Normally comprised of the decks expected to perform well in community tournaments, KC Cup Tier Lists rank the decks which are expected to perform well in Stage 2 of the KC Cup. There isn't a massive difference between the metas of tournaments and KC Cups, but some factors such as accumulating wins at a fast rate can make a deck a more popular pick for a KC Cup. And a very slow deck could be a less popular pick in a KC Cup, unless an expected high winrate compensates for not being able to get as many games in. These factors won’t necessarily determine if a deck is good or bad, but they are deck building factors for some that exist in KC Cup metas and not in tournaments.
Everybody’s eyes are on Witchcrafters. The deck can generate immerse advantage every turn and can deal with control strategies like Elementsabers and Invoked Neos with ease. However, with everybody paying attention to Witchcrafters during the KCC it could suffer from an uptick in unfavorable matchups like Blackwings. In addtion, other strategies will tech even more cards to stop Loading... . That being said, if you are experienced with the deck, more often than not, you will be able to grind your way to a high placement in the KCC due to this deck’s insane control ability
As always, especially in the first days, the KCC is all about the fast OTK decks, everyone trying to climb as fast as possible to the higher DP, where the meta is more easy to predict. Thats where Elementabers can shine, shutting down the Blackwings and Karakuris while also being able to handle the other control decks too. We expect this KCC being an another Invoked fiesta (for the 5th time in a row), where they can farm the fast OTK decks, and out grind any other control deck besides Witchcrafters.
Karakuri performed really good this week so the promotion was needed. Even though going second looks hard for the deck 'cause it's fragile to disruption, they have access to Loading... and also Loading... so going second is nowhere near an auto-loss. Also, having a searchable effect negation which also stops an attack make this deck really strong going first. Overall, Karakuri is a good option for this KCC cause it can go both first and second with the only really hard matchup being Elementsabers.
The central strength of Karakuri is their advantage gained off of their main combo, specifically the ability for Loading... to draw cards on both turns rendering their draw phase unnecessary. The central weakness of karakuri is that they are incredibly weak playing into any disruption, having almost no good matchups going second. In KC Cup, however, strengths outshine weaknesses and Karakuri is likely to perform as such.