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Granmarg The Mega Monarch
- SHSP-EN041 

You can Tribute Summon this card by Tributing 1 Tribute Summoned monster. When this card is Tribute Summoned: Target up to 2 Set cards on the field; destroy those targets. If this card was Tributed Summoned by Tributing an EARTH monster, add this additional effect. ● Also, draw 1 card after that.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.00
Advanced: 1.95 

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 is average. 5 is the highest rating.


Date Reviewed - Dec. 9, 2013

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Dark

Paladin

Monday
 
So we're trying to make Monarchs playable again hmm?  Monarchs, as everyone should know, we're about quick advantage, +1 (or more) be it destroying a Monster, a Magic or Trap(s), discarding from the Hand for Damage, etc.  Granmarg the Mega Monarch is not a Monarch of the traditional manner.  Anyway, I've not seen a Monarch played in a long time.  The new Elemental Lords saw some play upon release, and worked sort of in a strange Monarch fashion, but obviously were a different thing.  This particular Monarch has 2800 attack as opposed to the 2400 we're familiar with, but still the 1000 defense, and is Level 8, as opposed to 6.  Earth and Rock are actually more supported than people tend to realize (namely on the Rock end).  This guy isn't as bad as he may initially appear, but it's hard to justify the resources, and he's not very splashable.  You can Tribute him or one instead of two Tributes IF the Tribute is a Monster that was Tributed all ready, so doing so doesn't save you much resource there.  He can break even advantage wise by targeting and destroying up to two set cards on the Field.  The fact is, the 2800 attack is nice, but there's quicker, easier, and less costly ways to destroy two cards (and more) than doing this.  If an Earth Monster is Tributed for this card, Draw one card, as well.  Not enough to sell me...
 
Ratings:

Traditional:  1/5 
Advanced:   2.25/5 
Art:  4/5


John Rocha

This week we will be reviewing cards from Shadow Specters. We start off with cards from the Monarch theme. Granmarg the Mega Monarch is the souped up modal of its predecessor – Granmarg the Rock Monarch. In fact, it is a good compliment to the Rock Monarch as Rock is a Rock, so if you can tribute summon both monsters, you can potentially destroy up to three face-down cards on the field.
 
Granmarg the Mega Monarch brings us to 11 Monarchs currently. Unfortunately, only the Rock Monarch is an Earth so gaining the effect to destroy two face-down cards is going to be hard in a Monarch deck and a Monarch deck is about the only deck you will see playing the Mega Monarch. If a card you target with Granmarg is chained then it will not be destroyed. Even if you do not gain that effect, you will still get a monster with 2800 attack and get to draw a card, so that’s not too bad.
 
If you are going to be playing Granmarg the Mega Monarch with the other Monarchs, you will also want to be playing cards like Return of the Monarchs, March of the Monarchs, and Double Summon. Even with those cards to protect your Monarchs and give you searching ability, I still do not see Monarchs challenging the top decks until the format slows down. Monarchs are simply not explosive enough. If you do run them, I would suggest running only one Mega Monarch as the two tribute requirement is a bit too pricy to be consistent.
 
Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 2/5

Cyberplum

Welcome back from the weekend folks.  Today's card is a revival of the old Monarch archetype, Granmarg the Mega Monarch.
 
Earth/Rock/ATK 2800/DEF 1000
 
You can Tribute Summon this card by Tributing 1 Tribute Summoned monster. When this card is Tribute Summoned: Target up to 2 Set cards on the field; destroy those targets. If this card was Tributed Summoned by Tributing an EARTH monster, add this additional effect.
● Also, draw 1 card after that.
 
Gonna make this brief, because I really don't like this card.  First off, no self-respecting Monarch player uses Granmarg, muchless this one.  They stick to Raiza and Caius, with Mobius being a third choice.  Speaking of Mobius, his effect destroys two backrow, which is similar to this effect, but he only takes one tribute without tributing off a different monarch.
 
Then there's the second problem; this is meant to work with the new support card, Return of the Monarchs.  However, using that card prevents you from using the usual Frog engine that Monarchs adore so much.  Now you have to find a reliable alternative to even utilize the new Monarch support.  You could use a discard and summon engine maybe, like Fabled or Dark world, but is it worth the effort?  Well no, because this monster itself isn't worth the trouble.  Maybe the mega Mobius we get next set, but not this.
 
Long story short, I don't like it, it's not reliable, and it's overshadowed by other Monarchs that have been around for years.  Skip it folks.
 
Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 1.5/5
Art: 3/5
 
Thanks for reading!


Kingof
Lullaby

Hello Pojo Fans,
 
Today we're going to take a look at the first of the “Mega Monarchs”. Granmarg the Mega Monarch is a rock-type, level 8 2800ATK/1000DEF monster. It's effect revolves around tribute summoning it. “You can Tribute Summon this card by Tributing 1 Tribute Summoned monster. When this card is Tribute Summoned: Target up to 2 Set cards on the field; destroy those targets. If this card was Tributed Summoned by Tributing an EARTH monster, add this additional effect.● Also, draw 1 card after that.”
 
Granmarg version two belongs in a deck that does a lot of tribute summoning. It can be searched by “Return of The Monarch” (tomorrow's CoTD), you can use Trade-In with it, which is a plus, but other than that this card cannot be searched. 2800ATK for a possible one tribute is pretty good, 1000DEF isn't good, but plenty of strong monsters have low defense. Tribute Summon a Monarch by tributing Treeborn Frog, resolve the effect of the Monarch, then play Double Summon and bring out Granmarg the Mega Monarch. Another play would be instead of a Monarch, use Dark Dust Spirit to clear your opponents field of face-up monsters, then Double Summon and clear out their backrows with Granmarg the Mega Monarch. Up to two set cards destroyed instead of one is good. If you run some Earth monsters you may get the draw one card this monster offers. Tribute Summon this card by tributing The Trojan Horse to get the draw and the set card(s) destruction.
 
If you want to get the extra draw, you'll have to play a fair amount of Earth monsters. Likely, an Earth monster used as a tribute for the monster won't have been Tribute Summoned, so you'll need two to gain the extra draw. The set cards you can target with the first effect can still be activated. Am I the only one who thinks the “Mega Monarch” would be able to prevent at least one of those cards from activating (like Mobius the Mega Monarch)? Granmarg the Mega Monarch can't be searched except by Return of The Monarch, so unless you run three, it may be hard to find. 
 
The next “Mega Monarchs” will be more playable than this card. Everyone cannot wait until Caius and Raiza. Could this be played in an Earth-based deck? Possibly, but if you are teching a monster in an Earth-based deck, it's likely Dark Dust Spirit or Grandsoil the Elemental Lord.
 
Traditional-1/5- No reason to play it, much better monsters than this to tribute.
Advanced-2/5- A little better, but still no reason to play it in a deck with tribute monsters.
Art-3/5-Those rocks must've been set cards.
 
Until Next Time
 
KingofLullaby


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