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There are many different Anti-Meta decks, such as "Little City", "Gadget Oppression", and "[[Stun (Anti-Meta)]]". The usual theme of Anti-Meta decks is to prevent the opponent's [[Special Summon]], as many current decks in the meta focus on [[Special Summon]]. Some Anti-meta focuses on [[Removed from play|removing from play]] your opponent's monster since most meta decks require the graveyard to work or can't function while [[Removed from play]]. This changes occasionally every banlist and usually isn't the same every banlist.
 
There are many different Anti-Meta decks, such as "Little City", "Gadget Oppression", and "[[Stun (Anti-Meta)]]". The usual theme of Anti-Meta decks is to prevent the opponent's [[Special Summon]], as many current decks in the meta focus on [[Special Summon]]. Some Anti-meta focuses on [[Removed from play|removing from play]] your opponent's monster since most meta decks require the graveyard to work or can't function while [[Removed from play]]. This changes occasionally every banlist and usually isn't the same every banlist.
   
The Current Meta appears to be Arcanite Cat, [[Twilight]], [[Gladiator Beasts]], [[Lightsworns]],and [[Blackwings]]. There are also many rogue decks splashed in such as the [[Elemental Hero Absolute Zero]], [[Beast King Barbaros]], [[Skill Drain]], and [[Stardust Dragon/Assault Mode]] decks.
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The Current Meta appears to be [[X-Sabers]], [[Infernity]] and [[Blackwings]]. Other notable decks are [[Flamvell]][[Rescue Cat|Cat]] and [[Quickdraw Synchron|Quickdraw]][[Plants]].
   
 
* [[Thunder King Rai-Oh]] is arguably one of the best anti-meta monsters, with 1900 ATK, it can also jam [[Reinforcement of the Army]], [[Sangan]], [[Charge of the Light Brigade]], [[Gladiator Proving Ground]], [[E - Emergency Call]], [[Black Whirlwind]] and other cards that add cards from your deck to your hand other than drawing. It can also be sent to the graveyard to negate a [[Special Summon]] which can usually be game ending.
 
* [[Thunder King Rai-Oh]] is arguably one of the best anti-meta monsters, with 1900 ATK, it can also jam [[Reinforcement of the Army]], [[Sangan]], [[Charge of the Light Brigade]], [[Gladiator Proving Ground]], [[E - Emergency Call]], [[Black Whirlwind]] and other cards that add cards from your deck to your hand other than drawing. It can also be sent to the graveyard to negate a [[Special Summon]] which can usually be game ending.

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An anti-meta deck is any deck that is built to counteract the most popular decks being played. Oddly enough, using an anti-meta deck can be considered metagaming (acting on knowledge that for whatever reason you shouldn't have). Knowing the popular deck types, you are metagaming by using a deck specifically to counter those deck types, even though an opponent's deck should be a mystery to you.

There are many different Anti-Meta decks, such as "Little City", "Gadget Oppression", and "Stun (Anti-Meta)". The usual theme of Anti-Meta decks is to prevent the opponent's Special Summon, as many current decks in the meta focus on Special Summon. Some Anti-meta focuses on removing from play your opponent's monster since most meta decks require the graveyard to work or can't function while Removed from play. This changes occasionally every banlist and usually isn't the same every banlist.

The Current Meta appears to be X-Sabers, Infernity and Blackwings. Other notable decks are FlamvellCat and QuickdrawPlants.

  • Shrink is a good anti-meta card because it can be used to destroy monsters with high ATK and are out of your monster's reach like Goyo Guardian.
  • Burden of the Mighty can be used to slightly weaken your opponent's monster and can be combined with King Tiger Wanghu for a wider range.
  • Giant Trunade can return all spells and traps on the field so you are clear for attacking for one turn (excluding Honest).
  • Cold Wave can stop spells and traps for one turn allowing you to make a easy ATK and to prevent your opponent from winning easily.
  • Book of Moon can flip a card face-down such as Gladiator Beast Laquari and can save you from different situations.
  • Enemy Controller can switch the position of a monster when about to attack or your can tribute a monster and take control of a monster for the turn.
  • Dimensional Fissure will remove from play all Lightsworns your opponent mills if activated early and will remove Gladiator Beasts so your opponent cannot get them back.
  • Lightning Vortex can be used to clear your opponent's field of monsters because the current meta does not set monsters that often.
  • Necrovalley can negate Dark Armed Dragon's effect and other monsters that rely on the graveyard.
  • Royal Decree is a good anti-meta card mainly because most decks use traps and negating them can damage the deck a lot and your opponent will usually be defenseless.
  • Royal Oppression can negate Special Summons which can usually win the game and almost all meta decks special summon often.
  • Bottomless Trap Hole can be used in response to a special summon and remove it from play instead of normally sending it to the graveyard.
  • Trap Dustshoot can turn a opening hand with a good monster into bad ones by simply activating this card, you also get to see what cards your opponent might set.
  • Macro Cosmos removes from play every card that goes to the graveyard, most of the meta deck these days send a lot of cards to the graveyard or can get harmed when cards are removed from play.
  • Divine Wrath can negate a monster effect with a cost of just discarding one card which can save you from losing.
  • Torrential Tribute can ruin your opponent's swarming just by chaining this card to a summon.
  • Dimensional Prison can save your monster and remove from play your opponent's monster at the same time.
  • Threatening Roar and Waboku are chainable traps that can make you survive the battle for 1 extra turn.
  • Phoenix Wing Wind Blast can spin a card to the top of your opponent's deck so they can't draw a new card for the next turn.
  • Compulsory Evacuation Device can do almost the same thing except it goes to the hand which is good for getting rid of Stardust Dragon.
  • Skill Drain is a great Anti-Meta card. It takes away all of the power from the decks out there today. If they bring out a Murmillo and you use skill drain you now have a free attack target.
  • Koa'ki Meiru Guardian was used in many rock STUN builds because it is a Doom Caliber Knight that you can choose when it goes off.
  • Protector of the Sanctuary can stop Solar Recharge, Destiny Draw, Pot of Avarice and Trade In.

With some changes to the March 2009 Lists, the meta has changed a bit so the anti-meta has also changed.


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