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- Consistent. Doesn't rely on multiple card combos to be successful
- Has overall great matchups against many meta decks
- Swarming multiple monsters with Lotus makes it very difficult for the opponent to deal with
- Backrow destruction comes assist the swarming
- If Harpies' Hunting Ground is destroyed, you lose your raw power and backrow removal. However, your opponent usually use up 1 card such as De-Spell, Twister, or Storm, so pure beatdown can overwhelm the remaining cards they have, especially with Order To Charge and Enemy Controller
- Weak to Red-Eyes Zombies which swarms with 2400 ATK monsters with Beatdown and doesn't rely on backrow protection
With Knight of the Red Lotus released, Harpies have been stronger than ever. Acting as a better Gravekeeper's Chief except with normal monsters, it can help you take control of the field easily and turn games around. Backrow destruction along with high ATK monsters and monster removal cards makes this deck a very consistent deck, doing very well against most matchups, even matchups that were once bad such as Handless Swift Gaia and Weevil Burn because of Lotus. Without Lotus (regular Harpies), I personally have a 45% win rate in Platinum but a 85% with 2 Lotus.
Beaters and Support Cards
To start off, the normal monsters, Sonic Duck and Blazing Inpachi (or another high beater like Dunames), are used for beatdown, overwhelming most lvl 4 and 3 monsters your opponent controls. Support cards for them including Order To Charge, Enemy Controller, and Mirror Wall. Order to Charge destroys troublesome monsters like Relinquished, Barrel Dragon, and Gravekeeper's monsters. In case you don't have any normal monsters, Mirror Wall is to protect your monsters from high ATK monsters like Swift Gaia or 3-Star Demotion; protecting your monsters without sacrificing them with Order To Charge allows you to tribute summon Lotus safely. Enemy Controller is also another card to protect your monsters, but often if not as often, using it offensively for lethal or monster removal a good play as well. When you have multiple monsters on the field, either from normal summoning or via Lotus, you can tribute take and proceed for lethal. Sometimes against 3SD you may want to take control of their Joan and destroy their second Joan or Barrel Dragon for example. Heart of the Underdog helps you draw monsters until you have a support card.
3 vanilla Harpie Ladies have great synergy with the rest of the deck while allowing you to pop backrow. Usually, you will want to pop cards you think are Mirror Wall, Michizure, or anything that can't activate in response to destruction and still be effective. For example, popping off an Enemy Controller might not do much because they can chain it and prevent you from attacking. It is also compatible with both Order to Charge and Lotus.
Knight of the Red Lotus, the MVP of this Deck
Finally, Knight of the Red Lotus has complete synergy and power with the rest of the deck. 2100 ATK may not seem like much but it's just enough to get over common monsters such as Flash Assailant and Cocoon. In addition to that, you can simply bring back the monster you used to tribute summon, such as a Sonic Duck. The big part about Lotus in Harpies is that it allows you special summon your Harpies and reuse Harpies' Hunting Ground to destroy another spell/trap. This can be devastating for most decks and may be the reason why people disconnect after Red Lotus is summoned. Also it can summon a lvl 4 or lower monster every single turn, so it can play around Yomi Ship, Mirror Wall, and other passive cards. And one bonus that has helped turn games around a lot if being able to special summon it if you have exactly 3 normal monsters in your graveyard. It sounds like a difficult condition but it actually happens very often when your monsters are destroyed while trading Econs, Windstorms, and Mirror Walls. When this does occur, you can turn games around by summoning 3 monsters in one turn: special summon Lotus, use Lotus to special summon a normal monster, and then summon another monster. Sometimes it's good to purposely send your normal monsters into the Graveyard so you have 3 by using Order To Charge and Enemy Controller tribute take, because you can special summon Lotus afterward and bring back the normal monster you just sacrificed. Lotus is the reason why Heart of the Underdog was included, since HotD can help you draw until Lotus or spell/trap.
The deck has multiple ways to answer to threats, and this is why this is a tier 1 deck and got me to King of Games easily. And due to consistency of not relying on a small handful of cards, this deck is also good in tournaments, which I won one recently with only 1 loss out of 11 Best out of 3 games.