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In the first part of this series, I discussed how the Beyblade Burst metagame has evolved over the past year from a player strategy and gameplay balance perspective since I wrote the 2020 edition of the Top 5 Best Beyblade Burst Combos.
In this article, we’ll dive into specifically what the best Beyblade Burst combos of 2021 are, how I selected them, and what you need to build them!
Whether you’re looking for the strongest combos to defeat your friends with in friendly battles or you want to win competitive Beyblade tournaments, this article is a great starting point to understanding not only what the best combos are, but why they are good.
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How did I select the best Beyblade Burst combos of 2021?
Before we dive into the list, you might be wondering: how did I compile the list of the best Beyblade Burst combos?
The method I’ve used is largely the same as the one explained here in the 2020 edition of the Top 5 Best Beyblade Burst Combos.
However, to summarize, there are four key components:
- Blader Kei’s Opinion
- Interviewed Top WBO Players & Organizers
- WBO Winning Combinations Data (March 2020 – April 2021)
- WBO Rulings & Burst BeyStadium Standard Type
The influence of the pandemic over the past year also cannot be understated. In some ways, it isn’t a stretch to say that Beyblade Burst Sparking is a “lost” era for many Beyblade players.
The number of events that were hosted compared with the period covered in last year’s edition of this article is significant, but there was still a decent amount of real tournament data to pull from thanks to the looser restrictions in some areas at certain times that allowed them to host tournaments.
Top WBO Players & Organizers
The people selected are a mix of the top most competitive players in WBO tournaments in 2020 and 2021 so far as well as a returning high-ranking player who contributed to this list last year.
- WBO Burst Ranking: #93
- Ranked Tournaments Attended: 14
- Top 3 Finishes: 9 (First Place: 7)
- # of Entries on Winning Combos: 25 (1st Place Overall)
- WBO Burst Ranking: #17
- Ranked Tournaments Attended: 9
- Top 3 Finishes: 9 (First Place: 4)
- # of Entries on Winning Combos: 22 (2nd Place Overall)
- WBO Burst Ranking: #14
- Ranked Tournaments Attended: 0
- Top 3 Finishes: 0
- # of Entries on Winning Combos: 0
And also myself:
- WBO Burst Ranking: #1
- Ranked Tournaments Attended: 1 (1 as Organizer)
- Top 3 Finishes: 1 (First Place: 1)
- # of Entries on Winning Combos: 5
Above data based exclusively on ranked Burst Format events from March 2020 – April 2021.
Each person was asked:
1. What do you feel the top five most competitive Beyblade Burst combos for 2020/2021 were? Parts may be repeated, but do try to have some variety (eg. don’t list one combo with five different disks; try to pick the best variant of a combo). And why?
2. What is one Beyblade Burst combo you feel was underrated in 2020/2021? This can be something that was underrated at any point during this period, even if it is outclassed now.
You can find their precise answers in the next part of this article: 5 Top Ranked Beyblade Players Select Their Favourite Beyblade Burst Combos.
But first, let’s take a look at the top five best Beyblade Burst combos of 2021 compiled while considering each of the above factors!:
The Top 5 Best Beyblade Burst Combos of 2021
Check out the top five best Beyblade Burst Combos below! I detail their parts, strengths, weaknesses, and what you need to build them.
If you’re looking for a quick overview of the list and some test battles between the combos, check out this awesome video I collaborated with the BeybladeGeeks on!
Best Beyblade Burst Combo #5: Master Spriggan Wheel Zone’+Z
… good to great defensive prowess depending on the situation as well as great opposite spin performance and enough same spin performance to be able to outlast some of the most popular combos …
- Layer Base: Master
- Gatinko Chip: Spriggan
- Disk: Wheel
- Driver: Zone’+Z
What is Master Spriggan Wheel Zone’+Z good and bad at?
Master Spriggan Wheel Zone’+Z (MS.Wh.Zn’+Z) has good to great defensive prowess depending on the situation as well as great opposite spin performance and enough same spin performance to be able to outlast some of the most popular combos and parts in the game today.
- Zone’+Z Same Spin Stamina: While the same spin stamina of the Zone’+Z Driver may not be the highest, it is high enough to outspin the super popular Drift Driver.
- Matchup vs. Rage on Drift: MS.Wh.Zn’+Z in left-spin can outspin combos using the Rage Ring and Drift Driver and also is able to deflect/absorb Rage’s attacks surprisingly well. In my testing, Rage often self-KOed and Master only lost one click or less most of the time.
- Matchup vs. Tempest on Xtend+: In left-spin it can outspin combos using the Tempest Ring and Xtend Plus Driver, which are also super popular.
