Harpie Hysteria

jeff jonesThe first event of our new diverse format has come and gone, and while Dragon-type decks seem to be the top contender, as usual in these times I decided to take something a bit different than everyone else. Ever since Harpies first came out, I was in love with them. It was the first deck I ever actively made that wasn't just a pile of cards, and it forever holds a special place in my heart.

What I first loved about the deck was that there are no cards you can instantly side against the deck like you can Spellbooks or Dragons or Mermails. Secondly, the deck can side perfectly against other matchups without hindering itself. A card I chose to side deck for my Prophecy matchup was Anti Spell Fragrance. Not only did this card slow Prophecy down by forcing them to set all of their Spells before activating them, but it allowed me to pop all of them with Harpies Hunting Ground before they can even get a chance to.  In a format without [ccProd]Heavy Storm[/ccProd], many decks could focus on setting cards without any fear. Harpies makes that fear real once again. With Hunting Ground being a searchable and infinate source of backrow destruction, your opponent will always double think before setting cards; and if they dont, better for you as it allows you to set up an OTK with [ccProd]Hysteric Party[/ccProd]. huntingground

Anyway, here is the deck I used

2 [ccProd]Effect Veiler[/ccProd]2 Flying Kamakari #1
3 [ccProd]Harpie Channeler[/ccProd]3 Harpie Lady #1
3 [ccProd]Harpie Queen[/ccProd]2 Harpie's Pet Dragon
2 [ccProd]Maxx C[/ccProd]2 [ccProd]Summoner Monk[/ccProd]

1 [ccProd]Book of Moon[/ccProd]1 [ccProd]Dark Hole[/ccProd]2 [ccProd]Elegant Egotist[/ccProd]3 Harpie's Hunting Ground
3 [ccProd]Hysteric Sign[/ccProd]2 [ccProd]Pot of Duality[/ccProd]

1 [ccProd]Bottomless Trap Hole[/ccProd]2 [ccProd]Fiendish Chain[/ccProd]3 [ccProd]Hysteric Party[/ccProd]1 [ccProd]Torrential Tribute[/ccProd]1 [ccProd]Solemn Warning[/ccProd]1 [ccProd]Compulsory Evacuation Device[/ccProd]

1 [ccProd]Scrap Dragon[/ccProd]1 [ccProd]Crimson Blader[/ccProd]1 [ccProd]Abyss Dweller[/ccProd]1 [ccProd]Diamond Dire Wolf[/ccProd]1 [ccProd]Gagaga Cowboy[/ccProd]1 Harpie's Pet Phantasmal Dragon
1 [ccProd]Ice Beast Zerofyne[/ccProd]3 [ccProd]Lightning Chidori[/ccProd]1 [ccProd]Maestroke the Symphony Djinn[/ccProd]1 [ccProd]Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack[/ccProd]1 Number 11 Big Eye
1 [ccProd]Master of Blades[/ccProd]1 [ccProd]Queen Dragun Djinn[/ccProd]

A monster normally seen in Harpie decks is the Dragon Ruler of Wind, Tempest. Its a Level 7 Dragon that in turn, morphs [ccProd]Harpie Channeler[/ccProd] into a Level 7 as well, but I found it made bad hands much worse and really didn't have a great place in the deck. I really wanted to focus on trying to see Hysteric Sign turn 1, which is why I included 2 [ccProd]Pot of Duality[/ccProd]. Whenever I got to see a [ccProd]Hysteric Sign[/ccProd] turn 1, I nearly always won. It gets you your Elegant Egotist, and then floats there until you decided to destroy it and proceed to +3 your opponent.

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Also, another beauty about Hysteric Sign is now many decks max out on MST. Meaning if you are in no hurry to activate and search for Egotist, you can simply set it and wait for your opponent to take the biggest minus ever by MST'ing it, and allowing you to search for 3 Harpie cards.

Looking closer at my deck, you might see a few things missing or that seem out of place. One of those cards is Flying Kamakari. Honestly, the card isn't very good, but the deck lacks Monsters and needs a way to get Harpies on the field until the mediocre Harpie Dancer comes out. She's pretty unexciting, but the fact she is a Harpie Lady makes her instantly playable.

Next is the lack of the very powerful Trap:[ccProd] Icarus Attack[/ccProd]. Honestly, the lack of Winged Beasts makes the card fricken terrible. I almost never wanted it in testing, and always wanted to keep my Monsters on the field. Icarus Attack is probably not very great to turn to until again, Dancer comes out increasing the amount of Winged Beast in the deck.

