Tier List Update - July 29th

Tier 1

TPC Comments


Cyberdarks have been getting too many top spots in events, now they have the great boost of Desperado Barrel Dragon. The deck puts a lot of pressure on the opponent with direct attacks and fear to attack because Desperado exists.

Six Samurais are still the best deck, best convertion rate, most versatile deck, it has everything.

Luke Tyler

Recent results from competitive events imply that Cyberdark is Tier 1. The deck received recent indirect support in the newest EX Structure Deck: Full Metal Desperado. The vast majority of variants doing well at the moment are using Desperado Barrel Dragon due to its synergy with Cyberdark, and many users of the deck are also playing BM-4 Blast Spider - another new addition from the Structure Deck. The popular skills being used by Cyberdark playing Desperado are Switcheroo (mostly if using Cosmic Cyclone) and Sealed Tombs. It’s also worth mentioning that Cyberdark without Desperado Barrel Dragon, using Destiny Draw, also sees some play. The Desperado version of Cyberdark has performed well throughout it’s initial week of being legal, and further strong performances from the deck in the coming week are to be expected.

Six Samurai remains to be a Tier 1 deck through its high representation, solid performances and overall strength in the meta. Six Samurai has the ability to hammer down on the opponent’s resources while also maintaining good card advantage of its own, backed up with a powerful boss monster. There is quite a variety on the preferred tech choices at the moment in Six Samurai. These tech cards include cards such as Paleozoic Canadia and Dimensional Prison - which weren’t seeing that much usage in Six Samurai prior to the introduction of Desperado Barrel Dragon.


Six Samurais are ​​still in Tier 1 because their engine and techs handle everything relevant in the Meta.

Tier 2

TPC Comments:

Luke Tyler

Ancient Gear is a deck that thrives on the existence of Desperado Barrel Dragon. Should Ancient Gear draw well enough it can also compete with the other Top Tier decks in the format. Evidently, team-related events like Clan Wars appear to be where Ancient Gear performs at its best due to it being a viable counter to many decks.

Though still a strong deck, Blue-Eyes falls to Tier 2. The rise in Cyberdark representation is not ideal for Blue-Eyes. In terms of recent trends, Silver’s Cry is seeing slightly more play amongst users of the deck, though many still prefer other tech cards. Multiple tops from Blue-Eyes are expected in the coming week, though not to the same level as it would’ve been 2 weeks ago.

In addition to the new way to play Cyberdark, a new deck comes out of the Structure Deck utilising the skill Master of Destiny. This deck is quite unique and features a handful of powerful tech cards. This Master of Destiny deck doesn’t appear to be that fast of a deck but it packs a punch nonetheless. For its semi-limited card the deck uses Cup of Ace, as it is essentially Pot of Greed thanks to the skill. It had a strong introduction into the meta and it will be interesting to see if this deck can continue to prove itself to be viable.

Removal that is non-destroying and non-targeting holds a lot of value in this format, and Spellbook so happens to have a searchable removal card that meets both criteria. It has a strong matchup against the Cyberdark decks that are not using Sealed Tombs, and even the ones that are playing Sealed Tombs have moved away from using Leng Ling (most of them have anyway) - making it harder for them to OTK Spellbook as a result. Furthermore, Blue-Eyes falling from its previous Tier 1 representation is beneficial for Spellbook.

Triamid benefits from the existence of Desperado decks. Triamid Kingolem access in combination with backrow can be very difficult for a Desperado Barrel Dragon player to overcome. Cosmic Cyclone is still a weakness of Triamid, though the card doesn’t singlehandedly beat the deck most of the time. Overall, Triamid sits in a decent position at the moment.


With the arrival of Desperado, Blue-Eyes gains one more counter, and starts to win fewer matches due to its inconsistency.

Tier 3

TPC Comments:


Blue-Eyes and Red-Eyes lost power with Desperado Barrel Dragon being meta.


TPC Comments:

Luke Tyler

Unfortunate conversion rates and unideal win-rates have lead to the demotion of Crystron. Crystron has a lot going for it, but over the past week it has not deemed itself suitable for the Tier List. There are a few factors that could be deemed causes for this, one of which being that Crystron is one of the decks at the moment that struggle against Sealed Tombs when not drawing enough defence. I do not think that Crystron will vanish from the competitive scene and it is a plausible claim to say that it may reach the Tier List at some point, but until Crystron proves that it fits well amongst the meta, demotion seems to be the correct move.

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Tier List update written by Jadehex.

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