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Tier Z

What makes a Team 'Z Tier'?

Consistent Teams Offensively and Defensively. All Teams in this Tier have multiple Win conditions, so they can afford to make mistakes multiple times per Battle without their chances of victory decreasing. In short, these Teams are clearly superior to the other placed lower in this list.

Why this Tier?

- Saiyans are the focal point of Dragon Ball in general, so they'll always receive frequent additions.

- SP SSJ3 Goku PUR's Zenkai Awakening fixes many matchups related issues for the Team.

Discussion:

As always, the Saiyan Tag has many Fighters to Build a Team with, and is the  easiest Tag to “splash” into custom builds. SP SSJ3 Goku PUR leads the Team by example thanks to his raw Damage output right off the bat, while Fighters like SP Super Gogeta RED and SP SSJ Bardock BLU rotate well around him, making Saiyan a phenomenal Offensive Team with nice durability and strong Late Game tools.

Why this Tier? 

-  The low Team-wide Ability Bonus is not an issue considering each Core Fighter has a Zenkai Ability.

Son Family's Core Fighters are truly terrifying, boasting both very high Offensive Power annoyingly Effective Late Game tools.

Discussion:

 

 Son Family is Team packed with high Damage Buffs and record setting Ultimate attacks, as well as Healing and Endurance Effects. The additions of SP SSJ2 Gohan RED and SP SSJ3 Goku PUR completely change the Team for the better, thanks to their combinations this Team doesn't have any problematic matchup. The only issue with this Team is that only the Zenkai Fighters have high Ability Bonus, so they're the only ones that will see the field most of the time.

 

Tier S

What makes a team 'S' Tier?

The Teams listed here would be Z Tier worthy it wasn’t for some small flaws that either make them less diverse, or a bit less powerful as a whole, which hurts their consistency compared to Z tier Teams. 

Why this Tier?

- God Ki has a very solid Supportive Abilities in its Core, allowing every new release to shine in this Team.

-  SP SSB Goku BLU is the staple of this Team, as he makes things much easier for those around him.

Discussion:

God Ki is a very good Team. SP SSB Goku BLU, SP SSG Vegeta YEL SP Vados GRN make a great consistent trio that will be able to match well against most Teams, but SP Beerus GRN is also a strong Fighter that fits the Team well alongside Vados against Blue Color Counter Teams.

This lineup has very Effective Defensive mechanics, a lot of Supportive Effects that magnify the already high Offensive capabilities of the Core Fighters, and decisive Ultimate Moves that can knock out even fierce Defensive Fighters.

Why This Tier?

- Super Saiyan has been revived by SP SSJ Bardock BLU's Zenkai.

- Zenkais made the Tag viable and diverse, especially SP Super Gogeta RED.

Discussion:

Super Saiyan is a fantastic Offensive Team that partially relies on Bardock's capabilities of being a good enough Support to generate Team synergy.  SP Super Gogeta RED, and more situationally SP Angry Goku BLU, really thrive alongside Bardock, becoming unstoppable war machines. Lastly SP LSSJ Broly GRN makes the Team balanced thanks to his Defensive utility.

Why this Tier?

- SP SSJ2 Gohan RED is this Team's carry, since he can make his Teammates better while inflicting incredible Damage right off the bat.

- Hybrid Saiyans are still lacking something Defensively, but the Team's Supportive Effects make its ace shine even brighter.

Discussion:

Hybrid Saiyans have a many powerful Fighters, with SP SSJ2 Gohan RED being the clear best. The rest of the Core revolves around his capability to take over Matches at any point, in fact Fighters like SP Goten (Kid) YEL, SP Gohan (Adult) BLU and provide him of enough Damage Buffs that he's even capable of putting Blue Fighters on life support.

Z7 SP SSJ2 Gohan PUR was also a needed addition as he's Effectively a mini SP SSJ2 Gohan RED in terms of value, so he makes the Team more versatile and dangerous.

 

Why this Tier?

- Androids have a vast amount of Fighters with double stat Z-Abilities, so Building this Team isn't hard at all.

- After the release of Zenkai 7 SP Android 16 GRN and Zenkai 7 SP Android #18 YEL, this Team found a perfect balance between Offense and Defense.

 

Discussion:

Androids main ploy is their Synergy, working together like a well oiled machine, and sporting some of the best Double Buffing Z-Abilities in the Game means that any new Android coming in will receive a warm welcome. Right now, the Team has three fantastic Fighters, namely SP Android #18 YEL, SP Android #16 GRN and SP Perfect Cell (Revived) RED, who can face basically any opponent in the Meta without fear. This Team's only issue is the lack of a great Blue, which exposes SP Android #18 YEL to huge risks against SP SSJ2 Youth Gohan RED.

Tier 1

What makes a Team 'Tier 1'?

Compared to S Tier Teams, the ones listed here have more matchup problems but they can still compete with the strongest Teams in the Meta, as they have very powerful Fighters and solid Win Conditions. However they really have to outplay Z Tier Teams in order to win against those.

Why This Tier?

- Rival Universe combines excellent Defensive tools with powerful Offensive bursts.

