Hey everyone! Shaunewbiez here. I'd like to apologize for the lack of posts, and just to let you know that we definitely have not quit or thought of quitting at all. Just really busy with prelims and all.
First off, I'd like to address the current situation of TG Agent Angels, which has been dominating the meta ever since this format, which officially begins today. It has been really annoying, and is currently the new tier 0 deck, having people telling me it's so autopilot to the point it isn't funny.
Anyway, I officially made it to the SG Showdown happening on the 10th and 11th of September at Bishan from getting 3rd/4th at a qualifier on 28th August.
Anyway, thoughts on the new banlist?
I'm happy Heavy Storm is back, as players who are so used to summoning a monster, set 5 and ending their turn with no fear are going to suffer, and I mean badly. Trunade being gone as well is good IMO, as you won't just get back your previously set fakes along with clearing your opponents field of threats, therefore forcing you to set cards conservatively.
Having 3 MSTs is good IMO as well, as people won't be maining 3 Starlight Roads just because of Heavy Storm, making deck-building this format more challenging, which I love.
And saving the best for last, Black Luster Soldier. Contrary to popular belief, I am actually excited and glad this card came back after 6 whole years since the Chaos Era. Old players will now have familiar memories and playstyles, while newer players will have a taste of what Yu-Gi-Oh is all about - control, trolling and to some extent, WTF moments, instead of swarming for an OTK. In addition to that, it actually makes the game furthermore challenging and I approve of that.
As for the rest of the banlist, nothing else was too shocking or worth mentioning as we all saw them coming, such as limiting the old man Shien, the infamous Formula Synchron and Hyper Librarian Pot of Greed tag team combo, and Pot of Greed-like Pot of Avarice.
However, I am quite pissed off at the fact that Konami decided to give Lightlords/Lightsworns a boost, for everyone knows that it is one of the most luck-based decks, having a near-perfect mill being able to turn the tables around. Having Judgment at 3 alongside with Black Luster Soldier is a no-no somebody in Konami forgot to overlook. Icarus at 3 makes Whirlwind Blackfeathers/Blackwings more playable, as well as having Mind Crush at 2, makes it worth both maining and siding.
So in conclusion, top tier decks of the format we have to expect as of now?
Tier 0 - Tech Genus Agent Angels
Tier 1 - Lightlords
Tier 1.5 - Frognarchs
Tier 2 - Blackfeathers, Gadget variants, Hero Beat
Tier 2.5 - Dark World
Tier 3 and below - Junkdo, Six Samurais, GBs.
Oh and P.S, I conned my Pot of Duality the other day from intense shuffling, anyone knows how to get rid of crease marks from the back of the card only? Please leave a comment or so. Thanks x(