A few key changes have appeared in the world of Yu-Gi-Oh. One is the re-enlistment of the famous spell card Monster Reborn, but the other comes in the form of new sets. One deck archtype has really shown some amazing promise with the release of both Hidden Arsenal 2 and Duelist Revelation and that’s the Naturia monsters! The Naturia monsters seem to have it all in terms of deck and deck support. These monsters have the ability to be a force that could easily change the current meta, and at a time when the September Banned Restricted list was just released this could prove to be a very interesting dueling cycle!
Naturia monsters focus on nothing but pure control. Their effects allow the duelist controlling them to easily have field advantage, and they limit their opponent’s options in terms of effects they can activate. Examples of this include cards like Naturia Mantis and Naturia Bamboo Shoot. The Naturia deck type is also one of the most solid Synchro decks to hit the dueling world since the Synchro mechanism was introduced a few years ago.
One of the first steps in understanding how to play with the Naturia monsters is understanding their individual abilities and how they can contribute to the control power of a Naturai deck. For instance with Naturia Mantis on the field your opponent will almost certainly never be able to summon a monster by any normal means. Naturia Mantis is a four star insect type monster who has the ability to negate the normal summon of any monster by discarding a card form your hand giving you easy field advantage! Also Naturia Bamboo Shoot is like a Jinzo, but a lot meaner. Naturia Bamboo Shoot is a 2000 attack five star plant type monster that negates all of your opponents spell and trap cards!
Naturia Pineapple can be a great addition to a Naturia deck focused on Synchro summoning because he can re-summon to the field each turn. Also Naturia Vein is a level one plant type tuner that can come in handy when performing a Synchro summon, or when your opponent activates any spell card. By offering Naturia Vain and one other naturia monster as a tribute you can negate the activation of any spell card! Naturia Rosewhip is another good monster for controlling your opponent’s magic use, with the effect of only allowing them to use one magic card per turn. Naturia Rosewhip is also one of the Naturia’s essential tuner monsters!
When going for a Synchro summon timing is everything, and the faster you can pull off key Synchro monsters like Stardust Dragon the quicker you’ll be to winning a duel! Naturia monsters have some awesome swarm cards to help make a quick Synchro summon a reality. Two monsters that really supply summoning power are Naturia Cosmobeet and Naturia Rock. Both can special summon from your hand on your opponents turn. Naturia Cosmobeet is the tuner monster you’ll need and he can summon when your opponent plays a magic card. And Naturia Rock can be special summoned when your opponent activates a trap card! These two little monsters allow for huge field swarm capabilities.
The Synchro monsters that the Naturia monsters summon are very good, and with the coming sets they’ll get even better. Two that are worth a mention are Naturia Leodrake and Naturia Beast. Naturia Leodrake has no effect, but has a massive 3000 attack points! Naturia Leodrake can also be special summoned from the graveyard with cards like Call of the Haunted and Monster Reborn. Naturia Beast only has 2200 attack, but his effect more than makes up for his less then desirable attack. Naturia Beast can send the top tow cards from your deck to the graveyard to negate any spell card your opponent activates giving you another huge advantage in any duel!
Naturia monsters have not been around that long, but they have come into the dueling scene with a force comparable to the Dark world monsters! Naturia themed deck will see a lot of play at every competitive level and with splashable cards like Bamboo Shoot and Naturia Beast don’t be surprised to see a dramatic shift in the current meta. Naturia monsters are good without a doubt, and with some of the best monsters for the archtype still unreleased in the OCG it will be interesting to see how far the Naturia monsters will go.