Steelswarm Roach | Deck and Rulings

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Steelswarm Roach

Steelswarm Roach
Monster TypeFiend
Card typeXyz / Effect
Card Effect TypeQuick Effect
ArchetypesSteelswarm / lswarm


2 Level 4 monsters
During either player's turn, when a Level 5 or higher monster would be Special Summoned: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; negate the Special Summon, and if you do, destroy it.

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Monster/Spell/Trap categoriesDestroys Monster Cards / Destroys negated Summons
Summoning categoriesNegates Special Summons / 2 Xyz Materials


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he's kinda... :flushed:
Sh|t getting worse and worse. Link monsters will completely k|ll it (supposing it was ever alive in this game)
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
It was alive for a very short time. This card was quite popular for a few months after its release. But then people realized that this card has too many counters and they've stopped using it.

And yeah, Links will make this card even worse.
Can this card work against BE deck? I don’t want to waste gems if it doesn’t.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
not all of BE cards, only ones that don't start a chain.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Basically, can stop all synchro summons (typical in blue eyes) and be alternative dragon. Nothing else. Usually, Abyss dweller is a better choise when facing a BE deck.
F2P player
This card couldnt negate summoning high level monster when opponent using dark fusion spell card. Thank you Konami giving vague description
<< Anonymous(F2P player)
Anonymous Reply
Its called "ruling" and it has been like that from long long long time ago :)
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
To be fair, the ruling is sometimes unnecessarily complicated.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
This is because you can't chain in the middle of resolving card effect.

When you are using polymerization like card, if your opponent negate it, you won't send the material into the GY. This is because sending monster to GY is occurs in the resolving process.
This card dosen't work and is bugged in duel links. I've tried using it numerous times vs blue eyes, dark magician, synchro etc etc. I haven't been prompted to use it's ability even once.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
It does exactly what it says
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Not it doesn't and I've known this for a while, the wording is intentionally misleading and vague.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
It's not intentionally misleading. You just don't know the rules of this game.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
You're stupid.
Does this guy do anything, I keep summoning him but he hasn't been able to prevent even one special summon of a level 5 or higher
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
When facing a BE deck this card can only negate syncros. Note that Spirit dragon effect to summon another syncro blue eyes doesn't count as syncro summon
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply

Well yeah, all of those are not inherent Summon.

As he above anon says, the only thing you can stop with Roach in a BE deck is BE's Synchro Summon.

Against BE, bring out Abyss Dweller instead.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
It's completly bugged, pardon the pun in my experience. I havent even had it activate once ever.
<< Anonymous
Not KoG Reply
In the ED, Steelswarm Roach is paired with Abyss Dweller. If the player sets, XYZ Abyss Dweller because that is a GY trigger. If the player sets TRAPS, XYZ Steelswarm Roach first because it wants to clear your board to summon a big stick.
Did not activate on Battle phase
<< Anonymous(Mukai)
Anonymous Reply
This card has some restrictions. Scroll down to see some of those
<< Anonymous(Mukai)
Not KoG Reply
It is part of the rules for Monster Effect.
Not KoG
This card cannot 🔥 XYZ and Fusions, as designed. It can 🔥 Jinzo and Synchros (HARPIE), so basically niche in the format.
What this card does is rather limited making it among the trash of dl
This card is a joke and doesn't work. Needs fixing or may as well drop it from your extra deck.
I just can see it, there will be lots of questions about this card in the future, due to its effect being only able to respond to built-in/inherent Special Summon, and cannot respond to Special Summon that starts a Chain/occur due to resolution of a card's effect (since you cannot interrupt a card in the middle of resolving).
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
tra tras rash trash can
<< Anonymous
Not KoG Reply
Unfortunately Roach CANNOT negate XYZ because it does not have a level.
<< Anonymous
Not KoG Reply
Very good card because it is easier to side this in the extra slot. Kills Levianeer all day.
Newkama kenpo
Can steelswarm roach negate special summon level 5 or more of

* synchro summon? (harpies, blue eyes, stardust, red dragon archfiend)

* fusion summon? (ddd, cavalry, red eyes, masked hero)

* levianeer, blue eyes from ancient stone, dragonduo
<< Anonymous(somesmuck)
Anonymous Reply
Roach can negate and destroy special summon of junk synchron and stardust
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
^Its junk warrior not junk synchron
<< Anonymous(somesmuck)
Ho Lee Fuk Reply
Defaq, roach CAN negate synchro you imbecile
<< Anonymous(Newkama kenpo)
Not KoG Reply
Steelswarm is a strong card as it negates the meta creatures (BE, HARPIE, PENDULUM YES PENDULUM TAKE THAT MAIOSENJU)
Yes to Synchro, SS by Effect, AND Fusion Summon as long as it is LEVEL 5+.

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