The meta remains relatively the same - the competitive scene in tournaments is reflective of how there has not been many shifts with the well-performing decks of the format, despite there being so many. We see a few new and returning deck concepts arise in tournament environments that tend to go quite far, but their small representations and inconsistent success are inklings that promoting them to Tiered-status would not be the correct move - hence as to why we see no decks added to the Tier List this week.
Despite Darklords having a good match up against Crystrons and Elementsabers pre-banlist, they have struggled against heavy backrow as a result of replacing Darklord Ixchel and backrow removal for the Lightsworn engine.
Even though Darklords started really strong this format with the help of the Lightsworn engine they get worse results as the weeks went on due to other decks getting optimized and adapted to their new playstyle. The hits to Compensation and Darklord Ixchel were too much but Banishment of the Darklords is still such a good card to keep them on the Tier List.
Despite remaining in meta-relevancy, Darklord faces demotion as a result of a decline in its success amongst the tournament scene. One reason for this is the deck’s vulnerability to backrow, due to the Lightsworn engine taking up slots that would otherwise be conserved for tech options such as Cosmic Cyclone. Despite the deck successfully re-surfacing after a hit to Darklord Ixchel, Darklord is no longer the elephant in the room - though it is a great contender nonetheless with Banishment of the Darklords being an incredible engine card.
Off the Tier List
With the latest support Gladiator Beasts got in the new box (Gladiator Beast Vespasius, Gladiator Beast Charge) they showed some potential in the beginning however they are still struggling to solidify themselves as a tiered deck mainly due to being a normal summoned reliant deck, if you stop their normal summon, it’s almost impossible for them to have a follow-up play. Their best attribute is having super strong traps, but those are also reliant on having a face-up monster to be live
Gladiator Beasts are off the Tier List. The only real success it has shown in the past week were in some team war league matches. But hasn’t been popular in the tournament scene due to how easily they’re disrupted and dependent on going 1st in most cases. A lot of decks are just too strong against it and the only favorable match up in Darklords has been on the decline.
Tier List update written by Jadehex.