- Strong Opposite Spin Defense: Master’s shell-like shape in left-spin helps it to be able to take strong hits from right-spin attackers.
- Strong Opposite Spin Stamina: While it doesn’t possess the highest opposite spin performance in the game, in general, thanks to Wheel and Zone’+Z this combo has great, top-tier opposite spin stamina relative to most other Drivers in the game.
- Using Master in Right-Spin: While in some situations using Master in right-spin may be advantageous, in general it is avoided due to the more raised shape produced by flipping the Master Layer Base to use it in this spin direction. It is still usable, but slightly worse in my experience overall. Most people use it in left-spin.
- Same Spin Attackers: The Rage Ring on something like the Xtreme Dash Driver in particular is quite strong versus this combo and is capable of both bursting and KOing it.
- Opposite Spin Drift: Zone’+Z is a top tier opposite spin Driver, but Drift really is the king.
Master Layer Base: Second Time’s The Charm
Master is the only Beyblade Burst GT part that made it onto the list this year; that alone is impressive. It nearly made the cut last year, but was just barely edged out by Imperial Achilles 00 Expand Destroy Dash which took the fifth spot.
Master did make it to fourth place on my personal list last year (Master Diabolos II 00 Wall Bearing) and The Supreme One even had it in her number one combo (Master Diabolos 00 Cross Xtend Plus), but it was still quite new at the time and Imperial received a lot of votes as being “underrated”, so I went with it instead.
However, this year Master has demonstrated its power by continuing to be a presence in the metagame as the fourth most used Layer of the year going head-to-head with the heavyweights of Beyblade Burst Sparking.
As a result, I could not deny it a spot on this list for a second year in a row!
Want to build MS.Wh.Zn’+Z? You’ll need:
Best Beyblade Burst Combo #4: World Diabolos Drift 2B
If you’re in the opposite spin direction of your opponent, your chances of winning are unlikely to be better than almost any other combo in the game.
- Ring: World
- Sparking Chip: Diabolos
- Driver: Drift
- Chassis: 2-Balance
What is World Diabolos Drift 2B good and bad at?
World Diabolos Drift 2B (WDb.Dr 2B) is arguably the strongest opposite spin stamina combo Beyblade Burst has ever seen. If you’re in the opposite spin direction of your opponent, your chances of winning are unlikely to be better than almost any other combo in the game.
- Opposite Spin Stamina: The World Ring and free-spinning 2B Chassis pair perfectly with the extremely wide free-spinning tip of the Drift Driver to ensure that this combo will steal spin and continue spinning without falling over longer almost any opposite spin opponent.
- Opposite Spin Defense: The Drift Driver is not only able to simply spin longer than almost any opponent in the opposite spin direction, it also has at times incredible defense against opposite spin opponents. Similar to the Bearing Driver–but even better–it doesn’t hold its ground as strictly as a rubber tip does, but it’s able to absorb the impact of hits and then swing back in to counter opponents. Opposite spin has always had this ability to a degree, but Drift takes it to another level due to its design. Unless your attack type wielding opponent is particularly skilled, there’s a good chance this will cause them some massive headaches in a battle.
- Movement of Drift: Because the tip of the Drift Driver is so wide, it doesn’t take much power for it to move aggressively around the stadium. As described below, this can be a liability in many cases. However, players can use this movement to their advantage to try and KO their opponent–mainly if their opponent is using a combo that moves around a lot as well–if they are careful with their launch power. In some cases, this might be your only chance of victory.
- Self-KO Tendency: While Drift’s movement can be an asset, admittedly it is often a liability. The Drift Driver is unable to catch the ridge of the stadium very well most of the time, which causes it to self-KO quite easily.
- Same Spin Stamina: Due to the above, you cannot launch Drift at full power without a massive self-KO risk. This, combined with the poor same spin stamina of Drift in general makes it a very bad choice for these types of matchups.
Want to build WDb.Dr 2B? You’ll need:
World & 2B:
Diabolos (1 of the following):
Best Beyblade Burst Combo #3: Tempest Solomon (MCC) Wheel Xtend+ 1S
… this combo possesses high same spin stamina–especially compared to the other most popular stamina Driver this year, Drift–good defense, burst resistance, heavy weight and opposite spin performance.
- Ring: Tempest
- Sparking Chip: Solomon (Metal Chip Core)
- Disk: Wheel
- Driver: Xtend Plus
- Chassis: 1-Stamina
What is Tempest Solomon (MCC) Wheel Xtend+ 1S good and bad at?
Tempest Solomon (MCC) Wheel Xtend+ 1S (MCC TSl.Wh.Xt+) is a straight upgrade to the number three best Beyblade Burst combo of last year, Perfect Phoenix (Level Chip) 00 Cross Xtend+.
