Luke Tyler

This weeks Tier List is catered specifically towards the second stage of the KC Cup. The meta for the KC Cup Stage 2 is expected to be very similar to the tournament meta, with a closer resemblance towards the meta we see in large point room battles (especially since these point battles are common sources of KC Cup testing). Notable differences include increased relevance in decks with strong consistency, and stronger potential in decks with the ability to close games out extremely quickly while not taking slow losses at the same time. An example of this is the readdition of Cyber Dragon to the tier list - its average match time gives it extra merit in a KC Cup Stage 2 environment.

Tier 1

TPC Comments


Dark Magician stays at the top by being a very consistent deck with an engine that has disruption with its own searchers (Loading... ). Being able to use Sealed Tombs and have Loading... negates for S/T gives this deck options to beat every deck. This will be a good deck for KCC because it has auto-win matchups and over an elongated tournament the consistency will shine


Dark Magician is likely to be the most common deck in KC Cup, for good reason. With Sealed Tombs and Loading... it is able to floodgate many strategies from being able to make plays, and with Loading... they are able to gain free advantage. Many games will be reduced to whether players see Loading... which is still not enough as it doesn't deal with the Loading... s and followup negate.


Its been nearly 5 months and Elementsabers are still as strong as ever. The deck is probably the most balanced deck in the meta and can explode out of nowhere with Loading... or control the duel with Loading... and Loading... . Now with players opting to add Loading... to negate Loading... the deck even has negation. Seriously there's nothing this deck doesn't have and it's one of the optimal choices for the KC Cup

Tier 2

TPC Comments


Blackwings always dominated the point rooms, the fast and aggressive play style makes them a good pick for the KCC. The only thing that keeps Blackwings back from being the clear best pick for the KCC is the popularity of Elementsabers.

Darklords were always a solid pick for KCC since the release of the deck. The two most popular decks of the format are Dark Magician and Elementsabers, and the deck has a good chance to have a positive winrate against both. The fact that Darklords can win fast, and they can also win trough long grind games, makes them a nice pick for the KCC.