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Harpie: Deck Recipe

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update 15/11/2018

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Overview

I have to admit that playing Harpies' Hunting Ground in combination with Mind Scan has always been a dream of mine and I’m sure this idea crossed your mind as well if you were around back when this deck was still popular.

It can’t be denied that Blackstorm Rising has significantly improved this archetype by making the Field Spell available without the use of the homonymous Skill and by also giving us a card that can search it, but Harpies still seem to lack something when it comes to offense.

If you believe that pretty much any deck can reach King of Games right now with the help of some expensive backrow, you would be absolutely right: Harpies are by no means going to make a comeback because of this new wave of support, but this doesn’t mean they are not a viable deck; if you invested in this new Main BOX and you feel like going back in time, you might want to try out this deck.

Example Deck

Harpie QueenHarpie QueenHarpie QueenBirdfaceBirdfaceHarpie Dancer
Harpie DancerHarpie DancerCyber Harpie LadyCyber Harpie LadyCyber Harpie LadyHarpies' Hunting Ground
Harpies' Hunting GroundMirror WallMirror WallMirror WallWidespread RuinWidespread Ruin
Widespread RuinHysteric Party----

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Mind Scan
From the third turn and onward, you can see the opponents card as long as your Life Points are 3000 or Higher.
Maximillion Pegasus
Maximillion Pegasus

How to Use

Harpie's Hunting Ground

This Field Spell will increase the ATK of your monsters by 200, putting all of them, with the exception of Harpie Dancer, above any Level 4 Destiny HERO and making the able, with the help of Mirror Wall, to survive even the attack of a Blue-Eyes White Dragon or a Cosmo Brain.

Whenever a monster named “Harpie Lady” or “Harpie Lady Sisters” is Normal of Special Summoned on either side of the field, the player who Summoned it targets and destroys a Spell/Trap Card on the field.

Since Harpie Lady 1, Harpie Queen, Harpie Dancer and Cyber Harpie Lady are all treated as “Harpie Lady” while on the field, you will be able to trigger the effect of the Field Spell quite often, but keep in mind that it is mandatory, so you might want to avoid activating Harpies’ Hunting Ground right away when you are going first or there aren’t any suitable targets on the opponent’s side of the field.

Harpies became notorious in Duel Links for their ability to blow up the opponent’s backrow, but not all decks run a lot of Spell/Trap Cards right now.

Harpie Queen

You can discard Harpie Queen from your hand to add a copy of Harpies' Hunting Ground from your Deck to your hand; Harpie Queen has a pretty high ATK for a Level 4 monster, reaching 2100 ATK under the Field Spell.

Due to the fact that we are running 3 copies of this card, you might want to reduce Harpies’ Hunting Ground to only one: while removal for Spell/Trap Cards is not uncommon in the current meta, the deck can function without the Field Spell.

Harpie Dancer

Harpie Dancer, in combination with the Field Spell, is able to destroy two Spell/Trap Cards per turn: its effect allows you to return any WIND monster you control to the hand and then Normal Summon one.

You can activate Harpie Dancer's effect even if you don't have any monsters in your hand and, since it's not stated otherwise, you can also return Harpie Dancer itself to the hand and then Normal Summon it with its own effect.

Birdface

The fact that Birdface can’t trigger the effect of Harpies' Hunting Ground is not necessarily a bad thing: sometimes your opponent may simply not have anything you can or want to destroy. When this card is sent to the Graveyard, you can search Cyber Harpie Lady; now that Amazoness Onslaught is not around anymore, it will certainly be easier to activate this effect, but keep in mind that it can miss the timing.

Cyber Harpie Lady

Cyber Harpie Lady is here just because of its high ATK and the fact that it is always treated as “Harpie Lady”, giving it synergy with Harpies' Hunting Ground, Birdface and Hysteric Party.

Hysteric Party

Another new card that comes from the latest Main BOX, Hysteric Party gives Harpies the ability to swarm the field very quickly.

You need to discard a card in order to activate this Continuous Trap and you must also have at least a monster named “Harpie Lady” in the Graveyard first, but that’s pretty easy thanks to Harpie Queen.

The monsters Special Summoned by Hysteric Party are destroyed when it leaves the field, but you could Tribute one of them to activate Enemy Controller and steal an opponent’s monster without repercussions.

Protection

Mirror Wall is great against Blue-Eyes and Masked HEROes, but you might prefer Wall of Disruption, as it is often more effective against Vampires.

Widespread Ruin is a really powerful card, it allows you to destroy the Attack Position monster your opponent controls with the highest ATK, meaning that trying to play around it by attacking with the low ATK monsters first will not work; this Trap Card works very well against Masked HEROes.

Additional Notes

Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Mind Scan
From the third turn and onward, you can see the opponents card as long as your Life Points are 3000 or Higher.
Maximillion Pegasus
Maximillion Pegasus

You might be tempted to run Harpies' Last Will, but the Skill is not that easy to activate due to its requirements and it also doesn't solve any of the issues the deck has. Mind Scan is a pretty obvious choice: it allows you to know what cards you want to destroy and which ones you can play instead just play around.

