Desperado has evolved into a Counter Trap build. They’re also an agressive deck that can easily out anything. Strong enough to beat everything. The counters raised the pressure factor that the deck already had, the fear of negating your stuff or Desperado-ing your monsters if you attack is high.
Competitive events continue to prove that Darklord is a prevalent force amongst the meta. The deck boasts immense power alongside a relatively flexible engine that allow it to prevail in a competitive environment. Strong performances from Darklord at a high level are expected to continue.
The KC Cup shed light upon a new way of playing Desperado. Using many counter traps to facilitate using Rebirth of Parshath was a trend that people picked up on very quickly. Counter Trap Desperado is a menace to be reckoned with, most especially when it takes the first move. Darklord found this matchup to be a very challenging adversary.
Darklords have established their position as the best deck. Their engine is just insanely powerful and once they get going, they can easily overwhelm almost any deck.
Thanks to the new Desperado build with maindecked Counter Traps they can just completely stop you from playing if they go first and negate Darklord Desire, making this a pretty challenging match-up for Darklords.
Fortune Lady has proven to be a extremely hard deck to play against, They just takes the control of the whole board with a wall of Fortune Lady Every + backrow like Drowning Mirror Force, Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror or The Regulation of Tribe, cards that completely shut down the opponent’s game.
Fortune Lady continues to prove its relevance in the competitive scene. It ended up winning the KC Cup alongside having many competitors use the deck to great success. Fortune Lady Every is a titan of a Synchro - equipped with devastating non-removal and self-recursive abilities. When paired with strong backrow the deck is a terrifying force to be reckoned with.
Returning to Tier 2 status, Six Samurai are a strong deck at the moment. In regards to deck building trends, many Six Samurai players are using Beatdown as their skill of choice. In doing so, Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En is then able to meet relevant thresholds.
Fortune Ladies did very well this KC Cup, even winning the whole event. Fortune Lady Every is a very oppressive monster and thanks to the Draw Power Fortune Lady Water provides you can see your strong backrow and floodgates quicker.
With the addition of Beatdown and sometimes even Powerful Rebirth (to boost your levels up) Six Sams can be a relatively annoying match up for Darklords. Playing around their backrow can be difficult and they also have a Pot of Greed-like card with Six Samurai United.
Subterror makes a re-appearance due to more people experimenting with variants of the deck. There are two main builds being acknowledged - one of these versions is a Darklord build utilising a single copy of Subterror Nemesis Warrior alongside Reinforcements; the way this operates is by paying LP with Darklord Ixchel and Darklord Nasten to trigger the Reinforcements to pull Nemesis Warrior from the deck. The other Subterror variant is a Ties of the Brethren deck using various Level 4 EARTH Warrior monsters such as Justice Bringer and Exiled Force to work in unison with the powerful starter card. Some might remember this concept from May - it wasn’t widely used then but now there are less ways of interrupting Ties in the meta and resolving the card is slightly stronger than it was in that format. The lack of Masked Tribute compared to now is also a reason. People have moved away from the Neos Fusion package in Subterror due to Elemental HERO Brave Neos not being as strong of a card to warrant playing the bricks and using up tech space. To compare these two Subterror variants (Darklord and Ties), the Darklord build is weaker to pure Darklord itself (compared to Ties) due to it being vulnerable to being overwhelmed without a strong Subterror Final Battle setup. On the other hand, the Ties build is stronger against Pure Darklord but weaker against rogue/lower tier decks than the Darklord build (like Triamid for example). Good showings for both Subterror variants have been achieved so far (including a tournament win for the Ties build) and it will be interesting to see if it can follow up these positive results with even more in the upcoming week.
A solid deck in the meta, Triamid is able to perform well in competitive environments. With Desperado moving away from Paleozoic Canadia, Floodgate Trap Hole and Cosmic Cyclone the matchup is very much so in the favour of Triamid. In addition, Triamids are able to compete against Darklords
Ancient Gear doesn’t have too much going for it currently. Its Darklord matchup isn’t good and there are better decks to counter Desperado with. The deck doesn’t easily eat away at many other meta contenders either. Because of this, Ancient Gear is in an awkward spot right now and demotion seems to be appropriate.
Ancient Gears just lose to Darklords way too hard. If you want to beat Desperado, there are way better options.
Neos decks just aren’t consistent enough to keep their Tier List status.
Tier List update written by Jadehex.