in the deck. I want to keep the deck at 40 and
play things like Allure of Darkness, but nothing seems to really
fit. Any suggestions? I don't want to play a deck with Toon Mermaid
in it anymore...
-Austin V. ~
Toons have been around since Magic Ruler, but have they ever been
a stellar strategy? Sadly, no, and that's despite the fact that I think
we've seen a ton of versions of the theme. What's different about Austin's
Check it out.
I hope you're as excited as I am! Let's get to the changes. And yes, I
promise that I'm going to take out Toon Mermaid
. I don't think there's any
imaginable dimension of reality where I want to play a deck using Toon
Well, I take that back - I made this really awful Toon Mermail hybrid after
the Mermail Link monster was announced in the future LINK VRAINS pack, but boy oh boy did that turn out to be
Because Crimson-Eyes Ebony Dragon Sounds Stupid
Even though Toons have been out since basically the dawn of Yu-Gi-Oh,
actual Toon cards are in very short supply. After the first wave of Toon
cards, it took years to get more Toons, but even things like Toon
Gemini Elf and Took Goblin Attack Force weren't what anyone was looking
for. If we include Manga Ryu-Ran, we only have 15 Toon monsters -
To make matters worse, Toon support's surprisingly lacking in the spell and
trap card department. Having just a “Toon” deck is basically a strategy
full of holes unless you can miraculously play with zero interference from
your opponent for a few turns while your Toons attack directly.
The two best Toon monsters are Toon Dark Magician and Red-Eyes Toon Dragon
because both, well… do something. Toons like Toon
Cyber Dragon and Toon Ancient Gear Golem are cute and nothing more. Their
effects don't do anything for a Toon strategy, per se, and at best Toon
Ancient Gear Golem could be brought out with Toon Mask so you could make an
attack uninhibited, right? Yeah, that didn't inspire much confidence in me,
I always try to focus on a deck's strengths and cover all angles, and
thanks to one of the best Toon monsters of all time, you can do both while
still toying around with a fun strategy. Red-Eyes Toon Dragon ushers in a
lot of Red-Eyes support - and while much of that Red-Eyes support isn't
exactly stellar, it supplements the Toon strategy enough to warrant a
mash-up. Take a look at all the cards dealing with consistency – suddenly
we have something that holds together.
Toon Table of Contents and Terraforming search Toon Kingdom, but if you
already have a Toon Kingdom, Toon Table also nets you whatever other Toon
card you can think of. Allure of Darkness, Cards of the Red Stone, and
Upstart Goblin cut your deck down a few hairs, and Red-Eyes Insight yards
Red-Eyes Black Dragon to revive with Red-Eyes Metal Flare Dragon.
The biggest downside to having so many cards that search and thin your deck
is the obvious weakness to hand traps like Droll & Lock Bird. Sadly,
sometimes to play a strategy, you'll have to take the flowers with the
weeds. But at least if you have extra copies of Toon cards, Toon Dark
Magician can use them as fodder!
Cartoons Are For All Ages, Man
The biggest problem with Austin's deck is… well, the Toon cards. It can be
disheartening to say, but the Toons need to come out. Obviously not all of
the Toons, but what exactly are you going to do with Toon Cannon Soldier?
“Lose” is the most obvious answer to that question. And if this was a
cheesy sitcom, you'd be hearing a laugh track right now.
Other cards like King Tiger Wanghu, while powerful in their own right,
don't belong in a deck where they'll be literal cannon fodder 50% of the
time, given options like Toon Cannon Soldier. The Black Stone of Legend,
however, feeds right into your objective of fielding Red-Eyes monsters and
is just as useful with its secondary effect to return Red-Eyes monsters
back to your deck!
And cards like Toon Mask are just lesser versions of other options at your
disposal. I mentioned Red-Eyes Insight before, which searches Red-Eyes
Spirit but also another underappreciated card: Red-Eyes Fusion. Personally,
I have a pretty hate/hate relationship with that card, but with three
copies of Insight and the aforementioned Red-Eyes Fusion you'll have another way to open plays if your first five cards leave you
bereft of any good moves.
