“Darklord” is an archetype of mostly DARK Fairy monsters whose main strategy revolves around setting up the Graveyard and then swarming the field with various high ATK monsters.
Despite losing their best Skill and seeing two of their best cards added to the Forbidden/Limited List, Darklords are still an extremely threatening deck with incredible draw power and consistency.
During your opponent’s turn, Artifact Lancea can be Tributed from your hand or face-up from your field to prevent both players from banishing cards during that turn.
You can chain Lancea’s effect to Invocation in order to prevent your opponent from Summoning Invoked Cocytus, Invoked Purgatrio, or Invoked Magellanica. Your opponent might still be able to resolve Invocation if they have the Fusion Materials in their hand, but chances are they searched Invocation by Normal Summoning Aleister and they don’t have another copy of the Level 4 Spellcaster in their hand.
Even if your opponent does have another Aleister, they still need a WATER, FIRE, or EARTH monster to send to the Graveyard in order to Summon something from their Extra Deck, which is going to be “very difficult” if their only other monster is Elementsaber Molehu.
Lancea can prevent Blackwings from playing Black Whirlwind from the Deck via Blackwing - Simoon the Poison Wind’s effect, it prevents Crystrons from making certain plays, and it almost completely shuts down both Shiranui and Metaphys.
Superbia gives Artifact Lancea some decent synergy with the archetype and the incredible draw power provided by Ixchel is all you need to have this Hand Trap available when you need it.
Consistency is definitely the main thing that Darklords have struggled with ever since their introduction in Lords of Shining, so having access to a Spell Card that allows you to add any other card of the archetype from your Deck to your hand is undoubtedly going to have a positive impact on their performance.
Yes, you can only activate Banishment of the Darklords once per turn, but you can also apply its effect via Darklord Ixchel, Tezcatlipoca, Nasten, or Amdusc’s effect during your opponent’s End Phase or right before they are removed from the field, which significantly improves this Deck’s ability to recover.
You can discard Darklord Tezcatlipoca in order to prevent a “Darklord” monster(s) you control from being destroyed by battle or card effect. You might be thinking that running 3 copies of this card is a bit excessive, but having Tezcatlipoca available for Desperado Barrel Dragon and Treacherous Trap Hole is extremely important.
You can discard Darklord Ixchel and 1 “Darklord” card, which can be another copy of Darklord Ixchel, to draw two cards. Darklord Ixchel allows you to set up your Graveyard and draw through your Deck without losing card advantage at the same time.
By paying 1000 Life Points, Darklord Ixchel allows you to target a “Darklord” Spell/Trap Card in your Graveyard, apply its effect and then shuffle it back into your Deck.
If you use Darklord Ixchel’s effect to apply the effect of The Sanctified Darklord or Darklord Descent, which I’m not advising you to run, you do not have to pay the activation cost. Moreover, since you are simply applying the effect of a Spell/Trap Card and not actually activating it, Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En will not be able to negate it.
Each effect of Darklord Ixchel can only be activated once per turn and you can only Special Summon Darklord Ixchel once per turn. Darklord Nasten and Darklord Tezcatlipoca have the same restrictions.
If it’s Normal or Special Summoned, Darklord Ukoback allows you to send a “Darklord” card from your Deck to the Graveyard.
When Darklord Superbia is Special Summoned from the Graveyard (Darklord Contact), you can Special Summon 1 Fairy-Type monster from your Graveyard, except Darklord Superbia.
If you use Darklord Ixchel, Darklord Nasten or Darklord Tezcatlipoca’s effect to apply the effect of Darklord Contact and Special Summon Darklord Superbia, you will not be able to Special Summon another “Darklord” monster from your Graveyard.
After the effect of Darklord Contact is applied, the card is shuffled back into the Deck, which makes Darklord Superbia’s effect miss the timing.
Essentially, unless there is no better target, do not Special Summon Darklord Superbia from the Graveyard via Darklord Ixchel, Darklord Nasten, and Darklord Tezcatlipoca’s effect.
By sending a “Darklord” monster from your hand or face-up from your field to the Graveyard, you can negate the effects of 1 Effect Monster on the field and then gain Life Points equal to its ATK. The Sanctified Darklord does not target, which means you can even use it to negate the effects of Hazy Flame Peryton and prevent your opponent from swarming the field.
As I mentioned, if you apply the effect of this Trap Card via Darklord Ixchel, Darklord Nasten or Darklord Tezcatlipoca’s effect, you do not pay its activation cost, which definitely makes it a lot easier to use. You can send this card to the Graveyard via Darklord Ukoback’s effect and then, if your opponent tries to use Legendary Six Samurai - Enishi’s effect to return your Darklord Ixchel, Darklord Nasten or Darklord Tezcatlipoca back to your hand, you can pay 1000 Life Points to apply the effect of The Sanctified Darklord and prevent them from doing so.
Gaining Life Points is just an added bonus, but it’s also extremely relevant, as it allows you to use the effects of your “Darklord” monsters with more ease. You can target a monster on your own side of the field with The Sanctified Darklord, so you can use it to negate the effects of Lava Golem, preventing it from inflicting 1000 damage to you and gaining 3000 Life Points in the process.
This Skill can be used multiple times during the same turn, giving you more Life Points to work with and potentially sending cards like The Sanctified Darklord and Banishment of the Darklords to the Graveyard.