The kingpin of the archetype, "Phantasm Spiral Dragon", is a retrained version of "Spiral Serpent". The flavor text of the former explains that the monster has survived through countless battles, which are shown in the artworks of the archetype's Spell/Trap Cards, displaying several instances of "Spiral" fighting the "Atlantean" and "Fire King" monsters. The names of the Trap Cards, all containing "whirlpool", reflect the attack of "Sea Serpent" described in its flavor text.
Spiral Serpent was an immensely powerful and destructive creature known for submerging entire cities with massive whirlpools. Among its victims were the original home of the Atlanteans and Lemuria, home of the Mermails. Spiral Serpent engaged in many fierce battles before eventually being defeated by the Atlanteans. However, this would not be the end of the beast. Spiral Serpent returned as Phantasm Spiral Dragon and engaged both Garunix and Poseidra who were deadlocked in battle.
A basic build of the Deck would include several Normal Monsters and support for them, as well as anti-Effect Monster cards, such as "Heat Wave" and "Skill Drain". The archetype also includes Equip Spell Cards which are key cards to the Deck, so cards such as "Hidden Armory" can help boost the Deck's speed. The Trap Cards of this archetype can be activated from the hand while "Umi" is face-up on the field, so using these cards as lynchpins in an "Umi" Deck is very effective (even though "Spiral" itself does not get the ATK boost).