Steelswarm: deck recipe

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Example Deck

Ver 2

Steelswarm MantisSteelswarm MantisSteelswarm CaucastagSteelswarm CaucastagSteelswarm CaucastagSteelswarm Caller
Steelswarm CallerSteelswarm CallerSteelswarm GenomeSteelswarm GenomeSteelswarm GenomeEnemy Controller
Enemy ControllerEnemy ControllerSuper Rush HeadlongSuper Rush HeadlongRecurring NightmareEscalation of the Monarchs
Escalation of the MonarchsPowerful Rebirth--------

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Can be used only once after starting hands are dealt. Reveal and redraw your starting hand.
Vellian Crowler
Vellian Crowler
[Skill] descriptionUser
Destiny Draw
Can be used each time your Life Points decrease by 2000. In the Draw Phase, instead of doing a normal draw, draw the card of your choice.
Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi

How to Use

Steelswarm Mantis

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

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.

Tribute Fodder

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.

Recurring Nightmare

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.

Escalation of the Monarchs

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.

Other Useful Cards

Steelswarm Hercules
Steelswarm Hercules
Extremely powerful effect and attack stat, the true boss monster of Steelswarm decks. Although he is very difficult to summon without Monstermorph: Evolution
Steelswarm Longhorn
Steelswarm Longhorn
The most inferior Steelswarm boss monster. You only want to run this card to use Monstermorph: Evolution and turn it into Steelswarm Hercules.
Floodgate Trap Hole
Floodgate Trap Hole
Amazing trap overall and helps against pretty much every deck. Because it doesn’t target it’s also a great card against Hazy Flame.
Windstorm of Etaqua
Wiindstorm of Etaqua
Protects your weaker Steelswarm monsters from battle. Also protects your Steelswarm monsters that have been changed to defense position.
Infestation Ripples
Infestation Ripples
Can be used to revive a low leveled Steelswarm monster from your graveyard. Could be better than Powerful Rebirth as this card does not stay on the field.
Your opponent would sometimes change your powerful Steelswarm monsters to defense position to try and destroy them, use Gamushara to make this strategy backfire and deal double damage to them.
Infestation Tool
Infestation Tool
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.


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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.
Deck still viable?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
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.
I've seen some vid from Playmaker featuring this deck and Monarch traps. Really powerful. The guys smashed plenty of meta decks with it.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Playmaker is my hero
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Yep, this archetype is quite underrated because It's a bit bricky. But arrival rivals can help.
Is Card Advance a decent addition to a Steelswarm deck?
<< Anonymous(Matt)
Anonymous Reply
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.
<< Anonymous(Bosco)
Bosco Reply
Also Junk Warrior is in the Extra Deck
Try this
1x dark necrofear
1x chaos hunter
3x caucastag
3x caller
3x genome
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

Why does everyone keep forgetting about Arrivals? That card is not so bad in these decks...
<< Anonymous
Fiend Reply
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
However, if they brick you are doomed XD!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
cool deck
Thank me later
Monstermorph: Evolution
2x Dynatherium
1x Hercules
3x Longhorn
1x Caller
3x Genome
2x Mausoleum
2x Card Advance
1x Mirror Wall
1x Powerful Rebirth
1x Wall of Disruption
1x Infestation Ripple
2x Infestation Tool
<< Anonymous(Thank me later)
Anonymous Reply
This decklist is absolutely trash, I’ve gone 0-10 in both comp. and PvE. Don’t invest in this guy’s list.
<< Anonymous(Thank me later)
arkomaster Reply
nahh i dont like it, has many cons

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