"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.
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".
From "Duel Terminal Overlay Guide 2".
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."
- Allure of Darkness
- Chaos Zone
- Different Dimension Reincarnation
- Creeping Darkness
- Dark Hole
- Infestation Pandemic
- Reinforcement of the Army
- Monster Reborn
- Burial from a Different Dimension
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".
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".
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.
- First, as all "Evilswarms" are DARK-Attribute, the "Koa'ki Meiru" series and cards like "Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror" or "Consecrated Light" can potentially disrupt these monsters.
- Cards like "Skill Drain", "Angel 07" and even "Forbidden Chalice" can negate their effect on the Field.
- Many of the "Evilswarms" also have modest ATK; a "Luminous Soldier" that uses its own ability to augment its ATK can easily dispatch every "lswarm" monster excluding "Evilswarm Ouroboros".
- One of the most devastating fields to watch out for is Mystical Fairy Elfuria backed by tons of spells and traps or other protection. If they continue to reveal a Lvl 4 monster in hand, they can potentially shut down your deck's entire arsenal.