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Red-Eyes Zombie: deck recipe [July 7 Updated]

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Overview

This deck focuses on Zombie's ability of reviving and activating effects from the graveyard. This deck is also good at thinning their deck by sending Zombies to the graveyard to be revived while also allowing you to draw into your other useful cards quicker. With the removal of Red-Eyes Spirit from the semi-limited list, Red-Eyes have gotten a boost and returns to become a more viable rogue deck.

SkillBeatdown! / Straight to the Grave
Essential cards
CostBudget - Expensive
Pack
(Box reset)
Crimson KingdomCrimson Kingdom
Servants of KingsServants of Kings

Example deck

Updated Version

GozukiGozukiGozukiRed-Eyes Zombie DragonRed-Eyes Zombie DragonRed-Eyes Zombie Dragon
Samurai SkullSamurai SkullBacon SaverZombie WorldEnemy ControllerEnemy Controller
Red-Eyes InsightRed-Eyes InsightRed-Eyes InsightWall of DisruptionWall of DisruptionRed-Eyes Spirit
Red-Eyes SpiritRed-Eyes Spirit

Previous Version

GozukiGozukiGozukiRed-Eyes WyvernRed-Eyes WyvernRed-Eyes Zombie Dragon
Red-Eyes Zombie DragonRed-Eyes Zombie DragonRed-Eyes B. DragonRed-Eyes B. DragonEnemy ControllerEnemy Controller
Cards of the Red StoneCards of the Red StoneEscape from the Dark DimensionRed-Eyes SpiritRed-Eyes SpiritRed-Eyes Spirit
Rising EnergyRising Energy--------

Set skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Straight to the Grave
Begin Duel with the Field Spell "Wasteland"
Bonz
Bonz

How to Use (Updated Version)

Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon

Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon is your boss monster and with this deck you can very easily summon him from the deck, hand, graveyard. Being both a Zombie-type and a Red-Eyes monster gives him access to lots of support. Being 2400 attack makes him a decent beater but you will still need skills like Beatdown and Straight to the grave to get over other boss monsters.
Red-Eyes also has an effect that was previously less relevant outside of dueling other Zombie decks because he is only to steal your opponent's Zombie-type monsters. But now that we have Zombie World and the skill Posthumous Army, you can turn your opponent's monsters into Zombies and have Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon take them when destroyed. Zombie World can also be disruptive to other decks because it turns all monsters on the field and graveyard to Zombie-types, shutting down some synergies. Like locking some Spellbooks from being used since there will be no Spellcasters on the field, or with Pulse Mines since there would be no Machines.

Red-Eyes Support

Red-Eyes Insight is a 1-card combo to get Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon out. Use Red-Eyes Insight to send Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon to the graveyard and search out Red-Eyes Spirit from your deck. Set Red-Eyes Spirit and then use it to revive your Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon. This combo also thins your deck by 2 cards so that you can draw into other useful cards easier.

Send to the Graveyard

Gozuki and Samurai Skull both have similar effects and are decent beaters on the field. Use them to thin your deck and put Zombies in the grave where you can special summon then. When Gozuki is sent to the graveyard you can banish a Zombie monster except Gozuki to special summon Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon from your hand. When Samurai Skull is leaves the field because of your opponent's card effect, you can special summon a level 4 or lower Zombie monster from your graveyard.

Protection

Even though your Zombie monsters can be considered good beaters, they can still be overpowered by other monsters , especially other boss monsters and you will have to make them survive till your turn to give them an attack boost with Beatdown. Bacon Saver is able to negate an attack by banishing himself from the graveyard, and since he is a Zombie monster you can put him from deck to the graveyard with Gozuki or Samurai Skull. Enemy Controller can be used to negate an attack by changing the attacking monster to defense position. Enemy controller can also be an OTK enabler by stealing your opponent's monster and opening for direct attacks.

How to Use (Old Version)

Gozuki and Dark Dimension

Gozuki plays quite an important role in the deck, and having multiples in the deck might be necessary. You can summon Gozuki and send a zombie monster from your deck to the graveyard. This allows you to later special summon a Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon from your hand when Gozuki gets destroyed. Alternatively, if you have a zombie monster already in your graveyard, that's not Gozuki, then you can activate his ability when it's on the field to send a Gozuki from your deck to the graveyard. This will let him activate his second effect, so you can summon Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon from your hand. The banished monster can then be special summoned using Escape from the Dark Dimension, giving you 3 monsters on the field in a single turn pretty quickly.

