Top Player Council Thoughts
With the new Mini BOX Empire of Scarlet available for a week, the only new addition to the meta has been Vampires after Inzektors and Monarchs fell short of the Tier List. Fur Hires have continued their reign atop the Tier List but the gap between them and the Tier 2 decks has closed somewhat due to continued refinements and the 2-deck format. Overall the meta has changed very little, so again we will not have comments from the Top Player Council on every deck.
Fur Hires have been demoted to Tier 1, although they are still unquestionably the best deck in Duel Links and have warped the meta around their presence since release. The main reason for the demotion to Tier 1 is the strength of Amazoness and Spellbooks behind them; while not as good as Fur Hires overall, these decks are strong enough (especially in the 2-deck format) to allow players success even when not using Fur Hires as their second deck.
Amazoness and Spellbooks have remained in Tier 2 as the main competitors to Fur Hires’ dominance. Both decks are extremely oppressive when set up and can generate fields with multiple strong aspects: Amazoness with Amazoness Princess generating card advantage, Amazoness Onslaught banishing everything in sight, Amazoness Queen protecting everything from battle destruction, and Amazoness Swords Woman reflecting damage from larger monsters; then Spellbooks with Spellbook of Fate disrupting plays, Silent Magician with negation and the ability to become an even bigger threat after it’s destroyed, and quick access to tech cards like Cosmic Cyclone and Treacherous Trap Hole for further removal. These decks can grind out games extremely well if they’re not OTK’d early on and both can hold their own against Fur Hires in competitive settings.
BlackJesus – Amazoness and Spellbooks have an unmatched rivalry with strengths and weaknesses that keep them going back and forth. They both are and will continue to be noticably better than any of the new decks that creep up the tier list.
Yehhey – Nothing has changed from last week other than the addition of Vampires. If you don’t want to play Fur Hires, these decks are the next best. Amazoness in particular has a good Vampire match-up, and Spellbooks can hold their own against Vampire builds that don’t run Vampire Vamp.
Batterymen and Masked Heroes have remained in Tier 3 as solid rogue options. Batteryman decks have trended almost universally towards Last Gamble with Snipe Hunter and Heroes remain somewhat popular despite having generally poor match-ups against the Tier 1/2 decks.
BlackJesus – Heroes on life support. Still not complete garbage but with the negation and banishing going on, every duel is an uphill battle.
Yehhey – They’re all solid choices that have no particularly strong matchups, but are all decent enough across the board to win against the higher tiers some of the time.
Vampires have been moved into Tier 3 after a week in High Potential. This is a fast deck with the ability to swarm and search extremely easily. Uninterrupted power plays and playing through heavy backrow are both areas where this deck needs to improve, often struggling against a Turn 1 Wiz, Sage Fur Hire or a full Amazoness backrow. However, this deck is still very new and clearly unoptimized. Variations have ranged from simple Beatdown decks focused squarely on Vampire Grace using Vampire Kingdom’s effect for spot removal to 30-card That Grass Looks Greener versions for quick access to Vampire Familiar/Vampire Retainer and extra Kingdom fuel. Tech cards are all far from standardized, with some builds using Simultaneous Loss as a way to trigger Kingdom on the opponent’s turns, and others using the more standard Paleozoic Canadia/Enemy Controller/Treacherous Trap Hole suite of protection. Whether the best way to play this deck is ultra-aggressively with Hey, Trunade! OTKs, more controlled with Wall of Disruption and Floodgate Trap Hole to protect Grace, or somewhere in between is still up in the air.
Negative1 – In my first review of Vampires, I thought that the deck had some cute combos but overall was not consistent enough to compete with the top decks. However, I overlooked a few things on my initial audit. After a more thorough examination I believe that Vampires are very strong but presently unoptimized. The deck is much more thought-intensive than a majority of the meta decks so it is unlikely that all of the Top Player Council will agree with this decision, but I believe that this deck is far more viable than most people give it credit for.
Noble Knights have been removed from the Tier List. Although they are a decent counter to Fur Hires if they get to go first, Noble Knight boards can be easily decimated by a single Fate or Onslaught banish. Furthermore, with Canadia being so incredibly common in the Fur Hire meta, Noble Knights have an extremely difficult time keeping their board established against any deck running it. The current form of Balance also hurts Noble Knights’ versatility since every trap you add to the deck has to come at the cost of a different one. For every Canadia and Floodgate you add to help against Fur Hires, you lose a Wild Tornado or Typhoon that would have helped against Amazoness.
Negative1 – Despite having a favorable matchup against Fur Hires, Noble Knights have fallen short due to a meta shift. While Fur Hires is still the strongest and most played deck, the margin by which it sits on top is smaller than it has been in a while. As a result, having a single good matchup against the top 3 decks is no longer as viable.
This week we have the Meta Weekly on 8/14 and other community events throughout the week.
Expect the results of these events to have a strong influence on the tier list.
Tier List update written by superforms.