Top Player Council Thoughts
With the conclusion of MCS XII we’ve had some minor adjustments to the Tier List.
Amazoness and Vampires have remained in Tier 1, now joined by Fur Hires who have re-established themselves as a strong Tier 1 deck.
Vampires are the most consistent deck in Duel Links; the only real counter is Sealed Tombs. Having constant access to removal allows them to push for OTKs or play a grind game. Furs still have access to Wiz, Sage Fur Hire, the best negater in the game. Wiz allows Furs to play at their own pace, either stalling or pushing for an early OTK. Amazoness is still the best control deck; Amazoness Princess + set 3 is almost a guaranteed win unless the opponent has Hey, Trunade!.
Fur Hires are still very solid and have a really strong impact on the current meta. I did have a hunch that it’d win this MCS, and it did along with loads of other tops as well. The deck still has everything: Wiz negate, Dyna, Hero Fur Hire, Donpa, Marksman Fur Hire, Enemy Controller, Treacherous Trap Hole, etc. With the deck being optimized, it rightfully deserves its Tier 1 status.
Vampires and Amazoness are without a doubt still the most dominant decks, both in play and in tournament showings. Fur Hire takes its spot back at Tier 1 as well due to Big Booty Judy, aka Wiz. Being able to sit on a board of her backed by fodder in hand to negate while waiting on the pieces to make a massive push is the new strategy. Not fun to play against at all. Backed by Cosmic Cyclone and the most treacherous of trap holes in the game, the deck deserves to be back where it started. Tier 1.
Amazoness and Vampires continue to dominant the meta and competitive scene. Vampires consistency, explosiveness, and their good turn 1 play still prove to be nearly unstoppable. Amazoness leaning more towards Endless Trap Hell lately has improved their Fur Hire match up as well as the popular mirror, all while still having a pretty good Vampire match up with the proper set up. Fur Hires have for sure proven to be stronger in the recent weeks and the addition of Cosmic Cyclone in most builds to deal with Amazoness Onslaught as well as Vampire Kingdom. Enemy Controller in some builds has also greatly improved their Vampire match up. A 2800 Wiz in defense plus the ability to negate is still a huge issue for most decks in our current meta.
Prior to the MCS, Vampires and Amazoness were the main 2 contenders. From the MCS 12 results, it is evident that Vampires and Amazoness are able to uphold their top tier statuses despite them being the main targets of deck building.
Fur Hire dominated the 40th Meta Weekly due to surprise factor. The Meta Weekly results influenced people’s opinions going on Fur Hire into the MCS; the MCS 12 results show that they are a top contender in the current meta.
Amazoness and Vampires remain Tier 1 as usual. Newly added to the list however are Fur Hires. As the cards and decks that counter Furs, such as Forbidden Chalice and Spellbooks, make their way further out of popularity, less and less obstacles remain in the meta to stop Fur Hires from brute-forcing their way into tournament tops with their effect-based destruction and brick wall boss monsters.
With Fur Hires being moved up and Masked Heroes getting demoted, Tier 2 has been left empty. This emphasizes the large gap in power between the Tier 1 decks and the Tier 3 decks.
Spellbooks and U.A. have remained in Tier 3. Masked Heroes have been demoted to Tier 3 following a relatively poor performance in the MCS.
Spellbooks when established can hurt a lot of decks in the meta but rely on Silent Magician, and can be hurt by the swarming of the top decks. Heroes lack of consistency and turn 1 play put a damper on their success. Heroes still possess one of the most potent OTKs in the game and should never be taken lightly.
U.A. remain as a solid contender for being a deck you expect to see in the top cut of a tournament here and there. Due to having noticeably less consistency than the other higher-tier decks because of such a heavy reliance on U.A. Midfielder, this deck seems to lack the fundamentals to ever make it to Tier 1 or 2 and will likely struggle in longer tournaments over more rounds.
Spellbooks are very much so a deck that either “goes big” or “goes home”, meaning that without Silent Magician the deck struggles to contend with the top of the meta. This issue is what restrains the deck from being any higher than Tier 3.
Spellbooks are still a very strong deck, however the dependency on opening Silent Magician makes this deck lackluster. Amazoness and Vampires, especially those running Sealed Tombs, give this deck a really difficult time. With Fur Hires on the rise, Sealed Tombs could begin to be played significantly less which is very good for this deck. As Fur Hires become more popular, Books will for sure become stronger but as for now this deck is still on the decline.
Heroes have for sure fallen off. Once seen as an excellent Vampire counter, keeping it relevant, its consistency issues are still holding it back. It is really combo dependent on usually having monster + backrow removal + Mask Change otherwise “scoop” (surrender). Additionally, if Fur Hire continue to thrive in the meta, it’s bad news for Heroes as Wiz negates have always been trouble for the deck.
Heroes are a glass cannon. Either you OTK or brick; there is little in between.
U.A. performed extremely well in the MCS, but the high number of Amazoness decks surely accounted for that. Consistency is still a problem for the deck, and their only advantageous match up is Amazoness.
Spellbooks are still an extremely strong rogue deck I’d expect to see in tournaments.
Undine SSA has been removed from High Potential after a week of doing very little, including low representation in the MCS. While the deck does seem to be adept at putting out a Citadel Whale, losing your win condition to a single Cosmic Cyclone has left the deck off the Tier List.
This week we have the Meta Weekly on 10/9 at 2:30pm EST and other community events throughout the week. Expect the results of these events to have a strong influence on the tier list.
Tier List update written by superforms.