Blue-Eyes are back! This deck is now much more explosive than it was before due to Loading... . Top builds utilize Sealed Tombs in conjunction with Loading... to break through a Neos + Bacon saver board and OTK. The deck has some consistency issues between bricking and Loading... 's RNG. Make sure to side deck your Loading... !
Loading... has had a profound impact on the Meta and was used in approximately 50% of all decks that entered MCS 18 and every single non-Blue-Eyes deck in the Top 16 used the Neos engine.
Control Neos decks are dominant in the format and take various forms. Most top builds now make use of Loading... for quick and easy OTKs through Loading... and disrupt boards through Loading... . Some other builds use Loading... and the various E-Hero fusions it supports. The best performing build of the MCS was a KaibaCorp Bling control build but many players who were using a small Steelswarm engine topped abusing a single copy of Loading... to provide easy access to Loading... which is an incredible card in the current metagame. It remains to be seen which Neos build will be recognized as the go-to build, and that makes the meta feel fresh for now.
The existence of the Neos engine permits a large number of decks to be viable while also removing Six Samurai as a floodgate. As long as there is space, most decks are capable of running Loading... and Loading... which allows most decks that were previously unviable to have a chance against the meta.
The dominating presence of Six Samurais in the meta lead to the overall decrease in backrow usage. As a results, a deck such as Blue-Eyes has the opportunity to shine with swift access to a 3k beatstick that isn't hindered by missing the timing. A strength of Neos was to swing over a Loading... , meanwhile a strength of Blue-Eyes is to swing over Loading... .
Blue-Eyes received fresh support in the latest mini box in Loading... , an all-around powerful card that gives Blue-Eyes additional special summons, which leads to flooding the field with big monsters and backrow removal. Blue-Eyes is currently favored due to the lack of backrow in the current meta and from having higher ATK monsters than Loading... , which is everywhere in the meta. The aforementioned facts are the reason Blue-Eyes is really strong and therefore is granted a Tier 1 spot.
The Loading... engine is currently being played in extreme amounts in many different deck types, making them viable in the current state of the game. The decks types that thrive the most are the Control / Steelswarm variants. Neos decks took out Six Samurais so fast, because of their ability to control the board with Loading... and flip effect monsters while easily attacking over Loading... with Loading... . As a result, we've entered a slightly slower meta, although OTK combos still exist with the use of Loading... , Loading... and Loading... . Neos decks deserve the Tier 1 spot by far, with the potential of reviving more archetypes by the use of the Loading... engine as the meta evolves.
Blue-Eyes performed exceptionally well this MCS, outright winning the event! They have an extremely strong Neos match-up as the deck can't beat the spam of 3000 ATK monsters. Most of the meta struggles with that which is why I think Blue-Eyes is one of the best decks at the moment. We'll see what cards people find to side vs them.
As expected Neos took the most Top Cut spots at the recent MCS. While they didn't win they still did extremely well and continue to be one of the biggest threats in this meta. It will be interesting to see what different builds turn out to be more dominant as we have seen KaibaCorp Bling and even versions of the deck playing Loading... and Loading... .
Blue-Eyes has taken advantage of a meta with minimal backrow and decks that find it hard to deal with 3000 ATK beaters and has once again risen to the top of the meta. However, this might be short lived because decks like Vampires and Buster Blader are waiting for their time to shine.