[OCG] Ghostrick Monarchs

Hey guys, it’s your boy Busfare here, and I’m here to talk to you about a variant of Monarchs that I built with the upcoming OCG set Shadow Specters. Yes, this is an OCG deck, and probably will not be available until November in the TCG.

Ghostricks are a new archetype debuting in Shadow Specters (SHSP) and they are a group of monsters that deal with flipping themselves up and down, with varying effects. I made a pure Ghostrick Deck but found myself bored. The build was too reliant on a couple of cards, but with this build you will be focusing on the protection and hand stability of the Ghostrick engine, with the control and new toolbox capabilities of Monarchs.

Notice: This deck features cards from the OCG set Shadow Specters. This is not playable at local tournaments (unless your local is ’bout that life).

Ghostrick Kyonshee

Ghostrick Kyonshee” is the searcher of the Ghostrick Engine, being able to flip itself face-down every turn, allowing for a search every turn. With a hefty 1800 DEF, this guy will survive most first turn Sets. Cards to search for: “Ghostrick Lantern“, “Ghostrick Specter“.

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Ghostrick Lantern” and “Ghostrick Specter” are the main monsters you will be using as tribute fodder for the Monarchs. “Ghostrick Lantern” will help block direct attacks along with attacks towards Ghostrick monsters. “Ghostrick Specter” can Special Summon itself whenever a Ghostrick monster is destroyed by battle or by card effect, making sure you always have a monster on the field and letting you draw a card every time he is Special Summoned by this effect. By utilizing these two, you will be able to protect yourself and keep your hand advantage. Also, if you find yourself mid-game without anymore “Ghostrick Lanterns” or “Ghostrick Specters“, you can always use “Recurring Nightmare” to net 2 of these monsters back to your hand from the Graveyard.

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The most played Monarchs: “Caius the Shadow Monarch” and “Raiza the Storm Monarch“. These two are the offense and control. “Caius the Shadow Monarch” will banish any annoyances such as “Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack“, “Maestroke the Symphony Djinn” and “Wind-Up Zenmaines“, as “Raiza the Storm Monarch” can simply make them leave the Field. With the format changing and Decks utilizing strategies such as “Safe Zone” + “Number 66: Master Key Beetle“, these two monsters can stop such techs from stopping you in your tracks.


Molding the Monarchs” is one of the new support cards coming from Shadow Specters. This card (while having a minor setback) allows you to search for a different Monarch than the Monarch Tribute Summoned to activate this effect. So, by Tribute Summoning “Caius, the Shadow Monarch“, you can then search for “Raiza, the Storm Monarch” and vice-versa. The two effects allow you to search for a monster with 2400 ATK and 1000 DEF, the second effect allows you to search for a monster with 2800 ATK and 1000 DEF from the Deck. Cards to search: “Caius, the Shadow Monarch“, “Raiza, the Storm Monarch” and “Dark Armed Dragon“. (Yes… “Dark Armed Dragon” can be searched by this card.)


Waboku“? Why not “Threatening Roar“? Well, with this Deck I want “Ghostrick Kyonshee” to flip at any given moment. Let your opponent attack it and activate “Waboku“. “Ghostrick Kyonshee” will not be destroyed, you won’t take any battle damage for the turn and you will be able to search for a Ghostrick monster. Next turn, you flip “Ghostrick Kyonshee” face-down, then flip face-up again for another search. With the ban list maybe bringing back the crowd favorite, Gladiator Beasts, you may need to switch over to “Threatening Roar” to dodge set-ups.

Tech Zone:

Heat Wave“. This is a card I used back when the Worm archetype was getting some hype along with “W Nebula Meteorite“. This card stops your opponent from making huge plays for the next turn as it doesn’t specify setting Effect Monsters. So this is pretty perfect when played on a turn where you are trying to setup.


Where Arf Thou?” is a great card in the Deck. Since you are playing ten Level 1 monsters in the Deck, you will be able to search for “Ghostrick Lantern“, “Ghostrick Specter“, “Effect Veiler” or “Mystic Piper“. The 2000 damage is a bit of a drawback, but if played right, you will take advantage of the search. You may also take some cards out and add in “Kinka-Byos” to help with the consistency and draw power. Warning: The deck plays slow, so using “Kinka-Byo” will often result in discarding cards from full hands.

Check out the deck in action

Monsters x23
3x Ghostrick Kyonshee
3x Ghostrick Specter
3x Ghostrick Lantern
3x Cauis, the Shadow Monarch
3x Raiza, the Storm Monarch
2x Effect Veiler
2x Tragoedia
2x Mystic Piper
1x Dark Armed Dragon
1x Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning

Spells x11
2x Molding the Monarchs
2x Pot of Duality
2x Recurring Nightmare
1x Dark Hole
1x Allure of Darkness
1x Heavy Storm
1x Monster Reborn

Traps x6
3x Ghostrick Panic
3x Waboku

The Deck is still a work in progress with the format changing (even more than before) and with OCG/TCG exclusives being released. While this isn’t the most competitive Deck, I am very happy with the idea. As you all know, I strive to build Decks with originality. Feel free to take this idea and tweak it to your play style.


Busfare is just a black yu-gi-oh player who accepts watermelon as donations. seriously... he does.

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