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 Trading Card Game Tips from fans

 

June 2007 - Brendan Murphy a.k.a. chaosking7-Monarchs
 

Basic Overview
 
Monarchs, you have probably heard the name in tournaments and local areas that play Yu-Gi-Oh!, but what exactly is a 'monarch'? Here's a few answers to that question: they are 5 or 6 star, 2400 attack monstrosities, that are one of the major decks in this ban list. Not only that, but they have groundbreaking effects, such as destroying spells or traps, or even destroying a monster. These cards are usually easy to splash, or run in any deck. Mobius the Frost Monarch is one of these 'splashable cards. His effect is one of the best of the 5 different monarch cards. Mobius destroys up to two spells or traps on the field, and his effect is optional, which means he avoids some cards, such as pulling the rug, which is one of the more notorious monarch destroyers.
 
The Support
 
A normal monarch deck has tons and tons of support. Support is anything that helps the main center of the deck, in this case, monarchs. One of the best support cards is Treeborn Frog, which is terrible on its own, but in monarch decks, it is one of the best tribute fodder monsters you can find, and in a rare version too! The effect is why it was limited. Treeborn Frog revives itself if you have no spells or traps during your standby phase, providing either a temporary blocker or a tribute for a monarch. Another great card in a monarch deck is Gravekeeper's Spy, which, when run in twos, gives you another blocker AND tribute fodder via his effect, which special summons another gravekeeper of 1500 or less attack to the field.
 
The Monarchs and the rest of the crew
 
The usual lineup for monarchs is
 
2 mobius the frost monarch
1-2 thestalos the firestorm monarch
1-2 zaborg the thunder monarch
0-2 raiza the storm monarch
 
Unfortunately, granmarg is not commonly played, except in a deck built around him.
 
The rest of the monster lineup usually looks a bit like this, depending on what you run.
2-3 cyber dragon
1 jinzo
1 dark dust spirit
1 treeborn frog
2-3 gravekeeper's spy
1 D.D. warrior lady
3 nimble momonga
2 exiled force
1 neo spacian grand mole
1 spirit reaper
1-2 legendary jujitsu master
1-2 dekoichi the battlechanted locomotive
 
and possible other choices, depending on your monarch build
 
Spell Silliness
 
A typical spell lineup is support, stealing monsters, destruction, and a hint of draw power. premature burial is an exception, as it revives monsters when they are in the graveyard. Normally, there are 1-2 soul exchanges and 1-2 brain controls, depending on the build of the deck. add 2 enemy controllers, then some staple spells, and you have your lineup!
 
this is a basic monarch spell lineup, this will vary depending on the build.
 
1 premature burial
1-2 soul exchange
1-2 brain control
2 enemy controller
1 mystical space typhoon
1 nobleman of crossout
1 heavy storm
1 pot of avarice
0-1 scapegoat
0-1 book of moon
1 snatch steal
 
The Tricky Traps
 
one of the hardest things to choose for a deck are the traps. you usually want 5-8 traps, as over that or under that usually is a bad idea, as you might not get the traps you need.
 
this is a basic monarch trap lineup, this will vary depending on your build.
 
1 call of the haunted
1 torrential tribute
3 sakuretsu armor
1 ring of destruction
 
as you see, there is no mirror force. the card can be very prone to destruction, and can be negated easily. it also is wasted most of the time, unless you are playing a swarm deck.
 
The Decklist
Monsters:23
2 mobius the frost monarch
2 thestalos the firestorm monarch
1 zaborg the thunder monarch
2 raiza the storm monarch
2 cyber dragon
1 jinzo
1 treeborn frog
2 gravekeeper's spy
3 nimble momonga
2 exiled force
1 neo spacian grand mole
1 spirit reaper
2 legendary jujitsu master
1 dekoichi the battlechanted locomotive
 
Spells:13
1 premature burial
2 soul exchange
1 brain control
2 enemy controller
1 mystical space typhoon
1 nobleman of crossout
1 heavy storm
1 pot of avarice
1 scapegoat
1 book of moon
1 snatch steal
 
Traps:6
1 call of the haunted
1 torrential tribute
3 sakuretsu armor
1 ring of destruction
 
Total: 42 cards


 

 

 


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