OCG 2016.10 Metagame Report #3

Welcome to Week #3 of the OCG 2016.10 format.

Just 1 week after their debut, Zoodiac has dethroned ABC to become the deck to beat in the current competitive scene.

This report will tabulate 91 top-placing decks from 11 Japanese tournaments that were held between 15 October and 16 October 2016.

Update 1: Added data from 12th Shibuya CS.
Update 2: Added data from 3rd Mitsui CS with Hatti CS.
Update 3: Added data from 26th Adachi CS.


Metagame Breakdown


  • 30 Zoodiac
  • 15 ABC (2 Zoodiac variant)
  • 13 Metalfoes (1 Zoodiac variant)
  • 6 Infernoid
  • 5 Frog (2 Atlantean Mermail, 1 Paleozoic, 1 Speedroid variant)
  • 4 Blue-Eyes
  • 4 Kozmo (1 Artifact, 1 Fire King, 1 Zoodiac variant)
  • 14 Others:
    • 2 D/D
    • 2 Monarch (1 Artifact variant)
    • 2 Zoodiac Burning Abyss
    • 1 Darklord
    • 1 HERO
    • 1 Ritual Beast
    • 1 Speedroid Madolche
    • 1 Yang Zing
    • 1 Zoodiac Phantom Knights
    • 1 Zoodiac Kaiju Atlantean Mermail
    • 1 Zoodiac Kaiju Yosenju



Zoodiac is the new deck to beat, and players are now running Maxx “C” and Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit in the Main Deck.

Maxx “C” forces the opponent to stop with the Zoodiac combo, or risk giving too many cards.

Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit stops Zoodiac Barrage. It can also be used on a Zoodiac Xyz monster to deny double Zoodiac Ratpier.

Book of Moon is also another versatile card that is seeing increased play. When going first, Book of Moon can shutdown the opponent’s Zoodiac Xyz Summon. But when going second, Book of Moon can also be used on Zoodiac Drident to prevent it from disrupting your game plan.




A disappointing week for ABC.

ABC was the average-played to the most-played deck across this week’s tournaments, but most players failed to go far in the competitions.




The drop in Anti-Spell Fragrance being played in the Main Deck gave Metalfoes a breather, but they are still far from competing against Zoodiac.





Zoodiac has overtaken ABC to become the best deck of the current competitive scene.

ABC and Metalfoes are trailing far behind, and are unlikely to catch up as more players are switching over to Zoodiac.

Infernoid is enjoying a little success with the 60-cards Lawnmowing Next Door build.



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8 Responses

  1. Khazar says:

    Great report. How would Juunishishi have fared if Speedroid Terrortop was only usable by Speedroid decks?

    Do you believe that the versatility of the Speedroid engine used outside of Speedroid decks warrants a ban on Speedroid Terrortop like Level Eater?

    • Akira says:

      I think Juunishishi is already doing great with just Juunishishi Molmorat, Fire Formation – Tenki, or Juunishishi no Kaikyoku. Speedroid Terrortop just makes them extremely consistent.

      A ban is probably too heavy-handed, a limit-to-1 should be sufficient to put it inline with Tour Guide From the Underworld.

  2. Frenzyhero says:

    Do you think Fire Kings have a chance against Juunishishi? They can run the same turn 1 play Juunishishi do, but have more field wiping potential, and most of the cards ran by Juunishishi don’t affect Fire King, except for Solemn. The featured build doesn’t even run Castel or Rhapsody.

    • Akira says:

      A properly teched out Fire King can definitely beat Juunishishi, but they will struggle against ABC or Metalfoes. The metagame is not so heavily one-sided yet that a “sniper” deck can do well.

  3. Superbia says:

    Just wanna say I love your weekly reports and topped deck profiles. Thanks. Keep the good work.

  4. Jeremi Kowalczewski says:

    Just a question, what does a ABC zodiac build look like?

    • Akira says:

      The player that won the 12th Shibuya CS (Team 3v3) didn’t reveal his deck list, but here’s a list by another Japanese player: Zodiac Beast ABC.

      The deck basically makes use of the Zodiac Beast combo to get 2 Zodiac Beast Marmorat, use them to Xyz Summon Bujintei Kagutsuchi and mill 5 cards.

      Zodiac Beast Bullhorn will then search for Bujin Hiruko, whose Pendulum Effect can Special Summon Bujintei Tsukuyomi using Bujintei Kagutsuchi as Xyz Material.

      After milling 5 cards from Bujintei Kagutsuchi, and further discards from Bujintei Tsukuyomi, it’s very likely that you would have gathered A, B and C in your graveyard, and thus would be able to Special Summon ABC-Dragon Buster.

      All just from 1 card – Zodiac Beast Marmorat or Elemental Triangle of the Zodiac Beasts.

  5. Aaron Jackson says:

    Interesting. It is a shame D/D’s are not doing well. Hopefully in Maximum Crisis, they will get some new cards to help them catch up regardless of the meta as long as they do not get hit even further. D/D Ghost, is pretty interesting since it does send a D/D card or Dark Contract with the same name of your choice, from the deck to the graveyard.

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