Chaos History: From BLS to Chaos Creator

One light, one dark, all pain! Seeing a light and dark monster in your opponent's graveyard has been a sign of disaster for many years now. Why is that though and why does Konami seem so interested in supporting it. What is the history of the terrifying archetype known simply as "Chaos"?


Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning - the chaos creator

Invasion of Chaos and Power Creep

When Yu-Gi-Oh! first began to creep into local games stores and for several years after, the metagame might have been described as "boring." The decks that existed pre-Invasion of Chaos were basic and didn't have nuanced strategy, outside of toxic strategies built around "hand control." In 2004, all of this changed with one of the most influential sets in the game's history. It would not only define the metagame at the time but also completely changed Konami's approach to card design moving forward. Older cards like Berserk Gorilla, Gigantes, Gren Maju Da Eiza, and Ojama Yellow were printed in the set, and I don't need to tell you how much play each of those has seen. But it doesn't stop there—far from it.

Invasion of Chaos introduced a subtheme of cards which will hereafter be referred to as "chaos" monsters. These cards were designed around using light and dark monsters in your grave to summon them, and had extremely powerful effects—especially for the time period they were printed during. Many of you may not have heard of the cards I mentioned above, but most of you will know the cards I'm talking about here. After all, Chaos Sorcerer was omnipresent in the late 2000s and early 2010s. The Yata-Garasu lock caused by Chaos Emperor Dragon - Envoy of the End and the absolute powerhouse that Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning have made similarly large waves in their time as well. These cards were instant staples, and with the number of enablers, like Dimension Fusion, released alongside them, the chaos monsters instantly made a splash in Yu-Gi-Oh!'s history. But this splash would be much, much more than that as we would later see.


Chaos Sorcerer Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning Chaos Emperor Dragon - Envoy of the End
Never before have we seen monsters so easy to summon with effects this good

In fact, they were so good they prompted the first bans in the game's history. Before this point, the banlist did not have any actual bans, funnily enough. It's just limited or semi-limited cards, but no actual bans. That changed when Konami realized that having a small bird poking your eyeballs for 30 turns while you had zero cards in hand wasn't exactly the direction they wanted the game to take. And so they hit one of the game's most infamous decks, banning Chaos Emperor Dragon - Envoy of the End along with Yata-Garasu, Sangan, and Witch of the Black Forest. Not long after this came the famous Goat format and chaos monsters were still a huge player, with Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning being the one-off powerhouse of the format, along with Chaos Sorcerer.

The chaos concept didn't stop there though. Konami further experimented with the idea of monsters summoning themselves by banishing others from the grave. As such, we saw a sub-theme of non-chaos "chaos" monsters. As in, monsters that worked like chaos monsters, but employed different attributes. Cards such as Frost and Flame Dragon or Desert Twister form this sub-theme, along with newer cards like Loud Cloud the Storm Serpent. These would not find nearly the same amount of success, though, mainly because light and especially dark have never had any issues getting monsters into the grave, whereas other attributes tend to lack graveyard manipulation. Still, these monsters did not fail like the aforementioned Gigantes and Aqua Spirit. They saw some play at least.

Chaos After the 2010s

So after the massive impact Black Luster Soldier and its peers had, Konami would surely learn that easily accessible chaos monsters were just a bit too good, especially since they just released an entire light deck centered around getting monsters into the grave in Lightsworn. Well, here comes the Dragons Collide structure deck. With its release, cards like Lightpulsar Dragon, Darkflare Dragon, and Eclipse Wyvern became format-defining cards, with Chaos Dragons becoming one of the best and most fun decks in the format. Future Fusion revealing Five-Headed Dragon to send a bunch of light and dark dragons remains one of the most impactful plays of the time.

Later on, we got what players commonly refer to as the "baby dragons" in White Dragon Wyverburster and Black Dragon Collapserpent, which saw widespread play in early Shaddoll decks and became absolute problem cards in Thunder Dragon and Dragon Link decks years later, prompting their limiting. And it's not only the new releases that appear on topping decks, with Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning appearing in hundreds of decks for years, as late as Burning Abyss decks in 2018–2019.


Lightpulsar Dragon Darkflare Dragon
These guys taught a lot of players what missing the timing meant

Then, out of left field, Konami released Toon Chaos, a brand-new TCG-exclusive set with new chaos support. Seriously, did anyone expect this to happen? They certainly delivered with this released, with The Chaos Creator almost reading like a custom card. The real standout, however, is no doubt Chaos Space. Do you like chaos monsters? Well, this handy spell can fetch any of them and then replace itself by recycling already banished monsters. As you might have guessed, Chaos Space became an instant hit, turning Dragon Link into the format's bogeyman, with its insane consistency.

All in all, ever since Invasion of Chaos released, players have been looking for ways to put light and dark monsters into their grave, and seeing them in an opponent's grave tends to spell disaster for you.


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MaelShanti(17.11.2021 19:30)

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