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Steelswarm: deck recipe

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Overview

“Steelswarm” is an archetype of mostly DARK Fiend-Type monsters with 0 DEF whose main strategy revolves around Tribute Summoning. When they are Tribute Summoned by Tributing a monster(s) of their own archetype, “Steelswarm” monsters gain various effects that can range from Special Summoning to removal.

Example Deck

Skull MeisterSphere KuribohSphere KuribohSphere KuribohStygian SecurityStygian Security
Stygian SecuritySteelswarm MothSteelswarm MothSteelswarm MothSteelswarm GirastagSteelswarm Girastag
Steelswarm GirastagSteelswarm CellSteelswarm CellSteelswarm CellSteelswarm ScoutSteelswarm Scout
Cosmic CycloneCosmic Cyclone----

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Restart
Can be used only once after starting hands are dealt. Reveal and redraw your starting hand. Your first Draw will be skipped if you use this Skill.
Maximillion Pegasus
Maximillion Pegasus

How to Use

Stygian Security & Steelswarm Scout

When Stygian Security is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard, it allows you to Special Summon a Level 1 Fiend-Type monster directly from your Deck.

Use Stygian Security’s effect to Special Summon Steelswarm Scout. Even if your opponent destroys Steelswarm Scout, at the start of your Main Phase, you will be able to Special Summon it back from the Graveyard.

In order to be able to activate this effect, you must control no Spell/Trap Cards and, if Steelswarm Scout is Special Summoned this way, you cannot Special Summon any other monsters for the rest of the turn.

Steelswarm Cell

If you control no monsters, you can Special Summon Steelswarm Cell from your hand.

  • Special Summon Steelswarm Cell and then Tribute Summon Steelswarm Moth or Steelswarm Girastag.

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.

Steelswarm Moth & Steelswarm Girastag

When it’s Tribute Summoned by Tributing a “Steelswarm” monster (Steelswarm Cell or Steelswarm Scout), by paying 1000 Life Points, Steelswarm Moth allows you to target up to two cards on your opponent’s side of the field and return them to their hand, whereas Steelswarm Girastag allows you to target a card your opponent controls, send it to the Graveyard and then gain 1000 Life Points.

Both Steelswarm Moth and Steelswarm Girastag have the ability to remove from the field cards your opponent controls without destroying them; their effects can be used to get rid of problematic monsters such as Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En and/or your opponent’s back row, enabling OTKs and/or slowly gaining control of the field.

While it’s true that cards such as Arrivalrivals and Escalation of the Monarchs can be played in order to be able to Tribute Summon Steelswarm Moth and Steelswarm Girastag during your opponent’s turn to disrupt their plays, they usually end up losing a lot of value whenever you are not on the play because of Shi En’s ability to negate their activation.

It should be noted that Steelswarm Moth and Steelswarm Girastag’s effects can be used to return Shi En to the Extra Deck or send it to the Graveyard and enable

Additional Notes

Skills

[Skill] descriptionUser
Restart
Can be used only once after starting hands are dealt. Reveal and redraw your starting hand. Your first Draw will be skipped if you use this Skill.
Maximillion Pegasus
Maximillion Pegasus

Opening with Stygian Security, Steelswarm Cell or Steelswarm Scout and Steelswarm Moth or Steelswarm Girastag is quite important: Restart will allow you to reset a potential weak or unplayable hand.

[Skill] descriptionUser
KaibaCorp Bling
Can be used each time your Life Points decrease by 1800. In the Draw Phase, instead of doing a normal draw, draw a random Prismatic or Glossy Card.
Mokuba Kaiba
Mokuba Kaiba

This Skill has synergy with both Steelswarm Moth and Cosmic Cyclone. You can run a Glossy copy of Steelswarm Cell or Steelswarm Moth / Steelswarm Girastag to be able to draw exactly the card that you need at the right time.

Weaknesses

  • Both Steelswarm Moth and Steelswarm Girastag’s effect target your opponent’s cards, so “Hazy Flame” and, during the turn they were Summoned, “Ancient Gear” monsters (under Ancient Gear Fortress) can be problematic for this deck.
  • Ancient Gear Reactor Dragon and Ancient Gear Wyvern will prevent you from activating Sphere Kuriboh and Stygian Security’s effect.

Comments

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Anonymous
Look here son... Good archetype in TCG/OCG become trash in DL *cries in Lightsworn*
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Did someone just say neos was good in tcg, my head hurts
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
No, they said Neos was bad in both.

Honestly, there's a lot of archetypes that are good in one, bad in the other, or good in both, or bad in both. Allies of Justice are bad in both, for example. Aliens and Hazy are good here, but bad in the TCG/OCG. Lightsworn is good in the TCG/OCG, but fairly bad here.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Machina is also bad in both. Especially since I don't think we have the boss card Machina Force lol
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Vampire also kinda qualifies. Konami keeps trying to support it for some reason, but it still doesn't become Tier 1.

