With the release of the latest Legendary Duelist set, Harpie Lady Cards have received some powerful new support cards. This article seeks to explore the strengths and weaknesses of the newer support cards.
The first card we want to talk about is Harpie Perfumer. She's essentially a stratos for the deck. When she is summoned she searches for a card the specifically lists "Harpie Lady" or "Harpie Lady Sisters" in its card text. This is an interesting new direction with in terms of card design. On the surface it makes sense why Konami would come to this decision. Basically they wanted the new support for the deck to be playable with the older core cards. For example, the card "Elegant Egotist" is one of the cards Perfumer can search, and honestly its probably the go-to card that most duelists find out of the deck.
This was one of the original cards that supported the Harpie Lady archetype. It has become common practice for Konami to build into its cards a function for them to find each other. Normally a card will search for another card given using the Name of the card. If Elegant Egotist were designed for an archetype that was designed today, it would probably be called "Harpies Mirror" or something along those lines. The key being that the word "Harpie" is in its name. The fact that Perfumer specifically searches and checks a cards text for the line "Harpie Lady" or "Harpie Lady Sisters" means that it can search cards such as Elegant Egotist without being bothered by the fact that the word "Harpie" is in the Name of the card.
Thanks to this new direction in card design, cards no longer have to be Named after their archetype. It breaks through the monotony of having to flick through a deck searching for a card named after an Archetype and instead looking to find a card that meets a separate sets of conditions.
So why the big fuss?
While flicking through a 40 card deck, it can be mind-numbing to just be looking for a "Harpie" card. Maybe I'm just bad, but it's nice to flick through and remind myself that I can search for an Alluring Mirror Split while resolving Harpie Perfumer. Also, fun fact; remember that Mai Valentine claimed have been psychic when really she was smelling the perfume on her cards to stack her deck? That's where the names Harpie Perfumer and Harpie Oracle come from.