Delg the Dark Monarch
When this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can target up to 2 cards in your opponent’s Graveyard; banish that target(s), then send the same number of cards from the top of their Deck to the Graveyard. This card cannot attack during the turn it is Normal or Special Summoned.
Can Be Found In: Starstrike Blast (STBL-EN037), Duelist League 17 (DL7-EN009)
With the release of “Zaborg the Thunder Monarch”, Tribute Summons started to evolve their priorities. While most high-level creatures gained alternative methods to be summoned, Monarchs started occupying the nearly obsolete mechanic of tributing monsters for their Normal Summon. Although there are various monsters which can still be effective by this summoning, it was the Monarchs who became completely dominant in that department to reach several competitive positions. Although having several members to choose from, it wasn’t until quite recently that they gained an archetype position with tools on their name in addition of methods to restrict Extra Deck users.
Although most Monarchs activate their effects by Tribute Summon, “Delg the Dark Monarch” is one of their few exceptions. When “Delg” is brought to the field, we will be allowed to banish up to two cards from the opponent’s graveyard. Afterwards, the opponent must mill cards equal to the number of cards banished. Although “Delg” doesn’t have a direct ability like its comrades and unable to attack when is summoned, it can become an useful creature to disrupt setups before is too late as its effect is activated as long it arrives to our field.
“Delg” is actually one of the most supported Monarchs, as not only gains assistance from the archetype but also from any card capable to Special Summon it. The spell “Return of the Monarchs” will allow us to search for “Delg” once we Tribute Summon, while “Aither the Heaven Monarch” will bring the Monarch to the field directly from our Deck. As any Monarch it gains several methods to be Tribute Summoned, going from the materials provided by creatures like Frogs or “Escher the Frost Vassal”, to stealing opponent creatures thanks to the Spells “The Monarchs Stormforth” and “Soul Exchange” (Since “Delg” is unable to attacked when summoned). “Delg” is also a Spellcaster, gaining further Summoning routes from cards such as “Dark Renewal” when answering opponent summons, or both “Reaper of Prophecy” and “Temperance of Prophecy” if playing arround Spellbooks. Finally we cannot ignore basic revival cards like “Call of the Haunted” or even “Escape from the Dark Dimension” to summon “Delg” even during the opponent’s turn, so we can always dump the Monarch straight to our graveyard by effects like “Dark Grepher”.
“Delg” is pretty much a creature to execute Anti-Meta results. By its summon, we will get rid of any key cards the opponent is keeping in their graveyard. However, be aware that “Delg” will also mill the opponent’s deck, which although can result in losing potential draws might also provide them with other alternatives to replace their losses. On the bright side, if we constantly summon “Delg” we will end milling several cards from the opponent’s Deck, wasting most of their resources on late game but also banishing any threats. Finally, although “Delg” cannot attack the same turn is Summoned it can always work in a material role for other cards like the Tribute Summon of other Monarchs, being used for a creature in our Extra Deck, or even for effects like “Dark Spirit Art - Greed” or “Deck Devastation Virus”.
We cannot deny that “Delg the Dark Monarch” is the weakest monster of its archetype. While the rest of Monarchs focuses on disrupting the opponent’s resources turn after turn by a more direct approach, “Delg” instead works more like a support card against graveyard strategies. It doesn’t help its goals that players will prefer cards like “D.D. Crow” or “Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer” among others to take card of graveyards as they are more immediate with their banishing abilities. However, the true power of “Delg” is how extremely supported the creature is, as not only its archetype and Tribute materials aids with its summoning but also several Special Summon tools of all kinds. Because of it, “Delg” being unable to attack the turn it arrives to the field shouldn’t bother us, as we can create a strategy to bring the Monarch as a material but also exploit its effect turn after turn. “Delg the Dark Monarch” might have an extremely low pressence on the game, but can become an efficient pest for the opponent with the many resources arround it.
Personal Rating: B
+ Banishes cards in the opponent’s graveyard as well mill their Deck
+ A high number of cards and effects to be summoned by several methods
+ Easily works as material to cover its flaws
- Unable to attack the turn is summoned
- Overshadowed by the rest of Monarchs and other Anti-Meta effects
- The milling effect might become counterproductive against certain Decks