As expected Darklords continue to dominate the meta. Now with the help of KaibaCorp Bling the deck can recycle Banishment of the Darklords every turn, giving them easy access to The Sanctified Darklord which maintains their oppressive boards.
Many players are transitioning to running KaibaCorp Bling if they have access to a glossy Banishment of the Darklords. Darklords are able to easily trigger the 2000 LP requirement to trigger the skill and loop Banishment by shuffling it back into the deck with Darklord effects.
Darklords found the optimal post-banlist decklist thanks to Negative1. Being able to draw Banishment of the Darklords every turn is hard to keep up with for any deck. In my opinion, KaibaCorp Bling Darklords are Tier 0.5 while normal Darklords are Tier 1.
There is a new way to play Darklords with KaibaCorp Bling and at least one Glossy / Prismatic Banishment of the Darklords. The good thing about it is that it can be activated many times as you want unlike Destiny Draw which can only once per duel. While there are some downsides as well the build seems good enough to keep Darklords on top as the best deck.
Darklords now seem even further ahead due to nerf of viable attack boosting skills. The opportunity for KaibaCorp Bling to be abused for Darklords has always been there, but with the explosiveness of Beatdown saw the majority of play. Now with the nerf the viability and abuse of KC Bling has gone thru the roof. Continually being able to recycle the one or two copies of Banishment of the Darklords with the shuffle effect is the perfect combo to truly abuse KC Bling like never before.
Versatile and easily adaptable, Invoked is one of the strongest decks in the meta right now. The deck has a small and powerful engine which leads to having a lot of tech space for strong defensive cards.
Invoked has shown time and time again that it’s extremely flexible, since its main engine can loop and splash with any monsters associated with Water or Earth. Invoked Cocytus with Concentrating Current still makes people second-guess leaving monsters with 2700 or less ATK in Attack position in fear of an OTK, but as more people experiment and tech around the meta, Focus has shifted from Cocytus to Invoked Magellanica. Synergy with Retaliating “C”, Hyper Hammerhead, and Scrap Goblin for Earth gives Magellanica more opportunities to see play. Especially noteworthy is Magellanica hitting 4000 ATK with an Aleister the Invoker pump, since a Normal Summoned Aleister + Goblin to make Black Rose Dragon can open up that doorway for Magellanica. Overall, Invoked’s constant evolution and experimentation pressures opponents to be ready for the worst or be easily overwhelmed, and in recognition we have promoted Invoked to Tier 2 at this time.
Invoked has been performing well this past week. We have seen different iterations of the deck, some running Scrap Goblin to give the deck access to Black Rose Dragon, Fortune Lady Every and Samurai Destroyer, while others runRetaliating “C” to function more as an anti-meta choice.
Cards like Scrap Goblin, Retaliating “C” and Hyper Hammerhead combined with Sorcery Conduit have made Invoked much better by providing outs to the current meta decks, unlike the Magician Girl engine which tried to quickly draw into tech cards.
Invoked has seen a massive surge in play due to its ease of play, powerful Fusion Monsters, strong backrow, and extreme “tech-ability”. The deck has many different styles of play all with different strengths and weakness. The Invoked engine seems to have taken the Neos Fusion mantle of “put this shit in anything”.
The addition of Ritual beasts doesn’t do Fortune Ladies any favours. They can simply setup a play to summon Spiritual Beast Pettlephin and bounce Fortune Lady Every to the extra deck. Given this and the decks consistency issues, demotion to Tier 3 felt appropriate
Fortune Ladies take a tumble down to Tier 3 due to the deck’s unfortunate lack of searchability outside of Fortune Vision causing the deck to struggle with its consistency. Although it lacks consistency when compared to other Top Decks, it continues to be a powerful deck once it gets rolling as Fortune Lady Every continues to be a force to be reckoned with.
Crystrons are now lot more consistent and have a lot of tools at its disposal to deal with opponent’s threats. However, the deck struggles against Darklords so it will be hard for ’em to find their way on the Tier List.
Ritual Beasts are a very powerfull deck where its main strengths are searchability and grinding out games. The deck can easily outresource opponents throughout the duel as it gains control, eventually drawing its tech cards to close out the game. Lots of strong components will place this deck high up into the Tier List.
