I'll be honest: my brain hurts every time I try to remember which Dragon is which in today's theme. Let alone who's a Galaxy monster, a Galaxy- Eyes monster, a Photon, or just a regular Dragon-type.

Let's just call the deck "Galaxy-Eyes," ok? Even though the keystone card - Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon - has all four theme stamped in its name, we'll shorten the deck to Galaxy-Eyes for simplicity's sake. I don't say that as a copout, and I'm not trying to take a stance in the Great Debate™ surrounding the deck's official name, don't get me wrong. But these themes have so many cards, with so many links and divisions in their theming, that trying to use different deck names would result in wildly different results. I'm sure you wouldn't want to read all that and try to make sense of it.

A pure Photon deck is different than a deck that spams Galaxy-Eyes, absolutely. But for ease of conversation? I think this is the right choice.

That all said, we've come a long way! Want to feel old? Take a moment to realize that Photon Shockwave was released literally a decade ago. It's weird to think that Rescue Rabbit and Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon came out of the same pack, but here we are.

Pew Pew Pew?

Despite having giant monsters and a bunch of cards that spam Level 8 baddies, the focus of this deck is pretty specific. You'll either set up a few on-theme counters, or make weird Rank 8 monsters that all do very precise things.

There's no great way to summarize the effects of Number 107: Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon, and this deck plays a lot of cards that do a lot of different things. Let's go over some easier points to start, and cover some plays that, at worst, are good thing to fall back on. Let's say you start with Galaxy Soldier, Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon, and Galaxy-Eyes Afterglow Dragon.

That's one of the easiest ways to get those two boss monsters onto the field, but what's cool about this deck is that it has lots layers of redundancy built in. I don't want to beat you over the head with a bunch of card names that all sound very similar, so let's go ahead and look at the deck list so you can see what made the cut in my build.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Loukas’s Galaxy-Eyes Deck by Loukas Peterson

'Loukas’s Galaxy-Eyes Deck' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Cards

Photon Thrasher

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) while you control no monsters. Cannot attack if you control another monster.

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Trade-In

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Discard 1 Level 8 monster; draw 2 cards.

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Galaxy Wizard

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Once per turn: You can increase this card's Level by 4 until the end of this turn. You can Tribute this card; add 1 "Galaxy" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Galaxy Wizard".

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Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder

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2 Level 12 monsters

Once per turn, if an Xyz Monster battled this turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder" by using 1 Xyz Monster you control as material. (Transfer its materials to this card.) (Quick Effect): You can detach 2 materials from this card; send all other cards from the field to the GY. Once per turn, if another card(s) you control is destroyed by battle or an opponent's card effect: You can attach 1 card from your hand, Deck, or Extra Deck to this card as material.

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Galaxy Brave

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If this card is in your hand: You can reveal 1 "Photon" monster in your hand; Special Summon this card, and if you do, its Level becomes the Level of that "Photon" monster. If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can target 1 "Galaxy" monster in your GY; this card's ATK/DEF become that monster's ATK/DEF. You can only use each effect of "Galaxy Brave" once per turn.

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Photon Vanisher

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) while you control a "Photon" or "Galaxy" monster. Cannot attack the turn it is Special Summoned. You can only Special Summon "Photon Vanisher(s)" once per turn. If this card is Special Summoned: You can add 1 "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" from your Deck to your hand. An Xyz Monster that was Summoned using this card on the field as material gains this effect.

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Monster Reborn

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This promotional card is printed in Japanese.

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Tachyon Transmigration

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If you control a "Galaxy-Eyes" monster: Negate the activations of your opponent's Spell/Trap Cards and monster effects activated before this card in this Chain, and if you do, shuffle the negated cards on the field into the Deck. If you control a "Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon" monster, you can activate this card from your hand.

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Cyber Dragon Infinity

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3 Level 6 LIGHT Machine monsters

Once per turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Cyber Dragon Infinity" by using "Cyber Dragon Nova" you control as material. (Transfer its materials to this card.) Gains 200 ATK for each material attached to it. Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up Attack Position monster on the field; attach it to this card as material. Once per turn, when a card or effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material from this card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it.

