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The non-"[[Steelswarm]]" "lswarm"s is a sub-archetype that focuses on Summoning Rank 4 "[[Evilswarm]]" [[Xyz Monsters]] using "[[Evilswarm Castor]]", "[[Evilswarm Mandragora]]" and "[[Evilswarm Kerykeion]]" to swarm level 4 "[[Evilswarm]]s. The Evilswarm Xyz Monsters are very powerful: they add field control to the deck with "[[Evilswarm Ophion]]" which prevents the special summon of any level 5 or higher monster; shutting down many popular decks such as "[[Agent]]s" and "[[Chaos]]-[[Dragons]]", "[[Evilswarm Nightmare]]" which disrupts special summoned monsters, "[[Evilswarm Bahamut]]" can permanently take control of your opponent's monster for a cost. [[Evilswarm Ouroboros]] can be used to gain hand and field advantage and by removing from play a monster from the opponent's graveyard disrupt cards like "[[Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World]]" or "[[Steelswarm Scout]]"/"[[Treeborn Frog]]" but requires 3 Level 4s to summon.
 
The non-"[[Steelswarm]]" "lswarm"s is a sub-archetype that focuses on Summoning Rank 4 "[[Evilswarm]]" [[Xyz Monsters]] using "[[Evilswarm Castor]]", "[[Evilswarm Mandragora]]" and "[[Evilswarm Kerykeion]]" to swarm level 4 "[[Evilswarm]]s. The Evilswarm Xyz Monsters are very powerful: they add field control to the deck with "[[Evilswarm Ophion]]" which prevents the special summon of any level 5 or higher monster; shutting down many popular decks such as "[[Agent]]s" and "[[Chaos]]-[[Dragons]]", "[[Evilswarm Nightmare]]" which disrupts special summoned monsters, "[[Evilswarm Bahamut]]" can permanently take control of your opponent's monster for a cost. [[Evilswarm Ouroboros]] can be used to gain hand and field advantage and by removing from play a monster from the opponent's graveyard disrupt cards like "[[Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World]]" or "[[Steelswarm Scout]]"/"[[Treeborn Frog]]" but requires 3 Level 4s to summon.
   
"lswarm" decks can also potentially utilise "[[Chaos Zone]]" effectively because "[[Evilswarm Salamandra]]" and "[[Evilswarm Thunderbird]]" provide large amounts of counters over and are useful in their own right. An "lswarm" deck using "[[Chaos Zone]]" can also benefit greatly from "[[Creeping Darkness]]" as it adds the core type of monster; Level 4 DARK as well as 2 Chaos Counters, making the re-summoning of the monsters used for the cost relatively easy. "[[Allure of Darkness]]" can also be very useful in this type of deck, with it's negative effect partially offset.
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"lswarm" decks can also potentially utilise "[[Chaos Zone]]" effectively because "[[Evilswarm Salamandra]]" and "[[Evilswarm Thunderbird]]" provide large amounts of counters over and are useful in their own right. An "lswarm" deck using "[[Chaos Zone]]" can also benefit greatly from "[[Creeping Darkness]]" as it adds the core type of monster; Level 4 DARK as well as 2 Chaos Counters, making the re-summoning of the monsters used for the cost relatively easy. "[[Allure of Darkness]]" can also be very useful in this type of deck, with its negative effect partially offset.
 
The latest "lswarm" monster; "[[Evilswarm Kerykeion]]" works particularly well in a Chaos Zone/Xyzing deck by recycling a monster as well as adding an extra summon and a Chaos Counter. Some might say that 3 copies can replace some or even all copies of "[[Evilswarm Castor]]", "[[Evilswarm Salamandra]]", and "[[Creeping Darkness]]".
 
The latest "lswarm" monster; "[[Evilswarm Kerykeion]]" works particularly well in a Chaos Zone/Xyzing deck by recycling a monster as well as adding an extra summon and a Chaos Counter. Some might say that 3 copies can replace some or even all copies of "[[Evilswarm Castor]]", "[[Evilswarm Salamandra]]", and "[[Creeping Darkness]]".
   

