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Macro-Malefic Monarchs Exposed! - Joshua Northcutt (1/15/2012)

For my first article on CardShark, I would like to cover the intricacies of one of my favorite decks, Macro/Malefic Monarchs. This is a deck that I have spent the better part of the last 6-7 years developing, and as such it holds a specially place among my deck lists. To start, let’s take a quick look at the decklist


Main Deck
Monsters (20)
2: Caius The Shadow Monarch
2: Delg The Dark Monarch
1: Gorz The Emissary of Darkness
Darkness
DarknessSet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Harold McNeill
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is assigned.

1: Mobius The Frost Monarch
1: Raiza The Storm Monarch
1: Battle Fader
1: Blackwing – Gale The Whirlwind
Whirlwind
WhirlwindSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Destroy all creatures with flying. (This includes your creatures.)

3: D.D. Scout Plane
3: D.D. Survivor
1: Krebons
1: Plaguespreader Zombie
2: Spell Striker
1: Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
Reap
Reap
ReapSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ron Chironna
Text:
Return any number of target cards from your graveyard to your hand. You cannot choose more cards than the number of black permanents target opponent controls.
er

Spells (13)
1: Allure of Darkness
Darkness
DarknessSet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Harold McNeill
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is assigned.

1: Book of Moon
1: Dark Hole
3: Dimensional Fissure
Fissure
FissureSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Bury target land or creature.

1: Enemy Controller
1: Fiend’s Sanctuary
2: Gold Sarcophagus
1: Mystical Space Typhoon
Typhoon
TyphoonSet: Legends
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Typhoon does 1 damage to each opponent for each island he or she controls.

1: Pot of Duality
1: Reinforcement of the Army

Traps (9)
1: Bottomless Trap Hole
1: Escape From the Dark Dimension
1: Dark Illusion
3: Macro Cosmos
1: Mirror Force
2: Reckless Greed
Greed
GreedSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
B: Pay 2 life to draw a card. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life.


Extra Deck (15)
1: Iron Chain Dragon
1: X-Saber Urbellum
1: Colossal Fighter
1: Gachi Gachi Gantetsu
1: Grenosaurus
1: Number 39: Utopia
1: Ally of Justice
Justice
JusticeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ruth Thompson
Text:
During your upkeep, pay WW or bury Justice.Whenever any red creature or spell assigns damage, Justice deals an equal amount of damage to that creature's or spell's controller.
Catastor
1: Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
2: Black Rose Dragon
2: Stardust Dragon
1: Thought Ruler Archfiend
1: Red Dragon Arch
Dragon Arch
Dragon ArchSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
135
Artist:
Dana Knutson
Text:
2, TAP: Put a multicolored creature card from your hand into play.
fiend
1: Mist Wurm

Side Deck (15)
1: Dandylion
1: Pulling The Rug
1: Trap Stun
Stun
StunSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Target creature cannot block this turn.Draw a card.

3: Cyber End Dragon
3: Malefic Cyber End Dragon
3: Malefic World
1: Malefic Stardust Dragon
1: Malefic Truth Dragon
1: Skill Drain


Now, the main strategy of this deck is to exploit the removal effects of Macro Cosmos and Dimensional Fissure
Fissure
FissureSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Bury target land or creature.
, along with the return effects of D.D. Scout Plane and D.D. Survivor, in order to provide a consistent stream of tribute fodder for the monarchs, as well as a persistent attack barrier. The few tuner monsters I have included also have effects that help in providing tribute fodder, as well as giving access to synchro summons. I have also recently discovered that D.D. Scout Plane and Macro Cosmos combined provide and easy way to exceed summon rank 2 exceed monsters.

Here are a few ideal opening hands:

Opening hand 1 (going first) – Gold Sarcophagus, Battle Fader, Bottomless Trap Hole, Macro Cosmos, D.D. Scout Plain, Reckless Greed
Greed
GreedSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
B: Pay 2 life to draw a card. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life.
. Essentially, you would set Macro Cosmos, Bottomless Trap Hole, Reckless Greed
Greed
GreedSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
B: Pay 2 life to draw a card. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life.
, and D.D. Scout Plane. Then activate Gold Sarcophagus, selecting D.D. Scout Plane. This will give you an extra monster on you field during the end of your turn. On your opponent’s turn, if they summon a monster with 1500 or more attack points, activate Bottomless Trap Hole. If your opponent plays Heavy Storm, you will want to activate Reckless Greed
Greed
GreedSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
B: Pay 2 life to draw a card. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life.
. The Battle Fader in hand will help protect your life points should your opponent manage to swarm the field with enough monsters to be able to attack you directly.

Opening hand 2 (going second) – Gold Sarcophagus, Gold Sarcophagus, Macro Cosmos, Mobius The Frost Monarch, Fiend’s Sanctuary, Reinforcement Of The Army. With this opening hand, you end up with several options. To start, you would want to create some tribute fodder for Mobius. You can do this either by playing Fiend’s Sanctuary or Reinforcement Of The Army. With Fiend’s Sanctuary, you end up with a token monster that can be tributed. With ROTA, you search out Spell Striker, then remove ROTA to special summon Spell Striker. After Mobius has been summoned, set Macro Cosmos, then play both Gold Sarcos, selecting D.D. Scout Plane as the target for each (again giving you extra monsters during your end phase). If you used Fiend’s Sanctuary to generated the tribute fodder for Mobius, you can activate ROTA and get that Spell Striker out, giving you an opportunity to hit you opponent’s life points directly on the chance that during their first turn they set a monster.

In the case of example 2, once your turn comes again, you can then use the Scout Planes to exceed summon Gachi Gachi Gantetsu. As long as Macro Cosmos is still on the field, when you use Gachi Gachi’s effect, the Scout Planes will return to the field during the end phase of the turn.

Game 2 of the match is where the real fun begins. First, you want to side out the Scout Planes, Macro Cosmos, and D Fissure
Fissure
FissureSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Bury target land or creature.
s from the main deck, as well as Iron Chain Dragon, X-Saber Urbellum, and Colossal Fighter from the extra deck. Then, side in the Malefic cards, Cyber End Dragons, and Skill Drain. The ideal hand in this case would be to have Malefic World, at least one Malefic monster, and Skill Drain in hand. The strategy here is to use the effects of Malefic World and Skill Drain to swarm the field with all 3 Cyber End Dragons. The secondary strategy is to use the Malefic monsters as tribute fodder for the monarchs.

This is, of course, just one of many, many decklists I have made over the years. My next article will be covering a special Hamon Burn deck I have been working on recently that I think you all may enjoy. Until then, play fair and always have fun.


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