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Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon

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2 Level 8 monsters
Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; monsters you control cannot attack your opponent directly for the rest of this turn, except this card, also take control of the targeted monster until the End Phase, but while this effect is applied, it has its effects negated, its ATK becomes 3000, also its name becomes "Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon".

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Divine Dragon Knight Felgrand

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2 Level 8 monsters

Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 face-up monster on the field; this turn, its effects are negated, but it is unaffected by other card effects.

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Starliege Photon Blast Dragon

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2 Level 4 monsters

If this card is Xyz Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 "Photon" monster from your hand. While this Xyz Summoned monster is on the field, your opponent cannot target monsters you control with 2000 or more ATK with card effects, also they cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects. Once per opponent's turn (Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material from this card, then target 1 of your "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" that is banished or in your GY; Special Summon it.

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Galaxy Trance

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Pay 2000 LP, then target 1 "Photon" monster in your GY; Special Summon both it and 1 "Galaxy" monster from your Deck, with the same Level, both in Defense Position, and if you do, each monster's ATK become 2000, also their effects are negated. You can only activate 1 "Galaxy Trance" per turn. You cannot Normal or Special Summon monsters during the turn you activate this card, except "Photon" and "Galaxy" monsters.

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Number 38: Hope Harbinger Dragon Titanic Galaxy

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2 Level 8 monsters

Once per turn, during either player's turn, when a Spell Card or effect is activated on the field: You can negate that effect, and if you do, attach that card to this card as Xyz Material. When an opponent's monster declares an attack: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; change the attack target to this card and perform damage calculation. If a face-up Xyz Monster(s) you control is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 face-up Xyz Monster you control; it gains ATK equal to 1 of those destroyed monster's original ATK.

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Galaxy-Eyes Solflare Dragon

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2 LIGHT monsters, including a monster with 2000 or more ATK

If this card is Link Summoned: You can target 1 “Photon” or “Galaxy” monster in your GY; add it to your hand. During your opponent’s Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can discard 2 “Photon” and/or “Galaxy” cards, OR 1 “Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon”, then target 1 Special Summoned monster your opponent controls; destroy it. You can only use each effect of “Galaxy-Eyes Solflare Dragon” once per turn.

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Number 107: Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon

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2 Level 8 monsters

Once per Battle Phase , at the start of your Battle Phase: You can detach 1 material from this card; all other face-up monsters currently on the field have their effects negated , also their ATK / DEF become their original ATK / DEF , and if you do any of these, during the Battle Phase this turn , each time an opponent's card effect resolves , this card gains 1000 ATK until the end of the Battle Phase, also, it can make a second attack during each Battle Phase this turn.

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Chaos Dragon Levianeer

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 3 LIGHT and/or DARK monsters from your GY. When Summoned this way: You can activate this effect; apply the following effect, based on the Attribute(s) of the monsters banished for the Special Summon, also this card cannot attack for the rest of this turn. • Only LIGHT: Special Summon 1 monster from your GY in Defense Position. • Only DARK: Shuffle 1random card from your opponent's hand into the Deck. • Both LIGHT and DARK: Destroy up to 2 cards on the field. 

You can only use this effect of "Chaos Dragon Levianeer" once per turn.

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Galaxy Soldier

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You can send 1 other LIGHT monster from your hand to the GY; Special Summon this card from your hand in Defense Position. When this card is Special Summoned: You can add 1 "Galaxy" monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Galaxy Soldier" once per turn.

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Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Blade Dragon

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3 Level 9 monsters

You can also Xyz Summon this card by using a Rank 8 "Galaxy-Eyes" Xyz Monster you control as material. (Transfer its materials to this card.) Cannot be used as material for an Xyz Summon. Once per turn: You can detach 1 material from this card, then target 1 card on the field; destroy it. If this Xyz Summoned card you control, is destroyed by battle with an opponent's attacking monster, or destroyed by an opponent's card effect, and sent to your GY: You can target 1 "Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon" in your GY; Special Summon it.

