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Evilswarm Ophion

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EDIT: Realized there was in fact a thread on this guy. Then again, that thread is also about 6 months old, so lock this one if you wish.


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Evilswarm Ophion
DARK
Rank 4
Dragon/Xyz/Effect
2 Level 4 "lswarm" monsters
While this card is face-up on the field with Xyz Material, neither player can Special Summon Level 5 or higher monsters. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; add 1 "Infestation" Spell or Trap Card from your Deck to your hand.
ATK/2550 DEF/1650

This guy, who we'll be getting in December, is something of the Dolkka substitute of the OCG's Rabbit decks. His continuous effect is pretty killer against decks like Hieratic, Chaos Dragon, and the occasional large monster like Megaloabyss; while its effectiveness in increasingly Xyz-heavy formats has yet to be seen, it is something to watch out for.

As for its second effect, it's more useful than you might think, especially when used with the following card:

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Pandemic Contagion Infestation
Quick-Play Spell
This turn, all "lswarm" monsters you control are unaffected by the effects of other Spell and Trap Cards.

GIANT FORBIDDEN LANCE-ITIS YEAH


But how do you enable such a card? Well, we've got a few options:
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There's also the combination of Evilswarm Castor and Evilswarm Thunderbird, the latter of which is also a fairly good stun-type pick.


In fact, the majority of OCG "Dino-Rabbit" decks are closer to "Evol-swarm" decks, with the only actual support for Laggia being 3 copies of Sabersaurus.


While it seems pretty entertaining, and solves the consistency problem of current Rabbit decks to a degree, I'm unsure about its viability in a post-ABYR format. Thoughts?
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looks fun to work with :)
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That fact that Heliotrope is 1950 by itself will make this version see more play. Along with the added utility of Ophion, I feel like it gives Rabbit decks a big push.
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Blocks BLS, Sorc, Gorz, Trago, Fortress, etc for free, too?...I like it :wub:
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This card makes rabbits chaos dragon matchup about 4000000 times easier lol.
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fuck this card
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It cannot be Super-Poly'd!
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Oh yeah, to elaborate on "Evol-swarm" and the supposed "solving" of Dino-Rabbit's consistency:

As I said before, Laggia is not exactly the main focus of the deck anymore (in OCG). Originally, I believe Heliotrope was used in a similar manner to Sabersaurus (a beater that fulfilled certain Xyz requirements), but as Evilswarm got a few better options, the deck began to use them as well - not only to support easier Evilswarm Xyz summoning, but to take advantage of the monsters' own useful effects (i.e., Thunderbird).

What this means is that while Rabbit is still amazing in the deck, the deck can still function without over-reliance on it. This only became a bigger selling point with the hits to both Tour Guide and Rabbit himself.

Evilswarm also has the benefit of the somewhat overlooked Evilswarm Salamandra, who can not only become a big beater if needed, but is an Evilswarm and a Dinosaur. Usually, this guy's kinda teched in, though.
Evilswarm Mandragora is also seeing more play as a quick Rank 4 enabler.


And while I'm on this tangent/Evilswarm Rabbit semi-article thing, allow me to bring your attention to this dude.
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LIGHT
Rank 4
Warrior/Xyz/Effect
2 Level 4 LIGHT monsters
Once per turn: You can detach 2 Xyz Materials from this card to target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; its ATK becomes 0, also its effects are negated. When this card is destroyed by your opponent's card (either by battle or by card effect) and sent to your Graveyard: Draw 1 card.
ATK/2000 DEF/1000

This guy is also becoming quite popular in the OCG because, well, it's really good. I've even seen a few decks that have improved upon the former Gagaga Machu Mech OTK using this monster instead.

In any case, I mention this because even Laggia appears to be falling out of favor in some Japanese decks, and a few have tried using this monster to enable Chaos builds (using Raioh because he's good, and switching Sabersaurus for Alexandrite Dragon).

In addition, the use of more LIGHT monsters enables the use of Constellar Omega, a monster similar to Ophion in its ability to become a walking Lance.
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I fucks with this deck when it comes out. Looks fun.
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Every time I play this deck on DNet and see that my opponent is using Heroes or Chaos Dragon, I have an explosion in my pants.
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Evilswarm also has the benefit of the somewhat overlooked Evilswarm Salamandra, who can not only become a big beater if needed, but is an Evilswarm and a Dinosaur. Usually, this guy's kinda teched in, though.


I have always thought of Salamandra as being better in Chaos Dragons.

Being a Dinosaur, it is easily searchable by Fossil Dig.

It's a DARK Bazoo that gives you a way to modulate the graveyard, banish Eclipse Wyvern, add DAD.

DAD wins games and this sets everything up.

What puzzles me is why OCGers don't play Chaos Dragons at all, when they can drop DAD at will.
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I kinda get the feeling it may be because of the prevalence of Ophion to begin with.


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Evilswarm also has the benefit of the somewhat overlooked Evilswarm Salamandra, who can not only become a big beater if needed, but is an Evilswarm and a Dinosaur. Usually, this guy's kinda teched in, though.


I have always thought of Salamandra as being better in Chaos Dragons.

Being a Dinosaur, it is easily searchable by Fossil Dig.

It's a DARK Bazoo that gives you a way to modulate the graveyard, banish Eclipse Wyvern, add DAD.

DAD wins games and this sets everything up.

What puzzles me is why OCGers don't play Chaos Dragons at all, when they can drop DAD at will.


oh shit @_@
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1950 vanilla is clutch. I have excite. Eff you stupid worthless Kabazauls.
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The fact that you can make Dolkka with Salamandra is hot too, fuck Kabazauls indeed.
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Evilswarm also has the benefit of the somewhat overlooked Evilswarm Salamandra, who can not only become a big beater if needed, but is an Evilswarm and a Dinosaur. Usually, this guy's kinda teched in, though.


I have always thought of Salamandra as being better in Chaos Dragons.

Being a Dinosaur, it is easily searchable by Fossil Dig.

It's a DARK Bazoo that gives you a way to modulate the graveyard, banish Eclipse Wyvern, add DAD.

DAD wins games and this sets everything up.

What puzzles me is why OCGers don't play Chaos Dragons at all, when they can drop DAD at will.


Or Rabbit => Double Heliolope => Lavalval Chain => Put DAD on top of your deck for next turn... With two DARKs in grave.
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Tl;dr: Invest in DT/HA07.
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