With Flames of the Heart’s release, the Top Player Council see some potential in Gouki and Mayakashi as competent control-based strategies, but there hasnt been any sweeping meta changes as some would’ve hoped.
Elementsabers are doing very well in the past weeks, and as the non-side deck tournaments come with the Grand KC Tournament, their position in the meta is getting even better. They have positive matchups against most aggressive OTK decks, such as Blackwings and HEROs. They also they do really well against the non-Sea Stealth Attack Crystron decks. A new version of the deck is gaining more and more popularity. With the addition of Spiritual Beast Tamer Winda and a fat 30-card list they have acess to a new win condition: decking out their opponent. This list focuses more on controlling the pace of the game rather than just getting early access to Aleister the Invoker and putting pressure on the opponent with Invoked Purgatrio. This new list is less affected by Artifact Lancea, since they have an alternative win condition with stalling and decking out opponents. Ritual Beast Ulti-Pettlephin (summoned by Ritual Beast Tamer Winda), when backed up by powerful traps and the boost of Palace of the Elemental Lords is a very effective wall against most meta decks.
The play style and core build of HEROs hasn’t changed much during the previous weeks, but a new skill option in Bring it! has popped up. The Skill is really helping the Crystron matchup, since experienced Crystron players always found a way to play around Sealed Tombs. Bring it! not just allows you to search Destiny HERO - Plasma, but you can return a card to your deck that you don’t want to have in your hand, like a second Destiny HERO - Malicious or Vision HERO Increase. Plasma is a huge floodgate card for monster effect heavy decks, and it also allows you to get rid of problematic cards such as Invoked Cocytus.
Mayakashi is a new deck that still needs further testing. Mayakashi Return allows you to search or send any Mayakashi card from the Deck to GY which provides this deck flexibility. Without limited 2 and 3 card in the engine you can play things like Enemy Controller and Cosmic Cyclone. Mayakashi has ability to make multiple Synchro Summons in 1 turn due to Dakki, the Graceful Mayakashi’s effect. Currently, the main playstyle involves adding Shiranui Solitaire, Shiranui Spectralsword and Nine-Tailed Fox which allows you to play Shiranui Sunsaga and Shiranui Shogunsaga. With Yuki-Musume, the Ice Mayakashi’s effect you can send these engine pieces to the GY easily. Due to Synchro spam nature of the primary engine, your Sunsaga will have plenty of resources in ur GY. This deck has a good matchup against OTK decks without much backrow, such as Blackwings and HEROs because of Mayakashi’s float-ability into a consistent Sunsaga play next turn. Yuki-Musume can lock your field after you re-summon her from GY, in which case Skills like See You Later! will help.
Gouki and Mayakashi have more much promising play styles than the last box but still need further testing.
Each Gouki acts as a searcher for the next piece hopefully allowing you to outresource your opponent while maintaining solid offensive pressure with Gouki Twistcobra. Expect the deck’s playstyle to evolve into predominantly control-style tactics.
Mayakashi have a nice engine and is the easiest Synchro-climb deck to date. Mayakashi Return is a very powerful card and great for consistency. The issue they run into is getting over bigger monsters than they have access to and the fact the Synchros don’t actually do anything until after they are resummoned from the Graveyard.
Both archetypes have potential with the optimal build and I would suggest holding on before investing to see where these decks go.
Off The Tier List
Blue-Eyes moves down due to overall consistency problems and not quite having the power ceiling to justify running a deck that bricks as hard as it does. Blue-Eyes has powerful monsters and Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon in particular is a great card but the inability to make it consistently has turned many players away from the deck.
Tier List update written by Jadehex.