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Photon Advancer

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If a "Photon" monster is on the field, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). You can only Special Summon "Photon Advancer" once per turn this way. Gains 1000 ATK if another "Photon" monster is on the field.

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Harpie's Feather Duster

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Destroy all of your opponent''s Spell and Trap Cards on the field.

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Number 62: Galaxy-Eyes Prime Photon Dragon

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2 Level 8 monsters

If this card battles, during damage calculation (Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material from this card once per battle; this card gains ATK equal to the combined Ranks of all Xyz Monsters currently on the field x 200, during that damage calculation only. If this card in its owner's control is destroyed by an opponent's card effect while it has "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" as Xyz Material: You can Special Summon this card during your 2nd Standby Phase after activation and double its ATK. Any battle damage this card inflicts to your opponent is halved unless it has "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" as Xyz Material.

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Galaxy-Eyes Cipher X Dragon

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2 Level 10 monsters

Once per turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Galaxy-Eyes Cipher X Dragon" by using a "Cipher Dragon" monster you control as material. (Transfer its materials to this card.) You can detach 2 materials from this card; your opponent cannot target LIGHT monsters you control with card effects until the end of their turn. Once per turn, during your Standby Phase: You can return 1 Rank 9 or lower Dragon Xyz Monster from your GY to the Extra Deck, then you can Special Summon that monster from your Extra Deck, by using this face-up card you control as material. (This is treated as an Xyz Summon. Transfer its materials to the Summoned monster.)

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Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon

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You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) by Tributing 2 monsters with 2000 or more ATK. During the Battle Step, if this card battles an opponent's monster (Quick Effect): You can target that opponent's monster; banish both this card from the field and that target. Return those banished monsters to the field at the end of the Battle Phase, and if you banished an Xyz Monster, this card gains 500 ATK for each material it had when it was banished.

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Cyber Dragon Nova

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2 Level 5 Machine monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 material from this card, then target 1 "Cyber Dragon" in your GY; Special Summon that target. Once per turn (Quick Effect): You can banish 1 "Cyber Dragon" from your hand or face-up from your Monster Zone; this card gains 2100 ATK until the end of this turn. If this card in your possession is sent to your GY by your opponent's card effect: You can Special Summon 1 Machine Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck.

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Photon Sanctuary

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Special Summon 2 "Photon Tokens" (Thunder-Type/LIGHT/Level 4/ATK 2000/DEF 0) in Defense Position. These Tokens cannot attack or be used as Synchro Material Monsters. You cannot Summon other monsters the turn you activate this card, except for LIGHT monsters.

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Galaxy-Eyes Full Armor Photon Dragon

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3 Level 8 monsters

You can also Xyz Summon this card by using a "Galaxy-Eyes" Xyz Monster you control as the Xyz Material, except "Galaxy-Eyes Full Armor Photon Dragon". (Xyz Materials attached to that monster also become Xyz Materials on this card.) Once per turn: You can target up to 2 Equip Cards equipped to this card; attach them to this card as Xyz Materials. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 face-up card your opponent controls; destroy it.

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Number 90: Galaxy-Eyes Photon Lord

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2 Level 8 monsters

If this card has a "Photon" card as Xyz Material, it cannot be destroyed by card effects. You can only use each of the following effects of "Number 90: Galaxy-Eyes Photon Lord" once per turn.
• When your opponent activates a monster effect (Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material from this card; negate the effect, then, if the detached material was a "Galaxy" card, destroy that card.
• During your opponent’s turn (Quick Effect): You can take 1 "Photon" or "Galaxy" card from your Deck, and either add it to your hand or attach it to this card as material.

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Reinforcement of the Army

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Add 1 Level 4 or lower Warrior-Type monster from your Deck to your hand.