The extra deck is pretty standard, lots of Rank 4 monsters and a splash of Rank 7's. [ccProd]Lightning Chidori[/ccProd] is obviously the MVP here, and is the go to card most of the time. Killing opponents draw phases has always been very good in the game. Dracossack is the next most important Xyz monster, for obvious reasons, while the most overlooked yet very important Xyz monster is the [ccProd]Ice Beast Zerofyne[/ccProd]. She comes out with 2000 attack, which isn't very impressive, but as most monsters with lower attacks, she is backed up with a wicked effect. She can negate the effects of ALL cards your opponent controls that are face-up until YOUR next turn. This means anything you cannot get rid of, like[ccProd] The Grand Spellbook Tower[/ccProd], will have its effects negated leaving it almost useless. Next, she starts to get big. Real big. Ice Beast gains 300 attack for each faceup card on the field. Period. Yours and your opponents. Now, Harpies actually play a lot of cards that go face up. Hysteric Sign and Party, Harpies Hunting Ground, and [ccProd]Fiendish Chain[/ccProd] to name a few. Many of these cards are always on the field at any given time. The highest my Ice Beast got to at this event was 5000 attack, but normally she stays around the 3k range. Again, this attack increase last until your next turn. She is certainly a force to be reckoned with and her appearance can easily surprise most duelist.

As for how my tournament went, I ended up 7-3 at the end of the day, very unfortunate. So close, yet so far! I ended up beating 2 Dragon decks, 2 Prophecy decks, 1 Nimble Water deck, 1 Inzektor deck, and 1 Mecha Phantom Beast deck. My losses were to a Mermail, in round 1 which was in time (gosh I hate time), a Constellar, which apparently is a terrible matchup for Harpies, and then at the end of the day I lost to a 4 Axis Fire Fist deck which honestly, is one of my best matchups, but in game 3 I opened with double Harpies Pet Dragon. I guess it just wasn't my time!

Finishing up here, I'd just like to touch on the fact that in just a few weeks the first ARG Circuit Series tournament in Texas. This means more chances for new and creative decks to shine, and a new champion will rise, and a handfull of people will walk away with some great prizes. Myself, I cannot attend, but I will be attending the ARG Circuit series in Ohio, October 12th, so make sure to come out, say hello, and so your support for ARG! 

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Also, a special shout out to the most wonderful partner in the world, my boyfriend Loukas Peterson who topped his first event this YCS, and made it all the way to the top 8. Congratulations, I'm so proud of you!

Until next time duelist, thanks for reading and as usual, play hard or go home.

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  • Cooper Saunders

    hey jeff please let me know about a updated psychic deck. i want to hear from you how to run them this format and if theirs anyone who could truly run psychics it was you. you brought them back in ycs 2012 and i hope to do so for you this format. please update the deck or at least tell me what i should run. please jeff. please.

  • Bobby Kenny

    One card that is really gimmicky, but insanely powerful in the deck is Magical Hats. I have a Harpie build that is mostly for fun that plays triple magical hats, along with a pair of geartown and a single Gadjiltron Dragon. The way the deck plays, it is nearly impossible to lose if you resolve a magical hats, as it grabs geartown and Hysteric Sign, giving you a 3K beatstick and the +3 harpies at the end phase. While a highly competitive build probably wouldn’t go that far, a teched 1-of magical hats (with other good targets such as breakthrough skill) could easily catch people off guard and get a quick edge.

    Another card I’m surprised to see missing is Blackwing – Zephyros the Elite. I personally felt it was the best thing to grab off of an early summoner monk if I wasn’t going into a Channeler for a rank 7 play, and it allowed me to get another beater on the field by bouncing any of my continuous cards, or bounce a Harpie for another hunting ground trigger.

    Last thing I want to ask about is the inclusion of 2 Elegant Egotist. Considering that the card is searchable and recoverable via hysteric sign, running 2 of them doesn’t seem necessary. Would you mind explaining your reasoning on playing 2?

  • Keith Lucas

    Tempest is a very important card to Harpies, I feel. It isn’t something that presents you early game momentum; however, mid-to-late game when you have dead Chidori’s or Harpie’s Pet Dragon that are in the grave, or even just a grave full of wind type, you have a beat stick that is very alive and allows plays with effect veiler into Crimson Blader or Rank 7 plays with a Channeler.

