Next Meta Decks With The New Banlist?

So finally the new Banlist kicks in and some of us have to/want try some new decks or new variations of their old decks. Just looking at shrieks tourney deckilsts gives me a vague feeling what will be or could be the new Meta decks with the September 2012 banlist. I’m not ranking them according to tiers (Tier 1, Tier 2, etc.), but I’ll try to present you all candidates that I think have some potential to turn the tide to their favor. From now on I’ll post you the decklists of all decks I think could be strong this format every few days, so stay tuned.

Now most obviously would be the Meta decks that weren’t hit that badly (Just to say, the order isn’t related to the chances of getting Meta; it’s just how they come into my mind):

Elemental Heros:

Elemental HERO The Shining

This includes all versions of Bubble Beat, Hero Spark, and the likes. With just E-Call at 2 and A Hero Lives at 2 Heros didn’t really get hit that badly and are still a powerful force to be reckoned. Superpolymerization is still trolling every time and Miracle Fusion still at unbelievable 3 copies (like that although, Heros are just balanced that way now; ok maybe powerful, but not unfair).

Dino Rabbit/Verz Rabbit

Evolzar Laggia

Well they are really a bit more inconsistent, but those Dino Rabbits are still strong (I think Rabbits have the best chances to be Tier 1, because they have the best Siding options). You can go to Verz Laggia the second duel (against Hero), side in some Macro Cosmos (Chaos Dragon, Mermail, Dark World, Inzektor) or even using Skill Drain (Rabbit still works with Skill Drain) would be an option. Rabbit Dino is such a versatile deck Type, so it wouldn’t be wrong to gamble on this one. Backside is that Rescue Rabbit is still expensive as hell and Laggia and Dolkka are expensive too; good thing is that Laggia and Dolkka are reprinted in the Wave 1 tins in TCG now (Dolkka gets his own Tin and Laggia comes together with Excalibur as a Super-Rare; OCG is finally printing Dolkka in the new Extra Pack). Only sad thing is that Ophion is still a OCG-only card and for what I know it’s still uncertain if there will be printed for TCG in near future.

Dark World

Grapha, Dragon Lord Of Dark World

Back from the backyard of your minds these guys are trying to top some events again after they were overpowered by Inzektors, Wind-Ups and Dinos. Still dying to Rabbits although and not really pleasant in case of Mirror Matches. Could be powerful if some people are thinking of siding Dark Smog, still seeing so many people who don’t even have this card in their side (Works against so many decks; Main is sometimes good too).  Like the Trance Archfiend build more than the OCG Raven build; I think that the Turbo build has more chances to top something although almost nobody seems to play it in tourneys.

Mermail Atlantean

Mermail - Megaloabyss

I’ve seen Mermail decks quite often in the Top 4 of some different Japanese Tournaments, and not only Tournaments with 10-20 participants, but with 60-200 and still topping is really something you shouldn’t underestimate. There are a few different builds like Mermail Atlantean Hybrid builds, Genex Undine builds, Dragon Ice builds and some other stuff, but all in all a very promising archetype and one of my favorite decks at the moment. Definitely think that this will be one of the Top Tiers this format and I can’t wait for them to release Mermails here in the TCG zone.


Hieratic Dragon King Of Atum

Got hit by the semi-limit of their Seal and limit of Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon, but that’s not a big problem, because they can still swarm the field full with monsters, just not to that extent like they did before the September Banlist. Did you ever face a good Hieratic Deck with the new banlist? Well I did and I have to say: Still powerful as ever.

Six Samurai

Shi En

They were somehow underestimated last format, but still present as Tier 1.5 – 2. now that the threat of encountering a Hornet on Rampage is minimalized, they may be gaining some strenght again. I’ve seen some really good Dojo/Asceticism builds, and this deck has swarming and controlling capabilities so could be some worthy opponent.

Machina Gadget

Green Gadget

Lost one Ultimate Offering, but with Tin Goldfish and Double Summon still powerful. In addition to that, it’s a really cheap deck, so there are many budget players, who will place their bets on Gadgets.

Agent Fairy

Master Hyperion

As Earth is now Semi-Limited instead of limited, many players are thinking of playing Agent Fairys again, all I gotta say is, it was a good deck and it still is a good deck.


Wind-Up Shark

Can still pull off some hand rape, but not to that extent like before and you have to have a lot of resources. Seeing it as a Xyz swarm deck now, as it has easy access to many Xyz monsters and it is fast too.

Additional Comment:

Well there are some decks that are still powerful like Chaos Dragon, Inzektor, Blackwing and stuff, but both Chaos Dragon and Inzektors are losing their players due to the nerf and becoming too bored of playing one deck over and over again. Blackwing will definitely get in some Top 16, but I think it will just be some random toppings, unless a Blackwing hype breaks out. (it has potential to top, but the question is, are there players who want to play Blackwing?) Not sure what to think of Spellbooks although, they have some good combos and the card advantage you can gain is amazing, but it’s still somehow inconsistent in my opinion.

So what are your thoughts? Do you think there will be some other Archetypes taking over the meta or did I forgot  a decktype?

First deck coming in a few days will be a September 2012 Hero Deck (I think it will be a Gemini Spark deck and not Bubble Beat, but still not sure)

All images are taken from Yu-Gi-Oh! Wikia and Duelingnetwork.


11 comments on “Next Meta Decks With The New Banlist?

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  2. No one is talking about ninja’s this ban list. alot of their weaknesses have been cut short this ban list so i honestly believe that they have a chance to be top tier. especially now that hornet is at 1 same with dragonfly. i can honestly see a more balanced inzektor ninja deck now cause you wont feel like you have to include 3 dragonfly and hornets. this should be very interesting

    • Yeah, it’s definitely interesting playing with Ninjas, although I think that the Super Transformation trick is too obvious. If you’re running a pure Ninja deck it’ll be good, but all the Hybrid stuff, will still be vulnerable due to most decks playing 2+ MST except maybe DW. But all in all Ninjas are good, I like playing them.

    • Yeah, it’s definitely interesting playing with Ninjas, although I think that the Super Transformation trick is too obvious. If you’re running a pure Ninja deck it’ll be good, but all the Hybrid stuff, will still be vulnerable due to most decks playing 2+ MST except maybe DW. But all in all Ninjas are good, I like playing them.

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