Blackwing support continues to trickle in nearly seven years after the theme's debut in Crimson Crisis. While they're no longer the competitive powerhouse they once were, Dennis Moore's Top 32 finish at the Las Vegas Nevada regional proves that Blackwings still have some room to soar. Moore's build was slower than you might expect and relied more heavily on Normal Summons, but his trap line-up forced his opponents to play at his pace.


Moore played several of the more recent Blackwing releases, including Blackwing - Kris the Crack of Dawn and a single copy each of Blackwing - Oroshi the Squall and Blackwing - Gladius the Midnight Sun. Kris is the deck's new go-to Level 4. It's stronger than Blackwing - Shura the Blue Flame, can be Special Summoned from the hand, and its effect helps it stick around on the field in the face of monster removal.

Oroshi played the role of a Level 1 Tuner with the usual Blackwing-style Special Summon ability. With two other Level 4 Blackwings on the field Moore could use it to Synchro Summon Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier and change a monster's battle position in the process. Lastly, Gladius added a searchable Level 3 to the toolbox with, again, a Special Summon ability.

Main Deck Anti-Spell Fragrance is everywhere this format, even here in Moore's build. After forcing his opponent to set their traps Moore could destroy them all with one card: Delta Crow - Anti Reverse. Lose 1 Turn also slowed the duel, barely affecting Blackwings while bringing other strategies to a halt. Moore's Side Deck packed two rarely-seen, but extremely powerful floodgates: Dimensional Fissure and Macro Cosmos. These cards would give Moore a huge advantage against graveyard dependent strategies or Pendulum themes. Any of his floodgates could be protected by Number 66: Master Key Beetle, putting his opponent in an unwinnable position extremely early in the duel.

Blackwings have new support on the way as Crow continues to make appearances in the anime, and Regional tops like Moore's show just how playable they are.