    As for Icarus Attack, I have been testing it for a while now and I like it. You have 9 harpies, 1 Elite Blackwing (if you run him), and a few Xyz that are Winged-Beast as well. 9-12 targets for two Icarus Attack (all you need) is more than enough. Before Icarus Attack, I was testing Phoenix Wing Wind Blast and it was working fairly well too (discard Sign to spin their card during the end phase, Add three. Next turn, Chidori play to spin again and set them back for HUGE minus plays for the next few turns.)

    One thing that I feel is a huge MUST for this deck, and this sounds weird, is Mystical Space Typhoon. You do not need a play set in the main board because you do run THREE Harpies’ Hunting Ground; however, for a deck that is so heavily based on special summons to get win conditions sat up, you need that chainable S/T destruction. Vanity’s Emptiness is very much a card and so is the Master Key Beetle lock it combos with it. Not to mention, MST also combos with your own Hysteric Sign and can allow you to create your +3 plays just like normal.

    Overall, Harpies are a VERY, VERY dangerous deck in the format right now. They can go against any deck out there. I know a lot of people are excited for Harpie Dancer; however, I, on the other hand, I am very anxious to get my hands on Harpie Lady Phoenix Formation from Legendary Collection 4: Joey’s World.

  • Peter Van Mol

    Would love to see your take on this deck with Dancer and if there would be room for icarus then. Also odd you didn’t mention hysteric sign in the context of channeler. Opening channeler, discarding sign for a rank 4 or 7 play, and getting 3 cards in the end phase is pretty solid. And how lucky are you to have a boyfriend that plays the game at the same level as you :p I can’t even get my wife to go near a gym or play cards with me :p Pity he plays those annoying spellbooks, but let’s not hold that against him.

    • Sajdi

      You cannot discard Hysteric Sign for Channeler, since it is not a “Harpie” card.

  • joe m

    I played harpies a lot at box tournies before the recent ban list and find that the deck works amazingly well with tempest but thats my take on it I also ran blackwing zephros to bounce back certain cards to save for later like fiendish chain. Just food for thought.

  • Tim NoneYa

    Flying Kamakari #1 just get popped before it ever goes off and everyone is running the new lvl 5 Synchro that can stop him. Tempest and Dark Simorph would both be better even if they aren’t so great. I can never bring myself to play 2 Harpies Pet Dragon. Drawing it is bad enough. Draw two as you said is murder. Blackwing Elite is another great winged beast for IA, works great with Summoner Monk to load him in the GY, and lets you reused Party, Chain, Sign, and Hunting Ground for a free special summon. What more could you ask for from a card? It’s not Dancer, but it’s a good choice.

  • Tim NoneYa

    I must be confused. You want more Harpies in the deck for I attack and so on yet you didn’t run Cyber Harpie. If there some rule against using her and #1 in the TCG? Run her and #1 and instant IA becomes good. Flying Kamakari #1 just get popped before it ever goes off and everyone is running the new lvl 5 Synchro that can stop him. Tempest and Dark Simorph would both be better even if they aren’t so great. I can never bring myself to play 2 Harpies Pet Dragon. Drawing it is bad enough. Draw two as you said is murder.

    • Tim NoneYa

      And PS, Blackwing Elite is another great winged beast for IA, works great with Summoner Monk to load him in the GY, and lets you reused Party, Chain, Sign, and Hunting Ground for a free special summon. What more could you ask for from a card?

      • frank

        cyber harpie and harpy lady #1 both say on the card that they count as “harpie lady” (this is in deck as well)

        since you can’t run more than 3 copies of a card with the same name you can only run 3 “harpie lady”:, so cyber harpie is not playable (harpie 1 is better)

  • Brandon Lewis

    I’m kinda surprised you didn’t run Lavalval Chain here. Being able to send a Sign, for that 3+ from deck, has always worked for me.
    That, and I was never a fan of the Rank 7s…but that’s only me.

    • Caleb

      “During the End Phase of the turn this card was sent from the field or hand to the Graveyard”

      Not deck

      • Luis Danger Reyes

        lol i cheated like that for the longest time i didnt take the time to read it xD

  • joe

    the deck will only get better with dancer. looking forward to seeing harpies in the future

  • Bobby Davis

    I’m one of the dragon decks you savaged this deck deffiently has a chance of being scary this format