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Escalation of the Monarchs
- #PRIO-EN089 

Once per turn, during your opponent's Main Phase or your opponent's Battle Phase, you can: Immediately after this effect resolves, Tribute Summon 1 monster.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.10
Advanced: 2.30 

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 is Horrible. 3 is Average. 5 is the highest rating.


Date Reviewed:
July 3, 2014

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Dark

Paladin

Escalation of the Monarchs...well this is a Continuous Trap, again.  And it IS better than yesterdays card.  Not that we're saying much in that.  A Special Summon during the opponent's Battle Phase is certainly a nifty ability.  And this doesn't have the insane hoops and restrictions that we saw yesterday.  But I'm still not seeing much place for this in a Deck that runs Monarchs, whatever the variety or run.  It's not totally useless, and has far more potential outside the Deck too
 
Ratings:

Traditional:  1/5 
Advanced:   2/5 
Art:  3.5/5


John Rocha

Escalation of the Monarchs gives monarch decks a pretty unique advantage. It allows you to disrupt your opponent’s strategy. It also gets around the problem of having to summon two monsters in one turn as you can summon on your turn and then summon on your opponent’s turn. I thing the best way to demonstrate the power of this card is with some examples.
 
On my turn, I set Escalation of the Monarchs and Heartfelt Appeal or a card from the next set called “The Monarchs Storm Forth”. My opponent explodes with several monsters and attacks. Appeal will then take the monster with the highest defense and use Escalation to summon a Monarch and use its effect on the opponent’s remaining monster. Or use The Monarchs Storm Forth before they attack or while they try to Xyz or Synchro summon to use their monster for your tribute. Your opponent’s seemingly great start has just been squashed.
 
You can also use Battle Fader when your opponent attacks and then use Escalation of the Monarchs to tribute it and get some good effects. You could also use Dandylion or Scapegoat Tokens as tribute or use them with Enemy Controller to take your opponents monster and use it as tribute. As Treeborn Frog is not going to be a good option with a continuous trap card on the field, you will want a monster that can keep coming out to the field so you may want to try Majiosheldon. You set it on your turn and then use it for your tribute with Escalation. It will then come back to the field on your turn so you can use it again.
 
Escalation has many upsides to it, but I have not even talked about the best aspect to playing it is. As you are summoning your Monarch on your opponent’s turn, they will not be able to negate its effects with Effect Veiler. Monarchs are all about tributing so Maxx “C” and Traptrix Trap Hole Nightmare are other popular cards that are useless against them.
 
Now that I have played up the value of Escalation of the Monarchs, it is time to talk about the drawbacks. First, it is a continuous trap card that has to remain on the field to be effective. That makes it a sitting target and useless if there are no Monarchs in your hand to summon. Second, Monarchs are combo oriented which is never a good thing. If you have all support cards or all Monarchs or are top decking, you are pretty much shut down. Finally, Monarchs are slow and clucky while the top tier decks are fast and can summon quickly and strike hard. Personally, I do not think that Monarchs can ever get to their past glory of being the king of the hill no matter what cards are introduced to help them.
 
Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 2/5

Leo
Kearon

Escalation of the Monarchs
Continuous Trap
Once per turn, during your opponent's Main Phase or your opponent's Battle Phase, you can: Immediately after this effect resolves, Tribute Summon 1 monster.
 
Continuing Konami’s Krusade to make us forget about special summoning and go back to Tribute monsters we have another Continuous Trap; Escalation of the Monarchs.
 
Escalation of the Monarchs allows you to once per turn, during either your opponent’s main phase or battle phase, to Tribute Summon a Monster. This can be a nasty surprise for your opponent, especially tribute summoning on their turn.  This card is clearly designed to help Monarchs since Ultimate Offering is still banned by attempting to get out their Monarchs faster.
 
However there are a couple of problems. First off, it has all the inherit problems of a continuous trap. Second, it can only be used once during your opponent’s turn, making this card even slower than it should be. Thirdly it only allows you to Tribute Summon a monster, limiting this card’s usefulness. Finally many Monarch decks use a lot of special summoned monsters so they can get their Monarchs out on their turn and use them to the best advantage possible.
 
Overall a nice attempt but the amount of conditions to try and get out a monster is too much.
 
Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 2.5/5


Kingof
Lullaby

Hello Pojo Fans,
 
Escalation of the Monarchs is a better Monarch-themed card than yesterday's choice. Tribute Summoning a monster during your opponents Main or Battle Phase will alter their moves. Even at only once per turn, Tribute Summoning a monster with an effect that can take away an opponents card(s) lessens their resources. Doing it during the Battle Phase can save you from an attack and ruin any advantage they may have gained. To do this you still need a monster on the field, so if you don't have one then this card isn't very useful. As a Continuous Trap Card, again, it prevents Treeborn Frog from being used (though Level Eater can still be combined with this card).
 
Better card to run in Monarch decks or decks that use a lot of Tribute Summon monsters, but only during your opponents turn, no protection for it, and if you don't have a tribute monster it's useless. 
 
Traditional-1/5
Advanced-2.5/5
Art-3/5
 
Until Next Time
KingofLullaby


Baneful

Escalation of the Monarchs

You can use this card to stop an attack and as quick removal on your opponent's turn. You can flavor this card's effect however you like depending on which Monarch you have in your hand. And I say Monarch because most other single-tribute monsters aren't worth the trouble. But let's be honest. It's a card that's just not viable in tournaments.

I would generally avoid using this card for the following reasons:

1. This card is hard to plus off of. It requires itself and the tribute monster so you -2 yourself for a monarch and a monarch effect, which is a break-even.

2. Any plusses you get from tributing you would have gotten anyway. This card doesn't provide you any new card advantage.

3. Its a situational combo. You need 3 cards at the same time. This card, the Monarch you want and a tribute material. If you missing any of the other 2, this card won't work out.

4. It's a dead-draw since its crap without those other 2 cards.

5. It would take numerous turns and numerous uses of this card to even plus out of it. It's too slow. And by then, your opponent probably would've found a way to remove this.

Meh.

Traditional – 1
Advanced – 2

Terrorking

It is quite troubling to review a card that currently has little use, but you know it will grow in playability in only one set. Quite troubling indeed.

Good morrow, ladies and gents! Welcome to another Terrorking review, and this time we'll be looking at Escalation of the Monarchs. This is essentially Ultimate Offering for Monarchs, except you can only get the effect in your opponent's turn. It's meant to be disruption, allowing you to blindside your opponent with a Vanity's Fiend or maybe a Monarch and disrupt their play. Treeborn Frog is still the best tribute engine around, and this prohibits its use. Right now, this card is just not anything to write home about. In an upcoming set, tribute monsters will receive a Quick-play version of Soul Exchange, so then you can use that, then use this card to tribute an opponent's monster and get your tribute summon out. But as of right now, not a great card.

Advanced: 2/5
Traditional: 1/5
Art: 1/5. Pretty colors, but exactly what is happening?

That
Guy
With
The
Hat

Escalation of the Monarchs
Like I said yesterday, I love the whole idea of the Monarchs. It was the first "real" deck I ever put together back in 2004..god I'm old. Anyways yesterday we had Skill Drain of the Monarchs, today we have Ultimate Offering of the Monarchs. Ultimate Offering, if you don't remember, is on the Forbidden List currently but now Monarchs get their very own version. You can activate the effect during either the main phase or the battle phase and immediately at resolution, tribute summon a monster. No Lifepoint cost unlike Offering, but also unlike Offering you only get 1 shot. It's an amazing piece of disruption though. Biggest problem is outside double summon it's difficult to drop a tribute monster first turn, and even then it won't do much til the next turn and you have to worry about Effect Veiler or Fiendish Chain. Here you can tribute a Raiza before they enter the battle phase and return their monster to the top of the deck or even get rid of an Extra Deck monster before it can use any number of brutal effects. Imagine playing a Mobius vs Infernity and hitting their Launcher and a break/barrier before they can use them. I totally wanna see someone fill up a field of monsters and then have Escalation go off and drop a Dark Dust Spirit. Can anyone tell me that wouldn't be epic?

Traditional 1.5/5 Decent disruption vs otks but not by much

Advanced 3/5 - If this could make Monarch's a good deck again I'd love to see it happen. Those were some of the most fun days I've had in this game for sure.


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