OCG 2015.01 Metagame (1 Jan – 31 Mar 2015)


The rotation of the new OCG 2015.04 Forbidden and Limited List marks the end of the OCG 2015.01 format.

With a total of 366 top placing decks from 39 utmost competitive Japanese tournaments, here is the final metagame breakdown of the OCG 2015.01 format.


Metagame Breakdown


OCG 2015.01

  • 89 Nekroz (1 Atlantean, 31 Deskbot, 1 Herald variant)
  • 84 Shaddoll (16 Artifact variant)
  • 55 Qliphort
  • 37 Atlantean (1 Artifact, 10 Mermail variant)
  • 28 HERO
  • 15 Evilswarm
  • 13 Tellarknight
  • 10 Dragon Ruler (4 Hieratic variant)
  • 35 Others (1 Artifact Chronomaly, 1 Artifact Constellar, 1 Blackwing, 2 Bujin, 1 Chain Burn, 1 Cyber, 2 Infernity, 3 Infernoid, 2 Prophecy, 3 Ritual Beast, 1 Six Samurai, 6 Train, 4 Volcanic (1 Artifact variant), 3 Yang Zing, 4 Yosenju)

Nekroz dominated for another format, proving that they are a force to be reckoned with. With easy access to Herald of the Arc Light through Deskbot 001 and Deskbot 003, Nekroz retained its consistency despite the limitation of Manju of the Ten Thousand Hands and Senju of the Thousand Hands. Mathematician and Peropero Cerperus provides easy answers to threats while the Djinn Releaser of Rituals lock down provides an unfair advantage.

Shaddoll came in a very close 2nd. Although Shaddoll plays the same Mathematician and Peropero Cerperus, Herald of the Arc Light is extremely effective against Shaddoll.

Qliphort held onto the 3rd position, but is unable to generate enough unfair advantage against the top decks.

Atlantean burst into the scene taking a strong 4th position with just a month. Its Deep Sea Diva combo is a powerful unfair advantage that few decks can compete against.

HERO held onto the 5th position. HERO experienced a slight increase in popularity in the last month as Masked HERO Dark Law proves to be effective against Atlantean.


Main Deck


Effect Veiler

Rank Card Name Count
1 Effect Veiler 540
2 Mathematician 429
3 Mystical Space Typhoon 387
4 Harpie’s Feather Duster 343
5 Torrential Tribute 295
6 Nekroz of Brionac 265
7 Shurit, Strategist of the Nekroz 257
8 Nekroz Cycle 256
9 Fiendish Chain 227
10 El Shaddoll Fusion 225

The impact that Atlantean has on the metagame can be felt by the amount of Effect Veiler that were packed into the Main Deck to negate the Turn 1 Deep Sea Diva play.

Mathematician‘s flexibility to answer threats while still replacing itself has pushed it ahead of Mystical Space Typhoon and Torrential Tribute.


Extra Deck


Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer

Rank Card Name Count
1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer 287
2 Abyss Dweller 265
3 Evilswarm Exciton Knight 233
4 Herald of the Arc Light 231
5 El Shaddoll Shekhinaga 205
6 Elder God Noden 187
7 Lavalval Chain 184
8 Black Rose Dragon 145
9 Number 103: Ragnazero 144
10 Gagaga Cowboy 130

Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer‘s flexibility makes it the best generic Rank 4 Xyz monster.

Abyss Dweller is critical against Shaddoll and Atlantean, and a well-timed Evilswarm Exciton Knight can easily cripple Qliphort.


Side Deck


Diamond Dust

Rank Card Name Count
1 Mystical Space Typhoon 692
2 Diamond Dust 616
3 Twister 463
4 Artifact Lancea 255
5 Compulsory Evacuation Device 202
6 Torrential Tribute 188
7 Maxx “C” 152
8 Yuki Usagi 136
9 Dust Tornado 135
10 Ice Hand 129
11 Fire Hand 118

Diamond Dust is essential against Nekroz and Atlantean, while Mystical Space Typhoon, Twister, Dust Tornado, Ice Hand and Fire Hand are against Qliphort.

Maxx “C” and Yuki Usagi have also seen an increase in popularity against Atlantean.




Nekroz takes another format, edging just slightly ahead of Shaddoll. Qliphort may have held onto its bronze, but Atlantean is set to make waves.

And that marks the end of OCG 2015.01.

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5 Responses

  1. Amazing job. Only sad for fire kings.

  2. Pat says:

    Why is MTS more used than Duster? Only to stop the Search of scout once? What deck plays MST and no Duster?

    • Akira says:

      That’s the actual copies of MST being played. MST being unlimited naturally has a higher count over the limited Harpie’s Feather Duster.

  3. gianawesome says:

    That was a great review! Counting the most used cards in each Main, Extra and Side Deck was really original, you guys must’ve had a lot of work on that.

    • Akira says:

      Thanks for the compliments, much appreciated. On a side note, “you guys” is just me alone; Road of the King is current managed by a single webmaster/coder/author. 🙂

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