OCG 2016.07 Metagame (1 Jul – 30 Sep 2016)

The OCG 2016.07 Forbidden and Limited List did not hit any of the top decks, but the metagame shifted with the introduction of ABC.

From a total of 506 top-placing decks from 66 competitive Japanese tournaments, here is the final metagame breakdown of the OCG 2016.07 format.


Metagame Breakdown


  • 124 ABC (1 Artifact, 1 Brilliant, 1 Symphonic Warrior variant)
  • 108 Metalfoes (1 Speedroid variant)
  • 79 D/D
  • 65 Blue-Eyes (2 Ritual variant)
  • 130 Others
    • 22 HERO (1 Snow variant)
    • 19 Darklord (1 Speedroid, 1 Speedroid Burning Abyss variant)
    • 17 Frog (7 Atlantean Mermail, 7 Speedroid, 1 Paleozoic variant)
    • 15 Synchro DARK
    • 14 Burning Abyss (11 Speedroid Phantom Knights, 1 Ritual, 1 Speedroid, 1 Speedroid Nekroz variant)
    • 8 Monarch (3 Brilliant, 2 Domain, 2 Speedroid Artifact, 1 Artifact Brilliant variant)
    • 5 Kozmo (1 Speedroid variant)
    • 6 Yang Zing (4 Speedroid, 2 Metalfoes variant)
    • 3 Infernoid
    • 3 Nekroz (2 Shaddoll variant)
    • 3 Yosenju
    • 2 Cyber Angel
    • 2 Junk Doppel
    • 2 Lightsworn (1 Shiranui, 1 Snow variant)
    • 2 Qliphort
    • 1 Barrier Statue
    • 1 Dark Magician
    • 1 Galaxy-Eyes
    • 1 Lightsworn Shiranui
    • 1 Ritual Beast
    • 1 Speedroid Phantom Knights
    • 1 Denglong FTK




ABC had a slow start as players were still testing around with the Galaxy Soldier and Transmodify build. Although opening with Cyber Dragon Infinity could win the game sometimes, but more often than not, Galaxy Soldier and Transmodify bricks when you open with only 1 Level 4 monster.

ABC’s domination truly begun when players switched over to the Rank 4 variant with Photon Thrasher. By focusing on Rank 4, ABC gained much more consistency through having quick access to Bujintei Tsukuyomi and Gear Gigant X.

Gear Gigant X can fetch Ally of Justice Cycle Reader for the Blue-Eyes matchup.

Photon Thrasher forces Majespecter Unicorn – Kirin to bounce preemptively by attacking. It then can be special summoned again in Main Phase 2 for some Rank 4 shenanigans.




While Metalfoes was doing decent in the OCG 2016.04 format, the new additions in Invasion of Venom gave them a strong boost.

Raremetalfoes Bismagia brings even more consistency to the deck, while Fullmetalfoes Fusion and Fullmetalfoes Alkahest allows the Metalfoes player to react on opponent’s turn.

The real star of the deck is Metalfoes Mythriel. Her ability to return Metalfoes cards, namely Metalfoes Combination and Metalfoes Counter, to the deck creates a complete loop for Metalfoes to cycle out with their Pendulum Effect.

  • Cyber-Stein – 3 → 1
  • Majespecter Unicorn – Kirin – 3 → 1

Limiting Majespecter Unicorn – Kirin was quite a hit to Metalfoes, reducing its consistency to open with Kirin, and the flexibility of having a low scale.




D/D had a strong start by taking 3 out of 4 invitations during the Japanese World Championship Qualifiers 2016.

As the format shift towards ABC and Metalfoes, D/D switched to the D/D Savant Thomas build for easy access to D/D/D Duo-Dawn King Kali Yuga.

D/D/D Duo-Dawn King Kali Yuga is devastating to Metalfoes – wiping their scales when they attempt rebuild on the next turn.

  • D/D Lamia – 3 → 2
  • D/D Swirl Slime – 3 → 2

Semi-limiting both D/D Lamia and D/D Swirl Slime is a big hit to D/D’s consistency.

Sato Kai, who qualified for the World Championship 2016 with D/D, has found success in the OCG 2016.10 format by running a full playset of D/D Savant Copernicus in the Thomas build. (Sato Kai’s D/D Deck)




It’s ironic that Seto Kaiba’s favourite Blue-Eyes has been dethroned by his very own ABC.

Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon does little to slow down ABC’s strategy, but ABC could easily fetch Ally of Justice Cycle Reader through Gear Gigant X to setback Blue-Eyes.

However, Blue-Eyes remained relevant by preying on Metalfoes. Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon limits Metalfoes’ Pendulum Summon to 1 monster, and Dragon Spirit of White actively disrupts Metalfoes’ strategy by banishing their Spell/Trap.

Although Blue-Eyes was untouched by the 2016.10 Forbidden and Limited List, it struggles to remain competitive with the sharp increase in ABC and the decrease in Metalfoes.



ABC continues to dominate in the OCG 2016.10 format, but the second seat remains a close fight between Metalfoes and Kozmo.

For more insight into the early OCG 2016.10 format: OCG 2016.10 Metagame Report #0.

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7 Responses

  1. Frenzyhero says:

    EXPLAIN THAT LAST OTHER!!! I need to know what Wangtianhou FTK is! I love FTK! Please!

    • Akira says:

      It’s basically just a deck that focus on this FTK combo to loop for lots of cards with T.G. Hyper Librarian before finishing with Dark Strike Fighter and Tempest Magician.

      The deck is dead with the banning of Level Eater.

    • Frenzyhero says:

      Thank you. However, wouldn’t this be possible in TCG, next month when we get Wangtianhou?

    • Akira says:

      The deck runs 1 D/D Savant Copernicus and 1 D/D Lamia, which won’t arrive in the TCG until 20 January 2017. I doubt Level Eater or T.G. Hyper Librarian would survive the next TCG banlist.

      You could try running without them, but it wouldn’t be a 2-card-combo, and thus much less consistent.

    • Frenzyhero says:

      Ah I missed those 2. But they might escape unscathed, and give us a format of it.
      I wish Konami would stop hunting down non-archetypal focused decks, and realize that’s what so many of us want to go back to.

  2. Bob says:

    Taking into account what it could do and the small number of tops it had, do you think the banning of level eater and the limiting of omega is 1) justified, and 2) enough to keep synchro DARK out of the metagame?

    • Akira says:

      I believe Level Eater was hit due to the constraints that it was placing on future card designs. As long as it exists, it was difficult to release high Level Tuner monsters that could be easily special summoned or good Synchro monsters with generic summoning conditions, without worrying about them becoming part of some degenerative combos.

      PSY-Framelord Omega, on the other hand, was a good compromise. Although Synchro DARK wasn’t dominating the game, its gameplan to deny the opponent of opening cards is unhealthy for the game. This is inline with the banning of “hand destruction” cards like Confiscation, Delinquent Duo, The Forceful Sentry and Trap Dustshoot.

      I believe that they didn’t want to outright dispatch Synchro DARK as banning T.G. Hyper Librarian would be much more effective, but rather just remove the “hand destruction” aspect of it.

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