Creature â Giant Soldier
When Protector of the Crown enters the battlefield, you become the monarch.
All damage that would be dealt to you is dealt to Protector of the Crown instead.
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.
Protector of the Crownâ€™s last ability doesnâ€™t depend on you being the monarch. It will create a redirection effect even if an opponent is the monarch.
If you control more than one Protector of the Crown, you choose which redirection effect to apply. You canâ€™t divide damage dealt by one source. For example, if an attacking creature would deal 6 damage to you and you control two Protectors of the Crown, you may have that damage dealt to either of the Protectors. You canâ€™t have 3 damage dealt to each one.
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.
Applying this redirection effect doesnâ€™t change whether the damage is combat damage.
Abilities that trigger whenever you â€œbecome the monarchâ€ trigger only if you arenâ€™t already the monarch. For example, if you are already the monarch as Custodi Lich enters the battlefield, its last ability wonâ€™t trigger.