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Galaxy Expedition

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If you control a Level 5 or higher "Photon" or "Galaxy" monster: Special Summon 1 Level 5 or higher "Photon" or "Galaxy" monster from your Deck in face-up Defense Position. You can only activate 1 "Galaxy Expedition" per turn.

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The Melody of Awakening Dragon

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Discard 1 card; add up to 2 Dragon-Type monsters with 3000 or more ATK and 2500 or less DEF from your Deck to your hand.

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Galaxy-Eyes Afterglow Dragon

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If you control a "Galaxy-Eyes" monster: You can Special Summon this card from your hand in Defense Position. If this card is detached from an Xyz Monster to activate that monster's effect: You can take 1 "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" from your hand or Deck, and either Special Summon it, or attach it to an Xyz Monster you control as material, then if you activated this effect during the Battle Phase, double the ATK of all "Number" Xyz Monsters you control. You can only use each effect of "Galaxy-Eyes Afterglow Dragon" once per turn.

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Galaxy Knight

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If you control a "Photon" or "Galaxy" monster, you can Normal Summon this card without Tributing. If Summoned this way: Target 1 "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" in your GY (if possible); regardless, this card loses 1000 ATK, and if it does, Special Summon that target (if any) in Defense Position. This ATK decrease lasts until the end of this turn.

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Photon Orbital

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During your Main Phase: You can target 1 "Photon" or "Galaxy" monster you control; equip this monster from your hand or field to that target. It gains 500 ATK, also it cannot be destroyed by battle. You can send this Equip Card to the GY; add 1 "Photon" or "Galaxy" monster from your Deck to your hand, except "Photon Orbital". You can only use this effect of "Photon Orbital" once per turn.

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Galaxy Zero

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Target 1 "Photon" or "Galaxy" monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it in face-up Attack Position and equip it with this card. It cannot attack or activate its effects. If it would be destroyed during the Battle Phase, you can destroy this card instead. When this card leaves the field: The equipped monster's ATK becomes 0. You can only activate 1 "Galaxy Zero" per turn.

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Thanks to Photon Orbital - which was mercifully reprinted in Legendary Duelists: Season 2 - this deck's consistent enough to work. Galaxy Soldier, Galaxy Wizard, Photon Vanisher… there are lots of ways to search your best cards, but Photon Orbital really the lynchpin that draws everything together and pushes this concept from "pipedream" to "viable reality". There's a reason Number 90: Galaxy-Eyes Photon Lord is so expensive - its secondary, arguably "worse" effect, searches cards from your deck, and that's really what you need to be able to do here to put together your plays.

The Galaxy-Eyes deck has niche cards for every situation; you're not tied down to seeing one card or losing. But the tradeoff is that you need to get to the right cards at the right time. Otherwise that arsenal of options often feels mismatched, and the deck will fail out by routinely giving you cards you just don't need.

Need some Light monsters on the field for Galaxy-Eyes Solflare Dragon? Photon Sanctuary is an answer card for that. Revival with no strings attached? Galaxy Zero, no problem. Want a Rank 8 for just 2000 Life Points? You want Galaxy Trance! Need one more Level 8 for your combo? Galaxy Expedition to the rescue.

Some of the cards here are a bit pricy, but it's worth it if you want to unlock the full potential of your Extra Deck, and all the cool Galaxy monsters you've filled it with. Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon, Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Blade Dragon, and the similarly named Galaxy-Eyes Cipher X Dragon all have amazing abilities, but without their supporting cast, there's no way you could summon them efficiently.

Not all monsters will be perfect in every situation. But when the base set of tools increases your deck's efficiency and makes it easier to do what the deck's trying to do, you can play all of those niche cards without any worry.

Again, there's no concise way to express Number 107: Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon effect, but it's really good in certain situations, and not having to exhaust your whole deck just to summon it is refreshing. My brain still hasn't' recovered from the first time someone beat me with it in 2013, so hopefully you can make some memories of your own and score some crazy wins with Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Blade Dragon and its pals.

