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Tier List Update - July 9th, 2018

Tier 1

Tier 2

Tier 3

High Potential

Demoted

  • None

Top Player Council Thoughts

As we begin to explore the archetypes in the new box Burning Nova, the meta remains almost entirely unchanged from the previous week. Fur Hires have continued to dominate the meta, with Amazoness and HEROs as the two main competitors.


Tier 1

The “Big 3” — Amazoness, Fur Hires, and Masked HEROs — unsurprisingly remain in Tier 1 after another week of fairly uncontested domination. Any new deck from Burning Nova will be measured by how well they can stack up against these three decks, Fur Hires in particular.

TPC comment

Oh, there’s a big surprise. That’s an incredible– I think I’m gonna have a heart attack and die from that surprise. - Negative1


Tier 2

Spellbooks have stuck around in Tier 2 thanks to the power of Spellbook of Fate and Silent Magician, but severe weaknesses to Amazoness, Wiz, Sage Fur Hire, and the popular Paleozoic Canadia leave this deck well behind the Tier 1 decks.

TPC comment

Over the past week I’ve seen some positive plays from Spellbooks in certain matchups. They are worthy of Tier 2 regardless of the drop in popularity. They have the edge at certain times and can play the coin-flip game, just not as much or as well as the Tier 1 decks. - BlackJesus


Tier 3

Aliens and Geargias have remained in place as well as continued rogue presences, although they will have to perform well in upcoming competitive events to stay in Tier 3 as new decks make their way onto the tier list.

TPC comment

Tier 3 just can’t compete against the big 3 which is why you see nobody playing them. Aliens are good against Masked HEROs but not so great against Amazoness and Fur Hires, and Geargia is good against anything when it opens first with Ties of the Brethren + Pulse Mines and any Level 4 EARTH Machine, but if it doesn’t it loses to itself. - Yehhey


High Potential

Batterymen and Gem-Knights have been added to High Potential. Batterymen can turbo through their deck with Thunder Sea Horse, Batteryman Solar, and Batteryman Micro-Cell, setting up the way for big plays off of Batteryman Industrial Strength and ensuring they see their tech cards like Powerful Rebirth and Enemy Controller. Beatdown and Mythic Depths have been the most common skills with Batterymen, although Switcheroo has seen some play too. Meanwhile Gem-Knights are like the Fusion version of Cyber Angels, if Cyber Angels couldn’t protect themselves or use Cyber Angel Dakini’s effect. But Gem-Knights can search through Gem-Knight Alexandrite (or through the grave off a That Grass Looks Greener play with Gem-Knight Obsidian or Gem-Knight Lazuli), recycle resources extremely well (like Cyber Angels), and easily access a variety of Extra Deck monsters with strong Ignition effects. However, they do tend to struggle if their board is broken once the big Fusions are out. Gem-Knights in particular may take a while to optimize given the huge number of moving parts that can comprise a top-tier Gem-Knight deck.


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Expect the results of these events to have a strong influence on the tier list.

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