The Tier List has more or less stabilized, with the new Main BOX doing little to shift the norm established by existing Top Tier Decks. The inclusion of new Witchcrafter cards with Téa Gardner (DSOD) has kept hope alive for Witchcrafter and with a rumoured Structure Deck on the horizon we’re eagerly awaiting either a Banlist or a new Top Tier Deck to shake up the meta.
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This is the LAST Tier List for this iteration of the Top Player Council. July 2020 marks the beginning of Season 12 and a new Top Player Council, I would personally like to thank this iteration of TPC for their comments, they’ve been a big help in writing these articles every week - Cheers!
With DSOD Téa comes more support for Witchcrafter in the form of Witchcrafter Edel and Witchcrafter Masterpiece, both of which are useful for the deck (Edel more so). Edel provides the deck with a slightly higher ceiling, allowing for Witchcrafter to play the role of the aggressor earlier in the duel than before. It gives the deck the ability to swarm fields with greater ease. Edel also has a nice revival effect that can definitely come in handy. The card has extra perks in Lightsworn variants, as its revival effect can bring Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress, Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner and Kiwi Magician Girl back into play.
Witchcrafter Masterpiece has a strong effect in the graveyard, especially when played with a Lightsworn package. Having only three Monster Zones limits the plays that can be done with it - though nevertheless it is a useful card for kickstarting a duel, playing through various forms of disruption and being a recovery option too. Masterpiece can also be used defensively to wall off an aggressive push. Its effect on the field isn’t too bad - it can grab extra Witchcrafter Spells for discard fodder or boosting with Witchcrafter Madame Verre, and you can tech cards that you share with your opponent to your hand. For example, after the opponent uses a popular card like Cosmic Cyclone, Masterpiece can add your own to your hand if you play it too. It will be interesting to see how Witchcrafter performs in the upcoming week with its new support, as the deck has a few variations it can take on.
We just got four new cards of Witchcrafter support from the DSOD Tea event: Witchcrafter Edel, Witchcrafter Genni, Witchcrafter Patronus and Witchcrafter Masterpiece. These cards help Lightsworn Witchcrafter more effectively use GY resources. Edel’s second effect to Special Summon a Spellcaster monster from GY and Genni’s effect to copy a Witchcrafter spell effect improve your ability to summon mutiple monsters in 1 turn. With this power, we’re more likely to run Kiwi Magician Girl in Witchcrafter, since we have a higher chance to make the headache-induving board of Kiwi + Witchcrafter Madame Verre. A big problem with Witchcrafter used to be facing the backrow that would either Destroy or Banish your Madame Verre. Kiwi in tandem with Witchcrafter Patronus can help solve this problem, as Patronus helps you recycle Witchcrafter monsters.
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Unfortunately we are removing Evil Eye from High Potential since it seems to have only a few favorable matchups in the current meta. Evil Eye is still a strong deck for the ladder and could potentially be used in specific situations to counter decks like Crystrons or Shiranui. Future support can still improve the power of this deck and it could potentially return to the Tier List at some point.
The issues with Evil Eye and Spellbooks are their susceptibility to removal and weak early game.
Evil Eye with Evil Eye of Selene can steadily push a monster into high ATK. However, decks such as Dark Magician, Cyber Dragon, and Blackwings have Cosmic Cyclone on top of their inherent removal methods, forcing the deck to struggle. The aforementioned three decks are also incredibly frontloaded, so weak hands on behalf of Evil Eye will almost certainly not succeed.
Spellbooks suffers greatly from Spellbook Magician of Prophecy only being 500 ATK. I think the deck is better off with High Priestess of Prophecy than Silent Magician, since at the end of the day you value the removal options over free spell negate. It should be noted that since Blue Boy is so weak, it takes multiple turns to mount a legitimate offensive play.
Spellbooks and Evil Eye are to slow, require to many pieces, and lack consistent ways to play through early disruptions. While it’s possible for them to still be competitive, the lack of consistent outs to decks like Dark Magician, Cyber Dragon and Blackwings. The tiered decks dominating the first two turns with explosive outputs are too overwhelming for control-style decks like Evil Eye and Spellbooks.
Tier List update written by Jadehex.