Like that combo, this combo possesses high same spin stamina–especially compared to the other most popular stamina Driver this year, Drift–good defense, burst resistance, heavy weight and opposite spin performance.
Xtend+ was the most used Driver, Wheel the most used Disk, 1S the second most used Chassis, and Tempest the second most used Ring of the past year among WBO tournament winners.
The reason for this is because when combined into this combo, Tempest Solomon (MCC) Wheel Xtend+ 1S is one of the easiest top tier combos to use in the game. This combo will win you almost any match against most stamina combos and unskilled attack type players.
- Weight: Thanks primarily to the super heavy Solomon Sparking Chip with the Metal Chip Core and the Tempest Ring–the heaviest Ring just behind Rage–this combo is quite heavy, contributing to its stamina and defense.
- Same Spin Stamina: The incredible stamina of the Wheel Disk thanks to its outward weight distribution in combination with the Xtend Plus Driver gives this combo top tier same-spin stamina. The Solomon Sparking Chip with the Metal Chip Core also contributes to this. Many other Sparking Chips such as Hyperion 2 Sparking Chip were just below Solomon (MCC)’s solo spin time based on my testing and can also be used, but the one which was significantly worse than others (by over 10 seconds on average) was the Lucifer 2 Sparking Chip. Lucifer 2 does come with the benefit of a rubber burst stopper, but given that you will rarely encounter a right-spin attack type in this metagame, that benefit seems negligible.
- Opposite Spin Stamina vs. Lower Tier Opponents: Wheel and Xtend Plus not only help with same spin stamina, but opposite spin stamina as well. This combo will outspin most lower tier combinations in opposite spin.
- Xtend+ vs. Newer Opposite Spin Drivers: The Xtend Plus Driver has slowly been outclassed for opposite spin performance by newer parts like the Zone’+Z Driver, Drift Driver, and increasing awareness of players about the performance of “awakened”/worn down parts like the Rise Driver. It still has excellent opposite spin performance relative to most other Beyblade Burst parts, but it’s starting to get to the point where it can’t quite compete with the best of the best in this area.
- Skilled Rage Attack Type Users: Tempest Solomon (MCC) Wheel Xtend+ 1S has solid defense against left-spin attack types due to its heavy weight and the difference in spin direction. However, particularly skilled users of attack type combos like Rage Helios 2 Xtreme’ 3A can knock it out with relative ease. This type of player is rare, however.
- Right-Spin Attack Types: Right-spin attack types are admittedly rare these days, but this combo can be KOed and bursted by them–particularly combos using Xtreme’–if your opponent has some skill.
- Burst Resistance: This is not so much a clear cut weakness (especially because right-spin attack types are a bit less common at the moment than they were previously), but something to be aware of depending on the parts you’re using. Some molds of the 1S Chassis are not as tightly fitting as others, which leads to poorer burst resistance.
- Same Spin Ball-Shaped Tips: Drivers with ball-shaped tips like the Atomic Driver can destabilize and outspin this combo due to the sharp tip of Xtend Plus.
Want to build MCC TSl.Wh.Xt+? You’ll need:
Best Beyblade Burst Combo #2: Rage Helios (MCC) Drift 3A
Rage Helios (MCC) Drift 3A (MCC RHl.Dr 3A) is a beast … The result is a combo which can KO most of what it can’t outspin and outspin most of what it can’t KO.
- Ring: Rage
- Sparking Chip: Helios (Metal Chip Core)
- Driver: Drift
- Chassis: 3-Attack
What is Rage Helios (MCC) Drift 3A good and bad at?
Rage Helios (MCC) Drift 3A (MCC RHl.Dr 3A) is a beast. It’s a combo that’s almost too obvious; it pairs the strongest attack type Ring with the arguably strongest Driver for opposite spin matchups.
The result is a combo which can KO most of what it can’t outspin and outspin most of what it can’t KO.
- Opposite Spin Stamina: Despite the aggressive design of the Rage Ring and 3A Chassis, thanks to the Drift Driver, Rage Helios (MCC) Drift 3A can outspin most opponents. It doesn’t do so as well as something like the World Ring, but it can still do it most of the time. See below for some test results versus Tempest Solomon (MCC) Wheel Xtend+ 1S.
- Right-Spin Attack Types: While this combo has the potential to be KOed by right-spin attack types due to the recoil of Rage and 3A, more often than not I find that the opposing attack type is the one that suffers the brunt of the recoil due to the Drift Driver’s ability to absorb and counter hits.
- Attack Power: While not as strong as a pure attack type using a Driver like Xtreme’, this combo still packs a punch.
