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Tier List Update - May 20th

Tier 1


TPC Comments:

Brenduke

Blue-Eyes has gone on to show its dominance as the meta finally begins to settle as a Tier 1 deck. Blue-Eyes' has proven to be consistent and powerful with in-built disruption. It also has a good number of flexible spots including Burst Stream of Destruction and Snipe Hunter. Builds side decking multiple Non-Fusion Area have gone on to do well against Buster Blader decks and Red-Eyes whilst Sealed Tombs gives it a good chance against Spellbooks.

Negative1

Blue-Eyes is capable of summing multiple large monsters with ease; Snipe Hunter and Treacherous Trap Hole add removal options making Blue-Eyes a difficult deck to counter if your entire strategy is not devoted to it.

Snyffus

Blue-Eyes pretty much solidified their position as best deck of the format. They do have a hard counter in Buster Blader but we're seeing many Non-Fusion Areas in Side Decks to handle exactly that. Every other deck just gets overpowered by them.

Tenma

Blue-Eyes is the most dominant deck of the format. Special summoning big monsters that can also deal with backrow like Dragon Spirit of White is really hard to deal with for most of the other decks in the format. The synergy with Snipe Hunter and Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter adds some forms of spot removal; this deck has also access to the Semi-Limited cardpool because none its core have ever been touched by the banlist.


Tier 2


TPC Comments:

Brenduke

Ancient Gears have continued to have good conversion rates in tournaments as they capitalize on the prevalence of battle-orientated monster effects and increasing usage of battle traps. However, with Neos losing popularity and Blue-Eyes gaining popularity things are beginning to look worse for Ancient Gears.

Neos originally capitalised on the Six Samurai meta with its slow flip effects. Unfortunately, the meta has put Neos in a weird spot. It has become slow. Its core has issues against most decks in the meta but Neos remains flexible enough to adapt. It will continue to do well at tournaments perhaps evolving into an anti-meta deck.

The Light and Dark skill has proven to be invaluable for Spellbooks catapulting it from irrelevancy to a Tier 2 deck. The skill has given the deck much needed consistency in terms of a turn one Silent Magician and many of the top decks in the format cannot handle a floating Silent Magician and Spellbook of Fate

Negative1

The rise in Blue-Eyes and Red-Eyes is detrimental to the sustainability of the Neos engine. The power of an instant 2600 ATK monster is diminished when the opponent has access to an instant 2800 ATK monster or multiple 3000 ATK monsters. Neos will have to adapt otherwise it will likely see further demotion in the future.

PaugiN

Ancient Gears benefit from the rise of defensive backrow cards and Buster Blader in the current meta, so they remain a really good option for tournaments. Therefore, they keep a strong position on our Tier List.

Spellbooks seem to have really good match ups in the current meta since they have a no target banish effect under Spellbook of Fate, which can out the big boss monsters that most of the meta decks have on the field. Also, Silent Magician having the negation on key spell cards like Neos Fusion, Red-Eyes Fusion, Silver's Cry etc. can be devastating for the opposing deck. Finally, Spellbooks have the monster with the highest ATK currently in the meta with Silent Magician LV8, which is hard to deal with.

Snyffus

Ancient Gears have been showing really good results again this week, solidifying their Tier 2 spot. The new box also doesn't seem to hurt them so I don't really see Ancient Gear going down soon.

Spellbooks have got some really nice tops this week! The Light and Dark skill is exactly what they needed to bring them back, giving them the missing consistency boost. Blue-Eyes is also a relatively favorable match-up for them which gives them a nice spot in this meta.


Tier 3


TPC Comments:

Brenduke

Buster Blader has proven to be the kryptonite to Dragon decks. Buster is likely to receive a huge consistency boost in the new box as it can use the Light and Dark skill to essentially run up to six Buster Whelps, and the inclusion of the Red-Eyes engine means it is less reliant on drawing DNA surgery in its non-Dragon matchups. Thankfully for everyone else, Non-Fusion Area exists so even Blue-Eyes can deal with the deck.