Red-Eyes

Sharing the same Red-Eyes name, they can all be "revived" using either Red-Eyes Wyvern effect, or Red-Eyes Spirit.

  • Starting with Red-Eyes Wyvern can help make some plays. If you don't summon/set any monster in a turn, you can attack your enemy using Red-Eyes Wyvern, since it can still be beneficial even if it gets destroyed.
  • Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon's effect won't really be useful if you go against a non zombie deck, but what separates it from the normal Red-Eyes is its synergy with Gozuki so you can special summon it, and its ability to tribute summon using only 1 zombie monster.
  • Normal Red-Eyes is usually used for Cards of the Red Stone, since you want to save Zombie Dragon to be special summoned through Gozuki.

Support

Since special summoning the monsters often require them to be in the graveyard, use these cards to send them there.

  • Enemy Controller protects your monster, but can also be used to tribute yours to send it to the graveyard. This can activate Gozuki effect and special summon from your hand.
  • Rising Energy can also be used offensively, or defensively, but the effect of discarding a card is something that's positive in the deck, instead of losing a resource.
  • Lastly, the other way to send them to the graveyard is to use the Last Gamble skill. This is mostly good and only recommended as the last option since it will leave you with 100 LP. Attacking carelessly can end up losing you the duel instead.

Other useful cards

CardExplanation
Stamping Destruction
Stamping Destruction
Having some spell/trap removal can be crucial to avoid cards like Mirror Wall or Wonder Balloons.
Burst Breath
Burst Breath
This is useful for when you have more monsters, and have ways to special summon them at the ready.
Vanguard of the Dragon
Vanguard of the Dragon
Low level Dragon monster that can send your Red-Eyes to the graveyard.

King of Games [Mar 2018]

Delta

IGNSet SkillDate Submitted
DeltaStraight to the GraveMarch 6

Road to 40

IGNSet SkillDate Submitted
Road to 40Straight to the GraveMarch 7

Alfredo

IGNSet SkillDate Submitted
AlfredoStraight to the GraveMarch 14

tenshei

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tensheiStraight to the GraveMarch 21

Jags

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JagsStraight to the GraveMarch 22

Dankiroth

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DankirothStraight to the GraveMarch 24

King of Games [Apr 2018]

Aquarem

IGNSet SkillDate Submitted
AquaremStraight to the GraveApr 9

Red

IGNSet SkillDate Submitted
RedStraight to the GraveApr 15

King of Games [May 2018]

Delta

IGNSet SkillDate Submitted
DeltaStraight to the GraveMay 12

Comments

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Ken
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Anonymous
we can't put 3 red eyes spirit in one deck
<< Anonymous
Oldtimer Reply
Yes we can. Spirit is off the list.
Phil
Triple Insight this deck is OP
<< Anonymous(Phil)
Anonymous Reply
You'd brick to no end with triple insight
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Yet most of the decks in KOG list on this article, runs triple Insight.
Anonymous
anyone else having a glitch where red eyes insight cannot be activated?
<< Anonymous
Heya Reply
I don't think so m8.. remember you can only activate 1 red eyes insight per turn.
Anonymous
This deck is making a great comeback with the new banlist
Anonymous
Posthumous Army is now your best skill now and it's 2-turn Zombie World with 1 CC.
Anonymous
This deck rise!!
Anonymous
What should I use when I have 0 insights since i didnt play during the event
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
You'll be able to get insights using the SR tickets obtained from ranked duels. As you're working your way towards those, perhaps run cards of the red stone.
Anonymous
What should i use when ihave 0 insights since i didnt play during the event
anonymous
this needs an update, red eyes spirit is limited to 2 now.
<< Anonymous(anonymous)
Anonymous Reply
Just run 2 spirits and 2 insights as usual and run an extra samurai skull or gozuki
Anonymous
Consider putting Zombie World in the deck
Anonymous
i only have two gozuki, is there a good replcement??
<< Anonymous
Gazuka Reply
I only have two too. I just got a 3rd wyvern so I run that but I have used an extra cards of the red stone and RBD. Helps with card draw. Also, I've found double coston works ok since its a zombie and you can also use it to summon RBD for one tribute.
<< Anonymous
yeee Reply
i was using earth knight for a bit till i got my 3rd.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Samurai Skull

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