- Left-Spin Drift Driver Combos: World Diabolos Drift 2B is one of the most popular combos at the moment, but it’s usually used in left-spin and the World Ring isn’t as aggressive as the Rage Ring. As a result, this combo has a good chance of being able to KO it.
- Same Spin Stamina: As is to be expected with the Drift Driver, this combo cannot outspin much in the same spin. You have to try and KO or Burst your opponent to win.
- Self-KO Tendency: Again due to Drift, if you are launching this combo aggressively and with any level of power, you run the risk of self-KOing.
- Left-Spin Attack Types: This can be a bit of a toss up, but if you’re facing a left-spin attack type with a rubber tip, chances are they will be able to handle any recoil better than your Drift Driver can. Depending on the Driver your opponent is using you might get outspun by them too if neither of you get KOed.
Bonus Test Results: Tempest Solomon (MCC) Wheel Xtend+ 1S vs. Rage Helios (MCC) Drift 3A
- MCC TSl.Wh.Xt+ 1S: 2 wins
- MCC RHl.Dr 3A: 5 wins
- 13 draws
- MCC RHl.Dr 3A Win Percentage: 71%
Want to build MCC RHl.Dr 3A? You’ll need:
Best Beyblade Burst Combo #1: Rage Helios 2 Xtreme’ 3A
There is no unwinnable matchup for this combo, plain and simple.
- Ring: Rage
- Sparking Chip: Helios 2
- Driver: Xtreme’
- Chassis: 3-Attack
What is Rage Helios 2 Xtreme’ 3A good and bad at?
Rage Helios 2 Xtreme’ 3A (RHl2.X’ 3A) is the most versatile, powerful, and dangerous combo in the game in the hands of a skilled user. There is no unwinnable matchup for this combo, plain and simple.
- Potential to Win Any Match: A skilled player can pilot this combo directly to the finals or top of a tournament with little resistance, blowing by any other combo on this list.
- Attack Power: It can KO almost any combo in both right- and left-spin and burst many left-spin combos it faces.
- Burst Resistance: The tight Xtreme’ Driver combines with the fused Rage Ring and 3A Chassis to produce a combo that is basically unburstable. This trait is somewhat common to many Beyblades using the Sparking Layer System; because the Ring and Chassis are fused, they create one unified piece which is quite heavy and difficult to make skip over the teeth of the Driver it is attached to.
- Fast Movement: The flat, soft rubber tip of Xtreme’ allows it to swiftly move around the stadium in a tight flower pattern when banked. This enables this combo to inflict vicious knock-outs, bursts, and sometimes hits so hard they drain the stamina of the opposing Beyblade.
- Ring & Chassis Synergy: The 3A Chassis was very obviously designed to work in tandem with the Rage Ring. The sloped dragon heads on the Rage Ring line up perfectly with the two pointed and sloped edges on the 3A Chassis, creating two massive attack points that help this combo inflict serious hits.
- Rage Ring: Similar to the Zwei Layer Base from last year’s number one combo–Zwei Diabolos Sting Jolt Dash–Rage is the heaviest in the game (approximately 14.4g) thanks to the two metal dragon heads which adorn it. This increases its potential in all type categories and future proofs it a bit more than some other lighter Rings.
- Helios 2 Sparking Chip: The metal of Helios 2 again contributes to its overall attack power, but with the Metal Chip Core removed, the weight becomes focused towards the outside of the chip, the idea is that this helps to marginally increase its outward weight distribution in an effort to enable slightly faster movement.
- Low Stamina: The aggressive design of the Rage Ring and Xtreme’ Driver translates to very low stamina.
- Driver Wear: Xtreme’ as a rubber Driver also suffers from some wear over time, especially with the soft rubber it uses.
- Difficult to Control: Attack types are difficult to control by nature, but especially on the Xtreme Dash Driver. Many players tend to use the more controllable Drivers, but at the end of the day, in almost all cases Xtreme’ is best if you can master it and execute under pressure due to the speed it possesses.
- 50/50 vs. Mobile Attack: While this combo has the potential to win any match, it can be 50/50 against other mobile attack types. Especially those using Drivers which enable faster movement around the stadium ridge than Xtreme’, like an “awakened”/worn down Evolution Dash Driver.
Want to build RHl2.X’ 3A? You’ll need:
Rage & 3A:
Helios 2 (1 of the following):
Xtreme’ (1 of the following):
- B-00 Shadow αmaterios 0 Xtreme Dash
- B-140 Random Booster Vol. 15 – 06: Dead Hades 8 Dash Expand Xtreme Dash
- B-173 Random Booster Vol. 22 – 03: Super Satan 6 Xtreme Dash 1S
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