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[center][size=6][b]Frog Monarchs[/b][/size][/center] [img]http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a74/Indignation_X/monarchbanner-1-1.png[/img] [size=4][size=3][i]Monarch decks, particularly Frog Monarchs win games by repeadedly summoning big monsters with the help of Treeborn Frog, removing the opponents cards in the process. By running little to no traps, other decks will tend to have a number of "dead draws" against it. With the introduction of Illusory Snatcher and Daigusto Phoenix, the deck can OTK with relative ease.[/i][/size] [size=3]Frogs [spoiler] [b]Treeborn Frog[/b][/size][/size] [size=3] [img]http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120616114318/yugioh/images/9/91/TreebornFrog-BP01-EN-R-1E.png[/img] The very center of the deck. Get this to the grave, and become aware of how awesome your standby phase truly is. The synergy this card has with Enemy Controller is ridiculous, essentially turning it into a costless brain control. Unless konami prints something any [i]more [/i]ridiculous, this card will remain the main source of monarch fodder for the remainder of this game. [b]Swap Frog[/b] [img]http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100118023646/yugioh/images/6/6d/SwapFrogSOVR-EN-C-1E.jpg[/img] Opening with this pretty much sets the gears in motion. Thanks to its “POKEMON! RETURN!” effect, you can thin your deck of frogs each turn. Bouncing it back will more times than not will leave you with an empty field which sounds terrible but easily deter attacks for a turn for the simple fact that the deck maxes out on Gorz, Tragoedia and sometime Battle fader. Swap Frog facilitates the Tributing and XYZ engine in the deck. [b]Ronintoadin[/b] [img]http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100523035510/yugioh/images/b/b0/RonintoadinTSHD-EN-C-1E.png[/img] A 2000 def monster that can be summoned multiple times a turn so long as it has the fuel... what’s not to love? It makes for easy LADD, Obelisk, Daigusto Phoenix and Gachi Plays. Even in a worst case scenario, it’s a wall to stall. [b]Dupe Frog[/b] [img]http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110804021158/yugioh/images/0/0d/DupeFrogCRMS-EN-C-1E.png[/img] Every deck loves recruiters.This one happens to be a wall that adds needed consistency to a deck that can potentially open terribly. After it’s been used and abused, it can fuel Ronin. WARNING: THIS EFFECT IS OPTIONAL AND WILL MISS TIMING IF USED FOR TRIBUTE IN ANYWAY, SHAPE, OR FORM, SUCH AS ENEMY CONTROLLER OR TRIBUTE SUMMON. [b]Poison Draw Frog[/b] [img]http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080523033226/yugioh/images/1/1b/PoisonDrawFrogDR04-EN-C-UE.png[/img] With the release of cards like Inzektor Exa Beetle, and Sea Lancer, this card is beginning to see play in Frog builds. Cards like Sea Lancer are already difficult to remove from the field. Equipping it with PDF widens the gap of card advantage between you and your opponent. Similar to Dupe Frog, this card WILL miss the timing if you tribute it for a Monarch or E-Con. [/spoiler] Monarchs [spoiler] [b]Caius the Shadow Monarch[/b] [img]http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120616113132/yugioh/images/f/f8/CaiustheShadowMonarch-BP01-EN-R-1E.png[/img] Caius’s ability to banish has been a play disrupter for many formats. This guy will be played in triplicate just because there are so many cards whose effects activate by being sent to the grave. Caius can target any card on the field, and even burn for 1000 – an effect which can outright steal games in overtime. Caius is possibly the best monarch to be released and the only one that even makes this debatable is Raiza… a Monarch that’s been on the banlist. [b]Raiza the Storm Monarch[/b] [img]http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120704193844/yugioh/images/7/74/RaizatheStormMonarch-DL14-EN-R-UE-Blue.png[/img] Raiza has been on the goddamn BANLIST because of the effectiveness of spinning cards to the top. It’ s pretty terrible being on the wrong side of a Raiza lock. With the release of Daigusto Phoenix, Raiza also has the ability to dish out 6300 damage – potentially giving it the spot as #1 monarch once again… Raiza will be a big help no matter what point of the game you drop it. [b]Mobius the Frost Monarch[/b] [img]http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120531134036/yugioh/images/d/d0/MobiustheFrostMonarch-BP01-EN-R-1E.png[/img] With