Weaknesses

  • When it comes to their ATK, Harpies are really unimpressive, especially when you compare them to some of the most common monsters in the current meta, they will struggle dealing with Blue-Eyes, Masked HERO and Vampire, but they do have a good matchup against Gladiator.

  • Sheer ATK is not everything, but the deck also lacks removal: Wild Tornado and Big Bang Shot are interesting options, but they are too slow for modern standards.

  • I wouldn’t advise investing in Blackstorm Rising specifically for Harpies, it should be more of an incidental thing; Bujin and Dragunity look very promising and, if they become popular, they will just be other decks against which Harpies can do very little.

Comments

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Anonymous 25days ago
Feels like the deck could use a boss monster
<< Anonymous(Lovely Aster)
Anonymous 24days ago Reply
How about trophosphere?
<< Anonymous
Lovely Aster 24days ago Reply
That is also cool.
<< Anonymous(Lovely Aster)
HarpieHaneboki 1days ago Reply
Tried 1 witchraider in my harpie deck. Such a good tech option. Thanks for the idea!
<< Anonymous(HarpieHaneboki)
Lovely Aster 1days ago Reply
Sure. Glad that I could help you!
HarpieHaneboki 10days ago
I built a deck today and was pretty satisfied with the consistency until I realized just how much Yubel decks would be a problem. Too bad dimensional prison isn’t available.
Anonymous 21days ago
Cuando llege channeler, perfumer,y dragon phantasmal, este mazo funcionara, pero supongo que me conformo con esto.
Evil Rick 29days ago
lol

So... I guess every deck is viable so long as you put multiple Paleozoic Canadia and Mirror Walls on it, uh?

I mean, it's not like your opponent could take advantage of your Hunting Grounds and get you to distroy your own set traps, right?

PD: Double checked this, only to make sure little snow-flakes don't get triggered over typing errors.
<< Anonymous(Evil Rick)
Anonymous 29days ago Reply
Really? What happen if their enemies summon azure eyes in def position or any monster with high stat? None of them can get over 3k atk, none of them having effect that destroy monster, trap is only their hope
<< Anonymous
Special Snowflake 29days ago Reply
That's why you tech in Blast with Chain, Big Bang Shot, or Wild Tornado.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 28days ago Reply
That's why econ exist and that's also why it's broken
Did you see how gunsblazing won many games with harpiers only because he had Econ in hand or field
<< Anonymous(Evil Rick)
Anonymous 24days ago Reply
You forgot Wall of Disruption.
Anonymous 28days ago
Instead of sisters and egotist, play birdface/harpie dancer with ties of the brethren. you would destroy your entire opponent backrow in the process.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 28days ago Reply
No, Ties of the Brethen count as a single summon, not 2 or 3.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 27days ago Reply
But you can still bounce back with dancer and summon again for a second pop
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 25days ago Reply
Harpies can’t adford a large lp sacrifice like that
Anonymous 25days ago
bring in smorgh bird of ancestry as boss monster
Lovely Aster 27days ago
This really looks good for a field spell if it can stay there for awhile.
<< Anonymous(Lovely Aster)
Anonymous 27days ago Reply
So cool !
Lovely Aster 28days ago
Even with hysteric party, phoenix formation probably still won't be a thing, I bet. I wish it was as easy as burst stream of destruction...
<< Anonymous(Lovely Aster)
Anonymous 28days ago Reply
Phoenix Formation is just too crap to be used. Even real life players complained when Phoenix Formation's real life effect is revealed.
<< Anonymous
Lovely Aster 27days ago Reply
Triangle ectasy spark is easier than this card. I hope we get that someday.
<< Anonymous(Lovely Aster)
Dude 27days ago Reply
It’s a mai Lvl up reward bro...
<< Anonymous(Dude)
Lovely Aster 27days ago Reply
Lol You are right. Back then I was so focused on levelling her up just to get the Amazoness stuff that I forgot.
Anonymous 28days ago
Pretty much an Anti-backrow deck
HarpieHaneboki 28days ago
This is quite a stretch of a card to use. But what do you guys think of using gravity lash in this deck?
<< Anonymous(HarpieHaneboki)
Lovely Aster 28days ago Reply
Idk. I was thinking of blast with chain, maybe.
Anonymous 28days ago
Not sure why you'd include TTH in a deck with so many other traps. It's not worth hoping to draw it first compared to how likely it'll be a dead draw. Especially if it's taking up the slot a second ECon would have.
<< Anonymous
Lovely Aster 28days ago Reply
GameA is obsessed with TTH no matter what. They even left out a second celestial in their balance heroes example deck that also had a bunch of other traps just to include it.
Anonymous 29days ago
Put 3 Canadias + 3 Mirror Walls + 3 Wall of Disruption + 2 Enemy Controller = A Competitive Deck
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 29days ago Reply
Lmao thats true dude
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 28days ago Reply
that is one hell of an expensive deck

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