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Darklord Deck: deck recipe [July 2020]

Duel Links Darklord Control deck, Darklord Control in the current meta, how to use.
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update 08/07/2020

Overview

“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.

Required Card Boxes

Lords of Shining Valhalla Calling Judgement Force Selection Box Vol. 02 Mini

Example Deck

Standard Version

Chaos Dragon LevianeerChaos Dragon LevianeerChaos Dragon LevianeerDarklord DesireLyla, Lightsworn SorceressDarklord Ixchel
Raiden, Hand of the LightswornRaiden, Hand of the LightswornRaiden, Hand of the LightswornDarklord NastenLumina, Lightsworn SummonerLumina, Lightsworn Summoner
Lumina, Lightsworn SummonerDarklord TezcatlipocaDarklord TezcatlipocaDarklord AmduscDarklord AmduscDarklord Amdusc
Darklord UkobackBanishment of the DarklordsBanishment of the DarklordsBanishment of the DarklordsCharge of the Light BrigadeCharge of the Light Brigade
Charge of the Light BrigadeThe Melody of Awakening DragonDarklord ContactSolar RechargeSolar RechargeThe Sanctified Darklord
Black Rose DragonMichael, the Arch-LightswornFortune Lady EveryAssault Blackwing - Onimaru the Divine ThunderPSY-Framelord ZetaSamurai Destroyer
[Skill] descriptionUser
Show of Nightmares
Can be activated if you have 3 or more Spell cards with different name in your Graveyard. Randomly add 1 spell card in your graveyard to your hand. This skill can only be used once per duel.
Arkana
Arkana

How To Play

Artifact Lancea [Tech]

Artifact Lancea
Artifact Lancea
LIGHT Fairy ★5
ATK 1700 / DEF 2300
Future Horizon [UR]
You can Set this card from your hand to your Spell & Trap Zone as a Spell Card. During your opponent's turn, if this Set card in the Spell & Trap Zone is destroyed and sent to your Graveyard: Special Summon it. During your opponent's turn: You can Tribute this card from your hand or face-up from your side of the field; neither player can banish cards for the rest of this turn (this is a Quick Effect).

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.

Chaos Dragon Levianeer

Chaos Dragon Levianeer
Chaos Dragon Levianeer
DARK Dragon ★8
ATK 3000 / DEF 0
Selection Box Vol. 02 Mini [UR]
Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 3 LIGHT and/or DARK monsters from your GY. When Summoned this way: You can activate this effect; apply the following effect, based on the Attribute(s) of the monsters banished for the Special Summon, also this card cannot attack for the rest of this turn.
● Only LIGHT: Special Summon 1 monster from your GY in Defense Position.
● Only DARK: Shuffle 1 random card from your opponent's hand into the Deck.
● Both LIGHT and DARK: Destroy up to 2 cards on the field.
You can only use this effect of "Chaos Dragon Levianeer" once per turn.

Banishment of the Darklords

Banishment of the Darklords
Banishment of the Darklords
Normal Spell
Valhalla Calling [UR]
Add 1 "Darklord" or "Fallen One" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Casting out the Darklords". You can only activate 1 "Casting out the Darklords" per turn.

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.

Darklord Ixchel

Darklord Ixchel
Darklord Ixchel
DARK Fairy ★10
ATK 2500 / DEF 2900
Lords of Shining [SR]
You can discard this card and 1 "Darklord" card; draw 2 cards. (Quick Effect): You can pay 1000 LP, then target 1 "Darklord" Spell/Trap in your GY; apply that target's effect, then shuffle that target into the Deck. You can only use each effect of "Darklord Ixchel" once per turn. You can only Special Summon "Darklord Ixchel(s)" once per turn.

Darklord Tezcatlipoca

Darklord Tezcatlipoca
Darklord Tezcatlipoca
DARK Fairy ★9
ATK 2800 / DEF 2100
Lords of Shining [N]
If a "Darklord" monster(s) you control would be destroyed by battle or card effect, you can discard this card instead. During either player's turn: You can pay 1000 LP, then target 1 "Darklord" Spell/Trap Card in your Graveyard; apply that target's effect, then shuffle that target into the Deck. You can only use this effect of "Darklord Tezcatlipoca" once per turn. You can only Special Summon "Darklord Tezcatlipoca(s)" once per turn.

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.

Darklord Ukoback

Darklord Ukoback
Darklord Ukoback
DARK ★3
ATK 700 / DEF 1000
Lords of Shining [N]
If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can send 1 "Darklord" card from your Deck to the Graveyard. You can only use this effect of "Darklord Ukoback" once per turn.

If it’s Normal or Special Summoned, Darklord Ukoback allows you to send a “Darklord” card from your Deck to the Graveyard.

