You’ve probably always wondered about that strange neighbor who has more than 30 cats running around their home. Wonder no more – thanks to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manuel of Mental Disorders (vol V), your neighbor can now be diagnosed with “Hoarding Disorder”.
What if the Harpies were suddenly bedeviled by this plague? Would they collect cats, crafts, or kewpies? No, they would hoard dragons. One Pet Dragon is not enough. There would be so many dragon droppings you couldn't walk three feet without stepping in it. Not a pretty home ... or nest.
So let's make a deck! The Dragon Hoarding Harpy deck might look like this:
|Core Deck||25||Dragon Side||15||Harpy Side||15|
|H Channeler||3||Blaster||3||Harpie Dancer||2|
|Harpie Lady||3||Tempest||2||Mist Valley Falcon||2|
|Pet Dragon||2||Maxx C||3|
|Delta Flyer||1||Harpie Hunting||1|
|Dark Spear||1||Sacred Sword||3||Egotist||1|
|Hysteric Sign||3||Hysteric Party||2|
|Harpie Hunting||1||Trap Stun||2|
|Dragon Deck||Harpy Deck|
|Harpie Channeler||3||Harpie Channeler||3|
|Harpie Lady||3||Harpie Lady||3|
|Harpie Queen||2||Harpie Queen||2|
|Pet Dragon||2||Pet Dragon||2|
|Delta Flyer||1||Delta Flyer||1|
|Dark Spear||1||Dark Spear||1|
|Swift ScareCrow||3||Swift ScareCrow||3|
|Redox||3||Mist Valley Falcon||2|
|Maxx C||3||MV Soldier||1|
|Hysteric Sign||3||Hysteric Sign||3|
|Harpie Hunting||1||Harpie Hunting||2|
|Sixth Sense||1||Sixth Sense||1|
First things first – The idea of using a 12 card dragon engine is not mine. All the credit for that idea goes to ssjason. The only credit I can get is taking this mutant miscreation into the last regional of the format. We who are about to die salute you.
I will avoid the flurry of comments by making a few pertinent observations:
- Why mix the two types? Transitional siding is usually not a good idea. It takes away a lot of flexibility. Besides, you opponent can usually tell something is up when he sees you grab your 15 card side deck. The first advantage is that a deck like this really throws people off. It’s Harpies … it’s dragons? The generation of the WTF moment is worth a misplay or two. The second reason is that players will side in dead cards. Go ahead – get those Iron Walls and Electric Viruses out.
- Why Redox and not Tidal? The dragon side of the deck has to win against dragons. That’s no small order. However, I am stacking the odds a bit by including 3 Swift Scarecrow and 3 Maxx “C”. Scarecrow is also a good choice because you may notice that there are not a lot of defensive traps in this deck. So far, my track record against dragon decks is not so good.
- Do you need Dracossack to play this deck? Sorry Virginia, but you will have to shell out the 60 to 70 dollars to get that card. This deck needs a first turn play and Master of Blades is not a good choice.
- What about effect negation? Sure … bring that up. I’m sure there is a Watt Lock with my name on it. Nevertheless, Harpies ability to wipe out the backrow will come in handy.
- Does the deck produce dead hands? Hmmm … like 2 Sacred Swords and no dragons? Or how ‘bout a Corsesca, Delta Flyer, and 2 Pet Dragons? Play out of that one Mai while you are staring at a couple of Graphas. Nevertheless, I have put in 13 targets for Blaster, 18 targets for Redox, and 21 targets for Tempest. At some point, the plays have to come.
- What about the Extra Deck? The extra deck is a standard mix of level 8 synchros and rank 4 and 7 XYZ. The only additional monster is StarEater because he’s big, he can be made with Delta Flyer, and he’s big.
I’m still not sure about this deck. I’ll give it a few more real life plays before making my final decision. After all, the Bubble Boy wants his invite!