We currently find ourselves in a triangle meta consisting of Darklords, Blackwings and Elementsabers. The general consensus being that Darklords are favoured against Elementsabers and struggle with Blackwings, Blackwings are favoured against Darklords and struggle with Elementsabers and Elementsabers are favoured against Blackwings and struggle with Darklords. Whilst each deck has a favourable match up, it isn’t as clear cut as one beats the other.
Elementsaber Invoked established itself as the best deck in the game from the past three Meta Weeklies and time will tell whether this deck continues to be this dominant post banlist. However, as the Invoked variant with the least reliance on Concentrating Current, I expect the success of Elementsabers to continue post-banlist. Though the sample size is small, the loss of Treacherous Trap Hole has prompted builds to include Paleozoic Canadia and Floodgate Trap Hole; two staple cards that are strong in the current meta.
Following the Semi-limit of Invoked Magellanica, there is a split on what is the correct thing to do with Elementsabers’ semi-limit slots. Some players are electing to drop Magellanica entirely, allowing you to continue running two copies of Treacherous Trap Hole, whilst others are playing one copy of each. Forbidden Lance has gone up in usage to counteract the techs we are seeing from Blackwings and some builds have been running multiple copies of Floodgate Trap Hole and Paleozoic Canadia, as a way to disrupt both Darklords and Blackwings.
Elementsaber Invoked continues to dominate the meta even after the banlist. The hits are relatively small and dont influence the deck too much, the main thing being the loss of Treacherous Trap Hole so they have to switch to Floodgate Trap Hole / Paleozoic Canadia.
There are legitimate arguments to be made for Blackwings to be Tier 1 post-banlist but the deck’s inherent weakness to Tier 1 Elementsabers make matters difficult. But in all fairness to Blackwings, they have been making the match up better by playing Offerings to the Doomed and their one semi-limited available in TTH to counter the deck’s weakness to a face-up Elementsaber Molehu.
Darklords remains a force to be reckoned with after surviving the ban list completely. A perfect Darklord hand will win against anything but its match up against Sealed Tombs Blackwings is questionable and a limited The Sanctified Darklord means that the deck remains fragile against Cosmic Cyclones. Furthermore, the deck opens completely unplayable more times than a Darklord player would like to see.
Elemensaber Invoked is still the best deck since they don’t care about the new banlist that much.They don’t have to use semi-limited cards so Invoked Magellanica can stay at 2 so the only big loss is 1 Invoked Cocytus. Either played with a lot of Floodgate Trap Hole and Paleozoic Canadia for Blackwings or battle traps like Wall of Disruption and Mirror Wall for Darklords makes them very viable against everything even though their Darklord matchup is still not great.
We are starting to see Blackwing players tech in cards like Offerings to the Doomed and Forbidden Chalice, to avoid being disrupted by Elementsaber Molehu. The usage of Sealed Tombs in Blackwings has also shot up, with the primary reason being how it limits a Darklord player’s options, particularly if you activate this skill when going first.
The only change to Darklords was that they had to find a new skill, following the nerf to KaibaCorp Bling. Whilst Destiny Draw is still an option, many players have moved over to Compensation as one decent mill can sometimes be enough to turn an average hand into a great one.
Blackwings also remain in the same spot and it still has the same problems as before. Only difference: instead of 2 Treacherous Trap Hole they’re playing 1. It’s a small hit but at the same time some other decks lost access to the card completely so this is still a winner coming out of the banlist.
Darklords are completely untouched by the list and they’re still a strong force in this meta. Not Tier 1 as their Sealed Tombs Blackwing match-up is frankly abhorred as well as the huge problem of bricks.
The return of Crystrons on the Tier List is arguably a week overdue and on top of that, the deck is strengthened by the banlist simply from the way it negatively impacted the other decks currently in the meta.
In my opinion, Darklords are on the rise again, and with Compensation for Bo1 and Destiny Draw for Bo3 they can do very well. Their great Elementsaber Invoked matchup makes them one of strongest decks currently.
Blackwings are now mainly using Sealed Tombs to counter Darklords. A lot of builds are straying away from Blackwing - Steam the Cloak and using Blackwing - Pinaki the Waxing Moon more to have follow-up turns for when their board is cleared. Forbidden Chalice, Forbidden Lance and Blackbird Close are great to counter the unfavorable Elementsaber Invoked matchup.
Ritual Beasts are still in a tough position. Although their worst match up received a slight nerf with Invoked Cocytus going to 1 and Concentrating Current to 2, Invoked Purgatrio is a big enough threat to keep the deck from hitting higher Tiers, as it can single-handedly plow through Ritual Beast boards and quickly close out the game. That being said, I expect the deck to do better in the upcoming weeks as it’s one of the winners post-banlist - but it will take more than this for the deck to go up in the Tier List.
Crystrons are back! The limiting of Invoked Cocytus means Invoked decks can’t interrupt their graveyard as much anymore, on top of that Treacherous Trap Hole was a very strong card vs this deck which also is less prominent now.
People may still remember the days where Koa’ki Meiru was an incredibly oppressive Tier 1 deck before they underwent multiple nerfs. Koa’ki Meiru Maximus and Iron Core of Koa’ki Meiru haven’t been completely freed but the pure strength of a splash-able engine in 3 Diamond Core of Koa’ki Meiru makes them a deck that can potentially do well post-banlist.
Koa’ki Meiru has been added to High Potential for the time being, following the announcement of the new banlist. Once implemented in game it will be interesting to see if the archetype makes a return in some capacity.
Koa’ki Meiru might have a good chance to do well now. Probably not as a pure version but Koa’ki always had a strength of being easily splashable. Koa’ki Meiru Ice, Koa’ki Meiru Maximus and Diamond Core of Koa’ki Meiru are 3 insanely broken cards and could definitely have a chance of being seen more now.
Pure Invoked decks were already struggling against the meta pre-banlist and I definitely do not expect them to be relevant competitively after losing their strongest tech in Concentrating Current.
Roid Invoked is virtually unplayable now, just having their entire deck semi-limited.
Pure Invoked was already on the decline last week, now completely out as the Synchro engine just isn’t consistent or powerful enough. There are simply better options in this meta.
Tier List update written by Jadehex.