Red-Eyes dominated the RRQ proving itself as a super consistent and powerful deck which has an answer to the vast majority of the meta packing extra equip spells like Power of the Guardians or even Mage Power . However, the deck is very easy to side against and tech for making it fragile in best of three formats. Its RRQ dominance is likely to have an interesting effect on the meta.
Subterror is a very strong deck in the best of three format taking first and second place in the last meta weekly. It’s advantage lies in the best turn one play in the format with Subterror Nemesis Warrior and Subterror Final Battle. The deck also has alot of tech space and can very easily disrupt Red-Eyes Slash Dragon outside of Sealed Tombs. The key issue with Subterror is that it lacks thinning potential and recovery. I anticipate Subterror to do very well with the correct techs.
Red-Eyes is a double-edged sword in Side Deck format as it can both thin the deck to draw into side cards fastest and be countered the hardest by opposing side cards. Their weakness to defensive cards such as Drowning Mirror Force can result in them having to run backrow removal or play very cautious in order to perform well, but the consistency and power of their god hands is unmatched
Red-Eyes have pretty much solidified their position as the best deck in the format. Although they’re weaker with Side Decks they’re still easily able to overpower almost every deck.
Subterrors basically have an FTK with Subterror Nemesis Warrior and Subterror Final Battle. Those 2 cards are just completely insane especially Final Battle which can turn even a set Subterror Behemoth Stygokraken into a huge threat.
Subterrors have both the tools and the consistency to deal with the rest of the meta and as the builds have been optimized, the deck seeks to dominate.
Blue-Eyes is likely to suffer from increased usage of Red-Eyes after its exceptional RRQ performance. Blue-Eyes struggles to out a Red-Eyes Slash Dragon equipped with Buster Blader and either Black Metal Dragon or Power of the Guardians. The deck may have to resort to using Beatdown to climb over an equipped Slash. Blue-eyes may transition to a Koa’ki Meiru Ice package with Diamond Core of Koa’ki Meiru to more easily deal with Slash in conjunction with Sealed Tombs.
Koa’ki Meiru Neos remains a very powerful deck which has the ability to end games quickly. It lacks the consistency of other decks in the format and can have problems with a well set-up Subterror board or a well equipped Red-Eyes Slash Dragon. However, its lucky hands and forgiving nature ensures that it remains a top deck.
Six Samurai did very well in this RRQ. World Legacy Clash is a great generic backrow card we got and they benefit from it greatly. A well-time Six Style - Dual Wield can also be devastating which puts the deck in a nice spot this format.
Blue-Eyes is powerful on paper, but when you compare it to the rest of the top decks it lacks consistency. The deck has to run multiple high level monsters that cannot be summoned on their own, making the deck struggle both going first or second, depending on the opening hand. Just having big monsters out on the field means nothing to a monster like Koa’ki Meiru Ice, a common threat in the format.
Despite the deck showing good results in the RRQ, with Side Decks it’s just too easily counterable. Also Subterrors can be a really tough match-up as Subterror Behemoth Umastryx can just banish Silent Magician, preventing Silent Magician LV8 from coming out.
Subterrors are just an impossible match-up for Buster Blader. The backrow removal Subterror Behemoth Stygokraken provides combined with Subterror Behemoth Umastryx‘s ability to remove big monsters from the field is just too tough to deal with. You’re basically praying to go 1st with DNA Surgery and even then they can simply draw a Cosmic Cyclone to out it.
Synchrons could not keep up with the meta. They had good results the first week but it seems now that the surprise factor is gone and people are more prepared and know what to do vs them. They’re just too sacky to keep up a consistent winrate.
Buster Blader has struggled with consistency after Last Gamble’s nerf. During the RRQ it proved to be a good meta call for some of the participants because of the relevance of Dragon decks but it will likely struggle in Side Deck tournaments.
Synchrons rely on one big push to overpower the opponent, most meta decks have enough protection to survive that.
Tier List update written by Jadehex.