Master Duel Metagame Report S5

Welcome to Season 5 of the Master Duel format.

This report will cover 90 top-performing decks from 33 tournaments that were held during Master Duel Season 5 (1 – 31 May 2022).

 

Metagame Breakdown

  • 14 Eldlich (9 Eldlich, 3 Grass Zombie Eldlich, 1 Destiny Eldlich, 1 Grass Eldlich)
  • 11 Tri-Brigade (4 Destiny Tri-Brigade, 4 Zoodiac Tri-Brigade, 2 Tri-Brigade, 1 Destiny Zoodiac Tri-Brigade)
  • 8 Shaddoll (4 Grass Destiny Invoked Shaddoll, 2 Grass Shaddoll, 1 Grass Kaiju Shaddoll, 1 Shaddoll)
  • 8 Swordsoul (3 Swordsoul, 3 Tenyi Swordsoul, 2 Destiny Swordsoul)
  • 5 Phantom Knights (3 Destiny Phantom Knights, 1 Destiny P.U.N.K. Phantom Knights, 1 Phantom Knights)
  • 5 Sky Striker (4 Destiny Sky Striker, 1 Sky Striker)
  • 5 Virtual World (4 Virtual World, 1 Swordsoul Virtual World)
  • 3 Drytron
  • 3 Luna
  • 3 Prank-Kids (2 Prank-Kids, 1 Destiny Prank-Kids)
  • 3 Tenyi
  • 2 Lunalight
  • 2 Orcust (1 Destiny Orcust, 1 Ogdoadic Orcust)
  • 2 Salamangreat
  • 2 Tri-Brigade Lyrilusc
  • 2 @Ignister
  • 1 Destiny Dinosaur
  • 1 Destiny Rokket
  • 1 Destiny Thunder Dragon
  • 1 Dragon Link
  • 1 Fluffal
  • 1 Grass Adamancipator
  • 1 HERO
  • 1 Mathmech
  • 1 Phantom Knights Blackwing
  • 1 SPYRAL
  • 1 True Draco
  • 1 Zoodiac

 

  • 14 Eldlich (9 Eldlich, 3 Grass Zombie Eldlich, 1 Destiny Eldlich, 1 Grass Eldlich)
  • 8 Swordsoul (3 Swordsoul, 3 Tenyi Swordsoul, 2 Destiny Swordsoul)
  • 7 Shaddoll (4 Grass Destiny Invoked Shaddoll, 2 Grass Shaddoll, 1 Shaddoll)
  • 6 Tri-Brigade (4 Destiny Tri-Brigade, 1 Destiny Zoodiac Tri-Brigade, 1 Tri-Brigade)
  • 5 Phantom Knights (3 Destiny Phantom Knights, 1 Destiny P.U.N.K. Phantom Knights, 1 Phantom Knights)
  • 5 Sky Striker (4 Destiny Sky Striker, 1 Sky Striker)
  • 4 Virtual World (3 Virtual World, 1 Swordsoul Virtual World)
  • 3 Prank-Kids (2 Prank-Kids, 1 Destiny Prank-Kids)
  • 3 Tenyi
  • 2 Drytron
  • 2 Luna
  • 2 Tri-Brigade Lyrilusc
  • 2 @Ignister
  • 1 Destiny Dinosaur
  • 1 Destiny Orcust
  • 1 Destiny Rokket
  • 1 Destiny Thunder Dragon
  • 1 HERO
  • 1 Lunalight
  • 1 Salamangreat
  • 1 SPYRAL
  • 1 True Draco

 

Eldlich

rajan went 7-0 and finished 1st in “Mainichi CS 5/30” which had 126 participants.

Eldlich having a good match-up against Swordsoul puts it in a strong position in the current Master Duel metagame. Swordsoul has difficulty setting up while under Skill Drain, Summon Limit or Gozen Match.

 

Swordsoul

zanji went 7-0 and finished 1st in “Mainichi CS Special Cup 5/14” which had 128 participants.

Similar to the OCG 2021.07 format, Swordsoul became a top contender right on its debut and quickly became the deck to beat. Effect Veiler and Infinite Impermanence are the main techs against Swordsoul, by stopping Swordsoul of Mo Ye or Swordsoul of Taia from Special Summoning “Swordsoul Token”.

While Swordsoul does not have to face Token Collector in the best-of-one format, they also do not have Spell/Trap removal against Eldlich.

