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Top 10 Cards to Use With "Dragon Shrine" in Yu-Gi-Oh!

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Dragon Shrine

Dragon Shrine

Dragon Shrine in Yu-Gi-Oh!

Dragon Shrine is a card that works similarly to the limited spell Foolish Burial (which sends a monster from your deck to the graveyard), but Shrine can only place dragon-type monsters. However, if you pick a normal monster, you can then send one more dragon!

This works great for stockpiling your graveyard with fodder and prepping GY effects; how you can best exploit the spell? These are the top ten cards to mill with Dragon Shrine!

Nebula Dragon

Nebula Dragon

10. Nebula Dragon

Use with: Alexandrite Dragon

Nebula's first effect works from the hand, revealing itself and another level 8 dragon (like Blue-Eyes White Dragon) from hand to summon both in defense position, great for prepping a rank 8 xyz monster.

But you can also mill Nebula into your GY with Dragon Shrine to utilize his next effect, banishing him from your graveyard to return a level 4 light or dark dragon from grave to hand. Play Alexandrite Dragon as Shrine's first target to get it into hand, or use Nebula to recover cards like . . .

Starliege Seyfert

Starliege Seyfert

9. Starliege Seyfert

Use with: Blue-Eyes White Dragon

Being a level 4 dragon means you can normal summon Seyfert without tributes, and he bears a sturdy1800 ATK. He can also send any number of dragons from your hand/field (possibly himself) to add a dragon with the same level from deck to hand.

Or, play Seyfert into your grave with Shrine, then banish him to return a level 8 light or dark dragon from your graveyard to your hand. Note that both Nebula and Seyfert can thus use their GY effects to recover each other.

Noctovision Dragon

Noctovision Dragon

8. Noctovision Dragon

Use with: Red-Eyes Black Dragon

You can summon Noctovision from your hand when a dark dragon is special summoned to your field, and when used as link material, he gives you a free draw. Or, Shrine 'em for a GY effect that banishes himself to negate an effect that targets one or more face-down cards you control (and prevents opponents from targeting those cards for the rest of the turn).

As a level 7 dark dragon, Noctovision also works well with many of the game's best deck-thinners, like Allure of Darkness and Sacred Sword of Seven Stars.

Galactic Spiral Dragon

Galactic Spiral Dragon

7. Galactic Spiral Dragon

Use with: Blue-Eyes White Dragon

While in the hand or GY, you can special summon Spiral if you control two or more light/dark dragons. Doing so banishes him when he leaves the field, but you can avoid this by using him as xyz material. This is even easier with his activated effect, which makes all monsters you control level 8, easily accessing power rank 8 aces.

The Black Stone of Legend

The Black Stone of Legend

6. The Black Stone of Legend

Use with: Red-Eyes Black Dragon

Black Stone's field effect tributes itself to summon a level 7 or lower Red-Eyes from your deck, while its graveyard effect shuffles a Red-Eyes from GY into deck to add Black Stone to hand. So use Dragon Shrine to mill both Red-Eyes and Black Stone, then recover Black Stone with its own effect.

The only issue is that you can only use one Black Stone effect per turn, so if you recover it, you won't be able to use its tribute effect until your next round, but it's still a formidable combo.

The White Stone of Ancients

The White Stone of Ancients

5. The White Stone of Ancients

Use with: Blue-Eyes White Dragon

Ancients is a modernized, better version of the classic "The White Stone of Legends" (which finds a Blue-Eyes when sent to the graveyard). It summons any Blue-Eyes monster from deck at the end of the turn it's placed into your grave, and you can banish it from your GY to return a Blue-Eyes from grave to hand.

Note these can be any Blue-Eyes monsters, not just Blue-Eyes White Dragon, so you can choose Dragon Spirit of White to banish an opposing spell/trap or Blue-Eyes Abyss to search other dragons.

Mana Dragon Zirnitron

Mana Dragon Zirnitron

4. Mana Dragon Zirnitron

Use with: Blue-Eyes White Dragon

Mana Dragon is both a hand trap and a grave trap, summoning itself from either when your spell/trap is sent to the graveyard or banished zone. Not only does this provide an easy summon of a 2200 ATK monster, but Mana Dragon will then set a spell/trap that's either banished or in your graveyard, and it doesn't even have to be the one that was removed.

Use this to reuse limited spells like Harpie's Feather Duster or Monster Reborn. Even better, xyz summon with Mana Dragon to avoid its self-banishing after its effect.

Arkbrave Dragon

Arkbrave Dragon

3. Arkbrave Dragon

Use with: Blue-Eyes White Dragon

Get Arkbrave into your GY with Shrine as soon as possible, as he summons a different level 7 or 8 dragon on the next standby phase after being sent there. Plus, when special summoned from the graveyard, he banishes all face-up opposing spells/traps and gains 200 ATK/DEF for each!

Plus, unlike many of today's dragons, Ark doesn't banish himself to use his graveyard effect, which makes it much easier to revive him.

Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm

Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm

2. Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm

Use with: Odd-Eyes Arc Pendulum Dragon

Darkwurm can search a Supreme King Gate with both his scale and monster effect (which triggers on summon), and you can summon him from your graveyard while you control no monsters. So play Shrine, put Darkwurm into your GY, revive him and find a Supreme Gate.

Throw in solid 1700 ATK and you've got a fantastic opening play for pendulum decks.

Keeper of the Shrine

Keeper of the Shrine

1. Keeper of the Shrine

Use with: Blue-Eyes White Dragon

Keeper has impressive DEF for his level at 2100, and like Mana Dragon, he can summon himself from either your hand or graveyard when another dragon you control is destroyed or sent to the graveyard by a card effect.

Unlike many self-summoning effects, this won't banish Keeper when he leaves the field, so you can reuse it as much as you like (just once per turn). Plus, Keeper can serve as two tributes for a dragon and if he was summoned from a normal monster's destruction, he can return a normal dragon from your GY to your hand. Best of all, note he can even summon himself off opposing dragons being destroyed!

What can I say; if you're running dragons, you need Keeper; fortunately, he costs well under one dollar!

Reviving Dragons From Your Graveyard

Today, we've seen how you can exploit the grave-stocking effect of Dragon Shrine with monster effects. But also consider how filling your grave has other benefits, whether that's the draws from Pot of Avarice or summoning Chaos monsters via banishing light/dark-attributes from your graveyard.

Or, resurrect your dragons with cards like Twin Triangle Dragon, Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon, and Monster Reborn, but for now, vote for your favorite card and I'll see you at our next Yu-Gi-Oh! countdown!

© 2021 Jeremy Gill

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