But with the release of Assault Blackwing - Raikiri the Rain Shower in 2015, and later Chidori the Rain Sprinkling, the deck gained two new boss monsters in the form of a powerful Level 7 Synchro monster. Also, several very good Blackwing monsters have been printed between 2015 and 2018, giving the deck new tools with which to be more consistent.
Now armed with a March 2017 Top 4 Blackwing deck list from an Istanbul, Turkey regionals, we can bring you a 2018 Blackwing Deck Profile!
Here's the Blackwing deck list that put Buğra İncekara in 4th place at that Istanbul Regionals:
2x Blackwing - Blizzard the Far North
3x Blackwing - Bora the Spear
3x Blackwing - Gale the Whirlwind
3x Blackwing - Kalut the Moon Shadow
3x Blackwing - Kris the Crack of Dawn
3x Blackwing - Pinaki the Waning Moon
3x Blackwing - Shura the Blue Flame
2x Blackwing - Sirocco the Dawn
1x Blackwing - Zephyros the Elite
2x Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit
3x Allure of Darkness
3x Black Whirlwind
1x Mind Control
2x Mystical Space Typhoon
1x Black Sonic
3x Icarus Attack
1x Mirror Force
1x Solemn Warning
Kris is a level 4 Blackwing with 1900 ATK that has the ability to be special summoned if you control another Blackwing monster other than another Kris. It also has the distinguishing ability to be unable to be destroyed by spell or trap cards once per turn.
Pinaki is a newer level 3 tuner that can only be used for the Synchro Summon of only Blackwing monsters. Despite this drawback, his usefulness lies in being able to get any one Blackwing monster to your hand at the end of a turn anytime he is sent from the field to the graveyard.
The rest of the deck is pretty much what you would expect from a classic Blackwing deck. Two copies of Blizzard the Far North helps you to set up Synchro Summons - a third copy ends up usually being extraneous. There are three copies of Gale the Whirlwind, and this guy was once limited to a single copy because of how he once overran the Yu-Gi-Oh metagame. Three copies of Kalut the Moon Shadow ensure that your Blackwings will win almost any combat as long as you have at least one copy in hand. They also ensure a swift victory on offense.
Shura the Blue Flame is one of the best Blackwings in the deck. Whenever he destroys a monster in battle, he gets to special summon a Blackwing monster with 1500 or less ATK from the deck. While the effect is negated, the primary purpose is to summon a creature for purposes of getting a Synchro monster onto the board.
Bora the Spear is simple, and is easily Special Summoned as soon as you control another Blackwing. He also inflicts piercing battle damage on creatures in defense mode, something that makes a lot of difference with Kalut’s ability. He's been a mainstay of the deck from the very beginning.
Lastly, for the Blackwings, we have Zepyhros the Elite. His once per game ability allows you to bounce a creature back to your hand to Special Summon him from the graveyard. Not only does this help with Synchro or Xyz summons, but it allows you to reuse the ability of Gale the Whirlwind. It also allows you to "scoop up" a copy of Kalut that was summoned with Blizzard or Shura.
Another major addition to this Blackwing deck is two copies of Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit. This card has seen a lot of play in top decks since its release. Just read this effect:
During either player's turn, when a monster on the field activates its effect, or when a Spell/Trap Card that is already face-up on the field activates its effect: You can send this card from your hand or field to the Graveyard; destroy that card on the field. You can only use this effect of "Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit" once per turn.
This card can be a blowout in the right situation, killing off one of your opponent’s most important creatures or spell/trap cards. On top of that, they’re a Psychic Tuner, meaning you can Synchro summon with him, too! And 1800 DEF on a level 3 monster isn’t shabby, either!
Onto the Spell and Trap cards!
Getting to tutor up any Blackwing with less ATK points than the one you just normal summoned is excellent. Having two or three on board at the same time is absolutely ridiculous - which is why it was limited in the first place. But now you once again have the full three copies.
Black Sonic is a great Blackwing card from Dragons of Legend that only now is seeing top level play. It’s basically a twist on the classic Mirror Force, except better. When one of your Blackwings is chosen as an attack target, you can activate this trap card and banish all of your opponent’s Attack Position monsters! If you have 3 or more Blackwings in play, you can activate it from your hand! Talk about a dirty trick!
Allure of Darkness is a useful draw card, but it requires you to banish a DARK monster from your hand in exchange for two cards. Still, since you can play three copies, it’s well worth trading a monster for 2 more cards.
Mind Control is an awesome Yu-Gi-Oh card that was banned in tournament play for a long time. It allows you to steal an opponent’s monster until the end of the turn, but it can’t attack or be Tributed. Neither of these drawbacks matter, because you’re going to just use that monster as Synchro Summon or Xyz Summon material anyway! It is just awesome that this card is playable in tournaments again!
Staples such as Mystical Space Typhoon, Raigeki, and Solemn Warning round out the deck.
(Note: Some players may prefer to run the trap card Delta Crow - Anti Reverse in one of the deck’s spell and trap slots. This Blackwing only card allows you to destroy all of your opponents' spell and trap cards by controlling just one Blackwing. If you control 3 or more, you get to activate it from your hand. Pretty cool card!)
