Introduction to Yu-Gi-Oh! Competent Budget Deck

Deck Information
Deck Type: Tutorial Decks
Deck Master: First of the Dragons
Submission Date: October 19th 2021
Last Updated: October 20th 2021
Author: Solember
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This deck introduces new players to Yu-Gi-Oh! in a way that is organic for players of all ages and at a price that is approachable for just about anyone.

The Normal Monsters are level 4 or lower, and they all have ATK ranging from 1700-2000, and are meant to introduce players to the simple battle mechanics.

The Effect Monsters are simple, yet practical. They each have effects that can be used differently to encourage players to explore the GY and make thoughtful plays.

The Tuners introduce the concept of Archetypes and certain cards having synergy with each other.

The Pendulum Monsters show off Tribute Summoning and Pendulum Summoning. They also benefit Normal Monsters positively.

Cú Chulainn is present to introduce Ritual Summoning and also plays well with the many Normal Monsters in the deck.

The Extra Deck can explore the 5 core Extra Deck summoning mechanics of Yu-Gi-Oh! with ease.

First of the Dragons is easy to Special Summon with Polymerization, and it serves as the Boss Monster of the deck. It also introduces players to an obstacle that has to be overcome with strategy if playing against someone using the same deck.

Beast-Eyes Pendulum Dragon can be Summoned via Contact Fusion, and boasts stats and an effect that reward players for successfully bringing him to the field.

Black Rose Dragon and Black Rose Moonlight Dragon continue the Rose Dragon support and offer easy choices for Synchro Summoning.

Diamond Dire Wolf can offer generic destruction in a time of need while introducing players to cost and benefit plays, while Dark Rebellion Dragon offers players a chance at raw power.

Defender of the Labyrinth is an easy Link 2 Monster that benefits the player's Normal Monsters while punishing the opponent's Effect Monsters. It can be used to Link Summon Decode Talker Extended, which can encourage players to make thoughtful plays.

The Spell Cards introduce players to all types of Spell Cards (Normal, Quickplay, Continuous, Field, Equip and Ritual). They each have effects that can be used liberally  but most encourage players to hold onto them until the right moment. The Seal of Orichalcos is the best card in the deck to showcase plays that could have immense downsides if played recklessly.

The Traps consist of all types (Normal, Continuous and Counter). They are mostly straightforward, and similar to the Spell Cards, they often reward players for thinking ahead.

Regarding the ease of Fusion, Synchro and XYZ summoning, I included plenty of components for each. A player may have to make a hard choice whether to use a Dark Dragon Tuner for a Black Rose Dragon or for a Beast-Eyes Pendulum Dragon. Alternatively, they could find a way to do both in the same turn with clever card usage.

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MonsterAlexandrite Dragon x1
Gene-Warped Warwolf x1
Alien Shocktrooper x1
Mad Dog of Darkness x1
Dark Blade x1
Great Angus x1
Hunter Dragon x1
Darkfire Soldier #1 x1
Man-Eater Bug x1
Penguin Soldier x1
Magician of Faith x1
Mataza the Zapper x1
Black Brachios x1
Mist Valley Falcon x1
Ape Fighter x1
White Rose Dragon x1
Red Rose Dragon x1
Roxrose Dragon x1
Dragoons of Draconia x1
Dragon Horn Hunter x1
Sky Dragoons of Draconia x1
Lancephorhynchus x1
Cu Chulainn the Awakened x1
SpellsEmblem of the Awakening x1
Polymerization x1
Dark Hole x1
Monster Reborn x1
Creature Swap x1
Mystical Space Typhoon x1
Axe of Despair x1
Burden of the Mighty x1
The Seal of Orichalcos x1
TrapsTrap Hole x1
Bottomless Trap Hole x1
Dimensional Prison x1
Dust Tornado x1
Kunai with Chain x1
Spikeshield with Chain x1
Call of the Haunted x1
Seven Tools of the Bandit x1
ExtraFirst of the Dragons x1
Beast-Eyes Pendulum Dragon x1
Black Rose Dragon x1
Black Rose Moonlight Dragon x1
Diamond Dire Wolf x1
Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon x1
Defender of the Labyrinth x1
Decode Talker Extended x1


My name is Jay, from Boxgods. I made some money playing Yu-Gi-Oh! and opened up my first shop in 2011. Sold that shop in 2014 to move and open a larger one. Sold that one to start designing deck boxes for gamers. My goal has been to provide impoverished youths with their first ever decks. Every player's experience with this game begins with an act of kindness from someone.

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