Tier List Update - January 27th

Tier 1

TPC Comments

Autumn Leaf

Even though people have been testing the non-Grass versions of Shiranui, the overwhelming advantage from the That Grass Looks Greener mills is usually more difficult for most decks to deal with, especially in non-Side Deck formats.


Shiranui is still one of the most popular and stronger decks of the format. This deck has seen a lot of success in different leagues and tournaments this past week despite players teching to counter it.

Dark Magician was moved to Tier 1 as it’s well balanced against most of the meta. Dark Magical Circle + Magician Navigation alongside cards like Treacherous Trap Hole and Fiendish Chain make this deck really powerful


The 30-card version of Shiranui using the Spell Specialist Skill continues to perform well and overwhelm decks that are unable to deal with the consistent activation of That Grass Looks Greener. Many decks continue to adapt in order to counter this strategy, which further shows the impact of this deck on the meta and provides more evidence to justify its Tier 1 status.

This is one of the few decks that has the potential to completely counter the 30-card Shiranui strategy by combining the use of Sealed Tombs with Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer, which can be easily summoned using Magician Navigation. The Dark Magician deck may not be oppressive like most tTer 1 decks usually are, but it does have good matchups against many of the tiered decks and few unfavorable matchups. Konami should strive to release decks that are powerful and balanced like this deck.


Shiranui remain at the top of the food chain, it continuously pluses off of fat That Grass Looks Greener mills, and influences how every other deck in the format is built.

Although its conversion has been rough since its release, Dark Magiian offers consistently stable matchups across the Meta. With the addition of Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer they bolster a very easy win con vs the explosive Grass Shiranui deck.

Tier 2

TPC Comments


Darklords are still a strong deck in this meta, and although they’re not worth investing into right now, its a solid Tier 2 deck. While Sealed Tombs, Fiendish Chain, etc. can be problems, I believe the main problem is just the popularity of 30 -card Shiranui which is a very difficult / awkward matchup. If there is a nerf to the 30-card Shiranui deck in any way, then Darklords may become far more relevant with many favourable matchups across the board.


As the meta shifts away from one or two key effects per turn, the power of The Sanctified Darklord has dropped dramatically. With a bad matchup against 30-card Shiraui and relying on drawing the Cosmic Cyclone / Darklord Nasten going 2nd vs newly Tier 1 Dark Magician, this deck remains Tier 2.

Elementsabers stay at a strong Tier 2 while they optimize their flexible backrow and monster lineup for the meta. Elementsaber Lapauila has more playability by being a decent opener vs That Grass Looks Greener, Dark Magician combos, and The Sanctified Darklord.


Elementsaber Invoked are my choice for the best deck of the format. They boast incredible consistency, and by running more than 20 cards they make That Grass Looks Greener substantially worse and can tech cards such as Wall of Disruption and the Elementsaber Lapauila to make bad matchups favored. If the format isn’t changed soon this deck will be Tier 1 again.

Tier 3

TPC Comments:

Autumn Leaf

Crystrons have resurfaced onto the Tier List after a slight shift in the meta with strong performances in recent weeks. With the ability to play a consistent 30-card deck that counters Grass Shiranui and the ever-decreasing popularity of Darklords, Crystrons should give players some food for thought.


Crystrons have returned to the Tier List due to their ability to have a favorable matchup against the 30-card Shiranui deck since it can increase its deck size to 30 cards and keep its consistency. The deck’s easy access to Black Rose Dragon and Crystron Quariongandrax allows the deck to make powerful plays while also having the ability to play defensively with Crystron Ametrix and Powered Inzektron, both of which can be summoned using Crystron Rion to play around Sealed Tombs, one of the most popular Skills. The deck’s floating effects, as well as its use of Crystron Impact to recycle banished resources and negate targeting effects, allows the deck to gain advantage as the duel progresses.


Crystrons have a good matchup against Shiranui, the best deck in the meta, for multiple reasons.

  1. It’s also a 30-card deck what means That Grass Looks Greener is not that valueable.
  2. The floating effects from Crystron Sulfefnir and Crystron Ametrix.
  3. Crystron Impact being able to negate the targeting effects.


Crystrons being able to play 30 cards helps it against the Grass Shiranui decks. Additionally, powerful synchros like Crystron Quariongandrax being able to remove cards from grave and field is big against decks like Shiranui and Invoked.

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Tier List update written by Jadehex.

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