Unit of The Week: The Dark Dictator (V Series)

The Dark King of Knights that will extinguish all light.

[CONT](VC):During your turn, this unit gets [Power]+2000 for each of your rear-guards.
[ACT](VC)[1/Turn]:COST [Counter Blast (1)], call up to one grade 2 or less card from your hand to (RC), and that unit gets [Power]+5000 until end of turn. Your opponent chooses one of his or her rear-guards, and retires it.

The Dark Dictator rules beyond the boundaries of the law. You can say he is the law of the land. Unlike King Alfred, The Dark Dictator believes he is above the law and his status gives him the right to violate the law. The Shadow Paladins follow him as one of their three leaders. Blaster Dark, Phantom Blaster Dark, and The Dark Dictator are the leaders of the Shadow Paladins.

The Dark Dictator’s first skill is a slightly altered version of his original skill. The first skill gives him 2,000 for each of your rear-guards. Unlike the original card, you may boost the new dictator. A full field and a single Force maker will raise his power to 33,000 before receiving a boost from a rear-guard. His power can continue to stack as long as you continue to ride The Dark Dictator.

Secondly, his second skill makes him one of the best vanguards in the current format. He calls a unit from your hand and retires an opponent’s rear-guard. This skill has a lot of chemistry with many Shadow Paladins. The only downside is your opponent chooses which rear-guard to retire. If your opponent has a few units, then their options are very limited.

Combo 1: Play Blaster Dark and The Dark Dictator to retire two of your opponent’s rear-guards.
  1. Use The Dark Dictator’s skill to superior call Blaster Dark and Blaster Dark gains 5,000 until the end of your turn.
  2. Retire an opponent’s rear-guard with Dark Dictator’s skill.
  3. Activate Blaster Dark’s skill to retire an opponent’s rear-guard.
Combo 2: Counter Charge with Black Sage, Charon
  1. Use the Dark Dictator’s skill to superior call Black Sage Charon, and Charon gains 5,000 power.
  2. Retire an opponent’s rear-guard with Dark Dictator’s skill.
  3. Counter Charge one card with Black Sage, Charon’s skill.
  4. Black Sage, Charon gains 3,000 power.
  5. Black Sage, Charon’s power increases from 8,000 to 16,000 after all skills are completed.

However, Promise Daughter is currently the only card in the Standard format that is able to bypass The Dark Dictator. She cannot be retired by opponent’s effects, but she can be targeted. Oracle Think Tank players should always choose her because she will remain on the field and they can maintain their units. I am completely okay with this weakness to Oracle Think Tank. Every card should have a weakness to balance the card’s strength.

Play these cards with The Dark Dictator

Overall, The Dark Dictator has quickly become one of my favorite vanguards for Shadow Paladins. He sets the new standard for vanguards in trial decks. He gains a large amount of power and can control your opponent’s board. Many Shadow Paladins benefit from this skill such as Blaster Dark and Black Sage Charon. The Dark Dictator has been reborn in standard to set new laws by his orders!

Card Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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