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Tier List Update - April 30th, 2018

Tier 1

Tier 2

Tier 3

High Potential

Demoted


Top Player Council Thoughts

Tier 1

  • At the end of our second week after the KC Cup, the meta has continued to slowly stabilize and many older decks have finally been removed from the tier list.

  • Masked HEROs and Sylvans dominate the tournament scene, both in overall representation and number of winning decks. The biggest tournament this week, DLPT 16, was won by SelectMaple with HEROs and almost 70% of the tournament was HEROs and Sylvans.

    • TPC comment on Masked Heroes: “The most used deck, and a highly efficient one. Their ability to tech cards and use the side deck without losing consistency is what makes this deck so powerful.”

    • TPC comment on Sylvans: “Sylvans have dropped off slightly with tournament results but their power is still undeniable. The ease with which a player can pick up the deck and instantly do well keeps it in the same tier as HEROs for me.”


Tier 2

  • Archfiends have remained in Tier 2 as they continue to indirectly shape the meta. Punishing slower decks and serving as a good check against the Tier 1 decks, Archfiends have positioned themselves solidly in “third place”, losing mainly to their own inconsistency.
  • Geargias were demoted to Tier 2 after failing to keep up with the other Tier 1 decks. The deck’s relative lack of options with any given hand also hurts it in a meta where you often need to play very differently in different match-ups.

    • TPC comment on Archfiends: “Still stays in Tier 2. Though this deck has a favorable match-up against the top-tier decks (Masked HEROs and Sylvans), they lack the consistency to be moved up. Not many tops in tournaments compared to the Tier 1 decks.“

    • TPC comment on Geargias: “Geargias have begun to underperform lately (even with the fix for Ties of the Brethren) due to the extremely difficult Sylvan match-up. The deck as it currently stands is also quite linear.”


Tier 3

  • Aliens and Cyber Angels have both stayed in Tier 3 as the most relevant of the previous week’s Tier 3, although neither performed notably this week.

    • TPC comment on Aliens: “Aliens have a very strong core and, outside of the Sylvan and Geargia match-ups, have even-to-favorable odds across the board. This makes them a deck that can do very well in tournaments if people are unprepared.”

    • TPC comment on Cyber Angels: “Cyber Angels barely stay on the tier list due to their favorable match-ups on paper against Sylvans, Geargias, and Archfiends. But despite these, their tournament results are very lackluster.”


Demoted

  • Red-Eyes Zombies, Sea Stealth Attack, and Magnet Warriors have all been removed from the tier list. The demotions of Red-Eyes Zombies and Sea Stealth Attack are of particular significance, being in Red-Eyes Zombies’ case the longest a Tier 1 deck has taken to get removed from the tier list (over 10 months!) and in Sea Stealth Attack’s case perhaps the quickest a Tier 1 deck has ever become irrelevant.

    • TPC comment on Red-Eyes Zombies: “A deck that has been here the longest — close to a year — but it is finally time for REZ to go. A great deck at its prime but due to the release of newer decks, Red-Eyes Zombies has been outclassed.”

    • TPC comment on Sea Stealth Attack: “Sea Stealth Attack also sees very little representation and it now requires a turn 1-2 board of Citadel Whale plus another monster in order to have a chance at competing with the top decks.”

    • TPC comment on Magnet Warriors: “Magnets see almost no representation anymore and I believe they have lost the pace to keep up with the meta.”


High Potential

  • Amazoness and Spellbooks will both be added to High Potential on release. Spellbooks are coming in the new Mini BOX “Visions of Ice”, and Amazoness Princess will be a drop from Elegant Mai.

    • TPC comment: “It’s hard to say too much about these decks without proper in-game testing, but I do believe both will make the tier list. Amazons are being given one of the best search cards in the game with decent material to search in Amazoness Onslaught. Spellbooks also have huge amount of power in Spellbook of Fate, which can hurt many decks currently on the tier list.”

  • This week we have the Meta Weekly on 5/2, the DLP Weekly on 5/3, and Duel Links Open #7 on 5/4. Expect the results of these tournaments to have a strong influence on the tier list.

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