KC Cup Tier List Update - November 18th


This Tier List comes right before the November KaibaCorp Cup 2nd Stage. As such, this Tier List was written with KaibaCorp Cup in mind, with more emphasis on Bo1 Format. Additionally, the next Tier List will be delayed until Wednesday, November 27th, in order to allow TPC members who are competing in the KaibaCorp Cup some time to breathe.

Tier 1

TPC Comments


Blackwings are here and they are Top Tier! As predicted last week this deck shot from nowhere to the top in no time. Blackwings won the MCS, had the highest participation % and will dominate the upcoming KC Cup Stage 2 this weekend. Their OTK potential is insane and the combination of Ancient Fairy Dragon and Summon Breaker / Necrovalley can lock their opponent out Turn 1. On top of that, no real hard counters have developed yet, as even Amano-Iwato / Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror isn’t the end of the world for these crazy chickens. I still can’t believe Konami released so many strong Blackwing cards - I’m expecting their gonna be in the meta for a long time, just like Six Samurai.

Darklords are still Tier 1 but it’s getting harder and harder for them every week. Over the last week, it clearly developed that KaibaCorp Bling is the only really strong version of this deck and the MCS proved this as well. They have a hard time against the new released Blackwings, especially if they are playing Sealed Tombs and/or Necrovalley. I still can see Darklords performing well in the KC Cup due to the fact that not everyone will main side deck hate cards. Over the long term I can see Darklords declining - which is totally fine after 3 months of dominating the meta

Invoked Purgatrio gave this deck a nice little push and is working great with the Elementsabers aswell. Elementsaber Molehu is basically another Paleozoic Canadia and can prevent Blackwings from getting their crazy searches off of Black Whirlwind. On top of that Purgatrio can easily OTK a lot of boards, especially if there are low DEF monsters carelessly left on the field. Since Invoked Cocytus is getting played a bit less with less people main decking 3+ Water monsters, the deck is a little more susceptible to cards like Treacherous Trap Hole, Special Hurricane and Needle Ceiling.

Despite all the hate, this deck will stay at Tier 1! Ritual Beasts nearly won MCS and the Japanese players showed a new way to play this deck. Due to a low general population, people won’t be siding for them as much as before and a lot of more good Tournament performances are expected. On top of that in the Bo1 KC Cup format, it can have a very high winrate if played correctly. 40-70 hours of playing Ritual Beasts nonstop won’t be easy but I expect to see them in Top 10 Global.


As expected, Blackwings are Top Tier. They can easily swarm the board, boast powerful synchros, and have access to a Counter Trap that can be activated from hand (most of the time). On top of all that, they’re very consistent, have insane OTK-ability and can shut down several decks with their easy access to Necrovalley and/or Summon Breaker. Not much to say other than it’s Tier 1 and I expect it to have a strong perfomance in the KC Cup.

Ritual Beasts are a very powerful deck going into the KC Cup. The deck can do a whole lot of stuff: generate huge card advantage, bounce multiple monsters, or even OTK with a good enough start. In my opinion, this deck has the best grind game out of any deck out there. However, I’m afraid that it won’t see the play it deserves in the KC Cup due to long games.


As expected, Blackwings impact on the meta has been significant. The deck’s ability to OTK going second is unrivalled at this moment in time, due to having access to Hey, Trunade!. The decks weakness is its turn one as you are very susceptible, if you don’t open any defensive backrow. Right now we are seeing a few different Skills being run with the deck, Harpies’ Hunting Ground grants more flexibility with Black Whirlwind searches, due to the 200 ATK boost it provides. In addition, as we saw from the MCS-winning decklist, running this Skill enables you to play Ancient Fairy Dragon to search your deck for Necrovalley and/or Summon Breaker, two cards that can very easily decide the game if your opponent doesn’t have something like a Cosmic Cyclone to deal with them. You can also run Peak Performance as a more accessible alternative but this also boosts cards like Invoked Cocytus so this isn’t optimal. Sealed Tombs is also seeing some play, although more players are electing to side it. See You Later! is an interesting skill with Blackwings. If you open Whirlwind and either Blackwing - Bora the Spear / Blackwing - Kris the Crack of Dawn, you can use Whirlwind to search for Blackwing - Simoon the Poison Wind, use See You Later! to bounce the monster you summoned back to your hand and then activate Simoon. The Skill can also be useful for playing around Floodgate Trap Hole / Paleozoic Canadia, if they use these on one of your Blackwings that be Special Summoned from hand, bounce it back to your hand and summon it again. Given how quickly this deck can end a duel, I expect this will be the most played deck during the KC Cup.

