March 2014 Evilswarms

sean mccabeWelcome back duelists! With the new Forbidden List only a matter of weeks away and me being unable to attend either ARGCS Las Vegas or YCS Chicago, I figured I would show a deck I’d be strongly considering playing if I were to attend. The deck I’m talking about is Evilswarms. Evilswarms were very popular last format due to the ability of [ccProd]Evilswarm Ophion[/ccProd] to completely shut down Dragon Rulers. After the Forbidden List was released Evilswarms immediately fell by the wayside with the rise of Fire Fist. I first began to relook into Evilswarms with Water becoming extremely popular along with the release of [ccProd]Evilswarm Exciton Knight[/ccProd]. Exciton Knight gave Evilswarm a true boss monster against decks where Ophion didn’t shine. Before we go any further, here is the list I was using.

[ccDeck="Main Deck"]

3 Evilswarm Castor

3 Evilswarm Thunderbird

3 Evilswarm Kerykeion

3 Evilswarm Heliotrope

3 Evilswarm Mandragora

3 Effect Veiler

1 Rescue Rabbit

1 Thunder King Rai-Oh

1 Traptrix Myrmeleo

3 Mystical Space Typhoon

3 Infestation Pandemic

1 Book of Moon

1 Allure of Darkness

3 Fiendish Chain

2 Mistake

2 Dust Tornado

1 Solemn Warning

1 Bottomless Trap Hole

1 Torrential Tribute

1 Trap Hole

1 Infestation Infection[/ccDeck]

[ccDeck="Side Deck"]2 Banisher of the Radiance

1 Dimensional Fissure

3 Overworked

3 Black Horn of Heaven

2 Mind Crush

2 DNA Surgery

1 Macro Cosmos

1 Mistake[/ccDeck]

[ccDeck="Extra Deck"]3x Evilswarm Ophion

2 Evilswarm Exciton Knight

2 Number 101: Silent Honor ARK

1 Evilswarm Bahamut

1 Evilswarm Ouroboros

1 Gagaga Cowboy

1 Abyss Dweller

1 Number 50: Blackship of Corn

1 Evolzar Laggia

1 Number 85: Crazy Box

1 Armades, Keeper of Boundaries[/ccDeck]


Now let’s talk about some of the best cards the deck offers starting with [ccProd]Evilswarm Thunderbird[/ccProd]. Thunderbird is extremely hard to get rid of without using multiple cards on him. His attack is too strong for any commonly played monster to get over him without using his effect and him banishing himself assures you to have a monster for XYZ plays or applying pressure. He also allows you to safely apply early pressure with an [ccProd]Evilswarm Castor[/ccProd] without the fear of [ccProd]Torrential Tribute[/ccProd] or Mirror Force. The next card I wanted to talk about is Infestation Pandemic, which is essentially a Forbidden Lance for your entire field. Ophion searching this card allows you to summon multiple monsters on your next turn without worrying about he repercussions. Lastly and most importantly, Evilswarm Exciton Knight with Pandemic is one of the best 2 card combos and results in your opponent losing their entire board. Another point I want to touch on is the decision to main deck the 3rd [ccProd]Evilswarm Mandragora[/ccProd] over [ccProd]Reinforcement of the Army[/ccProd]. I decided to do this because of me main decking 3 [ccProd]Effect Veiler[/ccProd]s, [ccProd]Traptrix Myrmeleo[/ccProd] and Thunder King Rai-Oh. I wanted to be able to XYZ immediately with the level 4s if necessary and I also extra decked an [ccProd]Armades, Keeper of Boundaries[/ccProd] if I needed to Synchro Summon with Effect Veiler against some matchups where Veiler is lacking such as Water and Bujin.

Traptrix Myrmeleo and Trap Hole are two cards I’ve been wanting to play sine I played against Jordan Winters at ARGCS Charlotte. These two cards are very strong against the 4 Axis Fire Fist deck which Evilswarm has a natural weakness to. Triple Effect Veilers were another choice that was heavily influenced by the 4 Axis Fire Fist deck. While Effect Veiler is usually very weak against Water it has its purpose in this particular matchup because if Ophion is on board the easiest way for Water to get rid of it is Rank 4 plays involving Number 101 or Exciton Knight and Effect Veiler stops both of these easily. My main reason for main decking the [ccProd]Dust Tornado[/ccProd]s was this decks weakness to Fiendish Chain because if you make an XYZ and get hit with a Fiendish Chain you lost 2 cards and you can’t afford to throw away monsters like that. Dust Tornado is also very strong against Fire Fist and isn’t terrible against Water, Geargia, Bujin or any other deck you’d expect to see. The last card in the main deck I want to discuss is Mistake. Now Mistake was a last minute addition to this deck since [ccProd]Dimensional Prison[/ccProd] was performing so poorly and because there was no more Spell or Trap Cards I wanted to play. Mistake has the chance to completely destroy certain hands against every relevant deck and it also had minimum effect against Evilswarm so I felt it was a worthy inclusion over Mind Crush or anything else.

The side deck is very self-explanatory. The one change I would consider would be putting in a 3rd DNA Surgery over the Mistake to help against Bujin while still being strong against Prophecy. The extra deck space for this deck is fairly tight so I’ll talk about what cards I’m not playing. [ccProd]Evilswarm Thanatos[/ccProd] and [ccProd]Evilswarm Nightmare[/ccProd] were never relevant for me. Nightmare is just entirely too passive for a deck like this while Thanatos could easily be replaced by Number 101 against a [ccProd]Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear[/ccProd].

In conclusion, I think Evilswarms are a good choice for the upcoming events due to their solid match-ups all around with a tech heavy main deck. They are not commonly thought of as being a playable deck which means the benefit of the surprise factor as well as the lack of side decked cards for them. This is, however, an early version of this deck so if you plan on trying be sure to make changes as you go to help it fit your needs. As always, any comments, questions, articles ideas or anything else please post below and thanks for reading. The Circuit Series makes its next stop in Las Vegas, NV on March 15-16! (This Saturday+Sunday!!!) Click the Dragon below for the info!


Sean McCabe

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