Today, in this short article, I would like to share a short video by a Raidraptor-loving player which I know from my locals, and his setup play for the deck, showcasing the little, but sufficient, synergy between the two archetype's focus on R4NK summoning.
Video link: 十二獣RRウイルス
- Activating Elemental Triangle of the Zodiac Beast, targeting itself, to special summon Zodiac Beast Molmorat from your deck.
- Xyz summon Zodiac Beast Wildbow by using Zodiac Beast Molmorat as an xyz material, granting Zodiac Beast Wildbow the ability to summon a Zodiac Beast from the deck. Use this effect to summon a second copy of Zodiac Beast Molmorat.
- Xyz summon Zodiac Beast Tigress by using Zodiac Beast Wildbow as an xyz material, and activate Tigress' effect - detaching Wildbow to attach Zodiac Beast Molmorat from the grave, as an xyz material.
- Using the ability granted by Zodiac Beast Molmorat, use Tigress' newly obtained effect to special summon a third copy of Zodiac Beast Molmorat from the deck.
- Lastly, xyz summon Zodiac Beast Drancia by using Zodiac Beast Tigress as an xyz material, giving you a monster capable of destroying a card on the field at any point of time. Once per turn of course.
He then xyz summoned Zodiac Beast Bullhorn, and use the effect granted by the still-remaining xyz material Zodiac Beast Molmorat to summoned the third copy of Zodiac Beast Molmorat onto the field.
This is not an 'illegal' search-and-summon performed by Bullhorn.
Finally, into the Drancia. This alternative play allowed him to gain an additional xyz material over Drancia, forgoing a possible search via the effect of Zodiac Beast Bullhorn. However, since Raidraptor decks usually lack applicable targets for Bullhorn anyway, this trade-off is negligible.
And also, this method bypasses D.D. Crow, which could stop Tigress' effect from successfully resolving.
"there's that 1 video using this method. 99% of all other videos do it the other way."
- Xyz summon Raidraptor - Force Strix using both copies of Zodiac Beast Molmorat available. Use its effect to search out Rairaptor - Tribute Lanius
- Upon summon, mill Raidraptor - Mimicry Lanius, and upon resolution, banish Mimicry Lanius to search out Raidraptor Nest.
- Activate it, and since you control two Raidraptor monsters, you can know search out Raidraptor - Singing Lanius.
- Since the conditions are fulfilled, special summon Singing Lanius via its own effect.
- Xyz summon Singing Lanius and Tribute Lanius to summon out Dark Rebellion Dragon.
- Bat Flight Virus the newly debuted one in the Virus trap series, can be activated by tributing Force Strix as cost.
- Force Strix can also be used for the tribute cost of Icarus Attack, a devastating two card destruction that can be directed at your opponent.
- Dark Rebellion Dragon is used to fulfill the requirements for Eradicator Epidemic Virus (Unlimited in the OCG I might add) and Deck Devastation Virus.