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"lswarm", known as "Verz" (ヴェルズ Veruzu) in the OCG is a Duel Terminal archetype of DARK-Attribute monsters which was introduced in Duel Terminal - Sacred Star Knights!!. Despite being released prior to "lswarm", the "Steelswarm" archetype is an "lswarm" sub-archetype, thus all "Steelswarm" monsters are supported by "lswarm" support cards.

The most significant feature of the non-"Steelswarm" "lswarm", except "Evilswarm Kerykeion", is that their ATK/DEF end with 50, and all known "lswarm", except "Evilswarm Golem" and "Evilswarm Coppelia", are Level or Rank 4.

Members

Each non-"Steelswarm" "lswarm" is based on a member of a previous Duel Terminal archetype, corrupted by the "lswarm" virus that was released from "Steelswarm Cell", shown in "Infestation Infection". There is a "lswarm" counterpart for each Duel Terminal archetype except "Vylon" and "Steelswarm".

Original monster "lswarm" counterpart Name origin
Worm Zero Evilswarm Azzathoth Azathoth
Constellar Pollux Evilswarm Castor Castor
Locomotion R-Genex + Genex Controller Evilswarm Coppelia Coppélia
Daigusto Falcos Evilswarm Hraesvelg Hræsvelgr
Ally of Justice Catastor Evilswarm Golem Golem
Gem-Knight Emerald Evilswarm Heliotrope Heliotrope
Gishki Shadow Evilswarm Ketos Ceto
Naturia Cosmobeet Evilswarm Mandragora Mandragora
Laval Cannon Evilswarm O'lantern Jack-o'-lantern
Jurrac Titano Evilswarm Salamandra Salamander
Mist Valley Apex Avian Evilswarm Thunderbird Thunderbird
Dragunity Aklys Evilswarm Zahak Zahhak
Neo Flamvell Origin Evilswarm Obliviwisp Will-o'-the-wisp
Constellar Sombres Evilswarm Kerykeion Kerykeion
XX-Saber Boggart Knight Evilswarm Nightmare Mare
Fabled Ragin + The Fabled Unicore Evilswarm Thanatos Thanatos
Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier Evilswarm Bahamut Bahamut
Gungnir, Dragon of the Ice Barrier Evilswarm Ophion Ophion
Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier Evilswarm Ouroboros Ouroboros

From "Duel Terminal Overlay Guide 2".

Story

A crisis has struck the Duel Terminal world. Nearly all living things across the planet have been corrupted, their bodies warped, and their minds slowly seized by a desire to destroy that is so strong, it becomes impossible to interact with others. The elders of the planet linked it to ancient lore of an identical plague, and so dubbed the infection, and the infected, the "Evilswarm."

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Strategy

The non-"Steelswarm" "lswarm"s is a sub-archetype that focuses on Summoning Rank 4 "Evilswarm" Xyz Monsters using "Evilswarm Castor", "Evilswarm Mandragora" and "Evilswarm Kerykeion" to swarm level 4 "Evilswarms. The Evilswarm Xyz Monsters are very powerful: they add field control to the deck with "Evilswarm Ophion" which prevents the special summon of any level 5 or higher monster; shutting down many popular decks such as "Agents" and "Chaos-Dragons", "Evilswarm Nightmare" which disrupts special summoned monsters, "Evilswarm Bahamut" can permanently take control of your opponent's monster for a cost. Evilswarm Ouroboros can be used to gain hand and field advantage and by removing from play a monster from the opponent's graveyard disrupt cards like "Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World" or "Steelswarm Scout"/"Treeborn Frog" but requires 3 Level 4s to summon.

