Tier List Update - August 26th

Tier 1

TPC Comments

Luke Tyler

The continued prevalence in terms of results and representation justifies Desperado remaining at Tier 1. The deck consists of a strong boss monster, powerful traps and a flexible playstyle that grant it the ability to navigate through various matchups for victory - even those which are considered unfavourable. Furthermore, the deck has a pseudo-Pot of Greed at its disposal in Cup of Ace due to the skill - Master of Destiny. Desperado has been performing well since its debut, and even more strong performances are expected in the coming week.

Reflective of recent performances, Ancient Gear rises to Tier 1 due to many factors that have influenced its uprise in the meta. The deck is resilient to disruptive trap cards (especially those which target) and exploits the ability to deny battle-reliant monster effects. Furthermore, the severe decline in Six Samurai popularity is beneficial for Ancient Gear. With limited poor matchups, Ancient Gears are expected to continue to perform well.


Master of Destiny Desperado continues to perform best out of all the current top decks. It really seems like it has the definitive Number 1 spot right now.


Ancient Gear is in a better place than ever now because all the other powerful decks revolve around monster effects such as Desperado Barrel Dragon to summon himself and Vendread to search for extra Ritual materials. Due to Blue-Eyes decrease in popularity because of a rough Desperado matchup AG has no real bad matchups these days which makes it a great choice to use for tournaments which are mostly Desperado heavy.

Tier 2

TPC Comments:

Luke Tyler

Cyberdark remain at Tier 2. The deck is able to prove troublesome for many of its opponents with in the format. Even the unfavourable matchups in the format for Cyberdark can be overcome by drawing above average hands that can pump out enough damage to clock the opponent into closing the game out before it’s too late.

Spellbook remains at Tier 2. In a very strong position right now, the deck has many favourable matchups across the board - making it a strong deck pick in a diverse format. Spellbook of Fate is still a solid searchable removal card. Removing monsters without destroying them is a very valuable trait for a card to have (in a format such as this especially). The trend of recent strong performances from Spellbook is expected to continue.

Triamid remains at Tier 2. Though it is a versatile control deck, it does not benefit from the prevelance of Cosmic Cyclone. Furthermore, Paleozoic Canadia and Floodgate Trap Hole are rising in popularity - both of which are strong cards against Triamid (Floodgate especially). Nevertheless, the deck is still expected to perform well and it will rotate in popular tech card choices in order to adapt to the meta.

Vendread’s first 2 weeks of legality went rather well for them, proving that they certainly are a Top Tier contender amongst the format. The deck boasts a lot of strength in the plays it makes and has multiple strong monsters and ritual spells at its disposal. More good performances from Vendread in the upcoming week are to be expected, especially if more players pick up the deck.


Spellbooks are still a good tournament deck. It should not be a surprise if they get a good showing in the top ranks for the next KC Cup or Community Tournaments. Top Tier for more than 1 year - arguably a tad too long, Konami.

Vendreads is a very powerful deck that can deal with special summoned monsters and backrow with the right set-up. If they continue the success that some players have had in past 2 weeks they might even get promoted to Tier 1.

Tier 3

TPC Comments:

Luke Tyler

Crystrons have access to an arsenal of strong synchro monsters, with the ability to tutor some of them out in the opponent’s turn. They have been performing decently well, though not sticking out, hence their Tier 3 status.

As Desperado popularity increases, Blue-Eyes struggles. It is not easy to tech for various matchups while trying to uphold consistency in a deck that is already prone to poor hands. In addition Blue-Eyes no longer has the Tier 1 Six Samurai matchup to thrive off. The deck is still expected to perform well, but less frequently and in smaller numbers.

Using That Grass Looks Greener, most people are choosing to use Switcheroo (with Cosmic Cyclone) to return bricks to the deck in hopes to pull a stronger card back in exchange. Block Dragon is also very strong, especially against decks that have troubles dealing with it - like Triamid and Ancient Gear (without Ancient Gear Castle). The destruction protection is also very useful against Desperado. Furthermore, the severe decline in Six Samurai popularity is beneficial for Magnet Warrior.

Despite adapting to the Forbidden and Limited restrictions quite fast, Six Samurai faces demotion once more. The deck is still able to put out strong fields of threats, but less frequently. To reflect its poor tournament finishes as of recent, Tier 3 status for Six Samurai seems suitable. In regards to deck-building trends, the popular builds of Six Samurai currently tend to be using many backrow.

Subterror is still a good deck that sees top cut appearances and good representation. Subterror benefits from the increase in Desperado users, but does not benefit from the increase in Ancient Gear users. In regards to deck-building trends, most players are choosing to use the Labyrinth Builder variants. Deep Sea Diva is a tech card used in many Labyrinth Builder versions in order to summon Crystron Quariongandrax. There are normally 2 or 3 non-Subterror Final Battle slots in a Labyrinth Builder variant, which are most Floodgate Trap Hole and/or Paleozoic Canadia.


With Desperado becoming more and more popular Blue-Eyes struggle even more in the meta. It’s extremely hard to tech them out for all the different match-ups while keeping a consistent core in an already bricky deck.


Blue-Eyes is struggling because most of the other meta decks are more consistent and almost as powerful. More backrow like Paleozoic Canadia and Floodgate Trap Hole are now more common and it has become more difficult to resolve Snipe Hunter. The deck still remains very powerful, it’s just lacking the consistency and the draw power of some of the other tiered decks.

Six Samurais weren’t able to replicate the good performances that they had the previous week. New builds will most likely be explored - maybe even without Legendary Six Samurai - Enishi to guarantee a more consistent access to Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En on Turn 1.

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Tier List update written by Jadehex.

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