What are you going to run this format? Are you going to retool your old deck to fit the new format, innovate something new, or are you going to wait and figure out what you can netdeck after Torronto?
In my opinion none of the decks from last format are dead except Formula Monarchs because thier primary tuner, Fishborg was banned and their secondary tuner, Formula was limited. Powerhouses like Plants, Six Sam, GKs, and TGs were severely damaged in their playability, but they are still very much playable.
If I had to choose the early deck to beat for this format, I would say Agents without a doubt. The deck has so many Boss Monsters, searching options, special summon tricks, and can randomly open OTK type hands with no way to stop it. Coming a close second to Agents are Offering Gadgets. The ability to drop multiple XYZ monsters and synchros in a turn is just too good. In the testin I've done, Zombies are a very viable deck, but have way too many passive plays to be able keep up with Agents and just lose to a standard Gadget Conversion Side Deck.
Controlled aggression is what this format is calling for at the moment. This is evident by the Banning of Oppression, the limiting of Storm, and the Unlimiting of MST. Fabled would be an amazing deck to run this format if not for the Limiting of Pot of Avarice. This means that all of your synchro climbing will be wasted because you won't be able to use valuable resources. Lightsworn are incredibly deadly now with Judgement Dragon unlimited, Tragoedia and Necro Gardna semi-limited, and Black Luster Soldier limited. Just like Agents, the deck can open with absolute Nuts and splooge Boss Monsters all over your chest. Luckily, Charge of the Light Brigade is still limited, so the deck will always have that degree of inconsistency.
What would I run this format? I would probably run Karakuris with Dimensional Fissure in the maindeck to prevent your monsters from getting hit by Veiler the turn you combo. The deck can set up Turn 1 Naturia Beast plays better than any other deck in the current format, which is important if you don't have the Dimensional Fissure to combo that turn. You can just set up with Naturia Beast protecting you from Dark Hole, Heavy Storm, and any other troublesome spells. You can also set up Turn 1 Landoise to keep Tour Guide from doing its thing as well. Just keep in mind that Dimensional Fissure prevents both Naturia from using their effects, so you will have use timing to keep it all together. The best thing though about the deck is the Price!
You know that I can't end this article without talking about my Favorite deck, Quickdraw! This deck combines all of the things necessary to compete in the early stages of the format. It has mass special summoning power, lots of destructive plays, the ability to run Boss Monsters, and has the speed to match or outpace any other deck in the meta right now. I won't go into detail at the moment because I am currently testing for the next regional. I will only say that Drill Warrior is a very underated card right now. Recurring a veiler'd TourGuide, a Warning'd Black Luster Soldier, or Gorz is game breaking.
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