Jeremy casts spells in between his careers as a chemical analyst and campus manager.
Odd-Eyes Monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh
Odd-Eyes decks are a versatile bunch, sharing many synergies with the Performapal and Magician pendulum monsters. Odd-Eyes also contains several different types of extra deck monsters, including fusion, synchro, and xyz.
You've got several ways to play the Odd-Eyes fusion beasts, one being the spell "Odd-Eyes Fusion"—but is it worth your while? To determine its place in your deck, here are the pros and cons of Odd-Eyes Fusion (OEF)!
1. Searchable by "Sky Iris"
Since the spell carries the Odd-Eyes name, you can add it from deck to hand using the effect of field spell "Sky Iris", which lets you once per turn destroy a card to tutor any Odd-Eyes card (including a spell or trap). Sky Iris itself is highly recommended, so the ability to pull OEF when needed definitely works in its favor.
2. Great for "Odd-Eyes Vortex Dragon"
OEF can only cast dragon fusion monsters; fortunately, dragons are a prominent type, and the Odd-Eyes family enjoys several exclusives. In addition to cards like "Odd-Eyes Venom Dragon" and "Supreme King Z-ARC", there's the powerful "Odd-Eyes Vortex Dragon", who returns a monster to hand on entry, can negate opposing cards by shuffling your extra deck pendulums back into into deck, and has sturdy 3000 DEF.
Vortex is easily one of the strongest monsters in the archetype, and OEF is one of the best ways to get him out. Fortunately, that's easy since...
3. Can Use Materials From Your Extra Deck
Ideally, you'll activate OEF with its secondary ability, which lets you use Odd-Eyes monsters in your extra deck as material if your opponent controls two or more monsters and you control none. Notably, you can use face-up or face-down Odd-Eyes monsters, meaning you can even use non-pendulum Odd-Eyes cards!
For example, if you want to fusion summon Vortex Dragon, who needs a pendulum and an Odd-Eyes as material, you could use "Odd-Eyes Raging Dragon" and "Odd-Eyes Absolute Dragon" as materials, both of whom start in your extra deck and don't require any effort to prepare.
1. Less Useful While You Control Monsters
OEF's main draw is its potential to use extra deck monsters (and thus conserve card advantage), but this is admittedly situational, depending on you having no monsters and your opponent having at least two. You can still play it otherwise, but you'll need materials from your hand or field, which makes it a neutered "Polymerization".
That said, you can help clear your field using the destruction effects of Sky Iris, Timebreaker Magician, or Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer, so there are workarounds when required.
2. Can't Summon Non-Dragons
This one's a nitpick since you've got plenty of great dragons to choose from, but if you're running other fusion monsters (like fiend-type "Performapal Gatlinghoul"), you'll need other cards to get them out. Speaking of which...
3. Hard to Beat "Performapal Odd-Eyes Dissolver"
Useful as OEF is, it's hard to compete with "Performapal Odd-Eyes Dissolver", who carries synergies with two archetypes, has a nice defensive hand-trap ability, and can fusion summon using his effect without needing a fusion spell.
4. Fills Your Extra Deck
By this, I mean OEF can quickly expend the limited spaces in your extra deck with Odd-Eyes monsters to be used as material for Vortex, meaning they aren't really there of their own accord, just as tools for other monsters.
Now, you could ignore this and fill your extra deck with other cards, then hope that by the time you're ready to use OEF, you've gotten main deck pendulums into your extra deck (perhaps with the self-destroying scale ability of "Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon"), but it's still something to consider.
Odd-Eyes Fusion Review
Overall, while it has its quirks, OEF is still a solid fusion spell. I run one and use Dissolver for other fusions, but it's still a potent comeback card that can bring out one of your strongest monsters without losing materials in ideal scenarios.
Still a member of my own Odd-Eyes/Magician deck, OEF is also temptingly cheap, costing less than a single dollar, and I definitely trying one yourself. But for now, share your thoughts on Odd-Eyes Fusion and I'll see you at our next card review!
© 2020 Jeremy Gill
Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on April 16, 2020:
That's awesome, it's always nice to see cards used in creative and unconventional ways.
Joseph Ford from LYME REGIS on April 16, 2020:
In relation to the poll, I have a couple non-pendulum decks I use it in, eg in my Nordic or my Adamancipator (look it up) I have the Odd Eyes Fusion, Synchro, Xyz and I run 2 Og Odd Eyes in my main, as well as Z-ARC for a 1 card win condition.
Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on April 08, 2020:
You're welcome, and I'm eager to learn more about Splinterlands!
S K from Mumbai, India on April 08, 2020:
Ah, ok! Thanks for letting me know. I guess I am late to this game of physical cards (or am I?). I will continue with my digital collections. Some day, I will write about it. :)
Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on April 07, 2020:
Yu-Gi-Oh and Magic: The Gathering are traditionally physical card games, but some apps and video games let you play with digital versions.
S K from Mumbai, India on April 07, 2020:
Your articles are quite cool Jeremy, however, I am not quite conversant with the cards that you write about.
I happen to play a game called Splinterlands on the Steem blockchain which also works on the concept of collecting digital cards, much like the ones you talk about here, and winning battles. I am sure it is a copy of these real-life cards and concepts.
One question - are these physical cards or digital cards (virtual cards)?