Tier List Update

Tier 1

TPC Comments


Blue eyes has shown a lot of success and popularity in this past week. Blue-Eyes has good match ups against Elementsabers and Dark Magician and isn’t too bad against the other meta decks if it can turbo out a quick Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon. This deck can be played aggressively with Cosmo Brain and Mausoleum of White to make a Turn 1 Spirit Dragon or a more Trap-heavy Control build with cards like Raigeki Break, Divine Wrath and Ultimate Providence.


Blue-Eyes is a strong deck as it can reliably output multiple strong monsters. However, their primary weaknesses are in how well they handle going second and how they intend to beat monsters larger than them. We may see an evolution of the deck away from the current Trap=heavy build or we may see the deck try cards such as Master with Eyes of Blue or Keeper of the Shrine to improve it’s recovery against strategies that can swing over their 3000 statline.

Tier 2


Since the new format started Thunder Dragons keep getting good results. It’s underestimated, even though its worst matchup is most likely the best deck currently. It can hold its own vs any other meta deck and has access to almost any Synchro making them a really versatile and explosive deck.


Shiranui is very flexible in tech and skill choices. They can either play No Mortal Can Resist or Level Augmentation. NMCR is obv a strong skill this format but a lot of players including myself have gone with Level Aug. Making an easy Shiranui Sunsaga is a strong Turn 1 opening and even better when you back it up with a Trap or two. This deck has a great match up against Blue-Eyes which usually has a hard time dealing with Sunsaga.

Like Blue-Eyes, Thunder Dragons have seen some success this week. Thunder Dragons are a very resilient deck due to hand traps like Sphere Kuriboh and Artifact Vajra and most of the Thunder Dragon monsters being floaters which is great this meta. Also like I’ve said in the past weeks, Thunder Dragons are a very powerful Synchro toolbox deck. Can make a Synchro for almost any situation.

Luke Tyler

No longer mostly represented by its That Grass Looks Greener variant, the control build of Shiranui is versatile in how it can be equipped with a variety of tech card choices that suit the player’s preference and/or to combat the decks they expect to face. Shiranui Spectralsword allows for the deck to be quite resilient, and Shiranui boasts a powerful boss monster in Shiranui Sunsaga - a card which decks like Blue-Eyes find difficulty in dealing with. Some builds will capitalise on this by playing Level Augmentation to pump out the card faster, whereas other players will use skills such as No Mortal Can Resist in combination with Cosmic Cyclone. In regards to deck building trends, Ballista Squad from the newest box looks to be a great addition to Shiranui’s tech pool - it is something that can be expected to be seen in Shiranui decks in the upcoming week.

Tier 3

TPC Comments

Autumn Leaf

The meta shift has not been kind to Blackwings and they have under performed since MCS28. The increased popularity of Elementsabers is an obvious source but decks in general have moved towards to more backrow and disruption due to a diverse meta. This along with its already vulnerable turn one plays, have resulted in Blackwings’ fall to Tier 3.


Blackwings post-banlist doesnt get any good results in a Tournament environment (if you exclude the MCS which was an anomaly judging from past weeks). Not being able to play Hey, Trunade! which was an insta-win a majority of the time really hurt them along with the Sealed Tombs nerf which made their Turn 1 play and lack of defense an even bigger problem.


Although the results of the deck were very promising right after the new banlist, lately Darklords lost their popularity and player base. Darklord players tried to replace Darklord Ixchel with the Lightsworn engine (Charge of the Light Brigade and Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn), but the lack of draw power and the uncontrolled mills meant the deck was way too inconsistent. New trends showing that one Darklord Ixchel and one Darklord Contact is the new way to run the deck. As the meta Settles down, its clear that the biggest strength of the deck is the easy access to No Mortal Can Resist, that helps them out against Crystrons and Shiranui. The hard matchups against Blue-Eyes and Dark Magician, and the shrinking playerbase means that the deck stays at Tier 3.

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Tier List update written by Jadehex.

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