Richards’ and Robertson’s Revolutionary Raidraptors!

Raidraptors is a theme many players aren’t familiar with due to their support being so spread out across sets. But Wing Raiders finally brought the last few pieces the deck needed. If you want, you can read the cards for yourself, but if you don’t know how to read, don’t worry, I’ll cover them here.

Raidraptor deck
Kaepora Gaebora will explain Raidraptors for you.

There are two Raidraptor deck lists I want to look at today, Alex Robertson’s from a regional in England and the other is from Rickey Richards, who started out 5-0 at YCS Las Vegas. Unfortunately, Rickey finished the tournament 6-5, but starting 5-0 shows his competence as a duelist with Raidraptors. But before I get into the incredibly different lists, let’s go over the monsters.

There are seven Level 4 Raidraptors in the TCG and a Level 1, 3 and 6. Since there are so many Level 4s, I’ll start there. The Level 3 and 6 are also garbage. Skip them. Also, all of the Raidraptors are DARK Winged Beast monsters so they can benefit from any generic DARK or Winged Beast support.

If you already know what Raidraptors do, skip the explanation.

RaidraptorVanishingLanius-WIRA-EN-C-1EVanishing Lanius comes from Secrets of Eternity and is super simple in what it does. Vanishing Lanius simply summons another Raidraptor from your hand during the turn it was Normal or Special Summoned. You can summon another copy of itself and use multiple Vanishing Lanius per turn. This allows you to make large fields of Rank 4s by going Vanishing into Vanishing into Vanishing, get back Vanishing with Net, into Vanishing into another Raidraptor. This is your enabler most of the time, and I’ve found it to be incredibly underrated.

Fuzzy wuzn't so fuzzy wuz he?
Fuzzy wuzn’t so fuzzy wuz he?

Fuzzy Lanius was released in Clash of Rebellion and is the next most important card and helps to make the best Raidraptor Xyz. If you control any Raidraptors you can activate its first effect to Special Summon itself from your hand. Then if it is sent to the Graveyard you can search another copy of Fuzzy Lanius. Fuzzy Lanius restricts you to only Special Summoning Raidraptors the turn you use either effect, but that is a trade off I’m sure most duelists would be willing to make.

RaidraptorSingingLanius-WIRA-EN-C-1ESinging Lanius, also from Clash of Rebellion can summon itself from your hand if you control an Xyz Monster. That’s it. The effect doesn’t start a chain and you can only summon Singing Lanius once per turn that way, but it helps accelerate into Xyz plays.

RaidraptorMimicryLanius-WIRA-EN-C-1EMimicry Lanius, from Crossed Souls, doesn’t do much on its own. While flocking together with other birds of a feather, Mimicry Lanius can increase the levels of all your Raidraptors by 1 if it was summoned that turn. This does give you access to Rank 5s, but most of the time you won’t even want a Rank 5. Mimicry’s other effect is the reason it sees play. During the turn it is sent to grave, you can banish it and search any Raidraptor card. It’s fairly simple overall and searches Raidraptor Spell and Trap cards too.

RaidraptorSharpLanius-WIRA-EN-C-1ESharp Lanius is the other Raidraptor from Crossed Souls. During the turn Sharp Lanius was summoned, you can change one Attack Position monster to Defense Position. Then in Main Phase 2 if it attacked that turn, you can Special Summon 1 Raidraptor from your Graveyard. With 1700 ATK it isn’t nothing. 1700 lets you attack over many monsters by switching them to Defense Position. Sharp Lanius doesn’t even have to destroy a monster. It just needs to attack. A direct attack and an attack into a monster with more than 1700 DEF will also allow it to summon more raptors.

RaidraptorTributeLanius-WIRA-EN-UR-1EThe two new Level 4s from Wing Raiders are Tribute Lanius and Necro Vulture. Necro Vulture sucks. Don’t play it. Tribute Lanius can dump any Raidraptor card to the Graveyard the turn it was summoned. Then in Main Phase 2 if it destroyed a monster by battle you can search a Rank-Up-Magic Quick-Play Spell, but you can only summon Raidraptors for the rest of the turn. Most decks opt to run 0 Quick-Play Spell Cards so that effect is never activating, but it’s important to remember when building your deck.

Last Strix can summon itself during damage calculation and gains life for your Spells/Traps. Last Strix can also tribute itself to summon a Raidraptor Xyz from you Extra Deck, but its effects are negated and it’s returned to the Extra at the end of the turn. This is almost always used to rank up into Ultimate Falcon, but since it’s not out in the TCG yet, that’s for when Shining Victories comes out.