-  VadosBergamo, and Toppo are all Fightes that make the Team pretty durable.

Discussion:

Rival Universe has a very good structure and it's ready to be relevant in the Meta. Its color-wheel is complete, although it could use a better Purple, and each Fighter on the Team has a clear purpose. Vados is the engine of the Team, alongside her both Toppo and Bergamo became much harder to defeat, and Fighters like Jiren can erupt Offensively with no particular build up. 

Why this Tier?

- Regeneration lost most of its durability advantage over other Teams due to powercreep, although SP Perfect Cell (Revived) RED's Resurrection Effect is still the best Defensive tool in the Meta.

- SP Demon King Piccolo YEL is strong right off the bat, especially because he can generate a Rising Rush by himself through long Combos and his Main Ability.

Discussion:

Regen is a very strong Team, but the unfortunate Meta situation makes it look just above average. In fact, in the past few months, fighters that specifically counter this Team like SP SSJ3 Goku PUR and SP SSJ2 Youth Gohan RED have taken the Meta by storm, relegating Regen to an off-Meta spot in PVP. The Team can still be great against any Team that doesn't have SSJ2 Gohan, but since those Teams are some of the strongest and most popular in the Game, it's not looking bright.

Why this Tier?

- Zenkais' high stats and SP LSSJ Broly GRN's Defensive utility make the Team quite durable despite the lack of a HP Z-Ability.

- SP Super Gogeta RED and SP LSSJ Broly BLU are essential for this Team, as their Offensive upside is its main win condition.

Discussion:

Sagas Warriors received multiple releases recently, which made it a strong Offensive Team, but it's not at the same level as S/Z Tier Teams. SP Super Gogeta RED is the leader of this Team, as he's really strong and consistent right off the bat, SP LSSJ Broly BLU is the perfect sidekick , and SP LSSJ Broly GRN makes the Team well balanced thanks to his high survivability

Why this Tier?

SP SSB Vegito BLU and SP Goku Black GRN are some really strong Offensive Fighters to have.

- SP SSB Vegeta PUR is an amazing option for the Team as he can Support any of the Core Fighters extremely well.

Discussion:

Future has a full color wheel, fantastic Offensive capabilities, great Defensive tools and a lot of nifty Capabilities that can take opponents by surprise. Even if SP SSB Vegito BLU doesn't buff Future until 6*, it's not a problem as he Buffs God Ki and Fusion, so even the Ability Bonus is not an issue for this Team. However, the Team is missing something in raw power to counteract the almighty Zenkai Fighters that are dominating the Meta nowadays.

Why This Tier?

Vegeta Family isn't very durable, but SP SSG Vegeta YEL's Cover is a good tool to disrupt opponents' Combos.

- This Team has incredible Offensive potential thanks to the multitude of Supporting Effects its Fighters have.

 

Discussion:

 

SP SSG Vegeta YEL, SP SSB Vegeta PUR and SP Vegeta (Majin) BLU form the basis for a devastating Offensive Core capable of the highest consistent Damage. SP Kid Trunks GRN and SP Vegeta RED Complete the color wheel and make the Team pretty versatile, but while Offensively Vegeta Family is comparable to even S tier Teams, Defensively it's not really impressive as SP SSG Vegeta YEL is the only durable Fighter.

Why this Tier?

- The dynamic pair of SP SSJ2 Kefla GRN and  SP SSB Vegito BLU makes things very easy for Fusion Warriors in early Game.

-  Super Gogeta Z7 is a fantastic addition for the Team.

Discussion:

Fusion Warriors are  powerful and are well built to  compete in the Meta, especially as SP SSJ2 Kefla GRN , SP SSB Vegito BLU, and SP Super Gogeta RED make one of the most Effective Offensive trios in the entire Game. However, for the first time since Anniversary, Fusion's Defensive shortcomings are starting to show, since its Offense alone isn't enough to have a decisive advantage against every other Team in the Meta - especially against Teams packed with Zenkai Fighters -.

Why this Tier?

- SP FF Cooler BLU is the main show, since his combination of monstrous Offensive Power and fantastic Supportive Effects make this Team fast paced and deadly.

- The rest of the Team's composition complements SP FF Cooler BLU rather well, specifically SP FF Frieza RED is a very strong Offensive Fighter that can disrupt the opponents' plans with his Debuffs.

Discussion:

Lineage of Evil can boast some moments of excellence Offensively, but it has definitely lost its luster after the Anniversary's Meta Shift. In fact, while in the past this Team was probably the best Offensive one, now there are a lot of Teams that are least on par or even better in that regard and have just better Fighters than Lineage of Evil's. SP FF Frieza RED is a step in the right direction, but he's not enough on his own.

Tier 2

What makes a Team 'Tier 2'?

Solid Teams, but they have a lot of matchup problems against higher tier ones that make them inconsistent in the Meta.

Why this Tier?

SP 1st Form Frieza PUR makes every Fighter on this Team shine Offensively.

Blast Damage is Frieza Force's identity, as EX Vegeta YEL and EX 1st Form Frieza BLU are strong Ranged Fighters.

