Deck Profile: Frog Monarchs, June 2014

A Frog Monarch deck list for the April 1st 2014 banlist.

For one reason or another, I found it enjoyable to work on this Frog Monarch deck of mine. It’s always been a pet project of sorts that I keep hanging around in the back of my mind because I like how it plays. This week I decided to update it and do a lot of duels with it and have found some nice success with this build. I don’t want to say this is a teir 1 deck, it probably would do alright at a large scale event, but I don’t think the deck has enough going for it to stick well enough in a competitive format. Even though I say this, I still think this deck is quite good and I like it a lot. Here’s my current list:

 

Monsters (32):

  • 1 Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning
  • 1 Gorz the Emissary of Darkness
  • 3 Caius the Shadow Monarch
  • 3 Raiza the Storm Monarch
  • 2 Chaos Sorcerer
  • 1 Sea Lancer
  • 3 Kuribandit
  • 3 Swap Frog
  • 3 Maxx “C”
  • 2 Ronintoadin
  • 2 Dupe Frog
  • 2 Treeborn Frog
  • 3 Battle Fader
  • 3 Effect Veiler

Spells (8):

  • 1 Allure of Darkness
  • 2 Soul Charge
  • 2 Soul Exchange
  • 2 Pot of Dichotomy
  • 1 Enemy Controllers

Extra Deck (15):

  • 1 Scrap Dragon
  • 1 Dark End Dragon
  • 1 Black Rose Dragon
  • 1 Formula Synchron
  • 2 Constellar Ptolemy M7
  • 1 Photon Strike Bounzer
  • 2 Downerd Magician
  • 2 Ghostrick Socuteboss
  • 2 Herald of Pure Light
  • 1 Gachi Gachi Gantetsu
  • 1 Ghostrick Dullahan

New Stuff:

I mentioned a lot of new things in my article last week, such as Soul Charge, Downerd Magician and Socuteboss, so you can check out what they’re for specifically in my last article. I have a couple other new choices in the deck that are typically foreign to Frog Monarchs: Kuribandit, Chaos Sorcerer and Pot of Dichotomy. All three of these cards work together and function as the same idea.

Kuribandit was an idea I had that I don’t think is too much of a stretch. It’s similar to the concept of running Mathematician or Genex Undine in your deck to setup Frog monsters in the absence of Swap Frog but also provides the ability to get specific Spells into hand earlier in the game. This is really nice for getting cards like Soul Charge since you mill a lot of potential things worth reviving, Allure of Darkness to build a precise hand setup or Pot of Dichotomy which is supported heavily by the milling. Kuribandit is also very nice when used in combination with Herald of Pure Light, because it can recur anything from the graveyard, making it so milling provides more ammunition for your backwards toolboxing.

Pot of Dichotomy works really well in tandem with Kuribandit, as I stated, and I’ll probably test it out in other decks because I like the concept so much and works out very nicely. Dichotomy makes a nice fit into this deck though because it runs a lot of different monster types. The Monarchs are Fiend and Winged Beast, we have Chaos Sorcerer and Effect Veiler which are Spellcasters, there’s the Frogs which are Aqua, and there’s the Insect Maxx “C” and the misfit BLS who’s a Warrior. Not to mention there’s the Extra Deck monsters which can convert Frogs, being Aqua, into other types and then further diversify graveyard types using Downerd Magician. As an example you can take a Ronin and a Swap Frog and make a Pure Light (Fairy) and then make a Downerd (Spellcaster). Once Downerd goes to grave, there’s a minimum of 3 types in the graveyard for Dichotomy, among anything else that may have gone to the graveyard.

Chaos Sorcerer and Black Luster Soldier (although I usually run him now in most builds so I think he;s nothing new) are additions to the deck with the addition of Kuribandit, Herald of Pure Light and Downerd Magician. With the addition of milling, getting a LIGHT and a DARK in the graveyard is much more common. Kuribandit himself can always provide a DARK, and there’s quite a few DARKs to be milled in the deck anyways. The only issue really is LIGHT monsters. In general this is provided by using Effect Veilers of milling Effect Veilers. In the extra deck, both Rank 6 XYZ are LIGHT as well as Herald of Pure Light and Formula Synchron. This may not be enough LIGHT monsters, so I may cut to 1 Chaos Sorcerer or look for other LIGHT monsters that fit into the deck.

Hand Traps:

My build maximized on all the standard hand traps: Effect Veiler, Maxx “C” and Battle Fader. While some of these aren’t particularly viable in the current meta, it’s my opinion that when running a deck like Frog Monarchs, who have very minimal defense, it’s wise to maximize these cards for safest measures.

Battle Fader is a fairly annoying card to run in my opinion. It doesn’t do a whole lot nowadays but prevent you from losing, and the extra tribute it may or may not provide isn’t all that spectacular. The problem though, is that without it you lose way too much. It prevents opponents from investing heavily in the board because they can’t possibly end the game if you have a Battle Fader in hand. Monarchs are also expert at decimating large setups with ease. Battle Fader then becomes a more powerful mental tool than anything else and that alone makes it worth running.

Maxx “C” is bad against a lot of decks, but is also mandatory. Monarchs is really slow in the beginning turns of the game, and if you can’t match the opponent or prevent them from going turbo on the first few turns it’s going to be a real struggle to win with Monarchs. Even against slower paced decks you can get the one for one draw with Maxx “C” so it isn’t exactly dead, but I think it’s a mandatory defense tactic for Monarchs as is.

The Rest…

As far as the rest of the deck goes, I think it’s pretty self explanatory if you know what Frog Monarchs are about. Get Treeborn to the graveyard as fast as you can and use it to tribute summon Monarchs to control the board. On a scale of 1 to Not Easy to Use, I would say that this deck is pretty technical and I wouldn’t expect anyone to be able to wield it. A lot of turns are kind of make or break for this deck, which makes it really tense to duel with, and if you aren’t constantly looking for the best option when using this deck I would  think it would perform poorly.

QOTW? Question of the Week:

If you haven’t first heard of the Qliphoth monster archetype from the upcoming pack, first go look those up! I saw on a recent YouTube video an idea about a deck called Qliphoth Monarchs. The idea behind the deck is to use the Qliphoth archetype to Pendulum summon monsters infinitely from the Extra Deck as tribute fodder for Monarchs. In addition 2 of the Qliphoth monsters have good effects for when they’re tributed for a tribute summon, What do you think about this new archetype and the idea of Qliphoth Monarchs?

Written by: Kyle Oliver