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Darklord Deck: deck recipe [Oct 2019 Updated]

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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.

Post-Banlist Version

Standard Version

Darklord IxchelDarklord IxchelDarklord IxchelDarklord AmduscDarklord AmduscDarklord Amdusc
Darklord UkobackDarklord UkobackDarklord UkobackDarklord NastenDarklord NastenDarklord Desire
Darklord SuperbiaDarklord TezcatlipocaBanishment 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
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

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
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. 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.

The Tie that Binds can be considered a viable alternative, but it simply cannot push Nasten and Ixchel above 3000 ATK, which means that they won’t be able to get over a Blue-Eyes White Dragon or an Ancient Gear Reactor Dragon.

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 5days ago
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.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 5days ago Reply
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.
<< Anonymous
Helpful Troll 11hour ago Reply
Correct. They should also limit Fuma on 6Sams.
Anonymous 1days ago
Tested post nerf. Still the best deck.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 20hour ago Reply
Then prepare to have a 6sam treatment nerfs then.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 14hour ago Reply
Yep, I wouldn't be surprised if they semi-limit Ixchel/Nasten/Ukoback (one or two out of those 3) next.

Need to sell the latest boxes after all, can't have good sales if people are not buying anything because they're still using decks from old boxes.
same as samuais 5days ago
BAN LIST WILL DO NOTHING TO THIS DECK.
Tiered until 2020
<< Anonymous(Invalid Argument)
Ah, the usual noob 4days ago Reply
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
<< Anonymous(same as samuais)
Anonymous 2days ago Reply
Yes darklord is still the best deck, it might be even better after the nerfs than before.
<< Anonymous(same as samuais)
Anonymous 2days ago Reply
Banlist will do nothing to my youtube channel
<< Anonymous(Ah, the usual noob)
Anonymous 14hour ago Reply
If it's just 1 person then it's luck, not because the deck is still good.
Anonymous 21hour ago
How do you guys deal with necrovalley decks? it always destroys me on Darklords - unless I have cosmic cyclone on hand right away.
Anonymous 1days ago
Faltou uma vitória na última temporada para chegar a rei dos jgoos com Triâmides, isso porque já inciei a temporada no fim. Excelente deck.
Anonymous
I'VE OWNED ZOMBIE WORLD PLENTY OF TIMES WITH THIS DECK
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 5days ago Reply
Me too
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 5days ago Reply
Zombie World doesn't really affect this deck to begin with.

Necrovalley on the other hand.....
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 4days ago Reply
Amano Iwato and they surrender
<< Anonymous
Tackrad 4days ago Reply
i've never seen zombie world in ranked...
Anonymous 4days ago
Komoney nerf Darklords to prepare Lightlords with lightsword engine
Anonymous 5days ago
I wish they never added banishment, they were one of my favourite archetypes since they came out and smart people could rank up with them even before they became tier 1
will stay as meta 5days ago
I'm not worried.
THIS DECK IS PRETTY MUCH SAMURAIS 2.0


It will remain as meta for one year.
Thank me l8r.
<< Anonymous(will stay as meta)
Anonymous 5days ago Reply
Op is correct
<< Anonymous(will stay as meta)
Anonymous 5days ago Reply
Maybe no more
THANKS
I GOT 2 BANISHMENT WITH 5300 GEMS.
- Thank you
<< Anonymous(THANKS)
Anonymous 5days ago Reply
:3
<< Anonymous(THANKS)
Anonymous 5days ago Reply
I hope you're still fine after today
w00t 5days ago
Darklords TIERED forever.
<< Anonymous(w00t)
Anonymous 5days ago Reply
I think so
Anonymous 6days ago
Just got KoG with this amazing deck!

3x Ixchel
1x Desire
1x Superbia
1x Tez
2x Nasten
1x Ukoback
1x Morningstar
2x Hey Trunade
3x Banishment
3x Calling
2x Sanctified
Skill: Beatdown
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 5days ago Reply
cool
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 5days ago Reply
Awesome

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