Thunder Dragons were a staple of tournament Top Cuts for the better part of a year after their debut in Soul Fusion. But when Thunder Dragon Colossus hit the banlist there was nowhere to go but down: its ability to keep your opponent from fishing must-have cards out of their deck was key to the strategy's success. Thunder Dragons have scored some strong finishes here and there since, but Thunder players have had to get mad creative to make it happen.

So why revisit the deck now? Toon Chaos and Eternity Code both have new cards that Thunder Dragons can take advantage of, stuff like Chaos Valkyria, The Chaos Creator, and Archnemeses Eschatos The deck's also really cheap to build if you're willing to make a few compromises in the Extra Deck, or you're at least willing to put Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess and Accesscode Talker on layaway. That's where Leon comes in: in today's video, TheCaliEffect shows you a modern Thunder Dragon build with some budget options. Check it out.

If you want to try the deck yourself, you can find that deck list below. But be sure to check out the entire video, as Leon covers budget alternatives for some of the bigger cards and shows you the strategy's core combos. Thunder Dragons have changed a lot since this time last year, so study up and give the deck a fresh shot.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Leon's Thunder Dragon Deck by Leon Cali

'Leon's Thunder Dragon Deck' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Leon Cali

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Cards

Twin-Headed Thunder Dragon

Market Price: $1.97

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"Thunder Dragon" + "Thunder Dragon"

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Knightmare Phoenix

Market Price: $4.77

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2 monsters with different names

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 Spell/Trap your opponent controls; destroy it, then, if this card was co-linked when this effect was activated, you can draw 1 card. You can only use this effect of "Knightmare Phoenix" once per turn. Co-linked monsters you control cannot be destroyed by battle.

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Union Carrier

Market Price: $8.97

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2 monsters with the same Type or Attribute

Cannot be used as Link Material the turn it is Link Summoned. You can target 1 face-up monster you control; equip 1 monster to it from your hand or Deck with its same original Type or Attribute. The equipped monster gains 1000 ATK. If you equipped it from the Deck, you cannot Special Summon monsters with that Equip Card's name for the rest of this turn. You can only use this effect of "Union Carrier" once per turn.

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Linkuriboh

Market Price: $4.36

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1 Level 1 monster

When an opponent's monster declares an attack: You can Tribute this card; change that opponent's monster's ATK to 0, until the end of this turn. If this card is in your GY (Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 Level 1 monster; Special Summon this card. You can only use this effect of "Linkuriboh" once per turn.

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Thunder Dragonhawk

Market Price: $1.69

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You can discard this card; Special Summon 1 of your “Thunder Dragon” monster, that is banished or is in your GY, except “Thunder Dragonhawk”. If this card is banished, or sent from the field to the GY: You can shuffle any number of cards from your hand into the Deck, then draw that same number of cards. You can only use 1 “Thunder Dragonhawk” effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Thunder Dragonroar

Market Price: $3.77

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You can discard this card; add to your hand, 1 of your "Thunder Dragon" cards that is banished or in your GY, except "Thunder Dragonroar". If this card is banished, or sent from the field to the GY: You can Special Summon 1 "Thunder Dragon" monster from your Deck in Defense Position, but return it to the hand during the End Phase. You can only use 1 "Thunder Dragonroar" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Chaos Valkyria

Market Price: $0.58

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned by a card effect. You can banish 1 LIGHT or DARK monster from your GY: Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is banished: You can send 1 LIGHT or DARK monster from your Deck to the GY, but for the rest of this turn, you cannot activate cards, or the effects of cards, with the same name as that card. You can only use each effect of "Chaos Valkyria" once per turn.

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Knightmare Unicorn

Market Price: $14.26

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2+ monsters with different names

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 card on the field; return it to the Deck, then, if this card was co-linked when this effect was activated, you can draw 1 card. You can only use this effect of "Knightmare Unicorn" once per turn. While any co-linked "Knightmare" monsters are on the field, for your normal draw in your Draw Phase, draw 1 card for each different card name among those co-linked "Knightmare" monsters, instead of drawing just 1 card.

