Summon Steelswarm Mantis by tributing a face-up Steelswarm monster on your field. When summoned this way you can revive any Steelswarm monster in your graveyard. Since Steelswarm Caucastag can only activate his effect immediately after he was summoned, therefore he is just treated as a regular beater while face-up on the field. You can tribute Causcastag to summon Mantis, and then revive Caucastag with Mantis’ effect to get 2 beaters on the field. A situation you might want to do this is when your Caucastag is afflicted with a negative effect like Mask of the Accursed or Wall or disruption, so that you can remove them by resummoning Caucastag. You can also tribute Steelswarm Caller to summon Mantis. Caller will special summon a level 4 or lower Steelswarm monster from your deck, while Mantis revives Caller or any other Steelswarm monster from your graveyard.
Steelswarm Caucastag is the big boss monster of this deck with the ability to clear all spell/trap cards or all monsters except himself from the field when he is summoned. The easiest way to summon him is by using Steelswarm Genome as tribute, he will count as 2 Steelswarm tributes meaning you will still be able to activate Caucastag’s effect. Another way to summon him is by swarming the field with Mantis and Caller’s combo, but keep in mind if you choose to destroy all monsters that it would also destroy any monsters you control except Caucastag. Choosing whether to destroy all monsters or spell/trap cards depends on the deck and situation you are facing, but usually destroying all monsters would be the better choice, like when dueling Sylvan decks.
When tributed to summon a Steelswarm monster, Steelswarm Caller special summons a level 4 or lower Steelswarm monster from your deck. Steelswarm Genome counts as 2 tributes for the summoning of a Steelswarm monster, but has terrible stats and must be tributed into Caucastag as soon as you can. You can combo by tributing Caller for Steelswarm Mantis to swarm your field with monsters. With Caller’s effect special summon Steelswarm Genome from your deck to prepare for Caucastag’s summoning. If summoned after this combo, it might be preferable to activate Caucastag’s backrow destruction effect.
Since all Steelswarm monsters in this deck have 0 defense, Recurring Nightmare is able retrieve any 2 monsters from the grave. Keep in mind if you want to tribute summon Mantis, you want your powerful Steelswarm monster in the graveyard to revive.
Use Escalation of the Monarchs to gain an extra tribute summon every turn, you can also activate this effect to summon during your opponent’s turn. Summon Steelswarm Genome and then, during your opponent’s turn, tribute him to summon Steelswarm Caucastag and destroy your opponent’s monsters or backrow. Do this during the battle phase for very effective disruption.
Mills a Steelswarm monster from your deck that you can revive with Mantis' effect. The monster revived can then be used for a tribute summon. The 800 attack boost could be nice for getting over monsters you battle.
Arrivalrivals gives this deck some serious OTK potential: use your tribute fodder to sponge up the traps and spells your opponent tries to defend themselves with during the battle phase, then toss out Caucastag or Hercules and make them pay. Best part of Caucastag is even if they hang on to their traps, its effect still procs when it comes out so you insta-clear the backline.
Maybe, I couldn't be 100% sure without having tested it... but if you play it with escalation of the monarchs as some others have said it could have a chance. There's a steelswarm card that allows you to destroy all the oppenent's monsters as soon as it's summoned. But Naturia mantis could say "Hi" y'now...
Escalation of the Monarchs make this deck good enough, arrival rivals help as well.
Deck has its ups and downs. Biggest issue with it is tribute summoning since your early creatures are trash. If you can get that big summon, your golden. If you get controlled or open with a dead hand, its gg.
Do like mixing in other fiends like Necrofear. Makes for some pretty unexpected plays.
Absolutely, if you have the space for it than run a copy or two.
This archietype is also useful if you're leveling up Yusei and want to take advantage of Mark of yhe Dragon - Head. I haven't used it in PvP, which if you do decide to try it out there, I'd recommend making some changes. In PvE tho, this is viable and should help you to get Yusei up in the early levels. Let me know if you have any questions on the deck.
1x dark necrofear
1x chaos hunter
1x gates of dark world(or anything to help clear bricked hands like veil of darkness)
2x card advance
1x dust tornado(or really any backrow protection like xzh replica)
1x escalation of monarch
2x infestation ripples
2x infestation tool
wwhy people forget calling of the Archfiend this card can help resummon cards that are fiends and you can use Recurring nightmare spell to get back cards to the hand and discard and SS any steelswarm lv 5 or higher
GOTTA LOVE STEELSWARM ! THEY ARE REALLY POWERFUL ! :O !!!!
However, if they brick you are doomed XD!