many decks maindecking a single copy of Starlight Road in response to Double MF, double TT, Dark Hole and Heavy, you’d wonder why anyone would run this card now. Although most decks have put this guy on the shelf for a few formats, he may see play once again with the Release of Illusory Snatcher. The ability to get around SLR is a HUGE play, your opponent no longer feels safe with a Starlight Road – who’d’ve thought that’d ever happen? Being a WATER monster allows you to discard for Swap Frog and as a random target for Spiritual Water Art - Aoi. [b]Zaborg the Thunder Monarch[/b] [img]http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120616114436/yugioh/images/f/fa/ZaborgtheThunderMonarch-BP01-EN-C-1E.png[/img] With BLS back, having a LIGHT Monarch doesn’t sound like such a bad idea. Access to Rank 5 monsters is an added benefit with Illusory Snatcher. He’s more of a niche card in XYZ dedicated builds, however I wouldn't be surprised if he saw play in future builds. [/spoiler] Accessory Monsters [spoiler] [b]Effect Veiler[/b] [img]http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120330212945/yugioh/images/d/dd/EffectVeiler-ORCS-EN-SR-LE.png[/img] A one-turn Skill Drain – the ability to stop a big play – a tuner. What’s not to love? Effect Veiler is necessary in the current meta. Effect Veiler shines brightly in this deck because of her ability to go into Formula Synchron and Level 7 Synchro Monsters with ease. [b]Sangan[/b] [img]http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120420230315/yugioh/images/e/e8/Sangan-YS12-EN-C-1E.png[/img] Sangan can search any Frog, Battle Fader and even Sea Lancer. Not only do you get an opponents monster in conjunction with Enemy Controller, but a search as well. So long as the card is legal, it’s mandatory effect will continue to be abused and this deck can do it just as well as any other. [b]Tour Guide from the Underworld[/b] [img]http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120531135837/yugioh/images/9/96/TourGuideFromtheUnderworld-BP01-EN-R-1E.png[/img] As previously stated, Sangan can search just about every key card in this deck. Searching it out, and Xyz’ing into a bigger monster is great on its own. The ability to go into Leviair and OTK in conjunction with Daigusto Phoenix gives this deck the boost it needs to remain competitive in the current meta. [b]Hieratic Dragon of Tefnuit[/b] [img]http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120520031134/yugioh/images/d/d6/HieraticDragonofTefnuit-GAOV-EN-R-1E.png[/img] A Cyber Dragon with the ability to make Rank 6 xyz's. More XYZ dedicated Monarch decks should consider this card. It is fairly consistently searched and can work properly with multiple copies of itself or Hieratic Dragon of Su. He's a LIGHT for BLS too. Take note that Tefnuit will counteract cards like Treeborn Frog and Light And Darkness Dragon. We haven't seen a truly effective Hieratic Monarch variant yet, but that doesn't mean there aren't any good builds out there. [b]Sea Lancer[/b] [img]http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120418043327/yugioh/images/d/db/SeaLancer-GENF-EN-R-1E.jpg[/img] A searchable tribute monster with the ability to recycle your banished frogs. Because of its effect, Sea Lancer takes a few turns to be destroyed – he sets your deck back on track by getting your Frogs back where they need to be. Similar to LADD, this card forces your opponent to use up resources to kill him, giving you a chance to build a great hand and damage your opponents. [b]Illusory Snatcher[/b] [img]http://images.trollandtoad.com/products/pictures/727408.jpg[/img] Probably the biggest boost this deck has received comes in the form of Illusory Snatcher, a monster who literally copies the form of a monster you tribute summoned. The Snatcher has the ability to push for 2400 extra damage, as well as provides access to XYZ monsters, Ranks 5 through 10. His effect also prevents the activation of your opponents trap cards such as Starlight Road. [b]Battle Fader[/b] [img]http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120530134259/yugioh/images/b/b4/BattleFader-BP01-EN-C-1E.png[/img] When practically every deck in the meta has the ability to pack 8000 damage on board with ease, Battle Fader is an important asset for the Monarch Player. Not only can you stop a push for game, but you simultaneously set up the field for a Tribute Summon or an Enemy Controller play. Monarch decks shine by punishing the