"lswarm" decks can also potentially utilise "Chaos Zone" effectively because "Evilswarm Salamandra" and "Evilswarm Thunderbird" provide large amounts of counters over and are useful in their own right. An "lswarm" deck using "Chaos Zone" can also benefit greatly from "Creeping Darkness" as it adds the core type of monster; Level 4 DARK as well as 2 Chaos Counters, making the re-summoning of the monsters used for the cost relatively easy. "Allure of Darkness" can also be very useful in this type of deck, with its negative effect partially offset. The latest "lswarm" monster; "Evilswarm Kerykeion" works particularly well in a Chaos Zone/Xyzing deck by recycling a monster as well as adding an extra summon and a Chaos Counter. Some might say that 3 copies can replace some or even all copies of "Evilswarm Castor", "Evilswarm Salamandra", and "Creeping Darkness".

"Dark Armed Dragon" is a relatively easy card to summon in an "lswarm" deck, with its' high level of Graveyard manipulation through Xyz costs and "Evilswarm Salamandra"/"Creeping Darkness"/"Evilswarm Kerykeion" and large proportion of DARK monsters.

Whether or not to use the higher level cards like "Evilswarm Golem" or "Evilswarm Coppelia" is a matter of personal preference as they are powerful cards, but are not useful for Xyz summoning. Also, Golem is low in attack, making it almost useless against another DARK deck. However, it may be a good idea to "Side" Golem in a tournament to deal with decks like "Naturia" or a particularly strong non-DARK key card, such as "Master Hyperion".

Use of a set "Infestation Pandemic" chaining to the player's own "Torrential Tribute" or "Dark Hole" can also be an effective strategy, clearing the opponent's monsters without risking the player's.

Using "Evilswarm Salamandra" with Chaos Zone can also make the summoning of "Evolzar Laggia" and "Evolzar Dolkka" possible, and worth running as an optional extra.

Relationship

This archetype shares a close name with "Steelswarm" (Inverz, インヴェルズ), an archetype from the previous Duel Terminal story arc. They both consist of DARK monsters. Furthermore, the "Inverz" could be seen as a shortened version of "Insect Verz" or "Insectoid Verz", meaning the "Verz" virus might have come long before the "Steelswarm" did, and the "Steelswarms" are a heavily-infected species of creature. Even the "lswarm" symbol can be seen as an outline of "Steelswarm" symbol (best seen on the horse of "Evilswarm Thanatos").

Another possible theory is that the "lswarm" virus is a defense mechanism the "Steelswarm" implement upon extinction that works to reconstruct their race. This can be seen by the goal of the "lswarm" controlled "Gishki Noellia" being to resurrect "Steelswarm Hercules", the overlord of the "Steelswarm".

It is also possible that with the destruction of the "Steelswarm" at the hands of the "Vylon", the virus then could have corrupted or even copied the other Duel Terminal archetypes.

In addition, "Ver" is French for "Worm". This may signify that their role is similar to the "Worms" in the previous Duel Terminal story as the first, horror movie-like antagonist ("Worms" being aliens, "lswarm" being the zombie virus), followed by a holy/unholy antagonist that at first appeared to be an ally ("Fabled" and "Vylon"). Also, "Evilswarm Thunderbird" appears to be a "Mist Valley Apex Avian" More parallels can be drawn, for example Las Plagas the parasitic-organism featured in both Resident Evil 4 and 5 were buried underground by a Spanish Castellan, while the "Inverz", the carriers of the "Evilswarm Virus", were sealed underground after losing against the "Vylon", also both of them can equally corrupt their hosts while making them stronger. Perhaps the most clear example of this is the infection of Constellar Pollux and Constellar Sombres into Evilswarm Castor and Evilswarm Kerkeryon, who both have 50 more ATK points than their Constellar counterparts. Note: According to Overlay Guide 2, Evilswarm Castor is not a corrupted Constellar Pollux but instead his twin brother who was corrupted.

They are not considered Dark counterparts because they lack the attributes that compose it (Like sharing the ATK, DEF and level or rank with their Non-DARK counterpart, or having "Dark" in their name). However, one might consider them similar to the Malefic archetype in that manner.

Weaknesses

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