1x Abyss Dweller
1x Ally of Justice Catastor
1x Assault Blackwing - Chidori the Rain Sprinkling
1x Assault Blackwing - Raikiri the Rain Shower
1x Blackwing - Armor Master
1x Blackwing - Armed Wing
1x Blackwing - Nothung the Starlight
1x Blackwing Tamer - Obsidian Hawk Joe
1x Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
1x Clear Wing Synchro Dragon
1x Crimson Blader
1x Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon
1x Goyo Guardian
1x Number 11: Big Eye
1x Number 101: Silent Honor ARK
Like Raikiri, Chidori the Rain Sprinkling is a Level 7 Synchro Monster. Also like Raikiri, he can also become a Tuner monster, if a Blackwing monster was used as Synchro Material in his summoning. He also gains 300 ATK points for each Blackwing monster in your graveyard, and he starts with 2600 ATK. Also, when he’s destroyed, you can get a Winged Beast-type Synchro Monster in your graveyard other than Chidori, and special summon it. Sweet stuff.
Taking the spot that Armed Wing once occupied in the Extra Deck, Nothung the Starlight from Premium Gold: Return of the Bling actually does some pretty cool things. Not only does he deal 800 damage to your opponent upon being summoned, but he also causes one of your opponent’s monsters to lose 800 ATK and DEF! Also, when he’s face-up on the field, you get to Normal Summon an additional Blackwing monster each turn! This is another huge addition for Blackwings since 2015, and not sure how other players have overlooked him!
While not technically a Blackwing (he’s a Warrior), Blackwing Tamer - Obsidian Hawk Joe, also from Return of the Bling, is definitely a nice addition to the Blackwing Extra Deck. Interestingly enough, you still need a Blackwing tuner to summon him. Here’s what he does:
You can target 1 Level 5 or higher Winged Beast-Type monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it. During either player's turn, when your opponent activates a card or effect that targets only this card, or when your opponent targets this card for an attack: You can target 1 other "Blackwing" monster you control that would be an appropriate target; that card/effect/attack now targets the new target. You can only use each effect of "Blackwing Tamer - Obsidian Hawk Joe" once per turn.
That’s a lot of text. Basically, once per turn, you can just get back one of your Winged Beast-type Synchro monsters into play (there aren’t any other Level 5 or higher Winged Beasts in this deck). If that wasn’t good enough, once per turn, you get to change an opponent’s attack target to another Blackwing you control. Wow.
The rest of the Extra Deck should be self-explanatory, as most of them have been played in top-level play for years.
Other Blackwing Monsters to Consider
There are a couple of other Blackwing cards that have been printed more recently that could be worked into your own Blackwing deck. They are Gofu the Vague Shadow and Assault Blackwing - Sohaya the Rain Storm. However, Gofu was banned in tournament play in February 2018, so keep this in mind.
This is because Gofu has another ability. While he’s a Tuner himself, usually you’re going to use his special ability to remove himself and other non-Tuner monsters you control to Special Summon a Blackwing Synchro monster from the Graveyard. Just using himself and his 2 token friends, you can bring back up to a Level 7 Blackwing Synchro Monster to play. That monster then also becomes a Tuner, thanks to Gofu.
In decks that play Gofu, there have been at least 2 copies of Assault Blackwing - Sohaya the Rain Storm in the extra deck. Sohaya is quite interesting. He’s a Level 5 Synchro monster, so Gofu can remove himself from play to Special Special a copy of Sohaya from the Graveyard. What does Sohaya do?
Sohaya only has 1500 ATK and 2000 DEF, so his body isn’t why you summon him. When he’s Special Summoned, you can Special Summon an Assault Blackwing monster from your Graveyard. This is already pretty good. But it gets better. During your Main Phase, if Sohaya is sent to your Graveyard that turn, if there’s another Sohaya in your Graveyard, you can banish that in order to return the other one to play. Basically, Sohaya makes it easy to get back Assault Blackwings. If Gofu is used to Special Summon him, Sohaya becomes a tuner, as well.
While a dedicated Blackwing deck hasn’t yet used this pair, the pieces are definitely there if you want to experiment with them. There’s a strong synergy with these two monster already, but they’ve always been part of a greater strategy. I’d love to see these guys become a major part of a top Blackwing deck.
Are Blackwings Still a Top 8 Deck?
While Blackwings didn’t Top 8 any major tournaments in 2016 or 2017, they have the tools to at least be competitive once again in 2018 and beyond. With this list that finished in the top 4, there is definitely hope for that! Being my favorite archetype from my old playing days, it would be fun to see a Blackwing deck list like this make some waves. Blackwings keep getting more support over the years, too, so there’s definitely a chance that there’s another card that’s printed that puts the archetype back into Top 8 contention.
It may not be the fun "troll" deck that Toon Kingdom allows you to build, but Blackwings have the ability to pull out some very quick wins. It seems that Blackwings may once again have a chance to pull out more upset tournament victories in the future, especially on the local game store level!