Over the past year, no deck has garnered more than 30 – 40% of the regional tops. We lived in the “Days of Diversity”. Unfortunately, those days have ended in a Burning Abyss.
The Burning Abyss deck will remain dominant because of its effect on trap cards. In the ole days, trap cards made you pay for good effects. The payment or cost usually meant losing a card. Burning Abyss completely changes this accounting by turning the cost into a benefit. Who would ever consider playing 3 Phoenix Wing and 3 Karma Cut? Abyss players have no problem with such cards. As a result, they will find themselves on top of the Yugiheap.
The table below gives my hierarchy for all of the underlying archetypes. I present this ranking with my tongue thoroughly in my cheek recognizing that there is a degree of arbitrariness. Nevertheless, this listing is my way of standing up for all of the forgotten archetypes.
The larger number to the left is their predicted rank; the smaller number to the right is their former rank. I’ve done my best to represent all the archetypes even though that very designation is somewhat artificial.
Rank four toolbox decks get demoted. Decks like Geargia, Madolche, and Satellarknights all lose to Shaddolls. These decks either leave their level four monster on the field or give the Shaddoll player a live fusion card. Neither play is good.
Glow-up Bulb will help a handful of decks. The little green bulb single-handedly keeps Sylvans on the top tier by giving them level eight synchro plays. Karakuris may also get a boost because of their easier access to Beast.
ROTA’s impact will be minor. Bujin’s and Noble Knights could get a minor boost. I suspect other decks with warriors will probably play the card at two.
Limiting Superpoly limits but does not kill Shaddolls. If you’re looking for death by F & L, look at Infernities.