I still think it's the best custom design deck that has been put out. Also, the card stock is thick, and they last a long time. It was also the first deck that had custom faces for the court cards, and the only that did them in the same style so they don't look corny (sorry Madison Rounders), thanks to the art work of Dan White. I believe they were also the first decks to come in a custom deck order, instead of the US New Deck Order of AS to AH.
I am biased, but I (along with several other members of the theory11 crew) put the Monarch deck in that #1 place. It might be a long time before I find another deck that knocks the Monarch deck from its throne in my books.
Honestly Zach Mueller's Fontaines are my favorite deck of cards because it has the vintage holdout is built into it. It also is simple design which I like. I also really like the White Artisans and the Monarchs because they look very sophisticated
ummm hard to say i love purple artifice because of the crazy back design but the madison rounders are beautiful because of the simplicity btw so excited for my scarlet rounders to come in the mail just preordered MECHANIC!!!!!!!!!