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Tier List Update

Herbel

During the past week the meta started to settle down, so we have a better picture of the format. Right now the meta is dominated by the Machine decks (Karakuri and Crystrons), and by the different versions of Shiranui. Most of these decks heavily reliant on their grave effects, so Necrovalley can be a key counter card for the upcoming weeks.

Tier 1


TPC Comments

ChuChuMTFKR

Not much has changed regarding Karakuri: the deck still makes a very oppresive Turn board and still can OTK going second. Players are starting to use Karakuri Cash Shed to negate powerful board wipes like System Down and Needle Ceiling, making the deck a bit less vulnerable to such powerful cards.

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More and more people are starting to pick up on how strong Combo Shiranui actually is. The deck can be very explosive early and also have an out to almost any situation, whilst also preventing or at least slowing down the opponent’s combos with Sealing Ceremony of Katon and Shiranui Spiritmaster. Katon is especially strong against graveyard heavy reliant decks like Control Shiranui and Crystrons. Combo Shiranui itself isn’t damaged by Karon as much because most of them run 2 Shiranui Spectralsword Shade to recover banished resources. And non-targeting monster banishing in Shiranui Samurai hurts Witchcrafter (because Witchcrafter Madame Verre can never successfully negate the banish effect) and Invoked decks who try to sit on Invoked Cocytus. The biggest struggle this deck faces are the fast decks, like Blackwings and HEROs, that can end the duel in 1 turn. That’s why some players started maining Needle Ceiling, which completely ruins their board after they try to swarm it. This deck will continue to rise in popularity as more and more players figure out how to properly play it.

zenzoh

The combo version of Shiranui was promoted to Tier 1 last week and stays Tier 1 for good reasons. After its strong showing in the MCS, more players have started preferring this version over the backrow-reliant one with a lot more success in Top Cuts. Although the latest banlist removed its biggest blowout card That Grass Looks Greener, it still makes similar plays to the old 30-card version by using Sealing Ceremony of Katon and Ghost Meets Girl - A Shiranui’s Story to gain graveyard resources while also setting up boards to easily disrupt plays during their opponent’s turn. However, whenever graveyard-based decks become more popular, techs like Necrovalley and Sealed Tombs will rise in popularity.

Tier 2


TPC Comments

Drizzels

During the second week of the post-banlist meta, things got a bit more clear, especially in Side Deck events. People are now well-prepared for any type of Machine deck and 3 System Down is a staple in everyone’s Side Deck. Due to that and the surprise factor of reappearing being gone Crystrons got demoted to Tier 2 as people are ready for them now.

For the moment, Witchcrafters are keeping their Tier 2 position, even though their results have been terrible latly. We are still waiting on the optimized Witchcrafter list, perhaps the implementation of the Skill changes to {!Show of Nightmare} will do something for that. Don’t be suprised if this deck gets demoted in the future if the results stay this terrible.

gift

Crystrons have moved down to Tier 2, not necessarily a fault due to the power of the deck, but due to it’s vulnerabilities in side deck format. In a format where one of the Tier 1 decks is another Machine deck in Karakuri, it makes a lot of sense for players to side many copies of System Down. This is absolutely devastating for Crystrons and it is not easy to recover from with the semi-limits on Crystron Impact and Crystron Rion. In addition, this week saw a rise in Necrovalley in tje side deck, which further hurts Crystrons. Nonetheless, the deck has a very solid matchup spread and is probably Tier 1 in a KC Cup Tier List.

In regards to builds, the Sea Stealth Attack list remains partly the same and there hasn’t been many changes. However, recently, the Level Duplication build has been gaining some steam. This build forgoes Sea Stealth Attack for more tech room, which can be additional backrow hate or techs like Fiendish Chain.Level Duplication also allows for some interesting Synchro plays. Changing your monster’s level can allow several plays such as making Crystron Quariongandrax without Crystron Rion and surprising your opponent with a Black Rose Dragon they may not be suspecting at that moment.

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Witchcrafter is still Tier 2 for good reason. They lost their blowout cards with the latest banlist but they are still very strong in the meta. Being able to negate opponent’s cards makes them probably one of the best going first deck in the game right now. People have found more optimized lists but there is still a lot to be experimented with. For example, Psychic Wheeleder with {!Cosmic Enlightment} is something that has worked out in testing and also needs to be tested out in tournaments. All-in-all, it deserves the Tier 2 spot and it will be exciting how this deck will influence the meta in the upcoming weeks.

zenzoh

Blackwings remain Tier 2 due to being a consistent OTK deck. While the deck is overshadowed by Karakuri, it still is one of the few OTK based decks which has searchable access to Necrovalley with Ancient Fairy Dragon. However, the loss of Blackbird Close makes their Turn 1 even weaker than it already was due to the opponent not having to play around the Counter Trap anymore.

Tier 3


TPC Comments

Dantekk

While Control Shiranui has a small core and Traps for every situation, it needs to open at least 2 of them going first in order to be able to win. Combo Shiranui may be more oppressive with cards like Shiranui Samurai and Sealing Ceremony of Katon but it suffers from the same problem, multiple lackluster opening hands. Combo Shiranui has proven to be the stronger variant of the deck, but Control Shiranui is still incredibly versatile and continues to be a safer choice in a tournament environment.

Drizzels

HEROs get promoted to Tier 3 due to their ability to counter multiple decks effectively at the moment. Destiny HERO - Plasma is a huge threat to multiple decks. As far as Skills go, Sealed Tombs is gaining popularity to counter Shiranui and Crystron with the side deck option using Bring it! for easier access to Plasma.

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After being off the Tier List for a few weeks, HEROs find themselves back at Tier 3. The deck might have the strongest Turn 2 in the current meta, even better than Blackwings due the sheer amount of dodging options in cards like Mask Change and Vision HERO Increase which helps you safely make your initial plays and even get rid of the opponent’s backrow with Elemental HERO Stratos. With a proper opening, this deck can OTK through pretty much any board, especially with their easy access to Destiny HERO - Plasma through Bring it!. Plasma is one of the best boss monsters in the current monster effect-heavy meta, and helps HEROs deal with its tougher matchups - Witchcrafter and Crystrons. Plasma also helps deal with a pesky Spiritual Beast Tamer Winda set, since Ritual Beasts are also an unfavorable matchup for HEROs. However, this deck does really well against both versions of Shiranui, which is the archtype that has been seeing most representation post-banlist. Going first has always been a struggle for HEROs, but aside from Blackwings there is no deck that can consistently kill you through your wall of monsters you set up Turn 1. All-in-all, a good Shiranui Matchup combined with winnable matchups across the board (especially with Side Deck) has prompted people to pick up HEROs again, and the deck has answered in representation with good performances in both Tournaments and Clan Wars.

Off the Tier List


TPC Comments

Drizzels

This week sees the demotion of Invoked Magician Girls, who couldn’t keep up with the pace of the meta. The Invoked engine is still good and effective to counter decks like Blackwings, but current iterations of the deck are not strong enough overall.

Herbel

We are still looking for a viable Invoked variant, Invoked Magician Girls lack the overall power to compete with the current meta. Perhaps the Invoked deck everyone looking for can be Invoked Roids, but we need more players to compete with the deck at higher levels to justify its place in the metagame.


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Tier List update written by Jadehex.

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