Blue-Eyes White Dragon – #LOB-001
This legendary dragon is a powerful engine of destruction. Virtually invincible, very few have faced this awesome creature and lived to tell the tale.
Date Reviewed: April 1st, 2022
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Blue-Eyes White Dragon finishes the anniversary week, fitting for the other most iconic card in the game.
Once the strongest attacker in the earliest part of the game, BEWD was more useful than DM in the beginning: same amount of tributes but 500ATK more and had Lord of D helping out with the summoning and protection. Allure helped DM but Trade-In helped BEWD more. BEWD has taken on many different forms and gotten larger throughout the years much like its counterpart, but BEWD has been about aggro over strategy. With 16 different versions of itself, it does not lack support from other versions of itself alongside “Eyes of Blue” monsters to help along. White Stone of Legend and White Stone of Ancients helps get to your BEWD, while True Light is to this legendary dragon what Eternal Soul is to Dark Magician. Blue-Eyes Jet Dragon and Blue-Eyes Alternative Dragon may be the best Main Deck alterations of BEWD because of their ease of Special Summoning and the advantage they can grant the player. In terms of Spell/Trap support, the previously mentioned True Light is up there, while Bingo Machine, Go!!! is still one of the better Spell cards to use in the dedicated archetype.
It has its own Fusion Spell, its own Ritual Spell, it’s own Raigeki, and a sub-set of monsters to give its archetype a chance. Would expect nothing-less for one of the most iconic cards in the game. It touched greatness at the Tier 1 level which Dark Magician cannot say. Just when you think they’ve made every bit of support for it, Konami gives us another, and will likely until the game ends. Blue-Eyes White Dragon will always be iconic, supported, and nostalgic. Competitive? That, like Dark Magician, is left up to support, the ban list, and players.
Art-5/5- Like Dark Magician, the Starter Deck version is my favorite. There’s something about that art that stands above the rest for me.
Until Next Time
20 years ago today was the first review for Pojo, and it was one of the most iconic cards in the game’s history, so it’s only fitting we return 20 years later to the day to look at that same card to end this week off: Blue-Eyes White Dragon.
Blue-Eyes is a Level 8 LIGHT Dragon with 3000 ATK and 2500 DEF. 3000 is the peak for the vanilla monsters and few effect monsters get a higher stat, and it has the great combo of LIGHT and Dragon. Blue-Eyes, similar to Red-Eyes and Dark Magician, has had a ton of support to make it more viable. You got a free Blue-Eyes White Dragon basically for having the orignal in hand with Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon, who also pops cards, alongisde a ton of Level 1 Tuners that support Blue-Eyes stuff like Sage with Eyes of Blue, The White Stone of Ancients, The White Stone of Legend, and more. There’s also the 2 Synchros the archetype has with Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon and Azure-Eyes Sliver Dragon. There are several other Level 8 Blue-Eyes cards like Dragon Spriit of White, Blue-Eyes Abyss Dragon, Blue-Eyes Jet Dragon, and Blue-Eyes Solid Dragon. Blue-Eyes also has some fine Spells and Traps like True Light and Ultimate Fusion alongisde some more generic cards that seem designed to also boost Blue-Eyes White Dragon like Silver’s Cry and Return of the Dragon Lords. Blue-Eyes is probably the strongest of the three aces, and not just because of base stats alone. The Deck has some decent combo potential and back in 2016, it’s power was enough to win the World Championship. Blue-Eyes is a card I expect to get more fanfare as the years go on since it’s probably the most beloved of the three aces, and my personal favorite of the three as well. It’s had past success in other Dragon Decks for being a searchable Level 8 Dragon and it was the strongest monster in the earliest formats to have in terms of base stats. Blue-Eyes will always have a place in this game’s history.
Advanced Rating: 4.25/5
Art: 3.5/5 for LOB art, 5/5 for SDK art, 2.5/5 for the tablet art, 3/5 for the world art, 4.5/5 for the Anniversary Pack art, 4.5/5 for the most recent Jump art, 4/5 for the Kaiba art, 4/5 for the DSOD movie art, and 2/5 for the recent History Archive Collection art.
BEWD is essentially the review of DM and REBD again…it all comes down to the support available, how playable the card itself is (actually probably the most here for BEWD being Light and Dragon) and how well it’s variants and retrains go. (Some of that new stuff IS pretty good). Blue Eyes exists in Synchro, Fusion, and XYZ Variants currently, all in different ranges of Effects and playability. Plenty of support for nuking part(s) or all of the Field, as well as cheating itself to the Field through various other cards, the support here is probably more or less on par with DM anymore. Level 8 is great for all kinds of things to (remember Trade In?) much more so like DM than REBD, I feel again you don’t NEED to run BEWD per say with some of it’s newer Monsters, but it’s definitely as playable in a Deck as DM, maybe more so (and certainly more than REBD). It’s fun, fast, and powerful, and like DM and REBD likely isn’t ever going anywhere.
Art: 5/5 (again for my favorite) and again, the ancient table art
I was expecting to review Saggi the Dark Clown today, but this card was also used by Seto Kaiba, so it’s just fine. Finishing off the week is the legendary Blue-Eyes White Dragon, which sits alongside Dark Magician and Exodia for being among the most well-known Yugioh monsters in the world. It’s a level 8 LIGHT dragon monster, a combination that started such a legacy that Blue-Eyes cards can reap the benefits from various outside sources, including Photon, Hieratic, and generic dragon support. At 3000 attack, Blue-Eyes remains the most powerful normal monster to this day, even if it’s been overshadowed by other 2 tribute monsters (thanks, Ultimate Tyranno). 2500 defense is more than serviceable for a level 8 monster as well.
Like Dark Magician, Blue-Eyes would be a highly mediocre monster if not for the oodles of support it gets, though in contrast to DM, I find that Blue-Eyes is mostly aided by generic dragon support. After all, even after plenty of hits, Dragon Link decks are still alive and kicking in the modern meta, with Hieratic Seal of the Heavenly Spheres and Rokket monsters being able to carry almost any dragon decks on their back. That said, in-house Blue-Eyes cards aren’t slouches either, with The Tyrant of D. and The Melody of Awakening Dragon (among other cards) making it absurdly easy to access Blue-Eyes itself. Blue-Eyes is quite competent at making rank 8 XYZ and level 9 synchro plays, and with their new fusion spell Ultimate Fusion, they have solid disruption as well. The deck is more than serviceable at a casual level and is apparently seeing success even today, so it’s nice to see Blue-Eyes in the spotlight yet again– though I kinda wish they had more disruptive bosses. Then again, anything is better than the state of Red-Eyes I suppose.
Art: 4/5 I have a lot of nostalgia for this artwork of Blue-Eyes since this was one of the first Yugioh cards I ever owned, so it’s probably my favorite. I would’ve said the anime artwork was my favorite, but recently someone pointed out that it kinda looks like old Digimon art and I can’t unsee it…
As people have mentioned it above, here is a link to our very first Blue Eyes White Dragon COTD Review from April 1, 2002. That was our first Yugioh COTD – exactly 20 years ago today. Pretty darn cool that we still have guys volunteering to keep the Card of the Day going. You guys are awesome!
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A BGS Graded 9.5 GEM MINT Blue-Eyes White Dragon LOB-001 recently sold in March 2022 for $21,111.60 on action on eBay. I wonder what a BGS 10 or a PSA 10 would sell for?
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