 

Discussion:

SP 1st Form Frieza PUR's Support has been the "Water Of Youth" for this Team in early 2020, and it's still relevant to this day after the EX Zenkai came and strengthened the Team. EX Vegeta YEL and EX 1st Form Frieza BLU are pretty dangerous alongside him, but even others like EX Raditz BLU can contribute to make Frieza Force a decent Team overall.

Why this Tier?

- SP Android #18 YEL is the queen of this Tag and SP SSJ2 Kefla GRN is the perfect partner in crime for her.

- SP Vados GRN makes the Core even more monstrous Offensively.

Discussion:

The Team built a hyper-Offensive identity after SP Android #18 YEL's release, boasting some of the highest Damage potential in the Meta. What this Team lacks to truly be ranked higher, is a more diverse Core color-wheel wise, as the GGY lineup isn't particularly hard to counter by typing. Specifically a Blue defensive Fighter would work wonders, because this Team just crumbles against SP SSJ2 Youth Gohan RED.

Why this Tier?

- Powerful Opponent have a multitude of great Fighters, varying strong Offensive threats to useful Defensive option.


- However, the Team still lacks a clear identity, as it doesn't even have a full set of Z-Abilities.

Discussion:

The group of the most evil characters in the Dragon Ball universe is shaping up, but it's still a work in progress. SP SSJ:FP Broly BLU was a step in the right direction, but Powerful Opponent is still a mix of self sufficient Fighters that do well on their own, rather than being a synergetic Build. In particular, a Support, a Tank and better Z-Abilities would make the Team look considerably better.

Why This Tier?

- SP Kid Goku YEL and SP Youth Trunks BLU are the staples of this Team thanks to their Zenkai 7 .

- Legends Road Zenkai Abilities make this Team have one of the highest Ability Bonus values in the entire game.

Discussion:

Legends Road has a good structure, but nothing more than that at the moment. SP Youth Goku YEL and SP Youth Trunks BLU are just not enough to carry this Team anymore, and SP Gotenks GRN wasn't a good enough addition to push this Team to new heights. Overall, it's a nice balanced F2P Team, but the outlook for the future isn't bright.

Tier 3

What makes a Team 'Tier 3'?

Teams here are generally the ones that are really disadvantaged against some of the higher Tier Teams and would need to be played perfectly, or even be very lucky, to have chances at winning if matched up with those.

Why This Tier?

SP Omega Shenron RED and SP SSJ4 FP Goku GRN are nice Offensive options for the Team.

GT has been completely neglected after the 2nd Anniversary.

Discussion:

Half of the 2nd Anniversary banners focused on the GT Tag, releasing Fighters that have significantly improved its state in the Meta. Still, the Tag got the short end of the stick compared to Fusion Warriors, God KI ,and Future, as none of its new Fighter is truly game changing. All things considered, GT is a very lackluster Team that'll need a full Core overhaul to Top Tier status.

Why This Tier?

- The combined Zenkai power of SP Demon King Piccolo YEL and SP Kid Goku YEL raise this Team's Offensive ceiling.

- The Color Counter structure of this Team's color wheel makes it more vulnerable compared to more diverse Builds.

Discussion:

While Dragon Ball Saga is more of a meme Team concept rather than a seriously competitive Build at very high levels, now that it has two very good Fighters in its Core it packs a serious punch. In fact, Offensively this Team is very dynamic, since it can build a Rising Rush very quickly and constantly hit the Enemy with long Combos. Defensively, the vulnerability against Red Fighters is clear, but SP Kid Goku YEL's Endurance and SP Demon King Piccolo YEL's Dragon Ball stealing capability can slow opponents down.

Tier 4

"What Makes A Team Tier 4?"

It's really hard to justify playing these Teams competitively in the Meta. The Teams listed here are basically fun Builds that are meant to be played for some matches before being swapped for actual Meta Teams. 

Why this Tier?

- The goofy gaggle of multi-colored Ginyu goons are still some of the synergetic EX Fighters in the Game, boasting also incredible Equips choices that still make their stats pretty decent, however after the 2nd Anniversary Meta Shift this Team really lost its luster.

- The nature of this Team makes it hard for it to receive frequent updates.

Discussion:

This Team’s fantastic Z-Abilities are a double-edged sword. Every member Buffs Frieza Force -- which keeps Team options open --but also keeps Frieza’s elite force from ever pulling ahead of the entire army. Unless specific and unprecedented support arrives for Ginyu Force, they will always be just a subsection of the more established Frieza Force. 

They've gone down to Tier 4 because their consistency has really fallen off after the 2nd Anniversary, as they lack Fighters that can go head to head with S-Z tier threats. 

Why This Tier?

- They have a Core that synergizes well, but each Fighter on there is one-dimensional, so the Team has a few apparent flaws as a result.

- Super Warriors doesn't have many Z-Ability options.

Discussion:

Super Warrior's attempt at becoming a relevant Team is rather timid. While they have enough Fighters to make a three man core, that's still not enough as the Team lacks diversity color wise, and even dismissing that, the current Super Warriors aren't strong enough individually to compete against great Fighters in the current Meta.

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