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KC Cup [February 2018]

Duel Links KC Cup February 2018, the meta decks, guide.
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KC Cup 2018 Nov season!
update 06/02/2018

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Overview

1st StageFeb 8 - unknown
2nd Stageunknown

Currently we haven’t received much information yet about the next KC Cup but in this article we are going to assume it will work the same as last time.

Stage 1 of the KC Cup will start on the 8th of February, which last time consisted of 20 Duel Levels (Dlv), which work like the ladder system: you had to go “+3” to advance one level , and going “-3” would result in a demotion. You couldn’t be demoted from rank 5,10,15 and 20 and to rank up from level 19 to 20 you needed a win streak. Last time around, stage 1 gave out a lot of gems which gives you an incentive to get as high as possible.

If you get to Dlv 20 you can participate in stage 2 , which will start on the 16th of February (if you get to Dlv 20 after stage 2 started you can still join in). If you achieved King of Games in January you are qualified to join stage 2 no matter what Dlv you are on the 16th, but if you aren’t Dlv 20 yet and you want to go for it for the gems, you can still do that after stage 2 already started.

In stage 2 you try to get as high as possible on the Global/Regional ranking to receive prismatic UR/SR tickets, Gold and an Icon. If you finish in the top 500 of your Region you will get an invite for the World Championship Qualifiers (which will be held in a few months).

The World Championship Qualifiers will be a PvP event where people who qualified for it will fight for an invite to the World Championship which was held in Japan last year.

For Stage 2 each player will have an individual ranking depending on your Duel Points (DP). Everyone starts with 0 DP at the start (you can go under 0 DP) and you will win about 1000 DP when winning and lose 1000 DP for a loss. However the higher you climb the less DP you gain for a win and the more DP you lose for a loss.

This means you need a consistent and also fast deck to make your climb as efficient as possible. In this article we will list the current best decks (tier list) and which ones are good choices. Or if you won’t play any of these decks you can use this list to know what to expect people will be playing.

Tiers

Tier 0

Tier 0 decks are decks that completely dominate a meta and you either play the same deck or a deck that completely counters it (but loses to almost any other deck). Currently we have 0 decks in Duel Links that are Tier 0 (which is great, this means the game is rather balanced), Cyber Angels before all the nerfs were tier 0.

Tier 1

These decks are very well rounded. They have ways to deal with almost every deck and have very few weaknesses themselves.

Currently we have 2 decks in Duel Links that correspond to this. “Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon” and “Gladiator Beasts”.

Tier 2

Tier 2 decks have a bit more weaknesses than tier 1 decks but your opponent needs to draw them early on. An example of this is Hazy Flame, one of the best counters to it is Floodgate Trap Hole, which if you don’t draw at the start is a big problem.

The Current tier 2 decks we have are “Hazy Flame” and “Saffira Cyber Angels”

Tier 3

These decks are very strong but have either one big, or a lot of weaknesses. An example of this is Ancient Gears. If they destroy your Ancient Gear Castle early on (with Gladiator Beast Bestiari, Storm, Cosmic Cyclone) you lost a major win condition which could easily result in your loss.

These are the tier 3 decks currently available: “Ancient Gears”, “Dark Worlds”, “Dino Control”, “Snipe Hunter Control”, “ Volcanics Control”, “Endless Trap Hell”

Tier 4

The decks in Tier 4 clearly feel weaker than other decks higher up on the tier list. They can do the same stuff other decks high on the tier list do, but just much slower or less consistent. However when playing ranked they can still be piloted to KoG in the right hands. However since these decks lack consistency when compared to other deck, we will not include them here because there are not good choices for the KC Cup. However to give you an idea of what these decks are, here are some examples: “Gaia Plate Magnet Warriors”, “Six Samurais”, “Dark Magician”, “Phoenix”, …..

Common Decks

Probably the most common decks you’ll face during the KC Cup will be Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon and Saffira Cyber Angels. The reason these are good picks is because they can close out games very fast.

Saffira Cyber Angel

A lot of times Saffira Cyber Angels will either win or lose on turn 2/3 , even if the winrate with this deck is lower than for example Gladiator Beasts, because they can play games much faster they could be the better pick to climb early on (when one win is about the same DP as one loss).

