Another week means another five entries for my favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! archetypes! Be sure to check out the previous list(s)! As always, the following list is in no particular order of significance.
The “card graveyard” has always existed in various card games, and Yu-Gi-Oh! is no different. However, the Gravekeeper’s archetype is special because its main spiel revolves around using monsters who preside over the graveyard as its protector. Not only that, their signature strategy entails locking out (most) effects that target the graveyard.
Also, for the record, I just think most of the monsters look super cool!
The Yubel archetype is certainly unique when it comes to Yu-Gi-Oh! In short, the whole point of this archetype’s strategy is about forcing your opponent to attack into its dark and evil monsters on purpose, only to have your opponent feel the damage instead. Pretty twisted, huh?
However, the archetype suffered from a huge reliance on support cards just to function. You needed so many combos to get the main engine running. But in the spirit of fun, the deck was still a fascinating idea.
The most interesting thing about the Monarch archetype is how the (early version) focused on Tribute Summoning. A Tribute Summon was the most classic mechanic in the beginning for Yu-Gi-Oh! so many years ago. I would even go a step further and say it is definitely the signature mechanic for the game.
Not to mention, even prior to the archetype’s modern touch-up with further support cards, these Monarch cards were decently powerful for their time. It was such a straightforward idea of having different “kings” of various elements bringing their own power to the table.
As I have mentioned before, “simple” does not always mean a lack of depth.
As a side note, the Frog archetype actually paired well with the previous Monarch entry. The appropriately named “Frognarch” marriage (among various other nicknames) had decent potential if you like control-oriented playstyles. But by themselves, the Frog archetype were still all right.
There is just something satisfying about being able to call up an army of frogs so you can blast your opponent down with a chorus of ribbits. In typical Yu-Gi-Oh! fashion, this goofy archetype was anything but unplayable when it came to pulling off wins.
5. Fortune Lady
You could label the Fortune Lady archetype as too convoluted, and I would have to agree. The playstyle is wonky and awkward. There are lots of moving parts, which made the archetype (for the most part) rather casual. So competitively, the deck would be too inconsistent for serious play.
Nevertheless, I like the IDEA of what the archetype embodies. I enjoy the concept of “fortune” – as erratic and unpredictable – that received this depiction through the overall playstyle. You could call it messy, or you could say it is the chaotic nature of fortune itself!
Despite the archetype suffering from execution problems, sometimes an archetype can at least appeal to you creatively. I believe this is the case for the Fortune Lady archetype.
Be sure to tune in next week for the last five entries!
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