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Thunder Dragondark

Market Price: $3.67

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(Quick Effect): You can discard this card; add 1 "Thunder Dragondark" from your Deck to your hand. If this card is banished, or sent from the field to the GY: You can add 1 "Thunder Dragon" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Thunder Dragondark". You can only use 1 "Thunder Dragondark" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Thunder Dragonmatrix

Market Price: $0.22

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You can discard this card, then target 1 Thunder monster you control (Quick Effect); that target gains 500 ATK. If this card is banished, or sent from the field to the GY: You can add 1 “Thunder Dragonmatrix” from your Deck to your hand. You can only use 1 “Thunder Dragonmatrix” effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Accesscode Talker

Market Price: $71.33

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2+ Effect Monsters

Your opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to this card's effect activations. If this card is Link Summoned: You can target 1 Link Monster that was used as material for its Link Summon; this card gains ATK equal to that monster's Link Rating x 1000. You can banish 1 Link Monster from your field or GY; destroy 1 card your opponent controls, also for the rest of this turn, you cannot banish monsters with that same Attribute to activate this effect of "Accesscode Talker".

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Chaos Space

Market Price: $3.46

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Send 1 LIGHT or DARK monster from your hand to the GY; add 1 LIGHT or DARK monster that cannot be Normal Summoned/Set from your Deck to your hand, with a Level from 4 to 8, and with a different Attribute than that monster. You can banish this card from your GY, then target 1 of your banished LIGHT or DARK monsters that cannot be Normal Summoned/Set; place that monster on the bottom of the deck, then draw 1 card. You can only use each effects of "Chaos Space" once per turn.

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White Dragon Wyverburster

Market Price: $0.01

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 1 DARK monster from your Graveyard, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. You can only Special Summon "White Dragon Wyverburster" once per turn this way. If this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can add 1 "Black Dragon Collapserpent" from your Deck to your hand.

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Black Dragon Collapserpent

Market Price: $0.25

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 1 LIGHT monster from your Graveyard, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. You can only Special Summon "Black Dragon Collapserpent" once per turn this way. If this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can add 1 "White Dragon Wyverburster" from your Deck to your hand.

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Evil HERO Adusted Gold

Market Price: $106.66

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You can discard this card; add 1 "Dark Fusion", or 1 card that specifically lists "Dark Fusion" in its text, from your Deck to your hand, except "Evil HERO Adusted Gold". You can only use this effect of "Evil HERO Adusted Gold" once per turn. Cannot attack unless you control a Fusion Monster.

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Aloof Lupine

Market Price: $0.16

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When this card is Normal Summoned: You can banish 1 monster from your hand; banish 1 monster from your Deck with the same Type as that monster. If this card is destroyed by battle, or if this card in its owner's possession is destroyed by an opponent's card effect: You can target 1 of your banished monsters; add it to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Aloof Lupine" once per turn.

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Cross-Sheep

Market Price: $1.45

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2 monsters with different names

If a monster is Special Summoned to a zone this card points to: You can apply the following effects, in sequence, based on the card types of the monster(s) this card points to.
• Ritual: Draw 2 cards, then discard 2 cards. • Fusion: Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower monster from your GY. • Synchro: All monsters you control gain 700 ATK. • Xyz: All monsters your opponent controls lose 700 ATK. You can only use this effect of "Cross-Sheep" once per turn.

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Thunder Dragon

Market Price: $1.52

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Discard this card from your hand to the Graveyard to add up to 2 Thunder Dragon cards from your Deck to your hand. Your Deck is then shuffled. This card can only be used during a Main Phase.

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Kaminari Attack

Market Price: $0.42

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"Ocubeam" + "Mega Thunderball"

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The Chaos Creator

Market Price: $14.11

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 1 LIGHT and 1 DARK monster from your GY. If you control this card that was Special Summoned from the hand: You can target 3 banished monsters with different names; Special Summon 1 of them, then place the rest on the bottom of the Deck in any order. You can only use this effect of "The Chaos Creator" once per turn.

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Called by the Grave

Market Price: $1.60

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Target 1 monster in your opponent's GY; banish it, and if you do, monsters with the same original name as that banished monster have their effects negated until the end of the next turn.

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Thunder Dragon Titan

Market Price: $1.74

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3 "Thunder Dragon" monsters

Must be either Fusion Summoned, or Special Summoned by banishing 1 Thunder monster from your hand and 1 Thunder Fusion Monster you control, except "Thunder Dragon Titan" (in which case you do not use "Polymerization"). When a Thunder monster's effect is activated in the hand, even during the Damage Step (Quick Effect): You can destroy 1 card on the field. If this card would be destroyed by card effect, you can banish 2 cards from your GY instead.

