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Creative Deck Profile: Therion Twice, with Superheavy Samurai Rikka and Evilswarm, ft. POTE Support

The Therion theme shines today with two separate strategies!


Strategic Summary:

Welcome back to another dual-profile, this time centered on displaying the intricacies of the Therion theme. Besides having text that must have been a nightmare to localize for the TCG, the Therion archetype features a group of monsters of diverse types that can Special Summon themselves from the hand by equipping another Therion monster or a monster of the same type from the GY. Additionally, whenever most Therion monsters are equipped to another via one of these effects, the Monster Therion gains the monster effects of the equipped Therion monsters as well. For example, Therion “Lily” Borea can be summoned by equipping a Therion or a Plant monster, and it can send any card from your hand or field to the GY to tutor a Therion Spell/Trap. The boss monster of the Therion theme is Therion Irregular (YGOrg Translation), a Level 10 Machine that equips up to 3 Therion monsters from your GY to Special Summon from the hand, of course gaining their effects and adding extra muscle. Given all that, let me discuss the two strategies I’m presenting today.

First up is Therion Evilswarm Infestation. This build capitalizes on the overlapping types of the diversity of both the Evilswarm and Therion archetypes – there’s almost perfect overlap. In this build, Evilswarm Mandragora can be used to summon Borea, Evilswarm Castor can be used to summon Therion “Bulls” Ein, Evilswarm Ketos can be used to summon Therion “Leaper” Fam, and finally Evilswarm Azzathoth can be used to summon Therion “Empress” Arasia (YGOrg Translation). On its own, the Evilswarm theme now capitalizes on the advantage provided by their link monster, Steelswarm Origin, which can summon an swarm monster(s) from the deck up to the number of monsters destroyed at once by battle or card effect. It also forces your opponent to summon from the Extra Deck to the zone it points to, which can mess up a few combo link decks. In addition to Origin, the old disruptive boss still exists in full force, Evilswarm Ophion, to prevent either player from summoning Level 5+ monsters. We’re also using its effect here to tutor Infestation Terminus, giving you even more disruptive options even if Ophion would be forced off the board by the opponent.

As for the second build today, this one is Superheavy Rikka Therion. This features the Superheavy Samurai archetype, a group of EARTH machines designed to be played without Spells/Traps, using them as an engine to support the WATER plant Rikka archetype. This interacts with the two primary Therion monsters, Borea (plant) and Therion “King” Regulus (machine) quite nicely, but definitely just uses the Therion monsters as a side engine rather than a core strategy component. After cycling through endless Superheavy Samurai monsters and gaining absurd card advantage, the goal of this build is to pass the strategy over to the Rikka to close out the duel with powerful Xyz monsters. Rikka Queen Strenna, when tributed, can bring out other Plant Xyz monster such as Sacred Tree Beast, Hyperyton, but the newest members of the Rikka archetype really drive this strategy forward. Their new Level 4 monster, Rikka Snow Princess (YGOrg Translation), gives the deck the ability to disrupt your opponent’s monster effects, and Rikka Arrival (YGOrg Translation), the archetype’s first Field Spell, lets you tribute your opponent’s monsters in place of your own to activate Rikka effects. Combine this with a Rikka Glamour that Arrival can set from the deck, and you can trade an opponent’s monster to tutor a Borea and a Snowdrop the Rikka Fairy or a Rikka Snow Princess and a Primula the Rikka Fairy – the options are endless, so take full advantage of all this bridal theme has to offer!

Provided Decklists:

Therion Evilswarm Infestation

Monsters: 21
|| Therion Irregular
||| Therion “King” Regulus
||| Therion “Lily” Borea
| Therion “Empress” Alasia
| Therion “Bull” Ain
| Therion “Reaper” Fum
| Evilswarm Ketos
||| Evilswarm Castor
||| Evilswarm Kerykeion
|| Evilswarm Mandragora
| Evilswarm Azzathoth

Spells: 9
| Reinforcement of the Army
| Therion Charge
| Terraforming
| Called by the Grave
| Infestation Pandemic
| Double or Nothing!
||| Therion Discolosseum

Traps: 10
| Therion Cross
| Therion Stand Up!
| Infestation Terminus
| Infestation Infection
||| Dragon King’s Aura
||| Solemn Strike

Extra Deck:
| Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS – Sky Thunder
| Number 22: Zombiestein
| The Zombie Vampire
| Number 38: Hope Harbinger Dragon Titanic Galaxy
|| Evilswarm Ophion
| Number 39: Utopia
| Evilswarm Bahamut
| Tornado Dragon
| Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir
| Evilswarm Exciton Knight
| Evilswarm Nightmare
| Number 39: Utopia Double
| Steelswarm Origin
| Bujinki Ahashima


Superheavy Rikka Therion

Monsters: 31
| Therion Irregular
| Therion “King” Regulus
| Hellebore the Rikka Fairy
||| Therion “Lily” Borea
| Snowdrop the Rikka Fairy
| Therion “Bull” Ain
| Therion “Reaper” Fum
| Erica the Rikka Fairy
|| Mudan the Rikka Fairy
||| Superheavy Samurai Wagon
||| Superheavy Samurai Soulpiercer
| Primula the Rikka Fairy
| Superheavy Samurai Scales
||| Rikka Snow Princess
||| Lonefire Blossom
| Aromage Laurel
| Spore
| Aromaseraphy Angelica
| Rikka Petal
| Superheavy Samurai Soulpeacemaker

Spells: 9
| One for One
|| Rikka Glamour
| Terraforming
| Monster Reborn
|| Rikka Arrival
|| Therion Discolosseum

Traps: 2
| Rikka Sheet
| Therion Stand Up!

Extra Deck:
| Periallis, Empress of Blossoms
| Sacred Tree Beast, Hyperyton
| Teardrop the Rikka Queen
| Alsei, the Sylvan High Protector
| Orea, the Sylvan High Arbiter
| Kanzashi the Rikka Queen
|| Rikka Queen Strenna
| Borrelsword Dragon
|| Aromaseraphy Jasmine
| Bujinki Ahashima
|| Sylvan Dancepione
| Superheavy Samurai Scarecrow


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