  • Normal Summon Darklord Ukoback, send Darklord Superbia from your Deck to the Graveyard, discard Darklord Ixchel and any other “Darklord” card, draw 2 cards, activate Darklord Contact and Special Summon Superbia and then Ixchel from your Graveyard.

  • Normal Summon Darklord Ukoback, send Darklord Contact from your Deck to the Graveyard, discard Darklord Amdusc and any other “Darklord” card, add Contact from your Graveyard to your hand. You don’t need the Banishment of the Darklords to “search” Contact.

The Melody of Awakening Dragon

The Melody of Awakening Dragon
The Melody of Awakening Dragon
Normal Spell
Seto Kaiba [SR]
Discard 1 card; add up to 2 Dragon-Type monsters with 3000 or more ATK and 2500 or less DEF from your Deck to your hand.

The Sanctified Darklord

The Sanctified Darklord
The Sanctified Darklord
Normal Trap
Lords of Shining [R]
Send 1 "Darklord" monster from your hand or face-up from your field to the GY; negate the effects of 1 Effect Monster on the field until the end of the turn, and if you do, gain LP equal to its ATK. You can only activate 1 "The Sanctified Darklord" per turn.

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.

Lightsworn Engine

Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress
Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress
LIGHT Spellcaster ★4
ATK 1700 / DEF 200
Primal Burst [UR]
You can target 1 Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls; this card's battle position cannot be changed until the end of your next turn, also change this card you control from face-up Attack Position to face-up Defense Position, and if you do, destroy that target. Once per turn, during your End Phase: Send the top 3 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard.
Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner
Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner
LIGHT Spellcaster ★3
ATK 1000 / DEF 1000
Judgement Force [R]
Once per turn: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 Level 4 or lower "Lightsworn" monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target. During each of your End Phases: Send the top 3 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard.
Charge of the Light Brigade
Charge of the Light Brigade
Normal Spell
Judgement Force [SR]
Send the top 3 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard; add 1 Level 4 or lower "Lightsworn" monster from your Deck to your hand.
Solar Recharge
Solar Recharge
Normal Spell
Judgement Force [R]
Discard 1 "Lightsworn" monster; draw 2 cards, then send the top 2 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard.

Extra Decks

Black Rose Dragon
Black Rose Dragon
FIRE Dragon ★7
ATK 2400 / DEF 1800
Blazing Rose [UR]
1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
When this card is Synchro Summoned: You can destroy all cards on the field. Once per turn: You can banish 1 Plant-Type monster from your Graveyard, then target 1 Defense Position monster your opponent controls; change that target to face-up Attack Position, and if you do, its ATK becomes 0 until the end of this turn.
Michael, the Arch-Lightsworn
Michael, the Arch-Lightsworn
LIGHT Dragon ★7
ATK 2600 / DEF 2000
Judgement Force [UR]
1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner LIGHT monsters
Once per turn: You can pay 1000 LP, then target 1 card on the field; banish that target. When this card is destroyed: You can target any number of other "Lightsworn" monsters in your Graveyard; shuffle them into the Deck, and if you do, you gain 300 LP for each returned card. Once per turn, during your End Phase: Send the top 3 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard.
Fortune Lady Every
Fortune Lady Every
LIGHT Spellcaster ★7
ATK ? / DEF ?
Valhalla Calling [SR]
1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner Spellcaster monsters
This card's ATK/DEF become its Level x 400. Once per turn, during your Standby Phase: Increase this card's Level by 1 (max. 12), then, you can banish 1 face-up monster your opponent controls. During your opponent's End Phase, if this card is in your GY: You can banish 1 other Spellcaster monster from your GY; Special Summon this card. You can only use this effect of "Fortune Lady Every" once per turn.
Assault Blackwing - Onimaru the Divine Thunder
Assault Blackwing - Onimaru the Divine Thunder
DARK Winged Beast ★12
ATK 3000 / DEF 2000
Aerial Assault [R]
1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
If this card is Synchro Summoned using a "Blackwing" monster as Material, it is treated as a Tuner while face-up on the field. Cannot be destroyed by card effects. You can target 1 "Blackwing" monster in your Graveyard; this card's Level becomes the same as that monster's. You can only use this effect of "Assault Blackwing - Onimaru the Divine Thunder" once per Duel. If this card that was Synchro Summoned using only Synchro Monsters attacks, this card gains 3000 ATK during the Damage Step only.
PSY-Framelord Zeta
PSY-Framelord Zeta
LIGHT Psychic ★7
ATK 2500 / DEF 1800
Future Horizon [R]
1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can target 1 Special Summoned monster your opponent controls in face-up Attack Position; banish both that monster and this card from the field, but return them in your next Standby Phase. If this card is in your Graveyard: You can target 1 other "PSY-Frame" card in your Graveyard; return this card to the Extra Deck, and if you do, add that target to your hand.
Samurai Destroyer
Samurai Destroyer
EARTH Machine ★7
ATK 2600 / DEF 1400
Dark Dimension [R]
1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters
If this card battles an opponent's monster, your opponent cannot activate cards or effects until the end of the Damage Step, also that opponent's monster has its effects negated during the Battle Phase only. If this face-up card in its owner's control leaves the field because of an opponent's card effect: You can target 1 Machine monster in your GY; Special Summon it.

