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Tier List Update - August 20

Top Player Council Thoughts

The recent banlist announcement is the first big change we’ve received in a while, attempting to shake up the Fur Hire-dominated meta. This Tier List update reflects the Top Player Council’s thoughts on a post-banlist meta.

Tier 1

Fur Hires have remained in Tier 1 despite the limits placed on Dyna, Hero Fur Hire and Donpa, Marksman Fur Hire. Aside from immediately going to more Seal, Strategist Fur Hire and Wiz, Sage Fur Hire, the deck must also shift to accommodate the loss of Enemy Controller. Fur Hires can either make modest changes, exchanging Enemy Controller for other generic backrow and keeping Beatdown or moving to The Tie that Binds, or they can shift more drastically in line with a heavier focus on Wiz. Previously, Fur Hire decks had Wiz as a wall and Dyna as the offensive push. With more emphasis on Wiz, one option is use Sea Stealth Attack (SSA) as a way to give Wiz its own offensive presence and improve the Amazoness match-up drastically. With 3x Wiz and 3x Beat, Bladesman Fur Hire it’s easy to get a turn 1 Wiz, after which the deck plays as a standard defensive Fur Hire deck until drawing SSA and going to town.

Amazoness has been promoted to Tier 1. The loss of Amazoness Baby Tiger is one of the lightest nerfs Konami has ever issued, especially given the recent rise of Amazoness Tiger. Amazoness decks can no longer endlessly float Baby Tiger out of the grave as a banish for Amazoness Onslaught, and while this does make it easier for decks like Spellbooks to grind through Amazoness resources, the deck overall still functions just as well as before. However, with Fur Hires now also using strong continuous trap effects, Cosmic Cyclone is likely to see even more play and continue to be a thorn in Amazoness’ side.

Spellbooks have also been promoted to Tier 1 and are yet again untouched by the banlist. They continue to be very flexible and oppressive, especially when opening with the ideal Silent Magician + Spellbook of Fate combo. Being able to accommodate Cosmic Cyclone in Switcheroo builds has become even more valuable with both other Tier 1 decks now using heavier backrow.

TPC Comments:

AndyTsang: In terms of power over the course of a full duel, I don’t think any of these decks are that much further ahead of the Tier 2 decks. But what Spellbooks and Fur Hire in particular boast over all other decks is a turn 1 combo that is near auto-win; Silent Magician + Fate and Wiz + SSA can win games entirely on their own.

ShinySopheon: Fur Hire still seems very powerful, and it’s too soon to demote it without enough data. Spellbooks still clap Fur Hire, as well as pretty much everything else. Amazoness losing Baby Tiger was very relevant to the Spellbook match-up.

Tier 2

Vampires have been promoted to Tier 2. Sustained tournament success along with continual improvements to the deck have given Vampires a leg up over the Tier 3 decks. The speed and consistency of this deck are extremely high and can work with any number of skills/tech options; everything from Beatdown to Sealed Tombs (and even to 22-card Balance) has been used by top Vampire decks. The best mix of Vampire Grace, Vampire Vamp, Vampire Scarlet Scourge, and Vampire Grimson also has yet to be determined, with every player having their own favorite combination.

TPC Comment:

ShinySopheon: Vampires have proven their power in multiple tournaments, and will probably only continue to get better as people figure out what the best skill/build is. That being said, the versatility of Vampire builds can also be seen as a boon.

Tier 3

Batterymen and Masked Heroes have remained in Tier 3. Batterymen continue to be a solid fringe deck, running Last Gamble as a way to get extra use from accumulated resources in hand and fuel devastating Snipe Hunter/Batteryman Industrial Strength plays. Batterymen are especially happy to drop the Sphere Kuriboh for stronger backrow cards now that the OTK potential of Fur Hires has been somewhat stifled, helping ensure they make it to turn 5. Masked Heroes have been seeing a slow resurgence thanks to their incredible flexibility, but continue to struggle with Wiz, Silent Magician, and heavy backrow in general. Fur Hires’ lack of Enemy Controller is also very nice for Masked HERO Anki unless Paleozoic Canadia universally takes its place.

TPC Comment:

ShinySopheon: As much as I’d love to put Batterymen in Tier 2, they aren’t played enough to get the results needed to justify a promotion just yet. Japanese players know the power, so it will be interesting to see if they ever end up making a larger impact on the meta. Heroes still suck in my opinion, but there hasnt been enough time to decide just how much they suck in this “new meta”.

This week we have the Meta Weekly on 8/22 and other community events throughout the week.
Expect the results of these events to have a strong influence on the tier list.

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Tier List update written by superforms.

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