Saffira, Queen of DragonsSaffira, Queen of DragonsSaffira, Queen of DragonsCyber Angel DakiniCyber Angel IdatenCyber Angel Benten
Cyber Angel BentenCyber Angel BentenSenju of the Thousand HandsSenju of the Thousand HandsSenju of the Thousand HandsCyber Petit Angel
Cyber Petit Angel
Hymn of Light
Hymn of Light
Hymn of Light
Machine Angel Ritual
Fairy's BlessingFairy's Blessing--------

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUsers
Balance
Your starting hand will reflect the card balance of your deck.
Check here!

Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon

Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon is in the highest tier right now and is a solid pick because they can also finish games fast, but even if they do face a harder matchup they can go the control route and still get the win (where Saffira Cyber Angels is not as good when playing a control style).
Because Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon is also less expensive to build it will be more common for that reason.

GozukiGozukiGozukiRed-Eyes WyvernRed-Eyes Zombie DragonRed-Eyes Zombie Dragon
Samurai SkullSamurai SkullBacon SaverRed-Eyes InsightRed-Eyes InsightEnemy Controller
Enemy ControllerSuper Rush HeadlongSuper Rush HeadlongStormStormRed-Eyes Spirit
Red-Eyes SpiritCurse of Anubis--------

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Beatdown!
Boosts the ATK of face-up attack position monsters you control by 300 per level 5 or more monsters you control. You can only use the skill once per turn.

Seto Kaiba
Straight to the Grave
Begin Duel with the Field Spell "Wasteland"

Bonz
The Tie that Binds
Until the end of you turn, the ATK of all face-up monsters on your field increases by the number of monsters on your field times 100. This skill can only be used once per turn.

Yugi Muto

Gladiator Beast

When getting to higher DP, Gladiator Beasts will become much more common because a loss will cost you more DP than a win will get you. Gladiator Beasts are the best pick for consistency because they are so well rounded, they have a way to deal with backrow and monsters, they can also bring out big monsters if needed.

Gladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast BestiariGladiator Beast BestiariGladiator Beast Murmillo
Gladiator Beast MurmilloGladiator Beast DimacariSuper Rush HeadlongSuper Rush HeadlongEnemy ControllerEnemy Controller
Floodgate Trap HoleFloodgate Trap HoleImpenetrable AttackImpenetrable AttackWall of DisruptionWall of Disruption
Windstorm of EtaquaCurse of Anubis----
Gladiator Beast EssedariiGladiator Beast NerokiusGladiator Beast Heraklinos---

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUsers
Balance
Your starting hand will reflect the card balance of your deck.
Check here!

Hazy Flame

Next on the list of most common decks will probably be Hazy Flame. There are cheap versions that can be build, they can close out games fast with an early Beast Rising or Beatdown (skill) or they can also play the waiting game if they fear Wall of Disruption/Mirror Wall by waiting until they draw Beast Rising. The version with Aroma Strategy is the most consistent one though as they can play more control oriented with Soul Exchange and other backrow (the versions without Aroma Strategy only run 5-7 backrow to raise the chances of the top card on their deck being a monster).

Flame TigerHazy Flame SphynxHazy Flame SphynxHazy Flame Sphynx
Hazy Flame CerbereusHazy Flame CerbereusHazy Flame CerbereusSoul ExchangeSoul ExchangeSoul Exchange
Super Rush HeadlongSuper Rush Headlong
Super Rush Headlong
Beast Rising
Beast Rising
Beast Rising
Windstorm of EtaquaCurse of Anubis--------

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Aroma Strategy
You can see the card at the top of your deck even before drawing it.

Mai

Ancient Gear

From the tier 3 decks we only suspect Ancient Gears and Dino Control will be commonly played. Dark Worlds, Snipe Hunter Control and Volcanics Control are very expensive and Endless Trap Hell is a very slow deck which will only be played by people trying to tilt others and not actually climb.

Ancient Gear GolemAncient Gear GolemSergeant ElectroSergeant ElectroSergeant ElectroAncient Gear Knight
Ancient Gear KnightAncient Gear KnightHeavy Knight of the FlameSphere KuribohSphere KuribohSuper Rush Headlong
Super Rush HeadlongSuper Rush HeadlongFloodgate Trap HoleFloodgate Trap HoleFloodgate Trap HolePulse Mines
Windstorm of EtaquaCurse of Anubis----

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Middle Age Mechs
Begin Duel with the Continuous Spell "Ancient Gear Castle" activated.

