I recently wrote a post about the latest Yugioh booster pack, Lord of the Tachyon, and mentioned that it introduced a new archetype – Dragon Ruler. The Dragon Ruler monsters (also called Incarnate Dragon) are a very cool group of dragon type monsters that have become immensely popular in a short period of time. Though it is their ability to create deadly combos that is attributed to their rise, Dragon Ruler monsters are just awesome cards in general.
The Dragon Ruler archetype is pretty unique in the sense that while it revolves around dragons, there is no focus on type/attribute. The eight monsters in the archetype are of four archetypes: fire, water, earth, and wind. Within each archetype, there are two dragons. One dragon is a level seven monster and represents a powerful elemental entity while another dragon is a level four, representing an insignificant elemental entity.
Here’s an example: For the water archetype; there is Stream, Dragon Ruler of the Droplets (the level four monster, “Droplets”) and then there is Tidal, Dragon Ruler of the Waterfalls (the level seven monster, “Waterfalls”). Here is a link to see all members of the archetype.
Each of the level four monsters have the same abilities while the level seven monsters share the same abilities (revolving around their respective attributes). This brings me to the playing style of the Dragon Rulers – they focus on using the level four dragons to bring out the level seven dragons. For example, Ruler of Droplets’ has the effect to discard itself and a dragon/water monster from the user’s hand to special summon Ruler of Waterfalls from the deck. Ruler of the Waterfalls can special summon itself by banishing two dragon/water monsters from the graveyard/hand. However, is special summoned, the level seven dragon monsters are returned to the user’s hand by their opponent’s end phase.
This is where the Dragon Rulers’ awesomeness comes in. Because the level seven monsters can only be used for short periods of times, combos have been made that focus on summoning other monsters through the Dragon Rulers. For example, Number 11: Big Eye is a popular monster in Dragon Ruler decks since it is a rank seven monster. A popular combination with Big Eye is the Lava-Dragon combo (courtesy of MG).
- You have Lava Golem, Ruler of Infernos, Ruler of Droplets, and Ruler of Waterfalls. You tribute two of your opponent’s monsters and summon Lava Golem, then discard Ruler of Droplets and Ruler of Waterfalls to special summon Ruler of Infernos. Assuming you have more than two water/dragon monsters in your graveyard, special summon Ruler of Waterfalls. Do an Xyz summon to play Big Eye and use its effect to take control of Lava Golem. Bam!