DNF Duel Tier List: The Best Characters To Play So Far

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After the first Open Beta, DNF Duel players are already thinking about the best picks in the game. The first open beta showcased most of the cast and we'll see more of them once the game evolves on moving forward. Here are the best picks in the game as we know so far

DNF Duel Tier List

December 2021

On the first open beta, ten playable characters were in the roster for the players to try out. Each character brought their own fighting styles, strengths, and weaknesses to the table. As the game was still in its beta phase, some characters had access to infinites, hard-to-escape setups, and other exploitable options in battle. Here's our tier list according to the best picks:

  • S Tier: Inquisitor, Vanguard, Crusader, Grappler, Ranger, Berserker
  • A Tier: Hitman, Striker
  • B Tier: Dragon Knight, Kunoichi
  • C Tier: No one

So far, the first open beta showcases that the characters with strong, oppressive options from the get-go are great picks hence they belong in S tiers. The characters we've listed almost always had either reliable options to stop and trap foes at midrange or had an infinite combo ready if they land a hit particularly the Grappler.

Meanwhile, the A Tier picks were mostly solid picks but required their players to understand strong pressure, mixup, and previous fighting game knowledge to effectively use them against the foe.

Lastly, the B Tier characters are setup heavy characters in the game. While they're designed to have tools that overwhelm foes continuously because of how long they can stay on the screen, their setups were mostly undiscovered due to the short time of the open beta.

As more information and another open beta drops, we'll be sure to update you on the latest details.

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DNF Duel Pro Player Picks

December 2021

Similar to every new fighting game, professional top players from various games have tried out the game. Here some of the pro players that have released a tier list in the game.

  • Infiltration (South Korea, Street Fighter)
    • UNGA Tier - Crusader, Striker
    • S Tier - Vanguard, Ranger, Grappler, Berserker, Hitman, Kunoichi
    • A Tier - Dragon Knight
  • B Tier - Inquisitor

In his tweet, Infiltration said that the DNF Duel Open Beta was fun but offered no explanation on his tier list. In fighting games, Unga could be pertained to "Unga Bunga" tactics which is almost always about aggressive playstyles that involves pressing a lot of buttons to win. However, we've yet to know if these characters are known for carelessly pressing a lot of buttons or just requires high aggression to consistently earn wins in fights.

DNF Duel Character Update Thus Far

December 2021

In the open beta, Neople and Arc System Works revealed ten characters prior to the tests and were all playable once the beta started. Here are the overall feel and playstyle we got for every character for this beta:

  • Berserker - The poster boy all-arounder with great damaging options to deal with any situation thrown at him at the price of his health. Oddly enough, his toolkit also allows him play effective zoning even without a fireball due to their far ranges.
  • Inquisitor - A slow but strong setup-heavy character reinforced by the system mechanics. While her axe attacks are hefty and hard-hitting, Inquisitor shines best with her flaming setup special moves which often trap foes in places due to its size, duration, and the inability to block the large flaming wheel in the air.
  • Grappler - A seemingly honest character that utilizes grappling moves to demolish his foes and armored attacks to help him close in on his foe. Has an infinite if the Magnumsault special move is landed consistently after each one.
  • Striker - The other honest character that utilizes close-range pressure and mixups to take down her foes. While she looks lacking in the weapons department compared to other fighters, her pressure-based playstyle is rewarded as she can still deal massive damage outside combos if she opens up her foes after a long blockstring.
  • Ranger - The resident zoner of the game that can play it safe with opening impatient foes with gunshots from a far or style it out with combos that send him close his foes. Most players enjoyed repeating the vertical air special move that shoots downwards as it could used to combo to itself.
  • Hitman - The king of neutral play due to his massive normals and special moves that fill up almost half of the screen when he uses them. Foes often have to respect his range to fight him effectively. Even with his massive normals that force opponents to stay back, he still needs to close the gap to mix his foes up as these options are mostly mids that cannot break any block unless the blockstring is too long.
  • Dragon Knight - The middle pick of the setup-heavy characters in the game. While she shows potential with her tandem attacks with her dragon, the lack of practice mode to try her tools out made it hard for players to make the best of her. However, her strong special moves and flight allowed her to be a great pick even for total beginners.
  • Vanguard - The midrange bully who thrives well on keeping foes on midrange where his attacks work best. However, he can struggle with fighting with foes that have better close-range options than him.
  • Kunoichi - The high potential setup-heavy character due to her fast movement and larger toolset. However, practice mode wasn't available in the open beta which hampered her players to know more about what she can do aside from straightforward use of her large, oppressive special moves second only to Inquisitor.
  • Crusader - The big body character who is almost often fun to watch due to his massive range, portable wall, and high damage. Showcases one of the "fun to watch, hell to fight" playstyles in the game where Crusader players are rewarded for repeatedly dropping the hammer on their foes while they're backed against his erected wall from one of his special moves. He can also use the wall special move to bounce foes toward him in fights.