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Control Dinosaur: deck recipe

Duel Links dinosaur deck, Black Brachios in the current meta, how to use, and tips.
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Overview

At the release of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, Dinosaur Kingdom decks were at the top of the meta, because in the early stages of Duel Links the most important part was having high attack 4-star monsters and Rex’s dinosaurs combined with his field spell had an attack of 1900 atk, overpowering all other decks.

However the meta has since evolved and dinosaurs were no longer viable during a long period of time. They made a small comeback thanks to the release of Hydrogeddon which gave dinosaur decks some swarm potential.

But now with the release of Black Brachios, one of the new ranked duel rewards, we suspect dinosaurs will solidify their position high up on the tier list as a control deck.

Example deck

Ver 1

Evilswarm SalamandraEvilswarm SalamandraBlack BrachiosBlack BrachiosBlack BrachiosHydrogeddon
HydrogeddonHydrogeddonCosmic CycloneCosmic CycloneFossil DigFire Formation - Gyokkou
Fire Formation - GyokkouSuper Rush HeadlongSuper Rush HeadlongEnemy ControllerEnemy ControllerEnemy Controller
Mirror WallMirror Wall--------

Ver 2

Black BrachiosBlack BrachiosBlack BrachiosSergeant ElectroSergeant ElectroSergeant Electro
HydrogeddonHydrogeddonHydrogeddonFossil DigSuper Rush HeadlongSuper Rush Headlong
Enemy ControllerEnemy Controller
Enemy Controller
Mirror Wall
Mirror WallWall of Disruption
Wall of DisruptionPowerful Rebirth--------

Set skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Dinosaur Kingdom
Begin duel with the field spell "Jurassic World" activated.

Rex

Example deck for new players

A cheap version can be made because a lot of cards don’t come from boxes. Half Counter and Sabersaurus are Rare cards. Only Forbidden Chalice and Wall of Disruption are Super Rare cards from boxes, but you can replace them with whatever good spell/traps you have (They were included because they come from the same box, Servants of Kings).

Black BrachiosBlack BrachiosBlack BrachiosSabersaurusSabersaurusSabersaurus
HydrogeddonHydrogeddonHydrogeddonFossil DigAnti-Magic ArrowsForbidden Chalice
Enemy ControllerEnemy Controller
Enemy Controller
Half Counter
Half Counter
Wall of Disruption
MetalmorphMetalmorph--------

How to use

Evilswarm Salamandra

This monster is the main beater of the deck, it's a monster you can normal summon for no tribute able to reach 2450 attack points by using it's effect, meaning it can beat over many 1 tribute monsters and some 2 tribute monsters like Red-Eyes B. Dragon. And since this deck cannot recycle it's graveyard or use it for anything else, using the effect of Evilswarm Salamandra costs you practically nothing.

Evilswarm Salamandra [UR]

Evilswarm Salamandra
Evilswarm Salamandra
DARK Dinosaur ★4
ATK 1850 / DEF 950
Tag Duel [UR]
Up to twice per turn: You can banish 1 monster from your Graveyard; this card gains 300 ATK until your opponent's next End Phase.

Black Brachios

This is the new ranked duel reward, and the card that will dinosaurs back on the map. If you don’t need any other important cards from the possible rewards, we highly recommend you get at least two copies of this card.

You are not obligated to activate this card’s effect, and you are not limited to only use this card on your opponent’s monsters.

The reason this effect is so good is because most monster cards that are used in the meta have a lower defense than their attack, and when you attack a monster in defense position you also don’t have to fear your monster being destroyed by running into a Mirror Wall/Wall of Disruption.

Besides its strong effect is also has an amazing attack of 1800 (2100 with the field spell), the only 4-star dinosaur monster that has a higher attack is Sabersaurus(2200 atk with the field spell).

PRO TIP

If your opponent used Floodgate Trap Hole on your Sergeant Electro, you can switch your Sergeant Electro to face-up defense position thanks to Black Brachios so you can continue to use its effect (however you won’t be able to switch it to attack position).