No Need For Crazy When The Deck's So Strong

There isn't much room in this deck for wild innovation, especially now that Union Carrier banned. When it was legal it was a natural fit, and let you incorporate some wacky stuff; but now that it's gone, it's best to stick to the best options available. I personally have a weird ABC-Dragon Buster Galaxy-Eyes deck I love playing, but it's kind of a mutated version of both strategies. If you're a Galaxy-Eyes fan and you want to stay true to the theme, play the cards I listed above and try not to get too in-the-weeds with additional flair.

With that said, there is one small tech pick I've come to like. It's kind of uncommon, but I do vouch for The Melody of Awakening Dragon. You'll want to get to Galaxy-Eyes Afterglow Dragon as often as possible, and quickly; and with so many Light monsters in the theme, it's also an opportunity to see Chaos Dragon Levianeer.

Keep in mind that your "default" plays are always a Rank 8 monster and/or Galaxy-Eyes Solflare Dragon. Obviously nuanced situations may call for other Extra Deck monsters, but in a pinch, Chaos Dragon Levianeer a huge help with your default plays. It'll revive a monster that you can use to make a Rank 8, or you can use whatever you bring back for Galaxy-Eyes Solflare Dragon.

The only downside to Chaos Dragon Levianeer is the fact that it's Dark, so it can't turn into Galaxy-Eyes Solflare Dragon. But chances are good you'll be making other Rank 8s alongside Galaxy-Eyes Solflare Dragon anyways, so it usually works out in the end.

Oh, and I guess I should mention Cyber Dragon Infinity. It may be done to death, but Cyber Dragon Infinity a unique layer of protection that isn't redundant. If only I could use multiple Galaxy-Eyes Solflare Dragon in a turn.

Shooting For The Stars On A Budget

Is a budget Galaxy-Eyes build even possible?

Maybe. For a theme that's never had major tournament success, Galaxy-Eyes and Photon cards are wildly expensive. Why the deck costs more than a number of competitive decks is a mystery. Cards like Galaxy Soldier and Number 90: Galaxy-Eyes Photon Lord found success outside of dedicated strategies, splashed into winning decks, sure. But cards like Galaxy Expedition are wickedly expensive, despite the lack of a competitive pedigree.

Likewise, Photon Sanctuary extremely expensive, and even other cards like Photon Orbital are suspiciously pricey. At least Photon Advancer cheap, right? But hey! Enough doom and gloom. Yes, some Galaxy-Eyes cards might seem to price budget players out of the strategy, but fear not! Check out what I did to make the deck more affordable.

It's a bit of a pivot, but I can't ask you to sell a kidney for a fun strategy.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Loukas’s Wallet-Friendly Galaxy-Eyes Deck by Loukas Peterson

'Loukas’s Wallet-Friendly Galaxy-Eyes Deck' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Loukas Peterson

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Market Price: $138.41

Cards

Solemn Judgment

Market Price: $3.18

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Pay half of your Life Points. Negate the activation of a Spell Card / Trap Card / Normal Summon / Flip Summon / Special Summon and destroy the Spell Card, Trap Card, or Summoned monster.

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Galaxy-Eyes Cipher X Dragon

Market Price: $2.17

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2 Level 10 monsters

Once per turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Galaxy-Eyes Cipher X Dragon" by using a "Cipher Dragon" monster you control as material. (Transfer its materials to this card.) You can detach 2 materials from this card; your opponent cannot target LIGHT monsters you control with card effects until the end of their turn. Once per turn, during your Standby Phase: You can return 1 Rank 9 or lower Dragon Xyz Monster from your GY to the Extra Deck, then you can Special Summon that monster from your Extra Deck, by using this face-up card you control as material. (This is treated as an Xyz Summon. Transfer its materials to the Summoned monster.)

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Reinforcement of the Army

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Add 1 Level 4 or lower Warrior-Type monster from your Deck to your hand.

