Monarchs are a very powerful archetype in the yugioh card game. They are always one of the number one archetypes talked about in yugioh news. Especially since a new monarch will hit the scene in the next pack, Starstrike Blast. Monarchs also have a very flexible play style as they can be in most unusual decks. Now let's learn more about the latest yugioh news about the monarch archetype.
There are currently eight monarchs that have been revealed in the card game. They are usually spaced out in different packs and are not usually in a set together, with the exception of the Advent of the Emperor Japanese structure deck. It is rumored that they are based off the ancient Rome monarchs. The first six monarchs each had a different attribute. Kuraz and Delg, the newest monarchs, share attributes with Zaborg and Caius. All of the monarchs have an effect that requires a tribute and they all have 2400 attack and 1000 defense. Almost all of them have six stars with the exception of Zaborg who has five stars.
Now let's go through every monarch-
"When this card is Tribute Summoned, destroy 1 monster on the field."
Zaborg, the Thunder Monarch is a very interesting monarch. He is the only monarch with five stars and he is the first light attribute monarch. Although his effect seems powerful it can be a double edge sword. If it is your only monster on the field when it is summoned it will destroy itself. Unfortunately this is one of the worst monarchs.
"When this card is Tribute Summoned, you can destroy up to 2 Spell or Trap Cards on the field."
Mobius the Frost Monarch is one of the better monarchs. It can help clear your opponent's spells and traps, which can make the different in a victory or defeat. It is the only water attribute monarch, this makes it useful in water decks and lets it use water support cards. In my opinion it is a staple to any monarch deck.
"When this card is Tribute Summoned, randomly discard 1 card from your opponent's hand. If the discarded card was a Monster Card, inflict damage to your opponent equal to the Level of the monster x 100."
Thestalos the Firestorm Monarch is another interesting monarch. This monarch is a matter of opinion on how useful its effect is. It can be the most helpful or most useless monarch that you can summon. If you can discard a powerful card from your opponents hand then it is very helpful. Then again the card is random so luck will have to be on your side with this monarch.
"When this card is Tribute Summoned, destroy 1 face-down card on the field."
Granmarg the Rock Monarch is considered the weakest monarch. He has a useful effect but, like Zaborg he can destroy your own cards too. You can combo this card with Book of Moon and it can hurt most defensive type decks. He is mostly useful against monster with flip effects, since you can destroy it without activating its flip effect.
"When this card is Tribute Summoned, return 1 card on the field to the top of its owner's Deck."
Raiza the Storm Monarch is one of the most used monarchs. His effect can really be a pain for your opponent since you can return a monster that you opponent worked hard to summon back to their hand. This can be really useful against synchros, rituals, and fusions. You can also mess up your opponents draw phase by making them draw the same card multiple times.
"When this card is Normal or Special Summoned, you can destroy up to 2 cards on the field. For each card destroyed, that card's controller draws 1 card. This card cannot attack during the turn it is Normal or Special Summoned."
Kuraz the Light Monarch has one of the most original effects out of all the monarchs. You can wipe out your opponents cards or destroy your own cards to draw cards. This card is also useful in crystal beasts. Kuraz is one of the less used monarchs but I can see potential in this card.
"When this card is Tribute Summoned, remove from play 1 card on the field. If it was a DARK Monster Card, inflict 1000 damage to your opponent."
Caius the Shadow Monarch is probably the most use monarch. With his effect he can shut down you opponents strong monsters by removing them for the game. He is basically Zaborg done right. You will see this card in more meta game decks and it will always be in a tournament winning monarch deck.
"When this card is Normal or Special Summoned, you can select and remove from play up to 2 cards from your opponent's Graveyard. For each card removed, send 1 card from the top of your opponent's Deck to the Graveyard. This card cannot attack during the turn it is Normal or Special Summoned."
Delg the Dark Monarch is the newest edition to the monarchs. This monarch is one of the top yugioh news stories since it is a monarch. It effect reminds me of Kuraz since it also removes two cards. There have been a lot of debate over this cards and if it will be meta worthy or not. Though I don't see this card being the best monarch it defiantly is not the worst.
There are many different deck types that can use monarchs for example "Frog Monarchs" is one of the top decks this format. It is as odd of a combination as it sounds. In frog monarchs the player uses the frog's ability to swarm and revive each other to help summon the monarch to the field. This deck can also use "Dupe Frog" to stall for time. This deck will continue to be popular in yugioh news.
In closing this is what I think about the monarchs. They have been dominating yugioh news and it doesn't look like they will stop any time soon. I hope to see more monarchs in future packs. Also I cannot wait to see the future decks made with these cards.