Top Player Council Thoughts
This week many events in the community have begun testing side-decks again, so this Tier List update will be centered around the 5-card side format (instead of the 2-deck format). In addition to the many anytime tournaments held throughout this week, we also had the qtp-TUS Invitational wherein Fur Hires continued their dominance of the side-deck format and Amazoness showed its first signs of struggling to keep up.
In the side-deck format, the two most consistent, powerful, and versatile decks have remained above all others. Fur Hires can explode into The Tie that Binds-fueled OTKs or sit on Wiz, Sage Fur Hire, while Vampires can easily swarm and search out most of their deck at will.
With side deck format only having been played for about a week now, it seems Fur Hire are the dominant Tier 1 deck. Being able to side deck Jinzo, Cosmic Cyclones (that aren’t already mained), Skull Meister, etc., is beyond powerful. I’d hate to be the Vampire player staring down a defense position Wiz backed by a possible Cosmic Cyclone/Treacherous Trap Hole set, not to mention a Skull Meister in hand.
Vampires, in a side decking format still contend well, and will just need to adapt it’s side/main deck to accommodate for the tough Fur matchup.
These decks continue to thrive in the meta and prove to be the two most dominant decks. Fur Hires and Vampires both have very strong turn 1 plays and are both consistent, Vampires just being slightly more consistent. Wiz negation + access to Donpa/ECon, or both, is still very hard to deal with.
Fur Hires, being the newest addition to the Tier 1 decks in the recent weeks, continue to prove their relevance in the metagame. Fur Hires are no longer the “brainless” sacky deck it once was - it now plays out many of its games in a slow, controlled fashion. The side deck has also not proved to be a massive threat to Fur Hire’s tournament performance.
As we’ve seen in the “old days,” Fur Hires are completely dominant in side deck format. Vampires remain in Tier 1 for now due to strong consistency and outs to many situations. However, don’t be surprised to see them drop down in the future due to the fact that there are many unavoidable side deck cards that can completely shut them down.
In side deck tournaments these are the two strongest decks because they can adapt more easily. They can use Jinzo against Amazoness (mainly Vampires that can summon it easily), although at the same time Skull Meister has been the best side card vs Vampires. Fur Hire still has one of the strongest cards in the meta game… Wiz. Its negation effect makes several side cards less effective, protecting it in the side-deck format. And Vampires have their great spam of monsters + Cyber Style and can run almost any tribute monster you want, such as Jinzo, Black Luster Soldier - Sacred Soldier, and Zaborg the Thunder Monarch.
Amazoness has been demoted to Tier 2 following a relatively rough week in the side-deck format. Between side-deck cards like Jinzo (and additional copies of Cosmic Cyclone or Galaxy Cyclone) and the return of Fur Hires, Amazoness had a lot of difficulty performing at a Tier 1 level.
Amazoness has fallen a bit with the transition to the side deck format. The big two banes of their existence, cards like Jinzo and Warrior Elimination are devastating when played. With Fur Hire already having a decent toe-to-toe matchup with Amazoness, having other backrow-hate sided against them is hell for them.
Slowly losing its strength and spot in the meta, especially as we shift more towards side decking. Jinzo and Warrior Elimination will give this deck an extremely difficult time and could potentially send the deck packing for good.
Amazoness demoted to Tier 2. One strength of Amazoness was their versatility and flexibility in their main deck. With side deck being implemented it gives other decks a chance to catch up and Amazoness become less appealing with fewer outs to a variety of situations than the other decks have.
Amazoness loses a lot of strength with side deck, but could catch on later when people side harder for Fur Hire while dropping Jinzo.
Masked Heroes and U.A. have remained in Tier 3, able to keep up in the side-deck format but unable to excel.
Ultra Athletes are in a weird spot. Warrior Elimination does hurt, but with the combination of Amazoness falling off a bit and people still not taking U.A. seriously (until they get dunked on), U.A. will still thrive in this meta. It’s been built a little differently too to create more consistency overall. The deck provides results, regardless of what the haters say. Heroes are in the same spot but still take a back seat to Fur Hire like they always did (thanks Big Booty Wizzy), and Amazoness still isn’t a great matchup. However they destroy Vampires more often than not so they have a place.
U.A. and Heroes still have some relevance in this meta as they continue to be strong rogue decks that should never be forgotten when deck building. Although they perform slightly better in 2-deck format, these decks don’t have huge targets on them so they could potentially still do some damage in the meta.
Although they’re becoming an increasingly less popular option as the other meta decks continue to powercreep this old tried-but-true deck out of existence, Heroes remain a solid somewhat “rogue” pick and gain a bit of a versatility boost in side deck format as they adjust to each major matchup to boost their strength of quick OTKs.
With the addition of the new EX Structure Deck, Blue-Eyes and Hieratic decks have been added to High Potential.
Blue-Eyes decks have begun to centralize on using A Trick up the Sleeve with Cosmo Brain for better turn 1 consistency, while Azure-Eyes Silver Dragon remains a great turn 1 play. The best new support for Blue-Eyes in this deck is Dragon Spirit of White which can be revived by Azure-Eyes, Silver’s Cry, Birthright, and even Paladin of Felgrand for crucial backrow removal multiple times per turn.
Hieratics have been scattered into previous releases but now have two great monsters in Hieratic Dragon of Nebthet and Hieratic Dragon of Su. These monsters can swarm and OTK if uninterrupted, but have struggled to find a good turn 1 play (outside of pulling Galaxy Serpent and making Stardust Dragon, which is not all that strong) and lose harder to Treacherous Trap Hole than almost any other deck.
Let’s give both these decks a week to see what they can do. BEWD is particularly interesting but my worry is the deck will have the same issues it had pre-structure deck of suffering from a linear strategy of only mostly being able to spit out beaters. When the deck gets going though it can be an issue for Fur Hires to effectively deal with and that’s interesting enough for at least High Potential for now.
Spellbooks have been removed from the Tier List.
Spellbooks I think have fallen off completely to the point where they don’t deserve a spot on the Tier List any longer. Zero made it to the top 16 of the most recent MCS, and they haven’t been doing well if played at all in side deck format. Sealed Tombs is still everywhere as well thanks to Vampires being dominant, so this is a set-in-stone setback for now.
Spellbooks demoted finally. This deck has all but completely disappeared from tournaments and simply lacks the versatility and consistency to compete with the rest of the meta. The deck lives and dies on opening with Silent Magician and even that’s just not enough anymore.
This deck will be removed because of several factors … inconsistency, popularity of Amazoness and Sealed Tombs, and failing to adapt effectively.
This week we have the Meta Weekly on 10/17 at 7pm 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.