A new challenger and his impact

On February 2, 2016 by Soner Güngör

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Hello dear yugipals,

Today I want to talk about the new Challenger Structure Deck “ Emperor Of Darkness”, especially about the new searchable extra deck floodgate Domain Of The True Monarchs and his impact into the current meta game.

If you aren´t familiar with the card, here the full effect text for you.

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While you have no cards in your Extra Deck and you are the only player that controls a Tribute Summoned monster, your opponent cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck. If a Tribute Summoned monster you control attacks an opponent’s monster, it gains 800 ATK during damage calculation only. Once per turn: You can reduce the Level of 1 monster with 2800 ATK and 1000 DEF in your hand by 2 until the end of this turn (even after they are Summoned/Set, and even if this card leaves the field






Many older players will remember the good old monarchs. They had their prestigious time in the past. Before the release of the new structure deck they were considered as too slow and they weren`t consistent enough. But now with the new release they got exactly what they needed:

  • Draw power
  • Recycle power
  • Easy tribute fodder
  • An own floodgate
  • new/better Big Monarchs! Monarchs were never been so good!

As I mentioned, I want to go in detail about the new Field Spell Domain Of The True Monarchs because this card has the biggest impact to the meta. It has 3 Effects but the most important one is of course to shut down the opponent to summon extra deck monsters. This is very crucial since the majority of the current decks are relied on their extra decks such as the pendulum decks. The insane thing is that this card is very easy to search by cards like Tenacity Of The Monachs, Pantheism Of The Monarchs or any summon of the new big monarchs (sending 2 Monarch spell/trap to the grave -> Pantheism Of The Monarchs)

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So they usually always have it and you have to deal with it turn 1! If you cant deal with it turn 1 you are pretty much dead next turn thanks to Ehther The heavenly Monarch which can make 5600 damage on her own by special summoning another monarch from the main deck. This is why many decks have to adapt their main and side deck against this new challenger! Basically there are 3 ways to get rid of this lock.

  • First way is to clear your opponent tribute summoned monsters by monster removal cards like Raigeki/Dark Hole or by battle as an example with the help of Performapal Mirror Conductor.
  • The second way is to summon anyhow a tribute summoned monster yourself such as a Performapal Monkeyboard to get access to your extra deck again.
  • The last way is obvious to get rid of the fieldspell itself with spell removal cards like Mystical Space Typhoon, &Twin Twisters or Archfiend Eccentrick.

I saw many decks that are maining Twin Twisters, Raigeki or Archfiend Eccentrick now. Archfiend Eccentrick is quiet nice since it is searchable via Wavering Eyes, but its not always an out because the monarch player can suddenly summon Ehther The Heavenly Monarch in your turn which special summons Kuraz The Light Monarch destroying the Archfiend Eccentrick before even using its effect!

Another cool out is Performapal Turn Toad its searchable with Performapal Monkeyboard/ Performapal Skullcrobat Joker but has the same downside as Archfiend Eccentrick that a potential Ehther The Heavenly Monarch can interrupt that play.



Pendulum Effect: Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up monster on the field; switch its current ATK and DEF until the end of this turn. Monster Effect: Once per turn, during your Battle Phase (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 monster you control; change its battle position, and if you do, switch its current ATK and DEF until the end of this turn.







Cards that I warmly recommend to you are Raigeki, Dark Holes and Spell Trap removal like Mystical Space Typhoon/ Twin Twisters because they are usually the cleaniest outs. Those cards are super great going second and if you go first and if you really hate monarchs already you even can side Mask of Restricts or Fog King. Monarchs have a bad time against trap heavy decks. A nice lock which as an example Pepe can create is Mask Of Restrict with Number 66: Master Key Beetle which needs 2 Lv.4 Dark Monsters to protect your Mask Of Restrict. Performapal Skullcrobat Joker is a Dark monster, it can search Performapal Silver Claw since it is a Dark Monster too and you can also use it for a potential Evilswarm Nightmare summon.

As you read, the new monarchs are a really big threat now especially the searchable extra deck floodgate Domain Of The True Monarchs but there are many ways to break the lock. You need to decide yourself, which is the best way for you depending on your own Deck Type. I also recommend to even main 1-2 cards against monarchs, preferable searchable cards, because Monarch is a competitive “budget” deck and you will probably face many of them in the swiss rounds.

I hope I could give you a little overview about the impact of the new challenger called Monarchs. They are surely not to underestimate.

Thanks for reading. Leaving a thumbs up or a comment with your favorite anti monarch card or monarch support card are always appreciated.

Soner Güngör is an Office Manager in Finance and is studying economic business in Germany. Soner is a founding member of United Gosus, and has served as a member of the Player roster since August 2006. To learn more about Soner, please visit his Member Profile.