Ritual Beasts are a “big brain” deck. This deck caused the most debate amongst us TPC members. Given this, the deck has remained at High Potential for another week to see how it performs in tourneys, now that players are starting to factor Ritual Beasts into there side decks.
Crystron Impact and Crystron Thystvern, along with Samurai Destroyer, have injected new life into Crystrons. Skill options like Transcendent Crystals with Crystal Beast Emerald Tortoise and Mythic Depths with Citadel Whale + Sea Stealth Attack bolster the deck’s gameplan in various ways. With the former, Crystron can set off various grave effects without the need of Crystron Sulfefnir, Scrap Recycler, or Genex Undine to dump. With the latter, the deck has an extra layer of protection and an additional card to help Synchro Summon. The nuisance of Invoked Cocytus feeding off the Crystron grave is ameliorated by Impact being able to not only pull back a banished Crystron, but wipe out Cocytus’s DEF in the process. Fortune Lady is pressed to stop the summon of Crystron Quariongandrax, but even outside of that, Samurai Destroyer and White Aura Dolphin getting the chance to run over an ATK position Fortune Lady for a ton of damage. Darklords are the main deck keeping Crystrons down, and while Crystron can have potential set-ups to win the matchup, it’s neither favorable nor consistent enough at the moment. With these considerations in mind, we have decided to keep Crystron in High Potential for now.
Ritual Beasts are a deck with a rocky start but a very formidable mid-game once it gets going. Spiritual Beast Pettlephin can punish fields with up to 2 bounces per turn, which is devastating for decks that rely on targetable Extra Deck bosses like Fortune Lady Every and Elemental HERO Brave Neos. Negating Pettlephin with The Sanctified Darklord nets 0 LP gain, which puts pressure on LP and maintained field presence. With Destiny Hero - Plasma, Ritual Beasts have a way around Invoked Cocytus and large Darklord bodies, especially in the latter case where Darklords leave Sanctified in the Graveyard for fear of Cosmic Cyclone. In such instances, Darklords need to have their own Cosmic Cyclone or Wall of Disruption to weaken Plasma before it uses the boost to run over another Darklord monster. Time will tell how Ritual Beasts do once players start building with them in mind, as options like Poisonous Winds in the Side Deck for example can be devastating, but for the time being we have elected to keep them in High Potential for further scrutiny. That being said, they can expect a strong tier placing if they continue to see strong performance.
Crystrons continue to build and adapt its play style with various builds. With the addition of Crystron Impact and Crystron Thystvern the deck has seen a nice surge to its already good consistency. The deck’s main weakness seems to be Darklords who have had a stranglehold on the meta for a while now and may hurt the deck’s chances of finding a place on the Tier List.
Ritual Beasts are another deck that exploded onto the scene with powerful searching ability and ability to play through the standard backrow of the meta easily. The addition of Destiny HERO - Plasma has given the deck once thought to be dead due to the Beatdown nerf has given the deck a bright future. Invoked Cocytus, once thought as the decks primary reason for not being able to compete, has now become an easier matchup due to the deck’s ability to summon Plasma and fight backrow, with Cosmic Cyclone to trigger Draw Sense: High-Level / Bring it!. Expect this deck to rise in the Tier List rankings possibly making a push for a Top Tier spot if left unchecked by the Side Deck format.
Neos struggles to find its way in the current meta as Elemental HERO Brave Neos simply isn’t enough for the deck. The rest of the meta can easily deal with it consistently or even prevent it from coming out at all.
Neos has dropped out the meta following the semi limit of Neos Fusion. Losing access to the semi-limited staples has left the deck feeling underwhelming.
Neos is essentially a weaker version of Pure Invoked. Losing access to World Legacy Clash and Beatdown just hurt this deck too much.
It seems like Magnetic Field was not strong enough to bring Magnets back. It can help them vs Invoked and Fortune Lady, but the Darklord match-up remains unfavored.
Yosenjus are a decent backrow strategy that can overwhelm their opponent if they get going, however there are stronger options in this meta.
Tier List update written by Jadehex.