|Introduced||Conspiracy: Take the Crown|
|Last Used||Conspiracy: Take the Crown|
At the beginning of your end step, draw a card.|
Whenever a creature deals combat damage to you, its controller becomes the monarch.
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Only one player at a time can be the monarch. The monarch has the following ability: "At the beginning of the monarch's end step, draw a card." In addition, several cards in Conspiracy: Take the Crown get better or have an additional ability if you're the monarch.
A special marker was included in booster packs of Conspiracy: Take the Crown that can be used to indicate which player is the Monarch. This can be placed on the battlefield or in the command zone, but is not a token (because it doesn't represent a permanent) or emblem but rather a status.
Monarch was inspired by the "Edge" mechanic, a similar mechanic from Vampire: the Eternal Struggle (another trading card game created by Richard Garfield and at one point published by Wizards of the Coast). A similar mechanic had also been considered for Ixalan.
Becoming the Monarch
If the monarch leaves the game, the turn player becomes the new monarch. If the turn player was the monarch, the next player in turn order becomes the new monarch.
- A designation a player can have. Some effects instruct a player to become the monarch. The monarch draws a card at the beginning of their end step. Dealing combat damage to the monarch steals the title from that player. See rule 718, “The Monarch.”
- 718. The Monarch
- 718.1. The monarch is a designation a player can have. There is no monarch in a game until an effect instructs a player to become the monarch.
- 718.2. There are two inherent triggered abilities associated with being the monarch. These triggered abilities have no source and are controlled by the player who was the monarch at the time the abilities triggered. This is an exception to rule 113.8. The full texts of these abilities are “At the beginning of the monarch’s end step, that player draws a card” and “Whenever a creature deals combat damage to the monarch, its controller becomes the monarch.”
- 718.3. Only one player can be the monarch at a time. As a player becomes the monarch, the current monarch ceases to be the monarch.
- 718.4. If the monarch leaves the game, the active player becomes the monarch at the same time as that player leaves the game. If the active player is leaving the game or if there is no active player, the next player in turn order becomes the monarch.
- The game starts with no monarch. Once an effect makes one player the monarch, the game will have exactly one monarch from that point forward.
- Abilities that trigger whenever you "become the monarch" trigger only if you aren't already the monarch. For example, if you are already the monarch as Custodi Lich enters the battlefield, its last ability won't trigger.
- If the triggered ability that causes the monarch to draw a card goes on the stack, and a different player becomes the monarch before that ability resolves, the first player will still draw the card.
Monarch interaction cards
- Matt Tabak (August 15, 2016). "Conspiracy: Take the Crown Mechanics". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (August 15, 2016). "It's Another Conspiracy". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Shawn Main (August 15, 2016). "The Heart of a Conspiracy". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Ben Hayes (August 16, 2016). "Developing Conspiracy: Take the Crown". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Wizards of the Coast (August 22, 2016). "Conspiracy: Take the Crown Release Notes". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (August 29, 2016). "Are you aware that the Monarch mechanic functions nearly identical from Vampire's the Masquerade mechanism called the Edge?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater (September 4, 2017). "Just for Ix(alan), Part 1". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.