RaidraptorRiseFalcon-MP15-EN-C-1ERise Falcon needs 3 Level 4 Winged Beasts and can attack all Special Summoned monsters your opponent controls. It starts with 100 ATK but can gain ATK equal to monsters your opponent controls. Rise Falcon doesn’t offer immediate advantage and doesn’t do much outside of the battle phase and requires three whole monsters. Robertson didn’t run any but Richards included one copy because it’s a Raidraptor monster you can summon under Fuzzy Lanius’ restriction.

RaidraptorBlazeFalcon-CROS-EN-R-1EBlaze Falcon is a Rank 5 with 1000 ATK and 2000 DEF. While it has material it can attack directly, then when it inflicts battle damage you can destroy a monster. You can also detach a material to destroy all Special Summoned monsters your opponent controls and burn them for 500 per monster destroyed. It isn’t hugely useful often, but it comes up every now and then.

RaidraptorRevolutionFalcon-WIRA-EN-C-1ERevolution Falcon is Rank 6 with 1000 more ATK and DEF than Blaze Falcon. By detaching a material it can attack all monsters your opponent controls. If it battles a Special Summoned monster that monster’s ATK and DEF become 0. And once per turn it can destroy a monster regardless of its position, then deal damage equal to half its ATK.

RaidraptorSatelliteCannonFalcon-WIRA-EN-ScR-1ESatellite Cannon is the biggest boss Raidraptors have at the moment. You need to Astral Force your Revolution Falcon or Raid Force the Revolution Falcon. With 3000 ATK Satellite Cannon will Harpie’s Feather Duster your opponent on summon then put them under pressure to remove it because effectively it can’t be destroyed by battle. Satellite Cannon can usually make an opponent’s monster’s ATK 0, or at least, shrink it by a lot. Satellite Cannon Falcon won’t be seen every game, nor should it, but if you choose to include it, don’t forget about it.

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Force Strix is a generic Rank 4 that once per turn searches a Level 4 or lower DARK Winged Beast. It also gains ATK and DEF for each Winged Beast you control, except itself. Starting at 100/2000 it can get to 2100/4000 and become a pretty beefy wall with 4 other Winged Beasts. Force Strix is the heart and soul of the deck. You don’t NEED three because of Nest, but you need two in circulation if you want to play. And until Sining Victories, those are the Raidraptors I want to talk about.

Deck lists below




Alex Robertson’s Raidraptors – 40 Cards

Monsters: 18
3 Raidraptor – Fuzzy Lanius
3 Raidraptor – Mimicry Lanius
3 Raidraptor – Tribute Lanius
3 Raidraptor – Vanishing Lanius
1 Raidraptor – Sharp Lanius
1 Raidraptor – Last Strix
2 Summoner Monk
2 Maxx “C”

Spells: 12
1 Foolish Burial
1 Forbidden Chalice
2 Instant Fusion
1 Raidraptor – Call
1 Raidraptor – Nest
1 Rank-Up-Magic Astral Force
1 Rank-Up-Magic Raid Force
2 Rank-Up-Magic Soul Shave Force
2 Twin Twisters

Traps: 10
3 Anti-Spell Fragrance
1 Bottomless Trap Hole
3 Solemn Strike
1 Solemn Warning
1 Time-Space Trap Hole
1 Vanity’s Emptiness

Extra Deck: 15
3 Raidraptor – Force Strix

1 Traptrix Rafflesia
1 Evilswarm Nightmare
1 Abyss Dweller
1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
1 Daigusto Emeral
1 Diamond Dire Wolf
1 Number 66: Master Key Beetle
1 Raidraptor – Blaze Falcon
1 Raidraptor – Revolution Falcon
1 Cyber Dragon Infinity
1 Raidraptor – Satellite Cannon Falcon
1 Elder Entity Norden

Side Deck: 15
1 Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
1 Cyber Dragon Drei
1 Deep Dark Trap Hole
2 Effect Veiler
3 Gozen Match
2 Imperial Iron Wall
1 Raigeki
2 Spell Shattering Arrow
2 Xyz Universe

Rickey Richards’ Raidraptors – 41 Cards

Monsters: 16
3 Raidraptor – Fuzzy Lanius
3 Raidraptor – Mimicry Lanius
3 Raidraptor – Tribute Lanius
3 Raidraptor – Vanishing Lanius
3 Raidraptor – Sharp Lanius
1 Raidraptor – Singing Lanius