Cyberdarks continue to show that they are a strong rogue option having multiple tops across community tournaments this week including a Top 4 in PCT.

Koa'ki Meiru has not had any good results for a couple of weeks now and its popularity is in decline. However, the deck still has a nice toolbox of options with Destiny Draw so expect to still come across it as rogue option.

Six Samurai is making a comeback as Neos begins to fall off. Samurai's consistency and toolbox of options is allowing them to perform well in the current meta. However, Samurai do struggle against Blue-Eyes as it cannot reliably deal with 3,000 ATK monsters under Sealed Tombs.

Red-Eyes has made a rather disappointing splash on the competitive scene in its first week. It was one of the most played decks but did not get anywhere near the conversion rates we expected. However, I do not think we have seen the best build of Red-Eyes yet, there is a lot of optimization to be done. It is very likely the new support in Black Metal Dragon will improve the deck considerably by giving it a more reliable turn one.

Buster Blader is a strong counter pick to Blue Eyes which is the top tier deck and is played at big amounts currently, thus it deserves a spot in the tier list since it has the favorable match up against Blue Eyes.

Snyffus

With the Red-Eyes engine to play with and Dragon decks in the meta, Buster Blader has come back once again! They can also benefit off of the new Red-Eyes support cards so maybe it will get even better in the future. However, the Non-Dragon decks and especially Ancient Gear are still just too hard to deal with.

Red-Eyes has not been doing as well as expected. They are a good deck but it seems like the other decks right now are just stronger and too hard for them to deal with. We'll see if the new cards can be useful for them.


High Potential


TPC Comments:

Brenduke

Synchron has been close to been Tiered for some weeks. It always has a good conversion rate and the deck has many new tools coming its way.

Subterror & Metaphys have the potential to shake up the current meta. These are the two key decks to look out for from the new box and are likely to be tiered when optimized.

PaugiN

Synchrons are about to receive really good support with the upcoming main box, with Cockadoodledoo and the new Synchro monsters Vermillion Dragon Mech and Chevalier de Fleur. Also, with the ranked season of June we will receive Hyper Psychic Riser in the SR tickets. These cards add consistency and different options to the Synchron arsenal, Cockadoodledoo being another flexible special summonable tuner monster, Vermillion Dragon Mech can destroy cards on the field and when destroyed by an effect it can refuel your hand with tuners, Chevalier de Fleur is a good spell and trap negation monster for defensive backrow on your turn and Hyper Psychic Riser is a really good lockdown monster. Definitely expect this deck to have an impact in the meta.

Subterror is the deck that is about to receive the most cards in the upcoming box (12 to be exact). The deck is constructed mostly by flip effect monsters with a variety of effects such as banishing monsters, destroying set cards and special summoning high ATK monsters. The deck also contains probably one of the most powerful archetype cards we are going to have in the game Subterror Final Battle, a card that has multiple effects and it doesn't leave the field when activated, instead it sets itself again. Subterror Final Battle can set or flip Subterror monsters in order to refresh or use their effects on either players turn respectively, it can also boost the attack of your monsters to push for game and it can protect your Subterror effects from negations. Finally, it's worth it to mention that the skill Masked Tribute lets you tribute set a monster after using it, so it will add consistency and better turn 1 plays for Subterrors. This deck is going to be a Top Tier deck going into the RRQ for the WCS.


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TPC Comments:

Brenduke

Amazoness has not performed well for some weeks. Most decks on the Tier List carry outs to Amazoness Onslaught. Amazoness Swords Woman is the reason Amazoness continues to do well and it can be argued that other decks can use her better.

Tenma

Amazoness will likely be a competent deck for a long time because it can run generic backrow and take advantage of a good engine. It will surely be back on the Tier List when a new meta shift happens

Vampires are caught in the crossfire of decks forced to use Sealed Tombs to deal with Spellbooks. Moreover, Neos is no longer the most represented deck in tournaments so they lost one of their most favourable match ups in terms of representation.


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Tier List update written by Jadehex.