Do you never draw a monster when you need it most? Do you wish that your Field would fill up faster? If so, then try the “Swarm” strategy. Swarming Decks (like Six Samurai Decks) fill up your Monster-Card Zones quickly to catch your slowpoke opponents off-guard and keep them away from your precious Life Points.
Warning: Swarming contains no vitamins and may include such side-effects as screams of fury and foaming at the mouth in your foes. Read on to find out if the Swarm is right for you!
A Swarm Welcome
In lay-Duelists’ terms, to swarm is to fill your Field with Monsters as quickly as possible. Maybe you want to keep your opponent at a distance. Maybe you want to overwhelm them with superior numbers. Or maybe you just want to amass Tributes to summon your star beastie. Certain swarm-friendly cards even have inter-dependent Effects, while others just get stronger if there’s a full Field. You can even skew your swarm toward a specific Level, making them excellent fodder for Xyz’s and Synchros.
A Turn of The Screw
Some of the best Swarm-friendly monsters to date are Wind-Ups. Like many of their predecessors, such as the Six Samurai and Lightsworns, Wind-Ups’ effects play off of one another. Many involve Special Summoning more Wind-Ups to the field or some other type of advantage. Also, while most of their effects are one-shots, even a small number can grant you control while Wind-Up Factory ensures there’s always more coming down the pipeline.
Needs of the Many
Here are a few cards to consider if you’re planning to get in on the Swarm action:
Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon
Banish a Dragon-type monster to Special Summon Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon. As long as it’s around, you can Special Summon any Dragon from your Hand or Graveyard once per turn!
Discard one card to Special Summon this guy from your hand. Quick, easy and deadly.
United We Stand
Give any monster 800 ATK for every Monster on your Field, including itself. Awesome Equip Spell? Or the awesomest Equip Spell?
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by Chris Turner
About Chris Turner
A casual duelist and former Viz Media intern, Chris has ascended the ranks and now writes for us as a freelancer.