“Darklord” is an archetype of mostly DARK Fairy-Type monsters whose main strategy revolves around setting up the Graveyard and then swarming the field with various high ATK monsters.
Although the archetype was technically already present in the game before the release of the Mini Box Lords of Shining, since it featured only one card (Darklord Marie), we can pretty much consider it as brand new.
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.
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.
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.
Beatdown! This turn, the Atk of all Level 5 or higher face-up monsters on your field increases by the number of monsters of Level 5 or higher on your field times 300.
This deck is capable of consistently swarming the field with various high-Level monsters that can definitely benefit from having access to this Skill. The fact that you are now able to use Beatdown only once per Duel shouldn’t really matter if you need it to close out the game.
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.
What they did to Darklords was a bit of an overkill IMO. The only needed to semi limit one card, so it takes Trunade out of the picture. Also with the beat down nerf, you have to plan your OTKs out more carefully. This deck needs to stay relevant as it is the only reliable monster effect negation in the game.
I agree. With how recent some the support still was, this just looked more like they decided that it was ok to get them out of the way to move onto the next thing earlier than maybe even they had planned just because there were enough complaints.
one person reached kog with a weak deck thanks to his great skills, how does this mean in your little brain that the deck is still as strong as tiered decks? cause it's not, fur hires suck and you couldn't even reach legend with them