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KC Cup Tier List Update - September 4

Tier 1

Tier 2

Tier 3

  • None

High Potential

  • None

Removed

  • Mermails

Top Player Council Thoughts

With the KC Cup approaching, the TPC have evaluated the current meta and have decided on which deck will perform best. The recent MCS XI was dominated by Amazoness and Vampires and for the fist time since their release, Fur Hires were mostly absent.


Tier 1

After a stellar showing in MCS XI, Vampires have taken the spot of Fur Hires in tier 1 making Vampires and Amazoness the current tier 1 decks. The most defining feature of these decks are their potent starter cards; when amazoness players open Amazoness Princess their hand is off to a great start, and when vampire players open Gozuki or Samurai Skull and a “vampire” card they can set up a board and plan out follow up plays.

TPC Comments:

ShinySopheon: Amazoness is the best deck right now, and I don’t think many would argue against that. Their main problem in this format I feel is their speed, especially in the mirror. They will also most likely be heavily teched against/countered. That being said, I think Amazoness are still a very solid pick for the KC Cup. Vampires are a lot like REZ in the sense that they are consistent and don’t have any real hard losing matchups. They also don’t have any matchups they outright win, but they relatively fast and don’t brick often. Expect to see a lot of Vampires on the ladder.

kwrowe: Vampires - Suit KC style play - fast play combo deck that can create lots of OTK openings. Watch out for Hey, trunade!, as the best builds will all be playing this. The skill will probably be Cyber Style unless the mirror becomes popular, in which case people may swap. No real bad match ups is a plus for this deck.
Amazoness - Good consistent deck with not many “bad” hands. Will suffer if stall and Vampies sacking is common. But, probably the best deck if you’re in for a grindy weekend.

Yehhey All strong and consistent decks that can go off with 1 or 2 cards. Amazoness only needs Amazoness Princess and usually doesn’t care about the coin toss. Vampires simply need Gozuki and any Vampire to setup Vampire Takeover and have a decent field that often can’t be OTKed. In addition they have the power of Enemy Controller which very few decks still have access to.


Tier 2

This time around, Top Player Council has found that quite a few decks fit the definition of tier 2. Fur Hires have been moved down to tier 2 as their foray with Sea Stealth Attack has not proven to be as potent as previously purported. The decrease in consistency combined with the increased use of Cosmic Cyclone has resulted in many fur hire players to switch back to The Ties that Bind or drop the deck altogether. U.A. have been moved to tier 2 from high potential due to their explosive turns and solid matchups against the tier 1 decks. The deck’s main weakness is the consistency, so whether U.A. moves up or down may be contingent on how the deck hands these hurdles. Heroes have been moved up a tier from tier 3 for a number of reasons, but most namely their aggressive nature is well suited for KC Cup formats. Fast wins and losses are not to be disregarded, and they are one of few decks that have a strong matchup against Vampires. Spellbooks have remained in tier 2 as they are a strong deck with good matchups, but can be countered by certain tech cards. The release of Drowning Mirror Force poses a threat to spellbooks in the event they ever become too popular, and the use of Paleozoic Canadia can shut off many Spellbook options in the early game.

TPC Comment:

ShinySopheon: Spellbooks and UAs are great “counter” decks in my opinion, and might be used based on the current meta of the ladder. Both also struggle with bricking problems however, so if consistency is the focus they might not be the best picks. As much as I don’t like Heroes, I think they are great for this type of format due to their speed and ability to invalidate some boards with cards like Hey, trunade!.

Yehhey: I consider U.A. and Masked less consistent than the tier 1 decks, but they can be more powerful than them with the right hands and favorable coin toss. SB is consistent but not as explosive, especially without drawing Silent Magician. Some of these decks have very good matchups vs the Tier 1 decks, like U.A. vs Amazons, Masked Heroes vs. Vampires, and SB vs Fur.


Tier 3

Presently, no deck fits into the confines of tier 3; all meta relevant decks are of comparable strength.


High Potential

Presently, no deck fits into the confines of High Potential.


Demoted

Mermails have not shown to be consistent enough to thrive in the current format. With more support, Mermails could find their place on the Tier List.

TPC Comment:

Mr. Cellophane: Mermails suck


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Tier List update written by Negative1.

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