opponent for committing too much to the board and this guy gets the deck where it needs to be. [b]Gorz, the Emissary of Darkness[/b] [img]http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120616113637/yugioh/images/2/23/GorztheEmissaryofDarkness-BP01-EN-R-1E.png[/img] He’s Gorz. He stops OTK’s, and has a 2700 body. The token can get pretty big too. In certain situations, having the Gorz + Token can be used as tribute fodder for something even bigger, such as Obelisk. As long as this guy isn’t banned, he’ll see a spot in your deck. [b]Tragoedia[/b] [img]http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120607001058/yugioh/images/2/2e/Tragoedia-BP01-EN-SFR-1E.png[/img] This guy might even be better than Gorz in terms of versatility. The ability to permanently steal monsters shouldn't be overlooked. Such an effect facilitates further XYZ summoning and Tribute summons. Too much advantage can be gained with this card and at 2, he can turn a bad situation into winning ones fairly consistently. By tribute summoning Trag, and dropping Illusory Snatcher, you also have the ability to go into Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Gustav Max. Trag is too versatile to not be played. [/spoiler] Boss Monsters [spoiler] [b]Light and Darkness Dragon[/b] [img]http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110325194408/yugioh/images/5/5a/LightandDarknessDragonSTOR-EN-SR-LE.png[/img] LADD forces a number of things on your opponent: burn through cards just to weaken it low enough to beat over, negate the summon, or activate a 2nd effect in response to LADDs effect. Either way, it’s a 1 card advantage building machine. Being a LIGHT attribute Monster, this card makes Black Luster Soldier – EotB that much easier to summon. [b]Obelisk the Tormentor[/b] [img]http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120607002246/yugioh/images/9/93/ObelisktheTormentor-BP01-EN-SFR-1E.png[/img] Probably the hardest drop for this deck and it can STILL be pulled off without a hitch. Many decks have few outs to this godly beast and if it’s not handled quick enough, 4000 ATK can only smack someone around for so long. [b]Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning[/b] [img]http://images.wikia.com/yugioh/images/4/46/BlackLusterSoldierEnvoyoftheBeginning-MC2-EN-ScR-LE.jpg[/img] It wins games. You have plenty of Darks and enough Lights to viably use him. [b]Chaos Sorcerer[/b] [img]http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120207082729/yugioh/images/c/c4/ChaosSorcerer-SDDC-EN-C-1E.jpg[/img] This guy works very similarly to Illusory Snatcher in the deck. He can pack an added 2300 damage on board when necessary, used for a Rank 6 xyz summon, or be used as tribute fodder if needed. The ability to use his Banish effect and be transformed into another monster should be considered. Many decks struggle with viably finding room for him. [b]Jinzo[/b] [img]http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120607003242/yugioh/images/a/ad/Jinzo-BP01-EN-R-1E.png[/img] Running a deck with no traps has its perks. This cards utility shifts as the meta shifts. Being able to shut down a large portion of your opponents deck is nothing to scoff at. [b]Moulin Glace, the Elemental Lord[/b] [img]http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120720174728/yugioh/images/a/ad/IceSpiritGodMoulinGlace-ABYR-JP-SR.jpg[/img] Konami pls. Upon release, this card will definitely see play in builds more dedicated to the Frog engine. [/spoiler] Spells [spoiler] [b]Enemy Controller[/b] [img]http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120530134261/yugioh/images/1/15/EnemyController-BP01-EN-C-1E.png[/img] LITERALLY a free brain control in the standby phase when combined with Treeborn and one of most game changing cards this deck can run. There is no reason this deck SHOULDN’T run 3. Even in the worst case when you have no monsters to use to steal, it can deter 1 attack. Card is great and this deck can abuse it better than any other. [b]Soul Exchange[/b] [img]http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120607003243/yugioh/images/8/8b/SoulExchange-BP01-EN-SFR-1E.png[/img] It can be an out to a number of threats this deck faces like Krystia, Vanity’s Fiend, Dyna, Banisher, or just any monster that might be big enough to threaten if you read a veiler coming. It’s also a big help for dropping your double (or triple) tribute monsters when the other means aren’t available. It’s 1 more precaution