This week we return to the original Yu-Gi-Oh! era with the first official theme in the entire franchise: Mai Valentine's Harpies.

Yugi and Joey's trip to Duelist Kingdom led to encounters with all sorts of Duelists, and Mai proved to be one of the strongest, climbing with them so far to the finals she won five more star chips than she needed to — which came in handy for Yugi after he lost five of his to Kaiba. Although Mai became a good friend to Yugi and Joey, the group's first impressions of her were anything but friendly, and she made it a point to challenge Joey to a Duel as soon as she could, to weed out the weaker players on the island and ensure she made it to the finals.

In addition to her skill, Mai also had an arsenal of aroma tactics at her disposal. She sprayed her cards with different perfumes to make it appear as though she could see them with her mind, psyching out her opponents while multiplying her Harpie Ladies unhindered. As was later noted, Mai's entire strategy during Duelist Kingdom centered around Harpie Lady, but she revealed a secret ace in her Duel with Yugi; Harpie's Pet Dragon, which gained ATK for each Harpie Lady out.

Considering that, the aim of today's deck is simple: swarm the field with Harpie Lady to power up Harpie's Pet Dragon to monstrous levels, while putting a strong focus on the support recently reprinted in Legendary Duelists Season 2 to reward you for doing so.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Mai Valentine’s Harpie Deck by Samuel Frew

'Mai Valentine’s Harpie Deck' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Harpie Lady

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This human-shaped animal with wings is beautiful to watch but deadly in battle.

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Cyber Slash Harpie Lady

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

For this card's Synchro Summon, you can treat 1 "Harpie" monster you control as a Tuner. This card's name becomes "Harpie Lady" while on the field or in the GY. When a Spell/Trap Card or effect is activated (except during the Damage Step) (Quick Effect): You can target 1 monster your opponent controls or 1 "Harpie" monster you control; return it to the hand. You can only use this effect of "Cyber Slash Harpie Lady" once per turn.

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Harpie Lady Elegance

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Shuffle 1 "Harpie Lady Sisters" from your Monster Zone into the Deck, then you can Special Summon 3 "Harpie" monsters with different original names, 1 each from your hand, Deck, and GY. For the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon monsters, except WIND monsters. If this card you control is destroyed by a "Harpie" card's effect or your opponent's card effect: Add 1 "Harpie" monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Harpie Lady Elegance" once per turn.

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Harpie Oracle

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This card's name becomes "Harpie Lady" while on the field or in the GY. You can only use each of these effects of "Harpie Oracle" once per turn.

• If you control a Level 5 or higher "Harpie" monster: You can Special Summon this card from your hand.
• If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can add 1 Spell/Trap from your GY to your hand, that specifically lists the card "Harpie Lady Sisters" in its text, during the End Phase of this turn.

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Elegant Egotist

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If "Harpie Lady" is on the field: Special Summon 1 "Harpie Lady" or "Harpie Lady Sistesr" from your hand or Deck.

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Harpies' Hunting Ground

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All Winged Beast-Type monsters gain 200 ATK and DEF. When any "Harpie Lady" or "Harpie Lady Sisters" are Normal or Special Summoned: The player who conducted the Summon targets 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field; destroy that target.

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Mirror Wall

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Each of your opponent's monsters that conducted an attack while this card was face-up on the field has its ATK halved as long as this card remains on the field. During each of your Standby Phases, pay 2000 LP or destroy this card.

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Shadow of Eyes

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You can only activate this card when your opponent Sets a Monster Card in Defense Position. Change it to face-up Attack Position. If the Monster Card has a Flip Effect, it is not activated.

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Harpie's Pet Dragon

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This card gains 300 ATK and DEF for each "Harpie Lady" on the field.

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Harpie Harpist

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This card's name becomes "Harpie Lady" while it is on the field or in the Graveyard. You can only use each of these effects of "Harpie Harpist" once per turn.