Black Brachios [SR]

Black Brachios
Black Brachios
EARTH Dinosaur ★4
ATK 1800 / DEF 1100
Ranked Rewards [SR]
When this card is Normal Summoned: You can target 1 monster on the field; change that target to face-up Defense Position.

Hydrogeddon

This card’s effect allows you to special summon more Hydrogeddons from your deck, thinning your deck and solidifying your field at the same time.

This card combined with Anti-Magic Arrows is extremely strong, and can take your opponent by surprise allowing you to quickly go for game.

Keep in mind that the combined attack from Black Brachios and Hydrogeddon is 4000. If you control either a Black Brachios/Hydrogeddon on the field, and you have the other monster in your hand (and your opponent controls one monster), you could possibly go for game by destroying your opponent’s monster, summoning another Hydrogeddon and attack for a perfect 4000 damage.

The effect of swarming the field also helps against Cyber Angels, if they can only kill one of your Hydrogeddons with Dakini’s effect, you can still defend the other one with your backrow, preventing them from beating you. It also works great with Enemy Controller, when you special summon a new Hydrogeddon you could tribute the one that already attacked to activate Enemy Controller and take control of your opponent’s monster.

Hydrogeddon [R]

Hydrogeddon
Hydrogeddon
16001000
Bastion Misawa [R]
When this card destroys a monster your opponent controls by battle and sends it to the Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 "Hydrogeddon" from your Deck.

Sergeant Electro

Remains a go-to low level monster for decks that aim to control the duel. This card alone can win games against decks that rely heavily on backrow. Shutting down your opponent’s spells/traps can be very useful before bringing out your Hydrogeddon.

Sergeant Electro [SR]

Sergeant Electro
Sergeant Electro
FIRE Machine ★4
ATK 1600 / DEF 1300
Flame of the Tyrant [SR]
Once per turn: You can target 1 face-down card in your opponent's Spell & Trap Card Zone; while this card is face-up on the field, its target(s) cannot be activated.

Fossil Dig

Currently only one copy is available in game. If we had access to more copies of this card, you would probably cut some dinosaurs and replace them with this as it allows you to thin your deck and draw whatever dinosaur is best for the situation.

Fossil Dig [UR]

Fossil Dig
Fossil Dig
Normal Spell
Rex Raptor [UR]
Add 1 Level 6 or lower Dinosaur-Type monster from your Deck to your hand.

Cosmic Cyclone

Life Points are usually not much of a concern in this deck because your goal will be controlling the field. Cosmic Cyclone provides you an effect spell/trap removal with no loss in card advantage. Another advantage is that it does not destroy, so it bypasses the protection of Magic Reflector.

Cosmic Cyclone [UR]

Cosmic Cyclone
Cosmic Cyclone
Quick Spell
Galactic Origin [UR]
Pay 1000 LP, then target 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field; banish it.

Fire Formation - Gyokkou

This card locks down 1 card in your opponent's backrow, but also uses up a space in yours. So use this card wisely, and only activate it during the turn you plan to attack.

Fire Formation - Gyokkou [SR]

Fire Formation - Gyokkou
Fire Formation - Gyokkou
Continuous Spell
Blades of Spirit [SR]
Activate this card by targeting 1 Set Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls. Your opponent cannot activate the targeted card in response to this card's activation. While this card is face-up on the field, that Set card cannot be activated. All Beast-Warrior-Type monsters you control gain 100 ATK.

Metalmorph

This card is best used on Hydrogeddon because it’s attack is quite low, but it’s important to be able to overpower high attack monsters (like Cyber Angel Dakini, Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon) because of its effect.

Metalmorph [SR]

Metalmorph
Metalmorph
Normal Trap
Bandit Keith [SR] / Joey Wheeler [SR]
Target 1 face-up monster on the field; equip this card to that target. It gains 300 ATK and DEF. If it attacks, it gains ATK equal to half the ATK of the attack target, during damage calculation only.
Metalmorph
Metalmorph
Normal Trap
Bandit Keith [SR]
Joey Wheeler
[SR]
Target 1 face-up monster on the field; equip this card to that target. It gains 300 ATK and DEF. If it attacks, it gains ATK equal to half the ATK of the attack target, during damage calculation only.

