After the demotion last week to Tier 2, Witchcrafter has been promoted back to Tier 1. While the nerf did hurt a bit, both power and consistency-wise, players have adjusted and the deck definitely holds it own in the meta. For the main engine after the banlist, most players are running 2 Charge of the Light Brigade, 1 Witchcrafter Holiday, and 1 Witchcrafter Patronus (to recover a banished Holiday). While definitely less consistent, players are now able to run an additional tech card (Standard Builds prior to banlist had 5 Tech slots, now there are 6).
At the moment, control decks are very popular, so most Witchcrafter players have adjusted by running multiple backrow hate cards to maintain a strong advantage over these decks. With the rise of control, one of Witchcrafter’s worst matchups, Blackwings, has taken an indirect hit and has shown many struggles this past week. In the most recent Meta Weekly, 0 Blackwings managed to get into Top 16 and the deck performed very poorly in other community tournaments as well. All of this is allowing Witchcrafter to thrive and it will be interesting to see how decks adjust this upcoming week.
Some Witchcrafter players have also started to play more Lightsworn monsters with Solar Recharge. This version has less tech room, but it can be very explosive. This version probably struggles more against control decks and certain cards (Karma Cut, Counter Traps, etc.) but once it gets going, it is very hard to stop. It will be interesting to see if this version can pick up any steam in the following weeks.
Nothing important happened to the meta, so Invoked Neos is still one of the best deck right now. The deck has good match-ups against every meta deck and can tech many cards in tournaments to be able to win against anyything.
Witchcrafter returns to Tier 1 status despite suffering a hit to Witchcrafter Holiday. The deck now (most commonly) uses 1 Holiday with 2 Charge of the Light Brigade - resulting in the deck now using Witchcrafter Patronus so it can recycle the Holiday after banishing it with Witchcrafter Genni. Due to heavy-backrow decks being popular, many Witchcrafter users are stacking up on multiple forms of backrow removal. Also, the slight decrease in Blackwing popularity is beneficial for Witchcrafter decks.
Due to increase in positive results, Witchcrafter has been promoted to Tier 1 and will most likely continue to fluctuate between Tier 1 and Tier 2. It is true that the consistency of the deck has been hit, however, the deck will always be oppressive if Witchcrafter Madame Verre is on the field. The builds still fluctuate slightly with some players opting for more backrow removal while others are choosing to keep power cards like Enemy Controller.
Blue-Eyes remains at Tier 2 but it’s in a good position in the current meta, having a good matchup vs both Tier 1 decks. If the current Blue-Eyes lists get further optimized this deck can be a real threat in the current meta.
The recent success of Invoked Neos and Elementsabers made Blackwings struggle a bit to keep up, but with Witchcrafters back at Tier 1 expect this deck to perform well in the next week.
Elementsabers are still in a good position in this meta. It definitely has some really good match-ups and can also counter Invoked Neos really easily by using some techs like Wall of Disruption. The issue with Elementsabers is still Witchcrafter. The deck has to play many cards that aren’t usually played in Elementsabers to win the match-up like Karma Cut or Ballista Squad and that make it a little bit weaker overall.
Blue-Eyes is still a strong contender in the meta and remains Tier 2, having a good matchup against Invoked Neos and Witchcrafters. Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon is able to negate the Volcanic Shell in the Graveyard as well as the shuffling effect of Invocation to fetch Aleister the Invoker, making it hard to get over without a Trap. In addition, the deck can bait out the Witchcrafter Madame Verre negates easily but could lose to Witchcrafters if their backrow is removed. Nonetheless, the deck is still very strong, but still struggles to its usual bricks.
Tier 3 is in a wierd spot right now. With the power-level of Decks in general being so low, being mostly comprised of the same decks that have existed for months with banlist nerfs, it’s very difficult to pick out which handful of misfit decks comprise the fringe of competitiveness. While Tier 3 arguments can be made for several different decks, considering that pretty much any competent deck in the current environment can perform well with the right mixture of matchups and luck, The Top Player Council feels most confident in these Decks in the currrent meta. Without a drastic power discrepency to more rigidly define what it takes to be a Tier 3 deck, it will contiue to be in this wierd spot for the forseeable future.
Removed From Tier List
The lack of representation has resulted in Gouki being removed from the Tier List altogether. It is unclear why the deck is being dropped recently but the deck is still strong at maintaining card advantage and sacking with powerful cards like Treacherous Trap Hole and Necrovalley. For now, the deck is being removed, but do not be suprised if the deck makes a resurgence.
Tier List update written by Jadehex.