Spells: 12 
1 Foolish Burial
1 Instant Fusion
1 Allure of Darkness
1 Raigeki
2 Raidraptor – Nest
1 Rank-Up-Magic Raid Force
3 Rank-Up-Magic Soul Shave Force
2 Twin Twisters

Traps: 13
3 Raptor’s Gust
2 Raidraptor – Readiness
3 Sandstorm Mirror Force
2 Icarus Attack
2 Rivalry of Warlords
1 Torrential Tribute

Extra Deck: 15
2 Raidraptor – Force Strix
1 Raidraptor – Rise Falcon
1 Raidraptor – Blaze Falcon
1 Raidraptor – Revolution Falcon
1 Abyss Dweller
1 Ice Beast Zerofyne
1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
1 Elder Entity Norden
1 Evilswarm Nightmare
1 Number 66: Master Key Beetle
1 Cyber Dragon Infinity
1 Number 39: Utopia
1 Number S39: Utopia the Lightning
1 Number 39: Utopia Beyond

Side Deck: 15
3 Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju
3 System Down
2 Mischief of the Yokai
2 Mask of Restrict
2 Anti-Spell Fragrance
2 Imperial Iron Wall
1 Rivalry of Warlords

Their choices

The Summoner Monk in Robertson’s build allows for more Rank 4 plays and Last Strix can be used as a last resort type of play. While Robertson only plays 1 Sharp Lanius, Richards plays the full set of three and a Singing Lanius that Robertson chose not to play. Singing Lanius can’t help you when you’re behind, but if you can make 1 Xyz you can summon it for half of another Xyz Summon.

Robertson played 1 Raidraptor Call and 1 Nest while Richards played 2 Nest. Nest allows you to get back any Raidraptor from your grave, or search one from your deck. I talked to Rickey and he told me that since Nest could get back Force Strix he never needed the third. Call can summon a Raidraptor from your deck, but restricts you to only Raidraptors that turn.

As far as traps go, Robertson’s trap lineup is fairly meta. Trap holes for Rafflesia. Emptiness for Key Beetle. Spell Fragrances for pendulums and monarchs. Strikes and Warning for things. Boring and standard, but effective. I never talked to Alex, but his plan seems to be to stop his opponent before they get rolling.

Richards played a less standard trap lineup. Two Readiness and the three Sandstorm Mirror Forces protect his LP and his monsters from battles. They both foil Kozmo’s and Monarchs’ plans to beat over all of your monsters. Readiness can also be banished from your Graveyard if you have a Raidraptor in the Graveyard to prevent all damage that turn. That includes battle damage from Farmgirl, burn damage from Magical Explosion and that 500 burn damage from Wavering Eyes. Readiness can also be sent with Tribute Lanius if you don’t have anything better to send. The other archetype specific trap card, Raptor’s Gust, was played in triplicate. Rickey told me Gust was clutch every time he had it stopping anything and everything from Twin Twisters to Solemn Strike.

Rickey also played two Icarus Attack, two Rivalry of Warlords and a Torrential Tribute. All three can be complete blowouts if activated at the right time. Icarus Attack is still one of the best two-for-two cards in the game. And if your opponent targets your Winged Beast or the Icarus Attack with removal, just chain the Icarus for a simple +1. Rivalry was played in the Main Deck over the Gozen Match that Robertson sided. Rivalry doesn’t cut you off from Castel or Zerofyne while Gozen still allows you to summon Key Beetle and Evilswarm Nightmare. You have to pick what is more important to you. I think that right now Rivalry is better because none of the Kozmo pilots are Machine-Type. (Even though Farmgirl, Tincan, Soartrooper and Strawman can all still banish themselves and resolve summoning a Machine if they’re the only monster, the same problem exists with Gozen Match)

RaidraptorUltimateFalcon-SHVI-JP-SRAnd while the Extra Decks differ, both aim to overwhelm with Xyz like Infinity and Revolution Falcon. Rickey told me that he is playing the deck because he just likes summoning CyDra Infinity and using Raptor’s Gust on Solemn Strike.

While both pilots took different routes, the deck is definitely viable as a dark horse type pick for the format. At least, until Shining Victories comes out with Ultimate Falcon. Which do you think is the better build and how could you improve upon it? Rickey suggested the third Rivalry in the Main Deck and I think Readiness isn’t needed. Let me know what you think in the comments.

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