Enemy Controller and Floodgate Trap Hole

As usual we highly recommend these cards in control decks (Gladiator Beast, Ancient Gear, Hazy Flame, …) because of their sheer strength and because they help a lot in the match-up against Cyber Angels.

Enemy Controller [SR]

Enemy Controller
Enemy Controller
Quick Spell
Seto Kaiba [SR]
Activate 1 of these effects.● Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; change that target's battle position.● Tribute 1 monster, then target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; take control of that target until the End Phase.

Floodgate Trap Hole [UR]

Floodgate Trap Hole
Floodgate Trap Hole
Normal Trap
Generation Next [UR]
When your opponent Summons a monster(s): Change that monster(s) to face-down Defense Position. Monsters changed to face-down Defense Position by this effect cannot change their battle positions.

Other useful cards

CardExplanation
Wall of Disruption
Wall of Disruption
Just like Mirror Wall this card is great when facing high attack monsters, and against people that don’t play around it it’s game winning.
Wall of Disruption
Wall of Disruption
Just like Enemy Controller and Floodgate Trap Hole this card could allow you to stall against faster decks and decks with high attack monsters. A devastating card against swarm decks, but useless against Ancient Gear decks.
Mirror Wall
Mirror Wall
Same use as Wall of Disruption, but works better than Wall of Disruption against Ancient Gear decks.
Windstorm of Etaqua
Windstorm of Etaqua
Allows you to stall, works well with the effect of Zanji, you can attack high attack monsters that are in defense and still destroy them even if your attack is lower than their defense.
Curse of Anubis
Curse of Anubis
Same use as Windstorm. This card works better than windstorm against decks that run Sergeant Electro because you can chain it to its effect, and unlike with Windstorm of Etaqua, the monsters that got changed to defense position during your opponent's main phase won’t be able to switch back to attack during that turn.
Super Rush Headlong
Super Rush Headlong
Another great spell because of the fact that it can be used both offensively and defensively. If you are missing a spell/trap you could replace it with this.
Sabersaurus
Sabersaurus
High attack normal dinosaur card (2200 atk with the field spell), if you miss copies of a certain monster you can replace it with this card. This card outclasses the previously used Destroyersaurus (2100 attack).
Element Saurus
Element Saurus
This is a good monster to run one copy of. In case you need its effect in a certain matchup it can be searched with the spell card Fossil Dig.
Black Brachios has the Earth attribute, which activates Element Saurus’ effect to negate the effect of other monsters it destroys, like Gozuki. Sergeant Electro has the Fire attribute, which makes your Element Saurus gain 500 attack when they are both on the field.
Anti-Magic Arrows
Anti-Magic Arrows
As mentioned before, great card in combination with Hydrogeddon and can surprise your opponent if they think they are safe because of their backrow, like Gladiator Beast/Hazy Flame/Ancient Gear decks.
Forbidden Chalice
Forbidden Chalice
Great tech card against decks like Cyber Angels, Ninjas and Gladiator Beast because a lot of meta decks right now rely on their strong effects.

King of Games [Mar 2018]

Gohjira

IGNSet SkillDate Submitted
GohjiraDinosaur KingdomMarch 6

[DS] Arian

IGNSet SkillDate Submitted
[DS] ArianDinosaur KingdomMarch 9

Swolffer

IGNSet SkillDate Submitted
SwolfferDinosaur KingdomMarch 10

Bekyy

IGNSet SkillDate Submitted
BekyyDinosaur KingdomMarch 12

Comments

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Anonymous
I miss this deck being meta
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Sadly summoning one monster then setting a few backrow just isn't enough anymore. Every archetype have their own removal and that's not to counting the generic removal such as offerings and treacherous.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Honestly i don't really like dino deck. Simple high attack beater with no gimmick protectes by backrows doesn't really interest me. However, compared to the meta deck that we have right now... I guess I kinda miss it.
Anonymous
F2P Dinos (no cards from the boxes)
bringing 2 AMA and 2 Storm because we hate backrow
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Then this deck is bad......
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Nah its actually pretty good
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
get some guaibas for more swarm
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Very decent list, the only P2W upgrades are backrow removal such as cosmic and double cyclone. And floodgate/Canadia to shutdown summons.
Anonymous
Someone pat me on the back because I reached max level in the 2018 WCS using a dinosaur control deck
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
*pats you in the back*