Vellian

Dino Control

Black BrachiosBlack BrachiosBlack BrachiosSergeant ElectroSergeant ElectroSergeant Electro
HydrogeddonHydrogeddonHydrogeddonFossil DigSuper Rush HeadlongSuper Rush Headlong
Super Rush HeadlongEnemy Controller
Enemy Controller
Anti-Magic Arrows
Anti-Magic ArrowsWall of Disruption
Wall of DisruptionFloodgate Trap Hole--------

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Dinosaur Kingdom
Begin duel with the field spell "Jurassic World" activated.

Rex

Comments

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Ian
How can you people tell who is cheating?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
yeah there is auto dueling in KC Cup. it's pretty sad that Konami is a year behind the modders and hackers. it's like steroids in sports, the authorities are always a year behind
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Oh ok, so I guess those so called top players uses this hacks as well I see. I bet they will use it again in this KC cup if they are careful of not getting caught.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Spotted the closet faggot
<< Anonymous(Ian)
Anonymous Reply
slanting eyes, screams long live emperor while suiciding
Draw???
What really happens when opponent is about to lose, the suddenly connection error resulting in a DRAW? 3 consecutive matches, is this coincidence? (sample pic below)
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
you think youre good but you forgot that the other guy are speaking in YOUR language, if you want to try to be someone, at least go argue with him at HIS language, if you cant just shut up, youre just an idiot that knows nothing.
<< Anonymous(NMS)
Ur mum Reply
No, get it from freezer!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
so many triggered here?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I'm not complaining, was about to lose got sudden DC and BOOM, DRAW! All what you have to do is to unplug an internet cable and it will result in draw.
Anonymous
Just hit max rank with a silent magician deck
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
....... windstorm (lv25 reward from mai) and curse of Anubis (lv22 reward from Odion)
<< Anonymous
Brazilian guy Reply
Ow, thank you! I wasn't expecting to reach king of games with this deck, I just wanted to build a "strong" and fairly competitive deck. I'm using swordsman just because I don't have another mirage dragon (I've been playing this game only for two weeks now), I have 2 winged kuriboh though, maybe I should replace swordsman for them? I'm currently trying to get at least 2 sphere kuriboh...
<< Anonymous
Brazilian guy Reply
2 herald of creation, 2 sergeant electro and at least one magical jammer. Do you think those cards could really improve my deck?
<< Anonymous
Brazilian guy Reply
I have also cards to suport a possible black luster soldier deck, a sorcerer of black magic deck (dark? I forgot this card's name, anyway, the one you get with yugi on lv 40), or a relinquished deck, what of these do you think I should go for?
Anonymous
u guys encountered this cheat? : restart skill activated, screen freezed, duel links hang. Can only restart app and was verdict a lost game.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
As if two Atomic bomb wasn't enough to end their ways of dishonorable method of cheating :(. The U.S. should of drop the third one to end their misbehavior to humanity.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
It happened to me about 3 times... As soon as they used restart, the game froze and I couldn't do anything other than restart.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
It happened to me about 3 times... As soon as they used restart, the game froze and I couldn't do anything other than restart.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
God bless... Lost on promotion game twice from this.
Anonymous
I think we, "F2P players", should wait till the last two or three days to max our Dlvs. It is so ridiculous how I kept ranking up and down between Dlv.15 and 18. P.S. I'm using Dino & Phoenix decks (the most powerful decks I have). I don't have the required cards for GB nor DW decks.
<< Anonymous
F0 Reply
Typical Dkayed fanboy. I'm not sure he's cheat, but i think he's playing with his teammate. Sure he's good player, but to win the KC cup you must grind like crazy too and you don't think he'll play 3 days nonstop right?
<< Anonymous(Dkayed)
Anonymous Reply
Quit covering him you fanboy. I bet you can't even explain why everytime big event starts and all of the sudden he never stream his KC cup games suspicious don't you think?
<< Anonymous(F0)
Anonymous Reply
It's simple actually just que up with the person you know and farm dp outta him. We always do this in every game including clash royale ;).
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
he is big loser and deserves all the hate
Anonymous
Anyone noticed this KC Cup is harder than the previous one! Holy crap, the duels between dlv.10 and dlv.15 were hard as H*LL. I have reached Dlv.15 after many leveling downs. I really hope the duels between Dlv. 15 and 20 aren't like those mentioned above. For those who reached KoG, please, let other players level up by not participating in the 1st stage, you are already in the 2nd stage. So far, 75% of duelists I dueled with were KoGs!
<< Anonymous(Truth)
Arion Reply
you say cancer im playing with gladiator beast and every duelist i play using it stick on dlv 10 and if i switch deck its some kind dark magician deck
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
wow you really think like that huh ? no wonder you stuck at bronze lol
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
It's gold bruh swag yolo
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Use REZD. Only need to reset the box once for two gozukis, then easy mode providing you can think about what to do first
Mr.Wheeler
Finally,without using GB,AG,burn/stall,dino,cyber angels..