And in DL Vampires are doing nothing due to lack of proper support.
Anonymous
Can I reach to KOG with this example deck?
<< Anonymous(Helxabe)
Oldtimer Reply
Nice. Currently at dlvl20 with steelswarms. Let's get it!
<< Anonymous(Oldtimer)
Oldtimer Reply
Update, 21.
<< Anonymous(Oldtimer)
macsfinest Reply
Which deck?
<< Anonymous(macsfinest)
Oldtimer Reply
Started from this: https://youtu.be/c-CGuHQcTKI
Tweaked based on what I faced.
Dropped 1 Mantis, 1 Ripples, 1 Tool and Arrivalrivals. Added 1 sphere, 2 Gyokkou and Card Advance.
I've hoovered alot between 21 and 22, haven't tried Monstermorph evo yet, but you could do some shennenigans with that and Hercules. It's a fun deck wich can dominate fairly easy or brick so hard.
Good luck.
Anonymous
My deck so far including the newer monsters.

2x Mantis
2x Caucustag
1x Gigastag
3x Caller
2x Cell
3x Scout
3x Arrivalrivals
2x Econ
2x Escalation of the monarchs

Been working well so far with a few wins in ranked (only gold cause I don’t play that often) but still playing about with it.
<< Anonymous
Hasdr Reply
How do you obtain more Sr steelswarm monsters
<< Anonymous(Hasdr)
I <3 Steelswarms Reply
Restet the box and reopen them.
<< Anonymous
Trey 23days ago Reply
What is “Econ”?
<< Anonymous(Trey)
Anonymous 23days ago Reply
Enemy Controller
Anonymous
To be honest the deck is rather slow for some reason.. Haven't got any success with the deck so far. Anyone had a better luck? :(
<< Anonymous
Steelswarm main Reply
I run Monstermorph: Evolution with
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

Customise as you like (I might change it when I get Mantis), it’s been pretty consistent for me so far
<< Anonymous(Steelswarm main)
Anonymous Reply
This list is no better than the garbage gamea one. Don’t waste your time on Steelswarms, people.
<< Anonymous
arkomaster Reply
i made a deck similar to the one above, maybe a little better and i can tell ya that no one can beat me even if my hand is bad, only if its so bad that i cant play noithing i can lose but its very rare because every card goes with another perfectly
Anonymous
Try minimizing Tributed monster, and instead used Heavy Starter
Try using the recover 0 dark def
<< Anonymous
ValleCula Reply
You would need another Level 5 or higher monster with a different name for that Skill. Caucastag, Longhorn and Hercules require 2 or 3 Tributes and Mantis doesn't interact well with Scout. Moreover, both Cell and Scout can only be Tributed to Summon a "Steelswarm" monster, so you can't even run a monster that is not part of the archetype.
<< Anonymous(ValleCula)
Anonymous Reply
You can always added Lv 5 or higher monster that easy to summon, like Witch Rider
<< Anonymous(ValleCula)
Anonymous Reply
Also, i could say that guarantee to have tribute monster is better than have a chance to have all the card in hand is either tribute monster(which is high due to 6 tribute monster in 20 deck) or no tribute monster
That's why you can take some hit and added Mantis to improve consistance
Anonymous
It's brick like Donald Trump face, tribute ilswarm archetype are trash until XYZ come.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
XYZ has been in the game for a while though
<< Anonymous
Slep Reply
^ This
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I think he meant Xyz
Goodperson25
Doesn't Shi En only negate activations? Arrivalrivals is out on the front of disrupting Shi En sure but Escalation is a continuous trap don't you just activate it (not necessarily use it's effect) as soon as you see the potential for Shi En? (If they have Shi En already you're kinda past the point of disruption)

I'm quite possibly mistaken especially since the thing I remember clearest not getting negated is sending dojo/united to the grave. But you could still use it before Shi En gets brought out.

Escalation does mess up scout of course.
<< Anonymous(Goodperson25)
ValleCula Reply
You are correct: Shi En is only able to negate the activation of a Spell/Trap Card, so, if Escalation is already face-up on your side of the field, you can safely use its effect to Tribute Summon Moth or Girastag during their Main or Battle Phase.
<< Anonymous(Goodperson25)
ValleCula Reply
Sure, if you are going 1st, you can Set Escalation and prevent your opponent from Summoning Shi En by bouncing their monsters back into hand with Moth or by sending Fuma to the GY with Girastag, but, if you are going 2nd, the Trap Card instantly becomes a lot worse. I would rather run Scout honestly, but I do also like the idea of using the effects of your monsters during your opponent's turn.
Pec
try this deck

<< Anonymous(Pec)
Anonymous Reply
Nice deck... Btw why u putting a steelswarm sentinel there?
<< Anonymous(Pec)
arkomaster Reply
nah its not bad but it has many mistakes, like that sentinel and more caucastages than genomes, also if you want to be a steelswarm master you MUST have the escalation of the monarchs card because its just perfect for steelswarm deck. but keep buying crusaders battlegrounds deck and you will become better ;)
Anonymous
I've seen a lot of ISWARM lately :o
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Me too, in the comment section.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 22days ago Reply
hahahah
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
Anonymous
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.
Matt
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.

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