• When this card is Normal Summoned: You can target 1 Winged Beast-Type monster you control (other than this card) and 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; return them to the hand.
• During the End Phase, if this card is in the Graveyard because it was sent there this turn: You can add 1 Level 4 Winged Beast-Type monster with 1500 or less ATK from your Deck to your hand.

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Hysteric Sign

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When this card is activated: Add 1 "Elegant Egotist" from your Deck or GY to your hand. During the End Phase, if this card is in the GY because it was sent there from the hand or field this turn: Add up to 3 "Harpie" cards with different names from each other from your Deck to your hand. You can only use 1 "Hysteric Sign" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Alluring Mirror Split

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When a "Harpie Lady" or "Harpie Lady Sisters" you control is destroyed by battle: You can Special Summon 1 "Harpie" monster from your Deck with a different original name than the destroyed monster. If this card you control is destroyed by a "Harpie" card's effect or your opponent's card effect: Target 1 "Harpie" monster in your GY; Special Summon it. You can only use each effect of "Alluring Mirror Split" once per turn.

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Harpie Dancer

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You can target 1 WIND monster you control; return it to the hand, then you can Normal Summon 1 WIND monster. You can only use this effect of "Harpie Dancer" once per turn. This card's name becomes "Harpie Lady" while on the field or in the GY.

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Monster Reborn

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This promotional card is printed in Japanese.

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Imduk the World Chalice Dragon

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1 Normal Monster, except a Token

During your Main Phase, you can Normal Summon 1 "World Chalice" monster in addition to your Normal Summon/Set. (You can only gain this effect once per turn.) At the start of the Damage Step, if this card battles an opponent's monster this card points to: You can destroy that opponent's monster. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can Special Summon 1 "World Chalice" monster from your hand.

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Harpie Lady Sisters

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This card cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. This card can only be Special Summoned by the effect of Elegant Egotist.

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Harpie Queen

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You can discard this card to the Graveyard; add 1 "Harpies' Hunting Ground" from your Deck to your hand. This card's name becomes "Harpie Lady" while it is on the field or in the Graveyard.

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Harpie's Feather Storm

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If you control a WIND Winged Beast monster: Until the end of this turn, negate any monster effects your opponent activates. If you control a "Harpie" monster, you can activate this card from your hand. If this card in its owner's Spell & Trap Zone is destroyed by an opponent's card effect: You can add 1 "Harpie's Feather Duster" from your Deck or GY to your hand.

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Harpie Conductor

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2 WIND monsters

This card's name becomes "Harpie Lady" while on the field or in the GY. You can only use each of the following effects of "Harpie Conductor" once per turn.
• If a "Harpie" monster(s) you control would be destroyed by battle or card effect, you can destroy 1 Spell/Trap you control instead.
• If another face-up "Harpie" monster you control returns to your hand (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 Special Summoned monster your opponent controls; return it to the hand.

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Harpie Channeler

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You can discard 1 "Harpie" card; Special Summon 1 "Harpie" monster from your Deck in Defense Position, except "Harpie Channeler". You can only use this effect of "Harpie Channeler" once per turn. While you control a Dragon monster, this card's Level becomes 7. This card's name becomes "Harpie Lady" while on the field or in the GY.

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Harpie's Feather Rest

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Target 3 "Harpie Lady" and/or "Harpie Lady Sisters" in your GY; shuffle them into the Deck, then draw 1 card. If you controlled a Level 5 or higher "Harpie" monster when you activated this effect, draw 2 cards instead. For the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon monsters, except WIND monsters. You can only activate 1 "Harpie's Feather Rest" per turn.

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Hysteric Party

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Activate this card by discarding 1 card; Special Summon as many copies of "Harpie Lady" as possible from your Graveyard. When this face-up card leaves the field, destroy those monsters.

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Harpie's Pet Phantasmal Dragon

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3 Level 4 WIND monsters

This card's effects can only be applied/resolved while it has Xyz Material. This card can attack your opponent directly. Your opponent cannot target any "Harpie" monsters with effects or for attacks. During each of your End Phases: Detach 1 Xyz Material from this card.

