Hello there, my name is Jay Matthew Perez. I’m from San Jose, California and my hometown store is Top Deck. From my title, my article will be about Darklords. For those of you who dont know who they are, let me explain. The Darklords are all dark fairies. With levels ranging from 5 – 10 stars, and attack ranging from 2300 – 3000. Now to introduce the Darklords. The Darklords are Zerato, Desire, Asmodeus, Superbia, Edeh Arae. They each came at different times in different packs. Darklord Zerato came from Phantom of Darkness, and recently reprinted in gold series 4. Darklord Desire was released in a Shonen Jump Magizine. The last 3 are Darklord Asmodeus, Superbia, and Edeh Arae. They were at first YCS promos, never to be seen again. Until, Yugioh Collection Binder 2 Duelist Edition came out. Now they were reprinted and made available for everyone.
Who are they?
Darklord Asmodeus – Cannot be Special Summoned from the Deck or Graveyard. Once per turn: You can send 1 Fairy-Type monster from your Deck to the Graveyard. When this card you control is destroyed and sent to your Graveyard: Special Summon 1 “Asmo Token” (Fairy-Type/Dark/Level 5/ATK 1800/Def 1300) and 1 “Deus Token” (Fairy-Type/Dark/Level 3/ATK 1200/DEF 1200).”Asmo Token” cannot be destroyed by card effects. “Deus Token” cannot be destroyed by battle.
Darklord Superbia – When this card is Special Summoned from the Graveyard: You can target 1 Fairy-Type monster in your Graveyard, except “Darklord Superbia”; Special Summon that target.
Darklord Edeh Arae- If this card is Special summoned from the graveyard, it gains the following effect. If this card attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict piercing Battle Damage to your opponent.
Darklord Desire - Cannot be special summoned. You can tribute summon this card by tribute 1 fairy-type monster. Once per turn: You can target 1 monster your opponent controls; this card loses 1000 ATK, and you send that target to the graveyard.
Darklord Zerato - If there are 4 or more dark monsters with different names in your graveyard, you can tribute summoned this monster by tributing 1 dark monster. You can send 1 dark monster from your hand to the Graveyard to destroy all monsters your opponent controls. If you activate this effect, destroy this card during the end phase of this turn.
Darklord Asmodeus is like a foolish burial with a 3000 attack. It sends fairies, once per turn, from the deck to the grave. Basically it feeds the grave. To me, the only downside is that you can’t special summon him from the deck or grave. But he makes up in his effect and being a big beater. Also you can just special summon him from your hand. Also, he brings out 2 lower versions of himself, which can be tribute or just used to attack some more.
Moving on, Darklord Superbia is like a monster reborn. Well, not really, but you guys get it right? If you special summon Superbia from the grave you can bring another fairy along with it. So you use monster reborn on Superbia, then doing that reborn another fairy using Superbia’s effect. (I have a lot of weird metaphors with cards, just bear with me guys).
Special something, like Darklord Edeh Arae. His effect is being a piercer. Which is not too bad, except it only works when its special summoned from the grave. So he’s like a zombie. Normal summoned from hand, nothing. Regular beat stick like a human. But when he dies, if he comes back, hes the same but with powers. A piercing power, something extra, like a zombie. You know, how zombies were originally humans. But when they come alive, they have this power to kill. But like zombies, you don’t want them around. In my opinion, Edeh Area is too slow to bring out.
This brings me to Darklord Desire. Bringing it out is fairly simple, sacrifice a fairy, done. Also sacrifice attack points send one monster to the grave. You would eliminate the cute, annoying Marshmellon and OTK away. Desire is like a wrecking ball. It would eliminate things in your way to destroy the rest with its attack.
Last but not least, Darklord Zerato. 2800 beat stick with a Raigeki like effect. Difference between Desire and Zerato is the destruction. Desire takes down a wall and lives to see it. Zerato destroys the whole building. He’s a suicide bomber. And the main thing about a suicide bomber is that they die doing the job. That’s what Zerato is, a suicide bomber. Destroys the opposition at whatever the cost.
So I now decided to make a deck out of these guys, and I’ve fallen in love with it.
Darklord Asmodeus x2
Darklord Superbia x3
Darklord Desire x1
Darklord Zerato x2
Archlord Kristya x2
Chaos Sorcerer x2
Armageddon Knight x3
Allure of Darkness x1
Card of Destruction x1
Celestial transformation x2
Foolish Burial x1
Heavy Storm x1
Monster Reborn x1
Mystical Space Typhoon x2
Vahalla, Hall of the Fallen x3
Call of the Haunted x2
Solemn Judgment x1
So in the deck I only run 2 Asmodeus because a third turns into a dead draw, and running 1 inst enough. 3 Superbia is my number. Makes it have more chances to get into the grave and it’s a good beater so having 3 is good. Desire because it gets rid of walls. But only one because you can’t special it. Zerato because it helps with the OTK plays. Only 2 because it works for me, but you could run 3 with no Desire.
Athena is a boss. When you have her in the grave or field there’s so many plays to do. I use her effect and send a fairy to the grave and special another fairy, usually being Superbia. When Superbia is summoned bring another fairy out. If that fairy is Athena then you can do the whole chain again. Also each fairy summoned, Athena deals 600 damage each. So a play with having Athena brining Superbia and another fairy would be 1200. If it’s another Athena, do the play again to do 2400 damage. That’s 3600 of indirect damage. Having 3 just brings good plays.
Archlord Kristya because the deck is full of fairies. It works on shutting the opponent down, because it stops special summons of both players. And by the time your opponent gets rid of it, you should have something ready to bring out the other fairy beaters.
Chaos sorcerer because you have both lights and dark. It’s a good tech card, and it works. You should replace 1 Chaos for a Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning, it’s just I don’t possess one yet.
Hecatrice to get Vahalla, Hall of the Fallen faster. You don’t tribute much in this deck, so you need to use Vahalla’s effect to bring out the big beaters. Hecatrice allows you to get it out. Armageddon knight because you need to send dark fairies to the grave, and he allows you to do that.
Vahalla, Hall of the Fallen, as I said you use it to bring the Darklords out. Trade-in use used because you run so many level 8, and there are so many chances to get dead hands. Allure is a staple for dark decks. Card of destruction to get rid of dead hands and discard. Celestial has worked well when I’ve drawn it. Have a dead fairy in hand? Well not anymore, bring out that dead fairy with Celestial Transformation and have it become useful. Especially good when Athena is on the field. You could recycle the fairy and bring back with full attack. Foolish burial, Monster Reborn, Heavy Storm, and Mystical Space Typhoon are all staples. Same as Solemn Judgment, Mirror Force and Call of the Haunted.
During my duels with this deck the main problem is when my opponent shuts down either my graveyard or special summoning. Which are a lot of the anti-meta decks. For example Gravekeepers, they have always given me trouble first match. Especially when first turn Necrovalley then Royal tribute. Always messes me up. My answer to this problem is Mausoleum of the Emperor. Helps bring out fairies from hand as well as get rid of Necrovalley. And as always Kristya first turn is always fun.
Anyway, I know it’s been long guys but bear with me. Beat down your opponents with high attacking monsters while swarming the field. This is my main strategy most of the time. Darklords has been my favorite so far and I’m glad to share what my idea of how to run them is. Thank you for reading my article and happy new year!
Jay Matthew Perez
San jose, California