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Number 107: Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon

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2 Level 8 monsters

Once per Battle Phase , at the start of your Battle Phase: You can detach 1 material from this card; all other face-up monsters currently on the field have their effects negated , also their ATK / DEF become their original ATK / DEF , and if you do any of these, during the Battle Phase this turn , each time an opponent's card effect resolves , this card gains 1000 ATK until the end of the Battle Phase, also, it can make a second attack during each Battle Phase this turn.

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Galaxy Zero

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Target 1 "Photon" or "Galaxy" monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it in face-up Attack Position and equip it with this card. It cannot attack or activate its effects. If it would be destroyed during the Battle Phase, you can destroy this card instead. When this card leaves the field: The equipped monster's ATK becomes 0. You can only activate 1 "Galaxy Zero" per turn.

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Starliege Photon Blast Dragon

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2 Level 4 monsters

If this card is Xyz Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 "Photon" monster from your hand. While this Xyz Summoned monster is on the field, your opponent cannot target monsters you control with 2000 or more ATK with card effects, also they cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects. Once per opponent's turn (Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material from this card, then target 1 of your "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" that is banished or in your GY; Special Summon it.

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Photon Advancer

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If a "Photon" monster is on the field, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). You can only Special Summon "Photon Advancer" once per turn this way. Gains 1000 ATK if another "Photon" monster is on the field.

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Photon Thrasher

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) while you control no monsters. Cannot attack if you control another monster.

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Galaxy-Eyes Solflare Dragon

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2 LIGHT monsters, including a monster with 2000 or more ATK

If this card is Link Summoned: You can target 1 “Photon” or “Galaxy” monster in your GY; add it to your hand. During your opponent’s Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can discard 2 “Photon” and/or “Galaxy” cards, OR 1 “Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon”, then target 1 Special Summoned monster your opponent controls; destroy it. You can only use each effect of “Galaxy-Eyes Solflare Dragon” once per turn.

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Galaxy Expedition

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If you control a Level 5 or higher "Photon" or "Galaxy" monster: Special Summon 1 Level 5 or higher "Photon" or "Galaxy" monster from your Deck in face-up Defense Position. You can only activate 1 "Galaxy Expedition" per turn.

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Tachyon Transmigration

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If you control a "Galaxy-Eyes" monster: Negate the activations of your opponent's Spell/Trap Cards and monster effects activated before this card in this Chain, and if you do, shuffle the negated cards on the field into the Deck. If you control a "Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon" monster, you can activate this card from your hand.

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Galaxy Trance

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Pay 2000 LP, then target 1 "Photon" monster in your GY; Special Summon both it and 1 "Galaxy" monster from your Deck, with the same Level, both in Defense Position, and if you do, each monster's ATK become 2000, also their effects are negated. You can only activate 1 "Galaxy Trance" per turn. You cannot Normal or Special Summon monsters during the turn you activate this card, except "Photon" and "Galaxy" monsters.

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Photon Orbital

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During your Main Phase: You can target 1 "Photon" or "Galaxy" monster you control; equip this monster from your hand or field to that target. It gains 500 ATK, also it cannot be destroyed by battle. You can send this Equip Card to the GY; add 1 "Photon" or "Galaxy" monster from your Deck to your hand, except "Photon Orbital". You can only use this effect of "Photon Orbital" once per turn.

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Galaxy-Eyes Full Armor Photon Dragon

Market Price: $0.92

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3 Level 8 monsters

You can also Xyz Summon this card by using a "Galaxy-Eyes" Xyz Monster you control as the Xyz Material, except "Galaxy-Eyes Full Armor Photon Dragon". (Xyz Materials attached to that monster also become Xyz Materials on this card.) Once per turn: You can target up to 2 Equip Cards equipped to this card; attach them to this card as Xyz Materials. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 face-up card your opponent controls; destroy it.

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Monster Reborn

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This promotional card is printed in Japanese.

