Top Player Council Thoughts
Welcome back, Tier 0. (No “!?”, it’s for real this time.) Defined as a deck that warps the meta and has little-to-no reliable counters, Tier 0 decks are very rare and usually recognized near their release. For a variety of reasons, Fur Hires were not thought to be quite this strong when they first came out. But with the meta sufficiently settled it’s hard to argue against them as not only the top deck in Duel Links, but an incredibly dominant presence.
Fur Hires have been moved to Tier 0. The swarming, spot removal, negation, and pure power available to a deck with 8-10 combo-starters all make for the first Tier 0 deck since the original Cyber Angels. Combine this with the ability to abuse some of the best spell/trap cards in the game like Enemy Controller, Treacherous Trap Hole, and Hey, Trunade! (not to mention their Quick-Play Monster Reborn!) and you have a deck that was seeing increasing usage rates even after hitting Tier 1. Fur Hires are a deck that you’re either playing or trying to directly counter.
They’re just completely warping the meta, and in my opinion if you’re not running Fur Hires you’re putting yourself at a disadvantage. Anyone who isn’t running Fur Hires is running as many counters as possible, ignoring other tiered match-ups. - Whybona
Unparalleled in both options and consistency, Fur Hires have all of the tools necessary to handle any other deck in the game. I would attribute this distance between the top and the next-best decks to the lack of Restart. Before the skill nerfs, most decks had a powerful core but lacked consistency in mobilizing that core, so Restart was a common skill used to make those decks consistent. Since Fur Hires already have a consistent core, they can run a skill such as Beatdown that improves their power. The issue is that the skills that made many of the other decks so powerful were nerfed while the skill that benefits Fur Hires the most was left untouched. - Negative1
Tier 1 has been left empty. As more and more players start using Fur Hires, they’re leaving behind decks like HEROs and Amazoness that previously occupied Tier 1 with Fur Hires. There are only so many top cut spots to take, and the more that Fur Hires take the less there are for other top-tier decks.
Amazoness and Masked HEROs have been demoted to Tier 2 thanks to a general inability to reliably deal with Fur Hires. Amazoness likes to sit on backrow that can be returned by Trunade, popped by Donpa, Marksman Fur Hire if flipped face-up, or simply negated by Wiz. HEROs are similarly annoyed by Wiz, Sage Fur Hire negations, Enemy Controller putting Masked HERO Anki in defense, and Dyna, Hero Fur Hire banishing Destiny HERO - Celestial. Both decks can certainly go toe-to-toe with Fur Hires and are undoubtedly the second and third best decks in the game, but the gap between them and Fur Hires has widened. Furthermore, Amazoness especially has helped keep Fur Hires counters away, maintaining this gap. Decks like Silent Magician Spellbooks and Beatdown Hazy are decent against Fur Hires, but can struggle greatly against Amazoness and therefore remain relatively unreliable.
These decks have been around for awhile so there isn’t much to explain here. HEROs are great because they can OTK very easily with the power of Trunade, Mask Change, Vision HERO Trinity, etc. With the nerf to Restart however, they have become less consistent and sort of rely on going second, especially in the Fur Hire match-up. Amazoness is a great control deck that has a somewhat even match-up against both Fur Hires and HEROs, and has lots of room for techs. Many decks just don’t have an answer to the constant banishing that Amazoness Onslaught provides. Their smaller monsters can be taken advantage of sometimes, an example being Beatdown Trinity OTKing over Amazoness Princess. Also, a well timed Cosmic Cyclone can kill their strategy completely in some cases. - ShinySopheon
The only two decks that can steal games from Fur Hire, but not consistently enough to be put into Tier 1. Both of these decks could reasonably be expected to be in an MCS top cut but not close to the extent of Fur Hire. Fur Hire is just simply a better choice for tournaments because of a higher ceiling and higher damage output. - Mistilteinn
Both still strong decks, but took hits to their power from the recent banlist. Not having to worry about Enemy Controller against these decks also makes the match-ups easier. - Jason
Batterymen have been placed in Tier 3. A deck that plays very similarly to HEROs (but with no chance of a turn 2 OTK), Batterymen are excellent at swarming the field, generating card advantage, and surviving until their Batteryman Industrial Strengths can start coming out. Banishing effects can be a struggle for this deck to deal with, but the core is fairly small and can be teched to deal with unfavorable match-ups.
TPC comment on Batterymen
Batterymen have proven to be a formidable deck with a lot of thinning and powerful engine cards. They still struggle against Fur Hires, so Tier 3 is a good place for them right now. - look at god
Spellbooks have been demoted to Tier 3, in line with other moves on the Tier List. A decent choice against Fur Hires, Spellbooks have continued to find the most success with Silent Magician builds using Cosmic Cyclone and Switcheroo. Generally unfavorable match-ups against Amazoness and HEROs hurt this deck, although a turn 1 Silent Magician + Spellbook of Fate is a very oppressive opening board.
TPC comment on Spellbooks
When opening with Silent Magician and Fate they can still compete. I’m sure they would see play in a major event, but they are fairly reliant on a good streak of openings to perform extremely well. - Whybona
Gem-Knights have remained in High Potential for one more week, as the deck continues to be improved. Consistency issues remain, however, and may be insurmountable.
There is so much potential here, people just haven’t figured out the best way to tap into it yet. If they don’t make the Tier List now, they certainly will in the future when further support is added. - ShinySopheon
Aliens and Geargias have both been removed from the Tier List, struggling to keep up in the Fur Hire meta.
These decks are nowhere to be found in any tournament. The comeback was short lived, but Fur Hires have left little room for competition. Geargias relying on Ties of the Brethren because its engine is too slow is not good. It needs to be quick at setting up combos and swarming on its own. Aliens I believe are still decent, but the Fur Hire match-up leaves them no chance to recover. Having to focus on that one deck and potentially allowing the other decks to run over them is not good either. - BlackJesus
This week we have the Meta Weekly on 7/17 and other community events throughout the week.
Expect the results of these events to have a strong influence on the tier list.