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Harpie's Feather Duster

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Destroy all of your opponent''s Spell and Trap Cards on the field.

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Swallow's Nest

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Tribute 1 face-up Winged Beast-Type monster you control to Special Summon 1 Winged Beast-Type monster from the Deck with the same Level as the Tributed monster.

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Unexpected Dai

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If you control no monsters: Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Normal Monster from the Deck.

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Harpie Perfumer

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This card's name becomes "Harpie Lady" while on the field or in the GY. If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can add 1 Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand that specifically lists the card "Harpie Lady Sisters" in its text. If you controlled a Level 5 or higher "Harpie" monster when you activated this effect, you can also add a second such card, with a different name from the first. You can only use this effect of "Harpie Perfumer" once per turn.

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Harpie Lady 1

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(This card's name is always treated as "Harpie Lady".) // All WIND monsters gain 300 ATK.

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Icarus Attack

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Tribute 1 Winged Beast-Type monster. Destroy 2 cards on the field.

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You'll want to run two of the original Harpie Lady to let us leverage Unexpected Dai and World Chalice Dragon Imduk. Summoning Harpie Lady with Harpie Channeler and using it to Link Summon World Chalice Dragon Imduk fulfills the Harpie Channeler effect to become Level 7 and switch on the effects of some of our support cards. You can still play a single Harpie Lady 1 for her lovely ATK boost.

Harpie Channeler and Harpie Perfumer let you summon more monsters quickly. Harpie Channler can summon any Harpie straight from the deck, and Harpie Perfumer gets you to Elegant Egotist if you don't draw it or Hysteric Sign. If you don't draw them, we can also get to them with Swallow's Nest. Once you're ready to use Elegant Egotist, I recommend fielding Harpie Lady Sisters to enable your support cards if you can.

Harpie's Pet Dragon seems unwieldy, but is deceptively easy to summon. Alluring Mirror Split can summon it during any turn, even if you just crash a Harpie into one of your opponent's monsters, and Harpie Lady Elegance can convert a single Harpie Lady Sisters into Harpie's Pet Dragon and two Harpies. If you need a defensive monster, you can overlay three Harpies to Xyz Summon Harpie's Pet Phantasmal Dragon, which protects your Harpies from attacks and targeting effects while it has material.

Make sure to be careful, as certain effects only work with certain cards. Anything that only supports Harpie Lady usually won't work with Harpie Lady Sisters or Harpie's Pet Dragon, and most Harpie monsters aren't treated as Harpie Lady in the deck, limiting what Elegant Egotist can summon. Mai was appropriately cautious by running three Harpie's Feather Duster (which for the longest time I thought required a Harpie to use), but since it's Limited in the real game this deck will max out on Harpie's Feather Storm, which counters monster effects and can search Harpie's Feather Duster if your opponent destroys it.

Harpie's Hunting Ground can also destroy troublesome spells and traps, but it's not optional, so you might end up destroying your own cards by accident. Fortunately, several of our spells and traps trigger when destroyed to replenish your resources; Hysteric Sign searches three different Harpie cards at the end of a turn it was destroyed, Harpie Lady Elegance immediately fetches one, and Alluring Mirror Split can revive any Harpie.

You can also trigger these effects yourself with Harpie Conductor. Both Harpie Conductor and Cyber Slash Harpie Lady only take two monsters to bring out and treat themselves as Harpie Lady to power up Harpie's Pet Dragon, while each provides you with different methods of defense.

I've always paid attention to Harpies, but this was the first time I ever built a deck that used them. (Well, other than splashing Harpie Harpist into Raidraptors.) It was quite fun seeing all their effects fit together in an interesting way, and with Harpie's Pet Dragon - Fearsome Fire Blast still to come from the OCG, Harpies certainly aren't done multiplying yet!