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But in terms of something crazy, geez, I spent a while trying to fit
Hieratic Dragon of Atum here, but I kept forgetting that Atum needs two Dragon-type monsters - meaning Toon Summoned Skull just won't cut it. That leaves your Hieratic Dragon of Eset high and dry.
In trying to go the extra mile adding new ways to spam your field with tons
of Link monsters fueled by Triangle Twin Dragon, I ended up realizing that
Toon decks, even Red-Eyes Toon Decks, just aren't the place for that
particular ambition. I tried to fit in a ton of Hieratic monsters, but
until we get Hieratic Toon Dragon of Eset, I don't think you're in a place
to try that. It's important to scale back your aspirations as to not
The most symbiotic strategy between Red-Eyes and Toons lies in Red-Eyes
Flare Metal Dragon and the Toons' ability to attack directly. It's
relatively easy to field the big, bad Xyz, burn for a ton of damage, and if
you revive Red-Eyes Toon Dragon with a Red-Eyes Spirit, there's 2400 damage
attacking directly as soon as you start your turn. Archfiend Black Dragon
Skull also burns your opponent for a fair amount of damage, too!
So that's the game plan: make Mountains out of mole hills and burn your
opponent quickly. Check out the changes!
-3 Toon Cannon Soldier
-3 Toon Mermaid
-3 King Tiger Wanghu
-1 Comic Hand
-1 Toon Rollback
-1 Toon Briefcase
-3 Toon Mask
-2 Dimensional Barrier
-1 Allure of Darkness
-1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
-1 Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir
-1 Number 39: Utopia
-1 Number S39: Utopia the Lightning
-3 Gagaga Cowboy
-1 Number 106: Giant Hand
-1 Abyss Dweller
-1 Number 101: Silent Honor ARK
-1 Gagaga Samurai
+1 Summoned Skull
+1 Red-Eyes Toon Dragon
+3 The Black Stone of Legend
+2 Red-Eyes B. Dragon
+1 Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon
+1 Red-Eyes Fusion
+3 Red-Eyes Insight
+3 Pot of Desires
+1 One for One
+2 Red-Eyes Spirit
+1 Solemn Warning
+1 Number 11: Big Eye
+1 Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack
+2 Red-Eyes Flare Metal Dragon
+1 Archfiend Black Skull Dragon
+1 Ebon High Magician
+2 Gaia Dragon, the Thunder Charger
+1 Titanic Moth
+1 Decode Talker
+1 Link Spider
And here's the final deck - I don't mean to rag on the Toon cards so much,
but they're objectively mediocre. Toon Mask will more than likely net you
just a Level 4 Toon, and with my edits there just isn't room for the slew
of less than average spells and traps.
Toon Briefcase, on the other hand, is a searchable trap to thwart your
opponent! It's pretty solid. Here's what the final list looks like.
I'm happy to see just how many older themes will be getting Link Monsters
to facilitate their strategies, and perhaps Toons could get a new Link as a
result? Both Toon Dark Magician
and Red-Eyes Toon Dragon
field other Toons,
so a Link 2 would fit well into the strategy. Heck, I'd be happy with any
new Toon cards!
I'd love to see every theme, and I mean EVERY theme get
updated legacy support. Come on, who wouldn't want to see Iron Chains get
Just remember, beat your opponents before they beat you!
Loukas Peterson lives in Nashville, Tennessee where it's warmer than
warm, whatever that means. When he's not trying to figure out his life
or crying about the lack of Fabled support, you can find making
“attempts” at “art” and playing his ukulele terribly, or on Thursday
nights, practicing punching the air for an upcoming contest. Hailed as
the only person capable of cooking Minute Rice in 57 seconds, Loukas is
always looking for another creative outlet and a dog to pet.
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