Hello Duelists! As you may know Hidden Arsenal 7 is just a round the corner, in 2 weeks we will receive a new meta changing booster pack which includes one of the best archetypes in today's metagame, Evilswarms.
Evilswarm or Verz Rabbit as it is called in the OCG forms a deck that relies on quickly XYZ summoning Evilswarm Ophion a card that does not only prevent both players from special summoning level 5 or higher monsters like[ccProd]Tragoedia[/ccProd], [ccProd]Gorz The Emissary of Darkness[/ccProd], [ccProd]High Priestess of Prophecy[/ccProd] and [ccProd]Mermail Abyssmegalo[/ccProd] but it can also search his own themed [ccProd]Forbidden Lance[/ccProd] that protects all "lswarm" monsters on your field. At least to me that sounds like a Dino Rabbit deck on steroids not to mention that they also have their own [ccProd]Wind-Up Rabbit[/ccProd] and their own [ccProd]Marauding Captain[/ccProd] to make the XYZ summoning far more easier.
If you are planning to play any meta deck that works on special summoning level 5 or higher monsters like mermails, incarnate dragons or spellbooks you will need a strong side deck against evilswarms because the existance of Ophion will put you in a lot of trouble and can completely lock down your strategies to the point that you won't be able to do absolutely nothing.
Even though that every deck runs an out to this like mermails can summon abysspike and pitch infantry to get rid of ophion if they don't have [ccProd]forbidden dress[/ccProd], I saw that a lot of players in my area started to sell their stuff in order to buy Hidden Arsenal 07 product and build an Evilswarm deck to play against the meta so this leaves me with a question.
Evilswarm Ophion backed up by [ccProd]Forbidden Dress[/ccProd], Infestation Pandemic or any common trap card can be kinda scary and even more when you know that they can have a set [ccProd]Eradicator Epidemic Virus[/ccProd] and completely devastate your strategy but remember, no Anti-Meta deck is perfect and even if it was, Anti-Meta decks always lose against rogue decks just because their strategy is not well prepared against any other random deck, this is the main reason the deck fails against it's light counterpart "Constellars" because the deck does not involve special summoning level 5 or higher monsters, instead it is based on getting out big XYZ monsters which ophion cant stop, instead of a [ccProd]royal oppression[/ccProd] it becomes a [ccProd]Gem-Knight Pearl[/ccProd], so if you think that your local meta is going to get full of Evilswarm because they can build the deck out of a budget or that they will just netdeck the OCG without even planning a real strategy, then you may take advantage of this situation and build something that has no weakness against ophion.
Here are some options that you might consider:
As i mentioned before, the deck is not based on special summoning level 5 or higher monsters, instead it can summon 2 level 4 monsters and making them level 5 while they are on the field so ophion cannot mess with your strategy. Constellars are really fun to play and I'm really looking forward playing with them in at least 1 tournament, you can even semi lock your opponent if he/she cant draw anything to get rid of Pleiades and what is better, you can run [ccProd]Fire Formation - Tenki[/ccProd] and their own themed searcher, "Constellar Sheratan" to quickly search for your pieces or you can also get them back from the graveyard with Constellar Star Cradle.
The only problem that I see is that constellars are good but not fast enough to keep up with every other deck in the format, Evilswarm can be an easy matchup but any other deck can be complicated.
This is by far my favorite option in the format, HA07 does not only give support Evilswarms or Constellars but it also gives us one of my favorite extra deck cards "Daigusto Emeral" this card gives great support to wind ups making a living [ccProd]Pot Of Avarice[/ccProd] which sometimes wind ups really need in mid game. Wind ups main goal is to spam Xyz Monsters that can go from rank 3 to 5 so they can special summon almost any good xyz monster in the game like the win condition [ccProd]Number 61: Vulcasaurus[/ccProd], [ccProd]Number 16: Shock Master[/ccProd], [ccProd]Tiras, Keeper of Genesis[/ccProd] and some other cool main deck tricks like Fire Fist Bear.
All this makes this deck a really hard matchup for any Evilswarm Player since the only options for wind ups to summon level 5 or higher monsters are maybe Gorz or [ccProd]Starlight Road[/ccProd] and while [ccProd]Wind-Up Factory[/ccProd], [ccProd]Wind Up Rat[/ccProd] and Shark are at 3, the core of the deck will be strong enough to keep up with the meta and even more if konami keeps releasing strong XYZ monsters that Wind Ups can easily summon like [ccProd]Abyss Dweller[/ccProd] even with magician at 1 and zenmaity banned.
Apparently everyone forgot this deck, Inzektors might not be the fastest deck in the format, it seems slow compared to any other competitive deck but when they pitch hornet and start to summon [ccProd]inzektor centipede[/ccProd] or dragonfly they put a lot of pressure on anyone making them waste their protection backrow like torrential tribute and cards like [ccProd]mirror force[/ccProd], [ccProd]dimensional prison[/ccProd] or [ccProd]starlight road[/ccProd] become basically useless, they also can protect their monsters with threatening roar or getting them back with triple call of the haunted. Inzektors also recieved a bit of support from HA07 with Lavalval Chain, one dragonfly + ladybug can turn into a turn 1 XYZ that mills hornet directly from the deck to the graveyard which in my opinion it is a very strong opening if you also have another inzektor or maybe call of the haunted or monster reborn.
Naturally inzektors have a good matchup against evilswarms but it will depend on the build, if evilswarm players start to run macro cosmos this won't be a good match at all.
At the moment this is the only top meta deck that has so many outs against Evilswarm, even if they can use Forbidden Dress to protect Ophion the lone fact that this is an agressive fast deck that does not need to special summon level 5 or higher monsters to win is good enough to consider that fire fist have a formidable matchup against evilswarms.
The only reason Fire Fist variants have failed in recent tournaments and Evilswarms have been succeeding is that they have pretty bad matchups against Incarnate Dragons, Spellbooks and Mermails while Ophion is the best out against them.
At the end finding an out to ophion in YOUR deck is up to you but i strongly suggest to take note on how many evilswarms will be surrounding your locals before preparing a main deck or side deck strategy.
Thanks For Reading!