Only used random deck,ninjas and genex(only lvl4 ninja and red dragon ninja)
And ofc without cheating
<< Anonymous(Mr. Wheeler)
Anonymous Reply
thanks for sharing the deck i was struggling to build a decent ninja deck after the 3SD nerf.
<< Anonymous
AnotherNPC Reply
So can u all teach me control they? My deck is an ice barrier combo, it's risk if me dont get luck at restart
<< Anonymous(AnotherNPC)
AnotherNPC Reply
All of u have seen a restart use 2x, i see, but i dont get the information my anemies, and suddenly he win? Could it cheat?
<< Anonymous(AnotherNPC)
Mr.Wheeler Reply
Ice barriers are very inconsistent now,earlier their was 69%chance u would have a trianglw in ur opening hand(when balance was not nerfed) i tried using it but was really inconsistent.
We need more ice barrier spell/trap cards.
Rickyjunawan
My noob deck will reach lv. MAX at KC Cup 2018
<< Anonymous
Bocah indo Reply
Yah gw pke pinix modar Deck lu
<< Anonymous
Rickyjunawan Reply
Thanks
<< Anonymous(Rickyjunawan)
Anonymous Reply
Selamat. Semoga rumah anda kebakaran.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Someone who chooses to not speak in English just magically becomes a terrorist to you? You are one sad delusional little prick, man. Get yourself off the internet and start seein' the world. Otherwise, you are gonna lose out bigtime in life. Just sayin'.
Anonymous
Serious here, opponent about to lose then connection error end result is draw, have 10 matches like these, NOT COINCIDENCE YES. It's not the server either!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I want to kill this anon posting rude pics.. GameA can you ban or restrict his IP.. I'm sure it's only one person doing this shit
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
YAZZZ, horrific photobombs got deleted~! Thanks, mr. GameA!
Anonymous
They need a region/ping lock so the cheaters can all play together.

But, It doesn't matter. 450+ days playing this game and I'm done.

All the cheaters and events where the legendary duelists have complete decks that will never be released, have gotten to me...

Also, that damn copy/paste button has made this game worse. I don't even want to make new decks when I know someone can steal it in 2 seconds. Seeing a cancer decks spread like wildfire... Do you think all those people would know how to make a bamboo deck on their own?

Might play in 6 months or so to see where the meta is at... MIGHT...
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
^ That's just the past 5 season, moron!!! LEARN TO READ PLEASE!!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
whatever you say you lying pile of useless shit.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
still bettar than you, mr. nothing
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
And you're the idiot who got no life and you also blatantly lie. Do the world a favor and go slit your throat.
Anonymous
Konami better deal with cheaters before the second stage it's sad honestly how some people have to cheat in order to win.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Then why did you use CAPSLOCK in your rage comment, attention hoe?
Anonymous
Now I faced my first cheater. He was going to lose with his GB against my stall and while I was using the effect of Golden Ladybug, suddenly I got an instant loss due to time out. I have saved the replay and screenshot of his name. Can I send this to Konami to have him banned?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Think of it like this stall take 0 skill cheating takes -1 skill cheaters are just trying to show who can use less skill
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Who said burn/stall doesn't need skill? Whatever deck you play, you need to think before playing any card. And there are many decks in this game that counter burn/stall, such as Hazy Flame or Phoenix. Even Dino can defeat burn/stall if they get backrow removal early. People, please, use your brain before saying anything.
<< Anonymous
anonymous Reply
Yup, you deserve it.
No doubt about it.
<< Anonymous
anonymous Reply
Really?

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