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Galaxy Wizard

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Once per turn: You can increase this card's Level by 4 until the end of this turn. You can Tribute this card; add 1 "Galaxy" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Galaxy Wizard".

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Knightmare Phoenix

Market Price: $0.58

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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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Number 62: Galaxy-Eyes Prime Photon Dragon

Market Price: $0.77

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2 Level 8 monsters

If this card battles, during damage calculation (Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material from this card once per battle; this card gains ATK equal to the combined Ranks of all Xyz Monsters currently on the field x 200, during that damage calculation only. If this card in its owner's control is destroyed by an opponent's card effect while it has "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" as Xyz Material: You can Special Summon this card during your 2nd Standby Phase after activation and double its ATK. Any battle damage this card inflicts to your opponent is halved unless it has "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" as Xyz Material.

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Galaxy Brave

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If this card is in your hand: You can reveal 1 "Photon" monster in your hand; Special Summon this card, and if you do, its Level becomes the Level of that "Photon" monster. If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can target 1 "Galaxy" monster in your GY; this card's ATK/DEF become that monster's ATK/DEF. You can only use each effect of "Galaxy Brave" once per turn.

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Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Blade Dragon

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3 Level 9 monsters

You can also Xyz Summon this card by using a Rank 8 "Galaxy-Eyes" Xyz Monster you control as material. (Transfer its materials to this card.) Cannot be used as material for an Xyz Summon. Once per turn: You can detach 1 material from this card, then target 1 card on the field; destroy it. If this Xyz Summoned card you control, is destroyed by battle with an opponent's attacking monster, or destroyed by an opponent's card effect, and sent to your GY: You can target 1 "Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon" in your GY; Special Summon it.

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Called by the Grave

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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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Abyss Dweller

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2 Level 4 monsters

While this card has an Xyz Material attached that was originally WATER, all WATER monsters you control gain 500 ATK. Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; any card effects that activate in your opponent's Graveyard cannot be activated this turn.

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Galaxy-Eyes Afterglow Dragon

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If you control a "Galaxy-Eyes" monster: You can Special Summon this card from your hand in Defense Position. If this card is detached from an Xyz Monster to activate that monster's effect: You can take 1 "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" from your hand or Deck, and either Special Summon it, or attach it to an Xyz Monster you control as material, then if you activated this effect during the Battle Phase, double the ATK of all "Number" Xyz Monsters you control. You can only use each effect of "Galaxy-Eyes Afterglow Dragon" once per turn.

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Galaxy Knight

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If you control a "Photon" or "Galaxy" monster, you can Normal Summon this card without Tributing. If Summoned this way: Target 1 "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" in your GY (if possible); regardless, this card loses 1000 ATK, and if it does, Special Summon that target (if any) in Defense Position. This ATK decrease lasts until the end of this turn.

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Photon Vanisher

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) while you control a "Photon" or "Galaxy" monster. Cannot attack the turn it is Special Summoned. You can only Special Summon "Photon Vanisher(s)" once per turn. If this card is Special Summoned: You can add 1 "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" from your Deck to your hand. An Xyz Monster that was Summoned using this card on the field as material gains this effect.

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Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon

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2 Level 8 monsters
Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; monsters you control cannot attack your opponent directly for the rest of this turn, except this card, also take control of the targeted monster until the End Phase, but while this effect is applied, it has its effects negated, its ATK becomes 3000, also its name becomes "Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon".

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Book of Moon

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Target 1 face-up monster on the field; change that target to face-down Defense Position.

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Starliege Lord Galaxion

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2 level 4 "Photon" monsters 

Once per turn: You can detach 1 or 2 Xyz Materials from this card; apply this effect, depending on the number you detached.
- 1: Special Summon 1 "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" from your hand.
- 2: Special Summon 1 "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" from your Deck.