Good job
Trabireiter
Some1 knows how i get these two cards?Evilswarm Salamandra [UR] and Black Brachios [SR]
<< Anonymous(Trabireiter)
Anonymous Reply
Battle city evwnt
<< Anonymous(Trabireiter)
Anonymous Reply
evilswarm salamandra is from the tag team event and black brachios is from ranked sr ticket
<< Anonymous
Trabireiter Reply
can i still get the salamandra? or when did this event show up again?
<< Anonymous(Trabireiter)
Anonymous Reply
If I remember correctly, Salamandra's one of the cards they mentioned as having been added to Ranked UR tickets recently.
Yugiknowz
Finally this deck gets demoted, it had no business being in tier 1.
<< Anonymous(Yugiknowz)
Anonymous Reply
salty noob lol
<< Anonymous(Yugiknowz)
Rex Raptor Reply
I literally just got to DLv. 20 with it. I enjoy being one of the few pros that still utilizes the potential this deck offers.
<< Anonymous(Rex Raptor)
LORDxKIRA Reply
HELL YEA MAN! Glad to hear im not the only one still using them! I also got to Dlv. 20 with it last night!
Anonymous
This deck is just backrow
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
No shit, backrows allow you to easily control the board, hence the deck name...
Anonymous
Tier 1 really? With Hey Trunade the lockdown this deck use to have on backrow and WOD is pretty much countered... Though not sure whether I am right here but the deck seems tier 2 ish not tier 1.
<< Anonymous
Konami Reply
trunade blocks only WoD, it's not a strong card
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
tbh only CA uses trunade as core card
Tony Jam
Meh, i feel like AGs are a bad matchup for this deck (either that or im extremely unlucky) and with the return of Crowler the AG cancer has spread even more. Dont get me wrong, i dont have anything against Ancient Gears, but everyone in plat-legend seems to be running them. Correct me if im wrong, i gave up on using this deck relatively early so i dont have much experience with it. On the other hand, dinos make a sweet f2p auto duel deck.
<< Anonymous(Tony Jam)
Anonymous Reply
at legend i dont see only 5 people use ag .ag is died
<< Anonymous(Tony Jam)
Anonymous Reply
I always feel happy when I find one playing AG since they get nerfed easily by my Alien deck.
Anonymous
I hate Sergent Electro. It has nothing to do in a full Dino deck...
<< Anonymous
Triggered SJW Reply
You piece of filth, HOW dare you be against diversity in deckbuilding?!?! OMG IT'S 2017 AND THIS IS STILL HAPPENING?!?!!?
<< Anonymous
Anon 4 Reply
Same with sphere Kuriboh + most decks.
<< Anonymous(Anon 4)
Anonymous Reply
I agree. I use it only in Dark decks.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
You could replace electro with salamandra and add some fire formation gyuokus/cosmic cyclones etc
Anonymous
Duhhh, I saw some steamer use this, so it must be good, duuhhh. Copy/paste. DUhhh, Im a KoG now.

BOW DOWN FOR I AM KING!!!! MY SKILL IS SUPERIOR!!!

You no talent hacks bragging are sad AF.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Hey I'm f2p just in case you didn't know
Theviper
Legend2 with this deck
Ceejay
This deck is now completely outdated
Jurracs new meta
<< Anonymous(Ceejay)
Anonymous Reply
You dont know what u talking about boy
<< Anonymous(Ceejay)
Gagey Reply
oath original dinos>jurracs
<< Anonymous(Ceejay)
Anonymous Reply
jurracs are ass, wth dinos contro; is way better jurracs is good in mirror but they if you play around the bouncer (the one that bounces a monster to your hand if you attack it) i beat jurracs with unoptimized bls by banishing 2 and turn 1 in attack and swing into it for game

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