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Darklord Deck: deck recipe [Dec 2019 Updated]

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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.

Post-Banlist Version

Standard Version

Darklord DesireDarklord IxchelDarklord IxchelDarklord IxchelDarklord TezcatlipocaDarklord Superbia
Darklord NastenDarklord NastenDarklord AmduscDarklord AmduscArtifact LanceaArtifact Lancea
Artifact LanceaDarklord UkobackBanishment of the DarklordsBanishment of the DarklordsBanishment of the DarklordsDarklord Contact
Darklord ContactThe Sanctified Darklord----

Budget Version

Darklord IxchelDarklord AmduscDarklord AmduscDarklord AmduscDarklord UkobackDarklord Ukoback
Darklord UkobackDarklord NastenDarklord NastenDarklord NastenDarklord TezcatlipocaDarklord Tezcatlipoca
Darklord SuperbiaBanishment of the DarklordsDarklord ContactDarklord ContactSpiritualismSpiritualism
The Sanctified DarklordCurse of Anubis----

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Compensation
Can be used each time your Life Points decreases by 1000. Send the card on the top of your Deck to the Graveyard, and recover 300 LP.
Yami Bakura
Yami Bakura

How To Use

Artifact Lancea

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.

Banishment of the Darklords

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 Tezcatlipoca

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 Ixchel

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.

Darklord Ukoback

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.

Darklord Superbia

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.

The Sanctified Darklord

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.

Additional Notes

Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Compensation
Can be used each time your Life Points decreases by 1000. Send the card on the top of your Deck to the Graveyard, and recover 300 LP.
Yami Bakura
Yami Bakura

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.

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
I was farming for Fortune Lady Calling... and get 3 Bnanishment LOL any tip? dig dor Darklords?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
up
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Might be a really good idea.
You only need to buy out 1 mini box 3 times!
It has some other really nifty stuff in it!
Darklords are very meta, and will likely remain pretty meta even if they are hit (like sams)
BUT, that's just my opinion :D
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
AMAZING!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 2days ago Reply
Congrats buddy.
Anonymous
Insta pull prismatic on first draw of pack lol
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 9days ago Reply
How can I obtain that card? I have one with the same picture, but name is different: Banishment of the Darklords
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 9days ago Reply
It's the same card in a different language. lol
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 2days ago Reply
Awesome card.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 2days ago Reply
All Darklords come from the Sun. They are good, just like the place where they come from. The false god who demands blood sacrifice in the archaic religions comes from the moon. He is satan.
Anonymous 2days ago
Awesome deck, very reliable and never gets old.
Anonymous
If you don't have 3 copies of Ixchel and/or Banishment, I recommend you to play Compensation skill and put some World Legacy Clash (to deal with opponent's boss monster). Compensation lets you mill the top card of your deck each time your LP is decreased by 1000, and this skill can be used MULTIPLE times per turn. You can easily mill Contact and Sanctified, reshuffle them using your monster's effect then mill them again using the skill, all in one turn.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 15days ago Reply
I don't know how old the post above (you cannot run Clash anymore after Contact got nerfed), but Compensation Darklord is tier 1 deck right now. I wouldn't be surprised if Konami hit the skill later. Either become once per turn, or even worse, once/twice per duel
<< Anonymous
Anon 14days ago Reply
Or maybe they would change the cost to 1500 LP. Also they might apply the same thing to Sorcery Conduit, so multiple skills would get nerfed at the same time
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 12days ago Reply
Aged really well.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 2days ago Reply
cool
Anonymous 20days ago
Pure cance.r.ous deck
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 7days ago Reply
Ikr, can’t wait until they put this dou.chelord deck to rest for good.
Anonymous 9days ago
Why does no one use Dark Illusion with this deck?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 9days ago Reply
Why should they? That card doesn't really help the deck at all.
Anonymous 20days ago
Much rather use Heavy Starter. 300Lp gain isn't much & won't matter
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 15days ago Reply
The point is milling, not LP recovery
Anonymous 23days ago
An underrated skill thats good with this deck is spell specialist , It usually gets me what I want
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 23days ago Reply
Not at all, you need 5 spells with different names to activate it.
Anonymous 25days ago
tiered until 2020
Helpful Troll 29days ago
Since Beatdown is nerfed, I use Yami Yugi's Destiny Draw
Anonymous
how does this deck deal with a red-eyes fusion that has 3600 ATK? or any deck with higher attack monsters?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Desire usually deals with stronger monsters. Or else ryko.
<< Anonymous
Helpful Troll 29days ago Reply
Darklord Desire with Sanctified Darklord will put Red Eyes to the grave
Aigami Diva
is the deck still viable ! should i invest in it,and how much does it cost
(new player)
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
> Shiranui can work with Aloof Lupine

This card is much worse? It takes your normal summon, also much more risky for interruption
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Yes, it is much riskier but that's the life of the F2P.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
> Yes, it is much riskier but that's the life of the F2P.

Being free-to-play in this game is the same as being a vegetarian
<< Anonymous(Aigami Diva)
Anonymous Reply
If you're F2P you're better off putting some Shiranui into a Vendred deck.

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..thid game is dead and Konami will shut down the server soon
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Its not bad but conditional and useless if you got the field spell first. As for pathfinder, you ...
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