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Bujinki Ahashima

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2 monsters with the same Level

Cannot be used as Link Material. You can only use each of the following effects of "Bujinki Ahashima" once per turn.
• If this card is Link Summoned: You can Special Summon 2 monsters with the same Level, 1 from your hand and 1 from your GY, but negate their effects, and immediately after this effect resolves, Xyz Summon 1 Xyz Monster using those 2 monsters only.
• If an Xyz Monster this card points to activates an effect by detaching material(s) (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 Spell/Trap your opponent controls; destroy it.

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Knightmare Unicorn

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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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Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon

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You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) by Tributing 2 monsters with 2000 or more ATK. During the Battle Step, if this card battles an opponent's monster (Quick Effect): You can target that opponent's monster; banish both this card from the field and that target. Return those banished monsters to the field at the end of the Battle Phase, and if you banished an Xyz Monster, this card gains 500 ATK for each material it had when it was banished.

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Photon Sanctuary

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Special Summon 2 "Photon Tokens" (Thunder-Type/LIGHT/Level 4/ATK 2000/DEF 0) in Defense Position. These Tokens cannot attack or be used as Synchro Material Monsters. You cannot Summon other monsters the turn you activate this card, except for LIGHT monsters.

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Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir

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2 Level 4 monsters

Once per turn, during your Standby Phase, detach 1 material from this card. If you cannot, destroy it. This Attack Position card cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects. Your opponent cannot target this Attack Position card with card effects. While this card is in face-up Defense Position, change all face-up monsters on the field to Defense Position, also negate the activated effects of monsters that were in Defense Position when that effect was activated.

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The deck kinda revolves around Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon. Not only is making Rank 8s a pivotal point to your strategy, several cards require you to have big Level 8s in your hand, field, or graveyard to function. One of the easiest ways to ensure you see Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon on a budget is Starliege Lord Galaxion.

I know what you're thinking: "Ew, this card?" Well, consider the fact that the Level 4 Photon monsters are extremely cheap to come by, and very easy to get to in the deck. Just field two of them, make Starliege Lord Galaxion, Special Summon Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon from your deck, link into Galaxy-Eyes Solflare Dragon, and get Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon back to your hand.

It's simple but effective. You haven't lost anything in terms of card economy, and you've set up a counter for your opponent's monsters in just a few summons. Obviously there are lots of other approachable ways to use Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon, but focusing on the Level 4s means you distill the crazy expensive stuff into a more streamlined, very solid package.

Galaxy Soldier are close to 20 dollars each, and it requires another card to function. Photon Orbital is less than 5$ and searches cards just as well. You gotta pick your poison when you're on a budget.

Just Say "No"

The card that's most noticeably absent in the budget build is probably Number 90: Galaxy-Eyes Photon Lord. There's one meager printing of this thing and it's almost 40 bucks; nd without a reprint, it ain't coming down anytime soon. Change a few words to this song, and you have a perfect dialogue about the secondary market for fan-favorite cards in Yu-Gi-Oh.

Cyber Dragon Infinity also missing in action, as are Cyber Dragon Nova and Galaxy Soldier. Don't get me wrong, I would love to put all those cards in this version of the deck, but they don't really add consistency. Their main draw is negating things. That's not really a surprise since modern Yu-Gi-Oh is built on fielding negations, but aren't some negates just other negates wearing a trench coat and top hat?

Few cards are perfect substitutes for monsters like Cyber Dragon Infinity, but at the end of the day, Cyber Dragon Infinity and Number 90: Galaxy-Eyes Photon Lord are kind of just bigger versions of Galaxy-Eyes Solflare Dragon.

If you're going to prioritize which cards you need for the deck, make sure you have the cards that provide consistency. See my point about Photon Orbital. Likewise, you can add more Galaxy Wizard to see those spells you'll probably have to cut down on.

I'm not saying every deck can swap out a few cards for Solemn Judgment, but here you'll have to rely more on your Main Deck for negations than your Extra Deck. You have to pull out your wallet just a little here, but I'd rather you focus on getting Photon Sanctuary than pigeonholing yourself into making Cyber Dragon Infinity.

Just remember: beat your opponents before they beat you.