Get to know Tiers

Howdy Shadowverse players!

You know, across many different games, you might find that people are talking about tiers. How this deck is “tier one” or “top tier”; how a deck can be “overpowered” or “tier 0”. I wanna take a little bit of time to share with you guys what tiers are and how they can impact the way you approach the game!

What is a tier list?

Good question random internet reader! A tier list is a collection of information that tells you a subjective ranking of what the best decks are. The reason it is referred to as subjective is that this is generally user based information. When more information is generated, tier lists have been known to change on a semi-regular basis.

What do tiers mean?

Sometimes, tiers are broken up into sections that help the player understand a bit more about how good a deck really is in comparison to the other decks that are either above or below it. Below you will see a description of the differences in tiers:

  • S Tier: An S Tier deck is a deck that has no actual bad matchups and the majority of its matchups are favorable.
    • S Tier decks tend to play the same game plan regardless of the matchup.
    • They are remarkably consistent at pulling off their gameplan.
    • If the deck is unable to pull off it’s initial gameplan, it usually has a backup plan which can also get them the win.
    • Although this is not always the case, S tier decks tend to be a little easier to use than the lower tier decks when it comes to understanding the lines of play.  

 

  • A Tier: An A tier deck is a deck that has very few bad matchups and can compete against the S tier decks.
    • A Tier decks tend to have weaker matchups against specific lower tier decks.
    • Similar to S tier decks, A tier decks do have a high amount of consistency.
    • These decks require a bit more practice to get good with than the S tier decks.

 

  • B Tier: B tier decks have a more linear gameplan. They often have pretty bad matchups across the board but with the right draw, can win against any deck.
    • These decks are much less consistent than S or A tiered decks.
    • They often tend to be more explosive decks that win with the right type of draws.
    • These decks tend to rely a lot more on match up knowledge than the previous tiered decks.

Should I use tier lists?

There is nothing inherently wrong with using a tier list to understand which decks are being played the most. However, you do have to keep in mind that tiers can literally very from person to person and even with a general consensus among a peer play group, tiers are still very subjective and are always subject to change. Keeping this in mind, using that available information can be good to help you with seeing if you can crack open the metagame.

Just because you don’t see a deck on a tier list does not mean it is not a playable deck!

Final thoughts

Tier lists are very subjective (because I haven’t said it enough this article) and just because people define them a certain way doesn’t mean that you cannot explore for yourself. Sometimes, decks come out of literally nowhere and crush the competition because no one was expecting it and that can affect the tier list too. Never stop looking for solutions to the common issues and never give up trying to be innovative! Until next time!

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