Skills Suggestion

[Skill] descriptionUser
Show of Nightmares
Can be activated if you have 3 or more Spell cards with different name in your Graveyard. Randomly add 1 spell card in your graveyard to your hand. This skill can only be used once per duel.
Arkana
Arkana

Weaknesses

  • Legendary Six Samurai - Enishi and Six Style - Dual Wield can bypass Darklord Tezcatlipoca’s protection and Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En can negate the activation of Darklord Contact. Enishi’s effect can be negated by The Sanctified Darklord, but, when it comes to Dual Wield, you can only play around it by not Summoning a second monster, which is still very risky.
  • Although Sealed Tombs is not as relevant as it used to be, it should be noted that it can be used to prevent you Special Summoning your “Darklord” monsters from the Graveyard via Darklord Contact’s effect.

Comments

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Anonymous
Sactified, Ixchel & Contact all got limited and it is too much for it to take. Komoney just dislike decks that rule the meta. This deck suffer the same fate as Fur Hire, Koaki & Six Samurai.. all having multiple cards in the current banlist.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
amazoness too
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 23days ago Reply
🔥 amazoness
Anonymous
Insta pull prismatic on first draw of pack lol
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
almost a year of awesomeness
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Brutal
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
congrats m8
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
awesome pull
Anonymous
IT WAS META DURING 1 year.
People don't understand the meta is cyclic.

It's still KOG material anyway.
Anonymous
I don't understand
How are you meant to summon Michael or Fortune Lady Every with this deck?
Anonymous
Still tiered. Best investment in Duel Links history, no comparison.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Right? this deck is the best
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
How is it the best investment when you need to go into another box to keep it up to date?
<< Anonymous
Zeliotic Reply
A lot of tiered decks in this game require going through multiple boxes. Also, your point doesn’t disprove the other. An investment generally remains good once you’ve gotten your money’s worth out of it. I know for me personally I spent hardly any gems at all getting my DL together. I already had lightsworn cards. I was going to Go into the new box anyway. So, it remains a worthwhile investment
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
The only good investement in this game is if you can reach 1st place KC Cup/WCS without spending money. KOG isn't a solid evidence for good investment, I built Superheavy Samurai without resetting the box and still able to reach KOG 3 seasons in a row with only 1 copy of Wagon, but still I won't call it good investment.
Anonymous
I asked this on the Lightsworns page but is it worth it to use a dream ticket on Lyla? I don't have any copies of her, and I'm still finishing the new box.
<< Anonymous
WoodFrJared Reply
Hi, well I think you can replace with Lumina instead of use dream ticket to get 1 Lyla, then you can put some synchro monsters like Michael, Samurai Destroyer or Fortune Lady Every
Best F2P Guide
I dont recommend if you are F2P or Beginner make this deck unless you're rich or id1ot.

This is very expenssive(3x UR Main Box 3x SR from another main box and 1 SR from mini box), the budget version of this deck is Sh1T, you need deck 100% complete to work well
Anonymous
viable during almost a year.
It was an awesome archetype and it might return in the future, just like fur hire, dark magician or neos fusion.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
the meta is cyclic, just take a look at bewd.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
it's not dead lol
Anonymous
Using Charge of Light to mill cards in place of Ichxel is just genius, sadly that means dark lords could potentially get another hit next banlist.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Kinda doubt DL will be hit again.
But cant say the same for Lightsworn though.

Most people can already foresee that Charge of the Light Brigade is going to be semi limited somewhere in the future.

The card is just too good
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Hitting Charge of light will be a hit to DLs.

I think right now Lightsworn DL is having better results in tournaments than pure lightsworns.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
BW gt hit twice in a row. I can definitely see them hitting DL again.
Anonymous
DL: Well it's about time to 🔥 Darklords. They've been meta for far too long.

Lightsworn: I'm about to end this man's whole career
Anonymous
when you think darklord was being nuked but lightsworn save their ass. expecting someone on mcs using that variant.
Anonymous
DL still alive :)
Thanks lightsworn for saving him from the death .

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