to make sure you can survive in the times where your frogs are a little bogged down. [/spoiler] Traps [spoiler] [b]Treacherous Trap Hole[/b] [img]http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100726190309/yugioh/images/2/27/TreacherousTrapHole-TU03-EN-SR-UE.png[/img] Trap cards are counterintuitive to most of the power cards in the deck, Treeborn frog, Gorz, LADD work when the Spell and Trap zones are empty.. That being said, Treacherous Trap Hole is a +1. In tough situations, it could be helpful. With MST, Dust Tornado, Trap Stun and Night Beam all at 3, running 0 trap cards gives your opponent dead draws – which gives this deck a huge advantage. [/spoiler] Extra Deck [spoiler] Although they aren’t a dedicated Synchro or XYZ deck, a number of tools are accessible to the Monarch player in the extra deck. [b]Formula Synchron[/b] – revive treeborn and summon a dead veiler for a free draw in a tough spot. With Enemy Controller etc, making a Shooting Star Dragon with an opponents Stardust Dragon isn’t exactly out of the question either ^.^ [b]Ancient Sacred Wyvern[/b] – Arguably one of the most underrated best cards in the game. With a plethora of Level 6 monsters, this card can be summoned with ease with Effect Veiler. Because the deck doesn’t run the Solemn Brigade, has 2000 DEF monsters and Battle Faders. In short, your life points will almost always be higher than your opponents. This card means certain game if your opponent takes much more than 2000 damage. [b]Gachi Gachi Gantetsu[/b] – Frogs make rank 2’s easily. The extra 400 atk is enough to push many of your monsters above your opponents'. Any Monarch is now able to kill Shi En, Laggia, Adreus, Grapha and others by battle. [b]Daigusto Phoenix[/b] - While Monarchs excel at the grind game, Daigusto Phoenix gives Monarchs the ability to OTK as well by allowing a WIND monster to attack twice. Notable monsters include itself, Raiza the Storm Monarch, Stardust Dragon, Leviair the Sea Dragon and Gaia Dragon, the Thunder Charger. [b]Number 96: Dark Mist[/b] – although 3 level 2 monsters is a high cost, being able to run over anything by battle is a nice perk. [b]Leviair the Sea Dragon[/b] – He’s an OTK with Swap frog and Ronintoadin, being a WIND for Daigusto Phoenix. Getting a D.D. Crow’d Treeborn back in grave is pretty great too. He’s probably the best reason to run Tour Guide in this deck. [b]Inzektor Exa-Beetle[/b] – A great card when you need to clear out some more of your opponents cards. A common play is: Summon Caius, Banish, summon Snatcher, overlay for Exa-Beetle, send another card, overlay for Gaia Dragon. Getting LADD's effect resolved when Exa-Beetle is destroyed is a huge plus too! [b]Photon Strike Bounzer[/b] - After pushing for damage with a monarch + Snatcher, XYZ into Strike Bounzer to shut down an opponent’s comeback play. [b]Gaia Dragon the Thunder Charger [/b]- Aside from having a broken summoning mechanic, he’s a WIND for Daigusto Phoenix. A double attack piercer is just incredible. 1 is mandatory in each extra– depending on how much xyz summoning you do, bumping this up to 2 or 3 might be a good idea.[/size] [size=3][b]Number 11: Big Eye [/b]- A Rank 7 capable of stealing opponents monsters. Hm. [b]Constellar Ptolemys Messier 7[/b] - Being able to recycle Monarchs, Snatcher, Swap Frog OR bounce an opponents monster is incredibly good. [b]SuperDreadnought Cannon Gustav Max[/b] - Tribute Summon Tragoedia? summon Illusory Snatcher? put 5000 dmg on board? okay. [/spoiler] Sample Build [spoiler] Monsters: 29 2x Effect Veiler 2x Treeborn Frog 3x Swap frog 2x Ronintoadin 2x Dupe Frog 2x Tour Guide 1x Sangan 2x Battle Fader 2x Tragoedia 1x Gorz 3x Caius the Shadow Monarch 3x Raiza the Storm Monarch 1x Illusory Snatcher 2x Light and Darkness Dragon 1x Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning Spells: 11 3x Enemy Controller 2x Soul Exchange 1x Pot of Duality 1x Dark Hole 1x Heavy Storm 1x Monster Reborn 2x Mystical Space Typhoon Extra: 15 1xFormula Synchron 1xAncient Sacred Wyvern 1xBlack Rose Dragon 1xStardust Dragon 1xScrap Dragon 1xNumber 96: Dark Mist 1xGachi Gachi Gantetsu 2x Daigusto Phoenix 1xLeviair, the Sea Dragon 1xInzektor Exa-Beetle 1xPhoton Strike Bounzer 1xSwordbreaker 1xGaia Dragon, the Thunder Charger 1xHieratic Sun Dragon Overlord of Heliopolis [/spoiler][/size] [size=3]With Plenty of abuseable effects, and an ever expanding card pool, Monarchs are an archetype that will constantly remain a threat in the metagame.[/size]