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Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess

Market Price: $8.20

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2+ monsters with different names, except Tokens

You can only control 1 "Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess". The original ATK of this card becomes 800 x the number of Link Materials used for its Link Summon. Once per Chain, when your opponent activates a monster effect (Quick Effect): You can make this card lose exactly 800 ATK, and if you do, negate the activation.

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Thunder Dragon Fusion

Market Price: $2.21

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Fusion Summon 1 Thunder Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, by shuffling the Fusion Materials listed on it into the Deck, from among your cards on the field, in your GY, and/or your face-up banished cards. During your Main Phase, except the turn this card was sent to the GY: You can banish this card from your GY; add 1 Thunder monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Thunder Dragon Fusion" once per turn.

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Thunder Dragonduo

Market Price: $0.20

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 1 LIGHT and 1 DARK monster from your GY. Once per turn, when a monster effect is activated in the hand: This card gains 300 ATK until the end of this turn. When this card destroys an opponent's monster by battle, you can banish 1 card from your GY: Add 1 Thunder monster from your Deck to your hand. Once per turn, during your opponent's End Phase: You can target 1 of your banished cards; place that target on either the top or bottom of your Deck.

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Instant Fusion

Market Price: $0.54

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Pay 1000 LP; Special Summon 1 Level 5 or lower Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, but it cannot attack, also it is destroyed during the End Phase. (This is treated as a Fusion Summon.) You can only activate 1 "Instant Fusion" per turn.

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Batteryman Solar

Market Price: $0.63

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If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can send 1 Thunder monster from your Deck to the GY. If a Thunder monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned: Special Summon 1 "Batteryman Token" (Thunder/LIGHT/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0). You can target 1 Effect Monster you control or in your GY whose original name includes "Batteryman"; until the End Phase, this card's name becomes that monster's original name. You can only use each effect of "Solar Batteryman" once per turn.

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I:P Masquerena

Market Price: $6.01

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2 non-Link Monsters

During your opponent's Main Phase, you can (Quick Effect): Immediately after this effect resolves, Link Summon 1 Link Monster using materials you control, including this card. You can only use this effect of "I:P Masquerena" once per turn. A Link Monster that used this card as material cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects.

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Nibiru, the Primal Being

Market Price: $16.78

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During the Main Phase, if your opponent Normal or Special Summoned 5 or more monsters this turn (Quick Effect): You can Tribute as many face-up monsters on the field as possible, and if you do, Special Summon this card from your hand, then Special Summon 1 "Primal Being Token" (Rock/LIGHT/Level 11/ATK ?/DEF ?) to your opponent's field. (This Token's ATK/DEF become the combined original ATK/DEF of the Tributed monsters.) You can only use this effect of "Nibiru, the Primal Being" once per turn.

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Allure of Darkness

Market Price: $2.53

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Draw 2 cards, then banish 1 DARK monster from your hand, or, if you do not have any in your hand, send your entire hand to the GY.

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Dimension Shifter

Market Price: $1.16

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If you have no cards in your GY (Quick Effect): You can send this card from your hand to the GY; until the end of the next turn, any card sent to the GY is banished instead.

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Black Luster Soldier - Soldier of Chaos

Market Price: $72.92

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3 monsters with different names

If this card was Link Summoned using a Level 7 or higher monster(s) as material, your opponent cannot target it with card effects, also it cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects. When this card destroys an opponent's monster by battle: You can activate 1 of these effects;
• This card gains 1500 ATK.
• This card can make a second attack during the Battle Phase of your next turn.
• Banish 1 card on the field.

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Predaplant Verte Anaconda

Market Price: $24.09

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2 Effect Monsters

You can target 1 face-up monster on the field; it becomes DARK until the end of this turn. You can pay 2000 LP and send 1 "Fusion" or "Polymerization" Normal or Quick-Play Spell from your Deck to the GY; this effect becomes that Spell's effect when that card is activated, also, you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn. You can only use each effect of "Predaplant Verte Anaconda" once per turn.

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Unchained Abomination

Market Price: $1.36

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2+ monsters including a Link Monster

If a card(s) on the field is destroyed by card effect, except by "Unchained Abomination" (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 card on the field; destroy it. When another monster is destroyed by battle: You can target 1 card on the field; destroy it. During the End Phase: You can target 1 card on the field; destroy it. You can only use each effect of "Unchained Abomination" once per turn.

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