OCG 2016.10 Metagame Report #2

Welcome to Week #2 of the OCG 2016.10 format.

The release of Raging Tempest had an immediate impact on the metagame. ABC is still in the lead, but the margin has narrowed. Zoodiac is making its mark right from the start and has quickly climbed to the top.

This report will tabulate 32 top-placing decks from 7 Japanese tournaments that were held between 8 October and 10 October 2016.

“Hatti Grand Championship 2016” was excluded from this tabulation as Raging Tempest was not allowed for it.

New Product Release

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga Volume 2
    • Clear Wing Fast Dragon
  • Raging Tempest

Metagame Breakdown


  • 7 ABC
  • 6 Zoodiac
  • 4 Blue-Eyes (1 Kaiju variant)
  • 4 Frog (2 Atlantean Mermail, 1 Paleozoic variant)
  • 3 Darklord
  • 3 Kozmo (1 Zoodiac, 1 Metalfoes variant)
  • 3 Metalfoes (1 Zoodiac variant)
  • 1 Qliphort
  • 1 Speedroid Metalfoes Yang Zing


ABC is barely holding onto its lead.

As the numbers of Metalfoes players have decreased significantly, ABC players are no longer running Anti-Spell Fragrance in the Main Deck.



New to the competitive scene, Zoodiac has a very successful debut, almost catching up to ABC.

With just a Speedroid Terrortop, Zoodiac can Xyz Summon M-X-Saber Invoker to Special Summon Zoodiac Molmorat.

Alternatively, Zoodiac no Kaikyoku can also Special Summon Zoodiac Molmorat.

Molmorat will start off Zoodiac’s shenanigans, leading to 2 more Molmorat on the field, and Zoodiac Bullhorn fetching for Coach Captain Bearman.

Bearman will then be Normal Summoned, and its effect will turn itself and the other 2 Molmorat to Level 8.

All 3 could be used to Xyz Summon Coach King Giantrainer to draw 3 cards, or just the 2 Molmorat could be used to Xyz Summon Number 38: Hope Harbinger Dragon Titanic Galaxy.

This 1-card opening combo generates an absurd amount of card advantage, and unless you had a Maxx “C”, most deck wouldn’t have the resources to compete against it.




The margins between the various decks are closing up, but ABC and Zoodiac are slightly ahead.

Since ABC and Zoodiac are now the decks to beat, most decks should be running Maxx “C” in the Main Deck.


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3 Responses

  1. Magic says:

    Thanks for the weekly reports!

    I have a question, though: Why do so many OCG players run more than 40 cards? This is a pet peeve of mine, since it doesn’t make any sense from a mathematical standpoint. For instance, Juunishishi wants to open with Speedroid Terrortop as often as possible, so why wouldn’t players run 40 cards to maximize their chances?

    • Katsura Kotarou says:

      1. If you have to go 2nd in game 1 you need some sort of outs to things like Majesty’s Fiend and such, and including those kind of outs in a combo heavy deck means that you need extra slots in the deck.
      2. It makes it easier for this kind of decks to side out/in cards without touching the main core of the deck.

    • Akira says:

      The Juunishishi combo ensures that you have a board of monsters from just 1 card (Speedroid Terrortop or Juunishishi no Kaikyoku), so ideally you would want your other 3-4 cards in your opening hand to be Spell/Trap cards that can remove or deny your opponent’s threats.

      There’s currently 2 ways to go about doing that – you can simply run more Spell/Trap cards and thus increasing the deck size, or you can cutdown Juunishishi Thoroughblade to just 1 or 2 copies and keep your deck size at 40.

      There’s pros and cons to both ways. The archetype is rather new and players are still figuring out.

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