Hey everybody! Like I said in an earlier post, I wanted to write a few YGO articles for the academy, so I might as well start now...yeah...XD
Anyways, I hope (time permitting) to be able to write one once per week, so stay tuned for future articles! For the meantime, however, I'd like to discuss the current format and the meta that we're playing in as of right now.
Undoubtedly, the top four decks of the format right now (in the TCG, anyways; the OCG is rather different) are Dragon Rulers (aka E-Drags, both terms mean the same thing), Spellbooks (aka Prophecy), Tidal Mono Mermails, and Evilswarms. Another fact is that Dragon Rulers and Spellbooks are undoubtedly better and faster than Tidal Mono Mermails and Evilswarms, primarily because of their consistency through cards such as "Super Rejuvenation" and "Spellbook of Judgment", not to mention the Baby Dragons and Spellbook of Secrets. The hands that these two decks get greatly outclass the majority of the hands that other decks open up with. In other words, the consistency that these two decks have arguably makes them shine more than other decks. After gathering loads of resources, these decks can then go ape-shit on you in the span of just a few turns.
Tidal Mono Mermails, in my opinion, don't really need much of an introduction. The deck is relatively the same as it was pre-LTGY, but with the release of Tidal and Stream, the deck just gets more consistency in flushing out (that pun lol) Rank 7 XYZ monsters. Other than that, not much has changed.
Evilswarms, on the other hand, are sort of like Dino Rabbit 2.0. Ophion is arguably somewhat better than Laggia/Dolkka this format because of its effect that prevents Level 5+ monsters from being Summoned, so as long as you can protect Ophion and play smartly, you should easily win games against Dragon Rulers and Spellbooks. Let me say that again: the aim of this deck is literally "PROTECT OPHION". If you do so, you will usually win with ease.
But enough about the meta; let's say they're just not your cup of tea. In that case, how exactly do we combat these new decks? Well, there are numerous ways, and I'll give you just a quick rundown of my favorites against those four decks. By no means is this a complete list; there are probably other cards that could be included here that I may have either forgotten or don't know about.
Anyways, without further adieu, here's my list of cards that you can use effectively against each matchup, whether in your Main, Extra, or Side Deck.
Imperial Iron Wall
Rivalry of Warlords
Eradicator Epidemic Virus
Thunder King Rai-Oh
Droll and Lock Bird (be careful when using this though, because it could screw you up as well)
Cursed Seal of the Forbidden Spell
Tidal Mono Mermails:
Banisher of the Radiance
The End of Anubis
(Side Note: Banisher and Anubis aren't necessarily as viable as they used to be, but they're still decent cards against the deck.)
Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter
Morphing Jar #2
Compulsory Evacuation Device (use it in the End Phase after the Evilswarm player sets their Pandemic, and you'll net quite a reasonable amount of card advantage)
Fiendish Chain (it has the potential to bait out a Pandemic, or just use it on Ophion's Summon)
Breakthrough Skill (negate Ophion's effect on its Summon to search an "Infestation" card, then use its secondary effect on your turn so you can still Summon Level 5+ monsters and swing over it)
The majority of cards on this list are rather self-explanatory. If you need clarification with any of the cards, simply just look them up; their effects should be rather obvious as to why they're decent picks against that deck.
Do you guys have any cards that could potentially cripple these decks that I didn't name? If so, just comment below about said card. You know what they say; the more the merrier!
Anyways, that about wraps it up for this week. I hope you guys got some ideas about cards that could be useful this format against the "Top 4" decks of the format. Tune in next week for a new article!