The Noble Knights, based upon the legend of King Arthur have been TCG exclusive cards released in the last 3 sets. Up until now they have been primarily unplayable until the release of 3 new cards. Here is my current build I'm messing with as well as links to the new cards.
Noble Knight Medraut
This card is treated as a Normal Monster while face-up on the field. While equipped with a "Noble Arms" Equip Spell Card, this card becomes an Effect Monster with these effects.
● This card becomes DARK and its Level is increased by 1. Once per turn, if you control no other monsters: You can Special Summon 1 "Noble Knight" monster from your Deck in face-up Defense Position, except "Noble Knight Medraut", and if you do, destroy 1 Equip Spell Card you control.
Artorgius, King of the Noble Knights
2 Level 4 "Noble Knight" monsters
When this card is Xyz Summoned: You can target up to 3 "Noble Arms" Equip Spell Cards with different names in your Graveyard; equip those targets to this card. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; destroy any number of Spell/Trap Cards on the field, up to the number of "Noble Arms" Equip Spell Cards you control.
Noble Arms - Caliburn
You can only control 1 face-up "Noble Arms - Caliburn". Equip only to a Warrior-Type monster. It gains 500 ATK. Once per turn: You can gain 500 Life Points. If this face-up card on the field is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard: You can target 1 Warrior-Type "Noble Knight" monster you control; equip this card to that target. You can only use this effect of "Noble Arms - Caliburn" once per turn.
3 Noble Knight Artorgius
2 Ignoble Knight of Black Laundsallyn
3 Noble Knight Gawayn
3 Noble Knight Medraut
2 Rescue Rabbit
3 Thunder King Raioh
1 Book of Moon
1 Dark Hole
3 Forbidden Lance
1 Heavy Storm
3 Noble Arms - Arfedutyr
3 Noble Arms - Caliburn
1 Pot of Avarice
1 Reinforcement of the Army
2 Bottomless Trap Hole
2 Dimensional Prison
1 Solemn Judgment
2 Solemn Warning
1 Starlight Road
2 Torrential Tribute
1 Stardust Dragon
1 Abyss Dweller
1 Adreus Keeper of Armageddon
1 Artorgius, King of the Noble Knights
1 Blade Armor Ninja
1 Diamond Dire Wolf
1 Gagaga Coyboy
1 Heroic Champion - Gandiva
1 Maestroke the Symphony Djinn
1 Shock Master
1 Blackship of Corn
1 Steelswarm Roach
1 Tiras Keeper of Genesis
1 Wind-up Arsenal Zenmaioh
The main combo of the deck is to abuse Medraut to no end. He's the only reason the deck is even remotely playable as he allows you to abuse the effects of your Noble Arms equip cards, as well as gives you free access to rank 4 and 5 Xyz. The coolest combo you can probably get off is this;
- Normal Summon Medraut, while having a Noble Arms in hand, preferably Arfedutyr if your opponent has set cards on the field.
- Use Arfeudutyr’s effect to destroy Set cards your opponent controls, or if using Caliburn gain 500 Life
- Trigger Medraut’s effect, bringing out a Noble Knight from your Deck and destroying your Noble Arms card.
- When any Noble Arms equip is destroyed, you can equip it again to a Noble monster. So equip it to Medraut if you want to make a Rank 5 with the Laundsallyn you brought out, or to either of your other Noble Knights if you were making a Rank 4.
- Because your Noble Arms card is a new card, you can use its effect again.
- Finally Xyz! If your on your turn 1, I normally like to go into Gandiva to prevent opponents turn 1 Special Summon plays. It's very effective against decks like Wind-ups.
I only play 2 Laundsallyn, as you never want to draw him, only Special Summon him off of Medraut. Whats good though is that if you do draw him, hes not impossible to get out via his effect if need be. It's just most of the time your going to want not minus yourself for basically a 2000 attack vanilla monster.
Other then that, the deck plays very much like other decks that use Rescue Rabbit, and is very "stun like". Thunder King is an all around solid card, and prevents many card effects from resolving in the current format, and then Gandiva as well is easily made and can shut down many decks as well, almost like Thunder King.
The one Xyz unique to this deck is Artorgius, King of the Noble Knights. He's not overwhelmingly powerful, but I would compare it to a weaker version of Hyunlei from X-Sabers. You probably wouldn't Xyz into Artorgius unless you know your opponents backrows are unchainable (which by the time you get around to making Artorgius, they probably aren't, otherwise your opponent more then likely would have stopped your Medraut play). I'm placing bets that 3 months from now, when the next set is released there will be 1 more Noble Arms and 1 more Noble Knight card to finally finish the Archetype, so make sure you hold on to Artorgius, because he's only as good as the Noble Arms that exist.
The Spell and Trap lineup is very similar to that of other Rabbit decks. Forbidden Lance is maxed in order to prevent bad things happening to Medraut, like Bottomless Trap Hole, as well as shrinking opponents monsters. Most of the Noble Knights when backed with a Lance can take down most of the metagames current large monsters.
Finally, I normally don't talk too much about side decks but one thing that REALLY made me want to use this deck prior to finding out what Artorgius effect was, was the ability to either MAIN or SIDE Deck Devastation Virus with ease. This is because 1) After Medraut is equippped with Caliburn, he becomes a 2200 Dark Monster and 2) If you use Medrauts effect, you bring out Laundsallyn which is ALSO a 2000 attack Dark Monster. Currently, Deck Devastation Virus is one of the scariest cards to get activated on you. Many decks like Wind-ups and Mermails instantly scoop upon a successful Deck Devastation Virus, so the fact that this less powerful deck has a great opportunity to have a card so powerful against Wind-ups and Mermails could certainly mean that someone could take Noble Knights really far, if you can take out the Mermail and Wind-up decks.
I was really hoping to take the Noble Knights to Miami in February, but it looks like it just wasn't in the cards for me quite yet. Maybe 3 Months from now I'll be running Noble Knights at Nationals! Either way, I'll still run them for fun in the mean time.
Thanks for tuning in this week! Please leave questions or comments below! And until next time guys, play hard or go home!