Ehther the Heavenly Monarch
July 30, 2019
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Hello Pojo Fans,
Ehther the Heavenly Monarch has gone to two, but that likely won’t be enough for Monarchs to return to provenance (especially with Pantheism of The Monarchs at one).
A 2800ATK monster able to be Tribute Summoned with one Tribute Summoned monster makes it easier to summon. Double Foolish Burial of your Monarch-specific spell/trap cards thins the deck, and you get a 2400 or more ATK monster that also has 1000DEF (another Monarch). If both attacks hit direct they could finish your opponent. You can use that monster with Ehther for a summon before having to return it to the hand, but if you want to use that monster’s effect(s) next turn let it pop to your hand. Unlike other Monarch monsters, Ehther has a quick effect that allows for its Tribute Summon during your opponents turn, setting up your grave with The Prime Monarch and The First Monarch or other Monarch spell/trap cards to use next turn for Tribute Summons, as well as get you another monster on field. Three cards potentially in total from the deck off Ehther’s Tribute Summon thins the deck and sets up the grave: pretty damn good for one monster that may be summoned using only one tribute.
Until Next Time
I love Ether. She fits into my bias for Light monsters. When the Monarch Structure deck came out, it reminded me of Shaddolls which was my favorite deck. Ehther the Heavenly Monarch is a Level 8 Light Fairy-type monster with 2800 Atk and 1000 Def. The stats are perfect for Monarchs of course. I also like to mention Trade-In for the Level 8 draw power since Pantheism is still at 1. There is a lot of text for this fairy so to start you can tribute any 1 Tribute Summoned monster to Tribute Summon Ehther. You can also Tribute Summon Ehther during your opponent’s main phase as a Quick Effect after banishing one Monarch Spell or Trap from the grave. Finally, Upon a successful Tribute Summon, you can send 2 different Monarch Spells or Traps from the deck to the grave to Special Summon a monster from the deck with 1000 Def and 2400 or more Atk. The new monster goes back to the hand during the End Phase, but it has its effects (Kuraz) or Stats that could push for game (Other 8 Star Monarchs.) None of these effects are once per turn, and they are just really good. They can act offensively or defensively. Honestly, if it wasn’t for Ash Blossom completely destroying everything Ehther (and Erebus) wants to do, Monarchs might be doing a lot better. Going from 1 to 2 will help, but Pantheism is what the deck really needs.
Score: 4/5 Art: 4.5/5
We’ll get to the other banned card tomorrow, but first let’s take a look at another card that moved on the list that we never looked at, this one going from Limited to Semi-Limited, Ehther the Heavenly Monarch.
Ehther is a Level 8 LIGHT Fairy with 2800 ATK and 1000 DEF. LIGHT Fairy is a fine combination, the ATK is good for Level 8 and the DEF allows for the Monarch synergy. You can Tribute Summon this monster by tributing 1 Tributed Summoned monster, which is great when bigger monsters allow you to be Tribute Summoned with greater ease so you don’t have to lose too much advantage. If this card is Tribute Summoned, you can send any 2 Monarch Spells/Traps with different names from your hand and/or deck to the graveyard to Special Summon a monster with 2400 or more ATK and 1000 DEF from your deck, but it is bounced to your hand at the end of the turn. Nice free body from the deck is great, along with the deck thinning. You can send stuff like Pantheism for a search or The Prime Monarch to revive it for consistent tribute fodder at the cost of banishing more Monarch Spells/Traps from your grave, and the summon is great even when the Monarchs not named Kuraz or Delg only get effects off Tribute Summons, but this is great to summon Kuraz to destroy your cards you got the use out of to get more cards, or just summon Erebus for a big body that’ll go back to your hand to later Tribute Summon. These are your regular Monarch combos. Ehther also has another effect where you can banish a Monarch Spell/Trap from your graveyard on your opponent’s Main Phase to Tribute Summon it. This can combo well with Stormforth to get rid of a monster your opponent summons and then summon from the deck, just know in the chain you have to activate Ehther first then use Stormforth as Chain Link 2 if you want to tribute your opponent’s monsters, or otherwise just rush the Stormforth and summon Ehther later on, but that isn’t as optimal. This can get you to Kuraz on the opponent’s turn to pop their cards if you really need, but then they get the option to draw in return, so keep that in mind. It’s nice that nothing on this is a hard once per turn, but you likely aren’t having that many Normal Summons in a turn, and this only gets effects of Normal Summon (or more specifically Tribute Summoning). Now that this is at two, it’ll be nice to use this to get another Ehther from the deck to have for the opponent’s turn, it’s a must have for any Monarch deck.
Advanced Rating: 4.5/5
Art: 5/5 Ehther and Erebus are probably the only outstanding Monarch monster arts, though the others are pretty good.
This card, much like yesterday, we haven’t reviewed…which is cool (usually we have reviewed these cards, whatever they are, so I try to provide links vis a vis Throwback Thursday). But here is Ehther the Heavenly Monarch. This is one of the bigger, next wave Monarchs, being Light, Fairy, 2800 and 1000 attack and defense, and a Level 8 Monster.
This card currently sits at Semi-Limited status in the TCG (also Unlimited in the OCG) so we see an effect pretty common on these newer Monarchs, where you can Tribute one Monster for this card, so long as said card was Tribute Summoned itself. Still equates to two Tributes, but whatever. So, first effect is a dump and revive, that also fits the newer way to use these guys.
Dumping two theme specific cards (and there are a lot of those these days) let’s you Special Summon a Monster with 2400 attack and 1000 defense from your Deck. Said Monster is returned to your Hand during the End Phase. The cards you chuck have to be differently named, but that’s no problem. The older Monarchs only get effects when Tributed, but some of the 2400 newer(ish) ones don’t, but even an extra beater is good.
If you choose the prior there, you can still Tribute for an effect next turn, or later on. Finally, as a Quick Effect, if this card resides in your Hand, you can remove a theme specific Magic or Trap from your Graveyard from play to Tribute Summon this card immediately upon resolution. This card does do plenty, and works well enough in the theme, but meh. I’m old and grumpy, I’m over Monarchs.
Art: 3/5 This is pretty average to me. It doesn’t strike me as particularly heavenly, honestly, it creeps me out a little.
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