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Darklord Deck: deck recipe

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Overview

“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.

Example Deck

Expensive Version

Darklord IxchelDarklord IxchelDarklord IxchelDarklord NastenDarklord NastenDarklord Nasten
Darklord UkobackDarklord UkobackDarklord UkobackDarklord SuperbiaDarklord SuperbiaDarklord Tezcatlipoca
Into the VoidInto the VoidInto the VoidDarklord ContactDarklord ContactDarklord Contact
The Sanctified DarklordThe Sanctified Darklord----

Budget Version

Darklord IxchelDarklord SuperbiaDarklord SuperbiaDarklord NastenDarklord NastenDarklord Nasten
Darklord UkobackDarklord UkobackDarklord UkobackDarklord TezcatlipocaDarklord TezcatlipocaDarklord Tezcatlipoca
Enemy ControllerEnemy ControllerDarklord ContactDarklord ContactDarklord ContactThe Sanctified Darklord
The Sanctified DarklordThe Sanctified Darklord----

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
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.
Jack Atlas
Jack Atlas

How To Use

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.

You can Normal Summon Darklord Ukoback, send Darklord Contact from your Deck to the Graveyard, Special Summon Darklord Nasten by discarding 2 “Darklord” cards and then Special Summon a “Darklord” monster from your Graveyard in Defense Position by paying 1000 Life Points to apply the effect of the Spell Card.

Alternatively, if you already have Darklord Contact available, you can use Darklord Ukoback’s effect to send from your Deck to the Graveyard Darklord Superbia or any other “Darklord” monster you can/want to Special Summon.

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
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.
Jack Atlas
Jack Atlas

This deck is capable of consistently swarming the field with various high Level monsters that can definitely benefit from having access to this Skill.

[Skill] descriptionUser
Restart
Can be used only once after starting hands are dealt. Reveal and redraw your starting hand. Your first Draw will be skipped if you use this Skill.
Maximillion Pegasus
Maximillion Pegasus

Opening with Darklord Ixchel, Darklord Nasten and/or Darklord Ukoback is quite important, so you might want to sacrifice offensive power for a boost in consistency. While testing, I did not notice any particular issue in this regard, but this is definitely a Skill you can consider running.

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.

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Anonymous 18hour ago
Any thoughts on using the darklord deck with yami marik/power of the tributed and winged dragon of ra? Im trying to work out a way to use the special summoning to swarm the field and consolidate the power all in one move. So far when it works its pretty easy to get RAs attack power well over 7000 without using LP but its hit or miss whether or not i can summon anything at all just by luck of the draw with the hands I get.
Anonymous 3days ago
my deck... how u see it?
Anonymous 6days ago
I just made this deck. I'm still a beginner in duel links but I see a huge problem especially with the expensive version of this decks:
The strongest monster in this deck has 2900 ATK and there's no way to increase that or destroy an enemy monster in any other way. So what do I do when the enemy has e.g. a Blue Eyes Dragon with 3000 ATK? It seems like a wall for me with no way to get through no matter what I draw.
<< Anonymous
ValleCula 5days ago Reply
That's why we play Beatdown: to be able to get over Blue-Eyes and Reactor Dragon.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 5days ago Reply
As the other guy has said, you can use beatdown. Or you can use Darklord Desire effect. Or just use Treacherous Trap Hole, Enemy controler or any backrow cards. I know there are not much space for them, but specially TTH can save you in tough situations. The main problem with this deck is not the attack power, and yes the lack of backrow removal.
Makrov krauz
Quick guide to darklords:

darklords like hazy can summon multiple high level monsters in one turn but the main differences are:
unlike hazy Darklord is a good turn 1 starter, Darklord is usually not an FTK deck as u will most likely have 1 or 2 monsters in defence on ur first turn, darklords have a slightly better consistency than hazy, darklords can interrupt the opposing plays.
both decks don't have Inherent ways to deal with backrows but darklord can tolerate backrows more than hazy.
Build:
Ixchel and Nastan are the main combo enablers, Ukoback opens more combo options and works best with superbia and Amdusc, Amdusc's best use is to dumb superbia or any other monster to get Darklord contact from grave, contact will likely be sent first by Ixchel, Nasten or Ukoback. Unless you have a way to sent a card to grave Amdusc will be a dead card so 1-2 copies are optimal.
you will likely need 3 copies of Ixchel, Nasten and Ukoback.
superbia better be run at 1 as it can easily be sent from the deck to grave by Ukoback, the card is usually dead in hand unless you have a way to send it to grave, superbia's effect miss timing if it get summoned by the draklord contact in the grave.
Morning Star and Desire are the main bosses, it's better to run only 1 boss monster, Desire is less bricky and can deal with some difficult situations, morning star is an OTK enabler but it's more bricky, Surperbia and Morning star are great in the mirror match.

Matchups:
Six Sam: favorable, duel weild may represent a problem
AG: 50-50
Cancer and stall decks: favorable as darklords gain life, can tribute lava golem and don't deck out.
Neos: may become difficult.
<< Anonymous(Makrov krauz)
Anonymous 28days ago Reply
Nice analysis btw
<< Anonymous(Makrov krauz)
Asmodeus 26days ago Reply
I used this deck against stall deck, he thinks he can burn my LP with lava golem. the duel ended last 20ish turns with 50k LP lol
<< Anonymous(Asmodeus)
Anonymous 26days ago Reply
Awesome. Did you save a replay?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 15days ago Reply
Awesome review of the deck. Thanks bud
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Anonymous 15days ago
EA games must be in serious trouble if this idiot spams the board with PORN & Love Spells LOL

• Take a look at the face of this man, because he's the one posting in the name of Warren Boswell. Dude, it doesn't matter how much you keep spamming crap, trying to scare people away. Duel Links was a total success and your hate for Konami and this game is becoming really pathetic.

• Not so long ago, you were trying to push MTG while attacking duel links too, (and that game failed.) Now you keep posting crap, damn, I think the more you want to push your own games, the more you fail. The G should change personal from time to time, you are useless.
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<< Anonymous(Warren Boswell)
Anonymous 15days ago Reply
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Drake 22days ago
One of the few things Darklord deck lacks it's of a way to deal with the opponents backrow.

Maybe a copy of "Hey Trunade" should work for this deck. Get rid of backrow, then negate an annoying effect with The Sanctified Darklord and Beatdown for the win?
Anonymous 28days ago
What do you do with ukoback once you've summoned it to use the effect since it's stats are so low.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 26days ago Reply
Sacrifice it with the sanctified darklord
Anonymous 28days ago
Big brain deck.
Don't play it if you are inbred.

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