 

Shaddoll

sourm went 6-0 and finished 1st in “Mainichi CS Special Cup 5/22” which had 114 participants.

El Shaddoll Winda could easily shutdown Swordsoul, especially when Shaddoll Schism is chained to a Swordsoul monster effect, making “Swordsoul Token” use up the once per turn Special Summon.

Destiny HERO – Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer provides another layer of threat alongside Invoked Mechaba and El Shaddoll Winda.

 

Tri-Brigade

Negi (ねぎ) went 6-1 and finished 2nd in “Mainichi CS 5/30” which had 126 participants.

Destiny HERO – Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer has also been adopted by Tri-Brigade as part of their core strategy. Rescue Cat is used to Special Summon Tri-Brigade Kitt and Tri-Brigade Kerass, which are then used to Link Summon Tri-Brigade Ferrijit the Barren Blossom. Tri-Brigade Kitt effect would send Tri-Brigade Nervall from deck to graveyard, and in turn would fetch a Tri-Brigade monster (say Tri-Brigade Fraktall) from deck to hand. Tri-Brigade Fraktall would then be Special Summon by Ferrijit effect and its effect would be used to Special Summon Tri-Brigade Bearbrumm the Rampant Rampager. Ferrijit and Fraktall are used to Link Summon Predaplant Verte Anaconda, whose effect would copy Fusion Destiny to Fusion Summon Destiny HERO – Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer. Finally, Destiny HERO – Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer effect would destroy Bearbrumm and Verte Anaconda. Bearbrumm Trigger Effect would then add Tri-Brigade Revolt from deck to hand.

While opening with Destiny HERO – Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer and Tri-Brigade Revolt is the ideal setup, this is mainly achievable with Rescue Cat. But more often when Tri-Brigade opens with only Tri-Brigade Fraktall, they would have to make a choice choose between opening with Destiny HERO – Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer or Tri-Brigade Revolt.

Tri-Brigade has fallen quite a bit after the new Forbidden and Limited List and new Selection Packs. Destiny HERO – Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer and Swordsoul Grandmaster – Chixiao are very effective at shutting down Tri-Brigade.

 

Conclusion

The new Forbidden and Limited List and new Selection Packs have brought a shift in the metagame. Drytron has fallen off as a top contender, though Eldlich remains at the top. Swordsoul has taken over Tri-Brigade as the next deck to beat, while Shaddoll improved its position.

Empowered by Destiny HERO – Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer, Phantom Knights and Sky Striker are now on par with Tri-Brigade.

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References
  • 2022-05-31 | Mainichi CS 5/31 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-30 | Mainichi CS 5/30 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-29 | Mainichi CS 5/29 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-28 | 4th Same Man Cup
  • 2022-05-27 | Mainichi CS 5/27 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-26 | Mainichi CS 5/26 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-25 | Mainichi CS 5/25 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-24 | Mainichi CS 5/24 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-23 | Mainichi CS 5/23 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-22 | Mainichi CS 5/22 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-21 | Mainichi CS 5/21 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-20 | Mainichi CS 5/20 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-19 | Mainichi CS 5/19 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-18 | Mainichi CS 5/18 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-17 | Mainichi CS 5/17 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-16 | Mainichi CS 5/16 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-15 | 3rd Same Man Cup
  • 2022-05-15 | Mainichi CS 5/15 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-14 | 8th Master CS
  • 2022-05-14 | Mainichi CS Special Cup 5/14 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-13 | Mainichi CS 5/13 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-12 | Mainichi CS 5/12 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-11 | Mainichi CS 5/11 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-09 | Mainichi CS 5/9 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-08 | Mainichi CS 5/8 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-07 | Mainichi CS 5/7 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-06 | Mainichi CS 5/6 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-05 | Mainichi CS 5/5 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-04 | Mainichi CS 5/4 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-03 | Mainichi CS 5/3 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-02 | Kami Cards 4th Master Duel Tournament
  • 2022-05-02 | Mainichi CS 5/2 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)
  • 2022-05-01 | Mainichi CS 5/1 (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)

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3 Responses

  1. Minh Dương says:

    Thanks for ur hard work as always!

  2. zer0divider says:

    Even though drytron is as irrelevant in the current metagame as it is in the OCG format, I guess people will still complain about the deck because they’re too used to the TCG format.

  3. Luis says:

    Most be amazing having 6 copies of Skill Drain in a single-duel format.

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