Tier List Update


Only a couple days have passed since the last Tier List, as we went back to Side Deck format. We could see the meta hasn’t changed too much, however Dark Magician got a boost in popularity and success, which means heavy backrow decks like Shiranui have to adapt to the meta, or fall back even more. The dominance of Masked HEROs fell back with the return to Side Deck format and the rising popularity of Sphere Kuriboh, but they still have a very oppressive Turn 2 and a high consistency level.They have the potential to move back to higher Tiers if more players pick up the deck. Most of the meta decks are trying to find the balance with their builds, to be able to stop the fast OTK attempts of Masked HEROs and Thunder Dragons with heavy backrow and handtraps, while not losing to a fully set up Turn 1 Dark Magician board. If a deck can find the answer for both, they’re going to have a huge advantage in the upcoming weeks.

Tier 1

Tier 2

TPC Comments


Dark Magician still remain at Tier 2 but have been adapting recently in order to really improve some difficult matchups and become a very threatening stun deck in the meta. In the past, Treacherous Trap Hole and maybe tech cards like Cosmic Cyclone were the way to go, but now the use of World Legacy Clash and Dark Magic Expanded (which is searchable) has gotten very popular. Both World Legacy Clash and Dark Magic Expanded help protect Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer, and summoning Kycoo with protection on a deck like Thunder Dragon or even Shiranui can be extremely devastating. Normally once Kycoo is summoned against Thunder Dragon, if they have Thunder Dragonhawk, they simply use the effect and attack over it, and then pop off the next turn. After this, they are usually able to get back into the game and out grind Dark Magician. However, now with Clash and Dark Magic Expanded, it can be absolutely devastating dealing with Kycoo. This newer build also has several applications in other matchups, including the mirror, as Magician Navigation cannot negate these cards in the damage step. It will be very interesting how Dark Magician continues to do in this meta.


Shiranui drops down to Tier 2 this week, mainly due to the rise of Dark Magician. In this fluctuating meta it could stay in Tier 2 or rise again at a moment’s notice

wayne kenoff

Shiranui takes a hit based on the diversity of the meta. The deck is successful due to its small engine and well-rounded tech cards but in a meta this diverse it’s hard for the deck to main and side enough cards for every matchup.

Tier 3

TPC Comments

Autumn Leaf

Blackwings have not had the representation that it used to due to the Tier 1 status of Elementsabers and Thunder Dragons but also to the rise of Masked HEROs. Both decks have an aggressive all-in strategy of going for OTKs yet Masked HEROs have received an incredible consistency boost with Vision HERO Faris and Vision HERO Increase but can also play Hey, Trunade! against backrow disruption. That being said, Blackwings are still a deck that will see play in counter-picking situations such as Clan Wars and perhaps with the increasing popularity of Dark Magician, see a few more players giving the deck a another chance.


HEROs moving down to Tier 3 has more to do with its usage rather then its actual ability, this will highly likely be moved up once it has higher usage.

wayne kenoff

HEROs move down after the popularity of the deck took a huge hit in the week following the KC Cup. It had low representation and did not perform up to expectations. Most consider the deck very powerful but the deck still remains unproven outside of a KC Cup format Best-of-1 format where its arguably at its strongest.

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Tier List update written by Jadehex.

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