Mono-Darkness Control
黒単コントロール (Kurotan Kontorōru)
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Mono-Darkness control is a monocolored control deck type.


The Dragon Saga block enforced this type of control deck with the strong cards that have "Mana Arms" which appeared.

After discarding your opponent, Upheaval can be used to deprive them of their mana. Besides that, Dias Zeta, the Temporal Suppressor and Ryusei In The Dark can be used as finishers. While the deck lacks the flexibility of the Water and Nature civilizations, cards with early strong Mana Arms abilities such as Demon Wolf, Howling Moonlight Castle and Tigermite, Bomb Devil make up for it.

Jenny, the Suicide Doll and Tigermite, Bomb Devil are the best choices for early discard, as they can be later re-spammed via Intense World! Shachihoko Kaiser's effect. Besides that, the removal of Dias Zeta, the Temporal Suppressor and Black Ganveet, Temporal Soldier can also be used. Ganveet is also good due its synergy with discards.

Batou Shoulder, Shadow of Fiction and Doterabara, Phantom Mirror can be used to disrupt spell casting while Duema Ogre! Kikuchi, Assistant Instructor and Kareiko, Karma's Banned Technique interfere with Mana Acceleration and For No Cost.

Since there are many ways to use this concept, Volg Thunder Deckout strategies can also be adapted. Because Upheaval had been restricted, Hyperspatial Raiden Hole can be added to put out Volg Thunder and Cheval, Temporal Demon Spirit into the battle zone as finishers.

If you manage to put enough psychic creatures into play, you can add Storm Genji Double Cross, the Super Temporal as an additional finisher. In the end, as long as you can stall until 5 turns or more, you can always take control via Demon Wolf, Howling Moonlight Castle.

Low cost Candidates

Recommended cards: Reason:
Jenny, the Suicide Doll
Mind Reset
Pokapoka Hammer
Unlucky Darts
Early discard.
Tigermite, Bomb Devil Mana Arms discard.
Bonbaku Tiger, Bomb Cluster Mana Arms -3000 power.
Zabi Barrel, Western Doll Discarding blocker.
Duema Ogre! Kikuchi, Assistant Instructor
Kareiko, Karma's Banned Technique
Anti-mana ramp meta.
School Man Early removal.
Heavy, Dragon God Removal and draw.
Batou Shoulder, Shadow of Fiction
Doterabara, Phantom Mirror
Anti-spell meta.
Matador Marcuze Anti cost trample meta.
Zamaru, Treasure of Darkness Discarding attacker suited for Mono Darkness.
Tigernitro, Explosive Devil Strong Mana Arms discard.
Jenny, the Dismantling Puppet Certain discard.

High cost candidates

Recommended cards: Reason:
Dead Ryusei, Eternal Demon Dragon
Varz Romanov, Dark Lord of Demons
Kanashimidomino, Destruction Demon Dragon
Tsumitobatsu, Misfortune Hero
Strong removal.
Ryusei In The Dark Non-Darkness tap in, Slayer granter.
Kuronopagyara, Sin Hero Mana Arms invincible blocker.
Death Hands, Misfortune Emperor Terror Pit creature version.

Spell Candidates

Recommended cards: Reason:
Upheaval Hall of Fame mana burn spell.
Demon Wolf, Howling Moonlight Castle Mana Arms two creature removal.
Death Gate, Gate of Hell Untapped removal and reanimation.
Terror Pit Classic removal shield trigger.
Hyperspatial Revive Hole Creature recovery hyperspatial spell.
Hyperspatial Emperor Hole Power reduction hyperspatial spell.
Hyperspatial Raiden Hole Bring out Volg Thunder and Cheval, Temporal Demon Spirit.

Psychic creature Candidates

Recommended cards: Reason:
Dias Zeta, the Temporal Suppressor Annihilation Soul Recall finisher.
Gaial Kaiser, the Victorious Untapped creature attacker.
Black Ganveet, Temporal Soldier Tapped removal.
Ryusei Kaiser, the Victorious Mana tap in.
Intense World! Shachihoko Kaiser Cost 3 or less reanimation.
Volg Thunder Graveyard supply or deckout the opponent.
Thunder Tiger Gives -2000 to one of your opponent's creatures.
Prin Prin, the Victorious Stall an opponent's creature.
Cheval, Temporal Demon Spirit Shield control.
Storm Genji Double Cross, the Super Temporal Once awakened you can spam your entire hyperspatial zone.


Evidegoras, Dragon Sonic Aircraft Carrier is a natural enemy of this deck due to its continuous draws that make discards useless. Its Dragsolutioned form, Q.E.D. Plus, Final Dragon Logic only makes things worse. The only way to remove it is Dias Zeta, the Temporal Suppressor whose effect is unreliable.

One has to be careful when using Upheaval, for if they don't have enough cards in their hand or a strong battle zone built, it can be in their detriment. As such, Tigernitro, Explosive Devil's strong discard effect is recommended to ensure Upheaval works.


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