Invoked has continued to evolve following the release of Invoked Purgatrio. Purgatrio is a very scary card that can easily OTK a number of decks in the meta at present, thanks to his piercing effect. Throw in Concentrating Current and you will see some very cheesy OTKs. However, given the explosiveness of Blackwings at present, some players have cut Current in favour of cards like Floodgate Trap Hole to increase their chances of getting to Turn 3 against Blackwings. As always seems to be the way with this deck, there are a number of variants doing the rounds at present, you’ve got the standard Sorcery Conduit variants still performing well with many players either adding Lava Golem or Jurrac Ptera to give them access to Purgatrio. Tackle Crusader has also seen play in this build as his ability to flip a monster face down when sent to the graveyard can be the difference between getting OTK’d by Blackwings and getting to Turn 3. Elementsaber Invoked has started seeing some play as Elementsaber Molehu’s effect is another way you can disrupt a Blackwing play. Each of the Elementsabers can change their attribute whilst in the GY, giving you the flexibility to choose which invoked fusion monster you need depending on the game state. It is worth noting that whilst having a better Blackwing matchup, this variant does struggle when playing against the standard Sorcery Conduit version. Magician Girl Invoked was my personal favourite prior to the release of Blackwings. However, Berry Magician Girl is a lot less safe than she used to be as Invoked Purgatrio doesn’t care if she switches into DEF position.


Blackwings are likely the deck to beat this KC Cup, as they are new, have high representation, and are a potent OTK deck. All of these factors are ideal for a KC Cup where fast duels and high winrate are valued most.

Ritual Beasts are one of the best decks in the game while not having high representation. There are many parallels to draw here with Spellbooks, as many players will not play the deck as they believe it is too slow, but many of the top spots will likely be comprised of Ritual Beasts, as they are incredibly effective when played optimally.

Tier 2

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Tier 3

TPC Comments:


Amano-Iwato with Duel, standby! turned out to be a great counter to the current meta. Both the Invoked and Counter Trap versions are great vs different decks in the meta. The counter trap version with Rebirth of Parshath and Divine Wrath is a hard counter to Darklords and Invoked decka as they rely on monster effects. The heavy Floodgate Trap Hole version has gaind a recent boost to its popularity as it is stronger at interrupting the much-hyped Blackwings. With access to cards like World Legacy Clash and Concentrating Current, even 1-2 Amano-Iwato can be enough to OTK since a lot of decks are playing cards with LP Costs.

Crystrons are back! Due to a strong performance in the MCS and new ways to play this deck with That Grass Looks Greener, Crystrons are expected to Top more often. This complex deck has a lot of Synchro options can do very well in the KC Cup if a player can find an optimal build to counter big parts of the metagame. On top of that hard counter cards like System Down should be see less overall play both in Side Decks and the KC Cup.


The current meta consists of primarily monster effects right now - so being able to shut them all down with Amano-Iwato is huge. The Counter Trap version can help you clear any other threats so the outs to a Turn 1 amano with backrow are limited. But as previously mentioned, the deck heavily relies on Amano, so not being able to consistently put it in the field Turn 1 lowers its chances of success. And if going 2nd your Amano is suspectible to backrow and you can’t do much about it. All in all I think it s a decent deck for the KC Cup since its a Bo1 format.


Many people are unfamiliar with how the deck works, but Crystrons in fact have a reliable matchup against some of the top decks. A weakness to Darklords held them back, but now that Darklords are not the best deck it is very possible that they can thrive against Blackwings and Invoked.


TPC Comments:


Fortune Ladies are out! Due to an evolving metagame Fortune Ladies turned out to be too slow to remain competitive. Amano, Blackwings, and Elementsaber Invoked have a lot of ways to interrupt the summon of Fortune Lady Every in addition to their lingering consistency problems. I can imagine individual players doing well with Fortune Ladies in the KC Cup but the overall strength doesn’t justify a Tiered position for the moment. We eagerly await the next Dark Signer Carly Carmine Event to bring future support and make the Fortune Ladies great again!

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Tier List update written by Jadehex.

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